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- DescriptionGiorda Bru was an itinerant Italian friar who was burned at the stake in 1600 for heresies, that included his rejection of the Ptolemaic cosmology. Like Galileo, who met a similar fate for similar reasons later in the century, Bru has been accorded martyrdom to the cause of scientific truth and regarded as a visionary whose ideas were out of joint with the superstitions of his time. In fact, as editors Edward Gosselin and Lawrence Lerner point out, Bru was far more complex, and his thought far more intricate, than simple stereotype would suggest. Possibly mad, certainly brilliant, vain, obstreperous, and often igrant, Bru was a Christian deeply immersed in Hermeticism and mysticism; simultaneously he was Copernican in his n-homocentric view of the universe. His La Cena de le ceneri was one of the first works in which Copernican theory was received outside the sphere of the natural sciences. These dialogues have never been generally accessible, and are translated into English as The Ash Wednesday Supper. Using Copernican theory as both a foundation of and a metaphor for his own vast philosophical-theological-political-social program, Bru united his conflicting beliefs and frustrated his critics. Arguing for the physical reality of the infinite universe with centre, yet whose centre is everywhere, Bru sought to prove that each man is every other man. Using this radical cosmology and the imagery of Lenten regeneration, the messianic Bru sought to heal the secular and religious wounds of sixteenth-century Europe by reconciling Catholic and Protestant, France and England. In this edition Gosselin and Lerner have provided a broad understanding of Bru and his time, with background and interpretive discussion. They have also preserved the flavour and ferment of the original discourses and maintained Bru's eclectic if somewhat obscure style.
- Author BiographyEdward A. Gosselin is a professor of History, California State University at Long Beach. Lawrence S. Lerner is a professor of Physics, California State University at Long Beach.
- Author(s)Giordano Bruno
- PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
- Date of Publication02/01/1995
- SubjectChristianity: General
- Series TitleRsart: Renaissance Society of America Reprint Text Series
- Series Part/Volume Number4
- Place of PublicationToronto
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of Toronto Press
- Weight360 g
- Width153 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Edited byEdward A. Gosselin,Lawrence S. Lerner
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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