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By Patrick Baker

this significant research takes a brand new method of realizing Italian Renaissance humanism, established now not on scholarly paradigms or philosophical options yet on a ignored but necessary point of view: the humanists' knowing of themselves. via a chain of shut textual reviews, Patrick Baker excavates what humanists notion used to be vital approximately humanism, how they considered their very own historical past, what targets they enunciated, what triumphs they celebrated - in brief, he makes an attempt to reconstruct humanist identification. What emerges is a small, coherent group committed essentially to not political ideology, a philosophy of guy, a tutorial ethos, or ethical development, yet relatively to the pursuit of classical Latin eloquence. greedy the importance this stylistic excellent had for the humanists is key to figuring out either their feel of themselves and the significance they and others connected to their stream. For eloquence was once no mere aesthetic affair yet relatively looked as if it would them because the guarantor of civilisation itself.

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