In the seventeenth century, a vision arose which was to captivate the Western imagination for the next three hundred years: the vision of Cosmopolis, a society . In Cosmopolis, Stephen Toulmin initially gives a series of proposed dates for the origin of modernity (see p. 5). Proposed dates: Gutenberg and the. Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity. by Stephen Toulmin. Free Press, pp., $ Stephen Toulmin has always been a.

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Toulmin is less successful in the second half, when he tries to stretch these ideas very thinly as an “agenda of modernity” this is supposed to explain much of the cosmmopolis politics of the next years. The 16th century was more open minded with thinkers and writers like Erasmus, Shakespeare and Montaigne. Specifically, Toulmin maps a shift from pre fascination with rhetoric to a post obsession with logic, from case law and case ethics to universal moral theology, from ethnographic accounts of the local to abstract model of how societies ought to touulmin, from timely application to the matter at hand to a fosmopolis truths.

The research program of modern philosophy May 13, Richard Newton rated it really liked it Shelves: Three instances of such problematic passages may be noted: Wittgenstein, Gadamer, Habermasto the particular cf. The Industrial Revolution and the introduction of steam power Gyrus rated it really liked it May 25, An individual case is then compared and contrasted with the type case.

Trouble is, he forgets his own lesson, and treats “the modern world view” as if it were precisely cosmopo,is a bundle of axioms, rather than anything to live by. Given an individual case that is completely identical to the type case, moral judgments can be made immediately using the standard moral principles advocated in the type case.

Not a book to recommend to casual readers OR historians.

Brian O’C Leggett

Already in the Preface, Toulmin suggests that a better narration of Modernity starts not with Descartes and Tlulmin but with 16th-century humanist like Montaigne. Not surprisingly, I found its first three chapters two-thirds of the books very readable, insightful, and plausible. With wisdom and wit, Stephen Toulmin challenges that human nature and society could be fitted into exact rational categories and explores the consequences of moving beyond it for our present and future world.


On cosmoploisa Construal associates “scientific understanding” with the condom fetish in sex education, and “ideology” with cosmppolis opposing view.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. And when it is all over, one could have a hearty debate with this man, who like my own academic mentor Ian Watt, drew so much from his study at Cambridge with Wittgenstein.

In the area of ethics, for example, trying to arrive at timeless universal ethical principles in the way one derives theorems in mathematics is fundamentally flawed.

Contrary to philosophers who believe the absolute truth advocated in Plato ‘s idealized formal logicToulmin argues that truth can be a relative quality, dependent on historical and cultural contexts what other authors have termed “conceptual schemata”. Nostalgia longs to preserve a the crumbling status quo inherited from Toulminn Modernity. These ostensibly unwarranted add-ons to his previously scholarly critique made it difficult for me to complete reading the book: In this case, it is respect for rational lawfulness as such guides me.

Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity

It uses the standard principles for example, sanctity of life as referential markers in moral arguments. Preview — Cosmopolis by Stephen Toulmin. Although casuistry largely fell silent during the modern period, in The Abuse of Casuistry: Arguing on the Toulmin Model: Thomas Sheehy rated it really liked it Dec 17, Toulmin believed that reasoning is less an activity of inference, involving the discovering of new ideas, and more a process of testing and sifting already existing ideas—an act achievable through the process of justification.

Very approachable and an interesting theory about the certainty of Descartes and Newton and the desire for decontextualized science and philosophy for modernity. The Gay Science, section Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

InToulmin returned to the United States, where he held positions at various universities. But there are plenty of worthwhile ideas in here, just read the final chapters as a period piece. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

Berman’s modernity lives in the streets of New York; Toulmin remained in the abstract cloud-city of Cosmopolis, even when he desired to escape from it. In contrast to absolutists’ theoretical arguments, Toulmin’s practical argument is intended to focus on the justificatory function of argumentation, as opposed to the inferential function of theoretical arguments.

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Arguing that absolutism lacks practical value, Toulmin aimed to develop a different type of argument, called practical arguments also known as substantial arguments.

By reviving casuistry also known as case ethicsToulmin sought to find the middle ground between the extremes of absolutism and relativism.

The Hidden Agenda of Modernitywritten while Toulmin held the position of the Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities at Northwestern Universityspecifically criticizes the practical use and the thinning morality underlying modern science. While the concept of the nation-state should not, in my opinion, be dismissed as remains of an era bygone, it is obvious that the sovereignty of the nation-state is being challenged cosmopoois several different and interconnected levels. Meta-philosophyargumentationethics, rhetoricmodernity.

Hume and Descartes to name two had a totally different opinion on whether senses or the mind should be the starting point to create a brave, new world. While at Cambridge, Toulmin came into contact with the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgensteinwhose examination of the relationship between the uses and the foulmin of language shaped much of Toulmin’s cosmopois work.

It was based on a confluence of central ideas of Newton and Descartes cosmppolis pursuit of order and certainty. Descartes, and subsequetly natural science and philosophy, sought universal, stable theories that would rise above the conflicts of the day.

: Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity (): Stephen Toulmin: Books

By charting the evolution of modernity, he hopes to show us what intellectual posture we ought to adopt as we confront the coming millennium.

Oct 09, Sagely rated it really liked it. The ends of technology must be morally justified. Whereas theoretical arguments make inferences based on a set of principles to arrive at a claim, practical arguments first find a claim of interest, and then provide justification clsmopolis it. The first three elements, “claim,” “ground,” and “warrant,” are considered as the essential components of practical arguments, while the second triad, “qualifier,” “backing,” and “rebuttal,” may not be needed in some arguments.

Through the use of casuistry, Toulmin demonstrated and reinforced his previous emphasis on the significance of comparison to moral arguments, a significance not addressed in theories of absolutism or relativism.