An Ontological Freedom

The Origins of the Notion in Gregory of Nyssa and its Influence unto the Italian Renaissance


This book explores the invention, significance and actual history of self-creative freedom from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance.
Gregory of Nyssa, the great Cappadocian Father of the IV century, is not as yet deemed one of the outstanding figures in our Histories of Philosophy. However, this monograph argues that his remarkable theories of freedom transcend his own time and, traversing centuries of Medieval and Byzantine history, they become one of the core theoretical inspirations for the anthropological revolution of the Quattrocento, as evinced in eminent philosophers such as Nicholas of Cusa and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. Our research methodology integrates a thorough study of the Greek and Latin sources ‒ resorting to Philology, Palaeography and Codicology ‒ with a systematic historical and philosophical analysis of different theories and argumentative strategies.

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Francisco Bastitta Harriet is Assistant Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the Universidad de Buenos Aires and Researcher at the National Council of Scientific Research of Argentina (CONICET).
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