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Under the mantle of love: The mystical eroticisms of Marsilio Ficino and Giordano Bruno

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Any contemporary scholar who wishes to make sense of Renaissance love theory has to make a basic methodological choice. This chapter tries and develops an etic perspective, a scholarly one that implies that the author is not regarded as the final authority regarding his own text. It looks at the work of Marsilio Ficino or Giordano Bruno from the perspective of sexuality. The chapter demonstrates that it is quite possible to describe Ficino's basic ideal of "Socratic love". Throughout De amore, love is described as a desire that is excited in the minds of men when they behold the beauty of other men. However, the homoeroticism of De amore, or its relationship to what we nowadays would call "homosexuality", is a non-issue that can be dismissed as irrelevant to the question of what Ficino means by "love".

Keywords: Giordano Bruno; Mantle; Marsilio Ficino; Mystical Eroticisms; Renaissance love theory; sexuality; Socratic love



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