Oration on the Dignity of Man (Paperback)

Oration on the Dignity of Man By Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola, A. Robert Caponigri (Translated by), Russell Kirk (Introduction by) Cover Image

Oration on the Dignity of Man (Paperback)

By Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola, A. Robert Caponigri (Translated by), Russell Kirk (Introduction by)

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An ardent treatise for the Dignity of Man, which elevates Humanism to a truly Christian level.

This translation of Pico della Mirandola's famed "Oration," hitherto hidden away in anthologies, was prepared especially for Gateway Editions, making it available for the first time in a stand-alone volume. The youngest son of the Prince of Mirandola, Pico lived during the Renaissance, an era of change and philosophical ferment. The tenacity with which he clung to fundamental Christian teachings while crying out against his brilliant though half-pagan contemporaries made him exceptional in a time of exceptional men. While Pico, as Russell Kirk observes in his introduction, was an ardent spokesman for the "dignity of man," his devout nature elevated humanism to a truly Christian level, which makes his writing as pertinent today as it was in the fifteenth century.
Count Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494) was an Italian Renaissance philosopher. He is famed for the events of 1486, when at the age of 23, he proposed to defend 900 theses on religion, philosophy, natural philosophy and magic against all comers, for which he wrote the famous Oration on the Dignity of Man, which has been called the "Manifesto of the Renaissance", and a key text of Renaissance humanism and of what has been called the “Hermetic Reformation."

Russell Kirk (1918-1994), the father of intellectual conservatism in America, was the author of more than thirty books, including The Conservative Mind, Eliot and His Age, and The Roots of American Order. His legacy lives on in the work of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, based at his ancestral home in Mecosta, Michigan.
Product Details ISBN: 9780895267139
ISBN-10: 0895267136
Publisher: Gateway Editions
Publication Date: July 1st, 1996
Pages: 71
Language: English
Series: None