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Giordano Bruno, 1889

By Pater, Walter Horatio

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Title: Giordano Bruno, 1889  
Author: Pater, Walter Horatio
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Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Literature, Poetry
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Historic
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Publisher: The Victorian Prose Archive

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Victorian Literature

Excerpt
Excerpts: IT was on the afternoon of the Feast of Pentecost that news of the death of Charles the Ninth went abroad promptly. To his successor the day became a sweet one, to be noted unmistakably by various pious and other observances; and it was on a Whit-Sunday afternoon that curious Parisians had the opportunity of listening to one who, as if with some intentional new version of the sacred event then commemorated, had a great deal to say concerning the Spirit; above all, of the freedom, the independence of its operation. The speaker, though understood to be a brother of the Order of St. Dominic, had not been present at the mass?the usual university mass, De Spiritu Sancto, said to-day according to the natural course of the season in the chapel of the Sorbonne, by the Italian Bishop of Paris. It was the reign of the Italians just then, a doubly refined, somewhat morbid, somewhat ash-coloured, Italy in France, more Italian still. Men of Italian birth, ?to the great suspicion of simple people,? swarmed in Paris, already ?flightier, less constant, than the girouettes on its steeples,? and it was love for Italian fashions that had brought king and courtiers here to-day, with great eclat, as they said, frizzed and starched, in the beautiful, minutely considered dress of the moment, pressing the university into a perhaps not unmerited background; for the promised speaker, about whom tongues had been busy, not only in the Latin quarter, had come from Italy. In an age in which all things about which Parisians much cared must be Italian there might be a hearing for Italian philosophy. Courtiers at least would understand Italian, and this speaker was rumored to possess in perfection all the curious arts of his native language. And of all the kingly qualities of Henry?s youth, the single one that had held by him was that gift of eloquence, which he was able also to value in others?inherited perhaps; for in all the contemporary and subsequent historic gossip about his mother, the two things certain are, that the hands credited with so much mysterious ill-doing were fine ones, and that she was an admirable speaker.

Table of Contents
CONTENTS. Discourse I.?Introduction, p. 3 Discourse II.?Theology a Branch of Knowledge, 35 Discourse III.?Bearing of Theology on other Branches of Knowledge, 67 Discourse IV.?Bearing of other Branches of Knowledge on Theology, 103 Discourse V.?General Knowledge viewed as One Philosophy, 135 Discourse VI.?Philosophical Knowledge its own end, 167 Discourse VII.?Philosophical Knowledge viewed in relation to Mental Acquirements, 201 Discourse VIII.?Philosophical Knowledge viewed in relation to Professional, 241 Discourse IX.?Philosophical Knowledge viewed in relation to Religion, 289 Discourse X.?Duties of the Church towards Philosophy, 333 Appendix, 371

 

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