Marsilio Ficino: His Theology, His Philosophy, His Legacy

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Michael J. B. Allen, Valery Rees, Martin Davies
BRILL, 2002 - Philosophy - 493 pages
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This volume consists of 21 essays on Marsilio Ficino (1433-99), the great Florentine scholar, philosopher and priest who was the architect of Renaissance Platonism and whose long-lasting influence on philosophy, love and music theory, medicine and magic extended across Europe. Grouped into three sections, they cover such topics as priesthood, the influence of Hermetic monism, Plotinus and Augustine, Jewish transmission of the "prisca theologia," the 15th c. Plato-Aristotle controversy, the soul and its afterlife, the primacy of the will, "theriac" and musical therapy, the notions of matter, seeds, mirrors and clocks, and other fascinating philosophical and theological issues. Also considered are Ficino's critics, his relationship to the Camaldolese Order, his letters to princes, his influence on art, on Copernicus, on Chapman, and the nature of the Platonic Academy. Contributors include: Tamara Albertini, Michael J. B. Allen, Francis Ames-Lewis, Donald Beecher, Christopher S. Celenza, Stephen Clucas, Arthur Field, Hiroshi Hirai, Moshe Idel, Dilwyn Knox, Sergius Kodera, Jill Kraye, Dennis F. Lackner, Jorg Lauster, Anthony Levi, John Monfasani, Valery Rees, Clement Salaman, Peter Serracino-Inglott, M. Stephane Toussaint, and Angela Voss.
  

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Contents

Ficino the Priest
1
Ambrogio Traversari Marsilio Ficino and the Christian Platonic Tradition
15
Theological Aspects of his Platonism
45
The PostPlotinian Ficino
71
Ficino Augustine and the Pagans
99
Echoes of Egypt in Hermes and Ficino
115
Prisca Theologia in Marsilio Ficino and in Some Jewish Treatments
137
Life as a Dead Platonist
159
Concepts of Seeds and Nature in the Work of Marsilio Ficino
257
the Concept of Matter in Ficino
285
Ficino Archimedes and the Celestial Arts
307
Neoplatonism and the Visual Arts at the Time of Marsilio Ficino
327
Ficinos Advice to Princess
339
The Platonic Academy of Florence
359
A Renaissance Neoplatonist and His Critics
399
Ficino and the Poetry of George Chapman
419

Marsilio Ficino and the PlatoAristotle Controversy
179
Two Correlatives of a Renaissance Concept of the Mind
203
The Musical Magic of Marsilio Ficino
227
Ficino Theriaca and the Stars
243
Bibliography
443
List of Contributors
467
Index
469
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Michael J.B. Allen, DLitt (Oxon), Ph.D. (Michigan) is Professor of English at UCLA, and an Editor of Renaissance Quarterly. His books include The Platonism of Marsilio Ficino (1984), Icastes (1989), Nuptial Arithmetic (1994), Plato's Third Eye (1995) and Synoptic Art (1998). Valery Rees, MA (Cantab) has been a member of the translation team working on Ficino's Letters at the School of Economic Science, London since 1975 and is currently researching Ficino's relationship with the court of Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary.

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