Erasmus

Intellectual of the 16th Century

Authors: Ron, Nathan

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  • Serves as a sequel to Nathan Ron's previous book, Erasmus and the "Other"
  • Explores Erasmus' attitudes toward the expansionist foreign policy of European kings
  • Compares Erasmus and Reuchlin with regard to their intellectualism and cosmopolitanism?
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About this book

This book is a sequel to Nathan Ron's Erasmus and the “Other.” Should we consider Erasmus an involved or public intellectual alongside figures such as Machiavelli, Milton, Locke, Voltaire, and Montesquieu? Was Erasmus really an independent intellectual? In Ron's estimation, Erasmus did not fully live up to his professed principles of Christian peace. Despite the anti-war preaching so eminent in his writings, he made no stand against the warlike and expansionist foreign policies of specific European kings of his era, and even praised the glory won by Francis I on the battlefield of Marignano (1515). Furthermore, in the face of Henry VIII’s execution of his beloved Thomas More and John Fisher, and the atrocities committed by the Spanish against indigenous peoples in the New World, Erasmus preferred self-censorship to expressions of protest or criticism and did not step forward to reproach kings of their misdeeds or crimes. 

About the authors

Nathan Ron is Research Fellow at the School of History, The University of Haifa, Israel.

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“Under the modest title of Erasmus: Intellectual of the 16th century, Nathan Ron provides a new ethical look at several problematic positions held by the “Prince of Humanists” towards other groups and contemporaneous issues. Each chapter deals with a relationship that has ethical implications. The author, unlike any other scholar in recent time, draws attention to a wide range of issues, such as the Public Good, the Crusades against the Turks, Turkophobia, and women’s nature and their education. Ron exposes Erasmus’s silence with respect to the execution of Thomas More in England, and the destruction of the native population in the New World. He compares the views of Erasmus and Johann Reuchlin regarding the Jews and the Hebrew language, whereby Erasmus comes off badly. We are indebted to Nathan Ron for broadening our view of this important figure.”

—Franz Posset, independent Catholic ecumenist and church historian, USA

"An evaluation of Erasmus as a public intellectual from the author of Erasmus and the Other. In his new study, Ron shows that we must consider not only what Erasmus said but also what he left unsaid."

—Erika Rummel, Professor Emerita of History, University of Toronto, Canada

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Erasmus
Book Subtitle
Intellectual of the 16th Century
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-79860-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-79860-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-79859-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 116
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