Whatever the unknown book that has been sent to Marvell, he declares himself unimpressed by it and instead recommends the skeptical Cornelius Agrippa and Pico della Mirandola
In both books, Professor Maggi examines Renaissance demonology through careful and thoughtful reading of a number of Italian Renaissance scholars including Prierio, De Moura, Polidori, Cordano, the wonderfully-named Santa Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi in the previous volume and Giovan Francesco Pico della Mirandola
, Cigogna, Sinistrari in the present one.
That's the case for Pico della Mirandola
as well as for Marsilio Ficino, who embarked on a study of Eastern wisdom, including Egyptian and Chaldean wisdom, where he located the sources of Christian teaching.
4) information about a young philosopher of the Italian Renaissance, Pico della Mirandola
, his view on human nature, and how this might inform 21st century views on personhood,
In his treatment of Pico della Mirandola
, Leonardo da Vinci and Johann Winckelmann, Pater admires most in them the principle that the artist's work relates to his life, and asserts that the form of his artwork should also convey the array of sentiments associated with its historical and philosophical content.
The second chapter, "The Prison of Antiquity," maps the changes of the early 1490s in the intellectual climate of the city, pointing to the new dispensation announced by Savonarola that was attracting the sympathies of philosophers such as Pico della Mirandola
and politicians such as Lorenzo de' Medici.
While the book is complex, the central message is clear--readers should not regard Neoplatonists like Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola
as typical of all artists, humanists, and theologians of the Renaissance-Reformation era.
In the forty-six pages of chapter seven, for example, he takes us from Pico della Mirandola
to Goethe to Voltaire to Max Weber, back to Pico, to Luther to North and Thomas's Rise of the Western World (1973), back to Max Weber, to Hume (the essay on "Superstition and Enthusiasm") to the Jansenists to Armand de Ranch, the seventeenth-century founder of the Trappist order and his quarrel about monasticism with Jean Mabillon, to Edward Whiting Fox's History in Geographic Perspective: The Other France (1971) to Eric Jones's The European Miracle: Environments, Economies, and Geopolitics in the History of Europe and Asia (1981) to Montesquieu, to Voltaire again, forward to Michelet, backward to Rousseau, back again to Montesquieu, forward to Madison, and ending with Burke.
Pico della Mirandola
and Lorenzo Valla used Hebrew sources to expose errors in the Vulgate, with the implication that errors in doctrine followed thereon (p.
After the introduction, "Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
e le tesi dell'anno 1486" (vxxxviii), and brief "Premesse ai testi" (3-5), this volume contains the text of the Conclusiones in Latin with facing translation in Italian (6-141).
Palladio provided practical information on building all'antica, but it was the intellectual framework provided by the Neoplatonic writings of Pico della Mirandola
, Agrippa and Giordano Bruno, which had a profound influence during the sixteenth century in England on the polymath John Dee, Henry Wotton (author of The Elements of Architecture) and William Laud (as Bishop of St Paul's in London).
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