The Stoic Origins of Erasmus' Philosophy of Christ by Ross DealyThe Stoic Origins of Erasmus' Philosophy of Christ by Ross Dealy

The Stoic Origins of Erasmus' Philosophy of Christ

byRoss Dealy

Hardcover | January 4, 2017

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This original and provocative engagement with Erasmus’ work argues that the Dutch humanist discovered in classical Stoicism several principles which he developed into a paradigm-shifting application of Stoicism to Christianity. Ross Dealy offers novel readings of some lesser and well-known Erasmian texts and presents a detailed discussion of the reception of Stoicism in the Renaissance. In a considered interpretation of Erasmus’ De taedio Iesu, Dealy clearly shows the two-dimensional Stoic elements in Erasmus’ thought from an early time onward. Erasmus’ genuinely philosophical disposition is evidenced in an analysis of his edition of Cicero’s De officiis. Building on stoicism Erasmus shows that Christ’s suffering in Gethsemane was not about the triumph of spirit over flesh but about the simultaneous workings of two opposite but equally essential types of value: on the one side spirit and on the other involuntary and intractable natural instincts.

Ross Dealy is a retired associate professor from St. John’s University.
Title:The Stoic Origins of Erasmus' Philosophy of ChristFormat:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:January 4, 2017Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1487500610

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Table of Contents




A Philosophy Beneath The Rhetoric

Part I
The Fifteenth-Century Background

Part Ii
Erasmus’ Two-Dimensional Stoicism

Part Iii
Stoic Natural Instinct and Christ’s Fear of Death, De Taedio Iesu

Part Iv
Larger Philosophical Issues

Part V
Correcting a Thousand Years of Christology

Part Vi
Beyond Devotionalist Assumptions

Part Vii
Spiritual Warfare




Editorial Reviews

‘This meticulous study of 16th century thinking can be dense, but the picture of Erasmus that emerges will prove worth the effort.’

- D.A. Brown - Choice Magazine vol 55:01:2017