Jan Amos KOMENSKÝ - life, work, legacy



Ad excitanda publice veritatis et pacis, hoc est communis salutis, ope Dei studia elaborandorum operum catalogus


A catalogue of works that must yet be elaborated that with the aid of God it might awaken in the public an ardency for truth and peace, that is the common salvation



Origin of the work:
  1641 London

  1958 Prague, in: Archiv pro bádání o životě a díle J. A. Komenského (Acta Comeniana) 17, no.1, pp17-26

1974 Prague, J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 14



This is a list of works that should be selected or worked up for broader education according to Comenius’ pansophic plans. It is a copy made by a person unknown, and found among the Hartlib effects (Samuel Hartlib).

Comenius set down a list of tasks, the completion of which would be a precondition for ecclesiastical reconciliation and a reform of education. He wrote of the books that reform would require, the need for mutual consultation, and the means by which such efforts might be continued in the future. In conclusion, Comenius writes of how he would wish to divide the work with his friends.

This list is similar to two earlier inventories. The originator of the first was Comenius himself, in a letter to Count Boguslav Leszczynski on September 12th 1640. The second, similar list is contained in a letter from John Dury to Cheney Culpepper on January 6th, 1642.


For further study, see also:

J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol.14. Prague 1974, pp143-144

G. H. Turnbull, Plány Komenského pro jeho pobyt v Anglii. In: Archiv pro bádání o životě a díle J. A. Komenského (Acta Comeniana) 17, 1958, no.1, p26




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