Et Amicorum: Essays on Renaissance Humanism and Philosophy

in Honour of Jill Kraye


Jill Kraye, Professor Emerita of the Warburg Institute, is renowned internationally for her scholarship on Renaissance philosophy and humanism. This volume pays tribute to her achievements with essays by friends, colleagues, and doctoral students—all leading scholars—on subjects as diverse as her work. Articles on canonical figures such as Marsilio Ficino and Justus Lipsius mix with more quirky pieces on alphabetic play and the Hippocratic aphorisms. Many chapters seek to bridge the divide between humanism and philosophy, including David Lines's survey of the way fifteenth-century humanists actually defined philosophy and Brian Copenhaver's polemical essay against the concept of humanist philosophy. The volume includes a full bibliography of Professor Kraye's scholarly publications.

Contributors are: Michael Allen, Daniel Andersson, Lilian Armstrong, Stefan Bauer, Dorigen Caldwell, Brian Copenhaver, Martin Davies, Germana Ernst, Guido Giglioni, Robert Goulding, Anthony Grafton, James Hankins, J. Cornelia Linde, David Lines, Margaret Meserve, John Monfasani, Anthony Ossa-Richardson, Jan Papy, Michael Reeve, Alessandro Scafi, and William Stenhouse.

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Anthony Ossa-Richardson, Ph.D. (2011), Warburg Institute, is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Southampton. His first monograph, based on his doctoral thesis, was The Devil's Tabernacle: The Pagan Oracles in Early Modern Thought (2013), and he has published a range of articles and book chapters on various aspects of early modern intellectual history.

Margaret Meserve, Ph.D. (2001), Warburg Institute, is Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Empires of Islam in Renaissance Historical Thought (2008) and has published widely on Renaissance humanism, book history, and political communication.
"This book contains many excellent essays that cannot all be discussed in the scope of a book review: instead this review could only offer tantalizing samples and an invitation to dine at a table at a feast worth attending."

Andrew L. Thomas, Salem College, in The Sixteenth Century Journal I.4, pp. 1220-1222

“important and timely […] this is a very rich volume of contributions whose center is represented by a thorough reconsideration of the question of humanism in relation to philosophy.”

Massimo Lollini, University of Oregon. In: Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 72, No. 3 (Fall 2019), pp. 1113-1114.
List of Illustrations

1 Jill Kraye: The History of Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline
Anthony Grafton

Humanism and its Reception

2 The Unpolitical Petrarch: Justifying the Life of Literary Retirement
James Hankins
3 Lauro Quirini and His Greek Manuscripts: Some Notes on His Culture
John Monfasani
4 Translating Aristotle in Fifteenth-Century Italy: George of Trebizond and Leonardo Bruni
J. Cornelia Linde
5 Illuminated Copies of Plutarchus, Vitae illustrium virorum, Venice: Nicolaus Jenson, 1478; New Attributions, New Patrons
Lilian Armstrong
6 A Roman Monster in the Humanist Imagination
Margaret Meserve
7 Tau’s Revenge
Anthony Ossa-Richardson
8 A Knowing Likeness: Artists and Letterati at the Farnese Court in mid Sixteenth-Century Rome
Dorigen Caldwell
9 Greek Antiquities and Greek Histories in the Late Renaissance
William Stenhouse
10 Against ‘Humanism’: Pico’s Job Description
Brian Copenhaver

Renaissance Philosophy and its Antecedents

11 Acquiring Wings: Augustine’s Recurrent Tensions on Creation and the Body
Alessandro Scafi
12 The Florilegium Angelicum and ‘Seneca’, De moribus
Michael Reeve
13 Defining Philosophy in Fifteenth-Century Humanism: Four Case Studies
David A. Lines
14 Marsilio Ficino on Power, on Wisdom, and on Moses
Michael J. B. Allen
15 ‘If you Don’t Feel Pain, you Must Have Lost your Mind’: The Early Modern Fortunes of a Hippocratic Aphorism
Guido Giglioni
16 Life in Prison: Cardano, Tasso and Campanella
Germana Ernst
17 Five Versions of Ramus’s Geometry
Robert Goulding
18 Justus Lipsius as Historian of Philosophy: The Reception of the Manuductio ad stoicam philosophiam (1604) in the History of Philosophy
Jan Papy
19 Can History be Rational?
Stefan Bauer
20 A Crayon for Jill
Daniel Andersson

The Publications of Jill Kraye, 1979–2017
Martin Davies
Scholars of early modern philosophy, humanism, and classical reception; some pieces will appeal to those interested in book history, manuscript transmission, and the history of science, medicine, and mathematics.