Dupres gives a detailed account of the roots of modernity going back to the nominalist shift of the late fourteenth century. A comprehensively researched essay that is sometimes hard to keep a track of chronologically but contributes a fresh approach to the understandings of the roots of modernity. A read that takes time but is worth it.
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An Amazing and Essential BookSept. 24 2004
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Louis Dupre follows the established line of questioning set forth by Heidegger, Gadamer, and Ricoeur in his hermeneutical analysis of the history of thinking since the Greeks.
His insights are concisely set forth, and they are so subtle in their impact. He shows convincingly that the scientific methodlogies currently used today arose from theological concerns. The epistemological rift that so many schools of thinking hold to be an irreversible one is cast in a completely new light as Dupre traces the very life and essence of a single and central line of questioning over the ages.
For those interested in any of the hermeneutical thinkers, this book is essential. For those not interested in them, Dupre's work is still pertinent as it addresses the central theme of methodological conflicts afflicting every field of science--natural or human.