401. Word Perfect: Logic and Language in Renaissance France

Posted on 17 July 2022

Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples and Julius Caesar Scaliger fuse Aristotelianism with humanism to address problems in logic and literary aesthetics.

Further Reading

• E.F. Rice Jr, Prefatory Epistles of Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples and Related Texts (New York: 1972).


G. Bedouelle, “Attacks on the Biblical Humanism of Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples,” in E. Rummel (ed.), Biblical Humanism and Scholasticism in the Age of Erasmus (Leiden: 2008), 117-141.

V. Hall, Jr., “Life of Julius Caesar Scaliger (1484-1558),” Transactions of the American Philosophical Society 40 (1950), 85-170.

• K. Jensen, Rhetorical Philosophy and Philosophical Grammar: Julius Caesar Scaliger’s Theory of Language (Munich: 1990).

• P.E. Hughes, Lefèvre: Pioneer of Ecclesiastical Renewal in France (Grand Rapids: 1984).

• D.A. Lines, “Lefèvre and French Aristotelianism on the Eve of the Sixteenth Century,” in G. Frank and A. Speer (eds), Der Aristotelismus in der Frühen Neuzeit: Kontinuität oder Wiederangeignung? (Wiesbaden: 2007), 273–90.

R. Oosterhoff, Making Mathematical Culture: University and Print in the Circle of Lefèvre d’Étaples (Oxford: 2018).

E.F. Rice Jr., “Humanist Aristotelianism in France: Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples and His Circle,” in A.H.T. Levi (ed.), Humanism in France at the End of the Middle Ages and in the Early Renaissance (Manchester: 1970), 132-49.

• K. Sakamoto, Julius Caesar Scaliger, Renaissance Reformer of Aristotelianism: a Study of His Exotericae Exercitationes (Leiden: 2016).


Stanford Enyclopedia of Philosophy: Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples


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