Iamblichus, Ficino and Schleiermacher on the Sources of Religious Knowledge

In: Erudition and the Republic of Letters
Author: James Hankins1
View More View Less
  • 1 History Department, Harvard University, Robinson Hall, Room M-01, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge, ma 02138, USA,
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution


Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):


In one of the Platonic schools of late antiquity Iamblichus developed a philosophical defence of religious experience, describing it as a precognitive awareness of humanity’s existential dependence on a divine principle of unity. The argument was directed against the high rationalism of Porphyry. Marsilio Ficino, the first student of Iamblichus in the Latin West since antiquity, made the argument a foundational one in his own philosophy, implicitly responding to sceptical themes in Renaissance scholasticism. The argument was revived a third time by Friedrich Schleiermacher in response to the scientific materialists of the Enlightenment and as a development of Rousseau’s religious thought.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 265 62 1
Full Text Views 244 15 0
PDF Views & Downloads 40 28 1