Developed in the Renaissance (16th century),humanism is the idea that humans cinsider human values and concerns are of high importance. This means that humans are have more importance than something divine or supernatural. Humanism is based on morals, justice and ethics. During the Renaissance this philosophy became very popular and it was being used in works of literature such as in 'The Life of Gargantua and Pantagruel' - astory about giants and their adventures that are based upon the principles of humanism. The idea of humans being the most important of all things was controversial at the time because prior to this, the general population belived that there was something other than humans that was the most important, something of divinity.

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noun- anbny system or mode of thought or i which human interests, values and dignity prodominate.humanismCENTREOFCULTURES.jpg