Renaissance philosophy /

Main Author: Copenhaver, Brian P.
Other Authors: Schmitt, Charles B., 1933-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
Series: History of Western philosophy ; 3.
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The eminent Renaissance scholar C.B. Schmitt initiated this work; on his death, Copenhaver (Univ. of California-Riverside) wrote the bulk of it. He provides a unified and well-balanced presentation of the philosophical developments of an era that today's textbooks still largely ignore. The first chapter presents a rich tapestry of the historical context out of which and in which Renaissance philosophy developed. The next four chapters consider its main movements and figures. The final chapter discusses various links of Renaissance philosophy with modern and contemporary thought. The first and last chapters will be the more useful (and easier) for undergraduates while the middle chapters will give them and graduate students a fine introduction to this period. Thus, this work and The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy, ed. by C.B. Schmitt et al. (CH, Dec.'88), which is more detailed and research-oriented, supplement one another nicely. Extensive bibliography and index. Recommended for all college and larger public libraries. G. J. Dalcourt; Seton Hall University

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