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The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy

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James Hankins, Robert Black, Luca Bianchi, Christopher S. Celenza, Jill Kraye, Dag Nikolaus Hasse, Brian Copenhaver, Dermot Moran, Lodi Nauta, Paul Richard Blum, Peter Harrison, John P. Doyle, Miguel Granada, Ann M. Blair, David Lines, Eric Nelson
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  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521608930

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  • The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy, published in 2007, provides an introduction to a complex period of change in the subject matter and practice of philosophy. The philosophy of the fourteenth through sixteenth centuries is often seen as transitional between the scholastic philosophy of the Middle Ages and modern philosophy, but the essays collected here, by a distinguished international team of contributors, call these assumptions into question, emphasizing both the continuity with scholastic philosophy and the role of Renaissance philosophy in the emergence of modernity. They explore the ways in which the science, religion and politics of the period reflect and are reflected in its philosophical life, and they emphasize the dynamism and pluralism of a period which saw both new perspectives and enduring contributions to the history of philosophy. This will be an invaluable guide for students of philosophy, intellectual historians, and all who are interested in Renaissance thought.

    • Offers fresh looks at the original contributions of a period often defined by its revivals of ancient philosophies
    • Includes a chronology and short biographies of Renaissance philosophers such as Erasmus, Montaigne and Machiavelli for reference
    • Provides a guide to the most distinctive themes of the period
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This latest entry in a solid series that has treated both individual thinkers and epochs supports the publisher's reputation for providing scholarly overviews that are elucidating to graduate-level readers while remaining accessible to undergraduates."
    James Hankins, Library Journal Review

    "...[T]his is a fine, informative, and engaging treatment of a fascinating subject, and one of the best of the "Cambridge Companion" series that the present reviewer has had the pleasure of perusing...In summary, this treatment of Renaissance philosophy is a fine and engaging one and one that anyone interested in the wide range of subjects it covers will surely welcome. All of the chapters are of quite a high quality, accessible while still being scholarly, and extremely informative."
    Sixteenth Century Journal, Jon Balserak, University of Bristol- England

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521608930
    • length: 450 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction James Hankins
    Part I. Continuity and Revival:
    2. The philosopher and Renaissance culture Robert Black
    3. Humanism, scholasticism and Renaissance philosophy James Hankins
    4. Continuity and change in the Aristotelian tradition Luca Bianchi
    5. The revival of Platonic philosophy Christopher S. Celenza
    6. The revival of Hellenistic philosophies Jill Kraye
    7. Arabic philosophy and Averroism Dag Nikolaus Hasse
    8. How to do magic and why: philosophical prescriptions Brian Copenhaver
    Part II. Towards Modern Philosophy:
    9. Nicholas of Cusa and modern philosophy Dermot Moran
    10. Lorenzo Valla and the rise of human dialectic Lodi Nauta
    11. The immortality of the soul Paul Richard Blum
    12. Philosophy and the crisis of religion Peter Harrison
    13. Hispanic scholastic philosophy John P. Doyle
    14. New visions of the cosmos Miguel Granada
    15. Organization of knowledge Ann M. Blair
    16. Humanistic and scholastic ethics David Lines
    17. The problem of the Prince Eric Nelson
    18. The significance of renaissance philosophy James Hankins
    1. Chronology
    2. Short biographies of Renaissance philosophers.

  • Editor

    James Hankins, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    James Hankins is Professor of History at Harvard University and editor of Renaissance Civic Humanism: Reappraisals and Reflections (2000, 2004).


    James Hankins, Robert Black, Luca Bianchi, Christopher S. Celenza, Jill Kraye, Dag Nikolaus Hasse, Brian Copenhaver, Dermot Moran, Lodi Nauta, Paul Richard Blum, Peter Harrison, John P. Doyle, Miguel Granada, Ann M. Blair, David Lines, Eric Nelson

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