Searching for the Routes of Philosophy: Marsilio Ficino on Heraclitus

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Georgios STEIRIS

Abstract

Marsilio Ficino is well known for his efforts to expand the philosophical canon of his time. He exhibited great interest in Platonism and Neoplatonism, but also endeavoured to recover understudied philosophical traditions of the ancient world. In his Theologia platonica de immortalitate animorum, he commented on the Presocratics. Ficino thought of the Presocratics as authorities and possessors of undisputed wisdom. This article seeks to explore the way in which Ficino treated the philosophy of Heraclitus in the Theologia platonica in order to formulate his own philosophical ideas.

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Georgios STEIRIS, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

I am currently Associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. I hold a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Athens’ Philosophy Department. I have also taught at the University of Peloponnese and the Hellenic Open University. I have been a Visiting Professor at Boğaziçi University Istanbul and Jyvaskyla University. I have been elected Secretary General of the Greek Philosophical Society (2015-2016). In 2015 I was awarded the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Gold Medal for my work on Arabic philosophy.

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