Pedro da Fonseca

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Pedro da Fonseca (* 1528 in Cortiçada , Portugal ; † November 4, 1599 in Lisbon ) was a Portuguese philosopher, Jesuit and theologian.


Fonseca entered the Jesuit college in Coimbra in 1548 , studied in Évora from 1551 and soon became a professor there; Because of his scholastic virtuosity, he was given the name of a "Portuguese Aristotle". After 1580 he became assistant to the general of the order, visitor of the province and superior of the professed house. He was also a member of the commission set up by King Philip II to reform Portugal.

He wrote u. a. Institutiones dialecticae (Lisbon 1564) and a commentary on the metaphysics of Aristotle .


Pierer's Universal Lexikon, Volume 6. Altenburg 1858, p. 407, available here.


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