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Ficino, Marsilio (1433–99)

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


Italian philosopher, born at Figline, appointed to head the Platonic Academy of Florence by Cosimo de' Medici. Ficino attempted to reconcile Platonism with Christianity by focusing on the role of love in both systems, and advocated an ascent to God through contemplation. His Latin translations of Plato made Plato accessible to the Latin West. He also translated Neoplatonist and Hermetic writings. His major works include Symposium (1469), Theologia Platonica (1473), and Three Books on Life (1489). He exerted considerable influence upon the Renaissance revival of Platonism. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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