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In Praise of Folly (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – February 10, 2003
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Along with Thomas More, Desiderius Erasmus was one of the most important representatives of the Renaissance literary movement in northern Europe and what was casually presented by Erasmus as a booklet inspired by a casual play of words with the surname More (which is almost equal to Moriae, madness in Greek), was in fact an attempt to salvage what should be rescued of the Classical Greek Antiquity in Erasmus' opinionated argument and incorporated in the Christian thought of the time. Beneath an almost non-descript façade was an issue of utmost significance to the evolution of the so-called Natural Sciences, that were to benefit from advances of recent discoveries in Physics, Chemistry and later on Biology, but which were hindered to evolve by the so-called aristotelian taint inherited by the Scholastic medieveal tradition so dear to the traditionalist Catholic Church, a task difficult in itself but which Erasmus easily outdone with a satyrical style that offended no one, preserving all the respect to the Church hierarchy and its dogmas and, most importantly, the figure of Jesus Christ.Read more ›
It was translated in over 30 languages very quickly!
The book is superb: humor and witty sarcasms... It was written anonymously but the pope found out quickly who wrote it... and laughed.
The Erasmus (of Rotterdam) Biography written by Princeton Pr. Van Loon (of Rotterdam too) is the third I have read, and the very best so far. Read this book if high quality ... does not scare
This book title (Moriah is latin for folly) is a pun with Erasmus's good friend Thomas Moore in England.
Thomas Moore was beheaded on "his friend" king Henry the VIII of England wrath.
The good old time of the inquisition...
It didn't work.
Not his fault.
Not mine either.
Times have just changed so much that much of what used to be seen as witty, now just seems silly. And well-crafted sentences, once the sign of a brilliant man, now tend to get tedious real fast. It's probably true that, if I worked at it, I would eventually learn to appreciate the man and his wit; but I'm just not interested in that much work.
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Hey this is Erasmus, Prince of the Humanists. The text has been in circulation for a little over 500 years and we are still reading it.Published 3 months ago by Reader7
A hard read unless one is very attuned to Classical Greek panegyric.Published 10 months ago by MKatalenich
What can I say about Erasmus? If you have not read his writings, you should, It's an exercise in thinking.Published 14 months ago by writer/reader
Hard reading but interesting. I love the old way of using the English language and it is a must read if anything else good for excersizing brainPublished 15 months ago by Love Firefly
I recently ordered a copy of the Dover 'Thrift edition'. I do not recommend it to anyone who has problem reading phone book sized print. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by David
Classic literature, kinda not as interesting to read as I as expecting. The quality of the book is very good considering the price if you need it or just collect classics this is... Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by tom
I got this book for a history class I'm taking on the Renaissance & Reformation. The book itself isn't very long, but for me it was really hard to focus on the text and completely... Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by 09craig