(c. 1419–1489)
   Born in Groningen, Gansfort studied with the Brothers of the Common Life, founded by Geert Groote, in Zwolle and in Cologne and Heidelberg, Germany. He later taught at the University of Paris for many years. His broad eru dition in theology, philosophy, and classics gave him the epithet Lux Mundi(“Light of the World”). Gansfort shifted from realistic to nom inalistic scholasticism. Later in life he returned to the Netherlands, living in Zwolle and Aduard—the north, where he was a representa tive of northern humanism (as was Rodolphus Agricola). His “bib lical humanism” caused him, on a biblical basis, to criticize several orthodox dogmas of the church.

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