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Aristotle Theologized: the Importance of Giles of Rome’s Sententia de bona fortuna to Late Medieval and Renaissance Peripatetism


  • 2020
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  • Marienza Benedetto, Francesco Marrone, Pasquale Porro (ed.), Doctor Fundatissimus. Giles of Rome: His Thought and Influence. - Turnhout, Brepols, 2020. - 2020, vol. Quaestio: The Yearbook of the History of Metaphysics, 20 (2020), p. 137-157
English When studying the scholastic Aristotelian tradition in the Late Middle Ages or in Early Modernity, the modern scholar realizes that in these periods, Aristotle is sometimes something else, or something more than what he means to modern readers. This paper highlights the decisive role played in the longer course of Aristotelian tradition by Giles of Rome’ Sententia de bona fortuna, a work that constitutes a telling example of the radical transformations imposed by Latin thinkers on the Aristotelian philosophical system. The impact of this commentary was decisive for the subsequent discussions on fortune, contingency and “divine government” – that is, the issue of how God, as the First Principle of all beings, leads them all to their ends or their ultimate “good”. In so doing, the article shows that Giles’ reading of the (Pseudo-)Aristotelian treatise called Liber de bona fortuna marked the birth of a coherent ‘natural theology’ in the Latin West.
Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines
Département de Philosophie
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