Jan Amos KOMENSKÝ - life, work, legacy

Sapientia oculata


Sapientia bis et ter oculata aliud in alio videns aliudque per aliud potenter demonstrans, hoc est De syncriticae methodi ad res latentes evestigandum, obscuras illustrandum, dubias demonstrandum confusasque ordinandum potentissimo usu


Wisdom gifted with a second and a third sight, which sharp on one thing distinguishes another, and with the aid of one thing convincingly shows another, that is, On the highly effective use of the syncretic method in revealing things hidden, enlightening the dark, illustrating the doubtful and ordering the confused.


Origin of the work:
1640 – 1656 Leszno

  never appeared in print; the MS was destroyed in the Leszno fire of 1656



A tract that Comenius wished to fill out with scientific research on the new, syncretic method.

It was here that Comenius most thoroughly justified his syncretic method, linking comparison to the use of analogy (similarity, parallels). He provided his own critique in the Ventilabrum sapientiae (Breath of Wisdom; the Ventilabrum), greatly regretting the loss of this work on the syncretic method, for which he had found the model in Holy Scripture, and which in his opinion meant a great deal for the advance of science.


For further study, see also:

J. V. Novák & J. Hendrich, Jan Amos Komenský, jeho život a spisy. Prague 1932, pp518 a 696




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