The Making of the Modern Mind: A Survey of the Intellectual Background of the Present Age / Edition 1

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This outstanding work on the history of philosophy and ideas, written by world-renowned philosopher, historian of philosophy, and teacher John Herman Randall, Jr., is now available for the first time in paperback. Long acclaimed a contemporary classic, The Making of the Modern Mind displays the comprehensiveness, clarity of style, balance, and wit that came to characterize all of Dr. Randall's works.

From the medieval worldview to the modern outlook, this work presents a sweeping intellectual history in one volume. The emphasis is on ideas in their historical setting, on how modes of thought emerge, grow, influence and react to one another, and sometimes, when no longer useful, even die. The result is a grand synthesis of the main currents in western thought, bringing together religion, philosophy, politics, science, economics, literature and the arts, and the social and behavioral sciences -- all the diverse systems man has devised in his effort to understand, interpret, and shape human experience.

Whether as a text or as a supplementary reading, this distinguished volume will complement a wide variety of courses in philosophy, history, and contemporary civilization. It can be read with pleasure by all those interested in the history of man and ideas.

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Randall was one of the great American minds of the 20th century, and this was his classic textbook written for Columbia's contemporary civilization course. First published in 1926 and last revised in 1940, this is another book that Gress sees as an example of the Grand Narrative, but as he points out, it was "brilliantly learned and well written." It thus still serves as a solid introduction to the history of ideas for undergraduates and adults. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231041430
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/1976
  • Edition description: 50th anniversary ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 696
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 1.77 (d)

Meet the Author

John Herman Randall, Jr., is Frederick J. E. Woodbridge Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Columbia University. He is the author of many works in philosophy and intellectual history, among them Aristotle, The Career of Philosophy, Vols. I and II, How Philosophy Uses its Past, Nature and Historical Experience and Philosophy After Darwin: Chapters for The Career of Philosophy, Volume III, and Other Essays, all published by Columbia University Press.

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Table of Contents

IntroductionBook IThe Intellectual Outlook of Medieval ChristendomChapter I. The Coming of Age of the Western Peoples.Chapter II. The World as the Scene of the Drama of SalvationChapter III. The Chief End of Man-The Enjoyment of Eternal LifeChapter IV. The Embodiment-The City of GodChapter V. The Embodiment-Lay SocietyBook IIThe New world of the RenaissanceChapter VI. The New Interests of the Modern Age-The Natural ManChapter VII. The Religious Reaction-The Revolt from the Medieval ChurchChapter VIII. The Revolt from Feudalism and a Unified ChristendomChapter IX. The New Interests of the Modern Age-The World of NatureChapter X. The New Scene of Human LifeBook IIIThe Order of Nature-The Development of Thought in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth CenturiesChapter XI. The Newtonian World-MachineChapter XII. The Religion of ReasonChapter XIII. The Sciences of Man-The Sciences of Human Nature and of BusinessChapter XIV. The Science of Man-The Science of GovernmentChapter XV. The Mortality of Reasonableness-HumanitarianismBook IVThe Growing World-Thought and Aspiration in the Last Hundred YearsChapter XVI. The Romantic Protest Against the Age of ReasonChapter XVII. The Conflict of Social Ideals to 1848Chapter XVIII The World Conceived as a Process of Growth and EvolutionChapter XIX. The Science of Man in the Growing WorldChapter XX. Religion in the Growing WorldChapter XXI. Philosophic Reactions to the Growing World of Mechanism and NaturalismChapter XXII. Social Ideals in the Growing World

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