Lecture: Humanism of Italian Renaissance

May 19, 2018 Multifunction Room, B1 200 people


Humanism of Italian Renaissance


Zhu Xiaoyuan

Distinguished Professor of Humanism of Peking University, Honorary Professor of the University of Oregon, Vice President of Chinese Association of the Medieval World History Studies.


"I have placed you at the very center of the world, so that from that vantage point you may with greater ease glance round about you on all that the world contains. We have made you a creature neither of Heaven nor of Earth, neither mortal nor immortal, in order that you may, as the free and proud shaper of your own being, fashion yourself in the form you may prefer." These words, from Oration on the Dignity of Man (1486) by Pico della Mirandola, a great ideologist of the Italian Renaissance, are still ring in my ears. This lecture aims to explain the human community, which is exactly a "form you may prefer."From humanism to people first and then to the human community, it offers a new perspective on the rise of modern countries.

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Registration Date: May 19, 2018

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