Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola
I am also the first Christian scholar to use Kabbalistic doctrine in support of Christian theology. My father, Giovanni Francesco Pico, prince of the small territory of Mirandola, provided for my thorough humanistic education at home. When I was 14 years old, I went to Bologna to study canon law. And soon, I also studied Aristotelian philosophy at Padua, he met his most important teachers, one of them, Elia del Medigo. In 1485 I visited Paris …show more content…
I planned to underwrite a conference on this theme in Rome early in 1487, and in preparation I assembled 900 theses from numerous authorities—ancient and medieval, pagan and Christian, Moslem and Jewish. I had these Conclusions printed in Rome at the end of 1486, and to introduce them, I composed a work which was indeed, the Oration on the Dignity of Man.
Intervention by the Holy See, which is the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome derailed my plans and blocked the conference. Innocent VIII appointed a commission that first declared six of the theses suspect and condemned seven others, then rejected my clarifications and rejected all thirteen. After I wrote an apology, I left for Paris, but at the pope’s request I was held back by French authorities and briefly jailed. By the summer of 1488 I was back in Fiesole as the guest of Lorenzo.
Since 1483, I had a third of the income my family estates produced. I gave my Mirandola to Gianfrancesco in 1491. Gianfrancesco is my nephew who was to become an important philosopher. Even at this time, not everyone accepted my position harmoniously. Some people still hated my works and disagreed with