By Gabriele Galluzzo, Professor in the Department of Classics Languages Education and Philosophy Fabrizio Amerini
Few philosophical books were so influential within the improvement of Western idea as Aristotle's Metaphysics. for hundreds of years Aristotle's such a lot celebrated paintings has been considered as a resource of idea in addition to the start line for each research into the constitution of fact. now not unusually, the subjects mentioned within the ebook - the medical prestige of ontology and metaphysics, the rules of logical truths, the notions of essence and life, the character of fabric gadgets and their houses, the prestige of mathematical entities, simply to point out a few - are nonetheless on the centre of the present philosophical debate and are inclined to excite philosophical minds for a few years to return. This quantity reconstructs in fourteen chapters a specific part within the lengthy historical past of the Metaphysics by way of concentrating on the medieval reception of Aristotle's masterpiece, particularly from its advent within the Latin West within the 12th via 15th centuries. members contain: Marta Borgo, Matteo di Giovanni, Amos Bertolacci, Silvia Donati, Gabriele Galluzzo, Alessandro D. Conti, Sten Ebbesen, Fabrizio Amerini, Giorgio Pini, Roberto Lambertini, William O. Duba, Femke J. Kok, and Paul J.J.M. Bakker.
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Third, he reworks the parts he previously translated from the Greek, double-checking them on the basis of J. There are segments of text in which he limits himself to making a few changes, others in which his reworking is rather intense. (vii) It is only after this second phase that he finishes, making public the definitive version of his work. To conclude, let me describe briefly this two-phase elaboration from a qualitative point of view, explaining what undergoes change from the one version―the Recensio Palatina (= G1)―to the other―the Recensio Vulgata (= G2)―and how both relate to TA.
70 See Vuillemin-Diem, “Les traductions gréco-latines,” pp. 52–55. 71 See Vuillemin-Diem, “Praefatio,” in: AL XXV I–Ia, p. xx. 72 Since his model lacked the beginning, the copyist producing the archetype could have drawn on TC to supply the missing part. 73 Actually, of this authentic incipit nothing is known; to some extent, not even whether it used to exist. However, since it is hardly likely that the author of TA began his translation in the middle of an argument (indeed, of a sentence), TA must have had originally a proper incipit and then successively undergone an accidental mutilation, so as to remain acephalous.
According to Vuillemin-Diem, there is a purely material explanation for this choice: William is working on an 91 Respectively: Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Pal. lat. 1060 (fols. 1r–176v); Venice, Biblioteca nazionale Marciana 1639 (fols. 1r–104v); El Escorial, Biblioteca del Real Monasterio, f. II. 1 (fols. 2r–127v). 92 The exemplar P is actually lost, but it still can be reconstructed on the basis of the consensus among the codices belonging to such a family of the tradition. On the university tradition of RTM, the exemplar and its diffusion by means of the pecia system, see VuilleminDiem, “La traduction,” p.