During the online seminar on “Philosophy of the Renaissance”, professor Cristina LAZARIUC, lecturer in the Department of Social & Human Sciences, UTM, introduced the students to the theories and concepts of the most important Renaissance minds: Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, those who rediscovered nature as an object of scientific research.

Held remotely, through the Microsoft Teams platform, the dialogue focused on discussing about dignity – as a moral authority, which distinguishes us, ennobles us as human beings and gives us value as members of society; about Man – as a personality that develops and improves through education, as an end in itself and not as a means, but also about humanism, pantheism, scientific thinking and nature. These humanistic aspects of Renaissance philosophy aroused the curiosity of the first year students of the Faculty of Food Technology, TMAP, TVPF, FFT groups, who reflected on the importance of cultivating general human values, preserving human dignity with holiness and last, but not least, on the appreciation and value of human potential as an end in itself and never simply as a means, especially in relation to current realities. Together, they rediscovered the path taken by humanity from the simple observation of nature to the perception of the essence of the physical, natural world, in all its entirety.

For a long time, the Renaissance era has been provoking dialogues between students and teachers, who, by supporting each other and showing receptivity, managed to unfold the topic even remotely: the professor by sharing his knowledge and experience, and the students – by fully engaging in discussions with PowerPoint presentations on the topic. Thus, together, they analyzed the contrast between the approach of Man, Nature, Divinity, Happiness within the Renaissance philosophy, in relation to the medieval one, discovering the difference between “man has a purpose” and “man is a purpose himself”.

– It is already the fourth online philosophy seminar, says teacher Cristina LAZARIUC. The first addressed the topic of “Philosophy of Ancient Greece: the Classical Period”, the second – “Philosophy of Ancient Greece: the Hellenistic Period”, and the third – “Philosophy of the Middle Ages”. The following seminars are to address “Philosophy of the Modern Age: Rationalism and Empiricism” – a broad topic on how the Science of Nature was formed and inspired all modern philosophers.

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