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One can observe Poliziano extending the traditional province of the grammaticus to include all disciplines, and in the end to be representative of the only true way of seeking wisdom. The grammaticus in Poliziano’s telling becomes the true “philosopher,” even if he abjures the title, believing as he does that it has been irremediably corrupted by its practitioners, who have allowed themselves to slide into intellectual complacency. Poliziano responds to his opponents’ fictional speech in the following fashion (69): “So now I really hear and understand what you are saying, what you mean, good Lamias.

Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 3rd ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996), 10–51. 38 christopher s. ” Poliziano’s subtle ironic sensibility is foregrounded here. After Poliziano has finished enumerating all of the benefits of philosophy and the characteristics of the authentic philosopher, he avers that he could never claim to be a philosopher. Who indeed, could possess all of those qualities? Poliziano seems to defend the ideal mission of philosophy and to endorse all the qualities that an ideal philosopher should possess, even as he implies strongly that such a figure cannot in reality be found.

Vit. , 2. Ficino, in his own Life of Plato (in Ficino’s Letters, book four, cf. ” poliziano’s lamia in context 31 tors arrive at just this point regarding numbers: they are generative and they serve as the key science without which humankind would be bereft of a measuring rod (17–18): “He said that the real property of the philosopher was the knowledge of numbers. He said that, if you take numbers away from the nature of man, even human reason will perish in perpetuity. ” Once one understood the generative nature of number, one could understand astronomy, since the courses of the heavenly bodies represent nature’s most perfect manifestation of number in action.

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