Léon ROBIN (1866-1947), philosopher, professor... - Lot 285 - Conan Belleville Hôtel d'Ainay

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Léon ROBIN (1866-1947), philosopher, professor... - Lot 285 - Conan Belleville Hôtel d'Ainay
Léon ROBIN (1866-1947), philosopher, professor of history of ancient philosophy at the Sorbonne. 5 autograph letters signed to Alexandre Koyré. 8 pp. in-8 and in-4. Paris, August-December 1945. Beautiful letters, in which he comments on the writings and the thought of Alexandre Koyré, in particular on Galileo and Plato. "It is truly fascinating to follow with you, in a penetrating exposition and analysis, the effort of these original thinkers, Copernicus and Galileo, to free themselves from Aristotelian servitude, at the same time as they felt the need to rely on another tradition which, in opposition to a whole verbal jumble, took on an air of mystery and appealed, at least in Copernicus, to the magical inclination. Repudiating Aristotle and all that philosophy of imitation which grew out of his dogmatism, they had to turn to another philosophy which is life and spiritual fertilization: their Platonism is perhaps not pure, but it is true. I was struck by what place Galileo gives to the doctrine of Reminiscence [...]. I need not tell you with what particular attention I have considered the abundant testimonies you give of the influence of Plato on the mind of Galileo, and not only of the learned Plato but of the philosopher Plato, not only through Archimedes, but immediately and directly. Also, I have the weakness of not being dissatisfied to have written, 27 years ago, my study on the physics of Plato, which Meyerson had welcomed [...] ".
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