Pico Della Mirandola, John Stuart Mill's Views Of Individualism: Book Analysis

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The authors which I will be discussing in this essay are Pico della Mirandola, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx and Martin Heidegger and how their views on humanity differ from each other. From Pico della Mirandola we learn that he disagreed with how humans were viewed during the Renaissance time period in the text he tells us: “I was not satisfied by the many remarkable qualities which were advanced as arguments by many men- that man is the intermediary between creatures, the intimate of higher beings and the king of lower beings, the interpreter of nature by sharpness of his senses, by the questioning curiosity of his reasons, and by the light of his intelligence” (Excerpt, Mirandolla). His position on humanity is that every single human develops differently and with each development humans will get closer to certain beings, like when he says in the text “when man came into life, the Father endowed him with all kinds of seeds and with germs of every way of life. Whatever seeds each man cultivates will grow and bear fruit in him. If these seeds are vegetative, he will be like a plant; if they are sensitive, he will become like the beast; if they are rational, he will become like a heavenly creature; if intellectual, he will be an angel and a son of God” (Excerpt, Mirandola). Thus we can understand that Mirandola favors individualism.
Mill’s view on humanity was relatively similar to Mirandola. In the text we learn that Mill perceives that the actions that individuals take
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