The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Verum, Bonum, Pulchrum


Ad finem igitur aliquem actio mentis dirigitur. Nam quod intellegit finis eius est veritas, quod vult finis est bonum, quod peragit finis pulchrum. Omnia enim mens in numero, pondere, et mensura, modo, specie, et ordine transigit....


Semperque eundem in mundi motibus cernimus servari tenorem quod et finem rebus adesse certum testatur rationemque inesse artificiosam, mentem unam praeesse sapientem, rerum ominum ducem, quae et principium det cunctis, finem statuat, motus omnes debita per media ad finem ferat, ad principium referat.


-Commentaria Marsilii Ficini Florentini in Philebum Platonis De Summo Bono


2 Comments:

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Pseudo-Iamblichus said...

I just like the Latin flow of this text. Basically, all it is saying is that the end of understanding, is truth; desire, good; and the act, the beautiful. (More or less, I'm in a hurry.) And of course, all things have an end, and they return to the beginning, the principium.

Okay, that's enough.

 
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