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Rudolph Agricola'S Address To Innocent VIII

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Rodolphus Agricola Phrisius, an old friend of Johann von Dalberg, the Bishop of Worms, had settled in Heidelberg in order to become Dalberg's private academic tutor. It was Agricola who had written the speech which Dalberg was to address to Pope Innocent VIII. An important aspect in which humanists did not resemble sophists is religion. Although some sophists established a connection between human virtues and morality, on the one side and the gods on the other, it can be said that for sophists generally the gods did not constitute the basis of their moral philosophy, whereas for humanists, God did. Little surprise, that faith and God are distinctly present also in the writings of Rudolph Agricola. His address to Innocent VIII, together with his oration on the nativity of Christ, might well be considered its culmination.

Keywords:Heidelberg; humanists; Johann von Dalberg; moral philosophy; Pope Innocent VIII; Rodolphus Agricola Phrisius



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