The Measure of Things by David E. Cooper

Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Protagoras ( declares in the dialogue of the same name by Plato that ‘Man is the Measure of all Things’. If there is an objective reality ‘out there’ how can we know it except through our human point of view?

David E. Cooper, (Professor of Philosophy at Durham, takes up this challenge. After having charted the history of humanism from the medieval period to the late twentieth century he offers a mid point stance between the arrogant certainties (as he sees them) of absolutism and humanism. This is roughly a position of humility which is comfortable to dwell in mystery. Will you be happy with his compromise? Read this book to find out.

384 pages in Oxford University Press paperback edition.

ISBN 978-0199235988

Professor David Cooper
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