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The Cabala of Pegasus

Giordano Bruno


Giordano Bruno's The Cabala of Pegasus grew out of the great Italian philosopher's experiences lecturing and debating at Oxford in early 1584. Having received a cold reception there because of his viewpoints, Bruno went on in the Cabala to attack the narrow-mindedness of the university—and by extension, all universities that resisted his advocacy of intellectual freethinking. The Cabala of Pegasus consists of vernacular dialogues that turn on the identification of the noble Pegasus (the spirit of poetry) and the humble ass (the vehicle of divine revelation). In the interplay of these ideas, Br ... More

Keywords: Giordano Bruno, The Cabala of Pegasus, Oxford University, intellectual freethinking, Pegasus, poetry, divine revelation, secular learning, Pythagorean metempsychosis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300092172
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300092172.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Giordano Bruno, author