Platonic Theology, Volume 1: Books I–IV (The I Tatti Renaissance Library) (英語) ハードカバー – 2001/4/26
“The editing and translation of Ficino's text has been done superbly well. Allen and Hankins have begun a work of scholarship of the highest calibre, whose continuation is eagerly awaited.”―British Journal for the History of Philosophy
“The Loeb Classical Library...has been of incalculable benefit to generations of scholars...It seems certain that the I Tatti Renaissance Library will serve a similar purpose for Renaissance Latin texts, and that, in addition to its obvious academic value, it will facilitate a broadening base of participation in Renaissance Studies...These books are to be lauded not only for their principles of inclusivity and accessibility, and for their rigorous scholarship, but also for their look and feel. Everything about them is attractive: the blue of their dust jackets and cloth covers, the restrained and elegant design, the clarity of the typesetting, the quality of the paper, and not least the sensible price. This is a new set of texts well worth collecting.”―Kate Lowe, Times Literary Supplement
“Ficino set out to show that the ancient Neoplatonic philosophy embodied a "gentile theological tradition," one that complemented the Mosaic revelation to the Jews and prepared its devotees for the final truths of Christianity. Ficino worked in full knowledge of the internal complications of Neoplatonism. He wrote and argued in styles that ranged from the logical and synthetic to the poetic and evocative, as he struggled to find ways to prove that the universe was orderly and governed by a Creator and to lay out the place within it of the immortal human soul.”―Anthony T. Grafton, New York Review of Books
Michael J. B. Allen is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.
James Hankins is Professor of History at Harvard University and founder and General Editor of the I Tatti Renaissance Library. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy and Renaissance Civic Humanism and is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on humanist political thought.
- 出版社 : Harvard University Press (2001/4/26)
- 発売日 : 2001/4/26
- 言語 : 英語
- ハードカバー : 368ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0674003454
- ISBN-13 : 978-0674003453
- 寸法 : 14.07 x 3.18 x 20.93 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 358,438位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
(From Allen’s excellent introduction.)
So what have we got? Something which goes beyond Proclus’s ‘Theology of Plato’ in terms of range, and includes the influence of Dionysius the Areopagite, Augustine, and Aquinas, in much the same way that Plotinus, writing some 600 hears after Plato, absorbed from philosophers writing about Platonic issues post-Plato. So this is Ficino’s ‘Summa’. Volume 1 opens with a caveat” ‘Whatever subject I discuss here or elsewhere, I wish to state only what is approved by the Church,’ and the Inquisition was never far away. Essentially the same caveat is paraphrased in his dedication to Lorenzo de Medici: ‘I would not want anything proved in these pages which is not approved by divine law.’ Which rather nicely, as was Ficino’s wont, places divine law above human law.
In the original ‘Platonic Theology’ Ficino wrote what he called 18 Books, but Tatti’s Book 1 here, contains a translation of Books 1-4. If one were to consider what Plato’s primary interests were, they would be: the immortality of the soul, and the significance of the existence of the forms. It is to the former that Ficino addresses his attention. In a typically scholastic manner; for focus for each book is given; and the focus for each chapter, and a chapter might be long, or even as short as one paragraph. What is very obvious that in this example of Ficino’s version of it, is that it is very reader-friendly: The first book ascends up to God. Its chapter headings: (1) Were the soul not immortal, no creature would be more miserable than man; (2) Body does not act of its own nature; (3) Above the form that is divided in body there exists an indivisible form, namely, soul; (4) In its substance rational soul is motionless; in its activity it is mobile; in its power it is m partly motionless and partly mobile; (5) above soul is motionless angel; (6) above angel is God…The second book discusses God who has now been discovered….
I cannot speak for the Latin emulating Plotinus’s style in Greek, but one cannot but notice the lucidity and clarity of Allen’s English translation. Allen takes Plotinus to be a Neo-Platonist, which I do not, but particularly because of the influence of Proclus – a Neo-Platonist and his Syrian Christian student ‘Denys’ Ficino would be a Neo-Platonist. For those familiar with the letters of Ficino, this is as direct, but in a quite different way. For anyone interested in the Italian Renaissance – which was a melting pot of ideas and changing perspectives, this provides another viewpoint; for those interested in the transmission of Plato’s ideas, this is essential reading, for one might say that without Plato there would not have been a Ficino, and of course Ficino was the first to translate the whole of the Platonic corpus into Latin. And perhaps more importantly, this was not written, just to be read, but something to be studied, discussed, and reflected upon, and because we are perhaps more heirs to the Italian Renaissance, and its mirror image of the Northern Renaissance, to resound and reconsider those ideals at the present time, will be particularly useful. Excellent.