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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.

About the Author

Rocco Rubini is assistant professor of Italian literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. He is the editor of The Renaissance from an Italian Perspective: An Anthology of Essays, 1860-1968.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Preface

 

Introduction: How We Came to Be Such As We Are and Not Otherwise

            Humanism as Cartesianism

            Humanism as Vichianism

            A Peninsular Philosophy

            Supplementing a Well-Known Story

            Renaissance Scholarship and the History of Philosophy

            A Note on Method

 

1. Philosophy and Revolution: Italian Vichianism and the “Renaissance Shame”

           Introduction

           Vincenzo Cuoco and Italys “Passive Revolution”

           Italians as Disciples of God: Vincenzo Gioberti and Neo-Guelphism

           Overcoming the “Renaissance Shame”: Italian Hegelianism

           Humanism Reborn and Fulfilled: From Positivism to Giovanni Gentiles Actualism

           Conclusion: A Problem Unsolved

 

2. The (Re)Generation of Italian Thought: The Interwar Period

            Introduction: Philosophizing in the Time of Fascism and Beyond

            Twentieth-Century Humanists and Scholastics

            Problematicism and Dialogism: Ugo Spirito and Guido Calogero

            Philosophers in the Middle: The “Outsiders”

            Rehearsing Deprovincialization: Enrico Castelli and Nicola Abbagnano

            Positive Existentialism

            Conclusion

 

3. Averting the End of Tradition: Ernesto Grassi

            Introduction

            Between Italy and France: A Christian Thinkers Discontents

            Heideggerianism Is a Platonism

            Heideggerian Platonism May or May Not Be a (Nietzschean) True Humanism

            Italian Renaissance Humanism Is Also a Humanism

            Conclusion: Starting from Scratch (More or Less)

 

4. Holding It Together: Eugenio Garin

            Introduction

            Pichian Existentialism

            Cassirer, Gentile, and the History of Italian Philosophy

            The Making of the Italian Paradigm: Garin, Grassi, and Castelli

            The Italian Paradigm Continued: Barons “Civic Humanism” Is Also an Existentialism

            Conclusion: Historicizing the Present through Gramscis “Humanism”

 

5. A Philosophers Humanism: Paul Oskar Kristeller

            Introduction: The Italian(s) Renaissance beyond Italy

            Italy in the Interim: Between Gentile and Saitta

            Ficino, a Diamond in the Rough: Kristellers Neo-Kantianism

            Conclusion: Renaissance Scholarship as Philosophical Discourse

 

Conclusion: Humanism before Cartesianism (despite Heidegger)

 

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813217260
Author:
Blum, Paul Richard (edt)
Publisher:
Catholic University of America Press
Translator:
McNeil, Brian
Editor:
Blum, Paul Richard
Author:
Blum, Paul Richard, MR
Author:
McNeil, Brian
Author:
Philosophen Der Renaissance English
Author:
Rubini, Rocco
Author:
Blum, Paul Richard
Subject:
Philosophy, renaissance
Subject:
Philosophers, Medieval.
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern - Renaissance Era
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General-General
Subject:
Modern
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100431
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Language:
English
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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