Friday, December 28, 2012

Zambelli on Pico "manag[ing] to find some formulations"

that distinction has essentially the same purpose as Albertus and Thomas Aquinas's distinction in regard to the duae viae of theology and philosophy, namely to legitimize and render practicable the second way, the via naturalis. Giovanni Pico, who had received Scholastic training (in Padua and Paris) more comprehensive than that of Ficino and other magicians, had managed to find some formulations that would eventually become classic definitions and (like that on magic as "naturalis philosophiae absoluta conummatio", a definition taken from Psellus) would be repeated systematically as late as Della Porta. Butzbach makes use of them when he defends Trithemius.

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