SVIBOR - Project code: 6-01-332


Strossmayerov trg 4, HR - 10000 ZAGREB
tel.: +385 1 459 44 44, fax: +385 1 459 44 69


SVIBOR - Collecting Data on Projects in Croatia

Project code: 6-01-332

The transformation of the world-view in the works of the croatian Renaissance Philosophers

Main researcher: BANIĆ-PAJNIĆ, ERNA (79500)

Type of research: basic
Duration from: 05/01/95.

Papers on project (total): 10
Institution name: Institut za filozofiju, Zagreb (191)
Department/Institute: Institute of Philosophy
Address: Ulica grada Vukovara 54/IV
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (0)1 61 11 984
Phone: 385 (0)1 61 11 511 841
Fax: 385 (0)1 511 841

Summary: The fundamental question still actual within the historico-philosophical study of the Renaissance and the Renaissance philosophy is the question: is it legitimate to consider the Renaissance way of thinking (which manifested itself mainly in the Renaissance philosophy) as the birth-place of that "novum" (a new world-approach, the new way of mans' relating to the world manifested primarily in the modern science), which will be determinant for the new age, or this period of the spiritual history of Europe, can be seen only as a phase of decomposition of the traditional system of world-interpretation, with only a few elements of the "novum", which appear in it. This question is justified by the fact that the Renaissance, according to the results of even recent studies, is determined through the category of continuity as well as through the category of discontinuity. The most appropriate way of answering this question is the elaboration of those element in Renaissance philosophy, which indicate the transformation of the traditional, on the Aristotelian philosophy based world-view. These elements are to be found even in the works of some of the most important croatian Renaissance philosophers. So the main subject of this study was the identification and analysis of the different aspects of the world-view transformation in the works of those philosophers and their comparison with the essential characteristics of the new world-approach, which took place in the middle of the 17th century, in order to find out the answer to the above mentioned question regarding the Renaissance. With the undertaken research the works of Andrija Dudić ("De cometarum significatione commentariolus" and his corespondance), Frane Petrić ("Nova de universis philosophia", especially "Pancosmia"), Federicus Grisogono ("Speculum astronomicum and "De modo collegiandi...") and Juraj Dubrovčanin ("Peripateticae disputationes") are to be elaborated.

Keywords: Transformation, World-view, the new-age (modern) science, Renaissance, concept of the infinity

Research goals: The primary objective of this research was to identify and examine in detail the main aspects of the process of the world-view transformation, as they are present in the works of some of the most important Croatian Renaissance philosophers (Frane Petrić, Andrija Dudić, Juraj Dubrovčanin and Federicus Grisogono), in order to find out the specific features of those aspects by every particular Renaissance philosopher and to obtain, on the basis of a comparative analysis of them, a precise insight into the general characteristics of the transformation of the world-view based on the Aristotelian philosophy, within the Croatian Renaissance philosophy. This analysis should finally lead to a conclusion concerning the relation of the elements of this transformation (and its real meaning) with the new world-approach (in the form primarily of the new science) installed towards the end of the 17th century, which will be determinative for the modern age. The secondary objective of the research was to obtain an objective insight into the real contribution of Croatian Renaissance philosophers to the process of decomposition of the traditional world-view and building up a new one. The objectives of the research defined in this way are justified by the fact, that until now no such detailed and systematic study of this problem was undertaken. Furthermore, it was not possible, so far, to evaluate the contribution of Croatian philosophers to the aforementioned process because of the lack of a comparative analysis of their works with the works of their contemporaries, especially such as Kopernikus, Kepler and Galileo.


  1. Name: Magnum miraculum - homo. Veliko čudo čovjek
    Type of achievement: Teaching aids and educatio
    Authors: Erna Banić-Pajnić, Mihaela Girardi Karšulin, Marko Josipović

Other information about the project.
MZT Croatian language SVIBOR Alphabetic list Sorted on project code Sorted on institutions Search help
Ministry of
Science and
Sorted on
project code
Sorted on
Search Help

Last update: 10/04/95