The Essential Erasmus
John Patrick Dolan
Meridian, 1983 - Philosophy - 397 pages
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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In the first place I think that everyone is in agreement with the familiar adage, "If
you don't have a thing, then simulate it." Also, along this same line is the maxim
that children are usually taught, 'To pretend to be a fool is sometimes to be of the
highest wisdom." The worth of folly can readily be seen in that the mere imitation
of it (as seen above) is regarded of highly by intelligent men. But more clearly,
does not the philosophy of Epicurus bid us "to mix in folly with our councils,"
Let him bear in mind the age-old adage: 'The forehead is more excellent than the
backside." Let him consider himself enriched only when he amasses wealth of
his own and not of his neighbors. When confronted with the decision to declare
war, he should have as his consultants neither young men, whose inexperience
finds war attractive, nor those who stand to profit by public disturbance, nor those
who fatten their purses at the expense of civic disasters. Rather let him choose
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