Amos Edelheit publishes on Pico della Mirandola's encounter with scholastic philosophy

Friday, April 1, 2022 - 14:30

Amos Edelheit has just published A Philosopher at the Crossroads. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola's Encounter with Scholastic Philosophy (Leiden: Brill, 2022), ix + 568 pp.

From the book's back cover:

This study explains how one of the remarkable thinkers of the Italian Renaissance, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494), broke new ground by engaging with the scholastic tradition while maintaining his 'humanist' sensibilities. A central claim of the monograph is that Pico was a 'philosopher at the crossroads', whose sophisticated reading of numerous scholastic thinkers enabled him to advance a different conception of philosophy. The scholastic background to Pico's work has been neglected by historians of teh period. This omission has served to create not only an unreliable portrait of Pico's thougght, but also a more general ignorance of the dynamism of scholastic thougght in late fifteenth-century Italy. The author argues that these deficiencies of modern scholarship stand in need of correction.