<philosophical terminolgoy> fourteenth-, fifteenth- and sixteenth-century European intellectual movement characterized by rejection of scholastic authority, renewed interest in classical antiquity, and excitement about the prospect of achieving scientific knowledge. Prominent Renaissance thinkers include Lorenzo Valla, Marsillio Ficino, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Desiderius Erasmus, Thomas More, Giordano Bruno, and Francisco Suarez. Recommended Reading: Cambridge Translations of Renaissance Philosophical Texts, ed. by Jill Kraye (Cambridge, 1998); Paul Oskar Kristeller, Renaissance Thought and Its Sources (Columbia, 1981); The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy, ed. by Charles B. Schmitt, Quentin Skinner, and Jill Kraye (0521397480); and Renaissance Philosophy of Man: Petrarca, Valla, Ficino, Pico, Pomponazzi, Vives, ed. by Ernst Cassirer, Paul Oskar Kristeller, and John H. Randall (Chicago, 1956).
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