BA University of Pisa
MA Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
PhD Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
Main Research Interests
- History of Philosophy and Early Modern Intellectual History
- Aristotelian and Platonic Traditions in the Renaissance
- Latin and Vernacular Reception of Philosophical Texts ( in particular 14th-17th centuries)
- Latin and Vernacular Culture
- History of Universities
- Printing in Early Modern Italy
- History of Libraries and Book Collections
- Italian Culture between XIXth and XXth century
- Renaissance Rivalries: sessions on Humanism and Scholasticism; From Poliziano to Machiavelli
- Renaissance MA: Aristotle in the Renaissance
- Renaissance MA: Shapes of Knowledge
- Community Teaching: The Italian Renaissance.
- I studied Philosophy and Intellectual History in Pisa (Scuola Normale Superiore and University of Pisa) and I took my PhD in History of Philosophy at the Scuola Normale Superiore. My MA (“diploma di licenza”) thesis was devoted to the Enciclopedia Italiana , while my PhD dissertation focuses on the Aristotelian philosopher Simone Porzio (1497-1554). A revised version of this work has been published in 2010 by Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura (Simone Porzio. Un aristotelico tra natura e grazia). I am completing an Italian translation of the major work by Bessarion, the In calumniatorem Platonis (1469), and studied the reception of this work in the following centuries.
- I have been visiting student at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007), and I received - among others - fellowships from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Villa I Tatti, the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbuettel, and the Huntington Library in Pasadena.
- I am member of the project “Biblioteche filosofiche private in età moderna e contemporanea” (http://www.picus.sns.it/) and of the editorial board of the Giornale Critico della Filosofia Italiana (http://www.lelettere.it/site/d_Page.asp?IDPagina=42).
- I am currently Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Warwick (Department of Italian / Centre for the Study of the Renaissance) and I collaborate to the AHRC project “Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy. 1400-1650” (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/ren/projects/vernaculararistotelianism).
- My Marie Curie project studies the role of Antonio Brucioli (1498c.-1566) in the vernacularization and dissemination of the works of Aristotle in sixteenth-century Florence and Venice. A figure largely ignored in modern scholarship, Brucioli represents a crucial intersection of religious and philosophical interests and of informal contexts of learning. My research will lead to the first sustained study of this figure in 70 years, contributing to the new wave of interest in the spread of Aristotle’s works in the vernacular throughout the Italian peninsula.
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