History of Renaissance Philosophy (2019/2020)

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Giuseppe Fornari
Giuseppe Fornari
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Sem. 2B dal Apr 6, 2020 al May 30, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing students with a profound knowledge of the History of Renaissance Thought (fifteenth- to sixteenth-century). At the end, students are expected to show a solid knowledge of the authors and texts dealt with in the course as well as the ability to start further research on their own. The results of teaching are:

1. KNOWLEDGE: (1) Knowledge of the philosophical tradition; (2) Ability to establish connections (even interdisciplinary) between determinations of thought and epochs; (3) Hermeneutical skills; (4) Awareness of the problems related to the historiographical methodology.

2. SKILLS (1) Ability to analyze the sources; (2) Ability to apply the theoretical and methodological tools necessary to allow autonomy of research, critical reflection and understanding; (3) Ability to produce an organic and systematic overview; (4) Ability to manage and interpret historical-bibliographic sources autonomously and to identify connections between different phases of philosophical, artistic and cultural processes and currents; (5) Ability to produce an organic and systematic overview:

3. AUTONOMY (1) Ability to formulate an independent critical judgment on philosophical or cultural issues; (2) Ability to autonomously manage and interpret historical-bibliographic sources and to identify connections between different phases of philosophical, artistic and cultural processes and currents.

4. COMMUNICATION (1) Ability to communicate, share and disseminate information, ideas, problems and solutions with specialists and non-specialists.

5. LEARNING (1) Ability to autonomously process research paths; (2) Ability to master interdisciplinary dialogue; (3) Ability to carry out research work independently.


The genesis of the modern anthropological paradigm in Pietro Bembo (Gli Asolani - 1505) e Baldassar Castiglione (Il Libro del Cortegiano - 1526).
Aim of the course is to reconstruct two essential stages in the definition of a new ideal of man and woman in the most advanced culture of early Cinquecento, whose philosophical premisses (Platonic tradition, late-medieval Aristotelianism, Christian thought) still wait for being adequately considered. This interpretation emphasizes a stimulating image of Renaissance as a period that defined a model of individual and society destined to exert a deep influence on the following centuries.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Amedeo Quondam Forma del vivere. L'etica del gentiluomo e i moralisti italiani Il Mulino 2010
Pietro Bembo Gli Asolani Accademia della Crusca 1991 Si tratta dell'edizione critica delle prime edizioni dell'opera, in caso può essere sostituita da una qualunque edizione dell'opera purché completa
Baldassar Castiglione Il Libro del Cortegiano Garzanti 2007 Può andar bene qualunque altra edizione purché completa
Giuseppe Fornari Leonardo e la crisi del Rinascimento Mimesis 2019

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will consist of an oral discussion of the topics discussed during the course and commentary on the books indicated as reference texts.