A survey of Leonardo's life and work in Russian. Guerrini refers to an American edition. A general survey of Leonardo's career, focusing on his artistic activities. A famous connoisseur, Manette was a collector and dealer in prints and drawings. These drawings are now recognized as copies after Leonardo by a close follower. A considerable portion of this biography is devoted to speculations regarding Leonardo's sexual proclivities.
Included as well is an English translation of Mazenta's Memoria see No. Kemp offers a unified view of Leonardo's career in which scientific research and artistic creation are not seen as disparate activities but rather as impelled by the same preoccupations. Leonardo's anatomical studies constitute a search for scientific rules governing the microcosm of man; his investigations in the physical sciences constitute a parallel search in the realm of the macrocosm of nature. These studies served as the basis for the imaginative reconstruction of nature in Leonardo's works of art and for the manipulation of nature's forces in his machines.
According to Kemp, Leonardo's observation that "the human race in its marvelous and varied works seems to reveal itself as a second nature in this world" B. Leonardo enjoyed a considerable reputation as a musical performer; in his comparison of the arts Paragone music occupied the highest place after painting.
These facts provide the occasion for an examination of Leonardo's manuscripts and career as Winternitz traces his involvement in this art and its place in his theories. Drawing on the critical ideas of Ernst Cassirer and other philosophers, Franzini offers a critical interpretation of Leonardo's artistic practice and aesthetics in relation to his view of science and nature.
Defines Leonardo's career as a critique of humanism, contrasting Leonardo's blend of empiricism and abstraction with the humanist devotion to theoretical knowledge. Words which fail to satisfy the ear of the listener always either fatigue or weary him; and you may often see a sign of this when such listeners are frequently yawning. Consequently when addressing men whose good opinion you desire, either cut short your speech when you see these evident signs of impatience, or else change the subject; for if you take any other course, then in place of the approbation you desire you will win dislike and ill-will.
Verga ; Guerinni The three essays in this volume examine Leonardo's mirror writing, his verbal-pictorial puzzles rebuses , and his invention of underwater diving gear. The volume includes three essays, the first on Leonardo's experimental methods, which Solmi identifies as depending upon observation, experimentation, hypothesis, deduction, and mathematics.
The second essay considers Leonardo's astronomical studies. The third essay concerns Leonardo's theory of vision and its relation to his ideas regarding the nature of light, the structure and function of the eye, and the nature of visual perception. The volume includes three essays. The second essay examines the vexed question of Leonardo's relationship with the antique. Klaiber speculates on Leonardo's creative method in the final essay. This important anthology contains ten essays by leading scholars.
In addition to essays by Angelo Conti and Vittorio Spinazzola on Leonardo as a painter and as an architect, there are studies by Edmondo Solmi on the history of Leonardo's manuscripts; Marcel Reymond on Leonardo's education; Antonio Favaro on Leonardo's place in the history of experimental science; Filippo Bottazzi on Leonardo's contributions to biology and anatomy; Benedetto Croce on Leonardo's philosophical activity; Isadoro Del Lungo on his status as a writer; and Luca Beltrami on Leonardo's aeronautical research.
The Guzzetta Collection also contains a reprint of this volume Milan: Garzanti, The three articles in this special issue include a succinct biography by Luca Beltrami; Antonio Favaro on Leonardo's hydraulic studies; and Giuseppe Favaro on his anatomical research. Grote, Bode's great admiration for Leonardo's artistry is evident in this collection of essays. Bode views Leonardo's early work as the culmination of quattrocento developments, his mature work as introducing cinquecento developments, and his late work as foreshadowing the seventeenth-century Baroque style.
On the debate over the authenticity of this statue, see also Nos. Favaro introduces this anthology with a critical analysis of Govi's contributions to the study of Leonardo. This posthumous anthology features Solmi's important studies of Leonardo's philosophical and scientific doctrines, his intellectual sources, his architectural and anatomical endeavors, relationship with contemporaries, and work as a linguist.
The volume also includes a bibliography of Solmi's publications on Leonardo. This useful volume begins with a critical biography of Venturi , evaluating the accomplishments of this early student of Leonardo. The bulk of the volume is comprised of Venturi's unpublished notes Reggio Emilia, Biblioteca communale relating to Leonardo's biography and his manuscripts, including those on "Cose militari" and optics.
Contains eight essays, including Stefano Bottari on Leonardo's development as an artist; Luigi Sorrento on his language studies; Ignazio Calvi on military architecture; Ciro Caversazzi on his investigations into geometry; and Sandra Guy on his view of nature. Includes notes on Boltraffio and Gabriele d'Annunzio's response to Leonardo's anatomical drawings. The seventeen essays gathered in this volume deal with a variety of Leonardo's scientific investigations. In "Leonardo, Inventor and Scientist," George Sarton speculates that Leonardo's failure to publish resulted from his lack of a literary education.
Among the other essays are Pierre Francastle's examination of Leonardo's perspective system; P. Sergescu on Leonardo's fascination with mathematics; F. Bodenheimer reviews Leonardo's work in biology; and Elmer Belt discusses Leonardo's contribution to the development of anatomical dissection. Additional studies focus on Leonardo's physics and mechanical research. Published in conjunction with the exhibition 'Arte e ambiente pavesi al tempo di Leonardo," the volume includes a list of the objects in the exhibition preceded by an anthology of Leonardo's writings relating to Pavia and three introductory essays.
The special number contains eight articles, including Marziano Bernardi on Leonardo's painting; Nicola Abbagnano on his philosophy; Anna Maria Brizio on his drawings; and Loris Premuda on Leonardo in relation to the Presocratic philosophers. The twelve essays examine a variety of topics including Leonardo's method, his erudition, and his knowledge of classical sources.
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Luzi examines the responses of Italian critics to his paintings; A. Heinselmann reviews his contributions to the physical sciences; and A. Procissi reviews his botanical research. Leonardo's reputation in England and Russia is considered by A. Minicucci and A. Crino respectively. Introduced by Jean Alezard's survey of "Leonardo e France," the twenty-four essays in this collection focus on Leonardo's life, work, and influence in France.
Included are technical notes on his paintings by Madelaine Hours and a study of his pictorial technique by Jean Rudel. Leonardo's art, education and writings, philosophy, and endeavors in the physical and biological sciences are examined from a variety of perspectives in this substantial volume's twenty-nine perceptive essays. Popham summarizes the history of the drawings at Windsor; Augusto Marinoni describes the principles that guided him in preparing his edition of Leonardo's writings; Giuseppe Saitta characterizes Leonardo's rejection of metaphysics as a life-affirming response to the flux he recognized in nature; Alberico Benedicenti summarizes medical knowledge at the time Leonardo began his investigations; A.
Signorini concludes that Leonardo surpassed his predecessors and contemporaries in the systematic application of the experimental method; Leopold Infeld argues that Leonardo's empiricism, though based on a contempt for detached speculation, is still tied to Scholastic reasoning. Published in conjunction with a quinticentenary exhibition, the essays in this anthology examine all aspects of Leonardo's contact with Bologna, its environs, and its citizens. Anne altarpiece, and Leonardo's possible contribution to an altarpiece commissioned by Casio's family from Leonardo's pupil, Giovanni Antonio Boltrafflo.
Pedretti also discusses the response to Leonardo recorded by notable Emilian artists and writers and the impetus given to Leonardo studies by various Bolognese citizens, notably the eighteenth-century governor of Parma, Giuseppe Antonio Rezzonico, who encouraged Oltrocchi's research see No. Venice, Biblioteca Marciana, Ms. This mimeographed anthology includes abstracts and texts of eighteen diverse lectures delivered in celebration of Leonardo's quinticentenary.
Representing the international scope of Leonardo scholarship, the twenty-three essays in this monumental volume celebrate the diversity of Leonardo's activities on the occasion of the th anniversary of his birth. Among others, Emmanuele Djalna Vitali reviews Leonardo's study of anatomy and physiology; Vasco Ronchi examines Leonardo's investigation of optics; the history of connoisseurship of Leonardo's drawings is reviewed by Cecil Gould; Ernst Gombrich provides an influential interpretation of Leonardo's grotesque heads; Wilhelm Suida offers an uncommonly positive view of Leonardo's artistic productivity by considering the activity of his shop; Maria Vittoria Brugnoli examines Leonardo's career as a sculptor.
The essay concludes pp. The final essay analyzes the verbal-visual puzzles to which Leonardo devoted considerable attention in his Notebooks. This anthology includes eight essays which focus on questions relating to Leonardo's philosophy and character. Fumagalli's eight essays concern Leonardo's personality and philosophy, his relationship with the hermetic tradition, and his literary stature and relations with poets.
Review articles are also included in this volume. The volume is comprised of papers delivered at a symposium celebrating the donation to the University of California of the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana. RETI, Ladislao, ed. Anna Maria Brizio's overview of Leonardo's artistic career is the first of eleven essays in this compendium. Augusto Marinoni discusses the history of the manuscripts as a prelude to his analysis of Leonardo as a writer. The Sforza monument is treated by Maria Vittoria Brugnoli. Other contributions include Emanuel Winternitz on "Leonardo and Music"; Ludwig Heydenreich on Leonardo as a military architect; Bern Dibner on Leonardo's designs for machines and weaponry; and Carlo Zammattio on Leonardo's analysis of the mechanics of water and stone.
Guerrini refers to the Italian edition. The volume includes two essays. Publication of the first edition of this massive volume was planned to coincide with an elaborate exhibition that was disbanded because ofltaly's entry into World War II. In this updated, richly illustrated edition, Augusto Marinoni's essay on "Da Vinci's Philology" replaces and corrects the study by Luigi Sorrento in the edition. This stout volume contains eighteen essays analyzing various aspects of Leonardo's activity. One of several volumes published in conjunction with the commemorative celebration, "Leonardo a Milano ," this anthology includes five essays analyzing aspects of Leonardo's accomplishments as hydraulic engineer and cartographer.
The volume includes a generous selection of reproductions. The six essays on mensuration include studies of Leonardo's designs for an odometer and for compasses. Designed to accompany an exhibition celebrating Leonardo's technical accomplishments, the volume is comprised of an introduction by Carlo Pedretti and nine authoritative essays. In "Leonardo's Career as Technologist," Paolo Galuzzi surveys the artist's achievements as a designer of complex machines and simple technical devices, and discusses his relationship with contemporary engineers.
Galuzzi emphasizes the biological analogue in considering the originality of Leonardo's methods in developing technical solutions to mechanical and architectural problems. Augusto Marinoni's essay on "Leonardo's Impossible Machines" analyzes Leonardo's most technologically ambitious and grandiose schemes. Examining the relationship between the human inventor and nature in "The Inventions of Nature and the Nature of Invention," Martin Kemp reviews Leonardo's discussion of the human machine and his application of the mechanical principles he discovered.
Giustina Scalia's 'A Typology of Leonardo's Mechanisms and Machines" demonstrates that Leonardo's "exploded" views improved upon the schematic pictures introduced during the first half of the quattrocento by enabling craftsmen to understand the interplay of the parts. Scaglia also provides a machine-type index to Leonardo's manuscripts pp. Jean Guillaume, "Leonardo and Architecture," examines Leonardo's role in the history of Italian and French architecture; Luigi Firpo analyzes the creative process underlying Leonardo's approach to urban planing. The connection between Leonardo's military architecture and his research in other fields is the subject of Pietro Mariani's "Leonardo, Fortified Architecture and Its Structural Problems.
An important leitmotif in the essays is the relationship in Leonardo's work between art and science. The acquisition of any knowledge whatsoever is always useful to the intellect, because it will be able to banish the useless things and retain those which are good. For nothing can be either loved or hated unless it is first known. As part of the trend that saw Leonardo as fundamentally a precursor, Morandi argues that the vocabulary lists and other verbal exercises in the Notebooks mark tentative efforts to formulate a dictionary and the first Italian grammar.
Milan: Cogliati, Verga, 68; Guerrini The Guzzetta Collection has only Calvi's introduction and lacks the folio volume with facsimiles of the thirty-six manuscript sheets which he dates to about Calvi describes the provenance and content which is primarily concerned with the motion of water and the influence of the sun and moon on tidal activity. Refutes the opinions of Morandi No. On this issue, see Marinoni, No. The editors of the facsimile edition were therefore mistaken in deleting Leonardo's letter to Ludovico il Moro and other significant texts which are in fact autograph.
Barbed critique of the facsimile editions of Leonardo's manuscripts published by the Reale Commissione. Verga , Guerrini Gramatica provides a detailed introduction to the document, of which there are three copies. Milan, Ambrosiana with elaborate notes that enhance the commentary of Govi see No. For an English translation of the memorandum, see Payne No. Although he recognizes the value of topical arrangements such as Richter's No. With dated sheets as an anchor, Calvi makes meticulous use of internal and epigraphical evidence to reorder the dismembered and fragmentary documents.
Guerrini , Examines Arconati's use of Leonardo's manuscripts in composing his treatise No. Critical review of the methods employed in studying and reconstructing Leonardo's manuscripts for publication. Representing the first five books of a larger, projected treatise on the theory of art, "Le Regole del Disegno," the Morgan manuscript deals with proportion and perspective "in a very uneven and somewhat confused form" p.
Milan: Istituto nationale di studi sul rinascimento, sezione Lombarda, These two dense volumes offer a detailed analysis of Leonardo's activities as a linguist. Marinoni discusses the formation of Leonardo's literary style, his different modes of expression, and his relationship with classical and medieval authors.
Marinoni's complex analysis is summarized in his essay "Da Vinci's Philology" in Baroni et al. Common at the court of Ludovico Sforza and other centers of of the new learning, such rhetorical exercises became quite popular among sixteenth-century humanists. In addition to providing an English translation, Richter analyzes Leonardo's ideas and places this portion of the Trattato in its historical and philosophical context.
Having acquired several manuscripts from the Mazenta brothers and an unspecified mass of material from the Melzi family, Pompeo Leoni attempted to order his collection. Among other benefits, tracing the fragments to their "parent sheets" provides clues to a more precise dating of the manuscripts. Discusses the first anthology of Leonardo's writings made by Padre Antonio Gallo using manuscripts in the collection of Galeazzo Arconati. Employing word-association techniques popular among psychologists, Stites suggests that the juxtapositions in Leonardo's word lists possess a subliminal significance and uses them as a springboard for his analysis of Leonardo's character.
As significant as Richter's original achievement see No. In addition, the book includes new information regarding the history of the Notebooks and their influence on such later theorists as Matteo Zaccolini. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, In his Introduction, Pedretti explains that Pompeo Leoni's practice of dismembering Leonardo's Notebooks and mounting up to ten folios or fragments on elephantine sheets secured their preservation but disrupted the original order which is essential for a contextual understanding of the manuscript.
Furthermore, even though Leoni cut windows to reveal the recto and verso of doublesided manuscripts, edges which might contain clues to the original context remain masked where sheets are affixed to the support. According to Pedretti, these "lost" details were inadequately documented during conservation and Marinoni's edition No. Pedretti proposes reconstructions of fragmented pages and a reordering according to chronological sequence. Strong offers a detailed analysis of Leonardo's optical theories, stressing their relationship with his pictorial theories. Roberts provides a brief insightful introduction that describes the significance of the Codex within the corpus of Leonardo's work.
Reproductions of each page of the Codex are accompanied by entries summarizing its contents. Farago also emends the work of Irma Richter No.
Physical Sciences, Engineering, Geography, and Mathematics. There is no certainty in sciences where one of the mathematical sciences cannot be applied, or which are not in relation with these mathematics. Instrumental or mechanical science is the most noble and useful beyond all others, since by means of it all animate bodies that have motion perform their operations; and these motions have their origin at the center of their gravity, which is placed in the middle of unequal weights at its sides, and has scarcity or abundance of muscles, and also the lever and the counter-lever.
Verga incorrectly dated Referring to a world map among Leonardo's papers at Windsor, Henry argues that the sheet dates from about and is the earliest map naming the New World as America. He supports his argument by citing Leonardo's association with Piero Soderini and through him with Amerigo Vespucci. The author is concerned with Leonardo's canal projects in Lombardy. Examines Leonardo's involvement with questions of topography, cartography, and measurement related to his travels in the Alps near Saluzzo in and The author considers Leonardo as a precursor of modern geology and, in the light of his hydrographic and geological inquiries, examines Leonardo's view of the deluge.
First published in Verga , this comprehensive volume focuses on Leonardo's work as a practical engineer, especially the techniques, methods, and devices he employed. Feldhaus illustrates designs for machines and discusses their mechanisms in terms relating to modern technology. Leonardo's relationships with various physicians are examined and his ideas concerning such phenomena as illness, aging, and the effects of diet are compared with ideas then prevalent among the medical community.
Focusing on Leonardo's work in the physical sciences, Hart examines the state of contemporary knowledge and Leonardo's sources. The core of the book is an analysis of Leonardo's study of dynamics and statics. Studies Leonardo's concept of aerodynamics and its relationship with modern dirigible designs. The second section deals with the sketches for hydraulic machines.
These studies commence with a general appraisal of the amalgamation of art and science in Leonardo's work. The author uses models and schematic drawings to elucidate the mechanics of Leonardo's designs for machines and vehicles. Examines Leonardo's understanding of distillation, discovery of acetone, and principles of combustion and its use for industrial processes.
Includes an index of drugs, chemicals, and minerals mentioned in Leonardo's manuscripts. Reti suggests that Leonardo discovered the necessity of air for combustion. The experimental proof, described in the Codex Atlanticus va and va, echoes an experiment described by Philo of Byzantium in his Pneumatica ca. In conjunction with this major exhibition, the museum published a series of booklets examining specific aspects of Leonardo's life and his work as a scientist and engineer:.
Leonardo's drawings are juxtaposed with pictures of recently constructed models. The illustrations are accompanied by brief texts in this guide for the Museo della scienza e della tecnica, Milan. Paris: Nobele, First published between , the studies in these three stout volumes constitute a monument in the development of the history of science. Duhem offers a detailed examination of classical and medieval sources he maintains underlie Leonardo's scientific endeavors. The third volume focuses on the Parisian school.
An examination of the late quattrocento political, intellectual, and technological environment precedes Hart's analysis of Leonardo's work in the physical sciences. Addressing the vexed question of Leonardo's influence, Hart considers Leonardo's study of mechanics and his accomplishments as an engineer. Celebrating Leonardo's exceptional ingenuity, the author illustrates and describes Leonardo's mechanical devices and other "inventions," focusing on those that foreshadow modern developments.
David H. Kraus Cambridge, Mass. An historian of science, Zubov analyzes Leonardo's philosophical ideals and his scientific theory, focusing on his experimental method and practice of verifying by analogy. Zubov also examines Leonardo's theories of perception, work in theoretical and applied mechanics, geology, and time. Guerrini , , , Macagno has extracted and analyzed Leonardo's comments and experiments relating to the physical behavior of fluids: Vols.
H ; vol. C ; vol. L ; vol. M ; vol. And you, who say that it would be better to watch an anatomist at work than to see these drawings, you would be right if it were possible to observe all the things which are demonstrated in such drawings in a single figure, in which you, with all your cleverness, will not see nor obtain knowledge of more than some few veins, to obtain a true and more perfect knowledge of which I have dissected more than ten human beings, destroying all the other members, and removing the very minutest partides of the flesh by which these veins are surrounded, without causing them to bleed, excepting the insensible bleeding of the capillary veins; and as one single body would not last so long, since it was necessary to proceed with several bodies by degrees, until I came to an end and had a complete knowledge; this I repeated twice, to learn the differences.
Though human ingenuity may make various inventions which, by the help of various machines answering the same end, it will never devise any inventions more beautiful, nor more simple, nor more to the purpose than Nature does; because in her inventions nothing is wanting, and nothing is superfluous. Reviewing Leonardo's work as an anatomist, Holl suggests that the order of Leonardo's studies and structure of his proposed treatise - beginning with embryology, encompassing the anatomy of and physiology of children and adults, and concluding with psychology and physiognomy- foreshadows modern practice.
The text of a lecture delivered at the Scuola per l'arte dell Orafo, this essay surveys Leonardo's anatomical studies. Biasioli emphasizes Leonardo's originality in aligning scientific and artistic purposes. The volume focuses on Leonardo's botanical observations. Applied botany in the preparation of colors and perfumes as well as Leonardo's observations concerning the morphology and physiology of plants are also examined.
Literary references to animals, notably Leonardo's "bestiary" and animal symbols, are discussed, as are Leonardo's study of horses in relation to his unrealized equestrian monuments , birds flight , comparative anatomy, and embryology. Leonardo's allegories and tales featuring plants and animals are gathered in the conclusion. The volume includes a chapter on Leonardo that places him in historical context as a major figure in the tradition of analytical observation.
McMurrich considers Andreas Vesalius to be the founder of modern anatomy, but characterizes Leonardo as a Saint John, his forerunner. In support of this view, McMurrich offers a minute examination of Leonardo's sources, analytical methods, and studies of proportion, body structure and systems, embryology, and comparative anatomy. McMurrich concludes that Leonardo's studies are confirmation of his precociously modern conviction that biological phenomena are explicable by natural rather than supernatural causes. Documentary records, for example the notice in Luca Landucci's diary for January 24, concerning the use of a criminal's body by students, serve as evidence for a discussion of Leonardo's work as an anatomist.
Following a brief history of ancient and medieval phonetics, the author examines Leonardo's writings on speech and his anatomical research into the structures associated with vocalization. The author's theories are summarized in his essay "Leonardo's Work in Phonetics and Linguistics" in Baroni et al. There are today only pages on anatomy and fifty on the cardiovascular system of the books on anatomy to which Leonardo refers elsewhere in his Notebooks. Keele organizes the surviving material on the heart, blood vessels, and the movement of the blood to present Leonardo's views in a clear sequence.
Esche provides a detailed analysis of Leonardo's anatomical studies. The drawings at Windsor and those scattered in six other codices are described with particular emphasis on the techniques Leonardo gradually developed to enhance the informative capacity of his scientific illustrations. A renowned urologist and founder of the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana at the University of California, Los Angeles, Belt discusses the originality of Leonardo's anatomical observations and his innovations in the design of scientific illustrations.
Keele traces the evolution of Leonardo's anatomical investigations. Taking the ancient authorities as a starting point, Leonardo's earliest drawings are purely descriptive. As his interest shifted from static anatomical shapes to patterns of movement in living bodies, he creates more imaginative compositions - "bodyscapes" or "composite anatomies" - which encompass interrelated physiological processes.
Between , Leonardo's interests shifted to the physical sciences. He developed the theory that changes in earth, air, fire, and water are impelled by four fundamental powers - movement, weight, force, and percussion - which function upon a basic geometrical principle he called the "pyramidal law. Mechanisms of movement are revealed in "exploded" views and the principles of hydrodynamics that he discovered in lakes and rivers are employed to explain the movement of fluids in the intestinal and urinary tracts. In this thorough and important study, Keele analyzes Leonardo's method of investigation and the physical and physiological principles he discovered.
Keele demonstrates the manner in which the study of physical science - especially mechanics - was integrated with Leonardo's analysis of movement in men and animals and how anatomical investigation was employed to reveal the mechanisms of the body. The ideas Keele sketched in his Yale lecture No. A trained neurologist, Todd studies Leonardo's anatomical research relating to the skull and nervous system. The author cites Leonardo's emphasis on experimentation as the crucial factor that enabled him to overcome medieval methodological deficiencies. Todd also discusses the relationship between Leonardo's anatomical discoveries and his theories of perception.
A botanist, Emboden compensates for the loss of Leonardo's projected book on botany in this detailed examination of Leonardo's plant studies. He discusses the drawings in their historical and cultural context and examines the natural laws that Leonardo derived from his observations. If you disparage painting, which alone can portray faithfully all the visible works of nature, you certainly disparage a discovery which considers all manner of forms with subtle and philosophic attention: the sea, places on land, plants, animals, grass, flowers, all of which are surrounded by shadow and light.
Truly this is a science and the legitimate daughter of nature, since painting is born of nature. To speak more accurately, we would say the grandchild of nature, for all visible things are born of nature, and painting is born of these. Therefore, we rightly call painting the grandchild of nature and related to God. The mosaic was completed by Giacomo and Vincenzo Raffaelli in and is now in the Minoritenkirche, Vienna.
An outgrowth of the commission was this historical and critical study which is the first monograph on a work by Leonardo and a landmark in the evolution of art history. The first section is a compendium of earlier references to the fresco - from those of Leonardo's colleague, the mathematician Luca Paciolo, to the eighteenth-century art historian Luigi Lanzi; section two offers a detailed description and analysis of the fresco; section three deals with the various copies; section four studies Leonardo's aesthetics, focusing on his theories regarding human proportions and "history" i.
Because Bossi was a notable painter, writer, and collector who was in contact with the leading artists and intellectuals of his day, this volume exerted a considerable impact, on which see Nos. This work deals with the same subject as Bossi's study No. Guillon describes the history of the fresco and its physical condition, documenting its progressive deterioration through the observations of earlier writers. He discusses the composition and individual figures in detail, referring to the copy in the Certosa at Pavia for clarification.
This copy-which Guillon attributed in large part to Leonardo, but which is now ascribed to Giampetrino - is today in the Royal Academy, London. Ranalli contrasts Leonardo, who received his inspiration wholly and directly from nature, with others who imitated the antique rather than recording the "immediate and spontaneous acts of living nature. Siena: Porn, This is a translation of Rio's innovative study published the previous year in Paris Verga Rio places Leonardo in context, examining the Lombard artistic tradition prior to Leonardo's arrival in Milan and then tracing his impact by examining the work of his associates and followers.
Rio also discusses Leonardo's attitude toward sculpture and assesses Leonardo's influence on Milanese art theory in terms of the academy he believes Leonardo established. The Guzzetta Collection also includes a second edition of this book with a new, annotated translation and an essay by Felix Turotti, "Intorno ai dipinti autentici di Leonardo dal Vasari non rammentati e di altri a lui attributi," in which he reconsiders Leonardo's oeuvre Leonardo da Vinci e la sua scuola , trans.
A renowned connoisseur, Waagen distinguishes Leonardo's works from his students and followers and from those of Verrocchio and his studio. The introduction by J. The eight acquired by the painter Thomas Lawrence were purchased at his estate sale by the dealer Samuel Woodburn for the King of Holland, who bequeathed them to his daughter, the Grand Duchess of Weimar. The portion of this volume devoted to Leonardo examines his accomplishments as a painter and sculptor. The author offers detailed analyses of his works from this period, relating paintings to the drawings as he traces the development of Leonardo's ideas and style.
Verga , ; Guerrini , This offprint contains three from a series of seven important articles which have as their underlying theme the more precise dating of Leonardo's drawings. Originally published in a volume celebrating the jubilee of the University of Cracow and reprinted by the author, this Polish text reevaluates Leonardo's oeuvre, attributing only a severely restricted number of paintings and one sculpture to Leonardo. Antoniewicz identifies the sitter as Cecilia Gallerani b. First published in Verga , this volume offers a judicious survey of Leonardo's paintings with an emphasis on questions of attribution.
The author analyzes Leonardo's transformation of the Madonna figure from a purely religious figure to one that is profoundly human. Brockwell's brief discussion of Leonardo's life and work is typical of the surveys that disseminated Leonardo's reputation and made his name a by-word in popular culture. Ida JacobAnders Strassburg: Heitz, Contrasts the Louvre portrait with a version in the Prado, Madrid, the provenance of which is traced to the emperor Charles V, who purportedly acquired it from Leonardo's heirs. The pamphlet includes a brief discussion of the famous portrait followed by a description of its theft in August, , its recovery, and the subsequent trial of Vincenzo Peruggia.
The Florentine Years of Leonardo and Verrocchio , trans. Jessie Muir London: Jenkins . This sumptuous volume focuses on Leonardo's early career. Through incisive analysis of individual objects, Thus tries to distinguish genuine works and "thus place the characterisation of the artist's style upon a firm basis" p. Much of the text is taken up with questions of attribution.
He argues that the bust, face, and hands are autograph. London: Pulitzer . Noting the interplay of minute observation and the free play of fancy in Leonardo's work, Gronau offers a brief, but insightful analysis of Leonardo's oeuvre. The volume reprints the edition Verga A revised version of the Swedish edition Verga , this volume offers a detailed study of Leonardo as an artist. The Guzzetta Collection also contains the expanded French edition, trans. Jean Buhot, 3 vols. Paris: Van Oest, ; Verga ; Guerrini Favaro has culled from the Notebooks all references to human proportions in order to analyze Leonardo's theory.
He criticizes the methodological connoisseurship of Giovanni Morelli and rejects the identification of the sitter as Bianca Maria Sforza in favor of Cecilia Gallerani. Today, the portrait is generally attributed to Leonardo's sometime associate, Ambrogio de Predis ca. Stung by the negative assessment of Leonardo's contributions by Malaguzzi-Valeri see No. Taking aim at the critical methods of Giovanni Morelli and his followers, Beltrami offers a positive reappraisal of Leonardo's accomplishments, particularly in architecture pp.
He determines that the ear and nose are primary modules, though Leonardo is flexible in the actual application of his theory. The volume is introduced by a biography and survey of Leonardo's artistic career. Basing his arguments primarily upon criteria of quality and coloring technique, Schiaparelli reevaluates the attributions of portraits traditionally associated with Leonardo. The survey includes an iconographical index. Lily E. Marshall Milan: Treves [? This is among the first monographs devoted to the connoisseurship of Leonardo's drawings; Popp analyzes a modest selection of eighty-nine sheets.
Her emphasis upon chronology is a significant contribution to the study of the drawings, but many of her specific conclusions have been questioned by later scholars. Copernico, Galilei e la Chiesa cit. Jahrhunderts, Graz Verlag Styria, , 3 voll. Si veda soprattutto il vol. Ruckgriff auf scholastischen Erbe, ; in trad. Su aspetti del neotomismo cfr. Di fatto venivano posti in secondo piano nello studio dei cattolici e degli studenti dei Seminari pensatori cristiani di grande levatura come Agostino, Anselmo, Bonaventura, in quanto i loro spunti filosofici parevano a questo papa insufficienti a fondare una fede consapevole.
Si veda, su questa rivista, la presentazione dei punti nodali del documento, alle pp. Commentarium officialis, C, , 4 iulii, pp. Tale filosofia della natura pose dei problemi. In questo contesto il ricorso al pensiero di Galileo Galilei fu problematico, e per diversi motivi. Il cosiddetto meccanicismo, che era stato introdotto pp.
Rossini, Roma, Cinque Lune, , pp. Testi e documenti per un bilancio del neotomismo. Per questo motivo presentarono Galilei come uno scienziato che era in linea con la filosofia cristiana. Quale poteva essere allora il senso dello sperimentalismo galileiano se, nella prospettiva neotomista, era la forma che spiegava movimento e composizione dei corpi? Che senso potevano allora avere per un neotomista il moto corpuscolare ed i composti fisici? Essi diedero per scontato che Galilei come lo scienziato che aveva concepito una nuova visione del metodo scientifico, andasse valorizzato.
Eppure qualche problema poteva delinearsi, se si teneva presente che la metodologia qualitativa in fisica ormai era del tutto obsoleta e che la stessa concezione della materia prima non poteva minimamente essere compatibile con il discorso metodologico galileiano. Ritengo che i neotomisti non intendessero rinfocolare le polemiche del Seicento, e soprattutto non intendessero far rivivere il dramma della condanna dello scienziato toscano davanti al Santo Uffizio. In questa mia relazione vorrei rendermi conto di come questo potesse accadere. Eppure lo scienziato toscano aveva escluso dalla metodologia da lui propugnata concetti estranei 8 Cfr.
Nasceva forse da una scelta tattica? Si noti la situazione complessa: Il che non era esattamente quanto aveva ritenuto Galilei. Secchi riteneva che la creazione avesse strutturato forze entro la materia che spiegavano lo sviluppo dei pianeti e la progressiva stratificazione delle specie viventi. Galilei in poi, hanno portato a rendere inutili le teorie delle forme e del qualitativo: Questo, creduto fino a non molto una sostanza, si riconobbe ai giorni nostri non essere che il movimento oscillatorio delle masse molecolari. Quindi fu cambiato il modo di rappresentare il mondo che ci contorna.
La posizione di Secchi insomma enunciava il punto di vista di una filosofia sperimentale in cui solo dopo il riscontro delle osservazioni e dei dati verificabili si poteva parlare di forze naturali. Proprio nel nome di Galilei Secchi riteneva impresentabile la visione tomistica. Saggio di filosofia naturale, Roma, Tip.
Forense, ; Milano, Treves, Conosciamo le linee di esso dalla confutazione cornoldiana. Documenti intorno alla controversia del sistema scolastico, sempre in ibid. Semmai erano le preoccupazioni teologiche a salvaguardare la formulazione tridentina del dogma eucaristico, che spingeranno i gesuiti del Collegio romano e non solo a scegliere la visione tomistica legata alla distinzione tra sostanza ed accidenti, e poi alla prospettiva ilemorfica. Parlando di Dio Spirito, intelligenza ordinatrice del mondo scrive: Si sarebbe potuto arrivare ad un dialogo di Galilei con i Gesuiti, e fu forse un complesso di circostanze ad impedirlo.
Secchi pensava che la condanna di Galilei fosse frutto di equivoci, cui lo stesso scienziato si era prestato. Poliglotta di Propaganda Fide, , pp. Pieralisi aveva pubblicato un vasto studio con molti documenti dal titolo: Poliglotta di Propaganda Fide, , che era stato contestato da Berti nella sua edizione degli atti del processo. La pubblicazione successiva prendeva spunto dalla lettera di Secchi e rincarava la dose. Il processo originale di Galileo, CC, s.
Il che naturalmente non permise di capire con chiarezza le motivazioni reali della condanna. I retroscena rimasero a livello di ipotesi. Secchi espose questa sua posizione in diversi studi e interventi: De Backer et A. Mi permetto di ricordare la trattazione del pensiero di Galilei e della questione della condanna da me svolta parecchi anni or sono e certamente da rivedersi: Ho inoltre avuto come punti di riferimento gli studi contenuti nel volume: Al contrario lo scienziato toscano aveva avuto il merito di avviare una metodologia che era alla base dei progressi della fisica tra Seicento ed Ottocento.
Il fatto di voler inglobare Galilei entro una visione fisica collegata alla materia ed alla forma era un pessimo servizio fatto al suo merito. Secchi pertanto aveva risposto alle argomentazioni di Cornoldi in difesa del sistema fisico-scolastico solo per interposta persona. Non intendeva polemizzare con un suo confratello che gli opponeva tesi che lui considerava debolissime. Occorre spiegare che lo scienziato, fisico, matematico ed astronomo Secchi non era coinvolto nella questione filosofica riguardante il sistema circa la natura dei corpi, che interessava i suoi colleghi docenti di filosofia.
Ma non voleva entrare in questioni che non riguardavano i suoi insegnamenti di matematica, fisica terrestre ed astronomia. La punizione di Cornoldi, reo di aver attaccato Secchi e di aver prodotto nella Compagnia un notevole scompiglio, fu esemplare. La preoccupazione della rivista era istituzionalmente quella di combattere il materialismo, ispirando una visione secondo la quale la materia mai poteva essere puramente presidiata da forze che impedissero la formazione di elementi dotati di forme.
Il punto di forza della natura era nella forma, non nel corpuscolo elementare o nelle forze attrattive: La sintesi chimica non era aggregazione e processo di elementi, ma trasformazione di sostanze in base alle loro forme. Parallelamente alla posizione di Cornoldi si manifesta quella di suoi colleghi nella professione neotomistica. Nel , quando ancora non era chiara una sua scelta neotomista, egli scriveva: Sociale, , furono attaccate da alcuni articoli di L.
Questo soggetto poi vien condotto a costituire tale e tale corpo, in quanto viene informato da tale o tal altro principio determinante ed attuoso. Alla base delle nuove scienze fisiche stava un nuovo criterio, confliggente con la visione scolastica. Essi in fondo si ispiravano oltre che al padre Secchi, anche ad uno dei fondatori della rivista, il padre Giovanni Battista Pianciani, figura notevole di scienziato e filosofo della natura, sperimentalista e non tomista. XVI , , pp.
Intorno alla vita ed alle opere del p. Giambattista Pianciani, Roma, Tip. Il padre Salis-Seewis non era infatti tomista. Lo scritto rielaborava la tesi di laurea di De Dominicis, sostenuta a Pisa. Sul pensiero di De Dominicis, cfr. Dal positivismo al neokantismo, Milano, Marzorati, , pp. Per una bibliografia della storiografia filosofica di orientamento positivistico in Italia cfr. Salis-Seewis, nel contrastare il positivismo, segue una strada diversa da quella di Cornoldi. Il preteso dogmatismo della filosofia cristiana sta tutto qui.
Prosegue il recensore con ironia: Le argomentazioni di De Dominicis sono infondate, in quanto pongono arbitrariamente un conflitto tra la fede del pensatore e le sue posizioni razionali. Galilei dunque era credente ed esperimentatore tutto insieme: Forse che ammessa una prima causa di moto, ne viene che tutti i moventi intermedii non muovano?
E dato che le forze elettriche, calorifiche, e chimiche, siano create da Dio, ne segue che queste non producano i loro effetti seguendo certe leggi? Per tutte queste considera45 Ibid. Di qui in fondo nacquero i guai per lui. Tuttavia il padre Salis-Seewis appare ottimista sul ruolo del pensatore toscano.
Dopo qualche inevitabile contraddizione, fu ascoltato, e le scienze naturali nella Chiesa e dai credenti furono coltivate con nuovo ardore. La metafisica cristiana ha tratto grande impulso nel periodo della Scolastica: Pare di capire che, fermo restando il ruolo della filosofia portata a grande sviluppo da San Tommaso ma non solo da lui , il pensiero moderno 47 Ibid.
Concluderei la presentazione di questa interessante interpretazione con una significativa affermazione di Salis-Seewis: Egli credente, e credenti quei che costruirono il nuovo edificio delle scienze naturali. Galilei trova, secondo Salis-Seewis, il suo posto nella storia del pensiero cristiano solo in questa prospettiva, e non fingendo che la sua visione corpuscolare e dinamica sia la stessa cosa della visione della materia prima e della forma sostanziale risuscitata da Cornoldi e da Liberatore. Eppure hanno accettato di difendere la buona fede filosofica di Galilei e la sua grandezza di scienziato facendo di lui la vittima di equivoci.
Augustine, for the theologian: The unshrinking defence of the Holy Scripture, however, does not require that we should equally uphold all the opinions which each of the Fathers or the more recent interpreters have put forth in explaining it; for it may be that, in commenting on passages where physical matters occur, they have sometimes expressed the ideas of their own times, and thus made statements which in these days have been abandoned as incorrect.
Although PD has been regarded as a milestone in the relationship between natural sciences and the biblical hermeneutics of the Roman Magisterium, it is difficult to assess its overall character. It is the merit of Francesco Beretta to have demonstrated the full ambivalence of the encyclical in the context of the Question biblique, viz.
This tendency was aggravated in the course of the redaction of Providentissimus Deus by the Jesuit Cardinal Camillo Mazzella. In consequence Mazzella decided to omit the reference to the salvifique finality, which Cornely had brought in not only with Hence, in their interpretations, we must carefully note what they lay down as belonging to faith, or as intimately connected with faith — what they are unanimous in.
And in another place he says most admirably: As a result, the Encyclical stated bluntly ch. For the system of those who, in order to rid themselves of these difficulties, do not hesitate to concede that divine inspiration regards the things of faith and morals, and nothing beyond, because as they wrongly think in a question of the truth or falsehood of a passage, we should consider not so much what God has said as the reason and purpose which He had in mind in saying it — this system cannot be tolerated.
For all the books which the Church receives as sacred and canonical, are written wholly and entirely, with all their parts, at the dictation of the Holy Ghost; and so far is it from being possible that any error can co-exist with inspiration, that inspiration not only is essentially incompatible with error, but excludes and rejects it as absolutely and necessarily as it is impossible that God Himself, the supreme Truth, can utter that which is not true. Following partly the project of Rudolf Cornely, Providentissimus Deus makes some way towards proving Galileo theologically right with regard to the relation of Inspiration and natural sciences.
PD must therefore be regarded as a highly ambivalent document. Nec enim toleranda est eorum ratio, qui ex istis difficultatibus sese expediunt, id nimirum dare non dubitantes, inspirationem divinam ad res fidei morumque, nihil praeterea, pertinere, eo quod falso arbitrentur, de veritate sententiarum cum agitur, non adeo exquirendum, quaenam dixerit Deus, ut non magis perpendatur, quam ob causam ea dixerit. This set-back was only partly surprising for him: In the context of the Encyclical Loisy lost his post at the Institut catholique.
According to Loisy, even the theological points in the Bible were to be seen in their cultural and historical relativity. Only the principles behind these relative truths were absolute. Loisy saw it as the task of the church, of the magisterium, to interpret and actualise the teachings of the Bible for modern humanity. Therefore, Loisy famously said that the Bible is true, but the Church is infallible. Here, Loisy was demasked as a rationalist; although he escaped a public censuring, he was told authoritativly to look for another field of activity.
The new secretary, the German Dominican Thomas Esser, initially withstood French pressures to start a new inquiry against Loisy. As a Thomist, Esser was open for literal exegesis and historical criticism as long as they did not imply dogmatic changes. When Esser had to give in to the denunciations against Loisy in , he staged about the only Index Inquiry which really conformed to the norms of Benedict XIV. Pius X, under French pressure, withdrew the case from the Index and handed it over to the Supreme Congregation of the Inquisition. Pie took up the argumentations of Billot and made short work of the defence of Fleming and Gismondi.
In the course of the internal curial discussions on Loisy, the case of Galileo came up towards the beginning in the discussions in the Congregation of Index and shortly before the censuring in the Holy Office. The man who mentioned Galileo in the Index was the Franciscan David Fleming, the secretary of the new Biblical Commission, who had been made, in an institutional compromise between Index, Holy Office and the Commission, an extraordinary censor for the case of Loisy.
As secretary of the new biblical commission Fleming had a difficult task in defending Loisy. He disliked him personally and thought of him as a rationalist, but a condemnation of Loisy brought with it the danger of turning the ambivalence of Providentissimus Deus into straightforward intransigentism. The danger was real: Thus, Fleming had to defend Loisy. In his votum for the Index he made the following rather daring statement: It is noteworthy, that in former times many theologians sought in the inspired documents all sorts of empirical sciences, like astronomy, geology, biology, but always with the most unfortunate results, as is clear from the time of Galilei until the present day.
Others have sought and seek even now in the same documents the narrative of facts concerning almost all humanity, in one word, they have taken Holy Scripture as a Handbook of History. Here Fleming parallelizes the hermeutical principles concerning sciences and history and thus puts something in action which Providentissimus had announced but not executed.
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But he goes further: These inspired documents constitute not a manual of any sort, but a literature, which has been formed out through several centuries, and consists of several and divergent elements. Some of them are historical, but others are allegorical, paraenetical, poetical, according to the character of the nation or the writers themselves, and to the spirit of the age in which the single parts have been written. Therefore history is not to be sought everywhere in these documents. II, Paris, Nourry, , p. Alii quaesiere et quaerunt adhuc in iisdem documentis narrationem fatorum quasi totius generis humani, uno verbo, sumpserunt S.
Quod quam sit absurdum, nemo, qui vel brevi Assyrilogiae, affinibusque disciplinis incubuerit, non videt. Many even today mix up Revelation and Inspiration, and think that the single elements which are contained in these documents, are more or less all directly revealed by God, which is contrary against the steadfast theological principle and the doctrine of the Fathers. John Chrysostom in Hom. Indeed, all these things draw their origin from the rudeness of the peoples. Fleming had also argued on the emotional level in his votum, opposing British soberness and the French exaggerations against Loisy: About Loisy he remarked: But the gravest fault of Fleming was to allude in his votum to the inglorious role of the Index Congregation in the case of John Zahm; here, Fleming had touched the honour of the consultors.
Ne opineris Deo indignum, quod Magi per stellam vocentur: Congregationi, negotia sua secreto tegenti, esset extraneus, eos edocere voluisse de rebus suis, videlicet de negotio libri prohibiti auctoris Zahm. Quae auctor de hoc negotio scribit, a vero quam maxime aliena sunt, et contraria eis, quae in his actis narrantur. Auctor ipse apud Summum Pontificem egisse fertur, ne dictus Zahm proscriberetur. Cum ergo decretum prohibitionis non promulgaretur, ipse credere potuit, librum non fuisse prohibitum, et hoc sibi deberi.
In eodem voto praeterea displicuit Consultoribus, auctorem verba ipsius Loisy fere nunquam citasse, quo fit, ut qui votum legit, iudicium de scripto examini subiecto ferre per se nequeat, atque in verba magistri iurare debeat. When Fleming realised that Loisy had now to be sacrificed, he called for a special papal letter against him in order to make the most out of this sacrifice.
In a letter from the following day, the consultor Hyacinthe Marie Cormier, a Dominican, reports: In this regard, the appeal to Galileo was successful. The new Syllabus was postponed. Thus, Loisy came on the Index before Christmas , but it took another three and a half years before a syllabus against him should be published: Catholic exegetes were still free to doubt the mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch or the historical value of Genesis or even to suppose a developetiam, et quidem praecipue, hoc opusculum, absque auctoritate ecclesiastica evulgatum, proscribendum esse.
Cormier alludes of course to the famous case of the allegedly monotheletic Pope Honorius of the 7th century. In he was replaced as secretary of the Biblical Commission, whose decisions became increasingly illiberal. The Elenchus against Loisy, which was prepared mainly by Pie de Langogne and discussed in the Holy Office from onwards, contained a paragraph on the problem of inspiration.
Questions which were treated parallely by the Biblical Commission had been excluded from the Elenchus, but — as Pie de Langogne stated polemically — the inspiration was not an exegetical problem, but a catholic dogma. Thus, this proposition was inserted and entered unchanged into the later decree Lamentabili: Unfortunately there were and there are not missing people who restrict the inerrancy of Holy Scripture to the assertions concerning faith and morals and who admit that errors have entered into holy writ, for instance historical and cosmological errors.
When they will have concludently demonstrated these errors, then we will occasion to investigate which and in which sense these errors can be found in the holy books: It is noteworthy that Pie denies for the moment not only historical but also cosmological errors in Scripture. Obviously, for him Galileo is no problem.
Elenchus complectens praecipuos hodierni rationalismi theologici errores; p. Scripturae restringant ad assertiones fidem et mores tantum spectantes, quique proinde errores ultro fatentur in Libris sacris irrepsisse, puta historicos, cosmologicos etc. Quum praetensos errores concludenter demonstraverint, locus tunc erit investigandi quales et quo sensu reperiantur errores in sacris Libris: Only David Fleming made in a last minute attempt and postulated that the propositions on inspiration and inerrancy be omitted in the Syllabus as they had been already clarified in Providentissimus Deus.
With this request he failed. After the publication of Lamentabili, journals in Italy and France reminded their readers that the decrees of the Holy Office did not request an assensus fidei but rather a mere disciplinary obedience. Bertolucci, Pisa, BFS, , pp. Mais pourquoi Laurent a-t-il choisi ce sujet? E pur si muove! Et pourtant elle tourne! La notice du catalogue du Salon explique: E pur, si muove!
On peut penser que cet artiste protestant avait choisi ce sujet dans un esprit anti-catholique. Au-dessus du savant, figurent des cordes, des poulies, pour la torture. Nous aimons mieux cela: Rappresentazioni di Galileo nella cultura positivistica cit. La description du savant montre son peu de sympathie pour lui: Aubert, accusato di fare apologetica salvando la stima per la chiesa di oggi attraverso le accuse a quella di ieri.
Copernico, Galilei e la Chiesa. Ravasi, Venezia, Marcianum Press, Disciplina della nascita tra medicina e morale, Bologna, Il Mulino, Tutto il concilio giorno per giorno, a cura di Ettore Masina, Milano, Mursia, , rimane sul piano di un entusiasmo cronachistico. Paschini e la Roma ecclesiastica, in Atti del convegno di studio su Pio Paschini nel centenario della nascita , a cura di G.
Fornasir, Roma, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, , pp. Angelo Mercati e poi di p.
Agostino Gemelli che volevano profittare del centenario galileano del Giovan Battista Montini30 — riesce a vietarne la pubblicazione. Paschini e la Roma ecclesiastica cit. Le agende del papa , a cura di M. Velati, Bologna, ISR, , pp. Roberti e la fissazione al 21 settembre della consacrazione. Ciappi una sua nota sul tema per impedire che una frangia estremista, impersonata dal p. This Church that I Love.
Passaggi e problemi della preparazione conciliare, a cura di Giuseppe Alberigo e Alberto Melloni, Genova, Marietti, , pp. Poche settimane prima di quel settembre il p. Je reparle de la question avec le P. Il tient du P. Exemplum Galilei et alia exempla recentiora sufficiant! Egli si concentra sul paragrafo n. A differenza di coloro che — come i belgi e soprattutto mons. Paschini, spentosi il 14 di quel mese. Pietro Parente quello che p. Il 31 luglio de Lubac ricorda che p. Ces hommes de Curie sont et se veulent ouverts.
I segnali sono ovattati, ma visibili ad occhio nudo: Mahieu ignora in quanto allegato una parte della nota del febbraio , che Congar appunta su un foglietto scrupolosamente inserito alla pertinente pagina del diario: Nella congregazione generale prende la parola mons. Angor et anxietas multorum theologorum adhuc impediunt proh dolor, ut sermo noster cum mundo scientifico fructus desideratos afferat; et hoc iam inde a tempore Galilei ante quadringentos annos et non sine culpa nostra! Primo est necessarium, causam malorum sincere inquirere.
Homines nostri temporis causa[m] Galilei minime oblivisci possunt quia etiam atque etiam in scriptis non catholicis, in spectaculis, in emissionibus televisionis commonentur quod nuper accidi. Van Hees a chiedere in un intervento sul De revelatione depositato in scriptis che si prestasse attenzione al n.
Elchinger affronta di petto la questione chiedendo che il n. De omnibus istis deficientiis, historicum factum Galilei, in hodiernos usque dies, pro multis peritis hominibus, typicum symbolum constituit. Nequidem dicatur, hoc factum mere ad historiam pertinere. In mundo hodierno, maioris quidam momenti sunt actus positi, quam verba prolata. Elchinger suscita qualche apprensione: Congar, infatti, annota nel suo diario che mons. Elchinger ha ricevuto una strana lettera dal nunzio, mons.
Intanto alla riunione della commissione tenuta ad Ariccia il p. Ma su quel dettato si discute: On me demande de proposer un texte demain. Lezione appresa nella settimana nera? Prudenza su un tema di cui lui conosce le implicazioni? Congar non ne parla, ma passa ai fatti, trovando in mons. Mais mon avis est fort net: Hi autem errores pro temporibs facile intelliguntur; neque proprii catholicorum fuerunt, cum similia in aliis religionibus acciderint. Sed oportet omnia enixe faciamus ut quantum humana infirmitas patitur, tales errores, ut verbi gratia Galilei damnatio, numquam iterentur.
Il fuoco sul n. Tucci, evidentemente consapevole delle manomissioni del testo Paschini malmenato due volte. Le lendemain, le P. Lo stesso in Fondo Guano, no. If it is not being used in exactly the same sense, then how can one claim that Aquinas has demonstrated this conclusion? The problem is not whether analogical predication is possible but, first, whether one can understand the analogical predicate and, second, whether one can employ such a predicate in a demonstration without committing the fallacy of equivocation.
A habitus is, of course, not merely the product of action, but itself is ordered to action. Thus, to say that religious beliefs are propositional in form is not to say that their function is only descriptive. La loi naturelle , 21, my translation; see Man and the State , There is, Maritain holds, a single natural law governing all beings with a human nature. The first principles of this law are known connaturally , not rationally or through concepts, by an activity that Maritain, following Aquinas, called synderesis. This allows him to reply to the challenge that there cannot be a universal, natural law because no such law is known or respected universally.
Again, though this law is progressively known, it is never known completely, and so the natural law is never exhausted in any particular articulation of it La loi naturelle , see Sweet This recognition of the historical element in human consciousness did not, however, prevent Maritain from holding that this law is objective and binding. Maritain distinguishes between the human being as an individual and as a person. But they are also persons.
One is an individual in virtue of being a material being; one is a person so far as one is capable of intellectual activity and freedom. Still, while distinct, both elements are equally necessary to being a human being. It is in virtue of their individuality that human beings have obligations to the social order, but it is in virtue of their personality that they cannot be subordinated to that order.
Moreover, it is through free choice and action that a person defines himself see Toromczak The personalist position that he defended had antecedents in the nineteenth century, but it was perhaps the first to be part of an account of a new model of civilization De Tavernier For Maritain, the best political order is one which recognizes the sovereignty of God. He rejects, therefore, not only fascism and communism, but all secular humanisms. Maritain objects that such views—particularly fascism and communism—are not only secular religions, but dehumanizing Kinsella and, while he was a defender of American-style democracy, he is clearly not interested in combining his attachment to Christianity with capitalism.
A theocentric humanism, Maritain would argue, has its philosophical foundation in the recognition of the nature of the human person as a spiritual and material being—a being that has a relation to God—and social and political institutions must therefore reflect this. It is rooted in divine reason and in a transcendent order i. Some have concluded—perhaps too hastily—that a theory that refers to an Eternal Law must be ultimately theological and cannot be purely philosophical.
It varies according to the stage of social or economic development within that community and according to the specific activities of individuals within it. Neither the positive law nor the droit des gens is, however, deducible from the natural law alone. Neither is known connaturally and, therefore, is not part of the natural law. When a positive law acts against the natural law, it is, strictly speaking, not a law.
Thus, Maritain clearly rejects legal positivism. Maritain held that natural law theory entailed an account of human rights. Since the natural end of each person is to achieve moral and spiritual perfection, it is necessary to have the means to do so, i. Maritain replies to the criticism that there are no such rights, since they are not universally recognised, by reminding his readers that, just as the natural law comes to be recognised gradually and over time, so also is there a gradual recognition of rights. Indeed, Maritain held that certain basic natural rights can be recognised by all, without there having to be agreement on their foundation and, as an illustration of this, he pointed to the general agreement on those rights found in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Nevertheless, he did insist that an adequate account of human rights required a foundation in natural law see Man and the State , Ch. Maritain held that natural rights are fundamental and inalienable, and antecedent in nature, and superior, to society. Rights are grounded in the natural law, and specifically in relation to the common good. It is this good, and not individual rights, that is the basis of the state, and it is because of this that Maritain held that there can be a hierarchical ordering of these rights Man and the State , —7.
One consequence of his natural law and natural rights theory is that Maritain favoured a democratic and liberal view of the state, and argued for a political society that is both personalist, pluralist, and Christianly-inspired. He held that the authority to rule derives from the people—for people have a natural right to govern themselves.
Maritain also favoured a number of liberal ideals, and the list of rights that he recognises extends significantly beyond that found in many liberal theories, and includes the rights of workers as well as those of the human and the civic person. He was, in particular, a defender of freedom of conscience—and not simply freedom of religion or freedom of worship—which he saw as fundamental to the full development of human personality and to the common good of society Sweet , Coulter Furthermore, the ideal of freedom or liberty to be found in the state is close to that which is now generally called positive freedom—i.
As a polity that attempts to provide the conditions for the realisation of the human person as an individual who is, thereby, a member of a temporal community, it recognises that the use of goods by individuals must serve the good of all Integral Humanism , [ ] , and that individuals can be required to serve the community.
Their aim—and the aim of the state as a whole—is, however, always the common good. It recognises differences of religious conscience and is, in this way, fundamentally pluralistic. Whether it would indeed be able to accommodate plurality while remaining a unified community has, however, been a subject of some debate [Armour ]. While such groups would not necessarily exercise political power, the society as a whole would reflect Christian values—not just because these values are part of a privileged religion or faith a matter that Maritain would be wary of , but because these are necessary to the temporal community.
In such a polity one would, of course, find a church and a state, though Maritain would see them as cooperative entities, with the state occupying itself with those matters that, while focusing on temporal concerns, addressed the needs of the whole of the human person, and with the church focussing on spiritual matters. It is, perhaps, evident that such a polity could not survive within a single nation state that existed among a plurality of states with different ideals, and so Maritain supported the ideal of a world federation of political societies see Goedert While the realisation of such an ideal was something that lay in a distant future, Maritain nevertheless thought that such a federation was possible, providing that the individual states retained a fair degree of autonomy and that persons could be found from each state who would voluntarily distance themselves from the particular interests of their home country.
Maritain had a long-standing interest in art and the arts. From one of his earliest books, Art et scolastique , Art and Scholasticism , through work addressing the painter Georges Rouault and the author, Jean Cocteau e. This should be no surprise. Maritain sought to engage the world of the contemporary arts, but he was also critical of much of the aesthetics that was implied by it; he proposed to uncover principles of art at a time at which talk of such principles had already become somewhat suspect. His familiarity with the arts made his work relevant and accessible to those who engaged in them, and although his early work drew from his knowledge of western art, in his later work he also wrote about that found in Asian and Indian cultures.
Thus, there is a close relation between the understanding of being in philosophy, and poetry see Chenet As a characteristic of the practical intellect, art is not a speculative or a theoretical activity; it aims not just at knowing, but at doing. Moreover, it can be taught Trutty-Coohill Maritain insisted, however, that his view of the place of beauty in art was more consistent with the practice of artistic activity.
For example, even though a work of art is an end in itself, the general end of art is beauty. Thus, since art is a virtue that aims at making, to be an artist requires aiming at making beautiful things Art and Scholasticism , [ 33]. Beauty can be found in nature as well as in art. While beauty affects human beings through the senses, and while the awareness of beauty does not involve abstraction as does knowledge in the sciences , nevertheless, beauty is an object of the intellect. Art has both subjective and objective dimensions. The activity of artistic creation is clearly something that is carried out by a subject.
Still, beauty is not something purely subjective or relative. Beauty—and, by extension, art—is something that involves integrity, proportion, and splendour or clarity, which are objective qualities. More broadly, art has a relation to the world; it can be a response to the world, but its expression is also determined by the world and by the work itself. This also serves to put the ambitions and pretensions of the artist into perspective. Finally, beauty and art have a connection to the spiritual and spiritual experience Creative Intuition , Artistic activity is, for Maritain, part of the basic drive in humans to create and make.
This requires freedom—and, thus, the artist must be free. Indeed, for Maritain, freedom is a fundamental characteristic of the human person. But this freedom is not absolute. Maritain reminds his readers that freedom is not license to do whatever one chooses. While Maritain rejects the subordination of the artist to politics and to religious authority, he also denies that artists are answerable only to themselves.
The freedom that Maritain ascribes to artists, then, is not a lawless freedom. Maritain notes the focus on the awareness of the self as a characteristic of art from the time of the German romantics, and he recognises its value so far as it challenges the emphasis by some artists of the 17th century on reason and mechanical technique—perhaps having in mind figures such as Paul Freart de Chantelou.
At the time of his death, Maritain was arguably the best known Catholic philosopher in the world. The breadth of his philosophical work, his influence in the social philosophy of the Catholic Church, and his ardent defenses of human rights made him one of the central figures of his times. As is evident from the preceding remarks, it covers a wide range of areas—though much of it was written for a general, rather than a professional academic, audience. Although no longer as strong as they once were, they were particularly significant in Latin America and French-speaking Africa from the s until recent years.
Clearly, his influence was strongest in those countries where Thomistic philosophy had pride of place. While his political philosophy led him, at least in his time, to be considered a liberal and even a social democrat, he eschewed socialism and, in Le paysan de la Garonne , was an early critic of many of the religious reforms that followed the Second Vatican Council. One can say, then, that he would be considered by present-day liberals as too conservative, and by many conservatives as too liberal. Again, though generally considered to be a Thomist, the extent to which he was is a matter of some debate.
English-language editions are noted as well. Aquinas, Saint Thomas God: concepts of liberalism religion: philosophy of. Life 2. General Background 3. Principal Contributions 3. Life Jacques Maritain was born on November 18, in Paris. This intuition of being is a perception direct and immediate …. Maritain believes that such an emphasis is characteristic of any consistent Thomism; What distinguishes authentic Thomism … is precisely the primacy which [it] accords to existence and the intuition of existential being. Degrees of Knowledge , [ 23] For example, natural science, which is based on sense perception, aims at formulating laws which reflect certain features of the objects perceived.
Maritain writes, [t]he metaphysician considers an object of knowing of a specifically higher nature and intelligibility, and from it he acquires a proper knowledge, a scientific knowledge, by means that absolutely transcend those of the physicist or the mathematician. Maritain points out that philosophical demonstration is different from natural scientific or mathematical demonstrations: philosophy is concerned with an objectively distinct field of knowledge and constitutes a really autonomous discipline, possessing its own adequate means of explaining this field of knowledge.
Range of Reason , [ 5] Thus, Maritain writes, natural philosophy penetrates to the nature of its object. Man and the State , 91 Nor is it, as much knowledge is, a knowledge of essences.
Related Marx. La vita, il pensiero e le opere. (Italian Edition)
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