Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola

Francesco Borghesi (UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia)
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Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, one of the most celebrated intellectuals of the Renaissance, is best known today for his so-called Oration on the Dignity of Man, a title that was chosen after the death of its author. Despite a very short life, he wrote numerous works on philosophy, theology, and poetry. He had wide-ranging interests that went well beyond the ancient and scholastic authoritative texts, including the Jewish, Aramaic and Arabic traditions, and he was one of the first scholars to use the Jewish Kabbalah to support Christian doctrines. Indeed, he had a life-long interest in reconciling philosophies and religions generally considered in opposition and synthetizing them in his concordism project. During his lifetime, he was closely associated with the main intellectuals of his…

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Citation: Borghesi, Francesco. "Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 November 2022 [, accessed 11 December 2023.]

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