Faculty Lecture by Professor Michael Schintgen on Mirandola and Sartre
On November 22nd Professor Michael Schintgen gave a faculty lecture on “Radical Freedom: Pico della Mirandola and Jean-Paul Sartre.”
Whilst the Catholic Mirandola and the atheist Sartre differed in religious opinion, they shared a similar dream. Both their philosophies, Professor Schintgen observed, lead to the current notion of a “radical freedom” which teaches that there is no unchanging human nature and thus we are free to determine what we are.
Whilst the twentieth-century philosopher Sartre is well-known in the modern world, less familiar is the Renaissance philosopher Pico della Mirandola, author of the Oration on the Dignity of Man.
A central point of