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Nicole Oresme’S Life And Works

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Nicole Oresme was a rational mind in a calamitous century. How calamitous may be seen from a mere twenty-year window of his life, from the time he began his theological studies at Paris around 1342 to his relinquishing of the Grand Mastership of the Parisian College of Navarre by 1362. In his lifetime, the three institutions with which Oresme was most closely associated underwent radical changes: the state, the university, and the church. Oresme relied upon his intellect for both sustenance and status. He devoted much of his life to the university and the advancement of knowledge. While dean of Rouen, Oresme devoted considerable time to serving King Charles as well as serving God, for he refers to himself, at times, as the king’s “secretary” and “chapellain”.

Keywords: calamitous century; De visione stellarum; Nicole Oresme



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