Schurman, Anna Maria van (1607–78)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DA079-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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The first woman to attend a Dutch university, Schurman studied ancient languages and theology. Her Latin treatise on the expedience of scholarship for women made this ‘Star of Utrecht’ the most famous female intellectual in seventeenth-century Europe. She was among the few women to publish views on Counter-Reformation controversies concerning predestination and transubstantiation. Her autobiography served as an apology for the Pietist sect, Labadism.

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    O'Neill, Eileen. Schurman, Anna Maria van (1607–78), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DA079-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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