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Epilogue: Sambucus And Dudith Encounter Confessionalisation

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The process of confessionalisation, as reflected in the cases of Dudith and Sambucus, appears to us in several aspects antithetical to humanist culture, which centred round the study and imitation of antiquity. Departing from their cases it is tempting to confirm that irenicism, polyphony and scepticism were intrinsically inherent to humanism. Confessionalisation meant that the control over the uses of antiquity no longer depended on unwritten social-intellectual expectations but was placed into the hands of powerful authorities whose prime concerns were not knowledge production but institutional power, social discipline and Christian dogma. In the final analysis humanism was deemed to lose its dominance as a cultural idiom because of its limited uses in social mobility.

Keywords: confessionalisation; Dudith; humanism; Sambucus



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