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From An Outsider’S Point Of View: Lorenzo Valla On The Soul

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In this chapter, Lorenzo Valla's arguments on the souls autonomy, nobility and independency from the body are studied and analysed. The chapter briefly studies Valla's critique of Aristotles opinions on natural phenomena as being untrue. Vallas undermining of Aristotles authority may be regarded as a contribution to the final demise of the Aristotelian paradigm, even though the humanist critique was just one factor in this process. Vallas importance lies in recognizing that a complete change of paradigm was required. He may have thought that his Augustinian representation of the soul was more simple and truer to both human experience and Christian faith. Nevertheless Valla is unable to avoid making a number of statements which, on closer analysis, are not so simple, common or straightforward.

Keywords: Aristotle; human experience; Lorenzo Valla; soul



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