By Hava Tirosh-Rothschild
"...[This booklet is] a major, scholarly well-researched ebook on an enormous determine in early sleek Jewish heritage and suggestion. It provides a good evaluate of Jewish lifestyles in the course of the Renaissance, the histortiographic concerns, and the man's position within the greater spectrum of Jewish philosophical considering. it's important as a learn of either Italian and Ottoman Jewry and of the historical past of responses to Maimonides."
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Rhetoric is simultaneously a form of knowledge and a norm; it prescribes even as it describes. 94 Plato understood that rhetoric can influence the convictions of the listeners. Therefore he opposed rhetoric (and its practitioners, the Sophists) on the ground that it is antagonistic to true wisdom. Cicero addressed Plato's fears when he insisted on integrating rhetoric and wisdom. " Cicero's view of rhetoric as civilis ratio was inextricably linked to politics and other branches of knowledge. 95 R.
Judah Messer 40 Between Worlds Leon perhaps hoped to avoid any dispute arising from the circumstances of R. David's first ordination and to solidify R. David's commitment to the Ashkenazic legal tradition. In R. Judah Min~'s academy, R. David sharpened his legal and rhetorical skills through pilpul and expanded his knowledge of Ashkenazic legal compendia and codes. Elija Capsali's Seder Eliyahu Zuta provides a detailed description of R. Judah Min~'s academy,41 as follows: the Ashkenazic community in Padua provided R.
Florence was ruled by a small oligarchy of rich merchants, led by the Medici family. Though greed and envy governed much of Florence's political and financial life, the city-state enjoyed a strong tradition of civic patronage. 59 During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, Florentine oligarchy funded monasteries, beautified churches, and established charities. Florence's civic pride suffered greatly in its desperate war with Milan in 1343. Out of this political failure evolved a new civic consciousness: not only to oppose tyranny at home but also to protect the liberty of neighboring city-states.