Bartholomäus Keckermann

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Bartholomäus Keckermann.

Bartholomäus Keckermann (c. 1572 – 25 August (or July) 1608) was a German writer, Calvinist theologian and philosopher. He is known for his Analytic Method. As a writer on rhetoric, he is compared to Gerhard Johann Vossius, and considered influential in Northern Europe and England.[1]


Keckermann was born in Gdańsk (Danzig), in Royal Prussia, to Calvinists Georg and Gertrude Keckermann[2] and attended the local Academic Gymnasium before moving onto the University of Wittenberg (May 1590) and the University of Leipzig (spring 1592). However following the death of Prince Christian I Keckermann participated in the migration of Calvinist academics to the University of Heidelberg in October of that year. He received his M.A. on 27 February 1595. On 4 February he was appointed Professor of Hebrew there. In 1601 he returned to his home town to teach as rector (1602–1608) at the Gymnasium of Danzig. His numerous works were published towards the end of his short life, or (most of them) posthumously.

Keckermann died in Danzig. He is described in Melchior Adam's works.



  • 1598, Praecognitorum Logicorum Tractatus tres Leipzig 1598, reprinted in his Opera Omnia Tomus Primus (Geneva, 1614)
  • 1600, Systema logicae, tribus libris adornatum, pleniore praeceptorum methodo, et commentariis scriptis ad praeceptorum illustrationem. Hanoviae: Antonius 1600, 6. ed. 1613; last edition 1620
  • 1600, Systema grammaticae Hebraeae, sive, sanctae linguae exactior methodus. Hanoviae: Antonius, ca. 1600
  • 1602, Systema S. S. Theologiæ, Tribvs Libris adornatum. Methodum ac Dispositione[m] operis Tabvla præfixa adumbrat. Cum indice rerum & verborum locupletissimo. Hanoviæ: Apud Guilielmum Antonium 1602
  • 1606, Systema logicae minus succincto praeceptorum compendio tribus libris adornatum ... ut sevire possio gymnasio Dantisco. Hanoviae.
  • 1607, Systema Ethicæ. Tribus libris adornatum [et] publicis prælectionibus traditum in Gymnasio Dantiscano. Londini, Ex Officina Nortoniana, 1607: auch Hanoviae: Antonius 1607, 2. ed.
  • 1607, Systema disciplinae politicae, publicis praelectionibus anno 1606 propositum in gymnasio Dantiscano, a. Seorsim accessit Synopsis disciplinae oeconomicae, eodem auctaure. Hanoviae.
  • 1608, Systematis selectorum ius Iustinianeum et feudale concernentium volumen alterum continens quatuor illius partes posteriores. Francofurti ad Moenum: Sauer, Johann Fischer, Peter Erben.
  • 1608, Systema rhetorica, in quo artis praecepta plene et methodica traduntur a 1606 privatim propositum in Gymnasio Dantiocano. Hanoviae.
  • 1609, Apparatus practicus sive idea methodica et plena totius philosophiae practicae
  • 1609, Scientiae Metaphysicae Systema
  • 1610, Systema Ethicum
  • 1611, Systema astronomiae compendiosum
  • 1612, Systema geographicum
  • 1612, Systema logicae plenioris
  • 1612, Systema physicum
  • 1613, Systema praeceptorum logicorum
  • 1613, Systema systematum


  1. ^ Thomas M. Conley, Rhetoric in the European Tradition, 1994
  2. ^ Hockey, Thomas (2009). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. Springer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-387-31022-0. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Mueller science look for Spezialitäten / system / systsmtitel (1556-2006), retrieved 16 May 2008.

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