History of Renaissance Philosophy (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Giuseppe Fornari
Giuseppe Fornari
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Sem. 2B dal Apr 14, 2021 al May 29, 2021.

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.


Title: The mundanization of the mystic love as formulation of the modern paradigm in Bembo and Castiglione.
The course wants to reach a new definition of Renaissance by recovering the tradition of the mystic love from Plato to the Christian tradition and in particular to the Courtly Love in the Italian Trecento. In the 16th century Pietro Bembo in the Asolani and Baldessar Castiglione in the Cortegiano give a new meaning to this tradition and transform it into a new ideal of man and ruling class that will result to be the foundation of modernity.

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
Baldassar Castiglione Il Libro del Cortegiano Garzanti 2007
Giuseppe Fornari Leonardo e la crisi del Rinascimento Mimesis 2019

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is oral and deals with a personal ascertainment of the topics studied in the course through a dialogue with the professor.