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A Place for Study

Academics may not pay enough attention to physical space. The crucial question is whether one has a space that is conducive to rigorous intellectual labor. Humanist pedagogues, ever eager to seize the least scrap of productivity, were keenly interested in this topic. Here are some recommendations from Heinrich Bullinger...

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Satire, Friend of the Christian Humanist

Should a Christian humanist approve of Stephen Colbert or Saturday Night Live? Read this snippet from Heinrich Bullinger’s A Plan of Study and decide for yourself. But whoever rejects and hates satire on the grounds that the word “satire” is derived from “satyr,” because this genre of poetry contains things ridiculous...

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Book Review: Erasmus by Cornelis Augustijn

Cornelis Augustijn, Erasmus: His Life, Works, and Influence, trans. J. C. Grayson (Toronto: University of Toronto, 1991) This biography of Erasmus is extraordinary for its lucid brevity. It is no easy task to depict a figure of Erasmus’ stature—his life, works, and influence!—in 200 pages, but Augustijn delivers. A...

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