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Humanism
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There are various nuances to the term ‘humanism’ which arise out of its diverse uses throughout European history. The Renaissance has often been characterized as the age of humanism because of its fascination with and idealization of human achievement in the literature, philosophy, and art of antiquity, which were then being re-discovered. As an ideological continuation of this trend, humanism came to signify a belief in the value and dignity of the human being and an optimistic image of humanit…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Humanism”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 01 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00038>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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