While feudalism and the class system of the European middle ages seemed to guarantee that families would remain in their social strata for eternity, the philosophers of the Renaissance challenged that status quo. They suggested that people could—and should—question authority. For instance, in Erasmus of Rotterdam’s The Education of a Christian Prince, he urged people to, “judge all things on their own merits as ‘good’ or ‘bad.’” Like many of his time who considered themselves humanists, Erasmus believed the study of the liberal arts could help people dramatically change their lives.
Numerous assorted thoughts thrived during the European Renaissance which lastingly affected the world. Humanism is a perspective and an ethical reasoning that views people as of essential importance. The part of humanism initially flourished in fourteenth century Italy, and later spread north in the fifteenth century. At first humanistic thoughts regarding education were immediately embraced by the Italian high society. The Italian thoughts and attitudes towards life and learning affected honorability in different parts of Europe.
Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Name Date How did the Italian Renaissance ideas spread northward and how were they transformed in France or England? Introduction
The Renaissance is well known as an Italian phenomenon and while the Renaissance may have started in Italy, it inspired further Renaissances to occur all over Europe, including the Northern Renaissance. Beginning in the 14th century, new ideas and concepts were being formed during the Italian Renaissance such as humanism, new perspectives of the Catholic Church, different styles of art, etc.. All these new ideas spread and soon enough in the late 15th century, Northern Europe had a Renaissance of its own, obviously inspired by the Italian Renaissance, but with their own twist to the idea of a Renaissance that was unique to them. Humanism, reform in the Catholic Church, change in literature, and new styles of art can show that there had undeniably been a “rebirth” (Renaissance: rebirth) in Northern Europe and that it indeed had a Renaissance of its own. The focus on humanism was an effect of the Renaissance that occurred in Northern Europe.
The Renaissance One of the main ideas that characterized Renaissance art and literature was one which was interest and appreciation for the classical period. The classical period was a time of Ancient Greece and Rome. It was the pinnacle of human achievement. I can see one main idea in the classical period because in a letter written by Niccolo Machiavelli, he read classical books that made him happy. He goes home imagining him entering ancient courts of ancient men while he was reading the classical books.
DBQ “What a piece of work is man!” (Doc. B). After the middle ages, and after the Black plague, and fighting had begun to die down, Europe had started a new era. The Renaissance, people had begun to look up to the sky and began to think about the world around them. People began to question authority, and look at the things around them, and make new resources.
William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was an actor, poet, and playwright, but he did so much more than that. He changed psychology, the english language, theater, writing, and created thousands of words we still use today. William Shakespeare wrote and acted in his plays during the Renaissance, which was a time from the 1300s until the 1600s when ideas of society changed. During the Renaissance, a new concept started to form that changed society which was humanism.
Michelangelo was one of the most influential and significant people that lived during the Renaissance period. The Renaissance, meaning 'rebirth ', was a significant time in European history that existed between the 14th and the 16th century. It was a time that led to development and change in literature, arts, architecture and philosophy. Michelangelo was very fortunate to live in this period as it brought him great success, especially in art and architecture. Not only did he learn from this new way of thinking, but as he progressed in his career, he also had and still has, a major influence on many other artists, worldwide.
Perhaps the end of the Middle Ages can largely be attributed to the rise of individualism. During the Middle Ages people were part of a church, they were a part of guilds, they were a part of the feudal system; the need for individualism was nearly nonexistent as everyone was simply trees in a forest. But as their faith in the Church declined, as guilds became less relevant, and as the feudal system fell apart, there was no longer the need to be part of these institutions, the trees were falling so to speak. People found themselves no longer to be in a forest, and that they could work to better improve their situations. For example, as the Bubonic Plague killed off many of the serfs, the remaining ones began asking for wages.
Humanism is about maximizing the safety, well-being and potential prosperity of all people in our society; putting emphasis on human values, on human rights and on humane behaviour towards each other. It is the notion that only through reason, respect, empathy and compassion we can create a more beneficial society for all, with justice and equality. It is a set of principles that can appeal to the whole of society regardless of their personally held religious beliefs or atheism as it is about designing society, through optimising human collaboration, around what benefits us all in this life, here and now, in the shared social space. In today 's climate, financial meltdown, global pollution, corruption of the democratic process, inequality across society, we need, more than ever, a plan for our collective future, for our very survival, for our continued well-being and for the opportunity to prosper in all segments of our society. This democratic values and principles should be the political philosophy, economic model and vision for a better world; this is democratic Humanism .
Have you ever noticed that history gave us a lot of cultural contributions? From the tools created throughout the early civilizations to the new types of innovations created in the Industrial Revolution, it is clear to see that cultural contributions throughout history has made a huge impact on our world. The best example of how contributions influence our culture is in the Renaissance. Throughout this important piece of history, there have been many new types of artwork, literature and inventions.
The human race has gone through many extravagant eras and ages. From the space age to the Victorian era, humans have seen civilizations fall and revolutions ensue. Possibly the most well known era was the age of the Renaissance. The Renaissance was an advanced age fueled by an infatuation for art and literature. People began to focus on the concept of individualism, and portrayed that in their art.