- The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin
- Notes on Contributors
- Classical Latin—Medieval Latin—Neo-Latin
- Neo-Latin’s Interplay with Other Languages
- Lyric Poetry
- Narrative Poetry
- Epigram and Occasional Poetry
- Political Advice
- Science and Medicine
- Contacts with the Arab World
- Biblical Humanism
- Political Action
- Social Status
- The British Isles
- The German-Speaking Countries
- Iberian Peninsula
- The Low Countries
- East-Central Europe
- Colonial Spanish America and Brazil
- North America
- General References
Abstract and Keywords
Between the Middle Ages and the modern period, the fabric of philosophical Latin underwent a series of important transformations. A renewed interest in Latin translations from Greek, Arabic, and Jewish sources during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries sparked discussions among humanist and schoolmen about the role of translations and the impact they had on the practice of writing philosophy. Another factor examined in this chapter is the relationship between Latin and the vernaculars, more specifically, the case of philosophical bilingualism, especially evident among authors who wrote in both Latin and the vernacular, such as Giordano Bruno, Tommaso Campanella, René Descartes and Thomas Hobbes. Finally, an extremely important medium that is analyzed in this chapter is the early modern dictionary of philosophy in Latin, which became a popular genre between the sixteenth and eighteenth century. Particular attention will be devoted to Rudolph Goclenius’s Lexicon philosophicum (1613).
Guido Giglioni is the Cassamarca Lecturer in Neo-Latin Cultural and Intellectual History at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London. His research focuses on early modern history of philosophy and medicine. He has recently published a book on Francis Bacon, Francesco Bacone (Carocci, 2011).
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