Published: 05/04/2010
ISBN: 9781848763579 / 9781848763678
Format: Paperback

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The Prudence of Torquato Tasso
by Nicholas Webb

This book considers one strand of Tasso's thought within a wider intellectual context.

Torquato Tasso’s treatment of prudence, a concept crucial to virtue-based ethics, is indicative of the several strands of his own philosophizing and of the variety of meanings attached to this concept during the early modern period in Italy.

The Prudence of Torquato Tasso sets out the various approaches to the prudential theme in Tasso’s prose and poetry. It explores contemporary meanings of the term in metaphysics, theology, rhetoric, political theory, ethics and psychology; examines the connection with the philosophy professor, Francesco Piccolomini; and considers artistic theories of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that may reflect either Tasso’s direct influence or a common currency in ideas.

The study was completed in draft before the commemorative Italian publications associated with the quatercentennial celebration of Tasso’s death. While this book now serves to amplify, interrogate and footnote in English some philosophical aspects of Tasso’s writing, the second volume contains a complete transcript of Tasso’s notes within the Piccolomini ethical text, De moribus, and thereby provides a contribution to the corpus of Tassonian postille.

Note that this is a two-volume set. You will be sent both volumes if you order this title.

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