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Reappraisals in Renaissance Thought

1st Edition

By Charles B. Schmitt, Charles Webster


330 pages

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pub: 1989-01-28
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This third collection of Charles Schmitt’s articles complements the previous two and consists largely of studies published in the last few years of his life. It therefore contains his mature reflections on central issues in the fields of Renaissance philosophy and science, as well as important new research findings. The main subjects are Aristotelianism and Scepticism, and the history of medicine and natural philosophy. Some articles assess the place of traditional elements in the work of major scientific innovators, such as Galileo or Harvey, others make available new sources of documentation and show the significance of writings others had not deigned to look at. Charles Schmitt’s insistence that Renaissance thought should be reconstructed in terms faithful to the value systems of the period also led to an increasing interest in the socio-economic context of philosophical speculation, reflected here in the studies on the University of Pisa in the 16th century.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Pseudo-Aristotle in the Latin Middle Ages; Some notes on Jacobus Dalechampius and his translation of Theoprastus (ms BN Lat. 11,857); The correspondence of Jacques Daléchamps (1513-88); An unknown letter of Jacques Daléchamps to Jean Fernel: local autonomy versus centralized government; Harvey and M. A. Severino: a neglected relationship; William Harvey and Renaissance Aristotelianism: the Praefatio to De generatione animalium (1651); Aristotle among the physicians; Philoponus' commentary on Aristotle's Physics in the 16th century; The University of Pisa in the Renaissance; The Studio Pisano in the cultural context of the 16th century; Galilei and the 17th-century textbook tradition; Recent trends in the study of medieval and Renaissance science; The rediscovery of ancient Scepticism in modern times; The development of the historiography of Scepticism: Renaissance to Brucker; Towards a history of Renaissance philosophy; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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