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Armando Maggi - The French and Italian Department Lecture Series

Armando Maggi, Renaissance

When: Friday, October 13, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Central

Where: Kresge Hall, 1515, the Forum Room, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: $0

Contact: Phil Hoskins   (847) 491-5490

Group: Department of French and Italian

Category: Academic


Hybridism in Renaissance Love Philosophy from Mario Equicola to Cervantes

A LECTURE BY ARMANDO MAGGI, University of Chicago

The Renaissance love philosophy is often seen as a vast corpus based on a set of static Platonic dogmas. Maggi’s talk aims to bring to the fore the tensions and contradictions identifiable within this extremely popular literary and philosophical genre, especially regarding the themes of sexual intercourse and divine versus human enlightenment. In particular, it will examine relevant texts characterized by a philosophical ‘hybridism.’ Unlike the popular term ‘syncretism’ usually associated with Renaissance philosophy, ‘hybridism’ points to failed or only partially successful attempts to merge diverse approaches into one coherent intellectual system. It will analyze tracts by Mario Equicola, Agostino Nifo, Brunoro Zampeschi, Tommaso Garzoni, Guido Casoni, Cervates, and Cristóbal de Fonseca. ​

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