Erasmus Studies

A prolific essayist who lived and wrote against the backdrop of the European Reformation, Erasmus (1466-1536) was a teacher, theologian, classicist, and humanist of the Dutch Renaissance whose investigations spanned everything from political theory, literature, and civility in children to definitions of free will, Christian ethics, and the philosophy of education. Studies in this series place Erasmus’s writings in the wider context of his life and times, offering penetrating insights into why modern writers have called him “the crowning glory of the Christian humanists.”


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Erasmus and Calvin on the foolishness of God: Reason and Emotion in the Christian Philosophy
Erasmus and Calvin on the foolishness of God: Reason and Emotion in the Christian Philosophy
By Kirk Essary

Kirk Essary examines assumptions about the very nature of theology in the sixteenth century, how it was understood by leading humanist reformers, and how ideas about philosophy and rhetoric were received, appropriated, and shared in a complex intellectual and religious context.

Published Apr 2017
The Stoic Origins of Erasmus' Philosophy of Christ
The Stoic Origins of Erasmus' Philosophy of Christ
By Ross Dealy

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.

Published Jan 2017
Erasmus of Rotterdam: Advocate of a New Christianity
Erasmus of Rotterdam: Advocate of a New Christianity
By Christine Christ von-Wedel

Combining a biography of Erasmus with the larger theological debates and the intellectual history of his time, Christine Christ-von Wedel reveals many of previously unexplored influences on Erasmus, as well as his influences on his contemporaries.

Published May 2013
The Unfolding of Words: Commentary in the Age of Erasmus
The Unfolding of Words: Commentary in the Age of Erasmus
Edited by Judith Rice Henderson
The Unfolding of Words brings together international scholarship to explore crucial changes in writers' interactions with religious and classical texts.
Published Dec 2012
Erasmus in the  Footsteps of  Paul
Erasmus in the Footsteps of Paul
By Greta Grace Kroeker

Greta Grace Kroeker examines Erasmus' Annotations, Paraphrases, and the texts of his Erasmus in the Footsteps of Paul is the first book to investigate Erasmus' negotiations of Romans in the Reformation world.

Published Sep 2011
Erasmus and Voltaire: Why They Still Matter
Erasmus and Voltaire: Why They Still Matter
By Ricardo J. Quinones

A companion piece to Dualisms, Quinones' 2007 book, Erasmus and Voltaire differs in method: where its predecessor looked to inveterate, unyielding differences, this new work looks to similarities.

Published Jan 2010
Exploiting Erasmus: The Erasmian Legacy and Religious Change in Early Modern England
Exploiting Erasmus: The Erasmian Legacy and Religious Change in Early Modern England
Gregory D. Dodds

Exploiting Erasmus examines the legacy of Erasmus in England from the mid-sixteenth century to the overthrow of James II in 1688 and studies the various ways in which his works were received, manipulated, and used in religious controversies that threatened both church and state.

Published Apr 2009
Encounters with a Radical Erasmus: Erasmus' Work as a Source of Radical Thought in Early Modern Europe
Encounters with a Radical Erasmus: Erasmus' Work as a Source of Radical Thought in Early Modern Europe
By Peter G. Bietenholz

An engaging look at Erasmus' theological, philosophical and socio-political influence, Encounters with a Radical Erasmus will prove useful to scholars of humanism, theology, the Reformation and Renaissance.

Published Dec 2008
Patronage and Humanist Literature in the Age of the Jagiellons: Court and Career in the Writings of Rudolf Agricola Junior, Valentin Eck, and Leonard Cox
Patronage and Humanist Literature in the Age of the Jagiellons: Court and Career in the Writings of Rudolf Agricola Junior, Valentin Eck, and Leonard Cox
By Jacqueline Glomski

Patronage and Humanist Literature in the Age of the Jagiellons is an insightful historic account that is accessible to anyone interested in patronage at the time of the European Renaissance.

Published Dec 2007
Erasmus in the Twentieth Century: Interpretations 1920-2000
Erasmus in the Twentieth Century: Interpretations 1920-2000
By Bruce Mansfield

Bruce Mansfield shows how shifting interpretations and changing critical regard for Erasmus and his work reflect cultural shifts of the last century.

Published Jun 2003