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Pico della Mirandola on Trial

Heresy, Freedom, and Philosophy

Copenhaver, Brian P. (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and History, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and History, UCLA)

Pico della Mirandola on Trial

Pico della Mirandola on Trial

Heresy, Freedom, and Philosophy

Pico della Mirandola on Trial

 

Pico della Mirandola On Trial uses Pico's Apology, his self-defence against heresy charges, to show that his work was in no way progressive - or 'humanist' - and that his main authorities were medieval clerics and theologians, not secular Renaissance intellectuals.


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Beschrijving Pico della Mirandola on Trial

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola has been a beacon of progress in modern times, and the Oration on the Dignity of Man has been the engine of his fame. But he never wrote a speech about the dignity of man. The prince's speech announced quite different projects: persuading Christians to become Kabbalists in order to annihilate themselves in God; and convincing philosophers that their path to saving wisdom was concord rather than disputation.

Pico della Mirandola On Trial: Heresy, Freedom, and Philosophy shows that Pico's work was in no way progressive - or 'humanist' - and that his main authorities were medieval clerics and theologians, not secular Renaissance intellectuals. The evidence is Pico's Apology, his self-defence against heresy charges: this public polemic reveals more about him than the famous speech that he never gave and that deliberately kept its message secret. The orator's method in the
Oration was esoteric, but the defendant in the Apology made his case openly in a voice that was academic and belligerent, not prophetic or poetic.

Since the middle of the last century, textbooks written for college students have promoted only one Pico, a hero of progressive humanism. But his Conclusions and Apology, products of late medieval culture, were in no way progressive. The grim scene of the Apology, his report on a battle for life and honor, was the proximate medieval past where human history was despised as the annals of sin. To understand Pico's universe of dismal expectations, our best guide is
his Apology, based on lessons learned from medieval teachers.


ISBN
9780192858375
Pagina's
288
Verschenen
NUR
730
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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