Samuel Hartlib (1600-1662) came to England from Prussia. He was a member of an important group of scientists and thinkers who, during the Puritan Revolution and afterwards, hoped to revive the intellectual life of England, and by extension, Europe. Hartlib, Dury and Comenius were principally concerned with education and their ultimate aim was a science-based world view held by rational citizens. In their writings they envisaged a universal system of education for both sexes, regulated and largely financed by the state, orientated towards natural science as the implementation of Bacon's theories, with a rationalised system of language-learning, an interest in technology and a utilitarian bias towards vocational training. They showed interest in child psychology and the psychology of the learning process. Webster's long introductory essay, first published in 1970, is an important historical study in its own right.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; Texts; 1. Letter from Samuel Hartlib to John Dury, 13 September 1630; 2. Description of the famous kingdome of Macaria (1641); 3. Englands thankfulnesse (1642); 4. A motion tending to the publick good of this age (1642); 5. The Parliaments reformation (1646); 6. Considerations tending to the happy accomplishment of Englands reformation (1647); 7. The reformed school (1650); 8. Some proposalls towards the advancement of learning (1653); 9. The true and readie way to learne the Latine tongue (1654); 10. Two letters from Samuel Hartlib to John Worthington (1660); Notes on the texts; Bibliography; Index.