Aim: What were the intellectual hallmarks of the Italian Renaissance? (part 2). Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494) – “On the Dignity of Man”
What is Mirandola saying about humanity in this passage?
How does he put humanism in a Christian context?
St. Peter’s Basilica
1. Diplomat from Florence. Lived in a time of great political unrest.
2. Wrote The Prince (1513): Guide for rulers on how to gain, maintain and increase political power in a world where most people are selfish and corrupt.
1. Believed that human behavior and human nature were worth studying and understanding (very humanist)
2. Rulers should do what they have to in order to control their subjects and create a stable society, even ignoring moral considerations (a more secular, less religious view).