Speculum divinorum et quorundam naturalium Parts XX-XXIII

On the Heavens, the Divine Movers and the First Intellect

Henricus Bate and edited by Guy Guldentops and Carlos Steel

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Text edition - hardback

This volume presents a critical edition of the final parts of Bate's Speculum. In these parts, which constitute the culmination of his Platonic-Aristotelian encyclopedia, Bate outlines a 'holistic' world-picture. Parts XX to XXII are devoted to the main topics of scholastic cosmology (the eternity of the world, the union of the heavenly bodies and their separate movers, the number and harmony of the spheres). Some original passages are of special interest for the history of medieval science: particularly Bate's theory of magnetism, his comments on observational errors, and his examination of diverse astronomical models. In Part XXIII, Bate concentrates on the metaphysical subject that stimulates his inquisitive mind to the extreme, that is, on the divine forms which move the spheres, and ultimately on 'the God of all gods'. In appendix a story about the apparition of a spirit has been added.

The Introduction comprises three sections: a summary of Bate's argument, an analysis of the chapter on magnetism, and a discussion of literary aspects of the Speculum.

Format: Text edition - hardback

Size: 240 × 160 mm

618 pages

ISBN: 9789061867760

Publication: February 04, 1997

Series: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - Series 1 23

Languages: English

Stock item number: 45820

Carlos Steel is emeritus professor of ancient and medieval philosophy at KU Leuven and director of the “Aristoteles Latinus” project.