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Valentin Weigel: Band 2: De vita beata. De luce et caligine divina. Vom seligen Leben

2009
XLVIII, 200 p., 7 ill., 17,6 x 24,3 cm.
Cloth-bound
German
Latin
ISBN 978-3-7728-1841-7
Available
Single price:
€ 386.–
Edited and introduced by Horst Pfefferl.
On behalf of the Academy of Sciences and Literature (Mainz)

The Latin treatise ›De vita beata‹, which originated around 1570 and was printed in 1609 as the first of Weigel’s writings, deals with Neoplatonic ideas and concepts, in particular those in ›De consolatione philosophiae‹ by Boethius. All human beings strive for happiness in equal measure, and happiness cannot be sought and found in evanescent objects outside of us but in the highest good, God or Christ, within ourselves. ›De luce et caligine divina‹, based on ›De vita beata‹ and also written in Latin, and the German translation of the ›Vita beata‹, entitled ›Vom seligen Leben‹, (On the Blessed Life),written in Weigel’s direct surroundings in 1575 and included in the appendix, complete the volume.

Reviews

Dialogo Filosofico

El rigor científico es impecable y la labor de recuperacíon del pasado cultural, impresionante.

Dialogo Filosofico
Charlotte Methuen, Renaissance Quarterly

The texts edited here shed a fascinating light on an strand of late-sixteenth-century thinking that saw the interweaving of theology, natural philosophy, and astrology as the only possible way in which to make sense of the place of human beings in the world.

Charlotte Methuen,
Renaissance Quarterly

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