Francesco Maria Zanotti

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Francesco Maria Zanotti Cavazzoni (Bologna, January 6, 1692 – Bologna, 25 December 1777) was an Italian philosopher and writer. [1] Besides being a writer, he was also a commentator on works of art. He was considered an authoritative source on many topics.[by whom?]

Life[edit]

He was the son of Giampietro Zanotti, and a pupil of Eustachio Manfredi. In 1718 he became professor of philosophy at the University of Bologna, and in 1723 he was appointed as secretary of Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli. Initially a Cartesian, he became a follower of Newton.[1] In 1728 Francesco Algarotti experimented with light in his lab, replicating the prism and spectrum experiments of Isaac Newton.[2][3] In 1741 he became a member of the Royal Society.[4]

Zanotti's 1741 essay on the 'attractive force of ideas' defended a view of the association of ideas influenced by Newtonian physics. In 1754 Zanotti criticised Pierre-Louis Maupertuis for his views on Stoicism and Christianity, and was drawn into controversy about Stoicism with the Dominican professor Casto Innocente Ansaldi.[1]

In 1766 he became president of Institute of Science in Bologna.[5] In 1775 Benjamin Wilson (painter) began a correspondence with Zanotti on phosphor.[6]

Other members of the family[edit]

His brother, Giampietro Cavazzoni Zanotti was a Writer, painter, and art historian; Eustachio Zanotti was a famous astronomer and hydraulic engineer.[7][8]

Works[edit]

De viribus centralibus
  • La forza attrattiva delle idee (1747)
  • La filosofia morale secondo i peripatetici (1754)
  • Dell'arte poetica (1758)
  • Lettere famigliari in difesa della Felsina Pittrice
  • Delle lodi delle belle arti
  • Dialogo in difesa di G. Reni

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Garin, Eugenio (2008). History of Italian Philosophy. Rodopi. pp. 719–21. ISBN 978-90-420-2321-5. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "THE INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE OF BOLOGNA AND THE ROYAL SOCIETY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY" by Maria Cavazza. Notes Rec. R. Soc. Lond. 56 (1), p. 10 (2002) [1]
  3. ^ Museo Palazzo Poggi
  4. ^ "THE INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE OF BOLOGNA AND THE ROYAL SOCIETY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY" by Maria Cavazza. Notes Rec. R. Soc. Lond. 56 (1), p. 16 (2002)
  5. ^ His portrait can be seen here
  6. ^ "THE INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE OF BOLOGNA AND THE ROYAL SOCIETY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY" by Maria Cavazza. Notes Rec. R. Soc. Lond. 56 (1), p.16 (2002)
  7. ^ "THE INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE OF BOLOGNA AND THE ROYAL SOCIETY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY" by Maria Cavazza. Notes Rec. R. Soc. Lond. 56 (1), p. 11, 14 (2002)
  8. ^ Zanotti, Giampietro Cavazzoni (1745). Vita di Eustachio Manfredi. Lelio dalla Volpe, Bologna. 

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