The Renaissance

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The Renaissance was an age of new discoveries, and a more intellectual way of learning that began in Italy in the fourteenth century, spread to the north, including England, by the sixteenth century, and ended in the north in the mid-seventeenth century. During this period, there was an enormous renewal of interest in and study of classical antiquity. These kinds of discoveries resulted in changes of tremendous importance for Western civilization. However the renaissance didn’t just happen, there are many reasons as to why it occurred. In general, some of the more basic possibilities were due to the ordered, formalistic, and labeled society of the middle Ages allowed those forces which had created it to destroy it... View More »

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Humanism in the terms used in the Renaissance itself, Humanism represented a shift from the "contemplative life" to the "active life." In the Middle Ages, great value had often been attached to the life of meditation and religious devotion, away from the world. In the Renaissance, the highest cultural values were usually associated with active involvement in public life, in moral, political, and military action, and in service to the state. . Of course, the traditional religious values coexisted with the new earthly values; in fact, some of the most important Humanists, like Erasmus, were Churchmen. Also, individual achievement, breadth of knowledge, and personal ambition were valued. The concept of the "Renaissance Man" refers to an individual who, in addition to participating actively in the affairs of public life, possesses knowledge of and skill in many subject areas. Leonardo Da Vinci and John Milton are just some few names that best describe the name as "Renaissance Man". Nevertheless, individual goal was not the major concern of Renaissance Humanists, who focused rather on teaching people how to participate in and rule a society. Overall, in consciously attempting to revive the thought and culture of classical antiquity, perhaps the most important value the Humanists learned from their studies of classical literature, history, and moral philosophy was the social nature of humanity. Finally, as it developed during the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation was a movement that had profound effects, not only for the modern world in general, but specifically for ...

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