Notes The Educational Thought of James Boevey (1622-95): A Legacy of Erasmian Humanistic Pedagogy ames Boevey, a successful London businessman, retired to the country at the age of thirty-two to pursue what he called "practicall philosophy." John Aubrey, who included him in his Lives of Eminent Men (1680), describes him as a "person of great temperance and deepe thoughts, and a working head never idle."' A widely travelled and cultured man, Boevey left behind a dozen chapbooks with essays on topics ranging from education to politics. Only one essay, The Vindication of ... Nicholas Machiavel, has been pub- lished ; the rest of his writings remain in manuscript.2 This study focuses on the chapbook containing Boevey's thoughts on education and attempts to place them into their historical context. Although Boevey declared that he could find no suitable treatise on the subject3 and therefore felt obliged to write his own guidelines, he is clearly very much indebted to Renaissance humanists and echoes the precepts found in their pedagogical treatises. A comparison between Boevey's notes and the writings of Erasmus of Rotterdam, one of the most widely read humanists of the sixteenth century, will immediately confirm the traditional nature
Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook – Brill
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