Monday, February 7, 2011

Commento - does it give Pico's position more clearly than Conclusions?


While “angel magic” interpretations of Pico tend not to take into account the angelology of his later texts, the Commento is central to Crofton Black's account of progression to felicitas, the theme that he sees unifying Pico's works up to the Heptaplus. In the Commento we see detailed and coherent arguments on Pico's philosophical themes that develop a position in a way that the scattered and sometimes contradictory conclusions do not. However, Pico makes clear that he is exploring a philosophical possibility that does not agree with his favorite theologian Dionysius' approach, so it is questionable how far we should take the Commento as representing a view that Pico is professing.

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