Kristeller, Paul Oskar

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Kristeller, Paul Oskar


Born May 22, 1905, in Berlin. American philosopher and historian of philosophy.

Kristeller has been in the USA since 1939, the year in which he became a teacher. He became a professor at Columbia University (in New York) in 1956. Kristeller’s research is devoted primarily to the philosophy of the Renaissance. While regarding the period as a new era, he concentrates his attention on the continuation and further development of earlier traditions. Acknowledging the influence of Italian humanism upon all spheres of culture, Kristeller nonetheless asserts (despite traditional views) that the philosophy of the Renaissance developed independently of humanism and partly in conflict with it.


The Philosophy of M. Ficino. New York, 1943.
The Classics and Renaissance Thought. Cambridge (Mass.), 1955.
Studies in Renaissance Thought and Letters. Rome, 1956.
Renaissance Thought, vols. 1–2. New York, 1961–65.
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Kristeller, Paul Oskar, y Randall, Jr., John Hermann (eds.), The Renaissance Philosophy of Man.
Kristeller, Paul Oskar, Studies and Renaissance Thought and Letters.
Kristeller, Paul Oskar, Renaissance Thought: The Classic, Scholastic, and Humanist Strains.
Kristeller, Paul Oskar. "A Life of Learning." American Scholar 60.3 (1991): 337-350.
Kristeller, Paul Oskar. "Humanism and Moral Philosophy." In Renaissance Humanism.
Kristeller, Paul Oskar. The Philosophy of Marsilio Ficino.
Kristeller, Paul Oskar. Iter Italicum: A Finding List of Uncatalogued or Incompletely Catalogued Humanist Manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and Other Libraries.
Kristeller, Paul Oskar. "The Active and Contemplative Life in Renaissance Humanism." In Arbeit Musse Meditation, ed.