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Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola And His Theological Method: Between Opinio And Fides

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This chapter intends to deal with Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola's humanist theology in the context of the theological crisis of his time, as expressed mainly in his Apologia. It focuses both on Pico's critical reaction to his condemned theses and on his solution to the crisis. The discussion is divided into three phases. The first deals with the general background to the theological crisis. The second is an analysis of Pico's Apologia-his response to and attack on the papal commission and on the contemporary scholastic theology, including his solution to the problem of fides and opinio. The third explores the philosophical background to some of the essential terms in the Apologia. The chapter demonstrates here that Pico uses terms and ideas which are associated with the ancient skeptical tradition and are derived from Cicero's Academica and Augustine's Contra Academicos.

Keywords:Apologia; Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola; theological crisis



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