There is a tendency in modern scholarship to describe the Renaissance Humanists merely as readers as interpreters happily absorbed within the bounds of their chosen classical texts. In "Theory as Practice," Nancy Struever contests this accepted notion; by focusing on ethical inquiry, she presents the Humanists as engaged in subtle, innovative ...
There is a tendency in modern scholarship to describe the Renaissance Humanists merely as readers as interpreters happily absorbed within the bounds of their chosen classical texts. In "Theory as Practice," Nancy Struever contests this accepted notion; by focusing on ethical inquiry, she presents the Humanists as engaged in subtle, innovative moral work. Struever argues that the accomplishment of five major Renaissance figures Petrarch, Nicolaus Cusanus, Lorenzo Valla, Machiavelli, and Montaigne was to consider theory as practice and thus engage the ethics of inquiry. She notes three stages of investigation, the first represented by Petrarch, who "relocated" ethical inquiry from a theoretical realm to a familiar practice responsive to daily experience.Next, Struever describes how Cusanus and Valla assume Petrarch's relocation, yet confect ethics into discursive disciplines. Finally, while both Machiavelli and Montaigne produced strong revisions of discipline, they considered the problems of addressing the non-inquirer as well. Struever urges modern readers to employ both rhetorical and philosophical analysis to reveal these Humanists' aggressive tactics of presentation as well as their novel disciplinary reorientation. By doing so, she suggests, we discover how Renaissance ethical inquiry illuminates, and is illuminated by, the modern ethical theory of such philosophers as Peirce, Wittgenstein, Bernard Williams, and Quine."
Good in Very Good dust jacket. 0226777421. Hardcover with dustjacket, first printing as indicated by the publisher's "1" in the number line on copyright page, book has ink notations in the margins of a small number of pages, jacket has rubbing to the glossy surface, clean copy inside and out, "a brilliantly original contribution to the current revision of our views of Renaissance Humanism"; 246 pages.
Fine. 8vo. Author Inscribed Hardcover, 8vo. Inscribed by the author on ffep. 246 pp with index. FINE in like dust jacket. All domestic orders $100 and over will be upgraded to USPS Priority shipping at no additional cost.
Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. First edition. Very good octavo hardcover in very good dust jacket. Some light wear and rubbing to the edges of the boards with bumping to the head and heel of the spine. The dj has some light wear along the edges and minor scuffing to the covers. The front flap of the dj is creased. Inscribed by the author to the previous owner, Marvin Becker, the noted professor of Renaissance history on the half-title page. Laid in is a copy of Becker's typed review of this work. 246 pages with footnotes and index. An interesting look at humanism and ethics in the writings of Petrarch, Nicolaus Cusanus, Lorenzo Valla, Machiavelli, and Montaigne.
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