This volume aims to assess the longstanding debate over the role played by the Italian Renaissance in the history of European intellectual culture. The authors engage in an interpretative conversation with thinkers such as Jacob Burckardt, Ernst Cassirer, Eugenio Garin, Paul Oskar Kristeller, whose works have influenced critical discourse on modernity and Renaissance Humanism over the last one hundred and fifty years. The studies presented in this collection contribute to this discussion from a variety of perspectives: scientific, theological, political, and literary. The result is a multifaceted illumination of the intellectual history of the Italian Renaissance.
Andrea Moudarres, Ph.D. (2011), Yale University, is Visiting Assistant Professor in Italian at the University of California, Los Angeles, under the auspices of the ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program (2012-2014). He has published articles on Dante, Islam in Quattrocento Humanism, Tasso, and Vico.
Christiana Purdy Moudarres, Ph.D. (2010), Yale University, M.A.R. (2012), Yale Divinity School, is a Research Associate at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She specializes in Dante and the intersection of science and religion in late medieval culture.
Note on the Editors
Note on the Contributors
Andrea Moudarres and Christiana Purdy Moudarres
PART ONE: NEW BOUNDARIES OF THE WORLD
The Emergence of Modernity and the New World,
The Voyage of Columbus as a “non pensato male:” A Need for Boundaries and a Rejection of the Ancients in the Wake of the New World Discoveries,
PART TWO: POLITICAL FOUNDATIONS
The Diplomatic Genre before the Italian League: Civic Panegyrics of Bruni, Poggio, and Decembrio,
The Gift of Liberty and the Ambitious Tyrant: Leonardo da Vinci as a Political Thinker between Republicanism and Absolutism,
Il mestiere delle armi: Renaissance Technology and the Cinema,
Machiavelli’s Use of Livy in Discourses 1.11-15,
PART THREE: THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS
Ficinian Theories as Rhetorical Devices: The Case of Girolamo Savonarola,
Renaissance Anthropologies and the Conception of Man,
Sebastiano Castellio’s Doctrine of Tolerance between Theological Debate and Modernity,
Harmony and Letter, Syncretism and Literalism,
PART FOUR: LITERARY HISTORY
Furor and Philology in the Poetics of Angelo Poliziano,
The Geography of the Enemy: Old and New Empires between Humanist Debates and Tasso’s
Index of Names
All those interested in Renaissance Studies, the history of the geographic discoveries at the turn of the sixteenth century, as well as philosophers, theologians and historians of Italian literature.