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Melanchthon: Orations on Philosophy and Education

Melanchthon: Orations on Philosophy and Education



Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy

  • Date Published: April 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521586771

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  • Philip Melanchthon (1497–1560), humanist and colleague of Martin Luther, is best known for his educational reforms, for which he earned the title Praeceptor Germaniae (the Teacher of Germany). His most influential form of philosophical writing was the academic oration, and this volume, first published in 1999, presents a large and wide-ranging selection of his orations and textbook prefaces translated into English. They set out his views on the distinction between faith and reason, the role of philosophy in education, moral philosophy, natural philosophy, astronomy and astrology, and the importance of philosophy to a true Christian, as well as his views on Classical philosophical authorities such as Plato and Aristotle and on contemporaries such as Erasmus and Luther. Powerfully influential in their time, inspiring many Protestant students to study philosophy, mathematics and natural philosophy, they illuminate the relationship between Renaissance and Reformation thought.

    • Little of Melanchthon's philosophy has previously been available in English
    • Orations cover a wide range of topics: philosophy, theology, mathematics, astronomy, classics
    • Useful introduction, chronology, notes on further reading
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    • Date Published: April 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521586771
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Further reading
    Note on the text
    Part I. The Scope of Education:
    1. On the order of learning
    2. On the role of schools
    3. On the distinction between the Gospel and philosophy
    Part II. The Arts Course:
    4. On the study of languages
    5. Preface to Homer
    6. On the usefulness of fables
    7. Praise of eloquence
    8. Preface to Cicero's On Duties
    9. Preface to the Questions on Dialectics
    10. Preface to arithmetic
    11. Preface to geometry
    12. Preface to On the Sphere
    13. On astronomy and geography
    14. The dignity of astrology
    15. On philosophy
    16. On natural philosophy
    17. Dedicatory letter to the Epitome of Moral Philosophy
    18. Preface to the Commentary on the Soul
    19. Preface to the Book on the Soul
    20. On anatomy
    Part III. The Higher Faculties:
    21. On the merit of the art of medicine
    22. On the merit of laws
    23. On the merit of studying theology
    Part IV. Authorities:
    24. On Plato
    25. On Aristotle
    26. On the life of Galen
    27. On the life of Avicenna
    28. On the life of Rudolf Agricola
    29. On Johannes Regiomontanus
    30. On Erasmus of Rotterdam
    31. At Luther's funeral

  • Author



    Sachiko Kusukawa, University of Cambridge


    Christine F. Salazar

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