Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Perkins, William

Born: 1558, Marston Jabbett (England)
Died: 1602, Cambridge (England)
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_534-1


William Perkins was a prominent theologian and Puritan preacher. After completing his studies at the University of Cambridge, he devoted himself to writing works on biblical exegesis and casuistry, to which he consistently applied the method of dichotomous bipartition characteristic of Ramus’ dialectic. Frances Yates also identified Perkins as an intellectual who sustained a bitter controversy against Alexander Dicson, author of a treatise on mnemonics influenced by Bruno.

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Primary Literature

  1. Perkins, William. 1970. In The Works of William Perkins, ed. I. Breward. Appleford: Sotton Courtenay Press.Google Scholar
  2. Perkins, William. 1997. Appendice. In Ruisi, Manuela. Alexander Dicson e William Perkins. L’ombra di Bruno contro i nuovi pedanti ramisti. Tesi di laurea, Università «La Sapienza» di Roma.Google Scholar

Secondary Literature

  1. Beeke, Joel R., and R.J. Pederson. 2006. William Perkins. In Iid. Meet the Puritans, 469–480. Grand Rapids (Michigan): Reformation Heritage Books.Google Scholar
  2. Brotto, Luisa. 2014. Dicson Alexander (Alessandro Dicsono, Dicsone, Dicsono Arelio). In Giordano Bruno. Parole, concetti, immagini, 512–514. Pisa: Edizioni della Normale.Google Scholar
  3. Carotti, Laura. 2014. Perkins William. In Giordano Bruno. Parole, concetti, immagini, 1470–1471. Pisa: Edizioni della Normale.Google Scholar
  4. Ruisi, Manuela. 1998. Note sulla disputa tra Alexander Dicson e William Perkins. Nouvelles de la République des Lettres 1998 (2): 109–138.Google Scholar
  5. Yates, Frances A. 1966. Conflict between Brunian and Ramist memory. In Ead. The art of memory, 266–286. Chicago: Univesity of Chicago Press.Google Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Scuola Normale SuperiorePisaItaly
  2. 2.INSRFlorenceItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marco Sgarbi
    • 1
  1. 1.University Ca’ Foscari VeniceVeniceItaly