Humanism and theology in Renaissance Florence: four examples (Caroli, Savonarola, Ficino and Pico).
Verbum Analecta Neolatina, 8 (2).
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.
||Humanism; philosophy; theology; renaissance; Florence; scholastic metaphysicians;
||Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy > Philosophy
Dr. Amos Edelheit
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