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The Virtues of the Pagans Between Prophecy and Rhetoric in the Work of Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola

  • Hanna Gentili
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Abstract

Falling between the end of the fifteenth and the beginning of the sixteenth centuries, the work of Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola (1469–1533) fully embodied the various forms of the debate on pagan sources in the early modern period. Starting from Pico’s evaluation of the history of philosophy and the nature of true revelation, this article explores three key points in his work: his criticism of Greek philosophy, the theory of prophecy and his ‘eclectic’ position in the contemporary debate on imitation. The discussion about the level of consistency in Pico’s approach to the subject of pagan wisdom is here presented by comparing his account of Hebrew wisdom with the religious and historical framework of his philosophical investigations.

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  • Hanna Gentili
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  1. 1.The Warburg InstituteLondonUK

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