Sparks of Reason

lay philosophy and vernacular rationalism in the Low Countries

Ruben Buys

Sparks of Reason

paperback/ gebrocheerd: € 35.00: GRATIS verzending! (NL)

ISBN: 978-90-8704-515-9, geïllustreerd, 304 blz., May 2015, Engels
Formaat: 23.5 (h) x 15.5 (b) x 3.0 (d) cm. Gewicht: 550 gram.

e-Boek (ePub): € 25.00: GRATIS verzending! (NL)

ISBN: 978-90-8704-532-6, 304 blz., July 2015, Engels


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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