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ITALG009 - Marsilio Ficino, De Amore

Value: 30 credits
Tutor: Dr Dilwyn Knox
Teaching structure:
one 3-hour examination in the Summer Term.

Module Description:

Ficino's De amore, entitled Dell'amore in Ficino's translation of his treatise, is the best known treatise of Renaissance Neoplatonism. The module introduces students through a detailed reading of this text to Ficino's interpretation of Neoplatonism and its relationship with Christian doctrine. It discusses Neoplatonic doctrines of, among other things, the hypostases, emanation, light metaphysics, beauty, desire, agapē, the relationship of body and soul, demonology and melancholy. Students may follow the module in either Ficino's original Latin version or his Italian translation. A good reading knowledge of Italian or Latin is required. The module is designed for students unfamiliar with ancient and medieval philosophy.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

You should acquire a copy of Marsilio Ficino, El libro dell’amore, ed. Sandra Niccoli (Olschki: Firenze, 1987).The materials available online via the module Moodle site are keyed to this edition. Before the beginning of the academic year, you may access some of these materials; ask the module tutor for access. A good introduction to Ficino's life and works is Cesare Vasoli's entry 'Ficino, Marsilio' in the Dizionario biografico degli italiani