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Dr David Lines

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Email: D dot A dot Lines at warwick dot ac dot uk

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University of Warwick
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Dr Lines is a specialist in Renaissance philosophy and intellectual history. Many of his publications have focused on moral and natural philosophy and their contexts, particularly the universities in Italy but also in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Low Countries. More recently he has also published on book history and the history of libraries. He is currently completing a monograph on the changing configuration of the disciplines in the University of Bologna and its Faculty of Arts and Medicine between 1405 and 1713. His most recent book publication is, together with Alessio Cotugno, the catalogue of an exhibition on Aristotelianism in Venice.

Dr Lines has received fellowships from, among others, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Villa I Tatti in Florence (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies). He has been the Principal Investigator for an AHRC standard grant on Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy and for a Leverhulme International Network on Renaissance Conflict and Rivalries. He leads the Warwick portion of an ERC starting grant on Aristotelianism in the Italian Vernacular and has recruited several research fellows (including Marie Curie fellows) to Warwick. He serves as the Renaissance Society of America's discipline representative for Philosophy and is a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Renaissance Quarterly.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF Document)

Research interests

Dr Lines is interested in all aspects of European thought and learning from around 1250 to around 1750. He has particular expertise in the following:

  • The classical tradition (Aristotelianism and ancient thought more generally) in Renaissance Europe: interactions of Greek, Latin, and the vernacular
  • Renaissance philosophy and intellectual history, especially ethics, politics, and natural philosophy and their configuration in humanism and scholasticism
  • Institutions of culture and learning (particularly universities), with special focus on Bologna and Italy
  • Libraries and history of the book (particularly the library of Ulisse Aldrovandi)

Teaching and supervision

PhD students currently supervised

Greg Wells, ‘John Hall’s Little Book of Cures (ca. 1630–1635): A Critical Edition’ (project co-supervised with Claudia Stein, History).

Sara Miglietti, ‘Mastering the Climate: Theories of Climatic Influence in the Early Colonial Age’ (project in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance; co-supervised with Ingrid De Smet, French Studies).

Rocco Di Dio, 'Marsilio Ficino's Notebooks' (project in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance; co-supervised with Maude Vanhaelen, Italian/Classics).

Giacomo Comiati, on the influence of Horace in sixteenth-century Italian poetry (co-supervised with Simon Gilson, Italian).

Leila Zammar, ‘Seventeenth-Century Performances at the Barberini Palace and in the Lost Barberini Theatre, Rome’ (project in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance; co-supervised with Margaret Shewring, Theatre Studies).

Martina Piperno, on Leopardi's classicism and contacts with the thought of Giambattista Vico (co-supervised with Fabio Camilletti, Italian).

Past PhD students supervised

Gabriella Addivinola, ‘The Apophatic Tradition in Alan of Lille and Dante: Logic, Theology and Poetry from the Twelfth to the Fourteenth Centuries’ (co-supervised with Simon Gilson, Italian; completed in February 2014).

Administrative roles

  • Head of Italian Studies
  • Research Director, Italian Studies
  • Academic Director of Admissions and Recruitment, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Selected publications

  • Aristotle’s ‘Ethics’ in the Italian Renaissance (ca. 1300–1650): The Universities and the Problem of Moral Education (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2002; Education and Society in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 13), 614 pp.
  • (co-ed.) Rethinking Virtue, Reforming Society: New Directions in Renaissance Ethics, c. 1350–c. 1650, ed. by David A. Lines and Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (Turnout: Brepols, 2013; series Cursor Mundi, 3); further details available here
  • ‘Reorganizing the Curriculum: Teaching and Learning in the University of Bologna, c. 1560–c. 1590’. History of Universities, 26.2 (2012), 1–59
  • ‘Papal Power and University Control in Early Modern Italy: Bologna and Gregory XIII’, The Sixteenth Century Journal, 44.3 (Fall 2013), 663–82
  • ’Beyond Latin in Renaissance Philosophy: A Plea for New Critical Perspectives', Intellectual History Review (2015); see here
  • Eugenio Refini, with the collaboration of David A. Lines, Simon Gilson and Jill Kraye: Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy: A Database of Works (first published 1 May 2012)

Professional associations

  • Renaissance Society of America; Society for Italian Studies
  • Member, editorial board, for journals Renaissance Quarterly, Mediaevalia et Humanistica, and Annali di storia delle università italiane
  • Board member of two book series published by Brepols: Cursor Mundi and Studies in the Faculty of Arts: History and Influence (SFIHA)


  • BA (Bryan College, Tenn., 1987)
  • MA (English, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1991)
  • AM, PhD (History, Harvard University, 1997)

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