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Rhetoric and philosophy in Renaissance humanism from Petrarch to Valla

Jerrold E. Seigel

Rhetoric and philosophy in Renaissance humanism from Petrarch to Valla

studies in the development of Quattrocento thought and its classical antecedents.

by Jerrold E. Seigel

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Published by University Microfilms "O-P Books" in [Ann Arbor .
Written in English


The Physical Object
Pagination3, vii, 333 p.
Number of Pages333
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Open LibraryOL20654713M

Of these two, Hermeticsm has had great continuing influence in Western thought, while the former mostly dissipated as an intellectual trend, leading to movements in Western esotericism such as Theosophy and New Age thinking. Unable to obtain a post as papal secretary inhe left Rome and spent the next five years wandering about northern Italy. In the Renaissance to be secular meant simply to be in the world rather than in a monastery. The historian Thucydidesnoted for his scientific and rational approach to history, is also much admired by later humanists. Renaissance humanism arose out of the peculiar social and cultural circumstances of thirteenth-century Italy. As perfected texts passed to other specialists, such as mathematicians and scientists, the recipients also became Humanist thinkers.

Robert Wilde Updated February 07, Renaissance Humanism—named to differentiate it from the Humanism that came later—was an intellectual movement that originated in the 13th century and came to dominate European thought during the Renaissancewhich it played a considerable role in creating. However, a huge amount of classical Greek knowledge was now worked in. To establish such a religion is a major necessity of the present. Turville-Petre have identified a stream of humanistic philosophy in the Icelandic sagas. Of these two, Hermeticsm has had great continuing influence in Western thought, while the former mostly dissipated as an intellectual trend, leading to movements in Western esotericism such as Theosophy and New Age thinking. It was first employed as humanismus by 19th-century German scholars to designate the Renaissance emphasis on Classical studies in education.

At the beginning of the century both of the two have their own place in the intellectual life of the time. If you do not understand life, what is the point of understanding death? In this part of the treatise, which also circulated independently under the title Emendationes in T. In this sense the term can also be used self-consciously, as in the New Humanism movement in literary criticism led by Irving Babbitt and Paul Elmer More in the early 20th century.


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Rhetoric and philosophy in Renaissance humanism from Petrarch to Valla book

Had Petrarch not lived, Humanism would have been seen as threatening Christianity. Italian humanism spread northward to FranceGermanythe Low CountriesPoland-Lithuania, Hungary and England with the adoption of large-scale printing afterand it became associated with the Reformation. In his splendid studies of Petrarch and Valla in the present book, Professor Kristeller puts across for the student and for the general reader what ought to be understood by Renaissance humanism and Renaissance humanist philosophy.

The purview of Renaissance humanism included not only the education of the young but also the guidance of adults including rulers via philosophical poetry and strategic rhetoric.

It was a shift from the hand written book to the printed one. His adoption jibed with a turn back to the secular. By embracing a non-theistic philosophic base, [50] however, the methods of the humanists, combined with their eloquence, would ultimately have a corrosive effect on established authority.

Such was Cardinal Basilios Bessariona convert to the Catholic Church from Greek Orthodoxywho was considered for the papacyand was one of the most learned scholars of his time. Yet in seeking to restrict the meaning of humanitas to literary education this way, Gellius was not advocating a retreat from political engagement into some ivory tower, though it might look like that to us.

However, a huge amount of classical Greek knowledge was now worked in. To say that professors in the many disciplines known as the humanities are humanists is to compound vagueness with vagueness, for these disciplines have long since ceased to have or even aspire to a common rationale.

Did printing make Petrarchan revival possible? For the desire to pursue of that kind of knowledge, and the training given by it, has been granted to humanity alone of all the animals, and for that reason it is termed humanitas, or "humanity".

To establish such a religion is a major necessity of the present. Richard Bauman writes: Homo sum: humani nihil a me alienum puto.

Cicero used it a few times, but it was the later grammarian Aulus Gellius who clearly equated the Latin word humanitas with Greek paideia, that is, with the classical Greek education of liberal learning, especially literature and rhetoric, which was believed to develop the intellectual, moral and aesthetic capacities of a child pais in Greek; hence paideia.

The information age and the printing press: Looking backward to see ahead. Valla also translated many works from Greek into Latin. A professional heretic, he was well suited for his role as a critic of authority and orthodoxy. With the Counter Reformation initiated by the Council of Trentpositions hardened and a strict Catholic orthodoxy based on Scholastic philosophy was imposed, and some humanists, even moderate Catholics such as Erasmus, risked being declared heretics for their criticism of the church.

AugustineAlcuinand the scholars of 12th-century Chartres have thus been referred to as humanists. Henceforth Renaissance humanism, particularly in the German North, became concerned with religion, while Italian and French humanism concentrated increasingly on scholarship and philology addressed to a narrow audience of specialists, studiously avoiding topics that might offend despotic rulers or which might be seen as corrosive of faith.

Ancient China Main article: Confucianism The philosophy of Confucius — BCEwhich eventually became the basis of the state ideology of successive Chinese dynasties and nearby polities in East Asiacontains several humanistic traits, placing a high value on human life and discounting mysticism and superstition, including speculations on ghosts and an afterlife.

As an effective means of moving leaders or fellow citizens toward one political course or another, eloquence was akin to pure power. It had to pass a full century before the outlines of a new world began to emerge.The movement led to a restudy of the Scriptures and gave impetus to the Reformation.

The term humanist is applied to such diverse men as Giovanni Boccaccio, Petrarch, Lorenzo Valla, Lorenzo de' Medici, Erasmus, and Thomas More. In the 20th cent., F. C.

S.

Humanism, Renaissance

Schiller and Irving Babbitt applied the term to their own thought. Sep 22,  · Free Online Library: Rhetoric and humanism in Quattrocento Venice.

by "Renaissance Quarterly"; Humanities, general Literature, writing, book reviews Humanism 15th century AD History. The combination of rhetoric and philosophy appeared in the ancient world through Cicero, and revived as an ideal in the Renaissance.

By a careful and precise analysis of the views of four major humanists-Petrarch, Salutati, Bruni, and Valla--Professor Seigel seeks to establish that they were first of all professional rhetoricians, completely committed to the relation between philosophy and.

In Paul Kristeller's influential definition [in Renaissance Thoughts and Its Sources, ], rhetoric is one of the characteristics of renaissance humanism. Rhetoric appealed to the humanists because it trained pupils to use the full resources of the ancient languages, and because it offered a genuinely classical view of the nature of language.

A Guide to Renaissance Humanism

Io96 Reviews of Books RHETORIC AND PHILOSOPHY IN RENAISSANCE HUMANISM: THE UNION OF ELOQUENCE AND WISDOM, PETRARCH TO VALLA. By Jerrold E. Seigel.

Renaissance humanism

(Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. I Pp. xvii, $) PROFESSOR Seigel's book is divided into two parts, divergent in approach and emphasis. Renaissance humanism was a revival in the study of classical antiquity, at first in Italy and then spreading across Western Europe in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries.

The term humanism is contemporary to that period, while Renaissance humanism is a retronym used .