344. The Count of Concord: Pico della Mirandola

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Pico della Mirandola argues for the harmony of the ancient authorities, draws on Jewish mysticism, and questions the value of humanist rhetoric.



Further Reading

• Q. Breen, “Giovanni Pico della Mirandola on the Conflict of Philosophy and Rhetoric,” Journal of the History of Ideas 13 (1952), 384-426.

• S.A. Farmer, Syncretism in the West: Pico’s 900 Theses (1486) (Tempe: 1998).

• C. Wallis, P. Miller, and D. Carmichael, Pico della Mirandola: On the Dignity of Man, On Being and the One, Heptaplus (Indianapolis: 1965).


• W.G. Craven, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Symbol of His Age: Modern Interpretations of a Renaissance Philosopher (Geneva: 1981).

• L. Dietz, “De omni re scibili – et de quibusdam aliis: a New Attempt at Understanding Pico’s 900 Theses,” Neulateinisches Jahrbuch 7 (2005), 295–301.

• M.V. Dougherty (ed.), Pico della Mirandola: New Essays (Cambridge: 2008).

• A. Edelheit, “The Scholastic Theology of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: Between Biblical Faith and Academic Scepticism,’” Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie médiévales 74 (2007), 523-70.

• E. Garin, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: Vita e dottrina (Florence: 1937).

• G.C. Garfagnini (ed.), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: Convegno internazionale di studi nel cinquecentesimo anniverario della morte (1494-1994) (Florence: 1997).

• P. Kibre, The Library of Pico della Mirandola (New York: 1965).


Stanford Encyclopedia: Giovanni Pico della Mirandola


juan otoya on 2 October 2021

cant download

cant hear or download this ep in any media.... doesnt even play on spotify :/ why on pico ? so sad

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Peter Adamson on 3 October 2021

Missing Pico

I know, on Pico of all figures, right? Does it work now? I just checked and it does work to stream here on the site (for me at least). Sometimes the feed stops working briefly but then fixes itself, but let me know if you still have a problem.

David Salim on 9 May 2022

Error to play this episode

Hey Peter, I'm a listener from Brazil and I'm having a problem playing this episode. Actually, it happens with some episodes, like a problem in the file, so it does not play in any player or even in podbean. When it happens, usually I download the .zip with all the episodes from the period, but the Renaissance period does not have this .zip file, so I have no way to listen to this episode.

Please, can you solve this problem? 

Thank you so much.


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Peter Adamson on 10 May 2022

Streaming error

Yes I have had comments like this before and it is a bit of a mystery: it works fine at my end. In the past listeners with the problem have usually found that it starts working some hours later, so maybe just try again?

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