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Descartes, René

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Author(s): Blair, Ann M.
¶ René Descartes (1596–1650) is widely viewed as one of the founders of modern philosophy. He rejected scholastic philosophy as received opinion, and advocated instead building philosophy anew from fir…

Gessner, Conrad

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Author(s): Blair, Ann M.
¶ Conrad Gessner (Gesner or Gesnerus, 1516–1565), was a city physician and humanist polymath in Zurich. He published sixty-three works, all of them in Latin, some of which were translated into German; …

Neo-Latin in North America

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Author(s): Blair, Ann M.
¶ I am grateful to many scholars for their generous help: Kevin Chang, Anthony Grafton, Jaap Jacobs, Thomas Keeline, Donna LaRue, Stuart McManus, John Pollack, Michele Valerie Ronnick, Peter Schineller…

Latin Translations from the Vernacular in Early Modern Science

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Author(s): Blair, Ann M.
¶ We are well familiar with the translation of early modern learned works from Latin into vernacular languages, but when authors of natural philosophy wrote in the vernacular, a Latin translation could…

Manuals on Note-Taking (ars excerpendi)

(888 words)

Author(s): Blair, Ann M.
¶ Latin was the language of choice for humanist pedagogical manuals of many kinds, offering advice on the education of boys and of girls, the disciplines to study, the texts to read, and in what order,…