‘A Learned and Eloquent Piety’

Stephen Gaukroger

in Descartes: An Intellectual Biography

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780198237242
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597480 | DOI:
‘A Learned and Eloquent Piety’

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Extracts from Descartes's correspondence with Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia explaining his ideas on the passions lead to a psychological analysis of Descartes and a discussion of melancholia. Childhood is described, with reference to the social milieu to which he belonged. Sets the religious scene by reviewing the state of Christian religion in early seventeenth‐century France. Erasmus’ educational reforms are discussed, and the rise of the municipal collèges organized by the gentry.

Keywords: childhood; collèges; educational reforms; melancholia; passions; religion; self‐discipline

Chapter.  10888 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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