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The Poets Wisdom: The Humanists, the Church, and the Formation of Philosophy in the Early Renaissance Timothy Kircher

The Poets Wisdom: The Humanists, the Church, and the Formation of Philosophy in the Early Renaissance

Timothy Kircher

Published December 23rd 2005
ISBN : 9789004146372
Hardcover
320 pages
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The book explores the philosophical thinking of Petrarch and Boccaccio in contrast to the writings of contemporary mendicants. Examining both Latin and vernacular works, it investigates how these humanists poetically express the temporal, subjective,MoreThe book explores the philosophical thinking of Petrarch and Boccaccio in contrast to the writings of contemporary mendicants. Examining both Latin and vernacular works, it investigates how these humanists poetically express the temporal, subjective, and emotional quality of moral sensibility, in a way that shifts to the reader the weight of discerning the ethical message. The book centers its analysis on a series of paradoxes pondered by these humanists: the self that changes yet persists over time- the awareness of self-deception- the individuals validation of authority- and the ethics of pleasure. This study is valuable to those interested in Renaissance philosophy, literature, religion, and the history of ideas.