Philosophy and the Liberal Arts in the Early Modern Period The Universe of Learning
Broad range of subjects During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, tens of thousands of students attended schools and universities in Europe in pursuance of a professional career. In this period, students were required to study subjects categorized under Philosophy and the Liberal Arts. Philosophy (comprising the "sciences" and the "arts") and the Liberal Arts in particular encompass a broad range of subjects, including metaphysics, physics, mathematical disciplines, ethics, family life (oeconomica), politics, logic, rhetoric, grammar, poetics and history, as well as curriculum plans conceived for individual schools and universities.
Selection of works The series focuses on printed works from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries and also includes some late fifteenth century works. Amongst others, the series includes textbooks, disputations, orations and curriculum plans. In selecting works for this series, the focus was on materials that enhance our knowledge of philosophy, the liberal arts, and education in general during this period.
Early modern history and culture These texts will be of interest to a wide range of researchers studying early modern history and culture, such as specialists in scholastic philosophy, the history of rhetoric, the history of linguistics, the history of political thought, the history of science, the history of mathematics, musicologists, and theologians.
Prof. Joseph S. Freedman, Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama