Renaissance Philosophy of Man Petrarca, Valla, Ficino, Pico, Pomponazzi, Vives

ISBN-10: 0226096041

ISBN-13: 9780226096049

Edition: 1956

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Description: Despite our admiration for Renaissance achievement in the arts and sciences, in literature and classical learning, the rich and diversified philosophical thought of the period remains largely unknown. This volume illuminates three major currents of thought dominant in the earlier Italian Renaissance: classical humanism (Petrarch and Valla), Platonism (Ficino and Pico), and Aristotelianism (Pomponazzi). A short and elegant work of the Spaniard Vives is included to exhibit the diffusion of the ideas of humanism and Platonism outside Italy. Now made easily accessible, these texts recover for the English reader a significant facet of Renaissance learning.

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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 1956
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/15/1956
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 405
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Ernst Cassirer, a German neo-Kantian philosopher, taught at several European universities before moving to the United States and teaching at Yale (1941-1944) and Columbia universities. A prolific historian of philosophy, Cassirer was influenced by Immanuel Kant and Georg Hegel but originated his own distinctive doctrine. The centerpiece of Cassirer's thought is his theory of symbolic forms. He construed representation, the ground of symbolic form, to be essentially symbolic, fusing perceptual materials with conceptual meanings. The human species, he taught, is essentially a symbolizing animal. He maintained that symbolic forms are manifest in different modes-languages, myth, art, science, and religion. Cassirer utilized his theory of symbolic forms in the elaboration of a flexible philosophy of culture.

General Introduction
Francesco Petrarca Translated
Introduction
A Self-Portrait
The Ascent of Mont Ventoux On His Own Ignorance and That of Many Others
A Disapproval of an Unreasonable Use of the Discipline of Dialectic An Averroist
Visits Petrarca A Request To Take Up the Fight against Averroes
Lorenzo Valla Translated
Introduction
Dialogue on Free Will
Marsilio Ficino Translated
Introduction
Five Questions concerning the Mind
Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola Translated
Introduction
Oration on the Dignity of Man
Pietro Pomponazzi Translated
Introduction
On the Immortality of the Soul
Juan Luis Vives Translated
Introduction
A Fable about Man
Selective Bibliography
Index
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