By M. V. Dougherty
This quantity offers a entire presentation of the philosophical paintings of the fifteenth-century Renaissance philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. In essays especially commissioned for this publication, a unusual team of students provides the vital themes and texts of Pico's literary output. most sensible referred to as the writer of the prestigious 'Oration at the Dignity of Man', Pico additionally wrote a number of different sought after works. They contain an influential diatribe opposed to astrology, an formidable metaphysical treatise trying to reconcile Platonic and Aristotelian metaphysical perspectives, and writings on a variety of topics resembling magic, Kabbalah, the Church, philosophy of faith, and philosophy of information. the 1st quantity of its sort in English, this number of essays may be of price not just to complicated scholars and experts of overdue medieval and Renaissance proposal, but additionally to these drawn to Italian humanism and Renaissance Aristotelianism and Neoplatonism.
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936–50; for the influence of this metaphor on Italian literature of the Renaissance, see Valentina Prosperi, “Di soavi licor gli orli del vaso”: La fortuna di Lucrezio dall’umanesimo alla Controriforma (Turin: Nino Aragno, 2004). 88 Barbaro and Pico, Filosofia, 60, 62: “Dicet Lucretius rerum principia atomos et vacuum, Deum corporeum, rerum nostrarum inscium, temere omnia fortuito occursu corpusculorum ferri; sed haec Latine dicet et eleganter. Dicet Iohannes quae natura constant sua materia specieque constitui, esse Deum separatam mentem, cognoscentem omnia, omnibus consulentem.
I have sometimes slightly altered Bausi’s text. I have consulted the English translations of this letter in Breen, “Giovanni Pico,” 394–402, and Renaissance Debates on Rhetoric, ed. and trans. Wayne Rebhorn (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2000), 58–67. See also the French version in Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Oeuvres philosophiques, ed. and trans. Olivier Boulnois and Giuseppe Tognon (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1993), 255–66, and the Italian in Prosatori latini del Quattrocento, ed.
Cincinnos, quis fucum in proba virgine non damnet” (40); “Non ergo nos, sed illi inepti, qui . . gravitatem philosophicarum rerum et castitatem . . calamistris dehonestent” (42); “. . ” (54). , 44: “. . cavendum nobis, ne illectus cute medicata lector demoretur ad eam, ad medullam et sanguinem non pervadat, quem subesse saepe cerussato ori infectum P1: KAE 9780521847360c02 CUFX160/Dougherty 0 521 84736 2 July 26, 2007 Pico on the Relationship of Rhetoric and Philosophy 15:50 25 One writer who adopted this practice, according to Pico in a letter to Lorenzo de’ Medici, was Petrarch.