Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Liddel, Duncan

Born: 1561, Aberdeen, Scotland
Died: 17 December 1613, Aberdeen, Scotland
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_515-1


The Scottish polymath Duncan Liddel has received significant recent attention for his international scholarly career. Trained after the humanist model, Liddel interested himself in contemporary developments in mathematics and astronomy. He is considered the first to have taught the astronomical systems of Tycho Brahe and Nicolaus Copernicus alongside the older Ptolemaic system. Involved in the Helmstedt Hofmannstreit, he influenced the development of Germany’s Melanchthonian inheritance. He published many successful medical texts, and his library is still held by the University of Aberdeen.

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Primary Literature

  1. Liddel, Duncan. 1590. Theses Logicae. Rostock: Möllemann.Google Scholar
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Secondary Literature

  1. Friedrich, Markus. 2004. Die Grenzen der Vernunft. Theologie, Philosophie und gelehrte Konflikte am Beispiel des Helmstedter Hofmannstreits und seiner Wirkungen auf das Luthertum um 1600. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.Google Scholar
  2. Omodeo, Pietro Daniel. 2014. Copernicus in the cultural debates of the renaissance: Reception, legacy, transformation. Leiden: Brill.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Russell Kirk CenterMecosta CountyUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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