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The Measure of Things: Humanism, Humility, and Mystery

David E. Cooper


Philosophers have long been divided between ‘humanists’, for whom ‘man is the measure of things’, and their opponents, who claim that there is a way, in principle knowable and describable, that the world anyway is, independent of human perspectives and interests. The early chapters of The Measure of Things chart the development of humanism from medieval times, through the Renaissance, Enlightenment and Romantic periods, to its modern form, ‘existential humanism’. The author does not identify this final position with that of any particular philosopher, though it is closely related to those of H ... More

Keywords: humanism, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romantic period, existential humanism, Heidegger, Ockham, Kant, Nietzsche, absolutism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199235988
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235988.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David E. Cooper, author
Department of Philosophy, Durham University