Renaissance Humanism and Philosophy as a Way of Life. / Sellars, John.

In: Metaphilosophy, Vol. 51, No. 2-3, 27.04.2020, p. 226-243.

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A long-established view has deprecated Renaissance humanists as primarily literary figures with little serious interest in philosophy. More recently it has been proposed that the idea of philosophy as a way of life offers a useful framework with which to re-assess their philosophical standing. However, this proposal has faced some criticism. By looking again at the work of three important figures from the period I defend the claim that at least some thinkers during the Renaissance did see philosophy as a way of life, while also acknowledging the force of reservations made by recent critics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-243
Number of pages18
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2020
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