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Title: L'In Platonis Timaeum e le altre opere inedite di Paolo Beni da Gubbio
Author(s): BARTOCCI, Barbara
Journal: Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales
Volume: 80    Issue: 1   Date: 2013   
Pages: 165-219
DOI: 10.2143/RTPM.80.1.2988832

Abstract :
Paolo Beni da Gubbio (ca. 1553-1625), a Jesuit philosopher and theologian who withdrew from the order, propounded a new reading of Plato. One noteworthy feature of Beni as Plato interpreter is that he discusses Platonic cosmology on the basis of the astronomical discoveries of Galileo, an associate of Beni. It is the purpose of the present article to update the information found in P.B. Diffley’s Paolo Beni by capitalizing both on more recent research and on fresh archival explorations. The first part (§§1-3) is devoted to Beni’s life, his intellectual network and his writings, which offer a prime example of the interplay between the exegetical discussions — of both literary and philosophical texts — and the ‘new science’ of the day. The second part (§§4-6) presents Beni’s most important philosophical work, his Timaeus commentary (arguably the most extensive commentary on Plato’s dialogue ever been written). The last section (§6) offers a short account of the structure and content of the eighteen unpublished books of In Timaeum, which are preserved in the Vatican Archives (Archivio Beni II, MSS. 98-108). The appendix lists all manuscripts of Beni’s writings as they have been preserved in the Vatican Archives.

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