Book — 1 online resource (xxi, 289 pages). Digital: data file.
"Absolute Beginners adopts a variety of approaches to study the Absolute as the ultimate source of knowledge in medieval philosophy. From a historical perspective, it examines a forerunner of Spinoza's departure from the Absolute in the Ethics: the doctrine of God as a first object in the generation of knowledge, as formulated by Henry of Ghent (died 1293) and Richard Covington (died 1330). Methodologically, it offers a case-study in the construction of an historical object, calling into question the self-evident and spontaneous way in which elements in the history of philosophy - its concepts and theories - are presented as primary givens. In a systematic sense, this study includes a reflection on structural indeterminacy, as pervading and stabilizing the differential system of exclusions which makes up the doctrine of God as a first object in the generation of knowledge."--Jacket.
Book — 1 online resource (xi, 272 pages). Digital: data file.
Preface; Abbreviations; Poliziano's Lamia in Context; On the Shoulders of Grammatica: John of Salisbury's Metalogicon and Poliziano's Lamia; The Role of the Philosopher in Late Quattrocento Florence: Poliziano's Lamia and the Legacy of the Pico-Barbaro Epistolary Controversy; Angelo Poliziano's Lamia: Neoplatonic Commentaries and the Plotinian Dichotomy Between the Philologist and the Philosopher; Angelo Poliziano, Lamia: Latin Text with Parallel English Translation; Bibliography; Index of Names and Places.
In 1492, Angelo Poliziano published his Lamia, a praelectio, or opening oration to a course he would teach that academic year on Aristotles Prior Analytics at the Florentine university. Having heard murmurings that he was not philosopher enough to teach the Aristotelian text, Poliziano strikes back, offering in effect a fable-tinted history of philosophy even as he strikes back at his presumed detractors. More than a repudiation of local gossip, the text, framed by fables, represents a rethinking of the mission of philosophy. This volume offers the first English translation, an edition of the.
1. Universal Myths of Origin: Boccaccio and the Golden Age Motif
2. Local Myths of Origin: The Birth of the City and the Self
3. Myth of a New Beginning: Boccaccio's Palingenetic Paradise
4. Myth of Historical Foresight: Babel and Beyond.
"Boccaccio's Naked Muse examines a writer who cast himself as the apostle of a new humanistic faith, one that would honour God by exalting his creation. In this study, Tobias Foster Gittes argues that Boccaccio did not simply reproduce Golden Age schemes in his works, but rather subtly altered and adapted them to produce a model of human beatitude more suited to his conviction that cultural achievement and human dignity are indissolubly linked."--Jacket.