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Between ethics and science: metaphors of intellect in the ‘Decameron’

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Bearing in mind the philosophical and theological context in which Boccaccio writes his book, the paper examines metaphors about the intellect in the Decameron, paying specific attention to the intellectual view, that can be related to God’s and Love’s view. From the analysis it is possible to observe the existence of a metaphorical structure, elaborated from the Aristotelian conception of election and actus. In the end the metaphor of the bow of the intellect is analysed in its relation with the action.


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