Renaissance and Reformation

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PHILOSOPHY
Prepared by:
Erwin s. Ted
http://www.antlers.k12.ok.us/AHS%2007_08/Pam%...
Renaissance and Reformation

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The Renaissance
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Roughly from 1400 to 1600
Means “rebirth”
Things began ...
Renaissance and Reformation

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New View of Mankind
Renaissance Humanism
• After the long Dark Ages in which every...
Renaissance and Reformation

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Renaissance Cultural Background
The three discoveries that were essential precondi...
Renaissance and Reformation

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New Ideas
Humanism
An outlook or system of thought attaching
prime importance to h...
Section 1

Renaissance and Reformation

Central Figures
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Marcilio Ficino
one of the greatest figures of the
Itali...
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Renaissance and Reformation

Central Figures
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Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
He wrote the famous
Oration on ...
Renaissance and Reformation

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New Ideas
Individualism
We are not only human beings, we are unique
individuals. M...
Renaissance and Reformation

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New Ideas

Empiricism
Every investigation of natural
phenomena must be based on
ob...
Renaissance and Reformation

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New View of Mankind
• Undeniably, the new view of mankind led to a whole new
outlo...
Renaissance and Reformation

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New View of Nature
Pantheism
God is present in his creation. If God is infinite, t...
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Renaissance and Reformation

New View of Nature
• Giordano Bruno
• Not only that he claim
that God was present ...
Renaissance and Reformation

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New World View

Geocentric World View
The belief that everything revolves
around t...
Renaissance and Reformation

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New World View
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Nicolaus Copernicus
Polish astronomer who wrote the book
e...
Renaissance and Reformation

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New World View
•Johannes Kepler
•German Astronomer who
presented the results of th...
Renaissance and Reformation

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New World View
•Galileo Galilei
•Used a telescope to observe
the heavenly bodies.
...
Renaissance and Reformation

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New World View
•Isaac Newton
•An English Physicist who lived
from 1642 to 1727
•La...
Renaissance and Reformation

MODERN
PHILOSOPHY

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Renaissance and Reformation

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Baroque (17 Century)
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• The word “baroque” comes from a word that was
first use...
Renaissance and Reformation

Baroque Art

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• Irregularity was typical of Baroque Art,
which was much richer in h...
Renaissance and Reformation

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Baroque Conflicts

•Age of Conflicts
•Thirty Years War (1618-1648)
Baroque Art
•Pr...
Renaissance and Reformation

Gustav III

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• Swedish King
• Assassinated in 1972
• During his time, there had bee...
Renaissance and Reformation

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Life As A Theater…

•The Baroque Period gave birth to modern
theatre – with all it...
Renaissance and Reformation

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William Shakespeare

• His works is full of passages about life as a
theatre.
•In ...
Renaissance and Reformation

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Baroque Philosophy

•Baroque’s philosophy was characterized by
powerful struggles ...
Renaissance and Reformation

17
Century
Philosophers
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Rene Descartes
(1596-16500)
•Descartes is often called the father of modern
philosophy.
•He is also known for espousing a ...
Baruch Spinoza
(1632-1677)
• Spinoza rejected the mind-body
dualism of Descartes and is often
considered to have held a mo...
John Locke
( 1632-1704)
• EMPIRICISM - counters
rationalism
• Knowledge is derived
from the senses
• References Aristotle
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David Hume
(1711-1776)
• Begins with everyday experiences
• Man reasons by impressions
(immediate) and ideas
(recollection...
George Berkeley
(1685-1753)
•Irish Bishop
•Denied a material world outside of
human consciousness - all is spiritual
•We e...
Immanuel Kant
(1724-1804)
•Kant is often considered to be
the most important modern
philosopher.
•This is because he built...
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  1. 1. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 PHILOSOPHY Prepared by: Erwin s. Ted http://www.antlers.k12.ok.us/AHS%2007_08/Pam%20D%20History %20Notes/ch15/ch15_sec1.ppt BSE 302 English
  2. 2. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 The Renaissance • • • • • Roughly from 1400 to 1600 Means “rebirth” Things began to get better The economy improved There was a return to buildings, cathedrals, universities, cities • New view of mankind
  3. 3. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 New View of Mankind Renaissance Humanism • After the long Dark Ages in which every aspect of life was seen through divine light, everything once again revolved around man. • “Go to the source” is the motto. • Reading humanistic subjects provided a “classical education” and developed what may be called human qualities. • “Horses are born, but human beings are not – they are formed.” • “We have to be educated to be human!”
  4. 4. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 Renaissance Cultural Background The three discoveries that were essential preconditions for this new period are: • The compass – made it easier to navigate. • The firearms – gave the European military the superiority over American and Asiatic cultures. • The printing press – played an important part in spreading the Renaissance humanists new ideas. New inventions and instruments began to follow thick and fast. One important instrument for example was the telescope, which resulted in a completely new basis for astronomy.
  5. 5. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 New Ideas Humanism An outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters. •New view of mankind •Humanists brought new belief in man and his worth. •Man was now considered infinitely great and valuable.
  6. 6. Section 1 Renaissance and Reformation Central Figures • • • • Marcilio Ficino one of the greatest figures of the Italian Renaissance, was born in Florence, on October 19, 1433. He died in October of 1499. He was a priest, a doctor and musician, but is best known for his work as a translator of classic works, author and philosopher. Exclaimed “Know thyself, O divine lineage in mortal guise!” Acknowledged the thought that man has God-like capacities.
  7. 7. Section 1 Renaissance and Reformation Central Figures • • Giovanni Pico della Mirandola He wrote the famous Oration on the Dignity of Man, which has been called the "Manifesto of the Renaissance", and a key text of Renaissance Humanism
  8. 8. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 New Ideas Individualism We are not only human beings, we are unique individuals. Man did not exist purely for God’s sake •This idea could lead to an almost unrestrained worship of genius. •The ideal became what we call the Renaissance man, a man of universal genius embracing all aspects of life, art, and science. •The new view of man also manifested itself in an interest into human anatomy.
  9. 9. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 New Ideas Empiricism Every investigation of natural phenomena must be based on observation, experiences, and experiments.
  10. 10. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 New View of Mankind • Undeniably, the new view of mankind led to a whole new outlook. • Man did not exist purely for God’s sake. • Man could therefore delight in life here and now. • And with these new freedom to develop, the possibilities were limitless. • They behaved as if the whole world was reawakened. • The renaissance humanists saw it as their duty to restore Rome.
  11. 11. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 New View of Nature Pantheism God is present in his creation. If God is infinite, then He must be present in everything. Nature is divine. •Nature was now regarded as a positive thing •Many held that God was also present in his creation.
  12. 12. Section 1 Renaissance and Reformation New View of Nature • Giordano Bruno • Not only that he claim that God was present in nature, he also believed that the universe was infinite in scope. • He was punished for this idea.
  13. 13. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 New World View Geocentric World View The belief that everything revolves around the Earth. Heliocentric World Picture The belief that everything revolves around the sun.
  14. 14. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 New World View • • • • Nicolaus Copernicus Polish astronomer who wrote the book entitled On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres in 1543. Claimed that the earth rotated around the sun. Pointed out that all observations of heavenly bodies were easier to understand if one assumed that both the earth and the other planets circled around the sun (the Heliocentric world picture).
  15. 15. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 New World View •Johannes Kepler •German Astronomer who presented the results of the comprehensive observations which showed that the planets moved in elliptical (oval) orbits. •The speed of a planet is greatest when closest to the sun (vice versa) •Same physical laws apply everywhere throughout the universe.
  16. 16. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 New World View •Galileo Galilei •Used a telescope to observe the heavenly bodies. •Studied the moon’s crater and said that it is similar to the earth •Discovered Jupiter had four moons •Law of inertia
  17. 17. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 New World View •Isaac Newton •An English Physicist who lived from 1642 to 1727 •Law of universal gravitation – every object attracts every other object with a force that increases in proportion to the size of the objects and decreases in proportion to the distance between the objects •Gravitation is universal •One set of laws
  18. 18. Renaissance and Reformation MODERN PHILOSOPHY Section 1
  19. 19. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 Baroque (17 Century) th • The word “baroque” comes from a word that was first used to describe a pearl of irregular shape. • The 17th Century was on the whole characterized by tensions between irreconcilable contrasts. • “carpe diem” – “seize the day • “memento mori” – remember that you must die. • Idealism vs. Materialism
  20. 20. Renaissance and Reformation Baroque Art Section 1 • Irregularity was typical of Baroque Art, which was much richer in highly contrastive forms than the plainer and more harmonious Renaissance Art. • In art, a painting could depict an extremely luxurious life with a little skull painted in one corner.
  21. 21. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 Baroque Conflicts •Age of Conflicts •Thirty Years War (1618-1648) Baroque Art •Protestant and Catholics •Political conflicts •The politics situation was typified by intrigue, plotting and assassination
  22. 22. Renaissance and Reformation Gustav III Section 1 • Swedish King • Assassinated in 1972 • During his time, there had been a rule Baroque Art of “enlightened despotism” • He is also a vain person who adored all French ceremony and courtesies. • He also loved the theatre and that was the death of him.
  23. 23. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 Life As A Theater… •The Baroque Period gave birth to modern theatre – with all its form and scenery. •In the theatre, one built up an illusion on stage – to expose ultimately that the stage was just an illusion. •The theatre thus became a reflection of life in general. •The theatre could show that “pride comes before a fall” and a present merciless portrait of human frailty.
  24. 24. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 William Shakespeare • His works is full of passages about life as a theatre. •In As You Like It, he says: “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely prayers They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.” •In Macbeth, he says: “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more; It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” •In Hamlet, he says: “To be or not to be – that is the question.”
  25. 25. Renaissance and Reformation Section 1 Baroque Philosophy •Baroque’s philosophy was characterized by powerful struggles between diametrically opposed modes of thought. •Some philosophers believed that what exists is at bottom spiritual in nature this standpoint was called idealism. •The opposite viewpoint is called materialism, a philosophy which holds that all real things derive from concrete materials substances.
  26. 26. Renaissance and Reformation 17 Century Philosophers th Section 1
  27. 27. Rene Descartes (1596-16500) •Descartes is often called the father of modern philosophy. •He is also known for espousing a dualism •Descartes made many important contributions to the field of mathematics but is perhaps most famous for his saying "Cogito ergo sum" (Latin for "I think, therefore I am"). • Basically, he wanted to know whether or not there was anything in this world that we could really know for sure. He started by doubting everything, even his own existence. However, he came to the conclusion that if he was thinking about the question, "Do I exist?" then he must exist, otherwise there wouldn't be an "I" to ask the question.
  28. 28. Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) • Spinoza rejected the mind-body dualism of Descartes and is often considered to have held a more pantheistic worldview, arguing that all things are ultimately one. • He believed in an impersonal God and took a critical approach to the Bible and this led to his writings being strongly condemned by religious leaders.
  29. 29. John Locke ( 1632-1704) • EMPIRICISM - counters rationalism • Knowledge is derived from the senses • References Aristotle • Blank slate - Tabula rasa
  30. 30. David Hume (1711-1776) • Begins with everyday experiences • Man reasons by impressions (immediate) and ideas (recollections) • Faith vs. Reason • Agnostic • Said you cannot prove faith by human reason • What is a miracle? • White crow - We have not experienced ALL natural laws
  31. 31. George Berkeley (1685-1753) •Irish Bishop •Denied a material world outside of human consciousness - all is spiritual •We exist in the mind of God who causes everything to occur •Questions material reality, time & space •Can we prove that the material world exists?
  32. 32. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) •Kant is often considered to be the most important modern philosopher. •This is because he built a bridge between rationalism and empiricism. •Therefore there is a difference between how things really are (the thing in itself) and how things are experienced by us (the thing for me). •We begin with sense perception, but our mind plays a major role in its ordering

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