Attuning to the cosmos: the ethical man's mission from Plato to Petrarch

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Abstract

This essay explores the tension between two moral paradigms ascribed to Plato and zealously embraced by medieval thinkers, especially Petrarch: virtue is realised when, having perceived cosmic music, humans strive to attune to it; yet, at the same time, virtue is perfected in silence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe intellectual dynamism of the High Middle Ages
EditorsClare Monagle
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Pages249-278
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9789462985933
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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