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This is the introductory chapter of the book Marsilio Ficino: His Theology, His Philosophy, His Legacy. The book testifies the range and continuing fascination of many of Ficino's themes, theologically, philosophically and medically conceived but animated by a complex, rich and varied life that carries them beyond the traditional boundaries of the three great disciplines in which he was nurtured. It focuses on an array of philosophical and magical issues central to Ficino's thought his position in the Plato-Aristotle controversy, his notions of the intellect and the will, his musical magic and his conceptions of Nature and its vital seeds, his engagement with mirrors and their reflections, and with astrological clocks offer us many insights and open up avenues for future research.

Keywords: Ancient Greek philosophy; Aristotle philosophy; Marsilio Ficino; Plato philosophy

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