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Cesare Vasoli tra Medioevo e Rinascimento

The conference in honor of Caesar Vasoli, held June 6 at the National Institute of Renaissance Studies in Florence, has understood since the introduction of prof. Michele Ciliberto, the same Vasoli successor to the presidency of the Institute, not only in a laudatory celebrate the memory of the illustrious Florentine scholar, who died in 2013. Most of the work has focused, in fact, return to the picture of a living figure of intellectual and historian, first of all from the exceptional amount of work developed by the same Vasoli in the course of its business.
Much of this work had seen Vasoli open new lines of research, not only by subjecting the survey historical and philosophical study, and a renewed approach to authors like Marsilius of Padua, Pierre de la Ramee and Jean Bodin (on which they have conferred respectively Gregory Piaia, Annarita Angelini, Sara Miglietti and Diego Quaglioni), but also by proposing, on conceptual foundations, reflection on possible new periodization for age-Renaissance humanist, who believed Vasoli could unfold, in some of its basic features, from Petrarch to Rousseau.
If philosophy as historical knowledge was certainly the starting point that the scholar Vasoli inherited from his teacher Eugenio Garin, there is no doubt that philosophy should be accompanied, in his view, from other disciplines such as law, science, 'art and religion, to arrive at a new model historiographical and methodological represented by the history of culture. A similar approach, inclusive and not exclusive, however, would have to integrate also the interest in politics and the cultural-ideological debate, rejecting the claim of an abstract neutrality.
This is how to Vasoli philology Humanism, with its attempt to determine what is most ancient and original, was not intended as a neutral knowledge, but on the contrary as the genesis of most real reform projects and Renovatio politico-religious fifteenth (Sebastiano Gentile).
While favoring philosophies avowedly anti-curricular such as Lorenzo Valla and Marsilio Ficino, Gianfrancesco Pico and Giordano Bruno (as shown by the actions of Michael JB Allen and Gian Mario Cao) not ever despised the study of medieval scholasticism and sixteenth (with authors such Jacopo Zabarella example), expressing readings that often rewarded continuity with respect to the discontinuity.
(Marco Lamanna)
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Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento

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