The Art of Arguing in the World of Renaissance Humanism

Marc Laureys (Editor), Roswitha Simons (Editor),

Series: Supplementa Humanistica Lovaniensia 34

Category: Neo-Latin Studies

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058679635

Publication date: December 5, 2013

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Number of pages: 232

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Strategies and characteristics of scournful criticism and fierce debate in the Humanist tradition
Renaissance humanists were often engaged in a wide variety of polemics, ranging from matter-of-fact debate to scathing invective. The programmatic nature of Renaissance humanism, intent on a fundamental reform of language, education, and society at large, led the humanists almost inevitably to conflicts with those who represented other intellectual traditions, first and foremost the Scholastics. In addition, internal competition among humanists sparked violent quarrels, in which opponents walked a thin line between defensive self-preservation and aggressive self-promotion. In the 16th century, the practice of dispute was partly reshaped by new national and confessional divides; the intensification of controversy also prompted a more conscious reflection on the potential and limits of polemical exchange. This volume sheds light on the characteristics and strategies of the humanist art of arguing through a series of case studies from representative areas. The contributors intend to show how humanists constantly remodelled the art of arguing by exploiting in ever new ways the Classical rhetoric of blame and thus paved the way for the early modern culture of dispute.

Contributors
Arnold Becker (University of Bonn), Christine Bénévent (Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance / University of Tours), Olga Anna Duhl (Lafayette College, Easton, PA), Chris L. Heesakkers (Universities of Amsterdam and Leiden), Marc Laureys (University of Bonn), Joanna Partyka (University of Warsaw / Polish Academy of Sciences), Roswitha Simons (University of Göttingen), George Hugo Tucker (University of Reading)

Acknowledgements
Marc Laureys / Roswitha Simons / Arnold Becker, Towards a Theory of the Humanistic Art of Arguing
Roswitha Simons, Waffen der Nemesis, Pfeile der Satire. Gewaltmetaphorik im metapoetischen Diskurs neulateinischer Satiriker
Olga Anna Duhl, Poetic Theory and Sense Perception in Jodocus Badius Ascensius’s Stultiferae naues (c. 1501): from Subitus Calor to Vituperatio
Arnold Becker, Huttens Arminius: Humanistische Streitkultur zwischen literarischer Unverlässlichkeit und nationaler Identitätsstiftung
Christine Bénévent, Des Barbares aux Cicéroniens Ou comment accommoder l’art de la dispute selon Érasme
Chris L. Heesakkers, Multa fortuito fieri. Alberto Pio’s postmortem Praefatio in his Controversy with Erasmus, an Ill-fated Advance
George Hugo Tucker, Strategies of Argument, Politics and Poetics in the Centones ex Virgilio (1555-1556) of Lelio Capilupi of Mantua
Marc Laureys, Die Kunst der Verunglimpfung in Nikodemus Frischlins Satiren gegen Jakob Rabus
Joanna Partyka, The Classical Tradition as a Weapon against the obtrectatores Poloniae
Contributors Index nominum

Marc Laureys

Marc Laureys is Professor of Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin Philology as well as Founding Director of the Centre for the Classical Tradition at the University of Bonn.

Roswitha Simons

Roswitha Simons is Research Associate at the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies of the University of Göttingen.

All in all, between the methodological introduction and the case-studies, this is a valuable volume in an area that deserves more study.
Craig Kallendorf, Texas A&M University, Neo-Latin News Vol 62

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