Marsilio Ficino and His World by Sophia Howlett

By Sophia Howlett

This publication makes the case for Marsilio Ficino, a Renaissance thinker and priest, as a canonical philosopher, and gives an advent for a large viewers. Sophia Howlett examines him as a part of the milieu of Renaissance Florence, a part of a background of Platonic philosophy, and as a key determine within the ongoing difficulty among classical revivalism and Christian trust. the writer discusses Ficino’s imaginative and prescient of a Platonic Christian universe with a number of worlds inhabited by way of angels, daemons and pagan gods, in addition to our personal exact function inside that universe - mountaineering the heights to speak with angels but always stressed through the proof of our personal senses. Ficino because the “new Socrates” indicates to us that by means of altering ourselves, we will swap our world.

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Marsilio Ficino and His World

This ebook makes the case for Marsilio Ficino, a Renaissance thinker and priest, as a canonical philosopher, and gives an creation for a extensive viewers. Sophia Howlett examines him as a part of the milieu of Renaissance Florence, a part of a heritage of Platonic philosophy, and as a key determine within the ongoing drawback among classical revivalism and Christian trust.

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His last work was against the practice of astrology,92 and he was about to become a Dominican monk when he died. It is unclear when Pico and Ficino first connected. Ficino was already the ‘famous Platonist’, and Pico must have contacted him as a student. The first published letter to Pico was in 1482 when Ficino was 43 and Pico was 19 years old. Ficino calls Pico his fellow Platonist, and they engage in conversation, but Pico was searching and learning, unsure of his final intellectual destination.

So there are a number of relationships between Christianity and Platonism. As Platonism became allied with various pagan religions and philosophies, including Egyptian–Greek Mysteries such as Hermeticism, so it also entered into early Christian mysticism including Gnosticism. There is an intertwining of various religious traditions, in their mystical aspect, from the intermingling of various cultures in the Roman Empire.

55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 29 Platonism’ in J. F.  213. B. Allen (trans. ) (2008) Commentaries on Plato vol 1: ‘Phaedrus’, and ‘Ion’ Marsilio Ficino (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press), p. xv.  302. It was then published four times over the next century as part of his complete works, with his second edition of Plato, and then in the Basel and Paris edition of the Opera Omnia.  Hankins (trans. and eds) (2001) Theologia Platonica de Immortalitate Animae, Marsilio Ficino I (2001), II (2002), III (2003), IV (2004), V (2005), VI (2006) (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press), I, p.

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