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Lefèvre d’Étaples, Jacques

Born: c. 1460
Died: 1536
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_652-2


Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples (Latinized Jacobus Faber Stapulensis) was a professor of Arts at the University of Paris and Biblical scholar active during the late fifteenth to early sixteenth centuries. Heavily influenced by Italian humanists such as Ermolao Barbaro and Pico della Mirandola, Lefèvre became one of the first Northern European proponents of what is nowadays referred to as Renaissance Aristotelianism: he wrote a number of influential textbooks to the various branches of Aristotelian philosophy and significantly contributed to the spread of new translations of the Stagirite’s oeuvre through his editorial activities. Lefèvre combined this fondness for Aristotelian philosophy with a keen interest in Neoplatonism and late medieval mysticism, as found in the oeuvre of Nicholas of Cusa, Ramon Lull, or Marsilio Ficino, whose works he also saw to the press. Thus his oeuvre was of paramount importance in introducing the ideas of Neoplatonic mysticism and Renaissance Aristotelianism to Northern Europe, in a period when late scholastic philosophy still dominated the Northern intellectual scene.

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Primary Literature

    The list below only contains a selection of the works Lefèvre authored or edited. The most complete bibliography of his oeuvre is still to be found in Rice (1972).

    1. Lefèvre, Jacques. 1492. Totius philosophiae naturalis paraphrases. Paris: Johannes Higman.Google Scholar
    2. Lefèvre, Jacques. 1493. De magia naturali. Bruxelles: Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, MS Lat. 10875; Olomouc: Universtiy Library, MS M I 119; Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS Lat. 7454; Città del Vaticano: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (etc.), MS Lat. Reg. 1115.Google Scholar
    3. Lefèvre, Jacques. 1494a. Introductio in metaphysicorum libros Aristotelis. Paris: Johannes Higman.Google Scholar
    4. Lefèvre, Jacques. ed. and comm. 1494b. Mercurii Tris-megisti Liber de potestate et sapientia Dei per Marsilium Ficinum traductus. Paris: Johannes HigmanGoogle Scholar
    5. Lefèvre, Jacques. 1494c. Ars moralis in Aristotelis Ethica nicomachea. Paris: Antoine Caillaut.Google Scholar
    6. Lefèvre, Jacques. ed. and comm. 1495. Textus de Sphera Johannis de Sacrobosco. Paris: Johannes Higman and Wolfgang Hopyl.Google Scholar
    7. Lefèvre, Jacques. 1496. Introductiones in diversos Aristotelis libros. Paris: Guy Marchant [a manual on Aristotelian logic].Google Scholar
    8. Lefèvre, Jacques. ed. and comm. 1497. Decem librorum Moralium Aristotelis tres conversiones. Paris: Henri Estienne [translations of the Ethica Nicomachea by Argyropoulos, Bruni and Grosseteste, to which is added Giorgio Valla’s translation of the Magna moralia].Google Scholar
    9. Lefèvre, Jacques. ed. 1499a. Liber de laudibus beatissimae Virginis Mariae. Paris: Guy Marchant [a work by Ramon Lull].Google Scholar
    10. Lefèvre, Jacques. ed. and comm. 1499b. Theologia vivificans Dionysii. Paris: Johannes Higman and Wolfgang Hopyl.Google Scholar
    11. Lefèvre, Jacques. ed. 1505. Primum volumen Contemplationum Remundi. Paris: Guy Marchant for Jean Petit [an edition of the Blanquerna by Ramon Lull].Google Scholar
    12. Lefèvre, Jacques. ed. 1506. Politicorum libri Octo; Commentarij. Economicorum Duo; Commentarij. Hecatonomiarum Septem. Economiarum Unus. Explanationis Leonardi in Oeconomica Duo. Paris: Henri Estienne [an edition of of Leonardo Bruni’s translations of the Politica and Economica, together with excerpts from the De Republica and De legibus of Plato. The Hecatonomiarum libri septem has been re-edited: Jean Boisset and Robert Combès eds. 1979. Hecatonomiarum libri: texte latin des Hécatonomies de Lefèvre d’Étaples, en parallèle avec la traduction latine de Platon par Marsile Ficin. Paris: Vrin].Google Scholar
    13. Lefèvre, Jacques. ed. 1508. Georgii Trapezuntii Dialectica. Paris: Henri Estienne.Google Scholar
    14. Lefèvre, Jacques. ed. 1509. Quincuplex Psalterium. Paris: Henri Estienne.Google Scholar
    15. Lefèvre, Jacques. ed. and comm. 1512. Epistolae divi Pauli apostoli. Paris: Henri Estienne.Google Scholar
    16. Lefèvre, Jacques. ed. 1514. Recognitio trium voluminum Operum […] Nicolai Cusae. Paris: Josse Bade.Google Scholar
    17. Lefèvre, Jacques. ed. 1515. Aristotelis opus metaphysicum; metaphysica introductio quatuor dialogorum libris elucidata. Paris: Henri Estienne [an edition of the translation of the translation of the Metaphysica by Cardinal Bessarion and Argyropoulos].Google Scholar
    18. Lefèvre, Jacques. ed. 1516. Proverbia Raemundi. Philosophia amoris eiusdem. Paris: Josse Bade [two works by Ramon Lull].Google Scholar
    19. Lefèvre, Jacques, ed. trans. 1530. La saincte Bible en Francoys. Antwerpen: Martin Lempereur.Google Scholar

Secondary Literature

  1. Barnaud, Jean. 1900. Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples: son influence sur les origines de la réformation française. Cahors: Coueslant.Google Scholar
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  3. Bedouelle, Guy. 1979. Le Quincuplex Psalterium de Lefèvre d’Étaples: un guide de lecture. Genève: Droz.Google Scholar
  4. Bedouelle, Guy. 2008. Attacks on the Biblical humanism of Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples. In Biblical humanism and scholasticism in the age of Erasmus, ed. Erika Rummel, 117–142. Leiden/Boston: Brill.Google Scholar
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  15. Minio-Paluello, Lorenzo. 1952. Boezio, Giacomo Veneto, Guglielmo di Moerbeke, Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples e gli Elenchi Sofistici. Rivista di filosofia neo-scolastica 44: 398–411.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ArtsKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

Section editors and affiliations

  • Violaine Giacomotto-Charra
    • 1
  1. 1.Université Bordeaux Montaigne, UFR HumanitésPessacFrance