Ancient Wisdom in the Age of the New Science: Histories of by Dmitri Levitin

By Dmitri Levitin

Seventeenth-century England has lengthy been heralded because the birthplace of a so-called 'new' philosophy. but what contemporaries may have understood by way of 'old' philosophy has been little favored. during this publication Dmitri Levitin examines English attitudes to historical philosophy in unheard of intensity, demonstrating the centrality of engagement with the heritage of philosophy to just about all trained individuals, no matter if students, clerics, or philosophers themselves, and aligning English highbrow tradition heavily to that of continental Europe. Drawing on an unlimited array of assets, Levitin demanding situations the belief that curiosity in old principles was once restricted to out-of-date 'ancients' or used to be in a few experience 'pre-enlightened'; certainly, a lot of the highbrow justification for the hot philosophy got here from re-writing its historical past. while, the deep funding of English students in pioneering varieties of overdue humanist erudition led them to enhance the most cutting edge narratives of old philosophy in early smooth Europe.

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14. Bidez and Cumont, Mages, ii, 155–6. ’ (1997). 245 on Wed Mar 16 16:51:39 GMT 2016. 002 Cambridge Books Online © Cambridge University Press, 2016 36 Ancient wisdom I: the wisdom of the east Their exact origin remains a mystery, the best evidence suggesting that they were first recorded by one Julian the Theurgist (fl. late second century), the evidence for which (Suda, 434) was available to early modern scholars. This, however, was not the opinion of their first readers, for it is ‘of singular importance .

2 vols, Amsterdam, 1697), ii, 449–50. Le Clerc here says nothing of the sort, instead preaching caution about Laërtius’s lists of various philosophers’ writings, and actually praising Ménage on this score. Durling, ‘Renaissance editions and translations of Galen’ (1961) remains essential. 1 below for seminal works on medical humanism. Goulding, Ramus, Savile, and the Renaissance rediscovery of mathematical history (2010) is an excellent study, also discussing the available sources. 102 on Thu Mar 17 12:12:55 GMT 2016.

For the fullest summary, see de Jong, Traditions of the Magi (1997). For the historiographical–cultural world that facilitated these speculations, see Momigliano, Alien wisdom (1971), esp. 141–8. For the early Christian reception, see Stausberg, Faszination, i, 439–50. I draw freely on all these for the following paragraphs. g. Plutarch, Is. 23–5. See all the fragments collected in Bidez and Cumont, Mages, ii, 137–263. g. 13–15. g. 7; Pliny, Hist. , 41; Plutarch, Adv. , 14; Lactantius, Div. 15.

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