The New Middle Ages

Boccaccio the Philosopher

An Epistemology of the Decameron

Authors: Andrei, Filippo

  • Offers knowledge and analysis for a wide range of scholars including philosophers, postcolonial scholars, literary medievalists, and those interested in comparative literature
  • Complicates Boccaccio’s famed Decameron through a comprehensive analysis of the work’s philosophical implications
  • Connects Boccaccio to a wider discussion about the history of literature, philosophy, and epistemology particularly within a medieval context 
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About this book

This book explores the tangled relationship between literary production and epistemological foundation as exemplified in one of the masterpieces of Italian literature. Filippo Andrei argues that Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron has a significant though concealed engagement with philosophy, and that the philosophical implications of its narratives can be understood through an epistemological approach to the text. He analyzes the influence of Dante, Petrarch, Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle, and other classical and medieval thinkers on Boccaccio's attitudes towards ethics and knowledge-seeking.  Beyond providing an epistemological reading of the Decameron, this book also evaluates how a theoretical reflection on the nature of rhetoric and poetic imagination can ultimately elicit a theory of knowledge.   

About the authors

Filippo Andrei is Adjunct Professor at the California State University International Program in Florence. He has previously held the position of Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University. Born in Florence, his research interests include Italian Literature, Romance Philology and Medieval Latin Literature. His essays have appeared in several specialized journals.


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Language of Knowledge in the Decameron

    Andrei, Filippo

    Pages 1-36

  • Deified Men and Humanized Gods: The Epistemic Character of the Fabula

    Andrei, Filippo

    Pages 37-91

  • Boccaccio’s Mountain and the Voyage of the Soul

    Andrei, Filippo

    Pages 93-146

  • The Motto and the Enigma: Rhetoric and Knowledge in the Sixth Day

    Andrei, Filippo

    Pages 147-182

  • Practical Philosophy and Theory of Action in the Decameron

    Andrei, Filippo

    Pages 183-216

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65115-6
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65114-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Boccaccio the Philosopher
Book Subtitle
An Epistemology of the Decameron
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65115-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65115-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65114-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 259
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