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The Italian Renaissance Readerby Julia Co Bondanella
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A natural heir of the Renaissance and once tightly conjoined to its study, continental philosophy broke from Renaissance studies around the time of World War II. In The Other Renaissance, Rocco Rubini achieves what many have attempted to do since: bring them back together. Telling the story of modern Italian philosophy through the lens of Renaissance scholarship, he recovers a strand of philosophic history that sought to reactivate the humanist ideals of the Renaissance, even as philosophy elsewhere progressed toward decidedly antihumanist sentiments.
Bookended by Giambattista Vico and Antonio Gramsci, this strand of Renaissance-influenced philosophy rose in reaction to the major revolutions of the time in Italy, such as national unity, fascism, and democracy. Exploring the ways its thinkers critically assimilated the thought of their northern counterparts, Rubini uncovers new possibilities in our intellectual history: that antihumanism could have been forestalled, and that our postmodern condition could have been entirely different. In doing so, he offers an important new way of thinking about the origins of modernity, one that renews a trust in human dignity and the Western legacy as a whole.
#LINKA single volume introduction to the major writers of the Italian Renaissance—Petrarch, Boccaccio, Alberti, della Mirandola, da Vinci, Castiglione, Machiavelli, Buonarroti, Guicciardini, Cellini, and Vasari.
About the Author
Mark Musa is a professor at the Center for Italian Studies at Indiana University. A former Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow, Musa is the author of a highly acclaimed translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.
Table of Contents
"Letter to Posterity"
"The Ascent of Mount Ventoux"
Selected Poems from the Canzoniere
Stories from the Decameron
Leon Battista Alberti
Selections from The Book of the Family Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola
Selections from The Oration on the Dignity of Man
Leonardo da Vinci
Selections from the Notebooks
Selections from The Book of the Courtier
Selections from The Prince
Selections from the Ricordi
Selections from Cellini's Life
Selected Poems Giorgio Vasari
Selections from Lives of the Most Famous Artists
The Italian Renaissance: Further Readings
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