Renaissance Thought and Its Sources
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Renaissance Thought and Its Sources presents the fruits of an extraordinary lifetime of scholarship: a systematic account of major themes in Renaissance philosophy, theology, science, and literature, show in their several settings. Here, in some of Paul Oskar Kristeller's most comprehensive and ambitious writings, is an exploration of the distinctive trends and concepts of...more
Paperback, 347 pages
Published April 15th 1979 by Columbia University Press (first published 1979)
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A bit of a tough read if you don't have a background in philosophy, but if you're patient it's a very good piece of historical scholarship. Kristeller is very good about setting his questions - despite the title, he wisely doesn't try to cover the whole swath of Renaissance thought and instead provides 14 focused essays that raise particular questions and proceed to answer them well with conscientious and methodical scholarship. The guy knows his primary documents.

I don't know much about Renaiss...more
Flawed, but one of the essential survey books to pick from when approaching an understanding of the Renaissance. I don't think anybody could have predicted this phenomenon, but many have disected as though they could have - like theorizing a tornado after the fact. They are, but how? Still don't really know. One of the reasons to despise how most of our educators declare a closed world of understanding. Is there not a teacher out there to say "I don't know?"
Incredible stuff, but very time consuming to read! A dense foray into the intellectual roots of the Renaissance. I wouldn't recommend reading this if you have no prior background of Plato & Aristotle or the Renaissance. Because Kristeller formed the book from essays, there is some repetition in places, and obvious transitions where he had to insert material to make it understandable for the reader.

Kristeller is a giant figure in academic history circles, largely associated with having redefined and resurrected cultural studies of the Renaissance midway through the 20th century. Any serious student of the Renaissance is obliged to consult Kristeller at some point. Not the lightest reading, but you can feel yourself becoming smarter with every passing sentence.
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Paul Oskar Kristeller (May 22, 1905 in Berlin – June 7, 1999 in New York, USA) was an important scholar of Renaissance humanism. He was awarded the Haskins Medal in 1992. He was last active as Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University in New York, where he mentored both Irving Louis Horowitz and A. James Gregor.
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