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Erasmus, Desiderius (1466–1536)


Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


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Dutch humanist and scholar, born in Rotterdam. Erasmus was a leading figure in the revival of the study of Greek texts, including his edition of the New Testament, and in Renaissance hostility to scholasticism. He is best known for his masterpiece of irony, In Praise of Folly (1509), and for his attack on Luther's rejection of free will in On Free Will (1524). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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