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Natural philosopher Giordano Bruno accepted nothing and challenged everything in his pursuit of an all-embracing system of thought, a vision that earned him the patronage of powerful royals including France's Henry III and England's Elizabeth I. But his radical theories put this Catholic priest in direct conflict with the Church. Arrested by the Inquisition, Bruno was convicted of heresy and eventually burned at the stake years before Galileo's famous trial. Yet even death could not stem the growing tide of this brilliant thinker's influence -- a philosophy that inspired some of the greatest minds in history, including Galileo, Newton, Spinoza, and even Shakespeare.… (més)
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Títol:The Pope and the Heretic: The True Story of Giordano Bruno, the Man Who Dared to Defy the Roman Inquisition
Autors:Michael White (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow (2002), Edition: 1, 256 pages
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GIORDANO BRUNO, EL HEREJE IMPENITENTE

Filósofo, científico, erudito y místico, Giordano Bruno (Nola,
Nápoles, 1548-Roma, 1600) siguió los pasos de Leonardo da
Vinci y abrió los senderos del conocimiento que después
recorrería Newton, arrojando la luz de la razón en una época de
oscuridad. Bruno, sediento de saber cuando imperaba la ignorancia,
puso en cuestión los dogmas de la Iglesia pero, sobre todo, lanzó
una hipótesis que despertó la ira de las autoridades eclesiásticas:
la posible existencia de infinitos mundos en los que criaturas
como nosotros vivirían y rendirían culto a su propio dios.

Michael White centra sus investigaciones en los últimos años de
Bruno, cuando éste se enfrenta en una lucha desigual contra la
Inquisición y, rebelde, defiende sus teorías aunque ello le cueste
la vida.

«Por una parte la devoción religiosa nos ha dado obras magníficas
que enaltecen y alimentan nuestro espíritu. Por otra, produjo
las cazas de brujas, los horrores de la Inquisición, las guerras
de religión, las bombas de Irlanda del Norte y los niños que
mueren en Palestina.
  FundacionRosacruz | Mar 27, 2018 |
Whereas this does not go into much about detail on Bruno's writings, I found it an informative (and disturbing) account of what the Inquisition did to those who doubted Church dogma. It is an account of his life, not his philosophy. Despite some surprisingly modern sounding ideas, Bruno was not a scientist. He was a philosopher, but, as this biography demonstrates, he was a man of remarkable intelligence and courage. He dared to challenge violently enforced concepts that did not make sense, he did not back down, and he paid for it in 1600 with an ugly death. I recommend this one, in part because it is a well written book, but also because Giordano Bruno was a man history must not forget. ( )
1 vota DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
While White's portrait of Bruno is interesting, he commits a fundamental fallacy in dealing with history; he evaluates events from a contemporary perspective. In doing so he not only does the Church and society of the 16th century a severe disservice, but in effect, does so to Bruno as well. Bruno has been quasi-canonized by the same anti-church sentiments that make of Galileo a far more colorful martyr than the facts support, and White's work only continues this trend. Bruno had elements of brilliance in his work, certainly, but it was buried amidst a mish-mash of self-aggrandizing, convoluted and almost schizophrenic ramblings. His prosecution by the church resulted less from his ideas in and of themselves, and more from his general tendency to cause trouble wherever he went; Catholic, Protestant - he seemed to offend all equally.

White, in addition to his post-enlightenment condemnation of history, also has an unfortunate tendency to over-dramatize. He is not alone in this; there seem to have been a spate of highly novelized histories recently, of which some are impressive and others considerably less so. This is of the latter ilk, the sort which imposes purely speculative dialog and other such details (which are utterly impossible for us to know) onto the facts at hand. It may be that the result is more entertaining than the facts themselves; however, this volume cannot really be called history. I submit that if the author's wish is to entertain, perhaps he would be better advised to stick to fiction writing (at which he seems to have some skill) and leave history in the hands of those who will treat it responsibly. ( )
  Mithalogica | Mar 2, 2010 |
A fairly engrossing account of the life of this philosopher and occultist who perceived an infinite universe and tried to establish a new religion, a fusion of pre-Christian beliefs and original Christianity, shorn of what he perceived to be the corruption of the official Catholic church. Bruno's persecution and eventual death are described in horrific detail, but also with a certain breathless novelistic embellishment that I found irritating.

Many people might also say the author has rather a simplistic view of the history of Catholicism and the role of the Inquisition, following a resolutely modern viewpoint that cannot adequately be used to understand a 16th century view of religion, with its single minded and exclusivist attitude on both sides of the Reformation divide. He frequently refers to Church figures as "evil", for example, which, while it would be very accurate as a description of someone now who carried out such acts of persecution, is somehow inadequate when describing the 16th century.

Bruno emerges as a highly intelligent and imaginative thinker, but also as arrogant and, ironically in view of the vast breadth of his vision, narrow minded and naïve in terms of the sharing and practical application of his views. He does not emerge as a sympathetic and pro-science figure as does Galileo. Some of the author's views on the longer term influence of Bruno on modern computer technology also did not convince me.

Worth a read, but not as good as Dava Sobel's Galileo's Daughter, which I read immediately before this. ( )
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Natural philosopher Giordano Bruno accepted nothing and challenged everything in his pursuit of an all-embracing system of thought, a vision that earned him the patronage of powerful royals including France's Henry III and England's Elizabeth I. But his radical theories put this Catholic priest in direct conflict with the Church. Arrested by the Inquisition, Bruno was convicted of heresy and eventually burned at the stake years before Galileo's famous trial. Yet even death could not stem the growing tide of this brilliant thinker's influence -- a philosophy that inspired some of the greatest minds in history, including Galileo, Newton, Spinoza, and even Shakespeare.

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