Paul Oskar Kristeller

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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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(1) Paul Oskar Kristeller, Renaissance Thought: The Classic, Scholastic, and Humanist Strains (New York: Harper and Row, 1961), 8.
It was found by Paul Oskar Kristeller in a miscellany of collected works, the Codex Palatinus 555 of the Biblioteca Palatina in Parma.
Ernst Cassirer, Francesco Petrarca, Paul Oskar Kristeller, and John Herman Randall et al.
Ya en el siglo XX, es obligado destacar a tres grandes autores, ya clasicos: Hans Baron (1900-1988), y su concepto de <<humanismo civico [12], Paul Oskar Kristeller (1905-1999) y Eugenio Garin (1909-2004); autores estos dos ultimos de largas vidas paralelas y dispares interpretaciones: Garin, mas proximo a una interpretacion amplia, de caracter historico-cultural [13]; Kristeller, a una interpretacion que podriamos llamar restringida, mas continuista con la Edad Media [14].
Ignatius expounds but inverts a Renaissance philosophy articulated by Paul Oskar Kristeller, who was at the height of his influence as a scholar at Columbia University when Toole studied there.
Among Paul Oskar Kristeller's many achievements in his far-reaching legacy was his Latin Manuscript Books before 1600, which he saw to its fourth revised and enlarged edition with the assistance of Dr.
A cumulative index to volumes I-VI of Paul Oskar Kristeller's Iter italicum; accedunt alia itinera: A finding list of uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued humanistic manuscripts of the Renaissance...
(1.) See Raymond de Roover, "Cardinal Cajetan on 'Cambium' or Exchange Dealings," in Philosophy and Humanism: Renaissance Essays in Honor of Paul Oskar Kristeller, ed.
Last year, he was presented with the Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest international award for a Renaissance scholar.
The late Paul Oskar Kristeller (1905-1999) revolutionized Renaissance Studies and significantly influenced three generations of students, scholars, and non-specialist general readers through his teaching, lecturing, research, scholarship, and writings.
His knowledge of the literature is remarkable, and he shows himself to be a worthy heir to his mentor, the late Paul Oskar Kristeller. The survey features Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Bessarion, Pletho, Nifo, Pomponazzi, and a number of others confirming the vitality of intellectual activity in an era so long-neglected by standard histories of philosophy.