The Stoic Origins of Erasmus' Philosophy of Christ

By Ross Dealy

© 2017

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.

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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.

The Stoic Origins of Erasmus' Philosophy of Christ

By Ross Dealy

© 2017

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Erasmus Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 424 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • 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
  • Author Information

    Ross Dealy is a retired associate professor from St. John’s University.
  • Table of contents

    Preface

    Abbreviations

    Introduction

    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

    Conclusion

    Bibliography

    Index