The Legacy of the Enlightenment


in Discerning the Mystery

Published in print October 1989 | ISBN: 9780198261964
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682261 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

The Legacy of the Enlightenment

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This chapter presents an essay on the division between science and the humanities during the Enlightenment period. It explains that the awareness of radical differences between the sciences and the humanities emerged as a protest against the tendency of the Enlightenment to regard the advances of modern science as proving the paradigmatic character of the sciences for all human knowing. The first person to launch such as a protest was Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico. His work was followed by a more elaborate one by Wilhelm Dilthey.

Keywords: Enlightenment; science; humanities; Giambattista Vico; Wilhelm Dilthey

Chapter.  11453 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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