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Introduction: On The Uses Of Humanism

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Humanism is used for expressing diverse ideas about the epoch of the Renaissance. A humanist is a person engaged in certain cultural practices related to the study and imitation of antiquity, while humanism is considered a literary movement or program. These definitions have apparently provided a more flexible and usable interpretative framework for scholars of the Renaissance. This introductory chapter of the book which aims to slightly but significantly broaden this definition, arguing humanists were defined rather by certain shared intellectual practices and cultural values. In Paul Oskar Kristeller's works humanism was presented as a literary movement characterised by a profound preoccupation with antiquity. The people who were able to read and contribute to the complex cultural code of humanism could greatly benefit in terms of socialisation.

Keywords: humanism; humanist; Renaissance; socialisation



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