Renaissance Thought and Its Sources

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Columbia University Press, 1979 - 347 páginas

Renaissance Thought and Its Sources presents the fruits of an extraordinary lifetime of scholarship: a systematic account of major themes in Renaissance philosophy, theology, science, and literature, show in their several settings. Here, in some of Paul Oskar Kristeller's most comprehensive and ambitious writings, is an exploration of the distinctive trends and concepts of the Renaissance, grounded in detailed historical investigation.All of these fourteen essays were originally delivered as lectures. Part One identifies the classical sources of Renaissance thought and exposes its essential physiognomy, indicating its humanist, Aristotelian, and Platonist traditions. The next two parts present Renaissance thought in the historical context of the Latin and Greek Middle Ages. Part Four offers a thematic study of Renaissance thought, examining its characteristic conceptions of man's dignity, destiny, and grasp of truth. Part Five forms a summary from the perspective of a central theme of Renaissance intellectual life and of the entire Western tradition: the relation of language to thought and the seemingly insoluble contest between our literary and philosophical traditions.The reader of "Renaissance Thought and its Sources" enjoys the results of meticulous study in a concise yet comprehensive format. Throughout, Kristeller achieves a graceful blending of sever historical scholarship and adherence to humane values that the editor calls "nearly a lost art in our times."

 

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Contenido

Introduction
1
Renaissance Thought and Classical Antiquity
15
Introduction
17
The Humanist Movement
21
The Aristotelian Tradition
32
Renaissance Platonism
50
Paganism and Christianity
66
Renaissance Thought and the Middle Ages
83
Renaissance Concepts of Man
165
Introduction
167
The Dignity of Man
169
The Immortality of the Soul
181
The Unity of Truth
196
Philosophy and Rhetoric From Antiquity to the Renaissance
211
Introduction
213
Classical Antiquity
217

Humanism and Scholasticism in the Italian Renaissance
85
Renaissance Philosophy and the Medieval Tradition
106
Renaissance Thought and Byzantine Learning
135
Italian Humanism and Byzantium
137
Byzantine and Western Platonism in the Fifteenth Century
150
The Middle Ages
228
The Renaissance
242
Notes
261
Index
329
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Paul Oskar Kristellar is Frederick J.E. Woodbridge Professor Emeritus of philosophy at Columbia University.

Michael Mooney is Associate Provost at Columbia University.

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