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The Intellectual World of the Italian Renaissance
Language, Philosophy, and the Search for Meaning

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  • Date Published: January 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107003620

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  • In this book, Christopher Celenza provides an intellectual history of the Italian Renaissance during the long fifteenth century, from c.1350–1525. His book fills a bibliographic gap between Petrarch and Machiavelli and offers clear case studies of contemporary luminaries, including Leonardo Bruni, Poggio Bracciolini, Lorenzo Valla, Marsilio Ficino, Angelo Poliziano, and Pietro Bembo. Integrating sources in Italian and Latin, Celenza focuses on the linked issues of language and philosophy. He also examines the conditions in which Renaissance intellectuals operated in an era before the invention of printing, analyzing reading strategies and showing how texts were consulted, and how new ideas were generated as a result of conversations, both oral and epistolary. The result is a volume that offers a new view on both the history of philosophy and Italian Renaissance intellectual life. It will serve as a key resource for students and scholars of early modern Italian humanism and culture.

    • Proposes a new view of the history of philosophy, allowing readers clear, concise, jargon-free introduction to a new way of thinking abut philosophy in the Renaissance
    • Offers a new view of the history of Italian literature in a little-studied period, filling a century-long research gap between Petrarch and Machiavelli with clear case studies
    • Offers a new view of Italian Renaissance intellectual life by integrating sources in Italian and Latin but does not require any knowledge of those languages
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    • Date Published: January 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107003620
    • length: 450 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Beginnings
    2. Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio
    3. The Italian Renaissance takes root in Florence
    4. Florentine humanism, translation, and a new (old) philosophy
    5. Dialogues, institutions, and social exchange
    6. Who owns culture? Classicism, institutions, and the vernacular
    7. Poggio Bracciolini
    8. Lorenzo Valla
    9. The nature of the Latin language: Poggio versus Valla
    10. Valla, Latin, Christianity, culture
    11. A changing environment
    12. Florence: Marsilio Ficino, I
    13. Ficino, II
    14. The voices of culture in late fifteenth-century Florence
    15. 'We barely have time to breathe'. Poliziano, Pico, Ficino, and the beginning of the end of the Florentine Renaissance
    16. Angelo Poliziano's Lamia in context
    17. Endings and new beginnings: the language debate.

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    Christopher S. Celenza, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Christopher Celenza is Dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University, Washington DC, where he has a joint appointment in History and Classics. He the author of several books including the prize-winning The Lost Italian Renaissance (2005) and Machiavelli: A Portrait (2015). His work has been featured in Salon, The Huffington Post, and on radio and television. Former Director of the American Academy in Rome, he has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Harvard University Center for the Study of the Italian Renaissance (Villa I Tatti), the American Academy in Rome, and the Fulbright Foundation.

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