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The writer discusses how the most important change of the Renaissance was humanism, since it forced open the doors of academia while freeing literature, art and religion and fostering a shift in the perceptions of life itself. The writer argues that the Renaissance brought about a paradigm shift by loosening the grip of the Roman Catholic Church and its plague of power mad popes and by teaching that human beings are able to achieve meaning in life through direct association with other social beings.
From the Paper:"The great intellectual leap forward came during the Italian Renaissance. Humanism redefined human values. The emphasis was placed on art and the five senses. It was a radical change in how the world was perceived. With humanism came a renewed respect for life. Beauty was believed to represent a deeper inner virtue and value. Humanism helped to force a change in the attitudes of a bellicose Church and caused it to rethink some of its more draconian policies. I think the most important change that came about because of the Renaissance was humanism. I think that humanism was a paradigm shift by Kuhn's definition and here is why: Before the advocacy of humanism the intelligentsia of Europe kept to a virtually monastic life and hid their endeavors from all but a few select peers and humanism forced open the doors of academia while freeing literature, art and religion and fostering a shift in the perceptions of life itself."
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