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Authority Revisited: Towards Thomas More and Erasmus in 1516

W. François, V. Soen, A. Dupont, A. A. Robiglio (eds.)
approx. 610 p., 156 x 234 mm, 2020
ISBN: 978-2-503-59061-5
Languages: English, French
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In-depth essays on Desiderius Erasmus’s Novum Instrumentum and Thomas More’s Utopia, which were both published for the first time in 1516 in Basel and Leuven respectively, and which have contributed dramatically to the rise of (early) modern Western thought and thoroughly influenced subsequent generations in their literary, philosophical and theological works

In the year 1516, two crucial texts for the cultural history of the West saw the light: Desiderius Erasmus’ Nouum Instrumentum and Thomas More’s Utopia. Both of these works dealt freely with authoritative sources of Western civilization and opened new pathways of thought on the eve of far-reaching religious and political changes.

This book volume deals with aspects of the content, reception and influence of Novum Instrumentum and Utopia in the (Early) Modern Era, while also focusing upon the sources they used and critically adopted. The overall approach is that both texts have contributed dramatically to the rise of (early) modern Western thought and have influenced the next generations in their literary, philosophical and theological works. This volume, multidisciplinary in scope, brings together contributions from the fields of bible exegesis, theology, philosophy, philology and history.

The editors of this volume, professors at the University of Leuven, collected these essays in the wake of the important anniversary 1516-2016 and as a tribute to the university town’s particular place in the publication history of the books under discussion. Erasmus did an important share of his Bible-hermeneutical work in Leuven, where he also supervised the printing process of the editio princeps of Utopia.
Table of Contents

Authority Revisited: Leuven’s 500th Year Commemoration of Erasmus’ Novum Instrumentum and More’s Utopia (Wim François)
Thomas More, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Humanist Erudition, Bible Philology and the Authority of the Classical Tradition (Uwe Baumann)

Part I
How to Order Four Into One: Harmonizing the Gospels at the Dawn of Biblical Humanism (Serena Masolini)
Authority, Does It Displace the Judgment? Lorenzo Valla, Desiderius Erasmus, and the Rise of the Modern homo grammaticus (Jakub Koryl)
Traditional Features in Erasmus’ Novum instrumentum and the Order of the Writings of the New Testament (Henk Jan de Jonge)
Patristic Concepts of Original Sin in Erasmus’ Annotationes in epistulam ad Romanos (Christian Houth Vrangbæk)
Dette des traductions espagnoles des évangiles envers le Novum testamentum d’Érasme et ses Annotationes (Hélène Rabaey)
Erasmus on I ad Corinthios 14. 15-19: The Erasmian Theology of Music and Its Legacy in Reformation England (Hyun-Ah Kim)
Servare virginem suam: Martin Bucer and Stephen Gardiner on I Cor. 7. 36-38 and the Prohibition of Clerical Marriage (Nicholas Thompson)
The Reception of Erasmus’ New Testament in the Louvain Franciscan Study House: The Case of Nicholas Tacitus Zegers and Adam Sasbout (Antonio Gerace)
The Impact of Erasmus on the 1614 Pauline Commentary of Cornelius a Lapide, S.J. (Daniel James [fr. Benedict] Fischer)

Part II
The First Edition of Thomas More’s Utopia in Louvain, Its Printer Dirk Martens and the Erasmian Network in Early Modern Europe: Exploring the Role of a Humanist Network in a Printing House in the Low Countries (Renaud Adam)
The Traveller Returns: Utopia and the City of God (Gillian Clark)
Waging War for Justice: Utopian Wars and the Roman Expansion (Jacob Langeloh)
Utopian Curiosity: Thomas More on the Desire to Know (Alissa MacMillan)
Travels with a Monkey: Raphael Hythlodaye’s Books (Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin)
John Clement and the Heritage of More and Erasmus (Grantley McDonald)

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures

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