Giovanni Francesco Pico della Mirandola

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Giovanni Francesco Pico della Mirandola (1470–1533) was an Italian philosopher and nephew of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola.

Like his uncle he devoted himself chiefly to philosophy, but made it subject to the Bible, though in his treatises, De studio divinæ et humanæ sapientiæ and particularly in the six books entitled Examen doctrinæ unitatis gentium, he depreciates the authority of the philosophers, above all of Aristotle. He wrote a detailed biography of his uncle and another of Savonarola.

Having observed the dangers to which Italian society was exposed at the time, he sounded a warning on the occasion of the Lateran Council: Joannis Francisci Pici oratio ad Leonem X et concilium Lateranense de reformandis Ecclesiæ Moribus (Hagenau, 1512, dedicated to Willibald Pirckheimer).

Selected works[edit]

  • De imaginatione (1501)
  • De providentia Dei (1508)
  • De rerum praenotione (1506-1507)
  • De studio divinae et humanae philosophiae (1496)
  • Examen vanitatis doctrinae gentium, et ueritatis Christianae disciplinae (1520)
  • Ioannis Pici Mirandulae Vita (1496)
  • La Strega (Italian translation)
  • Opera Omnia (1573); (reprints 1969, 1972)
  • Quaestio de falsitate astrologiae (ca. 1510)


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Giovanni Francesco Pico della Mirandola". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Wikisource-logo.svg "Giovanni Francesco Pico della Mirandola". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913. 
  • Burke, Peter. (1977). "Witchcraft and Magic in Renaissance Italy: Gianfrancesco Pico and His Strix," in Sydney Anglod, ed. The Damned Art: Essays in the Literature of Witchcraft, pp. 32-48. London.
  • Herzig, T. (2003). "The Demons' Reaction to Sodomy: Witchcraft and Homosexuality in Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola's Strix." The Sixteenth Century Journal, 34, 1, 53.
  • Kors, Alan Charles and Edward Peters. (2001) Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700: A Documentary History. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (Excerpts from the Pico's Strix, pp. 239-44)
  • Schmitt, C. B. (1967). Gianfrancesco Pico della Mirandola (1469-1533) and his critique of Aristotle. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff.

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