Archimandrite Pavle Kendjelac in the History of Natural Sciences of Serbs

  1. Lemma
  2. Arhimandrit Pavle Kendjelac u istoriji srpske nauke
  3. Serbian
  4. Pavle Kendjelac and Serbian Natural Sciences (en)
  5. Stevanovic, Aleksandra
  6. Culture and national identities - History and philosophy of science
  7. 2017
  8. Tomic, Bojan [Author]. Problem of Allocating the Place of Archimandrit Pavle Kendjelac in the History of Natural Sciences of Serbs. 717–732
  9. Church Studies
    1. Kendjelac, Pavle
  10. History of Science - Kendjelac, Pavle
  11. |30/8/2017
    1. The paper by these two authors focuses on the life and scientific views of Archimandrite Pavle Kendjelac (1766–1834) whom they find related and relevant to the history of natural sciences in Serbia.

      The authors state that Pavle Kendjelac remains widely unknown. Documents on his life are unavailable and scattered in different archives, and his name is either omitted or briefly mentioned. However, Kendjelac may have been the first Serbian doctor of theology and philosophy in Serbia.

      The authors generally present the problem of neglecting some scholars that might be of significance to present-day thought, however there is not much insight into the work of Kendjelac. The part named “Kendjelac and natural sciences” rather mentioned the professors that taught natural sciences to him, but without the scientific thought by Kendjelac himself presented.

      At the beginning of 18th and 19th century, a plethora of authors among whom Kendjelac was tried to represent the scientific explanations of the nature that are in concordance with the Holy Scripture which increased the number of people interested in natural sciences. In 1811, Pavle Kendjelac wrote Jestestvoslovije. The titles for the other three books for which it is not sure whether they were written and then lost, or not written at all stand at the beginning of the book in the following order: On Animals, On Plants and Vegetation, On Stones.

      It consists of eight chapters which, together with the unpublished parts comprise a multidisciplinary image of general knowledge, on animate and inanimate world. These are: On the Origin of the Earth and its Significant Changes; On Mountains, Pits, Caves and Precipices; On Seas and their Appearance, Currents and on Lakes; On Springs and Rivers; On Winds; On Earthquakes and Volcano Mountains; On Calendar and Meteorology; On Man. The explanations belong to the following scientific disciplines: geography, geology, physics, biology, archeology, ecology, mineralogy, hydrology, astronomy, oceanography, pedagogy, meteorology, climatology, zoology, botany and the like.