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Identifying Renaissance Philosophy

Posted By David A. Lines, Friday, May 13, 2016

On the back of the significant interest shown in this topic at the Boston RSA, this series of panels will continue to explore what makes Renaissance philosophy an identifiable object of study. The panels at Chicago's RSA will particularly consider how Renaissance philosophy stands in relationship to the medieval tradition: are modern historiographical views that consider Renaissance philosophy as a continuation of late-medieval philosophy correct? If not, how wide of the mark are they, and why? What good reasons can be adduced, if any, for arguing that logic or natural philosophy or moral philosophy have particular features in the Renaissance that set them apart from previous scholastic interpretations? 

Papers might consider, among others, the continuing influence of authors such as Aristotle, Augustine, or Thomas Aquinas; the rise of different publics; evolving forms or styles of interpretation; the influence of humanism; the rise of the vernacular; or any other relevant aspects. Both methodological papers and specific case-studies are welcome. Ideally the sessions will represent philosophy across Europe. 

Please submit your paper proposal by 30 May to David Lines, discipline representative for Philosophy ( Proposals must include the following:

  •  your name, affiliation, email address
  • a paper title (15-word maximum)
  • abstract (150-word maximum) abstract guidelines
  • keywords
  • a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Prose bios will not be accepted. CV guidelines and models.


Tags:  humanism  Philosophy  scholasticism 

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