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Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice

Re-evaluating Pico

Aristotelianism, Kabbalism, and Platonism in the Philosophy of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Authors: Howlett, Sophia

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  • Considers Pico's work as the bringing together of three specific philosophical and religious traditions (Platonism, Aristotelianism, and Kabbalism), with his Christian belief
  • Reinterprets Pico’s work as part of a history of theological philosophy that attempts to overcome the separation of reason and faith
  • Presents an overall hypothesis that Pico’s goal is distinctively different to others at the time
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This book offers a re-evaluation of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, the prominent Italian Renaissance philosopher and prince of Concord. It argues that Pico is part of a history of attempted concordance between philosophy and theology, reason and faith. His contribution is a syncretist theological philosophy based on Christianity, Platonism, Aristotelianism and Jewish Kabbalism. After an introduction, Chapter 2 discusses Pico’s career, his power-relations and his work, Chapters 3 and 4 place his three pillars of Platonism, Aristotelianism and Kabbalism in their historical context, examines shared histories, and introduces the scholars around Pico who contributed so much in each of these traditions (introducing, for example, Christian Kabbalism), including exploring Pico's complex relationship with Marsilio Ficino. Chapter 5 examines the problems of concordance within Pico’s cosmology and metaphysics, including the question of God and the role of the Intellect. Chapter 6 describes Pico’s ‘exceptionalist’ version of the mystical ascent as an individualized ascetic experience. Pico eschews the contemporary desire to use a renewed christian thinking or christian-classical metaphysics to change the world (towards a Golden Age or a 'second coming') to present a personal path to God, with no return to the world.    

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Dr Sophia Howlett is President of School for International Training (SIT), USA, and the author of Marsilio Ficino and His World (2016).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Re-evaluating Pico
Book Subtitle
Aristotelianism, Kabbalism, and Platonism in the Philosophy of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
Authors
Series Title
Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-59581-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-59581-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-59580-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 251
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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