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Meditations on the Soul: Selected Letters of Marsilio Ficino [Paperback]

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ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0892816589
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780892816583
Publisher Publisher : Inner Traditions
Pages Pages : 304
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100658041

The problems that taxed the minds of people during the Renaissance were much the same as those confronting us today. In their perplexity many deep-thinking people sought the advice of Marsilio Ficino, the leader of the Platonic Academy in Florence, and through his letters he advised them, encouraged them, and sometimes reproved them. Ficino was utterly fearless in expressing what he knew to be true. His letters cover the widest range of topics, mixing philosophy and humor, compassion and advice, and offering a profound glimpse into the soul of the Renaissance.

This is the only accessible collection of Ficino's writings available in English.Marsilio Ficino (1433-99) was a leading thinker in Florence, a magnet for the most brilliant scholars of fifteenth-century Europe, where the Italian Renaissance derived its impulse and direction, and where the West was awakened to a new realization about itself. In devoting most of his life to the study and translation of the great dialogues of Plato and the Neoplatonists, Ficino and his colleagues were midwives to the birth of the modern world.
Introduction

Translators' Note

The Letters
Truth and Virtue
Human Nature
The Soul
Music, Harmony, and Divine Frenzy
Knowledge and Philosophy
Fortune, Fate, and Happiness
Divine Providence and the Good
The Planets and Astrology
Love, Friendship, and Marriage
Worldly Things and Civic Duty

Notes on the Letters

Notes on Ficino's Correspondents

Bibliography

Index
Marsilio Ficino was at the very fountainhead of some of the most characteristic and influential aspects of the Italian Renaissance. Certainly among the most important philosophers of European history, Marsilio Ficino represents the reinterpretation of platonism and, in concert with this, is a central figure in what has come to be known as the Renaissance. This book is a profound service to the student of Renaissance cul” 

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