The Prudence of Torquato Tasso: Vol 1 (Troubador Italian Studies)

The Prudence of Torquato Tasso: Vol 1 (Troubador Italian Studies) by Nicholas Webb

Title: The Prudence of Torquato Tasso: Vol 1 (Troubador Italian Studies)
Author: Nicholas Webb
ISBN10: 1848763573
ISBN13: 978-1848763579
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd (March 25, 2010)
Language: English
Subcategory: History & Criticism
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The Prudence of Torquato Tasso: Vol 1 (Troubador Italian Studies) by Nicholas Webb


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Torquato Tasso's treatment of prudence, a concept crucial to virtue-based ethics, is indicative of the several strands of his own philosophizing and of the variety of meanings attached to this concept during the early modern period in Italy. The Prudence of Torquato Tasso sets out the various approaches to the prudential theme in Tasso's prose and poetry. It explores contemporary meanings of the term in metaphysics, theology, rhetoric, political theory, ethics and psychology; examines the connection with the philosophy professor, Francesco Piccolomini; and considers artistic theories of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that may reflect either Tasso's direct influence or a common currency in ideas. The study was completed in draft before the commemorative Italian publications associated with the quatercentennial celebration of Tasso's death. While this book now serves to amplify, interrogate and footnote in English some philosophical aspects of Tasso's writing, the second volume contains a complete transcript of Tasso's notes within the Piccolomini ethical text, De moribus, and thereby provides a contribution to the corpus of Tassonian postille. VOLUME 2 (ISBN 9781848763678) should be ordered to complete this two-volume work.