History of Italian Philosophy

Series:  Value Inquiry Book Series, Volume: 191 and  Values in Italian Philosophy, Volume: 191
Eugenio Garin
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This book is a treasure house of Italian philosophy. Narrating and explaining the history of Italian philosophers from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, the author identifies the specificity, peculiarity, originality, and novelty of Italian philosophical thought in the men and women of the Renaissance. The vast intellectual output of the Renaissance can be traced back to a single philosophical stream beginning in Florence and fed by numerous converging human factors. This work offers historians and philosophers a vast survey and penetrating analysis of an intellectual tradition which has heretofore remained virtually unknown to the Anglophonic world of scholarship.

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Daniel B. Gallagher
"This history, after so many years, is today still the fundamental source for all those who wish to involve themselves in the vicissitudes of the thought elaborated on and within the Italian peninsula. The merit of overcoming the fatigues of translating and editing goes to Giorgio Pinton … our recent historiography has not produced anything comparable to the work of Garin in terms of a profound erudition … Garin’s history ends with a chapter on the renaissance and decline of Idealism … [Pinton and Fabiani added a updating chapter], not by chance titled, “With Garin, on Italian Thought from 1943 to 2004.” … written in the spirit of Garin, which indispensable takes into account the steps forward made by the Italian thinkers in the last decades of the twentieth-century, thanks also to the contact with the great innovations imported from some other countries." - in: Rivista di Studi Italiana XXIX, No 1 (June 2011) (translated)
"Italy’s greatest historian of Renaissance culture, and at the same time its foremost living philosopher…" – Charles Boer, in: American Philosophical Society Proceedings, Vol. 151:1 (March 2007)
"… Garin reinvented Humanism." – Armando Torno, in: Corriere della Sera (30 December 2004)
"With his studies on the Renaissance, against the too many immanentist and antireligious oversimplifications that considered the Age of the Renaissance as a pure and simple reversed manifestation of the medieval religiosity, Garin saw and taught the continuity between the origin of the Modern Age, and of Science itself, and the inheritance of the late Middle Ages." – Gianna Vattimo, in: La Stampa (30 December 2004)
"In opposition to Paul Oskar Kristeller, Garin did not see in Humanism a mere literary and philological event, but a movement endowed with a true and peculiar philosophy, different from the one based on summulae and logic of the Schools, and characterized instead by its new interest in the historical. Moral, and scientific disciplines." – in: Il Tempo (30 December 2004)
Volume I
Translator’s Preface
Introduction by Leon Pompa
Prologue: Is a National Philosophy Possible? By Eugenio Garin
Notice of Eugenio Garin (1966)
Part one: The Medieval Heritage
I: From Boethius to the Thirteenth Century
II: Translations from the Greek and the Arabic
III: St. Bonaventure and Franciscan Thought
IV: St. Thomas Aquinas and Thomism
V: Aristotelianism and Averroism
VI: The Thought of Dante
VII: The decline of Scholasticism
Part two: The Age of Humanism
VIII: The Origins of Humanism
IX: From Petrarch to Salutati
X: The World of Humanity
XI: The Greeks in Italy
XII: The School of Marsilio Ficino
XIII: The Aristotelians
XIV: Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
Part three: The Renaissance
XV: Aristotelianism from Pomponazzi to Cremonini
XVI: Platonic-Aristotelian Syncretism and Philosophy of Love
XVII: Between Science and Philosophy
XVIII: The New Thought from Telesio to Bruno
XIX: Political and Religious Motives
XX: Problems of Aesthetics and Morality
Part four: The Counter Reformation and the Baroque Age: From Campanella to Vico
XXI: The Counter Reformation
XXII: Tommaso Campanella
XXIII: Galileo and His School
XXIV: The New Culture and Its Diffusion
XXV: Giambattista Vico
Volume II
Part five: From Enlightenment to Risorgimento
XXVI: The Enlightenment
XXVII: The Traditional Currents of Thought
XXVIII: Vico’s Inheritance and Ethical Inquiries
XXIX: The Ideologists
Part six: Italian Thought During the Risorgimento
XXX: Southern Italian Thought and Pasquale Galluppi
XXXI: Antonio Rosmini and the Rosminian Controversies
XXXII: Vincenzo Gioberti
XXXIII: Humanism and Skepticism
XXXIV: Spiritualists, Ontologists, Kantians, Mystics, and Thomists
XXXV: The Hegelians
XXXVI: Positivism
Part seven: Italian Thought in the Twentieth Century
XXXVII: Epilogue: Rebirth and Decline of Idealism
XXXVIII: With Garin, On Italian Thought from 1943 to 2004 (by Paolo Fabiani and Giorgio Pinton)
Notice of Eugenio Garin (1978)
List of Abbreviations
Bibliographical Notes
About the Author
About the Translator and Editor
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