Humanism in an Age of Science: The Amsterdam Athenaeum in the Golden Age, 1632-1704

Humanism in an Age of Science: The Amsterdam Athenaeum in the Golden Age, 1632-1704

by Dirk van Miert

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Overview

In 1632, the Amsterdam regents founded an Athenaeum or 'Illustrious School'. This kind of institution provided academic teaching, although it could not grant degrees and had no compulsory four-faculty system. Athenaeums proliferated in the first century after the Dutch Revolt, but few of them survived long. They have been interpreted as the manifestation of an evolving vision of the role of a higher education; this book, by contrast, argues that education at the Amsterdam Athenaeum was staunchly traditional both in methods and in substance. While religious, philosophical and scientific disputes rocked contemporary Dutch learned society, this analysis of letters, orations and disputations reveals that a traditional and Aristotelian humanism thrived at the Athenaeum until well into the seventeenth century.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789004176850
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/31/2009
Series: Brill's Studies in Intellectual History Series , #179
Pages: 434
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dirk van Miert, Ph.D. (2004) in Latin, University of Amsterdam, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Warburg Institute, London. He has published on many aspects of early modern intellectual history and is co-editor of the correspondence of Joseph Scaliger.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

PART I: A HISTORY
Introduction
1. Higher Education in the Low Countries
2. An Amsterdam Cortege

PART 2: TEACHING PRACTICES
3. Private teaching
4. Public teaching
5. Semi-public teaching
6. Holidays, timetables and absences

PART 3: THE CONTENTS OF TEACHING
7. The arts I: the rhetorical subjects
8. The arts II: the philosophical subjects
9. The teaching of law
10. The teaching of medicine
11. The teaching of theology

PART 4: CONCLUSION AND APPENDICES
12. Conclusion

Appendix 1: Timeline of professors
Appendix 2: Geographical origins of students defending disputations, 1650-1670
Appendix 3: Easter and Pentecost holidays at the Athenaeum

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Index

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