Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

In Natalia Jacubecki, María Cecilia Rusconi & Natalia Strok (eds.), Platón cosmólogo. Recepción del Timeo entre la Edad Media y la temprana Modernidad. Winograd. pp. 483-529 (2022)
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As in the case of other humanists and philosophers of the period, an important aspect of Pico della Mirandola's interpretation of the Platonic Timaeus consists of direct access to the dialogue in its original Greek, which the young man possessed in his personal library. This does not mean that Pico does not also take an interest in the ancient Latin translations of Cicero and Calcidius, both personally and in Ficino's circle. But these are read with the critical distance and the historical and philological rigour of the period. Plato's cosmology, his theory of first principles, of the structure of the cosmos and of human nature, are read by Pico in dialogue, in contrast and in hidden coincidence with the Aristotelian system of the universe, but also alongside the conceptions of the world and of humankind of other Jewish, Christian, Neoplatonic, Arabic, Hermetic and Kabbalistic authors and texts. Demonstrating the confluence of all these systems with biblical revelation is particularly pressing for Pico, who knows himself to be the heir of the Greek and Latin patristic authors. Nevertheless, the pagan philosophical tradition occupies a privileged place in the exegetical lenses of Pico, who has recourse on countless occasions to the Commentary on the Timaeus of Proclus and to the exegeses of Plutarch, Porphyry, Iamblichus, Emperor Julian and Simplicius, not forgetting the allegedly ancient Pythagorean Timaeus of Locri and Ocellus Lucanus. The chapter offers, in addition to an introduction to Pico's figure and oeuvre, an analysis of his reception of the Timaeus and a trilingual edition (Latin-Spanish, Tuscan-Spanish) with some of the central passages of his works.



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