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How was "man" discovered during the Renaissance?

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meghan345123 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted October 15, 2012 at 9:13 AM via web

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How was "man" discovered during the Renaissance?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 17, 2012 at 4:13 PM (Answer #1)

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I love your question. Man was discovered during the Renaissance in two ways. A little context is necessary to make this point. 

Before the Renaissance, the church pretty much held sway. For this reason, man was not at the center. It was the church or we can say God. Man was considered secondary. This feeling was enhanced further by the great accomplishments of the classical world, of which people fell short.

In light of this, when the Renaissance came to be, there was a sense of the greatness of man. Great works were done and there was a feeling that they could outshine even the classical world. In his sense, man was rediscovered, that is, human potentiality was rediscovered. 

Second, people began to question the church. In light of this, the Protestant Reformation would not have been possible apart from the Renaissance. In this sense, man began to be the measure of all things. Man was back on the map, as it were.

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