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Introduction: Scholasticism in a Florentine Setting?

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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the key themes discussed in the book. The historical scene portrayed in the book is that of Florence, mainly in the second half of the fifteenth century. The book focuses mainly on intellect, will, freedom and love. It focuses on different concepts and theories pertaining to moral psychology, showing the complex relations between scholastic and humanist thinkers who stand between notions inherited from antiquity, and modernity in a Renaissance setting. One of the objectives in the book is to reconstruct a scholastic discourse that was distinctive to Florence. Two prominent scholastic thinkers, the 'Scotist' Giorgio Benigno Salviati and the 'Thomist' Nicolaus de Mirabilibus were having a public debate on the question of evil and its nature in relation to the goodness of God, to the powers of human reason, and to the status of human will in the ethical and the theological spheres.

Keywords: fifteenth century; Florence; Giorgio Benigno Salviati; god; moral psychology; Nicolaus de Mirabilibus



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