Original sin in Marsilio Ficino’s Platonic works

Curiello, G. (2019) Original sin in Marsilio Ficino’s Platonic works. Renaissance Studies. ISSN 1477-4658

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Abstract

Scholars generally agree that Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) neglects the issue of original sin in his theological works and never mentions it in his Platonic writings. My work will show that not only does Ficino refer to the doctrine of original sin but also that some of his passages make more sense if one were to relate them to this doctrine. I will argue that although Ficino knows the ecclesiastical teachings on the subject, principally via Aquinas (II), he goes beyond his sources and strives to frame them within his own theology. More specifically, to reconstruct Ficino’s position, I will look for theological questions in his Platonic works along two perspectives: First, I will search for Biblical passages on original sin (III.1); and secondly, for references to baptism, that is the sacrament reputed to wash away original sin from the human soul (III.2). Next, I will study the role of original sin in Ficino’s philosophical anthropology. In particular, I will analyze the relationship Ficino establishes between the Fall of the first parents and the embodiment of the soul and show that the latter is a consequence of the former (IV). The aim of this article is to demonstrate that on the issue of original sin, Ficino was quite innovative and challenged the theology of his time.

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Additional Information: © 2019 Wiley. This is an author accepted manuscript of a paper subsequently published in Renaissance Studies. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Depositing User: Gioacchino Curiello
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2019 12:39
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 10:34
URI: http://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/636

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