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All Things Natural: Ficino on Plato's Timaeus - Commentaries by Ficino on Plato's Writings No. 4 (Hardback)
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All Things Natural: Ficino on Plato's Timaeus - Commentaries by Ficino on Plato's Writings No. 4 (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 05/01/2010
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Ficino's commentary on Plato's Timaeus offers the English reader, for the first time, an opportunity to share the insights of this highly influential Renaissance philosopher into one of Plato's most important and controversial works. Here are discussed the perennial questions which affect us all: What is the nature of the universe? How did it begin? Does it have a cause outside itself? What is our place in it? What is the nature of mind, soul, matter and time? The central portion of the work, focusing on number, harmony, and music, has exerted a strong influence on the history of Western musical theory. Ficino added an appendix which amplifies and elucidates Plato's meanings and reveals fascinating detail about Ficino himself. This volume provides rich source material for all who are interested in philosophy, the history of cosmic theory, and Platonic and Renaissance studies. This completes the four-volume series, including Gardens of Philosophy, 2006 (ISBN 978-0-85683-240-6), Evermore Shall Be So, 2008 (978-0-85683-256-7) and When Philosophers Rule, 2009 (978-0-85683-257-4), which contain all Ficino's commentaries not previously translated into English.

Publisher: Shepheard-Walwyn (Publishers) Ltd
ISBN: 9780856832581
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"All that we regard as the norm of Western European art--Botticelli's paintings, Monteverdi's music, Shakespeare's philosophical lovers, Berowne and Lorenzo, Jacques and Portia--has flowered from Ficino's Florence." --Kathleen Raine, Times
"Not a new translation of the Timaeus, but a commentary on it. Surprisingly, this is the first time it has been translated into English and Arthur Farndell has to be congratulated on offering the reader a rare chance to see how the Timaeus was viewed at the time of the Renaissance." --Contact
"Ficino was concerned to align the wisdom of Plato with Christian revelation ... That Ficino was a Christian Platonist is a major reason why he was so influential among the philosophers, theologians and artists of his time." -Temenos Academy Review 2012

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