Time Capsule Essay

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HUM 102: Intro to the Humanities II

Throughout time the humanities have evolved and proof of this evolution is seen in each of the different concepts that humanities cover. There are several time capsules that are rumored to contain pieces of some of the most influential art, music, architecture, philosophy, and literature in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. To find these capsules would be to travel back in time and hold in one's hands the true measure of what the humanities has accomplished during its evolution.

Art The Renaissance was perceived as a rebirth of ancient traditions. It breathed new life into the artists of its time with the development of new techniques and new artistic
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Baroque Philosophy is generally regarded as being the start of modern philosophy and a departure from the medieval approach. It is also known as The Age of Reason. During the Baroque Period concepts such as epistemology, metaphysics, logic, and ethics were introduced. Philosophers were classified into two schools: rationalists and empiricists. It is said that the time capsule contains many of the writings of Rene Descartes, the founder of modern Western philosophy.
Literature during the Renaissance was greatly affected by the creation of the printing press. Johannes Gutenberg’s invention made it possible to fabricate books more cheaply, more rapidly, and in greater numbers than ever before. The printing technology became the single most important factor in the success of the Protestant Reformation. The developments that improved printing technology allowed authors to write using the local vernacular instead of the usual Greek or Latin. This widened the reading audience and promoted the spread of renaissance ideas. The Literature Time Capsule is rumored to contain the first book printed on Gutenberg’s printing press. Literature during the Baroque Period expressed new values that were often recorded using metaphors and allegory. The Northern Baroque style, unlike the Catholic Reformation in Italy, Spain, and parts of the Americas, emphasized personal piety and

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