Liberal Learning, Decorum, and Propriety

In On Good Manners, Desiderius Erasmus—the 15th-16th century Renaissance humanist—explains how “decorum of the body proceeds from a well-ordered mind.”[1] He also mentions how “external decorum is a very crude part of philosophy… [but] it is very conducive to winning good will and to commending those illustrious gifts of the intellect to the eyes of …

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