Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

1463 - 1494

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Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (US: , Italian: [dʒoˈvanni ˈpiːko della miˈrandola]; Latin: Johannes Picus de Mirandula; 24 February 1463 – 17 November 1494) was an Italian Renaissance nobleman and philosopher. He is famed for the events of 1486, when, at the age of 23, he proposed to defend 900 theses on religion, philosophy, natural philosophy, and magic against all comers, for which he wrote the Oration on the Dignity of Man, which has been called the "Manifesto of the Renaissance", and a key text of Renaissance humanism and of what has been called the "Hermetic Reformation". He was the founder of the tradition of Christian Kabbalah, a key tenet of early modern Western esotericism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola has received more than 569,424 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Giovanni Pico della Mirandola is the 80th most popular philosopher (down from 77th in 2019), the 139th most popular biography from Italy (up from 153rd in 2019) and the 10th most popular Italian Philosopher.

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola was an Italian philosopher who was most famous for his 900 theses that were published in 1486. The theses were a defense of the Christian faith and an attack on the Aristotelianism that was popular at the time.

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Among philosophers, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola ranks 80 out of 1,089Before him are Anaxagoras, Roger Bacon, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Epictetus, Zeno of Citium, and Xenophanes. After him are Nicholas of Cusa, Boethius, Walter Benjamin, Mencius, Carl von Clausewitz, and Jean Bodin.

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Among people born in 1463, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola ranks 1After him are Frederick III, Elector of Saxony, Caterina Sforza, and Alessandro Achillini. Among people deceased in 1494, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola ranks 1After him are Domenico Ghirlandaio, Hans Memling, Ferdinand I of Naples, Poliziano, Gian Galeazzo Sforza, Melozzo da Forlì, Matteo Maria Boiardo, Giovanni Santi, and Giosafat Barbaro.

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Among people born in Italy, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola ranks 139 out of 4,088Before him are Victor Emmanuel II of Italy (1820), Nerva (30), Donato Bramante (1443), Sergio Leone (1929), Cardinal Mazarin (1602), and Pope Sylvester I (300). After him are Leon Battista Alberti (1404), Catherine of Siena (1347), Pope Pius VI (1717), Galba (-3), Pope Pius VIII (1761), and Luigi Galvani (1737).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola ranks 10Before him are Parmenides (-501), Zeno of Elea (-490), Lucretius (-94), Empedocles (-490), Pliny the Elder (23), and Antonio Gramsci (1891). After him are Boethius (480), Bonaventure (1221), Tommaso Campanella (1568), Giambattista Vico (1668), Marsilio Ficino (1433), and Cesare Beccaria (1738).