The essential Erasmus

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New American Library, 1964 - Philosophy - 397 pages
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In his own day a center of controversy, in the four hundred years since his death known too often solely as an apostle of mockery and irreverence, Erasmus can be seen today in a new light-as a humanist whose concen is at once contemporary and Christian. The Essential Erasmus is the first single volume in English to show the full spectrum of this Renaissance man's thought, which is no less profound because it is expressed with the grace, wit, and ironic detachment only a great writer can achieve. Contains the full text of In Praise of Folly

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User Review  - Mario - Goodreads

The writing is a bit stiff, and I absolutely hate his unending lists. Seriously, one or two examples is fine, you really don't need to write every single one you can think of. We get your point. It's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

i've only read the dedication to thomas more so far, but three seemingly unrelated (ok, two were totally related) points spanning five years have brought me to this fourth point, which is digging "the praise of folly" Read full review


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Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1466-1536), a Dutch humanist, Catholic priest, and scholar, was one of the most influential Renaissance figures. A professor of divinity and Greek, Erasmus wrote, taught, and travelled, meeting with Europe's foremost scholars. A prolific author, Erasmus wrote on both ecclesiastic and general human interest subjects.

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