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ITALG009 - Marsilio Ficino, De Amore
Value: 30 credits
Tutor: Dr Dilwyn Knox
Assessment: one 3-hour examination in the Summer Term.
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
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.