Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola on the Scholastic Masters

Our evaluations of the relative importance of the scholastics and not always the same as the evaluations of the scholastic masters themselves. Here is a quote from the Italian renaissance humanist Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola‘s Oration on the Dignity of Man:

§ 31.198. “Atque ut a nostris, ad quos postremo philosophia pervenit, nunc exordiar, est in Ioanne Scoto vegetum quiddam atque discussum, in Thoma solidum et equabile, in Egidio tersum et exactum, in Francisco acre et acutum, in Alberto priscum, amplum et grande, in Henrico, ut mihi visum est, semper sublime et venerandum.”

My Latin isn’t so good, but this should give you the gist:

“Moreover, as to us, to those to whom Philosophy has come at last, I will now begin: it is something in Duns Scotus something vigorous and shaking, in Thomas solid and unruffled, in Giles of Rome terse and exact, in Francis keen and acute, in Albert ancient, distinguished and great, in Henry of Ghent, in my opinion, always sublime and venerable.”


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