His treatise, De voluptate (), voiced Epicurean and Christian hedonist ideas that Lorenzo Valla was born in Rome, Italy, around Loading data.. Open Bottom Panel. Go to previous Content Download this Content Share this Content Add This Content to Favorites Go to next Content. ← →. circulated in under the name De voluptate (On Pleasure), later restyled as 6 John Monfasani, ‘The Theology of Lorenzo Valla’, in Humanism and Early.

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Contents 1 Life 2 Thought and works 2. Must I go on with this subject, or is the truth not more than sufficiently self-evident?

Lorenzo Valla – Wikipedia

To give my decision finally, I ce thus: Collected, but not quite complete, editions of Valla’s works were published at Basel inand at Venice in Most literary writers considered this work a provocation and hurled invectives against ve author. Since the Stoics cannot deny that these things have been produced by Nature and granted to the choice of man, I do not understand why, if we use them well, they should not be numbered among the goods, unless we are everywhere to blame Nature herself and slander her as foolish and unjust.

Epicureanism and egoism in modern philosophy Italian literature In Italian literature: Northern vpluptate In Protestantism: Valla rejects this claim by appealing to ordinary experience: De voluptate, published inwas an eloquent examination of Stoic, Epicurean, and hedonistic ethics.

This is truly a great and difficult task, and I am not sure whether it is not more audacious than that of any of my predecessors. In his view, the soul volupatte far more noble than the hylomorphic account of Aristotle implies, at least as Valla understands that account. All other colors, sounds, or tastes are said to be not contrary but various, not opposite but diverse.

Traditionally, God was said to be loved for his own sake, not for his usefulness in gaining something else. Nor am I indignant because a great many kinds of vices have been found I am willing to ignore the fact, I endure it, I bear it ; rather am I angered because too few kinds of virtues have been discovered, and – most shamefully – because the vices, although dissenting among themselves, still make common cause against us as though by treaty, assemble against us and, as it were, encircle us, who, not having enough to do to avoid one sin, are also in danger of yielding to another, not of a dissimilar variety such as falling from avarice into cowardicebut of the very same sort like falling from voluptatr avarice that I have mentioned into prodigality, both of which vices are the contrary of liberality.


University of Pennsylvania Press, —; repr. Who would hesitate to call this happiness I pleasure,’ or who could give it a better name?

In placing himself in opposition to what he regarded as the Aristotelian paradigm, Valla often interprets certain doctrines—the syllogism, hypothetical syllogism, modal propositions, and the square of contraries—in ways they were not designed for.

It was not formally published until Collected, but not quite complete, editions of Valla’s works were published at Basel in and at Venice inand Elegantiae linguae Latinae was reprinted nearly sixty times between and As to your attack on Nature for having treated us badly, I boldly accept and subscribe to the accusation, if only you will make clear what crime it is that you reproach her with.

It may be answered: Valla’s argument was so convincing that the falsity of the Donation was generally conceded. With this method, the error common to all of them will be apparent.

Lorenzo Valla

Here the questioners may object: The ideas of the latter, who advocated virtue for its own sake, were clearly more compatible with conventional Christian teachings than those of the former, who argue in favour of pleasure as the guiding principle of moral behaviour The imaginary discussion takes place in the porch of a church in Milan and the garden of one of the speakers.

Why is there in your speech such a surprising silence concerning our religion, as if it were something superfluous. Harvard University Press, I find it called by this name, as in Genesis, ‘pararadise of pleasure’ and in Ezekiel, ‘fruit and tree of pleasure,’ and the like, when the goods associated with the divine are spoken of. Caesar ran after eloquence and popularity harder than anyone else.

In his discussion of the syllogism Valla does not refer to an important principle employed by Aristotle and his commentators: Beginnings of modern scholarship View More. Surely so as to obtain authority and trust. You reply, ‘The safety, the dignity, and the greatness of your country!

Lorenzo Valla (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Valla could make even grammar polemical and shocked contemporaries by his criticisms of volptate prose of the famous Roman rhetorician Cicero. We do not, then, strive to attain virtue for its own sake, since it is full of toil and hardship, but rather because it leads us to our goal. Let me speak more plainly.


In this part of the treatise, which also circulated independently under the title Emendationes in T. Here for the first time in the Renaissance the ideas of Epicurus found deliberate and positive expression in a work of scholarly and philosophical value. But, Catone, I don’t wish to debate with you as a defender of the Stoics, because I know you to be a most scrupulous defender of the faith, no less than of your arguments; I once heard you say that you had gone through all the books relating to our religion that are worth reading in order to dare to compare them and to say what was best in each of them.

In memoriam Charles B. An Anthologyed. Alfonso made Valla his private Latin secretary and defended him against the attacks of his numerous enemies. What the scholastics forget, he thinks, is that there were many alternatives in antiquity to the supposedly great master, many sects, and many other types of philosopher.

Things being thus, why do we evade what is virtuous and desire and vvoluptate vices? Other people, unconscious of any other possible end or goal, said that the virtues ought to be desired for their profit to one’s own interest; these people are chiefly the Epicureans, with whom the majority of nations agreed, believing that it was for personal advantage that the the gods ought to be worshipped.

Niccoli is pronounced the winner of the debate, but Panormita presents his arguments eloquently and it is not clear loenzo opinion is supported by Valla himself. Fortitude has its antitheses, cowardice and temerity. In he was invited to deliver an encomium of St. It seeks to debate the question of how humanity can achieve the good: He died instill working on a second revision of his Repastinatio that is, the third version.

Starting late in the fourteenth lorenzoo, humanists began to study the texts of classical antiquity, in an effort to revive the spirit of Greco-Roman times. It is tempting to connect this lean ontology to that of William of Ockham c.

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