10 April 2014
A Great Philosopher
Pico della Mirandola was an Italian Philosopher and a humanist. A lot of people would consider Pico della Mirandola an ideal man of the Italian Renaissance. Pico really helped the Renaissance, he made a huge impact on a lot of other philosophers, and a lot of other philosophers influenced him. Pico della Mirandola once stated,“Whatever seeds each man cultivates will grow to maturity and bear in him their own fruit. If they be vegetative, he will be like a plant.”(BrainyQuote). Pico della Mirandola was the biggest influence on Renaissance philosophy because of his book, Oration on the Dignity of Man, his 900 theses, and his religious impact.
Pico was born into a noble family close to Modena on February 24, 1463. He was the son of Giovan Francesco I and Guila Boiardo. He was born with an extraordinary gift for learning. He studied Canon Law in Bologna, but then he moved to Ferrara, earned more education, and then to Padua (“Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni (1463-1494)), there, he met one of his most important teachers, Elia del Midigo (“Giovanni Pico della Mirandola” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). By now he was studying philosophy. He moved to Florence in 1484, while there, he became one of the most active members of Lorenzo de Medici's Platonic Academy, and he also became chief exponent of Neoplatonism. While in Florence, he increased his knowledge on Platonism (“Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni (1463-1494)). In 1485, he moved from Florence to Paris where the citadel of Aristotelian scholasticism was. He also studied Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic as well as Latin and Greek (Rebhorn 57) At the age of 22, right before he left Paris, he had made his first important contribution to philosophy-He defended the terminology which since Petrarch's time had inspired critics of philosophy to attack scholastic Latin, because it was a barbaric violation of classic norms. Pico della Mirandola died in 1494, because Pico died so young, he completed very little of his work, and published even less. Pico is buried in the church of San Marco in Florence. The vernacular Commento wasn't completed or published by Pico (“Giovanni Pico della Mirandola” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). It is a shame he couldn't finish a lot of his work, because now we will never know what he would have said. Pico received a humanistic education at Mirandola, he studied Canon Law in Bologna. He was not satisfied with his studies, so he left Bologna to pursue his lifelong dream in Ferrara, Padua, and Paris, philosophy. Pico explored Greek, Latin, Averroist and Hebrew thought, including Kabbalah. His knowledge on Kabbalah, an esoteric and mystical form of Judaism, came largely from his association with Renaissance Jews and recent converts to Christianity from Judaism (“Pico della Mirandola-Humanist and Philosophy”). Some people believe him to be the first ever Italian Renaissance Kabbalist. He was also versed in...