Syncretism in the West : Pico's 900 Theses (1486) : The by Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola, Stephen A. Farmer

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257. 26 Pico's their cal own mode" Roman Debate —which they had abandoned in confronting an isolated exegeti- problem, the claim in the Parmenides that the one was superior to being. Pico's rejection of the standard Neo-Platonic reading of that text — as Ficino complained, — Pico argued that the "divine Parmenides" was simply a logical exercise hailed as an anticipation of arose from anything but modem commitment a has been views of the work7^ But Pico's ideas here to modem philological standards, as any reader can quickly discover for himself or herself.

Let him lay in a traditional, Platonic framework, with special developed in antiquity figures. ^' it if it is "new philosophy" and related some hardly permitted, as it is to read the treatises of others, losophy {novam or which am to resolve every proposed soon question on natural and divine things by a are taught the pope and car- can consider the current "heresiarchs" of the warring schools: In second place, philosophy his He Roman Debate ties to after Plotinus though highly exaggerated, Neo- those high-syncretic Platonic systems by Porphyry, lambUchus, Syrianus, Proclus, Schematic versions of these pagan scholastic systems could be studied in the Middle Ages in Latin translations of Proclus 's Elements of Theology and fragments of his other works, and indirecdy in Latin versions of Pseudo- Dionysius and the anonymous Book of Causes, which were both closely tied to Proclus's thought.

In the end, conclusions disguising themselves as natural philosophy, harmftil to human the Catholic faith and on it was the Pico's esoteric theses that gave prisci theologi and him most trouble the — his Greek Neo-Platonists, which interpreted later which he pagan reHgious language allegorically; his Cabalistic theses, proposed plan to convert the Jews; and his magical theses, which, despite craft. as part all of a final were always open to suspicions of demonology and witch- disclaimers, While Innocent was changed — his ironically initially conciliatory — towards Pico himself condemning the nine hundred fury in were mistake.

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