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Henry Of Ghent And Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola: A Chapter On The Reception And Influence Of Scholasticism In The Renaissance

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This chapter discusses the relationship and possible influence of the thirteenth-century master Henry of Ghent on the fifteenth-century thinker Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. More specifically, it deals with questions such as which texts of Henry were read and used by Pico and how did Pico used Henry's authority in the different contexts of his writings. Focusing on the thirteen theses dedicated to Henry among Pico's 900 Theses (1486), and on some of the references to Henry in his Apology (1487), the chapter traces these theses and references back to Henry's oeuvre, in order to compare Henry's original intention with the way Pico has used his opinions. The aim of such a comparison is to determine whether we can identify a specific influence of the medieval philosopher on the young and ambitious Renaissance philosopher.

Keywords: Giovanni Pico della Mirandola; Henry of Ghent; Renaissance philosopher; scholasticism



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