58 Valla's Dialectic in the North A Commentary on Peter of Spain by Gerardus Listrius PETER MACK Lorenzo Valla's Dialecticae Disputationes has now attracted the attention and even the acclaim of several modern scholars. It has been seen as a subordination of dialectic to rhetoric,' the starting point of Renais- sance Dialectic,2 a key work in the transmission of scepticism3 and even an anticipation of ordinary language philosophy.4 While the meaning of this original work is now debated from various points of view, the problem of its influence is less explored. G. Zippel, in 1957, at the same time as he promised a critical edi- tion, listed eight manuscripts, which he divided into three different recensions.5 The second recension was printed on its own perhaps twice before 1500 and four times between 1509 and 1541, and was in- cluded in the twice printed Opera Omnia (1540, 1543).6 Some of its pro- positions are mentioned by Valla as charges in his trial by the Inquisi- tion in Naples in 1444, but the details of accusation and defence are ' S. I. Camporeale, Lorenzo Valla: Umanesimo e Teologia, Florence 1972, 79-80. Much of the first half of this valuable book
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