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Dialectical Disputations, Volume 1 - Book I (Hardcover): Lorenzo Valla Dialectical Disputations, Volume 1 - Book I (Hardcover)
Lorenzo Valla; Edited by Brian P. Copenhaver, Lodi Nauta
R512 Discovery Miles 5 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Lorenzo Valla (1407--1457) ranks among the greatest scholars and thinkers of the Renaissance. He has secured lasting fame for his brilliant critical skills, most famously displayed in his exposure of the "Donation of Constantine," the forged document upon which the papacy based its claims to political power. Less well known in the English-speaking world is Valla's work in the philosophy of language--the basis of his reputation as the greatest philosopher of the humanist movement. The Dialectical Disputations, translated here for the first time into any modern language, is his principal contribution to the philosophy of language and logic. With this savage attack on the scholastic tradition of Aristotelian logic, Valla sought to replace that tradition with a new logic based on the actual historical usage of classical Latin and on a commonsense approach to semantics and argument. Valla's goal was to provide a logic that could be used by lawyers, preachers, statesmen, and others who needed to succeed in public debate--one that was both stylistically correct and rhetorically elegant, and thus could dispense with the technical language of the scholastics, a "tribe of Peripatetics, perverters of natural meanings." Valla's reformed dialectic became a milestone in the development of humanist logic and contained startling anticipations of certain modern theories of semantics and language.

Dialectical Disputations, Volume 2 - Books II-III (Hardcover): Lorenzo Valla Dialectical Disputations, Volume 2 - Books II-III (Hardcover)
Lorenzo Valla; Edited by Brian P. Copenhaver, Lodi Nauta
R525 Discovery Miles 5 250 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Lorenzo Valla (1407 1457) ranks among the greatest scholars and thinkers of the Renaissance. He secured lasting fame for his brilliant critical skills, most famously in his exposure of the Donation of Constantine, the forged document upon which the papacy based claims to political power. Lesser known in the English-speaking world is Valla s work in the philosophy of language the basis of his reputation as the greatest philosopher of the humanist movement.

"Dialectical Disputations, " translated here for the first time into any modern language, is his principal contribution to the philosophy of language and logic. With this savage attack on the scholastic tradition of Aristotelian logic, Valla aimed to supersede it with a new logic based on the actual historical usage of classical Latin and on a commonsense approach to semantics and argument. Valla provides a logic that could be used by lawyers, preachers, statesmen, and others who needed to succeed in public debate one that was stylistically correct and rhetorically elegant, and thus could dispense with the technical language of the scholastics, a tribe of Peripatetics, perverters of natural meanings. Valla s reformed dialectic became a milestone in the development of humanist logic and contains startling anticipations of modern theories of semantics and language.

Volume 2 contains Books II III, in which Valla refutes Aristotle s logical works on propositions, topics, and the syllogistic."

On Human Worth and Excellence (Hardcover): Giannozzo Manetti On Human Worth and Excellence (Hardcover)
Giannozzo Manetti; Edited by Brian P. Copenhaver
R530 R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Save R64 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Giannozzo Manetti (1396-1459) was a celebrated diplomat, historian, philosopher, and humanist scholar of the early Renaissance who mastered ancient Greek and Hebrew as well as classical Latin. In this treatise, dedicated to Alfonso of Aragon, King of Naples, Manetti addresses a question central to the anthropology of the Renaissance: what are the moral, intellectual, and spiritual capabilities of the unique amalgam of body and soul that constitutes human nature? The treatise takes issue with a popular work of medieval asceticism, On the Misery of the Human Condition, written by none other than Innocent III, one of the greatest of medieval popes. The pope's diatribe expresses a revulsion against human nature and argues for the futility of ambition, the emptiness of pleasures, and the ultimate worthlessness of human achievements. Manetti's treatise presents a comprehensive refutation of the pope's pessimism, sometimes citing the achievements of the Renaissance as evidence for the potential divinity of human nature and its extraordinary capabilities. This edition contains the first complete translation into English.

On Discovery (Hardcover): Polydore Vergil On Discovery (Hardcover)
Polydore Vergil; Edited by Brian P. Copenhaver
R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Italian humanist Polydore Vergil (1470-1555) was born in Urbino but spent most of his life in early Tudor England. His most popular work, "On Discovery" ("De inventoribus rerum," 1499), was the first comprehensive account of discoveries and inventions written since antiquity. Thirty Latin editions of this work were published in Polydore's lifetime, and by the eighteenth century more than a hundred editions had appeared in eight languages, including Russian. "On Discovery" became a key reference for anyone who wanted to know about "firsts" in theology, philosophy, science, technology, literature, language, law, material culture, and other fields. Polydore took his information from dozens of Greek, Roman, biblical, and Patristic authorities. His main point was to show that many Greek and Roman claims for discovery were false and that ancient Jews or other Asian peoples had priority. This is the first English translation of a critical edition based on the Latin texts published in Polydore Vergil's lifetime.

Magic in Western Culture - From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Paperback): Brian P. Copenhaver Magic in Western Culture - From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Paperback)
Brian P. Copenhaver
R874 Discovery Miles 8 740 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The story of the beliefs and practices called 'magic' starts in ancient Iran, Greece, and Rome, before entering its crucial Christian phase in the Middle Ages. Centering on the Renaissance and Marsilio Ficino - whose work on magic was the most influential account written in premodern times - this groundbreaking book treats magic as a classical tradition with foundations that were distinctly philosophical. Besides Ficino, the premodern story of magic also features Plotinus, Iamblichus, Proclus, Aquinas, Agrippa, Pomponazzi, Porta, Bruno, Campanella, Descartes, Boyle, Leibniz, and Newton, to name only a few of the prominent thinkers discussed in this book. Because pictures play a key role in the story of magic, this book is richly illustrated.

Hermetica - The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, with Notes and Introduction... Hermetica - The Greek Corpus Hermeticum and the Latin Asclepius in a New English Translation, with Notes and Introduction (Paperback, New Ed)
Brian P. Copenhaver
R1,064 Discovery Miles 10 640 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Hermetica are a body of mystical texts written in late antiquity, but believed during the Renaissance (when they became well known) to be much older. Their supposed author, a mythical figure named Hermes Trismegistus, was thought to be a contemporary of Moses. The Hermetic philosophy was regarded as an ancient theology, parallel to the revealed wisdom of the Bible, supporting Biblical revelation and culminating in the Platonic philosophical tradition. This new translation is the only English version based on reliable texts, and Professor Copenhaver's introduction and notes make this accessible and up-to-date edition an indispensable resource to scholars.

Magic in Western Culture - From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Hardcover): Brian P. Copenhaver Magic in Western Culture - From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (Hardcover)
Brian P. Copenhaver
R2,396 Discovery Miles 23 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The story of the beliefs and practices called 'magic' starts in ancient Iran, Greece, and Rome, before entering its crucial Christian phase in the Middle Ages. Centering on the Renaissance and Marsilio Ficino - whose work on magic was the most influential account written in premodern times - this groundbreaking book treats magic as a classical tradition with foundations that were distinctly philosophical. Besides Ficino, the premodern story of magic also features Plotinus, Iamblichus, Proclus, Aquinas, Agrippa, Pomponazzi, Porta, Bruno, Campanella, Descartes, Boyle, Leibniz, and Newton, to name only a few of the prominent thinkers discussed in this book. Because pictures play a key role in the story of magic, this book is richly illustrated.

Renaissance Philosophy (Paperback, Reissue): Brian P. Copenhaver, Charles B. Schmitt Renaissance Philosophy (Paperback, Reissue)
Brian P. Copenhaver, Charles B. Schmitt
R1,108 Discovery Miles 11 080 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Renaissance has long been recognized as a brilliant moment in the development of Western civilization. This book demonstrates the uses of ancient and medieval philosophy by Renaissance thinkers, and throws light on the early modern origins of modern philosophy. The authors introduce the reader to the philosophy written, read, taught, and debated during the period traditionally credited with the `revival of learning'.

Peter of Spain: Summaries of Logic - Text, Translation, Introduction, and Notes (Hardcover): Brian P. Copenhaver, Calvin G.... Peter of Spain: Summaries of Logic - Text, Translation, Introduction, and Notes (Hardcover)
Brian P. Copenhaver, Calvin G. Normore, Terence Parsons
R2,925 Discovery Miles 29 250 Out of stock

For nearly four centuries, when logic was the heart of what we now call the 'undergraduate curriculum', Peter of Spain's Summaries of Logic (c. 1230) was the basis for teaching that subject. Because Peter's students were teenagers, he wrote simply and organized his book carefully. Since no book about logic was read by more people until the twentieth century, the Summaries has extensively and profoundly influenced the distinctly Western way of speaking formally and writing formal prose by constructing well-formed sentences, making valid arguments, and refuting and defending arguments in debate. Some books, like the Authorized Version of the English Bible and the collected plays of Shakespeare, have been more influential in the Anglophone world than Peter's Summaries-but not many. This new English translation, based on an update of the Latin text of Lambertus De Rijk, comes with an extensive introduction that deals with authorship, dating, and the place of the Summaries in the development of logic, before providing a chapter-by-chapter analysis of Peter's book, followed by an analysis of his system from the point of view of modern logic. The Latin text is presented on facing pages with the English translation, accompanied by notes, and the book includes a full bibliography.

From Kant to Croce - Modern Philosophy in Italy, 1800-1950 (Hardcover, New): Brian P. Copenhaver, Rebecca Copenhaver From Kant to Croce - Modern Philosophy in Italy, 1800-1950 (Hardcover, New)
Brian P. Copenhaver, Rebecca Copenhaver
R2,582 R2,398 Discovery Miles 23 980 Save R184 (7%) Out of stock

From around 1800, shortly before Pasquale Galluppi's first book, until 1950, just before Benedetto Croce died, the most formative influences on Italian philosophers were Kant and the post-Kantians, especially Hegel. In many ways, the Italian philosophers of this period lived in turbulent but creative times, from the Restoration to the Risorgimento and the rise and fall of Fascism.From Kant to Croce is a comprehensive, highly readable history of the main currents and major figures of modern Italian philosophy, described in a substantial introduction that details the development of the discipline during this period. Brian P. Copenhaver and Rebecca Copenhaver provide the only up-to-date introduction in English to Italy's leading modern philosophers by translating and analysing rare and original texts and by chronicling the lives and times of the philosophers who wrote them. Thoroughly documented and highly readable, From Kant to Croce examines modern Italian philosophy from the perspective of contemporary analytic philosophy.

Pseudomagia: A Neo-Latin Drama (Hardcover): William Mewe Pseudomagia: A Neo-Latin Drama (Hardcover)
William Mewe; Contributions by J.W. Binns; Edited by John C. Coldewey, Brian P. Copenhaver
R1,545 Discovery Miles 15 450 Out of stock
Symphorien Champier and the Reception of the Occultist Tradition in Renaissance France (Hardcover, Reprint 2010): Brian P.... Symphorien Champier and the Reception of the Occultist Tradition in Renaissance France (Hardcover, Reprint 2010)
Brian P. Copenhaver
R2,868 Discovery Miles 28 680 Out of stock
Magic and the Dignity of Man - Pico della Mirandola and His <i>Oration</i> in Modern Memory (Hardcover): Brian P. Copenhaver Magic and the Dignity of Man - Pico della Mirandola and His Oration in Modern Memory (Hardcover)
Brian P. Copenhaver
R1,195 R1,007 Discovery Miles 10 070 Save R188 (16%) Out of stock

"This book is nothing less than the definitive study of a text long considered central to understanding the Renaissance and its place in Western culture." -James Hankins, Harvard University Pico della Mirandola died in 1494 at the age of thirty-one. During his brief and extraordinary life, he invented Christian Kabbalah in a book that was banned by the Catholic Church after he offered to debate his ideas on religion and philosophy with anyone who challenged him. Today he is best known for a short speech, the Oration on the Dignity of Man, written in 1486 but never delivered. Sometimes called a "Manifesto of the Renaissance," this text has been regarded as the foundation of humanism and a triumph of secular rationality over medieval mysticism. Brian Copenhaver upends our understanding of Pico's masterwork by re-examining this key document of modernity. An eminent historian of philosophy, Copenhaver shows that the Oration is not about human dignity. In fact, Pico never wrote an Oration on the Dignity of Man and never heard of that title. Instead he promoted ascetic mysticism, insisting that Christians need help from Jews to find the path to heaven-a journey whose final stages are magic and Kabbalah. Through a rigorous philological reading of this much-studied text, Copenhaver transforms the history of the idea of dignity and reveals how Pico came to be misunderstood over the course of five centuries. Magic and the Dignity of Man is a seismic shift in the study of one of the most remarkable thinkers of the Renaissance.

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