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Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy

This three-year research project (October 2010–December 2013), was the first to study the Renaissance diffusion of Aristotelian works in the Italian vernacular.

This initiative tried to redress the almost exclusive concentration on Latin Aristotelianism among historians of philosophy and ideas in recent decades. It has provided an electronic census and description of all relevant materials in both manuscript and print. Furthermore, it brought together historians of language, literature, philosophy, science and culture to explore how Aristotelianism increasingly reached a broad and non-Latinate public.

The project, involving a collaboration between the University of Warwick and the Warburg Institute in London, was led by Dr David Lines (Warwick, Department of Italian), with the support at Warwick of Professor Simon Gilson and, at the Warburg Institute, of Professor Jill Kraye. Professor Luca Bianchi (Vercelli, Università del Piemonte Orientale), along with a distinguished group of scholars on the project's advisory board, provided further expertise.

More details on the project are available on the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance website.

Warwick's Research Development Fund provided crucial seed money for exploring the topic and its feasibility, which enabled Dr Lines and Prof. Gilson to organise an exploratory workshop in Venice in September 2007.

Research project team

  • PI: Dr David Lines (Italian, University of Warwick, email d dot a dot lines at warwick dot ac dot uk)
  • Co-PI: Professor Simon Gilson (Italian, University of Warwick)
  • Co-PI: Professor Jill Kraye (Warburg Institute, University of London)
  • Project Partner: Professor Luca Bianchi (Philosophy, University of Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Dr Eugenio Refini
  • PhD student: Miss Grace Allen

Advisory board

  • Professor Concetta Bianca (Renaissance Humanism, University of Florence)
  • Professor Francesco Bruni (Italian, University Ca’ Foscari, Venice)
  • Professor Anthony Grafton (History, Princeton University)
  • Professor Ullrich Langer (French and Italian, Univ. of Madison-Wisconsin)
  • Professor Martin McLaughlin (Italian, Oxford University)
  • Professor Peter Mack (Director, the Warburg Institute)
  • Professor Marianne Pade (Classical Philology, Aarhus University)
  • Mr Stephen Parkin (British Library)
  • Professor Brian Richardson (Italian, University of Leeds)


This project was funded by the AHRC

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