Oration on the Dignity of Man by Giovanni Pico della MirandolaA classic of humanism. I discovered him when I worked on Kabbale. He had writed on it. If you observe the sephirot tree, you can see that it is not so different than hindu chakra or chinese médicine.
His project his to link all the great thoughts (hebrew, christan, persian, greek, arab...) of the humanity. It is an universalist ambition. He speak of the singularity of human which is a kind of miracle. From this observation, he builds an argumentation to show the absolute carachter of human dignity.
When we speak on humanism, we spontanetly thing to Erasmus and not Picco della Mirandole. It is a mistake.
I believed to understand why human is the living being happiest and thus the worthy one of any admiration...
Somewhere, it makes me thing to Discours de la servitude volontaire of Etienne de la Boëtie. It is a voluntee of freedom.
Oration on the Dignity of Man Background
When the Renaissance began to spread across Europe, the qualities of humanism became more prominent. Scientific and rational analysis was becoming of great interest compared to supernatural explanations. Renaissance world-view can be characterized by a growing humanistic orientation that can be demonstrated by analyzing cultural artifacts from the era. Humanism created an interest. Picco della Mirandola does a great job expressing the premise of humanism in his Oration on the Dignity of Man. King's main argument is that African-Americans are not free or equal according to the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.