Ancient Wisdom in the Age of the New Science: Histories of - download pdf or read online

By Dmitri Levitin

Seventeenth-century England has lengthy been heralded because the birthplace of a so-called 'new' philosophy. but what contemporaries may have understood through 'old' philosophy has been little preferred. during this booklet Dmitri Levitin examines English attitudes to historical philosophy in exceptional intensity, demonstrating the centrality of engagement with the historical past of philosophy to nearly all knowledgeable people, even if students, clerics, or philosophers themselves, and aligning English highbrow tradition heavily to that of continental Europe. Drawing on an enormous array of assets, Levitin demanding situations the idea that curiosity in historical principles was once constrained to out-of-date 'ancients' or used to be in a few feel 'pre-enlightened'; certainly, a lot of the highbrow justification for the recent philosophy got here from re-writing its background. even as, the deep funding of English students in pioneering types of past due humanist erudition led them to improve essentially the most cutting edge narratives of old philosophy in early smooth Europe.

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