How to Prove Immortality. On Compendium of “Platonic Theology” by Marsilio Ficino

Joanna Papiernik

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/szhf.2020.004

Abstract


How to Prove Immortality. On Compendium of “Platonic Theology” by Marsilio Ficino

The immortality of the individual human soul is one of the most debated philosophical issues in the Renaissance. Marsilio Ficino devoted numerous treatises to this problem, not only his most popular work Platonic Theology on the immortality of souls, but also some of the texts called opuscula theologica, including the Compendium of “Platonic Theology”. The article is an introduction to the translation of the Compendium into Polish, containing information about this essay and the analysis of its content. In the treatise, the author presents the ontic structure of reality (mainly its non-corporeal part), which has got Neoplatonic and Christian dimension, and demonstrates the necessity of the existence of First Principle-God, from whom any other being comes. He focuses on divine attributes, recognizing that cognition of them determines the knowledge of everything else, including the human soul. The direct origin of the soul from God and its ability to know the unchanging forms of things is, according to Ficino, evidence of its immortality.


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Ficino; immortality; Platonic theology; Neoplatonic philosophy

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