In Praise of Folly

In Praise of Folly

Erasmus / Apr 03, 2020

In Praise of Folly Erasmus of Rotterdam c is one of the greatest figures of the Renaissance humanist movement which abandoned medieval pieties in favour of a rich new vision of the individual s potential Prai

  • Title: In Praise of Folly
  • Author: Erasmus
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Erasmus of Rotterdam c 1466 1536 is one of the greatest figures of the Renaissance humanist movement, which abandoned medieval pieties in favour of a rich new vision of the individual s potential Praise of Folly, written to amuse his friend Sir Thomas More, is Erasmus s best known work Its dazzling mixture of fantasy and satire is narrated by a personification of FollErasmus of Rotterdam c 1466 1536 is one of the greatest figures of the Renaissance humanist movement, which abandoned medieval pieties in favour of a rich new vision of the individual s potential Praise of Folly, written to amuse his friend Sir Thomas More, is Erasmus s best known work Its dazzling mixture of fantasy and satire is narrated by a personification of Folly, dressed as a jester, who celebrates youth, pleasure, drunkenness and sexual desire, and goes on to lambast human pretensions, foibles and frailties, to mock theologians and monks and to praise the folly of simple Christian piety Erasmus s wit, wordplay and wisdom made the book an instant success, but it also attracted what may have been sales boosting criticism The Letter to Maarten van Dorp, which is a defence of his ideas and methods, is also included.

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        Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus 28 October 1466 12 July 1536 , known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, or simply Erasmus, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian.Erasmus was a classical scholar and wrote in a pure Latin style Among humanists he enjoyed the sobriquet Prince of the Humanists , and has been called the crowning glory of the Christian humanists Using humanist techniques for working on texts, he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament, which raised questions that would be influential in the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter Reformation He also wrote On Free Will, The Praise of Folly, Handbook of a Christian Knight, On Civility in Children, Copia Foundations of the Abundant Style, Julius Exclusus, and many other works.Erasmus lived against the backdrop of the growing European religious Reformation, but while he was critical of the abuses within the Catholic Church and called for reform, he kept his distance from Luther and Melanchthon and continued to recognise the authority of the pope, emphasizing a middle way with a deep respect for traditional faith, piety and grace, rejecting Luther s emphasis on faith alone Erasmus remained a member of the Roman Catholic Church all his life, remaining committed to reforming the Church and its clerics abuses from within He also held to the Catholic doctrine of free will, which some Reformers rejected in favor of the doctrine of predestination His middle road approach disappointed and even angered scholars in both camps.Erasmus died suddenly in Basel in 1536 while preparing to return to Brabant, and was buried in the Basel Minster, the former cathedral of the city A bronze statue of him was erected in his city of birth in 1622, replacing an earlier work in stone.


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    5. In general, I like to think that there is progress in the arts- that geniuses of a later age are likely to be broader and more engaging than geniuses of an earlier age because they have the example of earlier men and women from which to learn. Lately I've been having a hard time holding onto this belief; that I've finally got around to reading Praise of Folly has made it harder still. Erasmus combines a mildly annoying love of classical literature with an amazing ability to wield irony and socia [...]

    6. Parla la Saggezza; Ops, Scusate! La FolliaErasmo da Rotterdam parlando a Tommaso Moro, definisce questo libro come un "esercizio di stile".Se ne sto parlando dopo quasi 5 secoli dalla sua pubblicazione ritengo che più di esercizio si possa parlare di lezione.Usando l'ironia e mascherandosi dietro l'antropomorfizzazione della pazzia, Erasmo spazia toccando aspetti della società del '500 (così simile a quella dei giorni nostri) facendoci scoprire il punto di vista dell'escluso, del diverso, del [...]

    7. Let Stupidity Reign7 August 2016 - Amsterdam Well, what better book to read when you are in the Netherlands than Erasmus' tributed to stupidity. Okay, I'm sure he is not being serious, though it is difficult to tell at times, particularly when he suggests that by being an idiot one does become healthy, wealthy (but not necessarily wise – actually, that would be quite the opposite). Actually, healthy is probably not necessarily something that comes either, but certainly wealth seems to come to [...]

    8. A través de quinientos años nos llega la voz certera e irónica de una figura del Renacimiento: Erasmo de Rotterdam (1466-1536), quien sin él quererlo contribuyó con sus observaciones vertidas en esta obra a la Reforma Protestante emprendida por Lutero (1483-1546) algunos años después, ya que este último tomó algunas ideas de la obra del sabio holandés.Erasmo crea una especie de ensayo en forma de monólogo y quien habla es un personaje muy singular: la locura. Pero la locura entendida, [...]

    9. Ben çok beğendim. Bilemiyorum nasıl tarif edeyim bu kitabı. Ciddi manada ağır bir kitap. Bir alt yapı istiyor. Öyle "hadi bi kitap okuyayım havam olur biraz hem sarı sarı güzelde bir şekli var" diye alıp okuyabileceğiniz bi kitap değil. 15 dakika sonra atıverirsiniz kenara valla.Dolayısıyla benimde çok vaktimi aldı okumak. Zaten kitabın yarısı açıklamalardan oluşuyo neredeyse. Çevirmen hanım elinden geleni yapmış sağolsun. Ağır ağır okuyunca zaman alıyo ama a [...]

    10. Erasmus'un "ahmaklık"ın ağzından bizlere sunduğu tamamı hiciv olan eseri "Deliliğe Övgü / The Praise of Folly", ünlü yazarın Cicero'nun meşhur sözü "İnsanların çoğu ahmaktır"ı esas alarak tüm insanlığı zekice bir şekilde eleştirdiği gerçekten oldukça özgün bir eser. Özellikle son çeyreğinde başladığı İncil ve din eleştirisiyle zamanının çok ötesinde bir kitap olan "Deliliğe Övgü", kendine has diliyle alışması başta zor ama okudukça değer kaza [...]

    11. Hard for me not to crush on Erasmus: cosmopolitan, pacifist, menippean. Learned in ancient writings, interested in allegiance to neither reformation nor counter-reformation, but rather in democratization of Scripture through vernacular translation simultaneous to the construction of critical editions of Scripture in original languages. Not however to be approached casually--he expects the reader to get the jokes and keep up with him. Some minimal knowledge of the ancient literatures and philosop [...]

    12. Daha önce de belirttiğim gibi, bu kitabı okumadan önce Yunan Mitolojisi üzerine okumalar yapmak, okumayı hem daha anlaşılır kılacak hem de daha keyifli hâle getirecektir. Şöyle ki, Türkiye İş Bankası Yayınları baskısını okuduğum bu 124 sayfalık kitapta 237 tane dipnot yer alıyor. Sürekli mitolojik ögeler ile İncil ve Tevrat'a göndermeler var, haliyle bu da kitabın içine girmemi bir hayli zorlaştırdı. Kimi yerlerde çok sıkıldım hatta. Ama sonunda bitti ve rah [...]

    13. La Follia, resa da Erasmo come una dea, parla intessendo il suo elogio e rivolgendosi come in un’arringa alla folla che invita a constatare l’evidenza delle sue tesi, prima su tutte che essa, la Follia appunto, è componente costitutiva dell’uomo e dell’esistenza. Il saggio, datato 1511 e dedicato all’amico Tommaso Moro, è però un encomio in forma satirica che prendendo la follia come pretesto goliardico cela la sua vera identità di saggio dotto arricchito di fini allusioni classich [...]

    14. "Doar prostia încetineşte scurgerea tinereţii şi alungă nesuferita bătrâneţe", scrie Erasmus din Rotterdam către prietenul sau Thomas Morus, în preambulul acestei lucrări.O critică amuzantă, minuţioasă şi foarte sinceră a societăţii umane, făcută de zeiţa Nebunia, un personaj efervescent şi extrem de bine dispus, care nu se fereşte să înfiereze, într-un lung şi picant monolog, teatralitatea şi formalismul, ipocrizia şi dublele standarde, cu accente deosebite asupra [...]

    15. در ستایش دیوانگی یکی از مشهورترین کتابهای قرن شانزدهم میلادی است که در تمام جهان مسیحی آن عصر هیاهوی برانگیخت و به عقیده بسیاری از مورخان هم در پیشرفت و تکامل فکری دوران تجدد علمی و هنری، خاصه در ایتالیا، و هم در جریان اصلاح مذهبی مارتین لوتر موثر بوده است.در واقع این کتاب اول [...]

    16. Again I admit that I'm impressed with a classical author. From his obviously sympathetic view of women at a time when that wasn't exactly common, to his deep understanding of human nature, Erasmus really isn't what I expected from a Catholic clergyman. As withBaldassare Castiglione I found his description of aging to be both poignant and incredibly accurate. When I read Folly's claim that old people enter a kind of second childhood in which they regain some of their lost innocence and wonder, I [...]

    17. “I must learn to love the fool in me the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries”This was said by Theodore Rubin, but it was first said in Praise of Folly. This wonderful book brings life and illumination to that above quote and helps you to appreciate it's fullest meaning. To anyone who would be better: read this book, it will show [...]

    18. This has got to be the oldest book I’ve yet to read, 1509. And, appropriately enough, it strives to be the wisest, but cleverly (ironically?) disguising itself as a praise of folly. Erasmus makes oodles of valid points and doesn’t lack in eloquence either, but it’s something of an obstacle course to get through. In all fairness, Erasmus is a splendid sophist, limber linguist and a sophisticated syllogist, one seemingly as partial to hearing himself pontificate as I am to alliterations…an [...]

    19. Tamam klasik, kült, âlim zeka filan ama bu 15. y.y. veya mitolojiden manyamış abilerin de kendinden sonraki nesillere bu kadar gerizekalı muamelesi yapması bir tuhaf gelmeye başladı.( Haklı olsalar bile !)

    20. Es de esos libros que se deben de leer con cuidado y mucha atención Ya lo decía Lutero: "Es difícil comprender al hábil Erasmo. Sentado en su trono de la doble intencionalidad como un verdadero rey, dificulta la vida a las personas ingenuas y disfruta viendo cómo sus palabras nos escandalizan, haciendo que nos sintamos burlados por nuestra propia torpeza."Grande Erasmo

    21. “Even the wise man must play the fool if he wishes to beget a child.”A little background, if you please. This was written in the same century as Shakespeare and Cervantes, check. He lived in the Netherlands, check. His father was a Catholic Priest, check. He was an ordained Roman Catholic priest, check. He is considered the point man for the early ‘humanist movement,’ check. He wrote this in a week while hanging with his friend Thomas More, the ‘Utopia’ guy, check. He never visited t [...]

    22. I first read The Praise Of Folly when I was fifteen. My overwhelming impression then, and now, is how easily read this book is given the fact that it's about 500 years old now. I love the humour that Erasmus incorporates into this condemnation of the church at the time. It's clever and very well thought out at the same time. It's difficult to be funny and smart.It's really held up for me over the years. This particular copy was printed in 1945 in Holland for The Heritage Press and features some [...]

    23. I read this many years ago but confess I didn't 'get' most of it. There were many inside jokes about historical figures of the age which I think I would understand a lot better now that I know the history of the period much better. As such I am anxious to reread. I remember at the time finding it very acerbic.

    24. I would have liked it more if it had been half its length. It's funny and caustic at times, but it's stretched out too much, too often.And even though the notes in the back help, it's a shame we miss 99% of the inside jokes, but I suppose that can't be helped.

    25. Kitabı çok sevdim. Ve doğrusu yazılanların güncelliğine epey şaşırdım. Ta kaç yüzyıl önce yazılmış bir kitap bugünümüzü dahi eleştirebiliyor olsun, hayret.Kitap hakkında canımı en çok sıkan mesele şu dipnotlar oldu. Öyle abartılmış ki bazı sayfalara ancak iki satır sığmış, gerisi dipnot. Oldu olacak tüm kitabın Latincesini de ekleselermiş. Yahu "oyuncak at"a "çocukların oynadığı at şeklinde değnek" diye not düşmek niye???? Dipnotları atlayarak [...]

    26. Erasmo de Rotterdam foi um grande homem. Humanista, artista, mecenas e um homem cheio de culturas. Foi inspirado em Erasmo que foi criado o programa intercâmbio Erasmus +. Este pequeno livro é um conjunto de ensinamentos do humanista, em que argumenta sobre grandes filósofos, oradores e a igreja. Principalmente é uma elogio as loucuras que permitiram a existência da cultura greco-latina.

    27. In Praise of Folly is supposed to be a satire. The language is old and the spelling tortured but readable with care. Some of it reads like an old style stand-up comic: 'the Noose of Wedlock' 'ye owe to my follower, Madness' and on the getting of children, purview of the goddess of Folly, "the Stoicks too, that conceive themselves next to the Gods, yet shew me one of them . and if he do not put off his beard, the badge of wisdom, though yet it be no more than what is common with him and goats." [...]

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