Philosophy and the Arts in Central Europe, 1500-1700: Teaching and Texts at Schools and Universities, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Philosophy and the Arts in Central Europe, 1500-1700

Teaching and Texts at Schools and Universities, 1st Edition

By Joseph S. Freedman


384 pages

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pub: 1999-12-24
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The articles in this collection focus on instruction - and writings arising from that instruction - in philosophy and the arts during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with emphasis on Central Europe. The introduction brings together and expands upon many of the topics discussed - and conclusions reached - in the remaining seven articles. Four of these articles are devoted to examining the significance of two ancient authors (Aristotle and Cicero) and of two more recent ones (Petrus Ramus and Bartholomew Keckermann). The article on Keckermann is based in part on previously unpublished biographical and bibliographical source materials. Two concepts - encyclopedia and philosophy - as utilized in the 16th and 17th centuries constitute the subject matter of separate articles. And one article focuses primarily on curriculum plans written during the 16th and early 17th centuries. These eight articles are based on a wide array of printed and manuscript source materials which are cited together with library/archive locations and call numbers and which are made more easily accessible through three indices at the conclusion of this volume.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: the study of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writings on academic philosophy: some methodological considerations; Philosophy instruction within the institutional framework of Central European schools and universities during the Reformation era; Cicero in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century rhetoric instruction; The diffusion of the writings of Petrus Ramus in Central Europe, c.1570-c.1630; Aristotle and the content of philosophy instruction at Central European schools and universities during the Reformation era (1500-1650); Encyclopedic philosophical writings in Central Europe during the High and Late Renaissance (c.1500-c.1700); Classifications of philosophy, the sciences, and the arts in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe; The career and writings of Bartholomew Keckermann (d. 1609); Index of academic institutions; Index of authors and persons (pre-AD 1800); Index of concepts/terms and people/places .

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Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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