IntroductionPart I. The Erasmian Republic of LettersChapter 1. Humanism as FormChapter 2. The Construction of the Erasmian Republic of LettersChapter 3. Erasmian Humanism: The Reform Program of the Universal IntellectualPart II. The Erasmian Republic and Its DiscontentsChapter 4. The Politics of a Disembodied HumanistChapter 5. More's Richard III: The Fragility of Humanist DiscourseChapter 6. Utopia and the No-place of the Erasmian RepublicConclusion
Elegantly written, passionate, and informed by a wide learning in Renaissance studies, HananYoran's book explores the origins of the modern figure of the 'intellectual' in the philosophical theories and life-stories of Erasmus of Rotterdam and Thomas More. He shows how these two Christian humanists turned the critical methodologies of their predecessors, the Italian humanists, into a new and much more radical ideology of modern humanity, based on some classical and early Christian conceptions of civic morality. Inasmuch as they dared to challenge the ecclesiastical and political authorities of their time and to create an independent Republic of Letters, they set a compelling example of intellectual nonconformity that is still relevant today.