Historical Documents, Part I Sections on Mathematics from the Various Editions of the Ratio
Preliminary Note on Terminology: In Jesuit-related documents, the Latin term Nostri [“Ours”] is used to refer to Jesuits, to avoid unnecessarily using a word derived from the name of Jesus. The translations that follow retain the use of “Ours” in English following the Latin. The reader should remember that this term refers to members of the Society of Jesus. Also in the documents of Clavius (Historical Documents, Part II), the term scholastics is used, which refers to young Jesuit seminarians who have pronounced their initial vows as Jesuits but have not yet completed their studies and have not yet been ordained as Catholic priests. Similarly, the term philosophers refers to Jesuit seminarians who have finished studying humanities, are currently studying philosophy, and have not yet started their study of theology.