Marsilio Ficino: Theologia Platonica de immortalitate animae [Platonic Theology] (2229 words)

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The Platonic Theology (1482) is the philosophical masterpiece of the Renaissance Platonist Marsilio Ficino (1433-99). The book is an encyclopedic defense of the immortality of the soul, and it was largely responsible for elevating this question to a position of philosophical importance in the Renaissance. In addition to defending immortality, Ficino also articulates those ideas and positions that are most distinctive of his thought. He lays down the basic principles of a vitalistic natural philosophy, according to which a World Soul suffuses all of nature, imparting life, motion, and order to it. Ficino also presents his own restructuring of the Neoplatonic hierarchy of being, and he situates the rational soul at a privileged mid-…

Citation: Snyder, James G. . "Theologia Platonica de immortalitate animae". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 January 2012 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=34220, accessed 24 May 2022.]

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