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    Humanism and theology in Renaissance Florence: four examples (Caroli, Savonarola, Ficino and Pico)

    Edelheit, Amos (2006) Humanism and theology in Renaissance Florence: four examples (Caroli, Savonarola, Ficino and Pico). Verbum Analecta Neolatina, 8 (2). pp. 271-290. ISSN 1585-079X

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    The argument in this article is that we should not make clear-cut distinctions between humanism and philosophy or theology, and between the humanists and their contemporary scholastic theologians and philosophers, in the Florentine context of the second half of the fifteenth century. The relations between these two groups were complicated and included, beyond obvious differences, also mutual influences, not always discussed in detail among modern scholars. Starting from the known controversy between Eugenio Garin and Paul Oskar Kristeller regarding the nature of the humanist movement and its relations with philosophy, I then move-on to present four examples: the first two deal with “scholastic” theologians and preachers, the Dominicans Giovanni Caroli and Girolamo Savonarola, in whom I emphasize the humanist bias; the last two deal with humanist philosophers, Marsilio Ficino and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, in whom I emphasize the importance of religion and theology for the understanding of their philosophy.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Humanism; philosophy; theology; renaissance; Florence; scholastic metaphysicians;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Philosophy
    Item ID: 2371
    Depositing User: Dr. Amos Edelheit
    Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2011 12:02
    Journal or Publication Title: Verbum Analecta Neolatina
    Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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