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Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

The Sixth Form commemorate the anniversary of the death of Mirandola today. As a special treat hot chocolate and croissant will be served in the Common Room to Year 11 who will be joining us for break.

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-94) is, after Marsilio Ficino, the best known philosopher of the Renaissance: his Oration on the Dignity of Man is better known than any other philosophical text of the fifteenth century. Pico was also remarkably original—indeed, idiosyncratic. The deliberately esoteric and aggressively recondite character of his thought may help explain why Renaissance philosophy has had so small a place, until recently, in the canonical history of the discipline as accepted by Anglophone philosophers.’ (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Some thoughts from Mirandola:

‘And if, happy in the lot of no created thing, he withdraws into the center of his own unity, his spirit, made one with God, in the solitary darkness of God, who is set above all things, shall surpass them all.’

‘If you see a philosopher determining all things by means of right reason, him you shall reverence: he is a heavenly being and not of this earth.’

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