HIS 4b Lecture 4 Early Humanism ca 1325 - ca 1423

HIS 4b Lecture 4 Early Humanism ca 1325 - ca 1423 -...

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Unformatted text preview: 1-17Early Humanism ca 1325 - ca 1423• Medieval Thought, Reason, Synthesis, Logic• emphasizes human ability to use reason• the supreme capacity of a human being is the use of reason• use your reason to understand everything thats important (God)• looking for universal principles• the big picture, not details• Aristotle• revived• explains how the material things of the world work• problem: not a christian thinker (pagan)• those in the Church want to ban him• Aquinas• synthesizes Aristotle into Christian thought• made a saint upon his death• Rejection• eventually people who disagree with Aristotle• can’t use reason to characterize things, then you’re just being arbitrary• categories are just names• furniture• nominalism: you don’t know if when you’re using your reasoning you’re reaching god• a type of thought which denies that you can reason beyond your sense perceptions• creating names is a purely arbitrary exercise (why are they that way?)• creating names is a purely arbitrary exercise (why are they that way?...
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HIS 4b Lecture 4 Early Humanism ca 1325 - ca 1423 -...

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