Platonic Theology: v.2, Bks.5-8

Platonic Theology: v.2, Bks.5-8

By (author) Marsilio Ficino , Translated by Michael J.B. Allen , Translated by John Warden , Edited by James Hankins , Edited by William Bowen


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The "Platonic Theology" is a visionary work and the philosophical masterpiece of Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), the Florentine scholar-philosopher-magus who was largely responsible for the Renaissance revival of Plato. A student of the Neoplatonic schools of Plotinus and Proclus, he was committed to reconciling Platonism with Christianity, in the hope that such a reconcilliation would initiate a spiritual revival and return of the golden age. His Platonic evangelising was eminently successful and widely influential, and his Platonic Theology, translated into English in this edition, is one of the keys to understanding the art, thought, culture, and spirituality of the Renaissance.

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 140 x 202 x 32mm | 521.63g
  • 30 Jun 2002
  • Cambridge, Mass
  • English, Latin
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • Ill.
  • 0674007646
  • 9780674007642
  • 621,462

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Michael J. B. Allen is Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles, and editor of Renaissance Quarterly. John Warden is Professor of Classics Emeritus, University of Toronto. James Hankins is Professor of History, Harvard University. William Bowen is in the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

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The main work, the editing and translation of Ficino's text, has been done superbly well. Allen and Hakins have begun a work of scholarship of the highest caliber, whose continuation is eagerly awaited. And since it is such a rare thing, let me add that the book is set in a very beautiful font, which also makes it an aesthetic pleasure to read.--Luc Deitz"British Journal for the History of Philosophy" (08/01/2002)

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