Oration on the Dignity of Man by Giovanni Pico della MirandolaA classic of humanism. I discovered him when I worked on Kabbale. He had writed on it. If you observe the sephirot tree, you can see that it is not so different than hindu chakra or chinese médicine.
His project his to link all the great thoughts (hebrew, christan, persian, greek, arab...) of the humanity. It is an universalist ambition. He speak of the singularity of human which is a kind of miracle. From this observation, he builds an argumentation to show the absolute carachter of human dignity.
When we speak on humanism, we spontanetly thing to Erasmus and not Picco della Mirandole. It is a mistake.
I believed to understand why human is the living being happiest and thus the worthy one of any admiration...
Somewhere, it makes me thing to Discours de la servitude volontaire of Etienne de la Boëtie. It is a voluntee of freedom.
Pt 3 - Pico della Mirandola - Humanities II - The Renaissance
Pico’s Oration on the Dignity of Man – a powerful statement of Renaissance humanism
O highest and most wonderful felicity of man! To him it was granted to have what he chooses, to be what he wills. And then during the Italian Renaissance, this veil was lifted into thin air and man became a spiritual individual , and recognized himself as such. Renaissance humanism can thus be understood as a spirit of learning that emphasised humanity with all its capabilities, talents, weaknesses and problems. Man human form became the centre of the universe.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Considering the temper of the times, the amazing thing is that it got published at all. The theses are primarily composed of subjects which had become the source of disputes with many other Roman scholars at the time. Among some of the philosophers which had informed his view on the subjects he debated were many whose ideas would come to be the foundation for Humanism. Though not a Humanist in the definitive sense of rejecting Aristotelian scholasticism, to the Catholic Church he was even worse: a philosopher whose writings were heavily influenced by ancient Jewish and pagan texts and even more recent Muslim writings as well. When the Church deemed the writings heretical, he was forced to flee to France and abandon all hope for a chance to debate.
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The Oration on the Dignity of Man De hominis dignitate is a famous public discourse composed in by Pico della Mirandola , an Italian scholar and philosopher of the Renaissance. It remained unpublished until Pico, who belonged to the family that had long dwelt in the Castle of Mirandola , left his share of the ancestral principality to his two brothers to devote himself wholly to study. In his fourteenth year, , he went to Bologna accompanied by his mother to study canon law and fit himself for the ecclesiastical career. Following his mother's death in , Pico in requested from the Marquess of Mantua a free passage to Ferrara , where he would devote himself to the study of philosophy and theology. Pico's Oration attempted to remap the human landscape to center all attention on human capacity and human perspective. Arriving in a place near Florence, he taught the amazing capacity of human achievement.