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The Tragic Consequences of Humanism in the West

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

in Religion & The Order of Nature

Published in print December 1996 | ISBN: 9780195108231
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853441 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108231.003.0006
The Tragic Consequences of Humanism in the West

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The transformation of the meaning of the order of nature in both philosophy and science cannot be fully understood without delving fully into Renaissance humanism and the new conception of man that appears in stages at that time and leads within a short period to an image of man and his relation to God, of other peoples, and of the order of nature radically different from what had existed in the medieval period in the Christian West and also from what exists today in all non-Western civilizations to the extent that they remain faithful to their own traditions. This chapter demonstrates how the type of humanism that grew in the Renaissance developed in a direction so different from other traditions that it denied all historical links with the Islamic adab tradition from which it had drawn so much and even developed a particular hatred for Islam.

Keywords: Renaissance; order of nature; philosophy; science; humanism; man; God; West; adab; Islam

Chapter.  15072 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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