Choosing the Better Part: Anna Maria van Schurman by Mirjam De Baar, Brita Rang (auth.), Mirjam De Baar, Machteld

By Mirjam De Baar, Brita Rang (auth.), Mirjam De Baar, Machteld Löwensteyn, Marit Monteiro, A. Agnes Sneller (eds.)

Anna Maria van Schurman used to be in additional than one element an unconventional lady in her personal lifetime. As a talented student in lots of overseas and historic languages, in addition to in philosophy and theology, she corresponded with different realized women and men in all places Europe. She completed overseas renown for her personal defence of scholarly task of ladies. lifestyles and paintings of this Dutch femme savante of the seventeenth Century has so far been studied by means of theologians, philosophers, literary students, historians, pedagogues and artwork historians, each one targeting particular facets of Van Schurman's biography or paintings. a slightly fragmented picture of this pupil used to be the outcome.
This interdependent number of essays describes the lifestyles and paintings of Anna Maria van Schurman from an interdisciplinary - or relatively multidisciplinary - procedure and may define a extra built-in but while subtly differentiated photo. 9 contributions - from the disciplines of philosophy, theology, Dutch language and literature, highbrow and artwork historical past, and women's stories - in part according to new resource fabric, make clear Van Schurman's principles on erudition and femininity, ethics and philosophy, in addition to on her spiritual ideals, in the context of the early smooth highbrow neighborhood to which she belonged.
Audience: This number of essays will for that reason command the curiosity not just of historians, but in addition of students and scholars in theology, philosophy, artwork historical past, and women's studies.

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86 Schotel, Anna Maria van Schurman (1853) p. 146 (letter dated 3-2-1654). 84 Opuscula 8S 40 B. Rang the later Labadist Van Schurman still made use of her scholarly knowledge. 87 Latin remained the language in which she could best express her religious and Pietist feelings, and conduct the written defence and dissemination of Labadist ideas. 88 And visitors to the Labadist community - like Paullini, the author of a catalogue of learned women were still able to meet the scholar she essentially still was.

That she ever made in all her days. ' BRITA RANG 2. 'AN EXCEPTIONAL MIND' The learned Anna Maria van Schurman INTRODUCTION At first glance it would appear self-evident: research into Anna Maria van Schurman has to concentrate primarily on the learned Van Schurman. It is, after all, the learned Van Schurman who has thus far received the greatest attention. Her fame throughout history has been based above all on her scholarship. Upon closer scrutiny, however, the researcher is faced with a paradox.

It is for this reason that a cultured Christian woman also needs this knowledge. The only explicit reference to Descartes' work is a dualistic approach to 'body and mind' that occurs in the letter Van Schurman wrote to Colvius on 9 September 1637. 58 On the other hand, she did not adopt any of Descartes' physical or mathematical reasoning. I have so far failed to come across any arguments that point to her having had a thorough knowledge of Descartes' work. 60 Nevertheless she was familiar with Descartes' 'fundamentum inconcussum': I think therefore I am.

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