Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Transcendentals in the Renaissance

  • Thomas JeschkeEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_1048-1


The doctrine of transcendentals – a key doctrine of medieval metaphysics – is of minor interest to Renaissance philosophers. However, some of them pick up focal points of the doctrine and transform them according to the more “practical” approach, genuine to Renaissance philosophy. Lorenzo Valla, for instance, criticizes the doctrine from a linguistic perspective. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, on the other hand, develops it further into a doctrine with ethical impact. The traditional approach, however, is further advanced in late medieval schools, from where it entered early modern discussions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Thomas-InstitutUniversity of CologneKölnGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Anna Laura Puliafito
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  1. 1.Universität BaselBaselSwitzerland