Category Archives: Satire

Folly of the Princes and Priests

After mocking to scorn the dissolute lives of secular princes and their courtiers, Erasmus’ personified Folly in Praise of Folly turns her piercing gaze of sarcasm on the princes of the Church. Popes, cardinals, and bishops have followed the lead … Continue reading

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Folly of the Apologists

Erasmus’ personified Folly in Praise of Folly is an equal opportunity offender. Having disposed of Philosophers, Scientists, Poets, Rhetoricians, Scholars, Preachers, and Priests, Folly turns to another great class of bloviating asses, the Logicians and Sophists. These are a generation … Continue reading

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Folly of the Scholars

Still working with Erasmus’ Praise of Folly…. As a scholar-in-training myself, I appreciate Folly’s mockery of the scholar: For that they know nothing, even this is a sufficient argument, that they don’t agree among themselves and are so incomprehensible touching … Continue reading

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Folly of the Theologians

Erasmus’ Praise of Folly spares no one from the withering critique of personified Folly. Folly chastises Scholars who waste their lives writing Books full of the most abstruse and exquisitely refined intellectual wranglings just so they can receive the praises … Continue reading

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