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Digressing with Aristotle: Hieronymus Dandinus' De corpore animato (1610) and the Expansion of Late Aristotelian Philosophy

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Early modern scholastic and Aristotelian philosophy is now a growing area of study. However, little attention has been paid to the structure and form of late Aristotelian texts, partly because they have often been seen as baroque and excessively intricate in construction. This article examines the role of structural and stylistic issues in the De anima commentary of the Jesuit author Hieronymus Dandinus (1554-1634), focusing particularly on the techniques he used to integrate knowledge from other disciplines and expand the familiar commentary format. It argues that taking these issues seriously has important implications for our understanding of the dynamics of reading Aristotle in the early modern period.

Affiliations: 1: Christ's College, Cambridge


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