Burckhardt quotation on the birth of individualism in the Italian Renaissance

From Jacob Burckhardt’s great The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860): Burckhardt,J-Civilization

In the Middle Ages, “Man was conscious of himself only as a member of a race, people, party, family, or corporation — only through some general category. In Italy this veil first melted into air; an objective treatment and consideration of the state and of all the things of this world became possible. The subjective side at the same time asserted itself with corresponding emphasis; man became a spirited individual, and recognized himself as such.”

Source: Part 2, “The Development of the Individual,” p. 70.

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