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 e-book Dmitri Levitin examines English attitudes to historical philosophy in remarkable intensity, demonstrating the centrality of engagement with the heritage of philosophy to nearly all informed 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array of assets, Levitin demanding situations the belief that curiosity in historic rules was once restricted to out-of-date 'ancients' or was once in a few experience 'pre-enlightened'; certainly, a lot of the highbrow justification for the recent philosophy got here from re-writing its heritage. while, the deep funding of English students in pioneering different types of past due humanist erudition led them to strengthen probably the most cutting edge narratives of historical philosophy in early sleek Europe.

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John North (London, 1744), 258–60, 262. See also North’s notes on ‘Critica’ in BL MS Add. 32514, fol. 183r. North had all his notes and writings burned after his death, but one notebook survived: this is the neat transcript made by Roger North (fols. 167r–227v); the rough notes can be found in BL MS Add. 32517. See further Kassler, The honourable Roger North (2009), 54–5. See the notes in BL MS Add. 32514, fols. 179v–182v. 102 on Thu Mar 17 12:12:57 GMT 2016. 6). 1). To be able to speak of the philosophical past was a cultural expectation.

157 for the lack of evidence of any contact between him and Henry More. 102 on Thu Mar 17 12:12:44 GMT 2016. 001 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2016 20 Histories of philosophy between ‘Renaissance’ and ‘Enlightenment’ ‘modernity’. But Stillingfleet’s early career is best characterised not by his allegiance to any philosophical position, but by the importance of developing a scholarly reputation for an aspiring careerist divine. 100 When Stillingfleet said that Christianity was ‘rational’, he meant primarily that it was rational to believe the historical accounts in the New Testament: metaphysics, epistemology,101 and ‘natural religion’ have very little to do with this.

He had suggested that virtually all the Greek philosophers had been animists. 1. 102 on Thu Mar 17 12:12:50 GMT 2016. 4 The argument 25 was taken up both by English scholars and theologians and natural philosophers, and blended more generally with the general interest in histories of ancient idolatry of the Vossius type. It led – in adjusted form – to some of the most famous programmatic statements about natural philosophy, by Willis, by Boyle (especially in the Free enquiry concerning the vulgar notion of nature (1686)), and by Newton (in the General Scholium, added to the second edition of the Principia (1713)).

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