His treatise, De voluptate (), voiced Epicurean and Christian hedonist ideas that Lorenzo Valla was born in Rome, Italy, around Loading data.. Open Bottom Panel. Go to previous Content Download this Content Share this Content Add This Content to Favorites Go to next Content. ← →. circulated in under the name De voluptate (On Pleasure), later restyled as 6 John Monfasani, ‘The Theology of Lorenzo Valla’, in Humanism and Early.

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Lorenzo Valla – New World Encyclopedia

Two years later he finished his Elegantiae linguae Latinaea manual for the correct use of Latin syntax and vocabulary, which became a bestseller throughout Europe. But arguably it has also philosophical relevance; for throughout the history of philosophy a warning can be heard lodenzo abstraction, speculation, and formalization. As Quintilian with his usual brilliance says, ‘There is a certain wretched love of committing outrage, and the most intense pleasure of shameful action is in defiling virtue.

I often ask myself with astonishment about the wickedness of mind or weakness common to almost all men, qualities that are evident in many things, lorenxo most clearly in this: But those men themselves displayed the courage, while their country got the resulting security and greatness. His family was from Piacenza ; his father, Luciave della Valla, was a lawyer who worked at the papal court. You are right, you speak truly, I agree with you.

You, as I said, were a simulator or an ironist – more Socrates than Epicurus; but Catone, whose speech seemed to come closer to the truth, no doubt spoke seriously and did not begin the debate as a joke.

Valla was born in Rome. First of all, it puts substance, rather than thing, on top. Essays in Honor of Charles TrinkausLeiden: Always an irascible man, he continued to engage in quarrels and exchanged a series of invectives with his arch-enemy Poggio.

To cite this article click here for a list of acceptable volkptate formats. For not only do I prefer the Epicureans, despised and rejected men, to the custodians of what vakla virtuous [ honestum ], but I also prove that the aforementioned followers of wisdom have followed not virtue but the shadow of virtue, not honor but vanity, not duty but vice, not wisdom but folly; for they would have done better had they worked for the cause of pleasure, if they did not indeed do so. Yet, Catone and Vegio, you would have done better to assert God’s doctrine rather than the Stoic one or the Epicurean one, and not to have chosen, for the sake of exercise and novelty, to delight in reproducing the ancients’ material and habits volultate debating.


Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to volupyate article. Let us now return to the matter valoa judging your debate and to the description of the true good. But he also used his vast knowledge of the classical languages and their literatures as a tool to criticize a wide range of ideas, theories, and established practices.

Loremzo I, for instance, were not to vvalla hardships, losses, hazards, and at last what reward or goal would you set before me? We can love something as a means to an end use voluphate, and we can love something for its own sake fruition.

Thus, evety kind of pleasure is good. Rejecting the Aristotelian hylomorphic volputate, he returns to an Augustinian picture of the soul as a wholly spiritual and immaterial substance made in the image of God, and consisting of memory, intellect, and will. Once he had shown that the scholastic-Aristotelian edifice was built on shaky foundations, he did not care to attack the superstructure, so to speak.

Yet his attempt to reform or transform the scholastic study of language and argumentation—and, indeed, their entire mode of doing philosophy—is likely to vallla met with skepticism vo,uptate even hostility by the historian of medieval philosophy who is dedicated to the argumentative rigor and conceptual analysis which are the hallmarks of scholastic thought.

For Valla, fortitude is the essential virtue, since it shows that we do not allow ourselves to be conquered by the wrong emotions, but instead to act for the good. It was sufficient for him to establish that there was a huge distance between his own approach and that of the scholastics.

Valla, however, delivered an antiencomium, a critique of St. He applied his extensive knowledge of Latin and Greek to a careful examination of the New Testament and other religious documents which were used by the church in support of its doctrines. I pass over philosophers who have assigned to each virtue as its contraries not merely two vices but many.


If he is bad, why should you accuse someone who is unconcerned by such a charge?

Things being thus, why do we evade what is virtuous and desire and love vices? The order is merely a matter of convention and custom Repastinatio—; — Nevertheless, the Stoics do not really seek fame by way of mute solitude or of their consciences.

Umanesimo, riforma, e ControriformaRome: As to your attack on Nature for having treated us badly, I boldly accept and subscribe to the accusation, if only you will make clear what crime it is that you reproach her with.

He is careful, hardworking, and honest in administrative affairs; how can we do better than to assign the administration of our state to him? Collected, but not quite complete, editions of Valla’s works were published at Basel inand at Venice in Induring the pontificate of Eugene IV, Alfonso of Aragon became involved in a territorial conflict with the Papal States over the possession of Naples.

This acceptance of Valla into the Roman Curia has been called a “triumph of humanism over orthodoxy and tradition.

Lorenzo Valla

So that whatever honor, praise, fame, delight, gaiety, or pleasure attract us, from which our spiritual health might in any way take harm, let us then promptly turn the vslla of our mind to the future reward, and let us always remember it delights me to repeat these words, an delight is a holy one – let us always remember, I say, that for each thing we renounce, we shall be repaid a hundred times and more.

Hence brute animals, to which nothing better than a body has been given, flee from hunger, thirst, cold, heat, fatigue, and death. He appears, however, as a vain, jealous and quarrelsome man, but he combined vooluptate qualities of an elegant humanist, an acute critic and a venomous writer, who had committed himself to a violent polemic against the temporal power of Rome.

Collatio Novi TestamentiA. Prudence has guile and folly. If I have not been able to avoid these two vices as I wished, blame it partly on my inexperience, partly on the difficulty of the task. I myself have followed your procedure as best I could.