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Humanism - As one of the founding fathers of humanism, Carl Rogers was very interested in an approach to psychology that had to do with the thoughts and feelings of clients (notice that the word patient is sparsely used). His feelings on resourceful therapy were always centered around the client and how they wanted the therapy to affect their life. In humanistic psychology, the main focus is allowing the client to decide how the therapy would direct them on their own life. Carl Rogers, as with many other humanistic psychologists, believe in keeping the values and morals of the clients in tact....   [tags: Biography, Carl Rogers] 2178 words
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Humanism - Humanism The word “humanism” has a number of meanings, and because there are so many different meanings it can be quite confusing if you don't know what kind of humanism someone is talking about. Literary Humanism is a devotion to the humanities or literary culture. Renaissance Humanism is the spirit of learning that developed at the end of the middle ages with the revival of classical letters and a renewed confidence in the ability of human beings to determine for themselves truth and falsehood....   [tags: essays research papers] 1658 words
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Humanism - Humanism Encarta Dictionary says that Humanism is a system of thought that centers on human beings and their values, capacities and worth. Encarta also goes on the say that, in philosophy, humanism is an attitude that emphasizes the dignity and worth of an individual. A basic premise of humanism is that people are rational beings who possess within themselves the capacity for truth and goodness. I see myself as a being a humanist through everyday life. I always try to see the good in a person when he/she makes me angry or sad, and say I to myself that maybe that person has had a bad day and living life is difficult at the moment....   [tags: Papers] 455 words
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Humanism - 1 Humanism The Renaissance, which began in Italy in 1300s, was one of the largest periods of growth and development in Western Europe. The increase in trade caused an abundance in wealth that resulted in the focusing of the arts. Such things as literature, paintings, sculptures and many more works are known to have blossomed from the period known as the Renaissance. The Renaissance was started by many rich Italian cities, such as Florence, Ferrara, Milan, and Venice (Bram 274). Because these cities were very wealthy, many merchants started to spend money on different things, such as painting, learning, new banking techniques, and new systems of government....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Humanism - Humanism Humanism was a new way of thinking that came about in fourteenth century, the time of the Renaissance.  Many scholars refer to it as the "Spirit of the Renaissance."  Humanism was a lay phenomenon that emphasized human beings - as opposed to deities - as well as their interests, achievements and capabilities.  Humanism is derived from the Latin word humanitas, which Cicero, the noted orator of the Roman Empire, referred to as the "literary culture needed by anyone who would be considered educated and civilized."  Humanism and Literature Humanists searched for wisdom from the past.  They copied the lifestyles of the ancient Greeks and Romans.  They also traced their families back to the days of the ancient Romans....   [tags: Philosophy essays] 1235 words
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Humanism - Humanism Before the Italian Renaissance, the education system in Europe was controlled by the Latin Church, which basically taught mostly religious doctrine. Then, beginning in the 1300's, many scholars began to discover classic works by the likes of Plato and especially Cicero. Cicero, who was a Roman philosopher and statesman, studied something he called "humane studies." Cicero influenced Francesco Petrarch, who started the renaissance revival of antiquity, when he discovered his lost letters....   [tags: Papers] 1759 words
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Humanism - According to Encyclopedia.com humanism is, “ a philosophical and literary movement in which man and his capabilities are the central concern.” While this simple definition certainly does convey the essence of the movement, it does no justice to the whirlwind of artistic and intellectual inspiration stirred up by it. There are many forms of humanistic philosophy in today’s society, but the origin of this school of thought traces its roots back to the days of the scholars of ancient Greece and Rome....   [tags: essays research papers] 559 words
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humanism - Weisner, Merry E. Discovering the Western Past: A Look at the Evidence – Volume I: To 1789. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. Pp. 379 In a period of a growing but stale state of human history, surrounded by tyrant rulers and complacent citizens, Plato of the Hellenic age was one of the forerunners of philosophical reason. Following the footsteps of his mentor Socrates who was forced to drink poison for his ideas of philosophy, Plato would further his master’s study to create a prevalent system of philosophy that would embrace rulers and citizens alike and bring them one more step on the road of humanism....   [tags: essays research papers] 895 words
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Humanism the Gateway to Individualism - The greatest and most influential intellectual movement of Renaissance Italy was humanism. The humanists believed that the Greek and Latin classics contained all the lessons one needed to lead a moral and effective life and were the best models for a person to live by. They developed a new kind of classical scholarship, with which they corrected and tried to understand the works of the Greeks and Romans, which was important to them. Both the republic elites of Florence and Venice, and the ruling families of Milan, Ferrara, and Urbino hired humanists to teach their children classical morality and to write elegant, classical letters, histories, and propaganda....   [tags: renaissance, italian renaissance, humanist] 515 words
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Secular Humanism - The fall 1986 Tennessee court decision on alleged "secular humanism" in Holt, Rinehart, Winston textbooks illustrates the continuing controversy over that term. The term "secular humanism" is used today to castigate a wide spectrum of our populous. The derision with which the term is used suggests images of horrid, grotesque monsters. In reality, however, the term merely consists of two sorely misunderstood words. In combination they suggest a virus, though singly they are innocuous, if not healthy....   [tags: Theology] 1505 words
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Naturalistic Humanism - What is naturalistic humanism. Is it a religion or what. According to the dictionary naturalistic humanism is a doctrine that affirms that"religion does not depend on supernatural experience, divinerevelation, etc., and that all religious truth may be derived from thenatural world." I would like to spend the next few minutes unpacking this term further before continuing with the main theme of my talk. What is religion. There are probably as many definitions as there Are people who think about such things but the word itself is from the Latin word that means "to bind back to"....   [tags: Religion ] 2484 words
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The Renaissance and Humanism - The Renaissance and Humanism You may wonder about, "The Renaissance" and its relationship to another term, "humanism" which fits into the same time period. If you check the dictionary, you will find that both terms can be used in a broad sense or more specifically. Humanism refers generally to a "devotion to the humanities: literary culture." (My definitions come from Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary). According to that definition we should all be humanists. The other general meaning is the one that disturbs the fundamentalists who attack secular humanism: "a doctrine, attitude, or way of life centered on human interests or values; especially a philosophy that usually rejects supernaturalism and stresses an individual's dignity and worth and capacity for self-realization through reason." This definition places human beings at the center of the universe, capable of finding their way by human reason without the help of a supernatural God....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Humanism and the Renaissance - Humanism and Renaissance Humanism brought MAN to the forefront causing a veritable cultural revolution. Reason and the will to better understand the world fomented progress in the scientific fields. Intellectuals throughout Europe came under the influence of humanism which was disseminated with the invention of the printing press and the guidance of princes. Finally, humanism had a religious impact as well with the protestant reformation and bringing religious pluralism to the west.--- Humanism and the Renaissance ============================ Crises at the the end of the middle ages, i.e....   [tags: Papers] 2018 words
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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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Major Changes: Humanism and The Renaissance - During the 15th century, Northern Europe as well as Italy witnessed a serious revival of drawing accompanied by sculpture, painting and architecture. This revival was termed as the Renaissance. The revival effected major changes onto the representation of pictorial space on these two regions. These changes on that occurred on pictorial space representation were mostly driven by new idea of “Humanism”. Humanism philosophy practically outwitted religious and secular belief. As a result, the philosophy shifted a lot f importance to the dignity and value of the individual (Prescott, 2005; Fuga, 2006)....   [tags: The Renaissance]
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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: Art History]
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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 Integral Humanism of Mahatma - The Integral Humanism of Mahatma ABSTRACT: Humanism as a theistic, pragmatic theory was first conceived around 2000 BCE in India. It is a this-worldly, human-centered, secular philosophical outlook. Gandhi understands religion as connoting the individual’s integrity and society’s solidarity. Free-will for him is freedom of the "rational self." Morality is not a matter of outward conformity, but of inward fulfillment. His integral humanism is indicated by his enumerated seven social sins: (1) politics without principles; (2) wealth without work; (3) commerce without morality; (4) knowledge without character; (5) pleasure without conscience; (6) science without morality; and (7) worship without sacrifice....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Gandhi Essays] 2800 words
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Humanism The Renaissance And M - Humanism The introduction of the concept of humanism greatly affected the Renaissance. The Humanistic influence shaped Renaissance art, writing, education and thinkers, its ideas were spread among all aspects of life. Machiavelli’s writings during the Renaissance were also affected by the ideas of humanism. His ideas reflect the thoughts of humanism in the way he thought governments and societies should be organized. Humanism’s influence on art was very obvious, it could be seen slowly infiltrating all art throughout the Renaissance....   [tags: essays research papers] 530 words
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Renaissance Period and the Start of Humanism - The Renaissance Period and the Start of Humanism The Renaissance was an incredibly important turning point in Western Intellectual and Cultural Tradition. All of these changes centered around the idea of Humanism -- in which, people became less "God Centered" and more "Human-centered". I have narrowed down these changes, and will discuss in detail, these changes in three major categories: Political, Education, and the Humanism of Arts. The major pollical changes of the Renaissance were from the old Feudal System of the Middle Ages into a more flexible and liberal class system....   [tags: European Europe History] 513 words
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Humanism and Clericism Of The 16th Century - Humanism and Clericism Of The 16th Century The two paintings, The conversion of St. Paul by Caravaggio, and lady writing a letter with her maid by Vermeer, reflect the religious conflict between the Protestant and catholic cultures of 16th century Europe. Before we take a look at why they reflect the religious dispute, first we must know some background on what caused it. Humanism and Clericism. During the renaissance humanism stood for the intellectual attitudes of the ancient world paired with the wide acceptance of the existence of God....   [tags: Philosophy] 1297 words
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Christianity is the True Humanism - Christianity is the True Humanism Recently, I heard a shocking story about young boy who was raised in a coffin. Having been abandoned by his mom and dad, the child’s dysfunctional grandparents grudgingly assumed the task of raising him. For some bizarre reason, they kept him confined in a coffin, and only let him out to eat and go to the bathroom. Once the authorities rescued him, they discovered that the little fellow had no idea that there was any other way to exist. He thought all children were raised in coffins....   [tags: Religion Religious Essays] 582 words
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Humanism During the Renaissance - Humanism During the Renaissance During the renaissance, there was a renewed interest in the arts, and the traditional views of society came into question. People began to explore the power of the human mind. A term often used to describe the increasing interest in the powers of the human mind is humanism. Generally, humanism stresses the individual's creative, reasoning, and aesthetic powers. However, during the Renaissance, individual ideas about humanism differed. Writers and philosophers of the Renaissance time period expressed their opinions about human nature and human's roles in the universe through their writings....   [tags: Philosophy] 1897 words
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Shakespeare's Macbeth - Renaissance Humanism - Macbeth:  Renaissance Humanism       While the witches present in Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth assume the role of supernatural beings, it was not Shakespeare’s intent to portray a classic case of fatalism. On the contrary, Shakespeare used Macbeth as a way to display the idea of Renaissance humanism. Although the witches did in fact possess uncanny powers, they were in reality not controlling Macbeth, but rather they were tempting Macbeth to act in particular ways. The witches, as well as other significant characters, may have encouraged Macbeth to act in a certain way, yet they did not by any means determine Macbeth’s actions....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Thomas More’s Impact on Humanism and Socialism - Thomas More’s Impact on Humanism and Socialism The socialist movement began with the coining of the term in 1832 in France, concurrently with the revolution in England (Birth of the Socialist Idea). Thomas More was born in 1478 and Utopia was published over 300 years before this uprising, yet there is much parallelism in Thomas More’s humanism and the socialism that is moderately practiced throughout the world. DEFINITION OF HUMANISM (ENGLISH BOOK), whereas socialism is a societal and governmental system based on equality and social justice that requires government intervention in economic affairs (Socialism)....   [tags: Socialism]
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What is Justice: Humanism v. Law in Antigone - Humanity is often faced with ambivalence towards law; at once, we find it a necessity in attempting to deal with a world which is constantly in some type of chaotic turmoil, and also as a glaring flaw in our society, which can at times result in more chaos than was originally had. This conflict is no more obvious than in Sophocles’ Antigone. Antigone, the character, represents half of the struggle between what the law says is just and what we inherently deem to be morally upstanding – Creon represents the opposing side which views law and power as the ultimate dictator of life’s unraveling....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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How Humanism Contributed to Rennaisance Ideals - How Humanism Contributed to Rennaisance Ideals Through the groundwork laid by the Hundred Years War, the Black Death, and the Protestant Reformation, Italian Renaissance humanism nearly single-handedly allowed for the modern concept of individuality. The rebirth of classical literature, and especially the attempts among the philosophical elite to translate this literature, helped bring this "enlightening" knowledge to the gradually more literate masses. Also, the frenzy for education of these masses allowed the concept of individuality to spread to all social classes....   [tags: European Europe History] 399 words
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The Potential of the Raëlian Movement through Humanism - The Potential of the Raëlian Movement through Humanism The Raëlian Movement, which began in late 1973, is a relative newcomer to the scene of world religions. While its late arrival has presented some difficulty in drawing followers, the movement has significant promise. The Raëlian Movement is overtly optimistic in its belief of the innate ability of humans to live prosperous lives. The Raëlian Movement combines principles of secular humanism effectively with scientific accounts of religious events to create a philosophy that has significant potential....   [tags: Religion Raëlian Movement Essays]
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Primal Religions vs. Religious Humanism - Primal Religions vs. Religious Humanism Although there are many differences between primal religions and modern day religious humanists, there are some similarities between the two. In light of their differences and similarities, both have goals that they are trying to achieve. For the religious humanists it is to establish and maintain " a free and universal society in which people voluntarily and intelligently co-operate for the common good." While on the other hand primal religions aim to carry on the traditions of their ancestors and to revive and maintain "a lost reverence and passion for the earth and its web of life" (Collier p.1, 7.) Primal religions are religions that we associate with tribal communities that passed on religious information through oral traditions, rather than written religious doctrines....   [tags: Papers] 576 words
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Dr. Faustus Essay: Satirizing Renaissance Humanism - Satirizing Renaissance Humanism In Dr. Faustus     In Dr. Faustus, Christopher Marlowe has vividly drawn up the character of an intelligent, learned man tragically seduced by the lure of power greater than he was mortally meant to have. The character of Dr. Faustus is, in conception, an ideal of humanism, but Marlowe has taken him and shown him to be damned nonetheless, thus satirizing the ideals of Renaissance Humanism.   M. H. Abram's A Glossary of Literary Terms defines Renaissance Humanism, stating that some of the key concepts of the philosophy centered around "the dignity and central position of human beings in the universe" as reasoning creatures, as well as downplaying the "'animal' passions" of the individual....   [tags: Doctor Faustus Essays]
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Humanism: Dangerous Illusion, Desperate Faith or Duty of Time? - Humanism: Dangerous Illusion, Desperate Faith or Duty of Time. Abstract: In antiquity, the idea of padeia organically joined learning and education. In today's world it remains the essence of culture. However, philosophy is now characterized by a spirit of pragmatism that correlates present-day needs with actual sociocultural trends. Humanism can seem today nothing more than an illusion, an unrealizable utopia. Nevertheless, philosophy in its educative role should shape a attitude to life that is not only deep and universal but humanistic as well....   [tags: Education Learning Philosophy Papers] 1558 words
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More’s Utopia, Erasmian Humanism, and Greek & Roman Beliefs - ... A letter from More to the University of Oxford in 1518 demonstrates how Greek versus Roman popped up in universities. In this letter, More describe how a group of students formed, called themselves “Trojans” and proceeded to openly oppose and mock the Greek students, who they viewed as heretics, calling the lecturers ‘archdevils’ and the students (rather wittingly) ‘underdevils.’ The Erasmian humanists actually enjoyed the scholarly criticism. The main opponent of Erasmus was one Maarten van Dorp....   [tags: Roman ideals, rhetorical arts, science, logic, God]
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Enormous Changes at the Last Minute: Postmodern Humanism - "Enormous Changes at the Last Minute:" Postmodern Humanism in the Short Fiction of Grace Paley(1) On the jacket of her second book of short stories, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, Grace Paley, a feminist, postmodernist, antiwar activist, and writer, identifies herself as a "somewhat combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist." In 1979, she was arrested on the White House lawn for demonstrating against nuclear weapons, and her résumé is full of such protest-related arrests. Paley's statement in a 1998 interview with the online magazine Salon is typical: "Whatever your calling is, whether it's as a plumber or an artist, you have to make sure there's a little more justice in the world when you leave it than when you found it." Paley's fiction expresses similar sentiments but in rather subtle ways....   [tags: Grace Paley Enormous Last Minute Essays]
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A Humanistic Education Created Reformers And True Men - Is there a relationship between humanism and Calvinism, and if so how did the movements influence each other during the years of the Reformation. This is the question that author, Robert D. Linder, is seeking to prove and remedy in his article, “Calvinism and Humanism: The First Generation.” Robert D. Linder inclusively examines how historians in the past converge to prove a relationship between humanism and the Lutheran Reformation, “but in case of humanism and Calvinism no consensus has been reach concerning this problem” (p.167)....   [tags: Comparison Humanism Calvinism Robert Linder] 1526 words
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Being and Humans in Heidegger's Letter on Humanism and in his Contributions to Philosophy - Being and Humans in Heidegger's Letter on Humanism and in his Contributions to Philosophy ABSTRACT: Heidegger's main question, the question of Being concerning human facticity, struggles to uncover the original ground to which humans belong, a ground from which modern society tends to uproot itself through the dominance of calculative and representational thinking. What is most dangerous for Heidegger about this process is that the original ground of humans and beings in general might be covered and forgotten to the extent that humans lose completely the sense of what they truly need....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Essays]
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The Role of Humanism in the Poems of E.E. Cummings - It can be said that poetry is very much like its poet, seeing as they both contain two different sides: one that is seen while taking your very first glance and another that can only be unearthed and understood through the study of its underlying influences. So it is not unusual that in order to gain a complete and comprehensive outlook on a poem, one must first study nonfiction sources to see the motivation and purpose behind each chosen word. E.E. Cumming’s works, a notable World War I era poet of the modernist movement, were heavily affected by the hatred and atrocities of warfare, which is seen in the way that his resentment towards humanity grows within this period, and thusly reflects in the poems he created around this time....   [tags: Poetry, Poets, Poems] 2195 words
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Humanistic Psychology - The focus of this paper is the person-centered approach, which is the understanding of personality and human relationships in psychotherapy and counseling in the areas of client-centered therapy, education of student-centered learning, organizations, and other group settings. Even though psychoanalysis and behaviorism have made major contributions to psychology, it has influenced the understanding and practices of the humanistic movement, specifically with the therapies for the different mental disorders....   [tags: psychoanalysis, behaviorism, humanism]
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M. Scott Peck's philosophical novels and the importance of human development - In modern society, more and more people vainly try to find meaning in their lives through the acquisition of money, material goods, and popularity. While these secular pleasures may bring us financial security, comfort, or short term happiness, the true purpose of life is to mature physically, mentally, and spiritually. As M. Scott Peck postulates in his series of philosophical novels, if one wishes to be happy and to live life to its fullest, one must simply strive to learn and develop. Thus, human development is the highest aspiration one can possess....   [tags: Philosophy, Psychology, Humanism] 1539 words
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Humanism as a Threat and Hope for 17th Century England - ... Shakespeare's treatment of ideas is much different. For Prospero, his book is simply a tool for conjuring and freeing Ariel an innocent loyal spirit who is in fact grateful and industrious. Prospero demonstrates a discriminating taste for the power of books. Instead of making a bargain with the devil for a Mephistopheles to command, he bargains with an Ariel who would rather serve him rather than a witch. As far as magic is concerned it doesn't take longer than 2 years for Prospero to achieve his goals, free Ariel, get rid of his book, and return to being just a man....   [tags: Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare] 1064 words
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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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Humanist Writings and English Values - Humanist Writings and English Values In addition to mentioning humanism in many of her chapters in Classical and Christian Ideas in English Renaissance Poetry, author Isabel Rivers also dedicates an entire chapter to the subject. Rivers explains that “A humanist was a classical scholar with two complementary aims: to recover the moral values of classical life, and to imitate the language and style of the classics as a means to that end” (125). Thus, humanist writers imitate and translate the works of classical writers in order to recapture classical morals and to motivate individuals to virtuous action....   [tags: English Renaissance Poetry]
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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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I Am a Humanist - I Am a Humanist One Sunday afternoon, under the warm, unrelenting gaze of the sun, a revelation interrupted my usual observations of the psychological flux seemingly inherent in all family relationships. Since the fact which I had noticed seemed relevant to the conversation, I saw no harm in prodding out the truth by a simple statement, "My sister is one too." Of course I meant it partially in jest, since she had made no such rebellious declarations. A few inconsequential discussions had made me consider stating her liberalism valid, and I took only a small step further by calling her an equal....   [tags: Personal Narrative Essays] 1788 words
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Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy - The Humanist Chronotope - Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy - The Humanist Chronotope In "Forms of Time and of the Chronotope in the Novel," Mikhail Bakhtin defines the chronotope as "the intrinsic connectedness of temporal and spatial relationships that are artistically expressed in literature" (84). That is what the chronotope is; Bakhtin continues with what the chrontope does: "It can even be said that it is precisely the chronotope that defines genre and generic distinctions" (85). In The Spanish Tragedy, Kyd layers three chronotopic zones to create a new chronotope, the "humanist chronotope," which in turn creates a unique dramatic genre, one we might call "humanist drama." According to Bakhtin, two seminal chronotopes from classical literature form the basis of most later chronotopes....   [tags: Spanish Tragedy]
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Liberal Huminism of Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights has lasted in the literary world for quite some time. The novel has flitted on the edges of the appreciated canon, only read by those avid readers. This book follows the basic story line of some of Jane Austen’s works. Set in 18th century England, the social aspects of this book stand out. These aspects are applicable in the present world, though in much less obvious ways. The meaning and themes of the novel show themselves fairly easily. Brontë did not try to hide the meanings in between the lines, so to say....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 740 words
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Creating a Living Canon: The Humanist Project of Uniting Ancient and Modern - Creating a Living Canon: The Humanist Project of Uniting Ancient and Modern The humanist preoccupation with the glory of the ancients spans the entire length of the Italian Renaissance and surfaces in nearly all the writers from Petrarch to Castiglione. The precise use of classical writers varies depending on the purpose of the Renaissance writer’s particular work—they are held up as examples to be emulated by historians, as works essential to shaping good character in their readers by the educational writers, and as personal guides in the letters and treatises of the correspondents and philosophers....   [tags: Essays Papers] 2749 words
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A Literary Analysis of John Hersey - A Literary Analysis of John Hersey John Hersey was born in China. His parents were missionaries and raised him in a religious fashion.# His humanistic views were a product of this upbringing. After graduating from Yale, class of 1936#, he dabbled in the art of poetry.# Soon after, he advanced into writing novels. Thought to be one of the last civil writers,# Hersey wrote for Time magazine during World War II, in which he documented many historical accounts.# Hersey also worked under famous muckraker Sinclair Lewis#, whom from he probably obtained his "tell it how it is" writing style....   [tags: Humanist Novelist Writers Essays] 1438 words
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The Renaissance - The Renaissance which translates roughly as a rebirth and fresh thinking which lasted from the 14th through 17th centuries attempted to reapply the ancient intellectual learning of the Greco-Roman Civilization. The thinkers and artists of this new era differed remarkably from their medieval counterparts. Broadly speaking, Mediaeval period was a period predominantly dominated by Christian outlook. Moreover, All of the Civilizations regarded as ‘Heirs’ of Rome paid significant tribute to their respective religion....   [tags: Renaissance History] 1151 words
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The Impact of Education on the Renaissance - The gigantic effect that education had on Renaissance society was greatly stimulated by the new development of humanism. Humanism was responsible for the curiosity of many intellects during the Renaissance, which ultimately led to the discoveries and developments that made the Renaissance such a remarkable time. It proposed a different way of thinking, unprecedented by scholars. Without humanism and the educational interest that it brought about, the Renaissance would not be known as the explosion of culture that it is considered today....   [tags: essays research papers] 690 words
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