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Titre : The Ash Wednesday Supper. La Cena De Le ...
Éditeur : Archon Books, Hamden, CT
Date d'édition : 1977
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Very Good
Etat de la jaquette : Good
Edition : First Edition
229 pages, illustrations, cloth, DJ, publisher's file copy otherwise very good. Edited and translated by Edward A. Gosselin and Lawrence S. Lerner. From the DJ: Giordano Bruno was an itinerant Italian friar who was burned at the stake in 1600 for heresies, which included his rejection of the Ptolemaic cosmology. ~ Of his important writings, one - La Cena de la ceneri - was one of the first works in which Copernican theory had impact on the life of the mind outside the sphere of the natural sciences. These dialogues, which Bruno wrote on his London sojourn in 1584, have never before been generally accessible. They are translated into English here, as The Ash Wednesday Supper, for the first time.". N° de réf. du libraire 28759
Giordano Bruno was an itinerant Italian friar who was burned at the stake in 1600 for heresies, that included his rejection of the Ptolemaic cosmology. Like Galileo, who met a similar fate for similar reasons later in the century, Bruno has been accorded martyrdom to the cause of scientific truth and regarded as a visionary whose ideas were out of joint with the superstitions of his time. In fact, as editors Edward Gosselin and Lawrence Lerner point out, Bruno was far more complex, and his thought far more intricate, than simple stereotype would suggest.
Possibly mad, certainly brilliant, vain, obstreperous, and often ignorant, Bruno was a Christian deeply immersed in Hermeticism and mysticism; simultaneously he was Copernican in his non-homocentric view of the universe. His La Cena de le ceneri was one of the first works in which Copernican theory was received outside the sphere of the natural sciences. These dialogues have never been generally accessible, and are translated into English as The Ash Wednesday Supper.
Using Copernican theory as both a foundation of and a metaphor for his own vast philosophical-theological-political-social program, Bruno united his conflicting beliefs and frustrated his critics. Arguing for the physical reality of the infinite universe with no centre, yet whose centre is everywhere, Bruno sought to prove that each man is every other man. Using this radical cosmology and the imagery of Lenten regeneration, the messianic Bruno sought to heal the secular and religious wounds of sixteenth-century Europe by reconciling Catholic and Protestant, France and England.
In this edition Gosselin and Lerner have provided a broad understanding of Bruno and his time, with background and interpretive discussion. They have also preserved the flavour and ferment of the original discourses and maintained Bruno's eclectic if somewhat obscure style.
A propos de l'auteur: Edward A. Gosselin is a professor of History, California State University at Long Beach.
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