Kriterion: Revista de Filosofia
Print version ISSN 0100-512X
PONDE, Luiz Felipe. On the ludicrousness of humanism: the critique of human perfectibility in Pascal and Luther.Translated byCarlos Afonso Malferrari. Kriterion [online]. 2007, vol.3Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0100-512X.
The text has three levels. On the first level, we follow the semantic construction of the philosophical concept of "humanism", from the artiens in the 13 th Century up to Pico de La Mirandola and his mysticism of "human nature dignity and sufficiency" in the Renaissance. On the second level, we examine Luther's and Pascal's criticism of "humanism", showing that human behavior gives no empirical support for such abstract mysticism. Last but not least, on a third level, we argue that the Christian critics of humanism seemed to be right in doubting the viability of such "ridiculous worship of human nature".
Keywords : Humanism; Perfectibility; Construction; Anti-Humanism; Pascal; Lutero; Renaissance; Pico de La Mirandola; Human Nature.