Fama Fraternitatis

(ca. 1610)


We cannot be sure of the precise intended audience of the Fama or even how far its author was committed to its distribution. Its contents suggest its usefulness to persons desiring reform of university learning. One such was Johann Combach, philosophy professor at Marburg. He published his response to the manuscript in a preface to his Metaphysicorum liber singularis (“Peculiar Book of the Metaphysicians”) in 1613. Combach shared Andreae’s sense that the university system needed reform if it was to properly educate students subjected to its systems. Combach took the Fama...

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