De libris propriis.

Girolamo Cardano

De libris propriis.

The editions of 1544, 1550, 1557, 1562 with supplementary material

Printed Edition


Pages: 400

ISBN: 9788846454492

Edition: 1a edizione 2004

Publisher code: 496.3.15

Availability: Nulla

Girolamo Cardano (1501-76) is one of the most original thinkers of his day; a polymath who applied his mind to philosophy, medicine, mathematics, mechanics and astrology, and whose intellectual career led him to study and teach Pavia, Padua, Milan, and Bologna. He is also one of the earliest and most original autobiographers; his De propria vita was written at the very end of his life, and eventually published posthumously by the French scholar Gabriel Naudé in 1643. Before that, he had issued a number of accounts of his own writings; these helped to secure his reputation in to the republic of letters throughout Europe during his own lifetime.

The various versions of Cardano's De libris propriis which are brought together in this volume developed from simple lists of his compositions to full and intricate accounts of his own intellectual and personal life, and include his assessment of the whole field of knowledge of his day, and the place he claimed to occupy in it.

Ian Maclean is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Oxford, a Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Among his publications are The Renaissance notion of woman (1980, frequently reprinted), Meaning and interpretation in the Renaissance: the case of law (1992), Montaigne philosophe (1996) and Logic, signs and nature in the Renaissance: the case of learned medicine (2001), together with numerous articles on Renaissance law, medicine, intellectual history, the history of the book, and figures such as Cardano and Montaigne.

(The evolution of the De libris propriis; Literary models; The textual history of the De libris propriis and their Milanese context; Motives for writing; Modes for writing: quotation; Encyclopedism, polygraphy and the map of human knowledge; The psychology of reading; Commentary; Autobiography: interpreting the self; Veracity; Publication: the book market and its clients)
Principles of transcription, notes and abbreviations
A chronology of the composition of Cardano's works
A synopsis of Cardano's life
Practica Arithmetice (1539)
De libris propriis (1544)
De libris propriis (1550)
De libris propriis (1557)
De libris propriis (1562)
De propria vita liber (first edition, 1943)
Index nominum.

Contributors: Ian Maclean

Serie: Filosofia e scienza nell'età moderna e contemporanea

Subjects: History of Modern Philosophy - Hermeneutics - Science Philosophy

Level: Scholarly Research

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