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<title> SUMMARY </title>This paper aims to study the philosophical thought of the Portuguese astronomer and millenarian Manuel Bocarro Frances (alias Jacob Rosales), taking him as an exemplary case of the 'scienziato', which was taking shape in seventeenth-century Europe. Of Portuguese crypto-Jewish origin, Bocarro-Rosales travelled around Europe, cultivating scientific relationships with celebrated philosophers, physicians, and mathematicians, writing on cosmology, but he was to become better known as a prophetic author. The paper argues that, far from being independent and self-sufficient outlooks, these are complementary aspects, which one has to take into account in order to have a global understanding of Bocarro-Rosales's thought. Just as other men of science of his time, Bocarro-Rosales turned his prophetic aspirations to a way of understanding nature, history, and divine intervention, intimately related to the late-Renaissance philosophical debate. Closely attached to Renaissance philosophical eclecticism, his scientific and messianic thought was influenced by the late-Renaissance revival of philosophical doctrines as Neo-Platonism and Stoicism.

Affiliations: 1: Centro de Estudos de História e Filosofia da Ciencia, Universidade de Evora, Palacio do Vimioso, Apartado 94, 7002-554 Evora, Portugal. Ringrazio il Prof. Paolo Galluzzi per la sua disponibilita a discutere di argomenti legati a quest'articolo. Desidero ancora ringraziare Carlos Ziller Camenietzki, Bruno Martins Boto Leite e Marta Stefani per i suggerimenti proposti in merito alla versione preliminare di questo studio e Piero Scapecchi che cortesemente mi ha fatto conoscere l'organizzazione dei fondi della Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze. Un doveroso ringraziamento anche a Francisco Moreno-Car- valho che gentilmente mi ha inviato i suoi articoli su Bocarro Frances. Ringrazio ancora lo staff dell'Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza per le condizioni che mi ha offerto durante la mia ricerca presso questa istituzione. Infine, il mio ringraziamento va alla Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia che mi ha fomito le condizioni materiali per rendere possibile questo studio. Que- sto lavoro e stato sviluppato nel contesto del progetto di ricerca Sapiens/Prog. 2000: POCTI/ HCT/37709/2001. Traduzione di Davide Pappalardo., Email:


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