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Discours, invectives et autres paradoxes "contre les lettres''

Abstract : Renaissance discourses "against the letters", adversus literas et literatos, form a coherent whole which has never been studied as such. Between Erasmus and the "Apology" by Montaigne, but also before them and after them, a plenty of paradoxical productions developped the theme, baed on the same conventions and sources, under various generic labels. We offer a survey of the whole corpus, highlighting the specific role of little known, but influential texts by such authors as Codro Urceo, Galateo, Agrippa, Giraldi, Landi, Cascales or Schupp, among others. Their interpretation raises similar questions, between serious matters and jocular tone. The comparison helps understanding each one, and sheds light on their real issues: espistemological as much as religious ones. The "scepticism" they express is deep, but elusive, more or less Christian. It is Renaissance scepticism, which questions the ethical value of knowledge.
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Nicolas Correard. Discours, invectives et autres paradoxes "contre les lettres''. Réforme, Humanisme, Renaissance, Association d'Études sur la Renaissance, l'Humanisme et la Réforme, 2018, p. 117--153. ⟨10.3917/rhren.086.0117⟩. ⟨hal-03238684⟩

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