"A step into the history of Philosophy"
is the reconstruction offered by Dr. Stephan Altman about the development of the western thought, so the philosophic conceptions of life and human facts that our civilization has brought from ancient times until today. Dr. Altman is able to represent the history of western philosophy as an organic process of development, maybe under the inspiration that he got from Goethe's theory of nature. This work comprehends the philosophies of the ancient greek and their sliding throught the Christian roman characterized philosophy of the Middle ages, and then the re-appearing of the greek most living essence in the italian Renaissance. Then, from there, we see how the Renaissance pulled on a new feeling of the cosmos, nature and the human position in the so rationally order cosmic construction. This stage had its more concrete resut in the french rationalism: Descartes, with his separation introduced between Body and Soul. This was the departure of a process which would have kept the man so far from the nature. Nature would have appeared, since that discovery, like just a big complex of material that the men had to dominate, according to human needs. Men started to develop a "technics", which found in this historic stage its birth. Here the man started to be a technician.
This peculiarity, which belongs exclusively to modern man, is destined to mark more and more the figure of mankind, which arrives until us. Contemporary man is derivated from the feelings that many centuries ago the men found out, just as accepting the distinction introduced by Descarted in his philosophical doctrine - which would have been fastly so popular, so able to configurate a worldwide common thinking, then evoluted into our typical common sense. Ludwig Wittgenstein, by Dr. Altman perspective, seems to be very coherent with Descartes original philosophy. Simply, Wittgenstein has been the author who better understood and formulated the philosophy of the human common sense, who finally gets conscious of its own limits and bounds.