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Renaissance and Modernity on the Way to Cleverness and Brightness

(Original title: Renesancia a novovek na ceste k múdrosti a chytrosti (Poznámky k Leibnizovmu projektu univerzálnej charakteristiky))
Filozofia, 2006, vol. 61, No 5, pp. 359-368.
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The paper deals with the rise of modern thought in connection with the origins of modern mathematical science. Leibniz, one of the founding fathers of modern science and the language of science (characteristica universalis), scientific questions and modern knowledge as such, is an extraordinary thinker among others because of his comprehensiveness. He aimed at a new synthesis of science, which should fist of all maintain the unity of science, philosophy and morals (or ethics). By the help of the notions such as „cleverness“, „brightness“, „calculating and considering reason“ the author wants to stress his conviction, that the topical contemporary questions could be resolved only in dependence on creative thinking and mainly moral action.

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