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THE CHAIN OF BEING

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Pietro Melandri

on 12 February 2014

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Transcript of THE CHAIN OF BEING

THE CHAIN OF BEING
A classical model of the
universal order

Its roots are in the platonic philosophy,
when it was revalued in Christian tone
(1st period of the middle age)
Concept considered true up to the
development of the RENAISSANCE
Scientific revolution
Copernicus and Darwin
Contested this idea
MINERAL WORLD
VEGETAL WORLD
ANIMAL WORLD
HUMAN RACE
ANGELS
(linked with man through the community of understanding)
1st form of the idea of order: THE SCALE
2nd form: a series of DIFFERENT PLANES
THERE ARE THREE DEGREES:
Divine/Angelic
(macrocosm)
Human
(microcosm)
Lower creation
The created universe was itself in a state of music, of perpetual dance.
The dance is repeated on the different levels:

ANGELS/SAINTS-dance to the music of Heaven

PLANETS/STARS-dance to the music of the spheres in which they are fixed

EARTHLY NATURAL THINGS-duplicate the planetary dance
(ex: The seas dance in obedience to the moon)


With his new heliocentric model of the Solar
System arise the doubt and the contrast of
old (medieval) and new (of the Renaissance) ideas about the CONDUCT of the INDIVIDUAL
as well.
In ancient times there was the belief
that the WORLD was ANIMATED and had a soul...
...And that the human body represented
a universe in miniature.
3rd form: the cosmic dance
(the man had the unique
function of BINDING
TOGETHER all creation)
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