Mirandola and the Tradition of Science Analytical Essay by Shaad

Mirandola and the Tradition of Science
This paper explains in what ways the publication of Pico Della Mirandola's 900 theses was seminal to the Western tradition.
# 146710 | 755 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | BD

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This essay discusses the primary significance of Pico Della Mirandola in the Western tradition. It first of all describes the circumstances surrounding the 1486 publication of the 900 theses, along with the 'Oration on the Dignity of Man', and explains what made it such a defining moment. The writer then describes the Neo-Platonist framework proposed by Mirandola, and through which are described the successive stages of man's ascent to higher planes of knowledge. Further, the writer explains in what ways syncretism is the key to Mirandola's thought. After a general overview of his syncretism it is shown how he harmonizes Plato and Aristotle, and how the end product is the celebration of the dignity of man and the investigative spirit that accompanies it.

From the Paper:

"Pico Della Mirandola was a key figure of the renaissance. In his writings we discover a key influence that paved the way for the practice of humanism and science. In his own time he was seen more in the light of a mortal threat to Catholic hegemony. His publication of the 900 theses in 1486 is properly seen as a defining moment in the course of European history. The theses, along with its accompanying tract Oration on the Dignity of Man, represented an open challenge to the religious orthodoxy of the time, and at the same time was a trumpet call to the ideal free thought. Many identify this publication as the starting point of a series of events that culminated in the Protestant Reformation of Luther and the eventual downfall of the Catholic Church (Dougherty 141). By the same token the secular and scientific worldview that prevails today can be seen as the eventual outcome of the publication of the theses, even though the worldview of Mirandola remains strange to the modern mindset. God remains at the center of Mirandola's worldview even while he refutes the dogmas of established religion."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Della Mirandola, Giovanni Pico. Oration on the Dignity of Man. Contributor Russell Kirk. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 1996.
  • Dougherty, M. V. Pico della Mirandola: new essays. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  • Gardner, James. Faiths of the World. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing, 2003.
  • O'Meara, Dominic, J. Neoplatonism and Christian thought, Volume 2. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1981.

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