Ritically assess Renaissance understandings of humankind
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I am going to send you 8 sources when we progress to the next form but just so you get a jist of what Id like the essay to include.
Please use these philosophers:
Predominately I would like to explore Pico della Mirandola his new sense of human potential; humankind can effectively move up and down the great chain of being; i.e. we are not bound by these medieval conceptions but have wonderful freedom by which Pico clearly means both morally and with respect to knowledge; what we can learn and understand. Use the Oration On the Dignity of Man as this was by many seen as the manifesto to the Renaissance.
Perhaps mention that a concept of hierarchy even existed before the Middle Ages: Plotinus idea of the, The One the Demiurge, and the Material World. The middle ages just created a more organised theory.
Please also look at questions related to immortality of the soul, which became a big issue during this time. Paul Richard Blum explores this well in The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy, referencing Ficino, Petrarch and Pomponazzi. As does James Hankins in the same book but in a different chapter: Humanism, Scholasticism and Renaissance Philosophy
Paul Kristellers Renaissance Thought and Its Sources Part 4 Renaissance Concepts of Manprovides a substantial scope of information about the philosophy of humankind which should be beneficial.
Similarly his book Renaissance Thought II. Papers on Humanism and the Arts has the section Ficino and Pomponazzi on the Place of Man in the Universe which I wouldnt also mind being referenced if possible.
Kristellers The Philosophy of Man in the Italian Renaissance is also an informative source.
I was also hoping you could consider some of the skepticism into which people like Michel de Montaigne fell; that is, the more dour side of things; that even though humankind was supposed to be freed by humanism to rise to new heights, yet Montaigne was essentially saying it was a waste studying all these ancient writings and, instead, turning his attention to experience.
Also as the question is critically assess I was hoping you could reflect upon whether Picos ideas specifically are coherent. He seems to puts together a jumble of different ideas some of which are Christian and some of which are from are from philosophers and esoteric thinkers for instance.
Also it would be beneficial to incorporate that his enthusiasm for human freedom raises basic issues surrounding the nature of this freedom, most significantly how it might correspond with biblical teachings and church teachings of the time.