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Renaissance Readings of the Corpus Aristotelicum

Papers from the Conference held in Copenhagen 23-25 April 1998

Aristotle is generally considered a philosopher whose authority was regognized in the Middle Ages. However, in the sixteenth century alone, more works on Aristotle than throughout the preceding 1000 years were produced. Moreover, the medieval Latin translations were supplanted by new texts. Thus, the entire corpus was made accessible in contemporary Latin before 1600. The whole of Aristotle’s oeuvre was subjected to the philosophical reorientation of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; eventually the new readings of his works influenced contemporary thought on dialectic, science, poetics etc. In thirteen articles, the authors discuss the changing interpretations of Aristotle’s works and his influence on various disciplines, from Dante and until the seventeenth century. With contributions by Sten Ebbesen, Antonis Fyrigos, Kristian Jensen, Eckhard Keßler, Bo Lindberg, David A. Lines, Marianne Marcussen, Heikki Mikkeli, John Monfasani, Olaf Pluta, Gert Sørensen, Cesare Vasoli, and Peter Wagner. Text in English and Italian (two articles).

252 pages | 7 x 9 1/2 | © 2001

Philosophy: General Philosophy

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Table of Contents


The Reception of the Political Aristotle in the Late Middle Ages (from Brunetto Latini to Dante Alighieri). Hypotheses and Suggestions
      Gert Sørensen
Ethics as Philology: A Developing Approach to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics in Florentine Humanism
      David A. Lines
Aristotle and Perspective in the Early Italian Renaissance
      Marianne Marcussen
Greek and Latin Learning in Theodore Gaza’s Antirrheticon
      John Monfasani
Metaphysics or Empirical Science? The two Faces of Aristotelian Natural Philosophy in the Sixteenth Century
      Eckhard Kessler
The Aristotelian Classification of Knowledge in the Early Sixteenth Century
      Heikki Mikkeli
Giovan Francesco Pico e i presupposti della sua critica ad Aristotele
      Cesare Vasoli
The Transformations of Alexander of Aphrodisias’ Interpretation of Aristotle’s Theory of the Soul
      Olaf Pluta
Renaissance Readings of the Corpus Aristotelicum—not Among the Herbalists
      Peter Wagner
Description, Division, Definition—Cæsalpinus and the study of plants as an independent discipline
      Kristian Jensen
Caspar Bartholin
      Sten Ebbesen
Joannes Cottunios di Verria e il neoaristotelismo padovano
      Antonis Fyrigos
Political Aristotelianism in the Seventeenth Century
      Bo Lindberg

Index of names and passages in Aristotle’s works

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