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Christine de Pizan and French Humanism: Elements for a Historical Contextualization

Ana Rieger Schmidt


This paper seeks to provide sufficient elements to locate the philosopher and poet Christine de Pizan in the intellectual context of early 15th-century French humanism. This objective responds to a difficulty that accompanies studies of the philosophical activity of the medieval period in a secular environment. As a woman, Pizan is necessarily secular and her literary production took place outside the limits normally outlined as an object of study by historians of medieval philosophy, that is, a typical scholastic production.


Christine de Pizan, Humanism, Canon, Layman Philosophy, Jean Gerson, Women Philosophers.

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