Marsilio Ficino and the Philosophy of Plato

Jun 30, 2020
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Denis RobichaudNotre Dame

A webinar with Professor Denis Robichaud (University of Notre Dame). Part of our summer webinar series on "Reason and Beauty in Renaissance Christian Thought and Culture," presented in collaboration with the American Cusanus Society

In the humanist recovery and study of Platonic thought and texts, Marsilio Ficino (1433-99) was a brilliant luminary. He produced the first translation into Latin of all of Plato’s texts and of Plotinus’s Enneads, and he translated and commented on numerous other Platonic works. Ficino was also more than a scholar, he was also a philosopher and theologian whose network of students, friends, and correspondents extended far beyond his Florentine home. His philosophical thought fed early modern philosophy for generations but also raised questions of Ficino’s orthodoxy. In this webinar, Professor Denis Robichaud (Notre Dame) will discuss Marsilio Ficino’s humanist, philosophical, and theological thought.

2020 Summer Webinar Series on "Reason and Beauty in Renaissance Christian Thought and Culture"

What do reason and beauty have to do with each other? Since the modern Enlightenment and Romantic movements, it has been tempting to see reason and beauty as separate or even opposed. In the Renaissance, however, rational and artistic pursuits bloomed together and even fed each other. Renaissance culture, including fine art, poetry, architecture, astronomy, and humanistic thought, both drew upon and extended ancient and medieval Christian intellectual traditions. This webinar course will examine different aspects of renaissance Christian thought and culture to explore how pursuits of reason interwove with the love of beauty.

This series is cosponsored by the Beatrice InstituteCalvert House, the Genealogies of Modernity Project, the Harvard Catholic Center,  the Nova Forum for Catholic Thought, and St. Paul's Catholic Center.

Denis Robichaud is an Associate Professor in the Program on Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He works on the history of philosophy, specializing in Platonism, Neoplatonism, Italian Renaissance humanism, and the classical tradition. His current work focuses on Marsilio Ficino, culminating in his recent monograph, Plato’s Persona: Marsilio Ficino, Renaissance Humanism, and Platonic Traditions. He is currently the principal investigator of a project aimed at providing critical editions and studies of Ficino’s Latin translations of Iamblichus’s De secta pythagorica and Theon of Smyrna’s Mathematica