Sparks of Reason
Sparks of Reason
Sparks of Reason
Sparks of Reason

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Throughout the late Middle Ages and the early modern period, the Low Countries were home to a vibrant tradition of lay philosophy in Dutch. Sparks of Reason takes a detailed look at this philosophical tradition, with a special focus on the sixteenth century. During this turbulent century, several authors, such as Dirck Volkertsz Coornhert (1522-1590) and Hendrik Laurensz Spiegel (1549-1612), developed a philosophy which was founded on rationality and self-motivation. This "Vernacular Rationalism" was a dynamic melting pot of classical philosophy, Humanism, Spiritualism and popular piety. As this book shows, Vernacular Rationalism was rooted in an age-old Netherlandish tradition and was to become one of the breeding grounds for the Early Enlightenment in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic. Its point of departure was the inherent goodness of humankind and the possibility of moral growth through rational knowledge. Its goal was perfect happiness.

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  • : Ruben Buys
  • : Verloren, Uitgeverij
  • ISBN : 9789087045159
  • : Engels
  • : Paperback
  • : 320
  • : mei 2015
  • : 590
  • : 235 x 156 x 22 mm.
  • : Bibliotheca Dissidentium Neerlandicorum
  • : Ideeëngeschiedenis; Sociale en culturele geschiedenis