Studies in Historical and Political Science; Extra Volumes Volume 14

Studies in Historical and Political Science; Extra Volumes Volume 14

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... to his capital, asked his advice on many points, and collected a magnificent library of manuscripts, many of which he procured from Florence. Ficino's correspondence radiated in all directions, carrying the seed of revolt against Aristotle everywhere, even among the officials of the lords of various cities, as Milan, Urbino, Faenza. The meetings of the Academy, at first so simple, became formal and luxurious under Lorenzo, who renewed with great pomp the ancient celebrations of the anniversary of the birth and death of Plato, both of which events are supposed to have occurred on the seventh of November. Lorenzo with his intimate friends met at his villa of Correggi, while the larger circle had its reunion in the city. After dinner, certain passages of the philosopher were selected for discussion and elucidation, each one contributing what he could to the debate. The relative advantages and disadvantages of the active and the contemplative life were considered in their various bearings; and spirituality and idealism were cultivated as they had not been for a thousand years. After the expulsion of the Medici from Florence, the meetings of the Academy were continued in the gardens of the Rucellai, a family which were scarcely inferior to the Medici in wealth and talent. Here Machiavelli read aloud his celebrated discourses on the writings of Livy, and his dissertations on war. From ideal philosophy the subject of debate turned on politics; and the Academy was finally abolished by the Medici, again reinstated in power. But the influence of the Academy did not expire. The revolt against Aristotelianism spread over all Europe, and became part of the Reformation. Reuchlin in Germany; in England, Sir Thomas More, the pupil of Linacre and the...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236882458
  • 9781236882455