From individuals like Brunetto Latini, Dante's great teacher, there begins a line that leads to Petrarch and through Coluccio Salutati down to Pico della Mirandola
Whether it takes the form of the unbridled claims of Pico della Mirandola
, of the Nietzschean assertion of the power of the superior individual to transform and shape his own nature, or of the modern totalitarian effort to change the nature of humanity by utopian social engineering, the temptation to arrogance offered by the ideas and worldly success of the modern West threatens its own great traditions and achievements.
Keeping in mind the differences between humanist thinkers, from Pico della Mirandola
to Pompanazzi, to Ficino, and the fluid articulation of different humanisms, the up/down hierarchy appears to be the most prevalent way humanists conceptualized the category "man," as potentially being at the top of a chain of being; yet Pico della Mirandola
, for example, conceptualized "man" as a chameleon (an animal analogy) who can choose where to exist on the vertical plane.
Pico della Mirandola
ipotizzava, in una delle sue Conclusiones (1486), che il rapporto della ragione alla rabbia fosse un diatessaron, cioe una "subdominante:" con questa ipotesi, assumendo un diverso Parisiensium disputatorum dicendi genus (6), possiamo dire che lo "stile dialettico" di Gramsci alza il tono della politica in una sovrapposizione di territori metaforici, storicamente disarmonici, per capire quel rapporto che definisce la "concordia" come un'idea della futura umanita: intonata al diapason della liberta, la sua voce insiste organicamente sulla subdominante della dignita.
During the Renaissance, Pico Della Mirandola
maintained that a distinctive feature of humankind was our ability to determine our own position in the natural hierarchy by moving closer towards or further away from God.
Many of the historic details will be new to the majority of the intended audience and the authors covered include familiar names as Descartes, Hobbes, Milton, Spinoza, Berkeley, and Kant but also names only known to a smaller group of scholars as Ficinio, Pico della Mirandola
, Pomponazzi, Campanella, Kircher, Patrizi or Vico.
In the roll call, the names fly by: Petrarca, Lorenzo Valla, Nicholas of Cusa, Marsilio Ficino, Lorenzo de' Medici, Pico della Mirandola
, Erasmus, Machiavelli, Thomas More, Luther, Calvin, Bacon, Galileo, Hugo Grotius, Thomas Hobbes, Descartes, and Tommaso Campanella, to name only the most prominent.
It is not often that one reads references to the Renaissance theorist Pico della Mirandola
and the movie Men in Black within the space of a single paragraph.
The remaining chapters examine the concept in a systematic analysis of Calvin's work, then turn to the impact of Calvin on Renaissance humanism, with discussion of the work of Erasmus, Pico della Mirandola
, and Jacques Lefevre d'Etaples.
It touches on the main points, but if you want something more complete, you should consult Cornelius Agrippa himself on the vanity of the sciences, and against the astrologers especially Pico della Mirandola
, who however died one year after completing that work.
Ibn Tufayl's allegorical work, Hayy, was first translated into Hebrew in 1349 by Moses of Narbonnne, with a second translation in Latin in the second half of the fifteenth century by Pico della Mirandola
Savonarola left San Marco in 1487 but returned in the late spring of 1490 largely through the intervention of Lorenzo de' Medici who interceded on behalf of an admirer of Savonarola, Count Pico della Mirandola