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Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Online publication date:
November 2007
Print publication year:
2007
Online ISBN:
9781139001663

Book description

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.

Reviews

'Coming freshly from our consideration of the possibility of a new Renaissance, this volume provides a fascinating compendium of background information from the 14th to 16th centuries when Europe was emerging from mediaeval scholasticism and had not yet fallen under the spell of the mechanistic metaphor of the 17th century.'

Source: Network Review

'… the book achieves its aims very well, is nicely produced and not overpriced. … a very enjoyable and rewarding addition to the literature.'

Source: Reference Reviews

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