Authors

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John Wyclif (1330 - 1380) -- .

Geoffrey Chaucer (1342 - 1400) -- English poet, before Shakespeare, whose varied work includes one of the greatest poems, <I>The Cantebury Tales</I>..

Leonardo Bruni (1370 - 1444) -- Italian humanist scholar, and a leading translator.

of Cusa Nicholas (1401 - 1464) -- active in the Church and later a cardinal, Nicholas is remembered in philosophy for his teaching on the unknowability of God.

Lorenzo Valla (1407 - 1457) -- Italian humanist who was critical of medieval scholasticism.

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499) -- Italian, who produced translations of all Plato's works, and wrote influential commentaries on them.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519) -- celebrated Renaissance artist, architect, and scientist.

Pietro Pomponazzi (1462 - 1525) -- Italian philosopher who argued, contra the Church, that the immortality of the soul is not rationally demonstrable.

Desiderius Erasmus (1466 - 1536) -- leading figure in the Renaissance humanism movement.

Thomas de Vio Cajetan (1468 - 1534) -- influential Thomist philosopher, who developed aspects of Aristotle and Aquinas' philosophy.

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469 - 1527) -- Italian statesman and political philosopher, famous for his amoral guide to becoming a successful prince.

Sir Thomas More (1477 - 1535) -- English statesman and writer.

Vitoria Francisco de (1480 - 1546) -- best remembered for his arguments for a system of international law based on natural law.

Martin Luther (1483 - 1546) -- German theologian and leader of the Protestant Reformation.

Melchior Cano (1509 - 1560) -- Spanish theologian.

Andrea Cesalpino (1519 - 1603) -- Italian physician and pioneering botanist.

Jean Bodin (1530 - 1596) -- French political theorist who argued for the absolute soverignty of the state.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533 - 1592) -- essayist whose works were influential in the development of rationalism.

Miguel De Cervantes (1547 - 1616) -- celebrated Spanish playwright and poet, whose <I>Don Quixote</I> is the most famous work in Spanish literature..

Francisco Suarez (1548 - 1617) -- metaphysician whose original theories challenged dominant traditional scholastic doctrine.

Giordano Bruno (1548 - 1600) -- enigmatic Italian philosopher who was burned at the stake by the Inquisition.

Edmund Spenser (1552 - 1599) -- English poet of the sixteenth century.

Philip Sidney (1554 - 1586) -- English Renaissance writer and gentleman, whose commitment to poetry has been an inspiration to poets.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626) -- Bacon, who was also a politician and a lawyer, advocated the founding of human activity on a common methodology of inquiry.

Christopher Marlowe (1564 - 1593) -- English playwright.

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