Oration on the Dignity of Man
An ardent treatise for the Dignity of Man, which elevates Humanism to a truly Christian level, making this writing as pertinent today as it was in the Fifteenth Century.
His project his to link all the great thoughts (hebrew, christan, persian, greek, arab...) of the humanity. It is an universalist ambition. He speak of the singularity of human which is a kind of "miracle". From this observation, he builds an argumentation to show the absolute carachter of human dig ...more
J’avais déjà entendu parler de réputation du Pic de la Mirandole(1463-1494) comme un homme doté d’une érudition hors du commun, mais mes connaissances s’arrêtaient là. C'était un Italien issu d'une famille fortuné qui a mis ses moyens au service de sa soif d'apprendre: initié à la philosophie Platonicienne par Marcile Ficin, il se passionne ensuite pour toutes les sagesses antiques, qu'elles soient grecques, juives, iraniennes, syriennes, égyptiennes, arabes : rien ne l'arrête, ni la paresse, ni ...more
Sometimes called the Renaissance Manifesto, Pico's work is short but difficult to access for modern readers. Its ornate language and obscure references (e.g., to the nine orders of angels) mask the relatively simple but profound underlying thoughts.
Pico intended to summarize the state of knowledge at his time but unfortunately was unable due to an early death, though this monumental task would have probably been beyond his powers in any case.
In essence, Oration addresses the nature of man and hi...more
'"The dignity of man" is a phrase on the lips of all sorts of people nowadays, including Communist publicists; and by it, all sorts of people mean merely the gratification of the ego, the egalitarian claim that "one man is as good as another".... [Real] dignity is a quality with which one is *invested*; it must be conferred. For human dignity to exist, there must be a Master who can raise Man above the brute creation. If that Master is denied, then dignity f ...more
What makes the oration so intri ...more
The speech typifies the Renaissance mind and spirit, celebrating man's most ...more
That about sums it up. The 24-year-old Pico Della Mirandola seems like a well-read guy. I only read this because Grant Morrison mentioned it in Supergods and because I've been on a renaissance kick lately. I really don't know what the historical value of this is.
First off, anybody who says this is a "manifesto of the Renaissance" needs to r ...more
Let's look at this from a practical viewpoint.
If he had read and studied all the works which he constantly refers to - no matter how obtuse the source - he would have also had to have read them in their o ...more
Rather odd, if I can say so, being a bear of very little brain and all. This idea of the truth of Christianity being a thread one can trace back to ancient occult practices and Hebrew laws and traditions. Much of the support for this idea being founded upon texts that were later discovered to be forgeries. But still an interesting look at the how thought was developing in the early Renaissance.
"Philosophy has taught me to rely on my own convictions rather than on the judgments of others and to concern myself less with whether I am well thought of than whether what I do or say is evil."
Pico's intense love of learning and knowledge for their own sake is both inspiring and convicting.
Fiquei espantada com o facto de tão jovem Pico della Mirandola ter já tanto lido e escrito. Neste ensaio Mirandola procura demonstrar como o paganismo e o cristianismo não são incompatíveis. Fiquei curiosa para ler as suas 900 teses e recomendo esta obra a todos aqueles que se interessam por religião.