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ERIC Number: EJ924788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Benedictus Pererius: Renaissance Culture at the Origins of Jesuit Science
Blum, Paul Richard
Science & Education, v15 n2-4 p279-304 Mar 2006
Benedictus Pererius (1535-1610) published in 1576 his most successful book "De principiis," after he had taught philosophy at the Roman College of the Jesuits. It will be shown that parts of this book are actually based on his lectures. But the printed version was intended as a contribution to the debate within his Order on how science should be conceived. Pererius redefined the meaning of scientific speculation to the effect that metaphysics was split into ontology and natural theology, and that further speculative sciences, such as physics, gained their own competence. Throughout this book, as well as in his warning against magic and in his commentaries on the Bible, the Jesuit addresses Renaissance strains of neo-Platonism, Aristotelianism, and syncretism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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