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The Unrepentant RenaissanceFrom Petrarch to Shakespeare to Milton$
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Richard Strier

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226777511

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226777535.001.0001

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Back to Burckhardt (Plus the Reformations)

Back to Burckhardt (Plus the Reformations)

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(p.1) Introduction Back to Burckhardt (Plus the Reformations)
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The Unrepentant Renaissance
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Richard Strier

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226777535.003.0001

The values widely recognized and voiced during the Renaissance period were part of the inherited and continuous Christian tradition, whereas others were reinforced by key aspects of classical revival, especially by Stoicism and Platonism. These values include: reason, patience, moderation of anger, rejection of materialism, the superiority of the spiritual over the physical, and a need for humility. This chapter introduces the texts found during what the book calls The Unrepentant Renaissance that possibly praise the values and qualities that are the exact opposite of those just mentioned. The chapter thus gives an introduction to Jacob Burckhardt by going through his views of the culture of the period. It’s Burckhardt’s text that gives description to the experience of the period “in which it was possible to regard enjoyment of the things of this world as something not clearly negative and even, at times, as praiseworthy.”

Keywords:   renaissance period, classical revival, Stoicism, Platonism, Jacob Burckhardt, culture, Unrepentant Renaissance, values

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