DOI: 10.30443/POI2018-0016

Erasmus and the Role of Memory in Training Young People

Maurizio Cambi

The paper analyzes the role assigned by Erasmus of Rotterdam to memory in educational processes. The Dutch Humanist rules out the use of any memorative technique from the ratio studiorum. He believes instead that natural memory can be made more capacious and lasting by repeated readings, and frequent references. But he goes further than that: his position towards the ancient Ars memoriae is very critical. The use of memorative techniques, in his opinion, mechanizes the process of recalling informations and do not allow young people to develop a desirable autonomy of judgment.

Keywords: Memory, Training, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Juan Luis Vives

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