Dmitri Levitin's Ancient Wisdom in the Age of the New Science: Histories of PDF

By Dmitri Levitin

Seventeenth-century England has lengthy been heralded because the birthplace of a so-called 'new' philosophy. but what contemporaries may need understood via 'old' philosophy has been little liked. during this ebook Dmitri Levitin examines English attitudes to historical philosophy in exceptional intensity, demonstrating the centrality of engagement with the historical past of philosophy to just about all trained 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enormous array of resources, Levitin demanding situations the belief that curiosity in old rules was once restricted to out-of-date 'ancients' or was once in a few feel 'pre-enlightened'; certainly, a lot of the highbrow justification for the hot philosophy got here from re-writing its historical past. even as, the deep funding of English students in pioneering sorts of overdue humanist erudition led them to increase the most cutting edge narratives of historical philosophy in early smooth Europe.

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