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Examen de ingenios. The examination of mens vvits. In whicch [sic], by discouering the varietie of natures, is shewed for what profession each one is apt, and how far he shall profit therein. By John Huarte. Translated out of the Spanish tongue by M. Camillo Camilli. Englished out of his Italian, by R.C. Esquire

Huarte y Navarro, Juan, (1529-1588); Carew, Richard (1555-1620), translator

Published by Printed by Adam Islip, for C. Hunt of Excester,, London:, 1594
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Quarto: [16], 333, [3] pp. A-Y8 ''The first attempt to show the connection between psychology and physiology'' (Garrison-Morton)The First English Edition ?To Distinguish and discern these natural difference?s of man?s wit, and to apply to each by art that science wherein he may profit, is the intention of this my work.??This sentence concisely summarizes the ultimate purpose of one of the most successful and influential Spanish scientific books published in the early modern period, one with long-lasting influence upon the European intellectual world: the ?Examen de Los Ingenios para Las Ciencias? (1575), by the Spanish physician and philosopher Juan Huarte de San Juan (1529-1588)? Huarte is now hailed as the precursor of several branches of pedagogy and psychology, including differential pedagogy and differential psychology, and their practical applications, professional orientation, and selection. Recently, too, Noam Chomsky recognized in Huarte a forerunner of the rationalist innatism and the linguistic theory of 17th-century French scholars, notably Descartes. In the eyes of Chomsky, the ?Examen? is the first scientific treatise to define human wit as a generative power that reveals the creative capacities of the human mind??For Huarte, wit denotes the totality of the psychological abilities of an individual; more precisely, an individual ability or predisposition dependent on temperament, linked to the qualities of the four basic elements (earth, air, water, and fire), organically connected to the brain, and under the influence of other organs. The starting point for Huarte?s theory of wits is that the temperature of the four qualities (hot, cold, moist, and dry) of the elements has an impact upon the function of the rational (as well as the ?sensitive?) soul, and that intemperate and ever-changing environmental conditions lead to a diversity of the wits. Wit is subject to age, region of birth, sex, currents of air, weather, diet, physical exercise, and lifestyle in general [since these factors] have an impact upon the predominance in every individual of one of three powers of the intellective soul: memory, imagination, or understanding? Huarte?s goal is to clearly delineate what makes a man capable of one science and incapable of another, to discover the number of differences of wits, the arts and sciences that correspond to each, and most importantly, to illustrate how all this can be known. The Brain & Faculties of Mind?Contrary to the view of Aristotle and following Plato, Hippocrates, and Galen instead, Huarte argues that ?the brain is the principal seat of the reasonable soul.? In his view, in order for the reasonable soul to discourse and philosophize, the brain ?should be tempered with measurable heat and without excess of the other qualities?, and divided into four ventricles, ?distinct and severed, each duly bestowed in his seat and place.? Huarte describes the ventricles of the brain as four little hollows of ?one self composition and figure without anything coming in between which may breed a difference.? The three ventricles in the forepart of the head are used to ?discourse and philosophize?, while the fourth ventricle deals with the least noble operations, as it ?hath the office of digesting and altering the vital spirits and to convert them into animal.? The conviction that the three mental powers (understanding, imagination, and memory) necessarily work in collaboration with each other ?to the extent that without one the rest would malfunction- makes Huarte conclude that ?in every ventricle are all the three powers.??Building a Better Society, by Compulsion.?Huarte took his theories very seriously and believed that they could have practical repercussions upon the society of his time. His dedicatory to King Philip II of Spain suggests in fact a law by which subjects exclusively performed the profession, art, or science that corresponded to them by nature. Huarte envisioned appointing ?men of great wisdom an. Bookseller Inventory # 3000D

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Title: Examen de ingenios. The examination of mens ...

Publisher: Printed by Adam Islip, for C. Hunt of Excester,, London:

Publication Date: 1594

Binding: Hardcover

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