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Alexander of Aphrodisias in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

P. B Rossi, M. Di Giovanni, A. A. Robiglio (eds.)
approx. 230 p., 3 colour ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2020
ISBN: 978-2-503-58827-8
Languages: English, Italian, French
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An original thinker in his own right and the greatest ancient commentator on Aristotle, Alexander of Aphrodisias (fl. 200 AD) contributed in a crucial way to canonize Aristotle as an indispensable reference for philosophy of all times.

The greatest ancient interpreter of Aristotle, Alexander of Aphrodisias (fl. 200 AD) exerted a profound and enduring influence upon philosophy that extended from Boethius until the modern era. Alexander’s interpretations laid the foundation for multiple philosophical views which were promoted as quintessentially Aristotelian by both Islamic and Latin thinkers throughout the Middle Ages. In the Renaissance, the University of Padua, a leading center of philosophical education and thought, established a scholarly tradition named "Alexandrinism" after him.

Paolo Accattino (1950-2015), a distinguished scholar of Alexander, made many noteworthy advancements to the field. With the aim of honoring Accattino’s memory, lifelong colleagues and associates P. Donini and L. Bertelli discuss his contributions. They are joined by a cohort of scholars (A. Bertolacci, M. Di Giovanni, J. Biard, A. Corbini, E. Rubino, L. Silvano, B. Bartocci, P.D. Omodeo, F. Iurlaro) who explore various key elements of Alexander’s legacy from Ibn Sina to Hugo de Groot. The volume presents new understandings concerning the reception of Alexander, offers new lines of inquiry, and opens potential avenues of research regarding his medieval and Renaissance afterlife.

Table of Contents
Lucio Bertelli, Paolo Accattino lettore della Politica di Aristotele
Pierluigi Donini, Paolo Accattino interprete del De intellectu di Alessandro di Afrodisia
Amos Bertolacci, "The Excellent among the Earlier Scholars": Alexander of Aphrodisias in Avicenna’s Metaphysics
Matteo Di Giovanni, New Wine in Old Vessels: Alexander of Aphrodisias as a Source for Averroes’ Metaphysics
Joël Biard, L’alexandrisme comme rationalité philosophique
Amos Corbini, “Alexander of Aphrodisias” in the Medieval Latin Tradition of the Posterior Analytics: Some Remarks
Elisa Rubino, Alberto il Grande e il commento ai Meteorologica di Alessandro di Afrodisia
Luigi Silvano, (Pseudo-)Alexander of Aphrodisias between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: Notes on the Afterlife of the Medical Puzzles and Physical Problems 
Barbara Bartocci, Topics and Syllogistic: Agostino Nifo Reading Alexander of Aphrodisias
Pietro Daniel Omodeo, Presence/Absence of Alexander of Aphrodisias in Renaissance Cosmo-Psychology
Francesca Iurlaro, Hugo Grotius’ Translation of Alexander of Aphrodisias’ De fato in His Philosophorum sententiae de Fato (1648)
Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history

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