No relief will ever come from beyond this realm. If you do not understand life, what is the point of understanding death?
Paul Johnson agrees that Petrarch was "the first to put into words the notion that the centuries between the fall of Rome and the present had been the age of Darkness". Origin of the term[ edit ] The word "humanities" is derived from the Renaissance Latin expression studia humanitatis, or "study of humanitas " a classical Latin word meaning—in addition to "humanity"—"culture, refinement, education" and, specifically, an"education befitting a cultivated man".
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Henceforth Renaissance humanism, particularly in the German North, became concerned with religion, while Italian and French humanism concentrated increasingly on scholarship and philology addressed to a narrow audience of specialists, studiously avoiding topics that might offend despotic rulers or which might be seen as corrosive of faith.
Humanists cultivated rhetoric, consequently, as the medium through which all other virtues could be communicated and fulfilled. Instead, after the fall of the Byzantine Empire to the Turks inwhich brought a flood of Greek Orthodox refugees to Italy, humanist scholars increasingly turned to the study of Neoplatonism and Hermeticismhoping to bridge the differences between the Greek and Roman Churches, and even between Christianity itself and the non-Christian world.
It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethics based on human and other natural values in a spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. For obvious reasons, however, it is confusing to apply this word to Classical literature. Undergraduate music majors generally take courses in all of these areas, while graduate students focus on a particular path.
Humanism serves, for many humanists, some of the psychological and social functions of a religion, but without belief in deities, transcendental entities, miracles, life after death, and the supernatural.
During the Middle Ages, human-focused scholarship and art languished, and critical thought was often brutally suppressed.