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The Age of Genius The Age Of Genius Explores The Eventful Intertwining Of Outward Event And Inner Intellectual Life To Tell, In All Its Richness And Depth, The Story Of The 17th Century In Europe It Was A Time Of Creativity Unparalleled In History Before Or Since, From Science To The Arts, From Philosophy To Politics Acclaimed Philosopher And Historian A.C Grayling Points To Three Primary Factors That Led To The Rise Of Vernacular Popular Languages In Philosophy, Theology, Science, And Literature The Rise Of The Individual As A General And Not Merely An Aristocratic Type And The Invention And Application Of Instruments And Measurement In The Study Of The Natural World.Grayling Vividly Reconstructs This Unprecedented Era And Breathes New Life Into The Major Figures Of The Seventeenth Century Intelligentsia Who Span Literature, Music, Science, Art, And Philosophy Shakespeare, Monteverdi, Galileo, Rembrandt, Locke, Newton, Descartes, Vermeer, Hobbes, Milton, And Cervantes, Among Many During This Century, A Fundamentally New Way Of Perceiving The World Emerged As Reason Rose To Prominence Over Tradition, And The Rights Of The Individual Took Center Stage In Philosophy And Politics, A Paradigmatic Shift That Would Define Western Thought For Centuries To Come.


10 thoughts on “The Age of Genius

  1. says:

    Building a book length argument around his contention that the seventeenth century is the moment when one world view was displaced by another because the scientific displaced that of faith, Grayling paints a picture of astronomers, mathematicians,


  2. says:

    Disclaimer I found this book in my local tube station I picked it up knowing only of Grayling as one of the apostles of new atheism, and thus expected an arrogant panegyric to the self evident progress of rational mankind, couched under the guise of a sweepi


  3. says:

    To understand who we are one must first understand where we came from and how we got there Nothing providesinsight into our current human condition than a well thought out history about a critical century of thought such as this book provides I ve noticed that my Scie


  4. says:

    This is a book that deserves to be studied, annotated, digested, and referenced, not just read Grayling is an excellent and unpretentious writer and a master at distilling important and complex issues in intellectual and cultural history for amateurs like me and I suspect for t


  5. says:

    This book is basically the non fiction backstory to Neal Stephenson s Baroque Cycle starting with Quicksilver Except the Baroque Cycle manages to cover a lotof the world But this was up front about its restrictions of location and scope it was going to cover Western Europe in the 17th ce


  6. says:

    A thorough and interesting account of both the political and intellectual developments of the seventeenth century, focused on Europe but aware of the whole planet The last chapter surprised me by turning into an impassioned plea for civilization, but hey, I m for civilization too.


  7. says:

    Seemingly over ambitious attempt to tie together pretty much everything that happened in the 17th century I learned quite a bit, skipped over some sections, and enjoyed much of the writing.


  8. says:

    This is not a bad book It is a well informed, scholastic piece that chronicles the early 17th century But it s over ambitious by trying to summarise the whole enlightenment era into a 300 page book The book starts with the wars of the 17th century The reader is briefed about the relevance of war towards the advanceme


  9. says:

    In the seventeenth century Galileo, Newton and others laid the basis of modern science, Descartes and Spinoza altered the history of philosophy, Hugo Grotius founded international law, and Hobbes and Locke set the terms of modern political theory Unless you happened to be part of the royal family or the elite clergy, living in


  10. says:

    At the beginning of the seventeenth century, science was embryonic, the Holy Roman Empire controlled much of continental Europe, the Netherlands was controlled by Spain and Galileo was tried by the Inquisition and forced to retract his support for the Copernican model of the solar system to save his life By the end of the century, their


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