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Florentius Volusenus And Tranquillity Of Mind: Some Applications Of An Ancient Ideal

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This chapter discusses about a man responsible for publishing so many works by humanists. Volusenus seems indeed to have acted as corrector for Gryphius. It is not concerned with the monastic way of life, of which the characteristic element is retreat; rather, Volusenus focuses on the dilemma of the sincere and questing Christian soul, caught between competing religious doctrines and conflicting political allegiances. This chapter provides not only a commendable specimen of Scottish Latin prose, but also a protection against the various contemporary currents of thought typical of the Enlightenment. This chapter has been retained the power to attract readers through more than two centuries. Tranquillity of mind has doubtless always made a strong appeal to the imagination, and as an ideal it may seem as unassailable as motherhood and apple pie.

Keywords:apple pie; Enlightenment; Florentius Volusenus; Gryphius; Scottish Latin; TRANQUILLITY



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