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Desiderius Erasmus

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[Revised entry by Erika Rummel on September 27, 2017. Changes to: 0] Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1467? - 1536) was not a systematic philosopher although we discern in the large body of his writings a certain Erasmian habit of mind. He often reflected on subjects that invite philosophical inquiry: the influence of nature versus nurture, the relationship between word and thing, the ideal form of government, the nature of faith, and the theory of knowledge. Erasmus' views on these subjects are of interest to historians today, even if they are unstructured, because his works circulated...

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