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 girl in her personal lifetime. As a proficient pupil in lots of overseas and old languages, in addition to in philosophy and theology, she corresponded with different discovered women and men far and wide Europe. She accomplished foreign renown for her personal defence of scholarly job of girls. existence and paintings of this Dutch femme savante of the seventeenth Century has to this point been studied by way of theologians, philosophers, literary students, historians, pedagogues and paintings historians, every one focusing on particular elements of Van Schurman's biography or paintings. a slightly fragmented snapshot of this student was once the outcome.
This interdependent choice of essays describes the existence and paintings of Anna Maria van Schurman from an interdisciplinary - or quite multidisciplinary - strategy and may define a extra built-in but even as subtly differentiated photo. 9 contributions - from the disciplines of philosophy, theology, Dutch language and literature, highbrow and artwork heritage, and women's stories - in part in line with new resource fabric, make clear Van Schurman's rules on erudition and femininity, ethics and philosophy, in addition to on her non secular ideals, in the context of the early smooth highbrow group to which she belonged.
Audience: This number of essays will for this reason command the curiosity not just of historians, but in addition of students and scholars in theology, philosophy, paintings background, and women's studies.
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This letter is incorporated in the Dissertatio (1641) and the Question celebre (1646) with the date 'XIII Idus Martis 1638'. See Disserlatio (1641) pp. 43-59; Question celebre (1646) pp. 1-40. 6 Question celebre (1646) p. ) du temps pour caresser les Muses'. I shall quote hereafter from the French edition. Sometimes, however, the Latin is less ambiguous, in which cases I refer to the Opuscula (first impression, 1648) or the Dissertatio (1641). 7 Dibon, Inventaire de fa correspondance d'Andre Rivet (1971) gives this date, but takes it from the Opuscula.
Questions about the relationship between learning and femininity are the startingpoint. Might the contradictions we have identified have something to do with the fact that Van Schurman was a woman? The debate about women and learning - which she stimulated - has to be our starting point if we want to throw some light on this issue. How (in exchanges of ideas with others) did she develop her views? What sort of criticism did she provoke? The second complex of questions relates to Van Schurman's place in the seventeenth-century scholarly world.
Choosing the Better Part, 23-42. © 1996 Kluwer AcademicPublishers. Rang 'life history', and its continuities and discontinuities. Her conversion to Labadism led her to doubt whether scholarship was of any value at all. She wrote of a break with her scholarly past and saw herself as no longer having any connection with current thinking. This is the subject of the section Learning in development. LEARNING AND FEMININITY The controversy Anna Maria van Schurman's short Dissertatio (a discourse in which arguments for and against are assembled) and her letters on whether study was a fitting pursuit for a Christian woman had brought her international celebrity.