The Philosopher in Early Modern Europe: The Nature of a Contested Identity

Cambridge University Press (2006)
In this groundbreaking collection of essays the history of philosophy appears in a new light, not as reason's progressive discovery of its universal conditions, but as a series of unreconciled disputes over the proper way to conduct oneself as a philosopher. By shifting focus from the philosopher as proxy for the universal subject of reason to the philosopher as a special persona arising from rival forms of self-cultivation, philosophy is approached in terms of the social office and intellectual deportment of the philosopher, as a personage with a definite moral physiognomy and institutional setting. In so doing, this collection of essays by leading figures in the fields of both philosophy and the history of ideas provides access to key early modern disputes over what it meant to be a philosopher, and to the institutional and larger political and religious contexts in which such disputes took place.
Keywords Philosophers History  Philosophers History  Philosophy, European  Philosophy, European  Philosophy History  Philosophy History
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Call number B801.P43 2006
ISBN(s) 0521123895   0521866464   9780521866460
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