Renaissance Philosophy

Renaissance Philosophy

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The Renaissance has long been recognized as a brilliant moment in the development of Western civilization. However, little attention has been devoted to the distinct contributions of philosophy to Renaissance culture. This volume introduces the reader to the philosophy written, read, taught, and debated during the period traditionally credited with the 'revival of learning'. The authors examine the relation of Renaissance philosophy to humanism and the universities, the impact of rediscovered ancient sources, the recovery of Plato and the Neoplatonists, and the evolving ascendancy of Aristotle. Renaissance Philosophy also explores the original contributions of major figures including Bruni, Valla, Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, Pomponazzi, Machiavelli, More, Vitoria, Montaigne, Bruno, and Campanella. Renaissance Philosophy demonstrates the uses of ancient and medieval philosophy by Renaissance thinkers, and throws light on the early modern origins of modern philosophy.show more

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 30mm | 639.56g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • line drawings
  • 0192891847
  • 9780192891846
  • 521,905

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the wealth of information in this book is amazing * THES * a brilliantly successful piece of work * Renaissance Philosophy * For those, philosophers and historians of ideas alike, who wish to enlarge their understanding of these complex patterns of influence, Renaissance Philosophy provides a comprehensive and richly documented guide. * TLS *show more

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This book examines the relation of Renaissance philosophy to humanism and the universities, the impact of rediscovered ancient sources, the recovery of Plato and the Neoplatonists, and the evolving ascendancy of Aristotle. Renaissance Philosophy also explores the original contributions of major figures including Bruni, Valla, Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, Pomponazzi, Machiavelli, More, Vitoria, Montaigne, Bruno, and Campanella.show more

Table of contents

1. The Historical Context of Renaissance Philosophy ; 2. Aristotelianism ; 3. Platonism ; 4. Stoics, Sceptics, Epicureans, and Other Innovators ; 5. Nature against Authority: Breaking Away from the Classics ; 6. Renaissance Philosophy and Modern Memory ; Bibliography; Indexshow more

About Brian P. Copenhaver

Brian Copenhaver is Professor of History and Philosophy and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. His books include: Hermetica (Ed, with T. Hermes, CUP 1992). Charles Schmitt, who died in Padua in 1986, was lecturer in History of Science and Philosophy at the Warburg Institute of the University of London.show more

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