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The Individual and the Cosmos in Renaissance Philosophy

Translated with an Introduction by Mario Domandi

This provocative volume, one of the most important interpretive works on the philosophical thought of the Renaissance, has long been regarded as a classic in its field.  Ernst Cassirer here examines the changes brewing in the early stages of the Renaissance, tracing the interdependence of philosophy, language, art, and science; the newfound recognition of individual consciousness; and the great thinkers of the period—from da Vinci and Galileo to Pico della Mirandola and Giordano Bruno. The Individual and the Cosmos in Renaissance Philosophy discusses the importance of fifteenth-century philosopher Nicholas Cusanus, the concepts of freedom and necessity, and the subject-object problem in Renaissance thought.

“This fluent translation of a scholarly and penetrating original leaves little impression of an attempt to show that a ‘spirit of the age’ or ‘spiritual essence of the time’ unifies and expresses itself in all aspects of society or culture.”—Philosophy


216 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1963

History: European History, History of Ideas

Philosophy: History and Classic Works

Table of Contents

Translator’s Introduction

Letter of Dedication to A. Warburg

1. Nicholas Cusanus

2. Cusanus in Italy

3. Freedom and Necessity in the Philosophy of the Renaissance

4. The Subject-Object Problem in the Philosophy of the Renaissance

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