Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Jessenius a Jessen, Johannes

Born: 27 December 1566, Wroclaw
Died: 21 June 1621, Prague
  • Tomáš Nejeschleba
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_560-1


Johannes Jessenius was a physician, anatomist, philosopher, and politician. He introduced the anatomical concepts of the late Renaissance to Central Europe and promoted Italian Renaissance philosophy, in particular, that of Francesco Piccolomini, Francesco Patrizi, and Girolamo Savonarola, in the Central-European region.


Medical Treatise Actual Source Philosophical Work Political Thinker Anatomical Concept 
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Primary Literature

  1. Jessenius, Johannes. 1591. De divina humanaque philosophia progymnasma peripateticum. Venice: Joachimus Bruniolus.Google Scholar
  2. Jessenius, Johannes. 1593. Zoroaster, Nova, brevis veraque de Universo Philosophia. Wittenberg: Crato.Google Scholar
  3. Jessenius, Johannes. 1599. De Sympathiae et Antipathiae Rerum Naturalium Caussis. Wittenberg: Wolfgang Meissner.Google Scholar
  4. Jessenius, Johannes. 1605. De anima et corpore universi, AKROASIS PERIPATETIKE. Prag: Heredes Daniel Adam Veleslavin.Google Scholar
  5. Jessenius, Johannes. 1618. De resurrectione mortuorum absolutissima Concio… Dissertatio. Quod Animae humanae immortalitatis sint, adnexa. Prag: Paulus Sessius.Google Scholar
  6. Jessenius, Johannes. 1620. Pro Vindiciis, contra tyrannos, oratio. Prag: Paulus Sessius (First edition Frankfurt a. M.: Bringer 1614).Google Scholar
  7. Savonarola, Girolamo. 1596. Universae Philosophiae Epitome. Ed. Johannes Jessenius. Wittenberg: Simon Gronenberg.Google Scholar

Secondary Literature

  1. Barnes, Robin B. 2009. The Prisca Theologia and Lutheran Confessional Identity c. 1600. Johannes Jessenius and his Zoroaster. In Spätrenaissance-Philosophie in Deutschland 1570–1650, ed. Mulsow Martin, 43–56. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer.Google Scholar
  2. Nejeschleba, Tomáš. 2014. Johannes Jessenius, between Plagiarism and an adequate understanding of Patrizi’s philosophy. In Francesco Patrizi. Philosopher of the Renaissance, ed. Blum Paul Richard and Nejeschleba Tomáš, 360–371. Olomouc: UP Olomouc.Google Scholar
  3. Pick, Friedel. 1926. Johannes Jessenius de Magna Jessen. Arzt und Rektor in Wittenberg und Prag hingerichtet am 21. Juni 1621. Ein Lebensbild aus der Zeit des Dreissigjährigen Krieges. Leipzig: Barth.Google Scholar
  4. Sousedík, Stanislav. 1995. Jan Jesenský as the ideologist of the Bohemian Estates’ revolt. Acta comeniana 11(XXXV): 13–24.Google Scholar
  5. Sousedík, Stanislav. 2009. Philosophie der frühen Neuzeit in den böhmischen Ländern. Stuttgart – Bad Cannstatt: Frommann-holzboog.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Renaissance Texts, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of ArtsPalacky University OlomoucOlomoucCzech Republic