- How did humanism, which placed the individual at the center of creation, vary from medieval thinking, and how great an influence did the concept play in all types of humanistic thought?
- Why is Nicolo Machiavelli often called the first modern man? Although his ideas were found to be radical for his time, would these same ideas be considered radical today? Be sure to cover Machiavelli's major ideas. (For extra credit, give examples from newspapers or magazines.)
- The secularization of society during the period of about 1300 to 1550 had many causes. What do you consider to have been the most important factors?
- Comment on the development of how individuals have, by their nature, sought some semblance of security. What did the Protestant Revolution do to this idea? What do you see as being the main forms of security in our age?
Pico della Mirandola
"priesthood of all believers"
de contemptu mundi
Orations on the Dignity of Man
"Mirror of Princes Literature"