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RENAISSANCE PHILOSOPHY Objective: How did the Renaissance change the nature of society. Quick Write In your notebook, write down as many ideas and facts that you can remember about the Middle Ages. Hints: • Decline of an empire • Feudalism • Social Classes • Wide Spread disease • Castles • Christianity Glories of the Renaissance • Time period from 1300s1700s in Europe • The Renaissance marks the end of the Dark Ages or Medieval Europe • Renaissance – rebirth • Rebirth of interest in art and learning Glories of the Renaissance • Europeans began to study classical texts again. • They adopted some Greek and Roman values Humanism •Was a philosophy, or way of thought. •Humanist thought came from Classical writings. Humanists Focus on : 1. Individual Worth 2. Strong Commitment to Public Service 3. Development of Skills and Talents • Humanists believe that the individual human is important. • They think that people are capable of making great accomplishments in this world. Humanities These subjects are called “Humanities” today • Humanism stressed the importance of classical subjects such as: •History •Literature •Philosophy •Grammar, •Public speaking •Art Effects of Humanism •Humanist thought sparked an explosion of creativity, learning, and discovery. 1) What civilizations influenced Renaissance culture? • A. Greek and Roman C. Indian and Chinese • B. Roman and Chinese D. Greek and Indian 2) Which of the following is true of Humanists? A. They believe that humans are naturally evil and need religion to cure them. B. They believe that humans are capable of great accomplishments by themselves. C. They believe that humans are incapable of anything without God. D. They believe that humans are all automatically going to Heaven. 3) How did cultural life change during the Renaissance? 4) How did humanism affect the way people thought about life and death?