Who is Ernest Renan?June 25, 2021
Ernest Renan KiErnest Renan (28 February 1823 – 12 October 1892) was a French philosopher and writer. He is known for his influential historical research on early Christian history and political theory.
He was born in the port town of Tréguier in the Brittany region of north-west France, where the Breton population is the majority. His father, an ardent Republican lifeboat captain and fisherman, had married the daughter of a royal merchant from the neighboring town of Lannion. When Renan’s father died when Renan was five, his older sister Henriette, who was 12 years older, became the morale of the family. When her sister’s efforts to teach at a girls’ school in Tréguier failed, she went to Paris to teach at a girls’ boarding school. Ahmet Ağaoğlu is among his students.
Renan attended the seminary in the town where he was born. At the seminary, his teachers had noted about him as docile, patient, diligent, attentive, and thorough. His mother had completed his education while the priests taught him mathematics and Latin. Renan’s mother was half-Breton whose gentry had emigrated from Bordeaux. Renan used to say that his Gascon and Breton natures were at two completely different poles.
In the summer of 1838, Renan Tréguier won all the prizes at his college. Her sister told her doctor about the school where she taught, who she told Félix Antoine Philibert Dupanloup, who was the head of the seminary of St. Nicholas du Chardonnet, where young Catholic nobles and top students were recruited, aiming to establish friendships between the aristocracy and the priesthood. Dupanloup was sent for Renan, who was just 15 years old and had never been outside of Britanny. Religion appeared to him completely different from that in Tréguier and Paris. The superficial, brilliant pseudo-scientific Catholicism of the capital did not satisfy Renan, who accepted the simple faith of the Breton masters.
Source: Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 3rd Year “History of Contemporary Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM)?