Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Martini, Cornelius

Born: 1568, Antwerp
Died: 17 December 1621, Helmstedt
  • Sascha SalatowskyEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_331-1


The Lutheran philosopher Cornelius Martini is considered to be the first to teach Aristotelian metaphysics at a Protestant university. The absence of a metaphysica specialis including natural Theology is a prominent feature in Martini’s metaphysical outlook as well as his doctrine of the angels and separated souls. Over the question of the relationship between philosophy and theology, he came into dispute with his Helmstedt colleague Daniel Hofmann, a supporter of the double-truth thesis. Among his most important students were Georg Calixtus, Jacob Martini, and Henning Arnisaeus.


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Primary Literature

  1. Martini C (1596) Adversus Ramistas disputatio de subiecto et fine logicae. Lucius, HelmstedtGoogle Scholar
  2. Martini C (1599) De analysi logica tractatus. Rixner, HelmstedtGoogle Scholar
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Secondary Literature

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Forschungsbibliothek Gotha, Studienstätte ProtestantismusUniversitäts- und Forschungsbibliothek Erfurt/GothaGothaGermany