Seconda serie, Volume 41 (2001) are found the following articles: James Hankins, "The Invention of the Platonic Academy
of Florence" (3-38); Cesare Vasoli, "Platone allo Studio fiorentino-pisano" (39-70); Elisabetta Scapparone, "Concezioni dell'anima: Ficino e Bodin" (71-92); Vittoria Perrone Compagni, "Astrologia e filosofia occulta in Agrippa" (93-112); Marco Matteoli and Rita Sturlese, "La nuova `arte' del Bruno in tre enigmi" (113-66); Fulvio Tessitore, "Croce e il Rinascimento" (167-95); Xavier E.
A major beachhead is established with Ficino and his Platonic Academy
, whose existence Levi does not question although he cites the work of James Hankins, with the apogee of Italian humanism reached in Pico's Oration on the Dignity of Man.
But between his celebration of the Italians' bold casting aside of "faith, illusion, and childish prepossession," and his paean to that small "circle of chosen spirits," Pico and Ficino, who had advanced to the spirituality of Lorenzo de' Medici's Platonic academy
, the Swiss Protestant found only fatalism, superstition, paganism, and a bewildering attachment to saints and sacraments.