Giordano Bruno

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Giordano Bruno, Italian pantheistic philosopher, poet, playwright, cosmologist and occultist, neé Filippo, was born in Nola, near Naples, in 1548. He studied the trivium (grammar, logic and rhetoric) at the Neapolitan Studium in 1562 but soon became disenchanted with big city life and entered the Convent of San Domenico Maggiore where he took the name Fra' Giordano; ordained in 1572, he became Doctor of Theology in 1575. While at San Domenico, Bruno read voraciously and, among other authors, was fascinated by the work on mnemonics and the philosophy of science of the Catalan Raymond Lull (1232-1315). He also showed early signs of rebelling against orthodox beliefs such as the worship of saints, adoration of relics and the …

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di Scipio, Giuseppe. "Giordano Bruno". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 August 2008
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