Francesco de' Vieri, known as Verino secondo
Born into a noble family, he was nicknamed the second Verino as the grandson of Francesco de' Vieri (obviously called the first Verino, a humanist and early on a Platonist after the fashion of Marsilio Ficino, educated in the school of Jacopo da Diacceto), he followed in his ancestor's footsteps by taking up philosophical studies. He taught at the School of Pisa, at first holding a chair in Logic, and later, from 1559 to 1590, in Philosophy. Notwithstanding the current university statutes promoted by Cosimo I de' Medici (1519-1574), which forbade any deviation from Aristotelian treachings, the second Verino was granted permission by Grand Duke Francesco I (1541-1587) to give public lectures on Platonic philosophy, but was forced to interrupt them upon the protests of his colleagues. His desire to refound the Platonic Academy had however the conciliationist temper originated by Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494), who considered Aristotle a precursor of Plato, whose thought therefore could not but be in harmony with his master's. He chose as the target of his anti-peripatetic polemic in Vere conclusioni di Platone conformi alla dottrina christiana et a quella d'Aristotile ("True Conclusions of Plato in Agreement with Christian Doctrine and Aristotle's Teachings", Florence, 1589) his main enemy, the Aristotelian Girolamo Borri of Arezzo, also a professor at the School of Pisa. Verino published, among other things, a Trattato delle metheore ("Treatise on Meteors", Florence, 1572), a Trattato della lode, dell'honore, della fama et della gloria ("Treatise on Praise, Honor, Fame and Glory", Florence, 1577), the Discorsi delle maravigliose opere di Pratolino et d'Amore ("Discourses on the Marvelous Works of Pratolino and of Amore", Florence, 1587) and a Discorso del soggetto, del numero, dell'uso et della dignitą et ordine degl'habiti dell'animo ("Discourse on the Subject, Number, Use and Dignity and on the Kind of Vestments of the Spirit", Firenze, 1568), in which he championed the political and moral aspects of Plato's thought. He left in manuscript form his Lezzioni d'amore ("Lessons on Love"), a commentary on Cavalcanti published in recent times.
Last update 09/feb/2008