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AGRIPPA (Cornelius)
De incertitudine et vanitate scientiarum
‎Anvers, Joannes Grapheus, 1530. Small 4to (170) leaves unpaginated ; vellum.‎ ‎Very rare first edition of this polemic, influencial and original book from the Renaissance which virtually renews the antique skepticism before Sanchez and Montaigne, uses superbely and excessivelt the genre of Declamatio, and participes to the christian Neoplatonism. "De vanitate was obviously influence by the Praise of Folly by Erasmus, whos works Agrippa admired and whose defens of humanistic studies and moderate religious reforme he explicitly took as his model. De vanitate has wit and comic spirit even though it sometimes pursues its points to extremes. Its denunciations of abuses and injustices, state, and society raised questions that interested his contemporaries. Many contemporaries viewed it in the same way. Some modern scholars have suggested that it ought to be understood primarily as a satire or consciously paradoxical work that deliberately makes incompatible and paradoxical statements to amuse the reader (Bowen 1972: 249 56; Korkowski 1976: 594 607). The title-page of the French translation of 1582 calls it a paradox and suggests its suitability "to those who frequent the courts of great lords and want to learn how to speak about an infinity of matters in a way contrary to common opinion". "But one major purpose of his book was to challenge the intellectual foundations of medieval scholastic learning by raising serious questions about the nature of truth and about the ability of humans to discover it. Here and there in De vanitate, though not in a systematic way … [Click Below for Full Description]
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