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In 1492, Angelo Poliziano released his Lamia, a praelectio, or establishing oration to a path he might train that educational 12 months on Aristotle s past Analytics on the Florentine collage. Having heard murmurings that he was once now not thinker sufficient to educate the Aristotelian textual content, Poliziano moves again, supplying in impact a fable-tinted heritage of philosophy. greater than a repudiation of neighborhood gossip, the textual content represents a rethinking of the project of philosophy. This quantity deals the 1st English translation, an version of the Latin textual content, and 4 reports that set this wealthy instance of humanist Latin writing in context.

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Metousia,” II. , Ep. 1; Diog. , Vit. , 2. Ficino, in his own Life of Plato (in Ficino’s Letters, book four, cf. ” poliziano’s lamia in context 31 tors arrive at just this point regarding numbers: they are generative and they serve as the key science without which humankind would be bereft of a measuring rod (17–18): “He said that the real property of the philosopher was the knowledge of numbers. He said that, if you take numbers away from the nature of man, even human reason will perish in perpetuity.

It was his grandmother, Poliziano avers, who first exposed him to the Lamia (2): “Even from when I was a little boy, my grandmother used to tell me that there were these Lamias in the wilderness, which devoured crying boys. ). Grandmothers, women. For a Latin reader of the fifteenth century this gender distinction served to highlight a certain category of people: those without formal training in Latin. ” Medieval uses of the word in Italian vernaculars prior to Poliziano indicate different meanings, all of them negative.

Then, I hope, you will easily understand that I am not a philosopher. . ” He then lays out the structure of his praelectio (7): “First, then, we’ll deal with the question, ‘what is a philosopher’ and whether being a philosopher is a vile or bad thing. ” To discover what a philosopher (and by extension what “philosophy”) is, Poliziano engages in a complex internal dialogue of praise and blame, of naming and of withholding names, that marks the treatise’s structure. 55 Poliziano’s method of arriving there, however, is unique.

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