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Giovanni Pico And The Ideal Of Concordia Discors: Disharmony As A Way To Esoteric Wisdom

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Between the summer and autumn of 1486 Giovanni Pico was enflamed by a kind of intellectual frenzy. In the Commentary to the Canzone the theme of elevation plays a very important role and gives a common perspective to the various attempts of poetic theology that the Count formulates on the basis of the poem of his friend Girolamo Benivieni. Medicean Florence had accumulated bibliographic treasures, displayed with pride by the literati of the city. The discordia concors of Count della Mirandola can be aptly adopted for defining a new model of knowledge. Such a model is not based as was previously the caseon genealogical lines descending from remote antiquity towards modern times; to the contrary, it takes the shape of a network of cross-correspondences.

Keywords: discordia concors; Giovanni Pico; Medicean Florence



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