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The Resource Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, Ada Palmer

Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, Ada Palmer

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Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance
Title
Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance
Statement of responsibility
Ada Palmer
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
After its rediscovery in 1417, Lucretius{u2019}s Epicurean didactic poem De Rerum Natura threatened to supply radicals and atheists with the one weapon unbelief had lacked in the Middle Ages: good answers. Scholars could now challenge Christian patterns of thought by employing the theory of atomistic physics, a sophisticated system that explained natural phenomena without appeal to divine participation, and argued powerfully against the immortality of the soul, the afterlife, and a creator God. Ada Palmer explores how Renaissance readers, such as Machiavelli, Pomponio Leto, and Montaigne, actually ingested and disseminated Lucretius, and the ways in which this process of reading transformed modern thought. She uncovers humanist methods for reconciling Christian and pagan philosophy, and shows how ideas of emergent order and natural selection, so critical to our current thinking, became embedded in Europe{u2019}s intellectual landscape before the seventeenth century. This heterodoxy circulated in the premodern world, not on the conspicuous stage of heresy trials and public debates, but in the classrooms, libraries, studies, and bookshops where quiet scholars met the ideas that would soon transform the world. Renaissance readers{u2014}poets and philologists rather than scientists{u2014}were moved by their love of classical literature to rescue Lucretius and his atomism, thereby injecting his theories back into scientific discourse. Palmer employs a new quantitative method for analyzing marginalia in manuscripts and printed books, exposing how changes in scholarly reading practices over the course of the sixteenth century gradually expanded Europe{u2019}s receptivity to radical science, setting the stage for the scientific revolution. --Provided by publisher
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Palmer, Ada
Dewey number
871/.01
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PA6495
LC item number
.P35 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
I Tatti studies in Italian Renaissance history
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  • Philosophy, Renaissance
  • Lucretius Carus, Titus
Label
Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, Ada Palmer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Religion trampled underfoot: Epicurus, atomism, atheism and skepticism in the Renaissance -- Unchristian opinion: Lucretius' first Renaissance readers -- Between fits of madness: ancient reference and proto-biographies -- The lofty madness of wise Lucretius: the Renaissance biographies -- The poverty of the language: the Lucretian print tradition -- Deceived but not betrayed
Control code
875999899
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiv, 372 pages, 26 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674725577
Lccn
2014002577
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)875999899
Label
Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, Ada Palmer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Religion trampled underfoot: Epicurus, atomism, atheism and skepticism in the Renaissance -- Unchristian opinion: Lucretius' first Renaissance readers -- Between fits of madness: ancient reference and proto-biographies -- The lofty madness of wise Lucretius: the Renaissance biographies -- The poverty of the language: the Lucretian print tradition -- Deceived but not betrayed
Control code
875999899
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiv, 372 pages, 26 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674725577
Lccn
2014002577
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)875999899

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