Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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Comenius, John Amos (1592–1670)

  • Kerstin Jergus
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_201



Mentioned as bridge between premodern and modern thoughts, Comenius literally lived a life in between. Born 1592 at Nivnice (Moravia), his life was concerned with the effects of disintegration of Europe’s order especially through the Thirty Years’ War – moving him between European places, thoughts, and movements. Orphaned at 12 years and losing his first wife and children through pest, he was a traveling and moving person, related to important places and persons of his time. He studied at the Calvinistic Higher School in Herborn (1612–1614) where he came in touch with Ratke’s proposals for language lesson and the encyclopedic endeavors of his teacher Alsted. He finished his scholastics out of money in Heidelberg, leaving home via Nuremberg where he purchased a script of the Copernican theory. Being a priest and later on the last bishop of the “Unity of Brethren” (a Moravian reformist congregation), he contacted the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Educational Science, Department of History and General Educational ScienceUniversity of BremenBremenGermany