Ficino's Critique of Lucretius

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Title: Ficino's Critique of Lucretius
Author: Hankins, James
Citation: Hankins, James. Forthcoming. Ficino's Critique of Lucretius. In The Rebirth of Platonic Theology in Renaissance Italy. Proceedings of a Conference in Honor of Michael J. B. Allen, Florence Italy, 26-27 April 2007, ed. James Hankins and Fabrizio Meroi. Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento and The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.
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Abstract: After an early flirtation with Lucretius, Marsilio Ficino, the leading Platonic philosopher of the Renaissance, became a confirmed enemy of the Epicurean philosopher. This chapter discusses the extensive critique of Lucretius found in Ficino's Platonic Theology (1482). The vehemence and extent of Ficino's critique suggests that Ficino believed Epicureanism to be a 'live option' in Medicean Florence and a threat to his project of renewing Christian theology through Platonic wisdom.
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