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Comenius and Pansofia: Search for System, Method and Harmony of all things

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Call for Papers for the international conference to commemorate Ioannes Amos Comenius (1592-1670) and the 350th anniversary of his death

Naarden/Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 12 – 15 November 2020

Pansophia was one of the leading principles – if not the most important one – in the work of Ioannes Amos Comenius (1592-1670). But the idea of pansophia represented much broader intellectual current in the early modern thought. This conference will address the pansophia phenomenon as interpreted by Comenius, his forerunners, followers and critics. For Comenius, pansophia means the system of universal knowledge which represents harmony of all things. As a theologian, he grounded this idea metaphysically as the divine order of all things. As a pedagogue, he wanted to teach “everything to everyone”. As an universal reformer, he proposed an emendation of human affairs: philosophy (or knowledge), religion and politics.
Interested presenters are asked to send an abstract (100-300 words, in English or German) and a short academic biography (including name, degree, and current affiliation) by 15 January 2020 to comenius2020@comeniusmuseum.nl. The conference committee will make the final selections by 1 March 2020.

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