Marsilio Ficino’s Conception of Man and GodJune 27, 2021
According to Ficino, man is a small universe, a microcosm. In the human being, who is a microcosm, all the perfection of the macrocosm, the great universe, is gathered. The center, origin and purpose of the universe is God; but at the same time, the human being, who fuses the levels and types of existence within himself, is in the center of the universe as a representative of the universe’s perfection.
Again, according to Ficino, the effort of man, represented by Eros, to reach God would be impossible if God did not have the will to reach man. For this reason, the understanding of mutual orientation towards love was one of the reasons for a higher value to be attributed to human in the Renaissance. At the same time, Marsilio Ficino is someone who was able to reconcile Christianity and Plato’s thought, or religion and philosophy, thanks to the Eros doctrine he developed based on Plato.