Colloquium: Eva Del Soldato speaks at Classics! (at 4:30 in 402 Cohen Hall)

Please join us for a talk of our own Eva Del Soldato entitled:

"Comparing Philosophers, Comparing Authorities: Plato and Aristotle in Early Modern Universities"

It takes place on Thursday February 7 at 4:30 in the Department of Classical Studies, 402 Cohen Hall.

Here's an abstract:

In one of the most evocative frescoes of the Renaissance, Raphael juxtaposes Plato and Aristotle. The pairing would seem obvious, since the two thinkers had been for centuries symbols of philosophy and wisdom. But only the recent revival of Plato, begun in the mid-fifteenth century, had allowed Latin West to gain a better understanding of Platonic philosophy and therefore to compare Plato’s doctrines directly to those of Aristotle. Were master and disciple in harmony? And if not, which of the two should be favored? Such questions were less innocent than one might think, and the answers to them had implications for scholastic philosophy, theology, and speculation on the natural world, among a wide range of topics. A preferred vehicle for confronting these issues were works expressly conceived as comparisons between the two philosophers: the comparationes. The comparatio between Plato and Aristotle – a legacy from ancient philosophical schools – was initially recovered as a genre by Greek authors such as Pletho, George of Trebizond and Bessarion, and eventually appropriated by Latin authors, from Pico to Fox Morcillo, from Champier to Camutius. Driven by philosophical, apologetic and even political concerns, comparationes between Plato and Aristotle were still being composed even at the end of the seventeenth century, as the genre served as a flexible tool for different intellectual agendas. This talk will outline, on the basis of new archival and bibliographic research, some significant episodes in the early modern history of this genre, focusing on its application in the university world, where it served both as a didactic instrument and a cultural manifesto.

Speaker: 
Eva Del Soldato
Date: 
7 February 2019
Time: 
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm