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Socrates, or on Human Knowledge : Bilingual Edition

Author: Simone Luzzatto; Michela Torbidoni; Giuseppe Veltri
Publisher: Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2019] ©2019
Series: Studies and Texts in Scepticism, 8
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Socrates, Or On Human Knowledge, published in Venice in 1651, is the only work written by a Jew that contains so far the promise of a genuinely sceptical investigation into the validity of human certainties. Simone Luzzatto masterly developed this book as a pièce of theatre where Socrates, as main actor, has the task to demonstrate the limits and weaknesses of the human capacity to acquire knowledge without being  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simone Luzzatto; Michela Torbidoni; Giuseppe Veltri
ISBN: 9783110557602 3110557606
OCLC Number: 1114911778
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (579 p.).
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
Introduction / Veltri, Giuseppe / Torbidoni, Michela --
Synopsis of Socrates, Or On Human Knowledge --
Chronology --
Note on the Text --
Socrates, Or On Human Knowledge --
Serenissimo prencipe et eccellentissimo collegio --
Al benigno lettore --
Argomento --
Accusa contra socrate everssore dell’humane dottrine --
Discolpa di socrate --
Si propone ciò che si deve deliberare circa socrate --
The Deceit of the Senses: Sight and the Mirror / Veltri, Giuseppe --
What Does Philosopher à l’antique Mean to Simone Luzzatto? / Torbidoni, Michela --
Bibliography --
Index of Names and Places --
Index of Sources --
Index of Major Topics
Series Title: Studies and Texts in Scepticism, 8
Responsibility: Simone Luzzatto; Michela Torbidoni, Giuseppe Veltri.
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Socrates, Or On Human Knowledge, published in Venice in 1651, is the only work written by a Jew that contains so far the promise of a genuinely sceptical investigation into the validity of human certainties. Simone Luzzatto masterly developed this book as a pièce of theatre where Socrates, as main actor, has the task to demonstrate the limits and weaknesses of the human capacity to acquire knowledge without being guided by revelation. He achieved this goal by offering an overview of the various and contradictory gnosiological opinions disseminated since ancient times: the divergence of views, to which he addressed the most attention, prevented him from giving a fixed definition of the nature of the cognitive process. This obliged him to come to the audacious conclusion of neither affirming nor denying anything concerning human knowledge, and finally of suspending his judgement altogether.This work unfortunately had little success in Luzzatto’s lifetime, and was subsequently almost forgotten. The absence of substantial evidence from his contemporaries and that of his epistolary have thus increased the difficulty of tracing not only its legacy in the history of philosophical though, but also of understanding the circumstances surrounding the writing of his Socrates.The present edition will be a preliminary study aiming to shed some light on the philosophical and historical value of this work’s translation, indeed it will provide a broader readership with the opportunity to access this immensely complicated work and also to grasp some aspects of the composite intellectual framework and admirable modernity of Venetian Jewish culture in the ghetto.

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