Oration on the Dignity of Man

Oration on the Dignity of Man

by Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola

Translated by A. Robert Caponigri

Introduction by Russell Kirk

An ardent treatise for the Dignity of Man, which elevates Humanism to a truly Christian level.

This translation of Pico della Mirandola's famed "Oration," hitherto hidden away in anthologies, was prepared especially for Gateway Editions, making it available for the first time in a stand-alone volume. The youngest son of the Prince of Mirandola, Pico lived during the Renaissance, an era of change and philosophical ferment. The tenacity with which he clung to fundamental Christian teachings while crying out against his brilliant though half-pagan contemporaries made him exceptional in a time of exceptional men. While Pico, as Russell Kirk observes in his introduction, was an ardent spokesman for the "dignity of man," his devout nature elevated humanism to a truly Christian level, which makes his writing as pertinent today as it was in the fifteenth century.

ISBN-13: 9780895267139

Published: July, 1996

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