Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

Living Edition
| Editors: Marco Sgarbi

Pantheism, Renaissance

  • Tomáš NejeschlebaEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_437-1

Abstract

The term “pantheism” only emerged at the end of the seventeenth century and was connected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with a specific interpretation of Baruch Spinoza’s philosophy. Nevertheless, already in this so-called Pantheismusstreit, Giordano Bruno was labeled the predecessor of modern pantheistic thought. Nicolaus of Cusa, as a follower of Meister Eckhart, also later began to be viewed as a pantheist, as he was suspected of holding a similar heresy as Eckhart and the medieval philosophers Amaury of Bene and David of Dinant. Provided pantheism is defined in the strict sense as the identity of God and nature, as the etymology of the word indicates (pan, all; theos, God), it would seem that this “crude” pantheism was unfamiliar to Renaissance philosophers. Both Nicolaus of Cusa and Giordano Bruno advocated in a certain sense the immanence of the divine in the world but also simultaneously viewed a difference between God and nature and ascribed transcendence or at least transcendental aspects to God.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

References

Primary Literature

  1. Bruno, Giordano. 1958. Dialoghi italiani: dialoghi metafisici e dialoghi morali, ed. Giovanni Gentile and Giovanni Aquilecchia, 3rd ed. Firenze: Sansoni.Google Scholar
  2. Hopkins, Jasper. 1981. Nicholas of Cusa’s Debate with John Wenck: a Translation and an Appraisal of De ignota litteratura and Apologia doctae ignorantiae. Minneapolis: A. J. Banning Press.Google Scholar
  3. Hopkins, Jasper. 1985. Nicholas of Cusa On learned ignorance: A translation and an appraisal of De docta ignorantia. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: A. J. Benning Press.Google Scholar

Secondary Literature

  1. Blum, Paul Richard. 2010. Philosophy of religion in the renaissance. Farnham/ Burlington: Ashgate.Google Scholar
  2. Blum, Paul Richard. 2012. Giordano Bruno: An introduction. Trans. P. Henneveld. Amsterdam: Rodopi.Google Scholar
  3. Dilthey, Wilhelm. 1921a. Der Entwicklungsgeschichte Pantheismus nach seinem Geschichtlichen Zusammenhang mit den Älteren Pantheistischen Systemen. In Weltanschauung und Analyse des Menschen seit Renaissance und Reformation. Abhandlungen zur Geschichte der Philosophie und Religion. Wilhelm Diltheys gesammelte Schriften, ed. Georg Misch, 312–390. Leipzig/Berlin: G. B. Teubner.Google Scholar
  4. Dilthey, Wilhelm. 1921b. Giordano Bruno. In Weltanschauung und Analyse des Menschen seit Renaissance und Reformation. Abhandlungen zur Geschichte der Philosophie und Religion. Wilhelm Diltheys gesammelte Schriften, ed. Georg Misch, 297–311. Leipzig/Berlin: G. B. Teubner.Google Scholar
  5. Dupré, Luis. 2006. The Question of Pantheism from Eckhart to Cusanus. In Cusanus: The Legacy of Learned Ignorance, ed. Peter J. Casarella, 74–88. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press.Google Scholar
  6. Eusterschulte, Anne. 1997. Giordano Bruno zur Einführung. Hamburg: Junius Verlag.Google Scholar
  7. Garin, Eugenio. 2008. History of Italian Philosophy. Trans. G. Pinton. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi.Google Scholar
  8. Gatti, Hilary. 2011. Essays on Giordano Bruno. Princeton/Oxford: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar
  9. Gooch, Todd. 2013. Bruno reincarnate. The early Feuerbach on God, love and death. Journal for the History of Modern Theology/Zeitschrift für neuere Theologie-Geschichte 20: 21–43.Google Scholar
  10. Kristeller, Paul Oskar. 1964. Eight philosophers of the Italian Renaissance. Stanford: Stanford University Press.Google Scholar
  11. Lechner, Gerhard. 2014. Transzendenz und Immanenz Gottes bei Giordano Bruno. München: GRIN Verlag GmbH.Google Scholar
  12. Levine, Michael P. 1994. Pantheism a non-theistic concept of deity. London/New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  13. Mander, Willam J. 2012. Pantheism. Accessed 25 Sept 2015. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/pantheism/.
  14. McFarland, Thomas. 1969. Coleridge and the pantheist tradition. Oxford: Clarendon P.Google Scholar
  15. Moran, Dermot. 1990. Pantheism from John Scottus Eriugena to Nicholas of Cusa. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 64 (1): 131–152.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Pisarek, Henryk. 2003. Über den Pantheismus von Giordano Bruno. In Philosophy of Giordano Bruno/Die Philosophie von Giordano Bruno, ed. Tomáš Nejeschleba, 65–76. Olomouc: UP Olomouc.Google Scholar
  17. Scholz, Heinrich. 2004. In Die Hauptschriften zum Pantheismusstreit zwischen Jacobi und Mendelssohn, ed. Wolfgang Erich Müller. Waltrop: H. Spenner.Google Scholar
  18. Wollgast, Siegfried. 1972. Der deutsche Pantheismus im 16. Jahrhundert; Sebastian Franck und seine Wirkungen auf die Entwicklung der pantheistischen Philosophie in Deutschland. Berlin: Deutscher Verlag der Wissenschaften.Google Scholar
  19. Wollgast, Siegfried. 1988. Philosophie in Deutschland zwischen Reformation und Aufklärung, 1550–1650. Berlin: Akademie-Verlag.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Renaissance Texts, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of ArtsPalacky UniversityOlomoucCzech Republic

Section editors and affiliations

  • Anna Laura Puliafito
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität BaselBaselSwitzerland