Ancient Wisdom in the Age of the New Science: Histories of by Dmitri Levitin

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 via 'old' philosophy has been little favored. during this publication Dmitri Levitin examines English attitudes to historic philosophy in exceptional intensity, demonstrating the centrality of engagement with the historical past of philosophy to nearly all knowledgeable individuals, even if students, clerics, or philosophers themselves, and aligning English highbrow tradition heavily to that of continental Europe. Drawing on an unlimited array of resources, Levitin demanding situations the belief that curiosity in old principles used to be restricted to out-of-date 'ancients' or was once in a few feel 'pre-enlightened'; certainly, a lot of the highbrow justification for the recent philosophy got here from re-writing its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 kinds of past due humanist erudition led them to improve essentially the most leading edge narratives of historic philosophy in early smooth Europe.

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