By Gabriele Galluzzo, Professor in the Department of Classics Languages Education and Philosophy Fabrizio Amerini
Few philosophical books were so influential within the improvement of Western proposal as Aristotle's Metaphysics. for hundreds of years Aristotle's so much celebrated paintings has been considered as a resource of notion in addition to the place to begin for each research into the constitution of truth. no longer strangely, the subjects mentioned within the e-book - the clinical prestige of ontology and metaphysics, the principles of logical truths, the notions of essence and life, the character of fabric items and their homes, the prestige of mathematical entities, simply to point out a few - are nonetheless on the centre of the present philosophical debate and are inclined to excite philosophical minds for a few years to return. This quantity reconstructs in fourteen chapters a selected part within the lengthy background of the Metaphysics by way of concentrating on the medieval reception of Aristotle's masterpiece, particularly from its creation within the Latin West within the 12th via 15th centuries. participants contain: Marta Borgo, Matteo di Giovanni, Amos Bertolacci, Silvia Donati, Gabriele Galluzzo, Alessandro D. Conti, Sten Ebbesen, Fabrizio Amerini, Giorgio Pini, Roberto Lambertini, William O. Duba, Femke J. Kok, and Paul J.J.M. Bakker.
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17 Gudrun Vuillemin-Diem, “Praefatio. 1 (Leiden, 1995), pp. 2–3. On the Translatio Boethii, see below, pp. 31–32. , p. 4. See also below, p. 37. 19 Note that what is meant here is something ultimately different from “the plurality of medieval metaphysics” which Alain de Libera discusses (see above, note 6). 20 But this is not the whole story. The huge number of versions circulating is also due to two other phenomena, which a hasty modern reader of the Latin Aristotle might overlook. iii-a First, each individual translator has the possibility to “publish”― let me put it in anachronistic terms―more than one “edition” of his work: a translator might put forth a translation, then decide to go back over it and rework it.
Rather, he worked directly on a manuscript copy of TJ, making his amendments directly on it. Materially speaking, thus, his translation was a sort of drafted fusion between James’s text and a series of marginal/interlinear annotations to such a text: the achievement of this fusion was up to readers. Now, for some reason,59 the anonymous’s corrective annotations do not go beyond the translation of line 998b23. 61 On the whole, then, TC ends up being a version of Aristotle’s Met. as long as James’s and partially identical with it.
32 This is not the case with TC. 33 This is not the case with RTM. ” 34 See below, p. 49. An Examination of the Titles Greek → Latin TJ TC TA translation a translation translation b c 4 books James (of Venice) Vetustissima 4 books — d Vetus Arabic → Latin RTM translation + revision 13 books 14 books anonymous William of translator Moerbeke Media — TnS translation 11 books Michael Scot Nova comes earlier, medium is what is in-between. 35 In any case, all of them are deceptive, should someone put the five translations in chronological order.
A Companion to the Latin Medieval Commentaries on Aristotle’s Metaphysics by Gabriele Galluzzo, Professor in the Department of Classics Languages Education and Philosophy Fabrizio Amerini