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 need understood by means of 'old' philosophy has been little preferred. during this booklet Dmitri Levitin examines English attitudes to historical philosophy in unheard of intensity, demonstrating the centrality of engagement with the heritage of philosophy to nearly all informed 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array of resources, Levitin demanding situations the belief that curiosity in old rules was once restricted to out-of-date 'ancients' or was once in a few feel 'pre-enlightened'; certainly, a lot of the highbrow justification for the recent philosophy got here from re-writing its historical past. while, the deep funding of English students in pioneering sorts of overdue humanist erudition led them to enhance essentially the most leading edge narratives of old philosophy in early sleek Europe.

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