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Desiderius Erasmus' The Praise of Folly - Desiderius Erasmus' The Praise of Folly    Originally meant for private circulation, the Praise of Folly, by Desiderius Erasmus, scourges the abuses and follies of the various classes of society, especially the church. It is a cold-blooded, deliberate attempt to discredit the church, and its satire and stinging comment on ecclesiastical conditions are not intended as a healing medicine but a deadly poison. The Praise of Folly, by Desiderius Erasmus, takes on a very diverse form of life during sixteenth century Europe....   [tags: Desiderius Erasmus Praise of Folly] 1502 words
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Desiderius Erasmus - "prince Of The Humanists" - A date that may have little connotation in the minds of history students everywhere was, in fact, the date that gave birth to a man more brave than any comic book could ever illustrate. On October 28, 1466, Desiderius Erasmus was born the illegitimate son of Margaretha Rogers and Gerard in Rotterdam, Holland. Despite such a dull and seemingly trite birth, Erasmus would grow to be a great influence in the Renaissance era. Through the questioning of established people and institutions, such as modern theologians and education systems, Erasmus became known as the “Prince of the Humanists” and a great revolutionary known throughout the world....   [tags: essays research papers] 635 words
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Desiderius Erasmus, the Great Humanist - Desiderius Erasmus, the Great Humanist Desiderius Erasmus was one of the great humanists. He was well educated and practice scholasticism. He was also a great writer, who wrote books of many types. He is even called the greatest European scholar of the 16th century (Britannica Macropedia). He was also courageous, as he criticized the Church harshly. It was said by R. C. Trench that "Erasmus laid the egg of the Reformation and Luther hatched it." Erasmus was the illegitimate son of a priest named Gerard....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 581 words
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Purity and Civility in The Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus and Of Cannibals by Michel de Montaigne - Purity and Civility in The Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus and Of Cannibals by Michel de Montaigne Both in “The Praise of Folly” by Desiderius Erasmus and “Of Cannibals” by Michel de Montaigne-relating to the common point to which attention is tried to be drawn-inquiry of true civility with regards to the Nature and its necessity according to certain circumstances are substantiated. First of all,Erasmus stating “Truly,to destroy the illusion is to upset the whole play.The masks and costumes are precisely what hold the eyes of the spectators.” Aspires to put forward the idea that there is a definite pact between people-which can be rather called as a concious...   [tags: Papers] 1043 words
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The Protestant Reformation - During the Reformation period, there were a few individuals whose ideas had a great impact on society. Two of these people are Martin Luther and Desiderius Erasmus. While they shared similar ideas about what religion should be, there were also ways in which they differed. Martin Luther was an extremely intelligent man, who gave up law school to become a monk. He created some turmoil in the Catholic Church community with some of his ideas on what religion should be. Using the printing press as his weapon of choice, Luther looked to spread his ideas around to the common man....   [tags: Comparing Martin Luther and Desiderius Erasmus] 634 words
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Erasmus of Rotterdam in Praise of Folly - ... Certainly its theological merit is utterly overshadowed by much of the rest of his body of work. • Hard to know how much import Erasmus himself attached to the work given his writings hence and it place as a relatively insignificant part of a substantial corpus of work over his life. • The power and potency of Praise of Folly and the effectiveness of Folly as a serious messenger were perhaps inadvertent on the part of the author. • It’s more important historically then literarily. • Already in chapter 40, under the guise of continuing frivolify and without any change of tone or style, Erasmus has thrown in a list of pious superstitions, quite long enough to make a thologians hair stand o...   [tags: humanism, church, power] 1145 words
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Erasmus and Praise of Folly - Desiderius Erasmus wrote his seminal masterpiece of christian humanism “Praise of Folly” in 1511, yet the effects and influence of this small piece of cathartic, witty banter would permeate social consciousness in the european renaissance mind and play a significant role in the revolutionary state of church politics in the days before and after Martin Luther’s reformation. In his mere 40,000 words, Erasmus succeeded in highlighting most of contemporary critical theory about the Catholic church and the state of spiritualism as a whole through the ingenious conceit of the lady, Folly....   [tags: Critique, Popular Devotion]
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Erasmus: Live Learn Love - Desiderius Erasmus, a man of few spoken words, wrote many arguments about how the church was being run. He felt that everyone acted “godly” and thought that they were above people. He critiqued not only those in the church, but many broad generalizations of people as well, citing the bible. Most of Erasmus’ disdain for the way things were run was due to the circumstances he was raised in. With his “The Praise of Folly” Erasmus shows his humanistic worldview, as well as tells people what they should change in order to live a better life....   [tags: Religion, Philosophy]
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Ersamus Desiderius life and works - Ersamus Desiderius Erasmus, Desiderius was born in Rotterdam a city in south western Netherlands (South Holland), in the year 1466. He was the illegitimate son of a priest and a physician’s daughter. Erasmus was educated in devener and S’hertogenbosch, in strict monastic schools. Shortly after his father death he was ordained a priest in 1492. He studied scholastic philosophy and Greek while working under the bishop of cambrai at the university of Paris. Erasmus did not find religious life to his liking and he received a papal dispensation, so he could live and dress as a secular scholar....   [tags: essays research papers] 664 words
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Opposing Viewpoints: Machiavelli versus Erasmus - ... Machiavelli stated that love attaches men by bonds of obligation in which men break every time that their wellbeing’s at stake. In response to that, it’s said that fear confines men to keep their bonds of obligation because they are frightened by the thought of punishment & that fear of being punished never leaves them. Machiavelli said that a ruler should make himself be feared in a particular way. That particular way was that if he doesn’t encourage love at least he doesn’t incite hate. It is possible to be feared & not hated....   [tags: ruling and staying in power] 542 words
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Life of Erasmus - Life of Erasmus Erasmus of Rotterdam was born on October 27, probably in 1466. His father belonged to Gouda, a little town near Rotterdam, and after some schooling there and an interval during which he was a chorister in Utrecht Cathedral, Erasmus was sent to Deventer, to the principal school in the town, which was attached to St. Lebuin's Church. The renewed interest in classical learning which had begun in Italy in the fourteenth century had as yet been scarcely felt in Northern Europe, and education was still dominated by the requirements of Philosophy and Theology, which were regarded as the highest branches of knowle...   [tags: Papers] 2103 words
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In Praise of Folly - Erasmus' Dichotomy - In Praise of Folly - Erasmus' Dichotomy      The Silenus box is a "case carved like an ugly Silenus" that can be "opened to reveal beautiful, precious objects" (Erasmus 43, footnote). This box appears in Erasmus' Praise of Folly as a metaphor for the central claim in the novel, which is that that which appears to be Folly (ugly) externally, is wise (precious) within. Erasmus reveals this dichotomy on three levels: in the image of the box itself, in his genuine praise of Folly, and in the structure of the novel as a whole....   [tags: In Praise of Folly Essays]
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Taking a Look at the European Renaissance - ... He was a prolific writer and exerted such great influence during his time period that he was called “The Prince of the Humanists” (Tiller). Erasmus was a Dutch scholar who believed that the church was more concerned with opulence than helping people in spiritual matters. Desiderius Erasmus' viewpoints made him a controversial figure of the Renaissance. Despite his discontentment with certain practices within the Christian church, Erasmus did not lose his spirituality. One of Erasmus’ most significant contributions to the Renaissance was his translation of ancient texts into Greek and Latin....   [tags: humanism, Greek and Roman philosophy]
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The Protestant Reformation - The Protestant Reformation during the sixteenth century established a schism between Christian beliefs that lead to the emergence of divergent interpretations of the Bible. Through this transformation the Papacy was prosecuted for its unrelenting and restricted renditions of the gospel that was seen to oppress the populace and corrupt the true meaning of God’s Word. Though there were individuals such as Desiderius Erasmus who greatly criticized the Catholic Church yet remained loyal there were others who broke away entirely....   [tags: Effects, Ideals, Figures]
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On the Bondage of the Will, by Martin Luther - The year is 1524; Desiderius Erasmus, the famed humanist scholar, has finally chosen a side in the debate between the Catholic Church and Martin Luther by publishing his Diatribe on Free Will (Waibel 71). Prompted by Pope Adrian IV to distance his own humanist work from the spiritual reform of Luther, Erasmus’s Free Will asserts how important humanity’s freewill is in the effort of salvation (Tomlin 139). His view was a direct assault against Luther's own vocal opinion on the subject (Waibel 72)....   [tags: Free Will, Biblical Worldview]
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Grace, Free Will, and Human Nature: Three Significant Renaissance Writers - ... In Machiavelli’s view, humans en masse will do no good, but extraordinary individuals can gain success through exercise of their own faculties. Erasmus shares this elitist and negative view of human nature. In his diatribe “On Free Will,” he says, “mankind is lazy, indolent, malicious, and, in addition, incorrigibly prone to every impious outrage…People are universally ignorant and carnal-minded. They tend towards wickedness, unbelief, and blasphemy. There is no sense in pouring oil upon the fire” (Erasmus 560)....   [tags: Machiavelli, Erasmus, Martin Luther]
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Comparing the Secular Humanist, Machiavelli and the Religious Humanist, Erasmus - Comparing the Secular Humanist, Machiavelli and the Religious Humanist, Erasmus One can often identify a person's political, religious or cultural orientation by his or her reaction to certain words. A case in point is the expression "secular humanism." For religious conservatives those words sum up much of what is wrong with contemporary society. Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary gives several definitions for humanism, a word which made its appearance in 1832. The first is "a devotion to the humanities or the revival of class, individualistic and critical spirit, and emphasis on secular concerns characteristic of the Renaissance." Renaissance is capitalized....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 3210 words
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Impact of Martin Luther - "Luther was a German patriot. He was never a nationalist in the modern sense of the word. Luther was, above all, a pastor, professor of theology and iconic figure of the Protestant Reformation. Luther has been variously identified as an advocate of absolute monarchy, democracy, individual freedom, intellectual repression, nationalism, internationalism, spirituality and secularism. He was a religious figure; his battles were fought over theological issues that may seem to us obscure but whose implications touched every area of life, individual and corporate....   [tags: Religion, History] 1070 words
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Protestant Reformation - The Protestant Reformation during the sixteenth century established a schism between Christian beliefs that lead to the emergence of divergent interpretations of the Bible. Through this transformation the Papacy was prosecuted for its unrelenting and restricted renditions of the gospel that was seen to oppress the populace and corrupt the true meaning of God’s Word. Though there were individuals such as Desiderius Erasmus who greatly criticized the Catholic Church yet remained loyal there were others who broke away entirely....   [tags: Bible, Notable Figures, Practices]
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Revival of Monarchy in Northern Europe - Revival of Monarchy in Northern Europe - Shift from divided feudal to unified national monarchies - 100 years war & schism declined the nobility and clergy - Towns allied with kings, which broke feudalism - As monarchs acted more independently, assemblies and representatives lost power - Regional became national and pledged to the state - Standing national armies brought strength to the monarchs Downsides - Nobles and high-class citizens resisted taxation - Commercial taxes on the poor was the only way to gain money - Kings borrowed money from nobles which made them on the same level France - Charles VII drove the English out of France and built a strong economy - France squandered its...   [tags: Papers] 390 words
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Northern Humanism, Renaissance, and Late Mannerism - During the sixteenth century, Europe was undergoing changes and developing two artistic styles, as well as a religious situation. These styles were known as the Northern Renaissance and late mannerism, also encountered by Reformation, which separated religious unity. During the Reformation, hostile groups known as Protestants were formed against the church because they wanted a complete renovation of the church and Roman Catholics. Late mannerism emerged at the end of the century and had little influence on Spanish literature, but overruled Spanish painting....   [tags: Architecture]
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The Reformation in Europe: Three Individuals that Made It Happen - During the Reformation in Europe, many changes were brought about. Among these changes included people such as Erasmus, Martin Luther, the peasants of Swabia, and King Henry VIII. These people brought about some of the most important changes in European history. Without these individuals Europe would be a completely different country than what it is today. In the Northern European Renaissance lived a scholar by the name of Erasmus. Erasmus was particularly concerned with the corruption going on within the Church....   [tags: Erasmus, Martin Luther, King Henry VIII] 783 words
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Italian Renissance and the Reformation - The European Renaissance was a turning point in the way people saw art, literature, and architecture. These new views soon led to the Reformation, or the reforming of the Catholic Church. These changes led Europe out of the middle ages and into modern times. The Renaissance began after Europe began recovering from the Black Death. Anyone who had survived was just happy to be alive and started focusing more on material things, rather than religious ones. Another reason the focus shifted from religious thoughts was because of the Great Schism....   [tags: Catholicism, Middle Ages] 1465 words
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Humanism and Its Effects on Renaissance Art - Beginning roughly around the year 1400 an era in Europe began; one that would shape the ideas and the lives of men. This era of rebirth or renaissance came within the fifteenth century through the revival of classical texts. One central effect of the Renaissance was the production of a new intellectual idea: humanism. Humanism being defined as a, “[t]erm invented in the 19th century. . . [regarding] developments relating to the revival of Classical literature and learning in European culture from roughly 1300 to 1600” left its mark on all of Europe leaving nothing untouched not even the artist....   [tags: European Renaissance Essays]
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Three Major Factors Of The Renaissance - The word Renaissance means “rebirth” and it was the response to the brutal hardships of daily life in the middle ages. It was mostly based around humanism, fine arts, and reformation of the Church. Early humanists such as Dante Alighieri, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, and Niccolo Machiavelli wrote books and expressed new ideas about humanism which made everyday life more secular and free willing. The three major factors of the Renaissance that were different from the middle ages were Humanism, improvements in discovery, and the Reformation of the Church....   [tags: European Renaissance Essays] 910 words
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Philosophy of the Renaissance - The Renaissance, coined by Giorgio Vasari as the rebirth of art and literature by great men of Genius such as Michelangelo and Niccolό Machiavelli, occurred in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in Italy (in all of Europe Italy had the most impact). Aside from art and literature, the renaissance showed the changing in philosophy from everything being based on religion to the idea of human nature and the creation of humanists. Major breakthroughs during the renaissance include printing leading to the Gutenberg bible in 1456 and the political achievement of the residential ambassador....   [tags: European Renaissance Essays]
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Renissance and Reformation - The arrival of the Renaissance in Europe brought many developments that led to an entirely new political, economic, and social structure. During the 1400s and 1500s, there was a major change that took place in all aspects of life in Italy. The Renaissance period of the 1500s was a time of artistic wonders of inspiration that emphasized individual achievements, which gave individuals their own ideals to follow. Inspiration from the ancient Greek and Roman people led to humanist beliefs and encouraged men to have achievements in many areas....   [tags: Political, Economic, Social Developments] 984 words
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Critiquing Society through In Praise of Folly - Critiquing Society through In Praise of Folly   It may seem strange to praise Folly, but there is one certain advantage to foolishness: the freedom to speak the truth. In Praise of Folly, Erasmus put this freedom to good use in reminding his readers, a society greatly corrupted by worldly concerns, that one cannot serve both God and Mammon. He smoothed over his satire by assuring us that "there is merit in being attacked by Folly" (7), and finished with the reminder that "it's Folly and a woman who's been speaking" (134), a disclaimer that allowed him to be as harsh as he needed to be in his criticism....   [tags: In Praise of Folly Essays Papers Erasmus]
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Christian Humanism - Christian Humanism Christian humanism was the humanists’ efforts to unite classical learning with the Christian faith. The Christian humanists rejected what they regarded as medieval Christianity’s excessive emphasis on other worldliness. They desired to bring their knowledge of the classical languages to bear in their effort to attain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith. Christian humanism was properly nothing but a reclaiming of the basic inheritance of history and the natural connection of culture with the religious vistas of the human being....   [tags: essays research papers] 511 words
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William Shakespeare's Hamlet - The puzzling tragedy that is Hamlet will forever be speculated, which is why it has attracted such attention and praise. The madness in which Hamlet lives draws decisions of polarizing weight. Stay righteous and live out your life with your father’s killer. Or do you slay him and suffer before god and the law. It bears moments of wisdom, followed by inexplicable actions and Vis versa. One moment you find the protagonist staring at his girlfriend with his pants at his ankles, the next you find him contemplating the value of life....   [tags: story, historic analysis]
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Thomas More's Utopia - Throughout Thomas More's Utopia, he is able to successfully criticize many of the political, social, and economic ways of the time. His critique of feudalism and capitalism would eventually come back to haunt him, but would remain etched in stone forever. On July 6, 1535, by demand of King Henry VIII, More was beheaded for treason. His last words stood as his ultimate feeling about royalty in the 15th and 16th centuries, "The King's good servant, but God's first." Throughout his life, More spoke his beliefs about feudalism, capitalism, and his ideals of Utopia; More was a thinker, good friend of Erasmus, and although many critics take Utopia as a blueprint for society, in many instances he...   [tags: European History]
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Why Luther's Protest Spread so quickly in Germany in the Years up to 1521 - Why Luther's Protest Spread so quickly in Germany in the Years up to 1521 In April 1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated. He had spoken out against the practices of the Catholic church and refused to recant his ideas. Like many of the Christian humanists, Luther was not aiming for a split with the Church. He simply wanted the Church to reconsider its practices and therefore lead the people to spiritual enlightenment. Luther was not the first person to hold these ideas: before him many Christian humanists had put forward similar ideas and, in particular, Desiderius Erasmus....   [tags: Papers] 1219 words
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