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L’éducation selon Raymond Lulle

Abstract : Raymond Lulle was born in Majorca (about 1233) and started as a court gentleman. A troubadour, a private tutor and a poet, he got married at twenty and had two children. At around thirty, he underwent a serious metaphysical crisis. Forsaking his wife and children, he then devoted himself to three things: studying and writing in all the fields of knowledge; founding language schools; going out into the fields to convert through speech. His leading idea was that to reach true knowledge – including the religious sphere – logical and rhetorical discussions are better than threats and swords. He was stoned during his last journey in North Africa and probably died on the ship taking him back to Majorca (1315 or 1316). His Book on Teaching Children (Doctrina pueril, about 1280) accurately reflects the requirements of the intellectual, moral, professional, emotional training of a child at the end of the Middle Ages. Loyalty to faith should not be carried out blindly to the detriment of what Raymond Lulle calls the “middle path (or life)” which must be followed by any man who cannot but modestly face his century, finding his place in it during his short life.
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Bernard Jolibert. L’éducation selon Raymond Lulle. Expressions, Institut universitaire de formation des maîtres (IUFM) Réunion, 2006, pp.123-149. ⟨hal-02406755⟩

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