Project #45319 - humanites discussion

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Background to the discussion: Your assigned reading from Chapter 13 includes excerpts from the original works of Pico della Mirandola and Machiavelli - both renowned as leading humanists of the Italian Renaissance. The written works of both individuals reflect Renaissance humanism's respect for and reliance on the Classical philosophy and literature of ancient Greece and Rome. Yet, Pico and Machiavelli hardly shared the same ideas on some fundamental concerns of Renaissance thought relating to human nature and the proper role of political authority. Indeed, the two figures have been characterized as the "arch-idealist" and the "arch-realist" ( Grudin, Robert, "Humanism" in Encyclopedia Britannica, Britiannica 2003 Ultimate Reference Suite).

Discussion requirements: Before participating in the discussion, be sure to read and review the assigned excerpts from Pico's Oration on the Dignity of Man and from Machiavelli'sThe Prince. Also review the commentary in the textbook on each individual. Post a discussion thread of at least 100-150 words covering the following points: What do Pico and Machiavelli share in common as humanists? How do they differ? Who is the "arch-idealist" and who is the "arch realist" and why? To illustrate your comments, identify and use at least one direct quote from the Oration and The Prince. If you were to assume the identity of either Pico or Machiavelli for a debate on the nature of Renaissance humanism, who would you choose to be and why? Finally, which individual's ideas have, in your opinion, been of most lasting influence? Explain. Remember, to earn full credit, you must reply to at least two classmates' discussion threads.

Please note the following discussion guidelines:  (1) Before you can view and reply to the posts of your classmates, you must first post your own discussion thread.  (2) Your discussion posts and replies must be written in your own words, using your own writing skills.  Do not reproduce wording from the textbook or any other sources.  Rewrite information from the sources you use in your own words.  Posts containing copied material will not receive credit.

Points : This assignment is worth 25 points.

Due date: Post your discussion thread and replies to at least two classmates by the close of the day on November 2.

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