1770s Flemish studentís philosophy manuscript book (Quaedam Questiones de Celeberrima P(hiloso)phia)
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Manuscript book written in Latin by "Clemente Eyck" of Louvain. [Belgium (Louvain), early 1770s]. 260 leaves (185 x 125mm). In three parts, Eyckís manuscript whose title can be loosely translated as "some of the most famous questions in philosophy," starts as a discussion on the physics of light, titled "Quaestiones de Lumine." The second part, is titled, "Quaestiones de Gravitate" and maintains thoughts on the physics of weight, this section is dated 1772. The third part, from which the title and name and place of scribe is derived, comprises the most accomplished title of interlocking geometric shapes, cross, pyramid, circles and demi-circle in ink washes, what follows is Eyckís general overview of "most famous" questions in philosophy, concerning a model of the universe and other astronomical ideas, with a focus on Ptolemaic and Copernican theories. Period three-quarter vellum over marbled boards; (edgewear, lightest minor toning or spots, otherwise in remarkable shape given its expected referential use). This is a unique piece of fragmentary evidence speaking to the "Voltairization" and Enlightenment values growing in Belgium during the second half of the eighteenth century. Previously unknown Belgian thinker and inquisitive model writer, Clemente Eyck apparently lived in Louvain during the 1770s where he was probably a university student. He wrote this three part responsive treatise on the topics of light, weight, and varied astronomy as a series of posited questions and answers to himself. While no records were traced of this named Louvain man, the evidence of his probing on these topics is a testament to the changing values in study at the time. The "Voltairization" of university circles would help usher in renovations to the Hapsburg educational system in Belgium by 1815. Clemente Eyck was doubtless influenced by the liberal ideas beginning to flood his circles. This particular piece is interesting for its hypotheticals, as it could neatly fit into the eighteenth century school of thought called "Eclecticism," a conceptual way of thinking which drew many theories to a particular case and celebrated individual skepticism. This is an interesting manuscript record thus as the physics of light and gravity were still being actively explored by contemporaries like Kant, in the age just following Newton. This manuscript notebook represents a new era of thought for Belgian thinkers, celebrating the "average man of science" and encouraging the exploration of conceptual frameworks. Bookseller Inventory # SAV155
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