By Kuni Sakamoto
This monograph is the 1st to investigate Julius Caesar Scaliger’s Exotericae Exercitationes (1557). although hardly ever learn this day, the Exercitationes used to be essentially the most winning philosophical treatises of the time, attracting massive awareness from many intellectuals with multifaceted non secular and philosophical orientations. so that it will make this large late-Renaissance paintings available to trendy readers, Kuni Sakamoto carried out a close textual research and published the elemental tenets of Scaliger’s philosophy. His research additionally enabled him to elucidate the old provenance of Scaliger’s Aristotelianism and how it to that end stimulated the various protagonists of the “New Philosophy.” the writer therefore bridges the historiographical hole among reports of Renaissance philosophy and people of the seventeenth-century.
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1, ch. 52): “Ultimo ut te magis in admirationem attollam, et ut ex philosophis altissime Aristotelem philosophatum fuisse demonstrem, attendenda sunt quae de sanctissimae mysterio Trinitatis ab eo saltim non ignorato dicat Scaliger Exercitat. 365. num. 3. ” 38 Alsted, Theologia naturalis, 166 (part 1, ch. 17). Cf. 3, 95r–v, quoted in n. 16 above. 39 Alsted, Theologia naturalis, 166 (part 1, ch. ” CREATION, THE TRINITY, AND PRISCA THEOLOGIA 31 I would say that [there is nothing in Aristotle] about the Holy Spirit, which proceeds from the Father and the Son.
4 (on the Pythagorean God as ψύχωσις); Exodus 3:2. ” Is this one who completes not also the one who makes? , Aristotle] God is the maker of the world. Indeed, those ancient [sages] covered everything with veils that were designed to mask things. Pythagoras not only overlaid all this with obscure codes, but also undertook to envelop it by commanding a lengthy silence [of his pupils], so that it would not be contaminated by profane thoughtlessness. Therefore, Trismegistus, from the books of the Chaldeans, hinted that fire, too, is God, since he attributed the creation of other elements to fire.
28 Chapter 1 ancient wisdom had culminated in Platonic philosophy. He claims instead that Plato misunderstood the truth about the Son of God as conveyed by previous sages, while Aristotle shared theological doctrines with them which were compatible with Christianity. 32 6 Conclusion This chapter has examined how Scaliger attributed the notion of creation and the Trinity to Aristotle. According to him, it could be demonstrated, on the basis of Aristotle’s own works and those of his ancient Greek commentators, that Aristotle had accepted the doctrine of creation and had a correct understanding of the Trinity.
Julius Caesar Scaliger, Renaissance Reformer of Aristotelianism: A Study of His Exotericae Exercitationes by Kuni Sakamoto