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The Ethics of Ignorance: Petrarch’s Epicurus and Averroës and the Structures of the <i>De Sui Ipsius et Multorum Ignorantia</i>

Zygmunt G. Baranński

in Petrarch in Britain

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264133
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734649 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264133.003.0004

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy 146

The Ethics of Ignorance: Petrarch’s Epicurus and Averroës and the Structures of the De Sui Ipsius et Multorum Ignorantia

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This chapter examines the structure of Petrarch's De Sui Ipsius et Multorum Ignorantia and his opinion on philosophers Epicurus and Averroës' views on the immortality of the soul. It discusses Petrarch's views on Epicurus and Averroës in the invective on ignorance in order to reach an overall perspective on his mature views of the intellectual life. It analyses De Ignorantia and suggests that it is appropriate to be run through with elements taken from both academic and popular Christianity given its concern with salvation and with the relationship between God and humanity.

Keywords: Petrarch; De Sui Ipsius et Multorum Ignorantia; Epicurus; Averroës; soul; immortality; ignorance; salvation; God; humanity

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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