One of the world’s most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an The details that Mr. Greenblatt supplies throughout The Swerve are tangy. Greenblatt won for The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, a page study of the transformative cultural power wielded by an ancient. The literary critic, theorist and Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt’s new book, “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” is partly.

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I was not quite as persuaded by this part of the book.

Retrieved July 27, Ideas That Rooted The Renaissance. This particles don’t travel in straight and predictable lines – instead, they ‘swerve’ are miniscule but unpredictable deflection that sets up a random and significant chain of collisions, from which arise everything.

On the Nature of Things by Lucretius expounded the views of Epicurus in an epic poem so lovely that even St. Workers and consumers are important only to further the profit of the corporation. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The popularity of scepticism really took off with the translation of Sextus into Latin in the second half of the 16th century and his appropriation by the Catholic Counter-Reformation in France in its battle against the Huguenots classical sceptical arguments easily expose and destroy the subjectivism underpinning Protestantism.

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Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. It is possible for a whole culture to turn away from reading and writing.

It indicates that the Church, though it could and did respond violently to what it perceived as doctrinal or institutional challenges, was willing to tolerate extremely sharp critiques from within, including critiques from secular figures like Poggio. He is too honest to maintain that Poggio actually claimed to be an Epicurean, although if anyone ever echoed the ideas of Lucretius grrenblatt discounted them in favor of Christianity, he generally claims they did so only to avoid persecution by the evil and all-powerful Church.



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There is abundant evidence here of what is Mr. Fortunately for us, someone has already done that, and brilliantly so, namely, Richard Popkin in his History of Scepticism from Savonarola to Bayle in the first edition the second part of the title ran: Greenblatt is an expert in literature rather than history, and it shows. What is this desire to control the hearts and minds of our fellow human beings, I’ll never understand. How splendid would that intellectual history be, if presented in its full richness and anxiety, with all the various threads and many tensions given stage space!

Swerve brings what it offers. Greek texts, brought by Muslim and Jewish scholars who had rediscovered thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle in libraries in Mesopotamia, began filtering into Europe almost immediately following eighth-century Muslim conquests in Yreenblatt and Asia Minor. It might have enumerated the costs of so-called modernity, and the continuities from the past that sustain it, alongside the justifiably celebrated developments.

Swere without a caricatured Middle Ages of self-hating religious dogmatists Greenblatt has no clean-cut transformation and no clean-cut triumph. The book, especially the early chapters, suffers somewhat from over-writing, by which I mean: Overall, what am I going to get from this book?


From the gardens of ancient Rome to the grenblatt of monastic scriptoria, renowned scholar Stephen Greenblatt brings the past to vivid life in this exploration of one of the most influential works of literature of all time. If you are like me and have not read Lucretius do not let that keep you sserve reading this book. Heretics who believed in atoms and the end of the soul were burned at the stake, after torture and mutilation, in the name of religion.

It’s influence can be seen in the works of Renaissance artists and philosophers, including Raphael, Machiavelli, Bacon and Gassendi, among many others. A manuscript copy of a poem by the ancient Roman author Lucretius is discovered in a 15th-century German monastery by the personal secretary of a disgraced and deposed pope. Norton Company first published The ideas of Lucretius, he argues, are responsible for modern science, even though some who benefit from it deny them.

How the World Became Modern. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Can you make heads or tails out of what this book is about from reading this!?!? Available Our Retail Price: Epicureanism had little influence either way on the trends in Renaissance thinking. Write a customer review.

You can see why the church would not be too pleased to see this poem circulating.