Nicole Oresme, Questiones in Meteorologica de ultima lectura, recensio parisiensis

Study of the Manuscript Tradition and Critical Edition of Books I-II.10

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Editor: Aurora Panzica
Nicole Oresme was one of the most original and influential thinkers of the fourteenth century. He is best known for his mathematical discoveries, his economic theories, as well as his vernacular translations of cosmological and ethical texts that were undertaken at the request of King Charles V. This volume sheds light on the beginning of Oresme's scientific activity at the University of Paris (ca. 1340 – ca. 1350), a period of his intellectual career about which little is known. Over the course of this decade, Oresme lectured on many Aristotelian texts on natural philosophy, such as the Physics, On the Heavens, On generation and corruption, Meteorology, and On the Soul. Oresme's commentaries on Aristotle's Meteorology count among his only unpublished texts. This volume presents the first critical edition of books I-II.10 of the second redaction of Oresme's Questions on Meteorology. The edition is preceded by a historical and philological introduction that discusses the context of Oresme’s scientific career and examines the manuscript tradition.
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Aurora Panzica, Ph.D. (1991), University of Fribourg, Switzerland, is a post-doctoral researcher in Medieval Philosophy. Her research focuses on the reception of Aristotle’s Meteorology in the Latin West, with particular attention to unedited manuscript sources.
Acknowledgements

Introduction: The Strange Case of the Second Redaction of Oresme’s Questions on Meteorology

The Manuscript Tradition of the Second Redaction of Nicole Oresme’s Questions on Meteorology: Manuscript Descriptions and a Study of Their Relationships
Manuscript Descriptions
Overview of the Manuscripts
Relationships between the Manuscripts: A Twofold Tradition
Location of the Questions in the Manuscripts

Editorial Principles

Nicole Oresme, Questiones in Meteorologica de ultima lectura, recensio parisiensis



Liber I
I.1  Utrum possibile sit de impressionibus meteorologicis habere simul scientiam et opinionem
I.2  Utrum impressiones meteorologice fiant secundum naturam inordinatiorem quam sit natura celi
I.3  Utrum iste mundus inferior sit continuus lationibus superioribus ut virtus eius inde gubernetur
I.4  Utrum, cessante motu celi, cessarent motus in isto mundo inferiori
I.5  Utrum eedem opiniones infinities reiterentur
I.6  Utrum elementa sint continue proportionalia ad invicem
I.7  Utrum quatuor elementa semper et immutabiliter habeant eandem proportionem ad invicem
I.8  Utrum motus celi sit causa calefactionis ignis in sua spera et etiam aeris superioris
I.9  Utrum lumen sit productivum caloris
I.10  Utrum contrarium circumstans suum contrarium fortificet ipsum
I.11  Utrum semper media regio aeris sit frigida
I.12  Utrum omnium impressionum meteorologicarum vapor et exalatio fuerit principium materiale
I.13  Utrum impressiones ignite, seu ille que fiunt per inflammationem, fiant naturaliter in aere
I.14  Utrum de nocte, serenitate existente, debeant apparere hyatus et voragines et sanguinei colores in celo
I.15  Utrum cometa sit de natura celi vel elementari
I.16  Utrum cometa sit exalatio calida et inflammata
I.17  Utrum motus comete sit naturalis vel violentus
I.18  Utrum comete significent mortem principum, siccitatem et ventos et motus terre
I.19  Utrum galaxia sit de natura celi vel de natura elementari

Liber II
II.1  Utrum locus generationis pluvie sit media regio aeris
II.2  Utrum ros et pruina, nix et pluvia, sint eiusdem speciei
II.3  Utrum grandines magis debeant generari in hieme quam in autumno
II.4  Utrum aqua calida applicata frigori congelanti citius congeletur quam aqua frigida
II.5  Utrum rubedo matutina sit signum pluvie
II.6  Utrum caligo sit signum pluvie future
II.7  Utrum aqua naturaliter ascendat ad orificia fontium
II.8  Utrum aque fontium generentur in terra
II.9  Utrum mare sit perpetuum vel aliquando fuerit factum
II.10  Utrum mare debeat fluere et refluere

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Bibliography
Index codicum
Index fontium
Index rerum
Index nominum antiquorum
Index nominum modernorum
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