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Renaissance vs. Humanism

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Main Difference

The main difference between Renaissance and Humanism is that the Renaissance is a cultural movement that spanned the period roughly from the 14th to the 17th century and Humanism is a philosophical school of thought emphasizing the value of human beings and focusing on rationalism and empiricism

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  • Renaissance (noun)

    A rebirth or revival.

  • Renaissance (noun)

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  • Humanism (noun)

    The study of the humanities or the liberal arts; literary (especially classical) scholarship. from 19th c.

  • Humanism (noun)

    Specifically, a cultural and intellectual movement in 14th-16th century Europe characterised by attention to classical culture and a promotion of vernacular texts, notably during the Renaissance. from 19th c.

  • Humanism (noun)

    An abilities, dignity and freedom; especially used for a secular one which rejects theistic religion and superstition. from 19th c.

  • Humanism (noun)

    Humanitarianism, philanthropy.

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  • Renaissance (noun)

    A new birth, or revival.

  • Humanism (noun)

    Human nature or disposition; humanity.

  • Humanism (noun)

    The study of the humanities; polite learning.

  • Humanism (noun)

    A doctrine or ethical point of view that emphasizes the dignity and worth of individual people, rejects claims of supernatural influences on humans, and stresses the need for people to achieve improvement of society and self-fulfillment through reason and to develop human-oriented ethical values without theism.

Webster Dictionary
  • Renaissance (noun)

    the period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages and the rise of the modern world; a cultural rebirth from the 14th through the middle of the 17th centuries

  • Renaissance (noun)

    the revival of learning and culture

  • Humanism (noun)

    the doctrine that people's duty is to promote human welfare

  • Humanism (noun)

    the doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural

  • Humanism (noun)

    the cultural movement of the Renaissance; based on classical studies

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