Evermore Shall Be So: Ficino on Plato's Parmenides by Arthur Farndell

By Arthur Farndell

That includes philosophical observation from Marsilio Ficino—a prime pupil of the Italian Renaissance who translated all of the works of Plato into Latin—this work is the 1st English translation of Ficino's observation of Plato's discussion among the thinker Parmenides and the younger Socrates. within the scene, the older guy instructs his pupil at the use of dialectic to attract the brain clear of its preoccupation with the area of subject and allure it in the direction of contemplation of the soul.

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Sextae suppositionis intentio. Et quomodo Parmenides poeticus. Item de ente atque non ente] ‘Parmenides not only expounded the mysteries of philosophy as a philosopher but also sang them in verse as a divine poet [Parmenides non philosophus tantum, sed etiam poeta divinus, carminibus philosophica mysteria cecinit]. And in this dialogue, too, he plays the part of the poet [Atque in hoc dialogo agit quoque poetam]. For, like a poet, he cultivates the number nine [Novenarium enim quasi poeta colit numerum], which, as it is said, is sacred to the Muses [musis (ut dicitur) consecratum].

Accordingly, there is therefore both immobility and movement: immobility, by which all immobile things are known and come into being; and movement, whereby all moving things are known and come into being. From this, and in a similar way, there arise sameness and difference and the remaining types. Immobility itself is not movement itself and never becomes anything other than immobility, and because it is immobility it cannot under any consideration be judged as moving, and yet it gives the impulse to movement itself, for all the Ideas impart something to each other in some way; and insofar as it imparts movement itself – the movement within Ideas – it plays some part in the effects of movement itself.

On its eternal quality. How it manifests all things through some change in itself [Tertia suppositio. Intentio suppositionis. Quomodo anima ens dicatur atque non ens. De motu et tempore in anima. Item de quodam eius aeterno. ’ The Third Hypothesis Chapter 2: Why the celestial soul moves and makes an orbit around the steadfast mind. How many movements of the soul there are. The number of movements and the xxxiv Evermore Shall Be So 30/5/08 16:14 Page xxxv AN OVERVIEW OF FICINO’S PARMENIDES COMMENTARY stillness within time.

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