Characteristics of the Renaissance Term Paper by Nicky

Characteristics of the Renaissance
A discussion of the new outlooks in thought that resulted in the Renaissance.
# 128515 | 819 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jul 26, 2010 in Art (History) , History (General)

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This paper examines the changes in philosophical outlook that resulted in the Renaissance. These new outlooks are presented vis a vis the Middle Ages and the strong reach of the Catholic Church in all matters related to education and intellectual pursuit. The paper also considers the role of Humanism and the desire for richer learning experiences in the development of the Renaissance. Significant artists of the Renaissance are also described. The paper concludes by showing how the Renaissance encapsulated the best ideas of the Classical period and the Middle Ages.

From the Paper:

"The Renaissance cannot be considered seriously without looking at the aspect of Humanism and how it contributed to what the Renaissance would become. Humanism is described as the "chief of the new conceptions of the Renaissance. (Lucas 209) Humanism was stimulated by pagan characteristics of Greek and Roman life that Middle Age scholars avoided. Many claim that Humanism was an "unchristian philosophy that stressed the dignity of humankind of championed individualism and secular values" (Craig 435) while other maintain that Humanism was a champion of Catholic Christianity. Regardless of the real truth, almost everyone can agree that Humanism was the "scholarly study of the Latin and Greek classics and the ancient Church Fathers both for their own sake and to promote a rebirth of ancient norms and values" (435). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barzun, Jacques. From Dawn to Decadence. New York: Harper Collins Publications. 2000.
  • Breisach, Earnst. Renaissance Europe. New York: The Macmillan Company. 1973.
  • Craig, Albert M., et al. The Heritage of World Civilizations. Fifth Edition. New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 2000.
  • Lucas, Henry. The Renaissance and the Reformation. New York: Harper and Brothers. 1934.

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