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Marsilio Ficino and His World


Part of the Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice book series (CPTRP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Sophia Howlett
    Pages 1-32
  3. Sophia Howlett
    Pages 33-68
  4. Sophia Howlett
    Pages 69-99
  5. Sophia Howlett
    Pages 101-133
  6. Sophia Howlett
    Pages 135-163
  7. Sophia Howlett
    Pages 165-200
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 201-232

About this book


This book makes the case for Marsilio Ficino, a Renaissance philosopher and priest, as a canonical thinker, and provides an introduction for a broad audience.  Sophia Howlett examines him as part of the milieu of Renaissance Florence, part of a history of Platonic philosophy, and as a key figure in the ongoing crisis between classical revivalism and Christian belief.  The author discusses Ficino’s vision of a Platonic Christian universe with multiple worlds inhabited by angels, daemons and pagan gods, as well as our own distinctive role within that universe - climbing the heights to talk with angels yet constantly confused by the evidence of our own senses. Ficino as the “new Socrates” suggests to us that by changing ourselves, we can change our world.


Marsilio Ficino Renaissance Philosophy Plato 15th Century Italy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Kean UniversityUnionUSA

About the authors

Sophia Howlett is Associate Vice President for Learning Support at Kean University, USA.  She obtained a DPhil in Renaissance Philosophy and Literature from the University of York, UK and graduated from Cambridge University, UK.  She was previously Dean at Central European University (CEU), Hungary.  She has taught Philosophy and Literature at Kean University, CEU, the University of Teesside, and the University of York.  

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