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Elogio della follia

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La celebre operetta di Erasmo immagina che la Follia sia una dea, la quale, davanti a una piccola folla meravigliata, mostra quanti e quali benefici riceva dalla sue mani e come, senza il suo intervento, nulla nella vita sia piacevole, conveniente o sopportabile. Dall'alto del suo podio, la Follia delinea così un quadro immortale dell'umanità, passando in rassegna tutti i ...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published 2005 by Einaudi (first published 1510)
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Roy Lotz
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Praise of Brexit

Folly speaks:

About five hundred years ago, a man named Erasmus decided to publish a book praising me. Unbelievably, no one had this idea before, and none since. Nobody has the time or the inclination—nobody besides Erasmus, that is—to sing my praises, apparently. All the other gods get their encomiums, but not me.

Well, perhaps I should take the neglect as a compliment. After all, isn’t it the height of folly not to acknowledge the role that folly plays in human life? So is not
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, 2013
Horatian style satire peppered with innumerable references to Greco-Roman lore which would take a lifetime to decipher: luckily for me, ten days into this Sisyphean task I discovered Phil’s site:

Aint the internet great? The reason the above site is such a treasure is not simply because it spoonfeeds the laziest reader the needful (a word usage I picked up in Sri Lanka: love it), but because it resolves the numerous dilemmas a rookie like me has whilst goog
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction

“To know nothing is the sweetest life.”—Sophocles (Kindle Locations 263-264)

“Give me any instance then of a man as wise as you can fancy him possible to be, that has spent all his younger years in poring upon books, and trudging after learning, in the pursuit whereof he squanders away the pleasantest time of his life in watching, sweat, and fasting; and in his latter days he never tastes one mouthful of delight, but is always stingy, poor, dejected, melancholy, burthenso
Justin Evans
In general, I like to think that there is progress in the arts- that geniuses of a later age are likely to be broader and more engaging than geniuses of an earlier age because they have the example of earlier men and women from which to learn. Lately I've been having a hard time holding onto this belief; that I've finally got around to reading Praise of Folly has made it harder still. Erasmus combines a mildly annoying love of classical literature with an amazing ability to wield irony and socia ...more
Marco Simeoni
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, classics, humor
Parla la Saggezza; Ops, Scusate! La Follia

Erasmo da Rotterdam parlando a Tommaso Moro, definisce questo libro come un "esercizio di stile".
Se ne sto parlando dopo quasi 5 secoli dalla sua pubblicazione ritengo che più di esercizio si possa parlare di lezione.
Usando l'ironia e mascherandosi dietro l'antropomorfizzazione della pazzia, Erasmo spazia toccando aspetti della società del '500 (così simile a quella dei giorni nostri) facendoci scoprire il punto di vista dell'escluso, del diverso, del pa
David Sarkies
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
Let Stupidity Reign
7 August 2016 - Amsterdam

Well, what better book to read when you are in the Netherlands than Erasmus' tributed to stupidity. Okay, I'm sure he is not being serious, though it is difficult to tell at times, particularly when he suggests that by being an idiot one does become healthy, wealthy (but not necessarily wise – actually, that would be quite the opposite). Actually, healthy is probably not necessarily something that comes either, but certainly wealth seems to come to a
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A través de quinientos años nos llega la voz certera e irónica de una figura del Renacimiento: Erasmo de Rotterdam (1466-1536), quien sin él quererlo contribuyó con sus observaciones vertidas en esta obra a la Reforma Protestante emprendida por Lutero (1483-1546) algunos años después, ya que este último tomó algunas ideas de la obra del sabio holandés.

Erasmo crea una especie de ensayo en forma de monólogo y quien habla es un personaje muy singular: la locura. Pero la locura entendida, o al menos
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ben çok beğendim. Bilemiyorum nasıl tarif edeyim bu kitabı. Ciddi manada ağır bir kitap. Bir alt yapı istiyor. Öyle "hadi bi kitap okuyayım havam olur biraz hem sarı sarı güzelde bir şekli var" diye alıp okuyabileceğiniz bi kitap değil. 15 dakika sonra atıverirsiniz kenara valla.

Dolayısıyla benimde çok vaktimi aldı okumak. Zaten kitabın yarısı açıklamalardan oluşuyo neredeyse. Çevirmen hanım elinden geleni yapmış sağolsun. Ağır ağır okuyunca zaman alıyo ama anlıyorsunuzki Erasmus bize çok önemli
Alp Turgut
Erasmus'un "ahmaklık"ın ağzından bizlere sunduğu tamamı hiciv olan eseri "Deliliğe Övgü / The Praise of Folly", ünlü yazarın Cicero'nun meşhur sözü "İnsanların çoğu ahmaktır"ı esas alarak tüm insanlığı zekice bir şekilde eleştirdiği gerçekten oldukça özgün bir eser. Özellikle son çeyreğinde başladığı İncil ve din eleştirisiyle zamanının çok ötesinde bir kitap olan "Deliliğe Övgü", kendine has diliyle alışması başta zor ama okudukça değer kazanan bir yapıt. Dini kullananları oldukça ağır bir şeki ...more
Hard for me not to crush on Erasmus: cosmopolitan, pacifist, menippean. Learned in ancient writings, interested in allegiance to neither reformation nor counter-reformation, but rather in democratization of Scripture through vernacular translation simultaneous to the construction of critical editions of Scripture in original languages. Not however to be approached casually--he expects the reader to get the jokes and keep up with him. Some minimal knowledge of the ancient literatures and philosop ...more
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Goodreads Librari...: Combine editions 3 12 Oct 19, 2017 10:46AM  
  • The Book of the Courtier
  • Letters on England
  • Oration on the Dignity of Man
  • The Complete Works: The Revised Oxford Translation, Vol. 2
  • Lettera sulla felicità
  • The Concept of Irony: With Continual Reference to Socrates/Notes of Schelling's Berlin Lectures
  • The Way Things Are: The De Rerum Natura
  • Pensées
  • A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
  • The City of the Sun
  • Maxims
  • The Enneads
  • The Consolation of Philosophy
  • The Renaissance Philosophy of Man: Petrarca, Valla, Ficino, Pico, Pomponazzi, Vives
  • The Essays
  • A Letter Concerning Toleration: Humbly Submitted
  • Three Treatises
  • De stille kracht
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (28 October 1466 – 12 July 1536), known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, or simply Erasmus, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian.

Erasmus was a classical scholar and wrote in a pure Latin style. Among humanists he enjoyed the sobriquet "Prince of the Humanists", and has been called "the crowning glory of the Christian human
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