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Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought$
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Ann Moss

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159087.001.0001

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Commonplace-Books at School

Commonplace-Books at School

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Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought

Ann Moss

Oxford University Press

The prescriptions for commonplace-books to be found in the works of Desiderius Erasmus, Philipp Melanchthon, and Juan Luis Vives were published together as excerpts in manuals De ratione studii. Their presence there, together with other examples of good practice in the matter of education, points us to the schoolroom environment within which boys were conditioned to think in ways determined by the instrument they used to probe material they were set to study, store in their memory, and retrieve for reproduction, that is to say, by their commonplace-book. From now on, the history of the commonplace-book becomes an integral part of the history of Renaissance culture in general, because it is the history of its technical support system, and consequently of one of the most important factors contributing to its intellectual paradigms. From now on, also, the documentation of the history of the commonplace-book becomes enormous.

Keywords:   commonplace-books, Desiderius Erasmus, Philipp Melanchthon, Juan Luis Vives, excerpts, manuals, education, schoolroom, Renaissance

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