CFPs in Renaissance Intellectual History

European identity and its expression in philosophy, science, literature and art

Source of Information: H-Ideas 1999-02-24
Date of Event: 2000-08-14;18
Deadline for abstracts etc.: unknown



CALL FOR CHAIRS

7th ISSEI Conference "Approaching a New Millennium: Lessons from the Past,
Prospects for the Future"   University of Bergen, Norway.  14 - 18 August,
2000

Section IV:
EUROPEAN IDENTITY AND ITS EXPRESSION IN PHILOSOPHY, SCIENCE, LITERATURE AND
ART.

Ezra Talmor, Section Coordinator

From the mid 16th century onwards, even more thinkers came to doubt the
validity of inquiries mainly based on the interpretation of sacred and
classical texts.  Whether in Philosophy, Science, Literature or Art, the
new motto became: "Innovation" and its concomitant rejection or at least
criticism of Tradition and Authority.

True Knowledge had to be innovative, not interpretative.  Interpretation is
only the source of verbal knowledge which is not true knowledge at all.

One of the factors which contributed to the disparagement of verbal
knowledge was the spread of the vernaculars.  The new national literatures
which were part of the nascent popular culture were read and lived by many
people who became citizens of the future Republic of Letters.  And in spite
of the new linguistic barriers between the different nations or states, the
urge for innovation was felt by all Europeans.

In sum, the national languages embodied the principle of innovation by the
mere fact that they represented the new Popular Culture as against the old
Latin culture of the Elite.  The difference between national languages did
not matter.  What mattered were the IDEAS common to all Europeans.
Descartes' new term for thought - IDEA - became the new lingua franca of
all Europeans.  They might speak, read and write different languages - but
they had one way of thinking, they had the same Ideas.

Whether we call it the European Mind, the Secularization of the European
Mind, or to use the current term, European Identity, what we mean by these
expressions is that by the beginning of the 17th century, Europeans had a
sense of belonging to a new virtual Republic - La Republique des Lettres.

Candidate Chairs are invited to show how European Identity found its
expression in Philosophy, History, Science, Literature; Art and Music.

Anyone interested in Chairing a workshop please contact:  Ezra and Sascha
Talmor, Kibbutz Nachshonim, D.N. Merkaz 73190, Israel.








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