Upsetting a World Upset Down: Bruno’s Transvaluation of Aristotelian Infinity
9 November 2022 3pm
Pablo Montosa Molinero (University of Barcelona)
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This video is part of the PROTEUS project that has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 758145)
Between 1584 and 1585, during his stay in London, Bruno published six dialogues in Italian in which he expounded the bulk of his philosophy in a unitary way. Scholars unanimously agree that these six installments can be divided thematically into two distinct parts: the first three present the new cosmology and its ontological and theological principles, while the last three deal with the moral, political and ethical consequences that follow from the former. Thus, the third dialogue, On the Infinite, is the bridge where the passage from the cosmological to the moral sphere takes place. The dialogue presents itself as an open refutation of the Aristotelian finite cosmos. In it, Bruno argues that Aristotle’s main error lies in his rejection of the infinity of the universe. However, if we pay attention to the causes that Bruno deems to motivate such rejection, we will see that these ultimately coincide with the cognitive biases that lead to the assumption of moral universalism. In this talk I aim to prove that contrary to the established belief Bruno’s critique of morality is not a consequence of his cosmological view but rather that his cosmological view derives from his critique of moral universalism.