The Western Intellectual Tradition

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Harper Collins, Aug 1, 1962 - History - 544 pages
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Traces the development of thought through historical movements and periods from 1500 to 1830.
  

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Review: The Western Intellectual Tradition: From Leonardo to Hegel

User Review  - Srobona Chatterjee - Goodreads

Excellent broad and deep scholarly but readable introduction to western intellectual history. I learned more (much much more) from this book than my freshman western philosophy 1 and 2 put together. And it's only $10. Read full review

Review: The Western Intellectual Tradition: From Leonardo to Hegel

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Contents

2 The CityStates of Italy
20
Machiavelli
28
Thomas More
44
5 Erasmus and the Humanists
61
The Reformation
76
The Scientific Revolution
107
The Elizabethan Age
127
1o The Royal Society
180
The Industrial Revolution
307
Businessmen and Technicians
323
Adam Smith
336
2o Benjamin Franklin
357
2t Thomas Jefferson and the American Revolution
373
The French Revolution and Its Napoleonic Sequel
392
Edmund Burke
415
Jeremy Bentham
430

1t Hobbes and Locke
193
12 The Method of Descartes
216
The Contribution of Pascal and Bayle
230
Science and Satire
246
15 Montesquieu
264
Rousseau
280
FROM SMITH TO HEGEL 17601830
305
25 Robert Owen
450
The Emergence of History
472
Conclusion
491
Index of Names
505
Index of Subjects
515
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About the author (1962)

Born in Poland, Jacob Bronowski moved to England at the age of 12. He received a scholarship to study mathematics at Cambridge University, where he earned a Ph.D. in 1933. At Cambridge, Bronowski edited a literary magazine and wrote verse. He served as lecturer at University College in Hull before joining the government service in 1942. During World War II Bronowski participated in military research. He pioneered developments in operations research, which enhanced the effectiveness of Allied bombing raids. After viewing the ruins of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, Bronowski refused to continue military research and became involved with the ethical and technological issues related to science. When he wrote a report on the devastating effects of the atomic bomb, the experience became critical to his career as an author. The report was eventually incorporated in his book Science and Human Values (1965). After World War II Bronowski joined the Ministry of Works, assuming several government posts concerned with research in power resources. In 1964 he came to the United States and served as senior fellow (1964-70) and then director (1970-74) of the Council for Biology in Human Affairs at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. He taught and lectured at several American universities, including MIT, Columbia University, and Yale. Until his death, Bronowski remained a resident fellow at the Salk Institute. Bronowski's writing career can be divided into two periods. Prior to World War II, he wrote mathematical papers, poetry, and literary criticism. After the war, Bronowski wrote mainly about scientific values, science as a humanistic enterprise, language, and creativity. In 1973 Bronowski's acclaimed 13-part BBC television series titled The Ascent of Man chronicled attempts to understand and control nature from antiquity to the present. The series called for a democracy of intellect in which "knowledge sits in the homes and heads of people with no ambition to control others, and not up in the isolated seats of power." Neither naive nor utopian, Bronowski remained a consistent optimist and defender of science. In A Sense of the Future (1977), Bronowski states that, as science becomes increasingly preoccupied with relations and arrangement, it too becomes engaged in the search for structure that typifies modern art. He believed that self-knowledge brings together the experience of the arts and the explanations of science.

Bruce Mazlish is emeritus professor of history at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of The Leader, The Led, and the Psyche; The Riddle of History; and Reflections on the Modern and the Global.

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