<history of philosophy, biography> (1548-1600) italian philosopher of the Renaissance and follower of Nicolas of Cusa. An aposotate Dominican, Bruno tried to incorporate both Copernican astronomy and hermetic mysticism into an atomistic physics. His evident inclination toward pantheism and explicit identification of infinite matter as the eternal substance of the universe in Dell'infinito, universo e mondi (On the Infinite Universe and Worlds) (1584), De Gli Eroici Furori (The Heroic Frenzies) (1585) and De immenso et innumerabilibus (1591) earned him the condemnation of the church, which expressed its displeasure by burning him at the stake in Rome. Recommended Reading: J. Lewis McIntyre, Giordano Bruno (Kessinger, 1997) and Frances A. Yates, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition (Chicago, 1991).
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