Aristotle's Ethics in the Italian Renaissance (ca. 1300-1650)

The Universities and the Problem of Moral Education


This volume studies the teaching of Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics (the standard textbook for moral philosophy) in the universities of Renaissance Italy. Special attention is given to how university commentaries on the Ethics reflect developments in educational theory and practice and in humanist Aristotelianism.
After surveying the fortune of the Ethics in the Latin West to 1650 and the work’s place in the universities, the discussion turns to Italian interpretations of the Ethics up to 1500 (Part Two) and then from 1500 to 1650 (Part Three).
The focus is on the universities of Florence-Pisa, Padua, Bologna, and Rome (including the Collegio Romano). Five substantial appendices document the institutional context of moral philosophy and the Latin interpretations of the Ethics during the Italian Renaissance.
Largely based on archival and unpublished sources, this study provides striking evidence for the continuing vitality of university Aristotelianism and for its fruitful interaction with humanism on the eve of the early modern era.

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David A. Lines, Ph.D. (1997) in History, Harvard University, is Assistant Professor of "Renaissance and Reformation History" at the University of Miami (Florida). He has received fellowships from, among others, the Warburg Institute, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the German Organization for Scientific Research (DFG). His publications have centered on the teaching of Philosophy in the Italian universities, from the late Middle Ages to the high Renaissance.
All those interested in intellectual history, history of humanism and education, university history, the classical tradition, and the Italian Renaissance. Mainly for academic libraries and specialists.