Historical And Philosophical Movement Of The Renaissance

1596 Words Dec 9th, 2014 7 Pages
The renaissance became a historical movement that marked the beginning of individualism and modernity through the unification of philosophers, artists, writers, and poets. Although it has no fixed beginning, most theories placed the beginning era in the early 14th century. The renaissance profoundly affected European Intellectual life through the introduction of different perspectives, ideas, innovations, literature, art, science, religion among many other aspects that continue to shape modern philosophy. By focusing, on ideas presented by Southern, Petrarch, and Burckhardt I will argue that the historical and philosophical movement of the renaissance progressed the writings and concerns of the medieval times through the emergence of humanism and free will, the revival of antiquity, natural philosophy and enlightment of knowledge. To understand why the Renaissance played a significant role in this transition, it is important to first consider how the medieval times differed from it. The medieval times lasted from the 5th to the 15th century and marked its beginning with the collapse of the western roman empire. The history of the medieval times has often been associated with an era of chaos, invasion, famine, plague and war which served to diminish the population of western Europe during this time period. Although some modern scholars argue that the Renaissance did little to supersede the middle ages, I believe that the Renaissance served as a transition that led to…
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