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Agustin Madan, profesor, canónigo y asesor de Campomanes

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Author(s): González Pérez, Teresa

Journal: Hispania Sacra : Revista de Historia Eclesiástica
ISSN 0018-215X

Volume: 63;
Issue: 127;
Start page: 185;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Eighteen century | Agustín Madan | learned | professor | languages | churchman | inquisition | Chapter of the Cathedral | adviser | Campomanes | Siglo dieciocho | Agustín Madan | ilustrado | profesor | lenguas | eclesiástico | inquisición | Cabildo Catedral | asesor | Campomanes

ABSTRACT
In this article we study the life of the learned Agustín Madan (1739-1796), a churchman from the Canary Islands who was very ahead of his times and noted in Madrid cultural circles. He was also very influential in the life of José de Viera y Clavijo, a historian, scientist and educator. His desire for learning put him in conflict with the Tribunal of the Spanish Inquisition and with the Chapter of the Cathedral. His leanings derived from the followers of Erasmus developed after reading forbidden books and his desire to become more professional brought him many problems. However, he never went back on his plans and eventually became the first holder of the Hebrew Chair of Royal Studies of Saint Isidor of Madrid. Because of his broad knowledge, he was made adviser on linguistic studies by Pedro de Campomanes. Madan suggested to him several ideas which helped popularize linguistic studies. Madan was misunderstood by his contemporaries and did not and has not received the recognition that he deserves.Pretendemos indagar en la vida del erudito Agustín Madan (1739-1796), un eclesiástico canario avanzado en el tiempo y destacado en los círculos culturales madrileños, pero también influyente en la vida del historiador, científico y educador José de Viera y Clavijo. Sus ansias de saber le enfrentaron con el Tribunal de la Santa Inquisición y con el Cabildo Catedral. Acercarse al erasmismo a través de lecturas prohibidas y pretender profesionalizarse le trajeron muchos problemas, pero no renunció a sus propósitos y obtuvo la primera cátedra de Hebreo de los Reales Estudios de San Isidro de Madrid. Por sus amplios conocimientos fue requerido por el ministro Pedro de Campomanes para que le asesorara sobre los estudios lingüisticos y al le propuso algunas soluciones para promocionar dichos estudios. Madan incomprendido por sus contemporáneos no recibió ni ha recibido el reconocimiento que merece.
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