Giovanni Pico della Mirandola —94 is, after Marsilio Ficino, the best known philosopher of the Renaissance: his Oration on the Dignity of Man is better known than any other philosophical text of the fifteenth century. Pico was also remarkably original—indeed, idiosyncratic. The deliberately esoteric and aggressively recondite character of his thought may help explain why Renaissance philosophy has had so small a place, until recently, in the canonical history of the discipline as accepted by Anglophone philosophers. Pico was born on February 24, , to a noble Italian family, the counts of Mirandola and Concordia near Modena in the Emilia-Romagna north of Tuscany.

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Login via Institution. Author: Crofton Black. This is the first full-length study of the Heptaplus , the commentary on the creation narrative of Genesis 1 by the celebrated Italian philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. This theory was fundamentally dissimilar to mainstream medieval and Renaissance approaches to biblical interpretation. Rather than use the standard four senses of Scripture, Pico adopted an esoteric hermeneutic stance characteristic of Neoplatonic and kabbalistic exegesis, and developed an allegorical theory based on epistemology and the idea of intellectual ascent.

Prices from excl. VAT :. Add to Cart. View PDF Flyer. He has also worked as a translator and cataloguer of Latin and Arabic manuscripts. The monograph is well organized and well written, and shuold be of interest to anyone studying humanism, biblical exegesis, or intellectual history. Acknowledgements Preface Abbreviations Introduction 1. The Heptaplus in Outline 3. Exegetical Contexts 4. The First Proem: Traditions of Esotericism 5.

Knowledge, Felicitas and Hermeneutics 7. All those interested in intellectual history of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, allegory, biblical hermeneutics, the Christian reception of kabbalah and the problem of epistemology in scholastic Aristotelianism.

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Heptaplus: Or, Discourse on the Seven Days of Creation

The Theses was the first printed book to be universally banned by the Church. Mirandola was a small autonomous county later, a duchy in Emilia , near Ferrara. Born twenty-three years into his parents' marriage, Giovanni had two much older brothers, both of whom outlived him: Count Galeotto I continued the dynasty, while Antonio became a general in the Imperial army. Giovanni's maternal family was singularly distinguished in the arts and scholarship of the Italian Renaissance. His cousin and contemporary was the poet Matteo Maria Boiardo, who grew up under the influence of his own uncle, the Florentine patron of the arts and scholar-poet Tito Vespasiano Strozzi. Giovanni had a paradoxical relationship with his nephew Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola , who was a great admirer of his uncle, yet published Examen vanitatis doctrinae gentium in opposition to the "ancient wisdom narrative" espoused by Giovanni, described by historian Charles B.


Heptaplus : Or, Discourse on the Seven Days of Creation

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