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Renaissance Philosophy.

The scholarly genre that concerns itself with the history of philosophy is one that, in European culture, goes back more than three centuries, to Thomas Stanley's History of Philosophy and Georg Horn's Historia philosophica, both published in 1655. Yet until a very few years ago, the history of Renaissance philosophy Renaissance philosophy is the period of the history of philosophy in Europe that falls roughly between the Middle Ages and the Enlightenment. It includes the 15th century; some scholars extend it to as early as the 1350s or as late as the 16th century or early 17th century,  has been ill served by this genre. Most accounts of Western philosophical history pass quickly over the centuries between Ockham and Descartes with a few sub-Burckhardtian platitudes about the humanists

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 being "too busy acquiring knowledge of antiquity to produce anything original in philosophy" (Bertrand Russell (person) Bertrand Russell - (1872-1970) A British mathematician, the discoverer of Russell's paradox. , quoted 340). Since the Second World War, those who needed a detailed synthesis of the scholarship on Renaissance philosophy have had to resort to the third volume of Ueberweg-Geyer's Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie, while those who wanted a reliable introduction to the subject that could be placed in the hands of university students have mostly turned to the relevant parts of Frederick Copleston's History of Philosophy (1946-66). Both of these histories took a dim view of the accomplishments of Renaissance philosophers, and both have long been seriously out-of-date, being written before the explosion of work on Renaissance philosophy that since the 1950s has entirely transformed the field. The problem was recognized by Charles Schmitt of the Warburg Institute The Warburg Institute is a research institution associated with the University of London. A member of the School of Advanced Study, its focus is the study of the influence of classical antiquity on all aspects of European civilization.  in the early 1980s, who set about resolving it with his characteristic energy and learning. He planned two large projects, The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy, which aimed to synthesize To create a whole or complete unit from parts or components. See synthesis.  existing scholarship through a comprehensive survey of Renaissance contributions to the main subfields within philosophy; and the volume under review, a shorter introduction to Renaissance philosophy designed to serve the needs of students and non-specialists. Owing to owing to
Because of; on account of: I couldn't attend, owing to illness.

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 his untimely death in 1986, both projects had to be completed by other hands. The former volume was published by Cambridge University Press Cambridge University Press (known colloquially as CUP) is a publisher given a Royal Charter by Henry VIII in 1534, and one of the two privileged presses (the other being Oxford University Press).  in 1988; of that work it is better to write nothing than too little (as the humanists were wont, diplomatically, to say). The latter volume has now been finished by Brian Copenhaver. It is pleasant to report that it is a brilliantly successful piece of work.

Renaissance Philosophy (a good two thirds of which is Copenhaver's work) is divided into six chapters: a chapter on "The Historical Context of Renaissance Philosophy"; two chapters dealing respectively with the Aristotelian and Platonic traditions; a chapter on the Renaissance revivals of the other philosophical schools of antiquity; a chapter on the new philosophies of nature in the late sixteenth century; and a final chapter on the historiography historiography

Writing of history, especially that based on the critical examination of sources and the synthesis of chosen particulars from those sources into a narrative that will stand the test of critical methods.
 of Renaissance philosophy entitled "Renaissance Philosophy and Modern Memory". The present writer has a competence in only a few of these areas, but within them he has found Schmitt-Copenhaver to be remarkably balanced and reliable. The presentation of material is clear; the writing lively with welcome touches of wit. Though organized thematically, the reader will find fairly detailed treatment of about three dozen major philosophers of the period as well as a valuable map of the recent and not-so-recent historiography. The only gap - and it is a minor one, given its almost complete neglect in modern studies - is the absence of any account of the revivals of Thomism, Scotism and Albertism in Italian religious orders during the late fifteenth century.

Schmitt and Copenhaver aim not only to inform, but to persuade. Their message is that Renaissance philosophy has been unduly neglected by modern philosophers and historians of philosophy. They admit Renaissance philosophy has no world-historical geniuses to place beside the great men produced by Renaissance science, literature and art. They admit that the continuities between medieval and Renaissance philosophy are more striking than the discontinuities; they admit that, by and large, the traditional view which sees the seventeenth century as a new departure in Western philosophical history is correct. This is essentially to admit (though the authors do not) that philosophy did not have a Renaissance. But to say that philosophy did not have a Renaissance is not to say that philosophical inquiry was uninfluenced Adj. 1. uninfluenced - not influenced or affected; "stewed in its petty provincialism untouched by the brisk debates that stirred the old world"- V.L.Parrington; "unswayed by personal considerations"
unswayed, untouched
 by the Renaissance movement, or that the conditions of philosophical inquiry went unchanged during the period of the Renaissance. Schmitt and Copenhaver show with great clarity and learning how the practice of philosophy was reshaped in important ways in the period from 1350 to 1600. By the end of the period, Renaissance philosophers were asking some very modern questions, even if they had yet to produce what sound to our ears like modern answers.

All this is useful, but it does not explain why modern philosophers should take any account of philosophers as apparently foreign to their own projects as Trapezuntius or Telesio. Schmitt and Copenhaver wonder aloud why modem philosophers have not succeeded in making Renaissance philosophers into what Richard Rorty Richard McKay Rorty (October 4, 1931 in New York City – June 8, 2007) was an American philosopher. Rorty's long and diverse career saw him working in Philosophy, Humanities, and Literature departments.  calls "conversational partners Noun 1. conversational partner - a person who takes part in a conversation

conversationalist, conversationist, schmoozer - someone skilled at conversation
," while figures from even more strange and remote periods - like Plato, Anselm or Aquinas - have managed to join in the discourse of contemporary philosophy. Schmitt and Copenhaver explain this by arguing that Renaissance philosophy has been victimized by a failure of historical memory. On the one hand, Renaissance philosophers have had no modern constituency - such as classicists or neoscholastics - to blow their horns. On the other hand, modern philosophy itself is deeply indebted to Renaissance philosophy, and therefore unconsciously wishes to suppress the memory of its parent in order to make its own accomplishments appear the more original. Schmitt and Copenhaver make a plausible case that many supposedly modern philosophical issues - the embeddedness of thought in language, the need to choose among incommensurate in·com·men·su·rate  
a. Not commensurate; disproportionate: a reward incommensurate with their efforts.

b. Inadequate.

2. Incommensurable.
 conceptual schemes, the problem of the fact-value distinction fact-value distinction

In philosophy, the ontological distinction between what is (facts) and what ought to be (values). David Hume gave the distinction its classical formulation in his dictum that it is impossible to derive an “ought” from an “is.
 - have roots going back to the Renaissance.

In the end these arguments may not, after all, succeed in making Renaissance philosophers household names History
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 among their modern brethren in philosophy departments. It is still difficult to imagine Charles Taylor
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 and Gianfrancesco Pico having much of a chat (though one could imagine a rather lively exchange between Machiavelli and Alasdair Macintyre Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre (born January 12, 1929 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a philosopher primarily known for his contribution to moral and political philosophy but known also for his work in history of philosophy and theology. ). But Schmitt and Copenhaver have given us excellent reasons why historians of philosophy can neglect the Renaissance only at their penril.
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Author:Hankins, James
Publication:Renaissance Quarterly
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 22, 1994
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