Passage to Modernity: An Essay on the Hermeneutics of Nature and Culture

Passage to Modernity: An Essay on the Hermeneutics of Nature and Culture

by Louis Dupre
     
 

Did modernity begin with the Renaissance and end with post-modernity? In this book a distinguished scholar challenges both these assumptions. Louis Dupré discusses the roots, development, and impact of modern thought, tracing the fundamental principles of modernity to the late fourteenth century and affirming that modernity is still an influential force in… See more details below

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Did modernity begin with the Renaissance and end with post-modernity? In this book a distinguished scholar challenges both these assumptions. Louis Dupré discusses the roots, development, and impact of modern thought, tracing the fundamental principles of modernity to the late fourteenth century and affirming that modernity is still an influential force in contemporary culture.

The combination of late medieval theology and early Italian humanism shattered the traditional synthesis that had united cosmic, human, and transcendent components in a comprehensive idea of nature. Early Italian humanism transformed the traditional worldview by its unprecedented emphasis on human creativity. The person emerged as the sole source of meaning while nature was reduced to an object and transcendence withdrew into a "supernatural" realm. Dupré analyzes this fragmentation as well as the writings of those who reacted against it-philosophers like Cusanus and Bruno, humanists like Ficino and Erasmus, theologians like Baius and Jansenius, mystics like Ignatius Loyola and Francis de Sales, and theosophists like Weigel and Boehme.

Baroque culture briefly reunited the human, cosmic, and transcendent components, but since that time the disintegrating forces have increased in strength. Despite post-modern criticism, the principles of early modernity continue to dominate the climate of our time. Passage to Modernity is not so much a critique as a search for the philosophical meaning of the epochal change achieved by those principles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300065015
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
314
Sales rank:
812,541
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IFrom Cosmos to Nature
1Classical and Medieval Antecedents15
2Nature and Form42
3The Emergence of Objectivity65
Pt. IIFrom Microcosmos to Subject
4The Nature of the Subject and the Subject of Nature93
5The New Meaning of Freedom120
6The Birth of the Past145
Pt. IIIFrom Deified Nature to Supernatural Grace
7The Fateful Separation167
8The Attempted Reunion190
9A Provisional Synthesis221
Conclusion249
Notes255
Index287

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