Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Jacob Spon

  • The “Republic of Letters” and Jacob Spon

    Avi OhryTel Aviv, Israel The European intellectual community in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries was interested in establishing a metaphysical “Republic of Letters” (Res Publica Litterarum or Res Publica Literaria).1-2 It was to be “a great and swirling progression of learning”3 such as that in ancient Greece and function as a network of scholars…