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Copernicus In Italy

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In this chapter, the author addresses the following subjects in order: Copernicus's studies in law, work with Novara on astronomy, study of Greek, sojourn in Rome, medical studies at Padua, and canon law degree from Ferrara. In Italy he advanced in astronomy, began to learn Greek, studied law and, in his final two years, medicine. The purpose of examining Copernicus's years in Italy is to understand what Copernicus encountered that would have contributed to his arguments, and that will help in characterizing his relation to the Aristotelian tradition. The task undertaken is to develop a sense for Copernicus's intellectual development and for the skills that he would have learned for the practice of both law and medicine. By 1503 he completed his formal education. After 1503 he continued his intellectual development privately by means of reading, translating the letters of Theophylactus, and correspondence.

Keywords: canon law; Copernicus; education; Ferrara; Greek; Italy; medicine; Padua; University



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