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The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy by Jacob Burckhardt
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Jun 25, 2009

it was amazing
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I came across this book when I read in Foucault's History of Sexuality about the art of living in Renaissance. Probably the half of the book is related with matters of Subject's developement, and not only the second part which has the specific title. A kind of new discovery of the world and man came about in this era. There are many references to matters of the way the subject was related with himself, the other people, his body, power, education, sexuality, language, beauty, nature, traveling, house, festivals. Yet the sixth part is about ethics and religion, developing in extense the relation with God, and a kind of new way of living, dictated not exclusively by religious thought, or other metaphysical presuppositions, but by the self himself. Of couse this wasn't a new discovery of some persons only, but of a whole new age.
An esthetic approach of many aspects of life is the main problematic of the book. The narrative isn't chronological. The structure is similar to many post-modern historical studies, e.g. of Annales School.
A historical study of Renaissance's culture and civilization, in 19th century, when the positivistic history of events, military facts, political intrigues, was the main stream of method and thought.

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