A Review of “Renaissance Truths: Humanism, Scholasticism and the Search for the Perfect Language,” by Alan R. Perreiah

A Review of Renaissance Truths: Humanism, Scholasticism and the Search for the Perfect Language by Alan R. Perreiah (Farnham, Surrey and Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2014).  Review by Karin Susan Fester.

Review published in Seventeenth-Century News [2016] Vol. 74, Nos.3&4.

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The distinguished scholar of medieval logic, Alan Perreiah, takes the reader on a captivating and enlightening journey. Renaissance Truths is certainly a book about logic, but more so, Perreiah wants to fill a significant gap: to acknowledge those late medieval and early Renaissance scholars who also “sought to recover or invent a language that was pure and truthful in the way of Adam’s original tongue” (16). The author investigates the rationale underpinning “meaning” and “truth” in the work of three very significant thinkers from the late medieval and early Renaissance periods, namely, Paul of Venice, Lorenzo Valla and Juan Luis Vives.

To read the entire review on Seventeenth-Century News  (pp. 112-18)  click HERE.

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