La tradizione filosofica dall’antico al moderno

History of Philosophy from the Ancient to the Modern Age


Autore / Author: Renato de Filippis

Affiliazione / Author affiliation: Università degli Studi di Salerno

Titolo / Title: Philosophus e philosophia in Pier Damiani: una nuova prospettiva per un antico problema

Abstract: This article proposes an analysis of the use and value of the terms ‘philosophia’ and ‘philosophus’ in Peter Damian’s works. Despite a remarkable number of ‘negative’ occurrences, the two words are also used in a ‘positive’ sense, especially in the sermo VI, devoted to the figure of Saint Eleuchadius, a pagan philosopher who converted himself to the Christian truth and put his intellectual competencies at the service of the Church. Contradicting the standard image of Peter Damian as ‘anti-dialectician’, Eleuchadius’ case shows how the cardinal-bishop of Ostia could accept the idea of a Christian philosopher, following the Augustinian interpretation of the biblical “Gold of the Egyptians” (Ex 12).

Keywords: Peter Damian; Saint Eleuchadius; Christian philosophy; anti-dialectic.

English title: Philosophus and Philosophia in Peter Damian: A New Perspective on an Ancient Problem

DOI: 10.14640/NoctuaVIII6

Anno / Volume: VIII

Fascicolo / Issue: 1-2

Pagine / Pages: 176-203

Pubblicazione / Publication date: 01/12/2021


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