The abderitic

Abderitic is a play on words, a thought made up of charades, which according to José Anastácio da Cunha was a characteristic of a scholastic and Jesuit system of thought, marked by the Inquisition.

He then said in his “Literary News about Portugal”, written in 1780:-“What to expect from a Nation in which half awaits the Messiah and the other Dom Sebastião”. And he argued: -“The taste for geometry, for oriental languages, for Greek ended in Portugal. The taste for Concetti, word games, which then began to contaminate Italy, taken to excess by the Spaniards, quickly transformed us into abderites. “.

Cunha, a mathematician persecuted by the Inquisition, will largely be a path of scientific thought and literary studies in Portugal.

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Pedro Pereira Leite (2022, 6 Julho). The abderitic. Museum on Education and Diversity. Recuperado em 19 de Junho de 2024, de

Por Pedro Pereira Leite

Pedro Pereira Leite:
Guest Professor at Lusophone University where he is a member of the executive board of the UNITWIN Chair of UNESCO "Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity" (2018-2022). He has been a professor in the PhD and Master's programs in Museology since 2011. He is currently promoting the installation of the MED Museum of Global Education and Cultural Diversity, a program to include local knowledge and memories to create sustainable communities.
He is Member of the Direction of the International Movement for a New Museology (MINOM / ICOM). Integrates the member bodies of ICOM Portugal (2014 - 2020). He is part of several research networks and has collaborated with the UNESCO School Network and the Educating Cities Network in Portugal. It develops research activity in Portugal, Spain, Brazil and in Mozambique.
It maintains the research book Education, Citizenship and Cultural Diversity ( and Social Museology and Ecomuseus in Portugal (
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