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ALSTED, JOHANN HEINRICH (1588-1638) [ALSO: CAMDEN, WILLIAM (1551-1623)]
Consiliarius Academicus et Scholasticus: Id est, methodus formandorum studiorum. Continens commonfactiones, consilia, regulas, typos, calendaria, diaria, de ratione bene discendi & ordine studiorum recte instituendo: perpetuis Tabulis adornata..
Strasbourg: Sumptibus Lazari Zetzneri Bibliopol., 1610. Among the earliest publications of the "father of the Encyclopedia", Johann Heinrich Alsted had this comprehensive and systematic program of learning all knowledge and science published in Strasbourg at the age of only 22, shortly after he took up a teaching position in Herborg. Situated within the long tradition of scholars who sought to capture everything that can be known into an interconnected system, Alsted is firmly within the intellectual pedigree of the medieval scholar Ramon Llull, whom he greatly admired, and who was the subject of a book a year earlier. Alsted's lifelong fascination with the Llullian method bore fruit in the first work to bear the word "Encyclopedia" on its title, published in 1608, and greatly expanded in 1630. Alsted was also a fervent follower of the educational theorist, Peter Ramus (1515-1572), and incorporated ideas of Ramus in his curriculum program. This work in some ways echoes the systemization of studies of the famous Jesuit educational handbook, the Ratio Studiorum, published in the late 16th century. Alsted's program includes, first, the reasons for study and acquiring knowledge, then divides the various branches of knowledge into many segments and subgroups. He offers not only topics that the student ought to study, but also a schedule (setting aside time for games too!), a proposed calendar, authors of importance, and sometimes even specific editions of books. The curriculum is particularly interesting in that it goes beyond the usual classical authors commonly found in sugge … [Click Below for Full Description]
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