Renaissance Hermeticism And Humanism Ap Euro

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Ryan Cho
AP European History 1-2
12.4 Assignment
AP Euro- 12.4 Assignment (Vocab + Questions)
Vocabulary Terms- Humanism, Petrarch, Neo-Platonism, Renaissance Hermeticism, Gutenberg, liberal studies, Guicciardini.
1) Humanism. Humanism is a philosophical stance/belief that emphasizes human values and benefits rather than supernatural beings or objects. Unlike previous beliefs, humanism stresses critical thinking and evidence (ex, rationalism) to support beliefs, instead of relying on superstition. During the Renaissance, humanism was huge throughout Italian city-states because it was a time when people changed how they thought about humanity, art and philosophy. This practice later inspired many famous artists, philosophers, and writers …show more content…

Interest in Platonism was especially strong in Florence under the Medici. The ideas of Platonism were quickly re-introduced to the Italian city-states because of the works of Marsilio Ficino, who translated Plato’s work and provided Italy with a synthesis of Christianity/Platonism (he translated Plato’s work in Modern Latin) that would provide all of the Italian city-states with an overview of the revived culture.
4) Renaissance Hermeticism. Hermeticism, also called Hermetism, is a religious tradition based primarily upon writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. These writings greatly influenced the Western Renaissance tradition and were considered to be of great importance during both the Renaissance and the Reformation. The tradition claims descent from a prisca theologia, a doctrine that affirms the existence of a single, true theology that is present in all religions and that was given by God to man in …show more content…

Humanism, which stressed individual success or achievements, allowed women like Laura Cereta and Isabella d’Este to turn away from their required life of tending the household and really pursue jobs that at the time, only men could do. Following d’Este and Cereta, many women were influenced by humanist beliefs and began to pursue any job that men could do because one of the “slogans” for humanism at the time was “Man/Woman can do anything that is possible”. If not for humanism, women would not have pursued jobs that only men could do and would have kept doing their regular day job in tending the

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