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1. Philosophy / B. History of Ideas / 5. Later European Thought

[landmarks of general European thought, 1601 - 1878]

10 ideas
A neo-Stoic movement began in the late sixteenth century [Grayling on Lipsius]
Modern science comes from Descartes' view that knowledge doesn't need moral purity [Foucault on Descartes]
Hegel produced modern optimism; he failed to grasp that consciousness never progresses [Cioran]
Romanticism is the greatest change in the consciousness of the West [Berlin]
In the 17th-18th centuries morality offered a cure for egoism, through altruism [MacIntyre]
The Levellers and the Diggers mark a turning point in the history of morality [MacIntyre]
Logic was merely a branch of rhetoric until the scientific 17th century [Devlin]
Modern Western culture suddenly appeared in Jena in the 1790s [Svendsen]
Since Kant we think we can only access 'correlations' between thinking and being [Meillassoux]
The Copernican Revolution decentres the Earth, but also decentres thinking from reality [Meillassoux]