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Fifteenth-Century Parisian Commentaries on Aristotle’s Metaphysics

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Fifteenth-century commentaries on Aristotle's Metaphysics have received remarkably little scholarly attention. Judging from the number of extant works, the tradition of commentaries on the Metaphysics would seem to have flourished in the 15th century, especially in comparison to the second half of the 14th century, when only a handful of commentaries were produced. The commentaries can be assigned to three main geographical regions: Italy (eight commentaries), France (ten commentaries), and Central Europe (22 commentaries). The Italian works mainly came from Padua, Florence, and Bologna. This chapter focuses on the Parisian group of commentaries. For reasons of availability, attention will be given to the works by the following six authors: Georgius Bruxellensis, Johannes Hennon, Johannes le Damoisiau, Johannes Versoris, Nicolaus de Orbellis, and Petrus Tartareti. The Metaphysics commentaries produced by these six authors date to the second half of the 15th century.

Keywords: Aristotle's Metaphysics; Central Europe; France; Georgius Bruxellensis; Italy; Johannes Versoris; Nicolaus de Orbellis; Nicolaus Theodorici; Parisian group; Petrus Tartareti



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