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Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

1463 - 1494

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Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (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 731,084 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Giovanni Pico della Mirandola is the 79th most popular philosopher (up from 80th in 2019), the 127th most popular biography from Italy (up from 139th 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 79 out of 1,081Before him are William of Ockham, Xenophanes, Jürgen Habermas, Ibn Arabi, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, and Jeremy Bentham. After him are Claude Lévi-Strauss, Roger Bacon, Jean Bodin, Nicholas of Cusa, Nagarjuna, and Gregory of Nazianzus.

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

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Among people born in Italy, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola ranks 127 out of 4,668Before him are Cesare Borgia (1475), Pope Pius III (1439), Pope Urban VIII (1568), Pope Clement I (40), Pope Gregory XVI (1765), and Plautus (-254). After him are Donato Bramante (1443), Pope Gregory IX (1160), Numa Pompilius (-753), Pope Gregory XV (1554), Anselm of Canterbury (1033), and Pope Boniface VIII (1235).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola ranks 10Before him are Maria Montessori (1870), Zeno of Elea (-490), Empedocles (-490), Lucretius (-94), Pliny the Elder (23), and Antonio Gramsci (1891). After him are Boethius (480), Tommaso Campanella (1568), Marsilio Ficino (1433), Giambattista Vico (1668), Bonaventure (1221), and Cesare Beccaria (1738).