Digressing with Aristotle: Hieronymus Dandinus' De corpore animato (1610) and the Expansion of Late Aristotelian Philosophy

Digressing with Aristotle: Hieronymus Dandinus' De corpore animato (1610) and the Expansion of... Early Science and Medicine 13 (2008) 127-170 www.brill.nl/esm © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157338208X263444 Digressing with Aristotle: Hieronymus Dandinus’ De corpore animato (1610) and the Expansion of Late Aristotelian Philosophy Michael Edwards * Christ’s College, Cambridge Abstract Early modern scholastic and Aristotelian philosophy is now a growing area of study. However, little attention has been paid to the structure and form of late Aristotelian texts, partly because they have often been seen as baroque and excessively intricate in construction. is article examines the role of structural and stylistic issues in the De anima commentary of the Jesuit author Hieronymus Dandinus (1554-1634), focusing particularly on the techniques he used to integrate knowledge from other disciplines and expand the familiar commentary format. It argues that taking these issues seri- ously has important implications for our understanding of the dynamics of reading Aristotle in the early modern period. Keywords Hieronymus Dandinus (1554-1634), Girolamo Dandini (1554-1634), De anima com mentary tradition, digression, 17th century psychology and natural philosophy 1. Introduction Francis Bacon’s criticisms in the Advancement of Learning (1605) of the “degenerate learning” of scholastic authors have resonated with many subsequent readers. In particular, his contemptuous charge that the schoolmen http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early Science and Medicine Brill

Digressing with Aristotle: Hieronymus Dandinus' De corpore animato (1610) and the Expansion of Late Aristotelian Philosophy

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1383-7427
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10.1163/157338208X263444
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