Humanism believed in the woth and dignity of the individual and that belief led in turn to the rediscovery of the culture of classical antiquity:literature,history, rhettoric, ethics and politics. "golden wisdom" proper conduct of one's private life; rational governance of the state; the enjoyment of beauty; and the quest for truth. humnaism was a union of love and reason that stressed earthly fulfillment rather than medieval preperations for paradise. the humanists had rediscovered their
ancestors, seeing them as real people able to lend assistance in the reinstatement of human values.
"Man is the measure of all things" (Protagoras) and "Many are the wonders of the world, and none so wonderful as man" (Sophocles) give the essence of humanism. The Greeks conceived their gods as perfect human beings, free from infirmities and immortal, but subject to human passions and ambitions. The Renaissance conception of man as the potential master of all things arose out of the awakening to the glories of Greece and Rome.
Read carefully "The Oration on the Dignity of Man" and determine which qualities Pico considers the most important in defining the nature of man.
Pico della Mirandola attempts to find a universal religion grounded in the fantastic combination of Plato's Ideas, the Jewish Kabbala and Christianity. In the opening section of his Oration on the Dignity of Man, Pico declared that unlike other creatures, mankind has not been assigned a fixed place in the universe. Our destiny is not determined by anything outside us.
a truth, a moral value, a part of one's character that's moral, the values and builds your life.
What was the Copernican revolution and its significance? (part 1)
The Ptolemaic system was first questioned by the Polish astronomer and mathematician Nicholas Copernicus 1473-1542. Copernicus never advanced the theory that the earth was not the center of the universe; he believed that mathematical calculations would be less complicated if one accepted the sun as a stationary point and based one' computations on a heliocentric system. Though he failed to design a simplerer system or to eliminate mistaken assumptions about orbits, his contribution was monument.