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 liked. during this publication Dmitri Levitin examines English attitudes to historic philosophy in unparalleled intensity, demonstrating the centrality of engagement with the historical past of philosophy to just about all expert 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of resources, Levitin demanding situations the belief that curiosity in historical principles used to be constrained to out-of-date 'ancients' or was once in a few feel 'pre-enlightened'; certainly, a lot of the highbrow justification for the recent philosophy got here from re-writing its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. even as, the deep funding of English students in pioneering varieties of past due humanist erudition led them to improve one of the most leading edge narratives of historical philosophy in early smooth Europe.
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001 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2016 26 Histories of philosophy between ‘Renaissance’ and ‘Enlightenment’ sources for almost any famous Greek philosopher, whether in Latin translation or in the original Greek. 119 Of course, these sources, and those for philosophers for whom little or no primary evidence survived (most notably those we – but not early moderns – call the presocratics), could be approached not through the primary evidence but through ancient anthologies of philosophical opinions,120 whether those in the well-known and widely available texts of Aristotle, Cicero, or in Stobaeus’s Anthology, in dedicated accounts like Philostratus’s Lives of the Sophists, Pseudo-Plutarch’s De placitis philosophorum,121 or Iamblichus’s Vita Pythagorica,122 in the church fathers,123 or in later compilations like the massive tenth-century Byzantine lexicon, the Suda, or Photius’s Bibliotheca.
Finally – at the risk of total hubris – I have attempted a degree of comprehensiveness. This is reﬂected in a slightly digressive style: where Chapter 2, for example, nominally deals with attitudes to ancient near-eastern philosophy, much of its ﬁrst third is devoted to a more general analysis of Thomas Stanley, the ﬁrst Englishman to publish an independent history of philosophy. I hope that the ﬁnal interpretative results outweigh what might be considered a stylistic defect. 106 107 108 109 For one important study of the build-up of such resources, see Reif, Hebrew manuscripts at Cambridge University Library (1997), 7–15.
Calvinist) systems of divinity and with a rejection of putative ‘puritan’ anti-intellectualism. 91 Just as important was the London Polyglot Bible, prepared mostly by a group of deprived divines led by Brian Walton. As Scott Mandelbrote has pointed out, this investment in philological and historical scholarship was also a statement about the sociology of knowledge: Walton was no stranger to the debate over clerical authority in seventeenth-century England . . For Walton, the Hebrew text of the Old Testament was not the sole embodiment of the authority of Scripture.
Ancient Wisdom in the Age of the New Science: Histories of Philosophy in England, c. 1640-1700 by Dmitri Levitin