(VIRTUAL) Lumen Christi Institute: MI Fellow Denis Robichaud, "Marsilio Ficino and the Philosophy of Plato"


Location: Zoom and YouTube Livestream


Free and open to the public. The event will take place online over Zoom and YouTube live-stream.

In the humanist recovery and study of Platonic thought and texts, Marsilio Ficino (1433–99) was a brilliant luminary. He produced the first translation into Latin of all of Plato’s texts and of Plotinus’s Enneads, and he translated and commented on numerous other Platonic works. Ficino was also more than a scholar; he was also a philosopher and theologian whose network of students, friends, and correspondents extended far beyond his Florentine home. His philosophical thought fed early modern philosophy for generations but also raised questions of Ficino’s orthodoxy. In this webinar, Professor Denis Robichaud (Notre Dame) will discuss Marsilio Ficino’s humanist, philosophical, and theological thought.

Denis Robichaud is an Associate Professor in the Program on Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He works on the history of philosophy, specializing in Platonism, Neoplatonism, Italian Renaissance humanism, and the classical tradition. His current work focuses on Marsilio Ficino, culminating in his recent monograph, Plato’s Persona: Marsilio Ficino, Renaissance Humanism, and Platonic Traditions. He is currently the principal investigator of a project aimed at providing critical editions and studies of Ficino’s Latin translations of Iamblichus’s De secta pythagorica and Theon of Smyrna’s Mathematica.