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Renaissance humanism and ethnicity before race: The Irish and the English in the seventeenth century

Ian Campbell


Inspired both by debates about the origins of the modern ideology of race and also by controversy over the place of Ireland and the Irish in theories of empire in the early modern Atlantic world, Renaissance Humanism and Ethnicity before Race argues that ethnic discourse among the elite in early modern Ireland was grounded firmly in the Renaissance Humanism and Aristotelianism which dominated all the European universities before the Enlightenment. Irish and English, Catholic and Protestant, all employed theories of human society based on Aristotle's Politics and the natural law of the medieval ... More

Keywords: Renaissance Humanism, Aristotelianism, Ethnicity, Race, Empire, Ireland, Early modern, Enlightenment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719088360
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088360.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Campbell, author