Authority, Innovation and Early Modern Epistemology
Essays in Honour of Hilary Gatti
Edited by Martin McLaughlin and Elisabetta Tarantino
History of ideas
Legenda: Oxford, 2014
Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), who died at the stake in 1600, is one of the best known symbols of anti-establishment thought. The theme of this volume, which is offered as a collection of essays to honour distinguished Bruno scholar Hilary Gatti, reflects her constant interest in the principles of cultural freedom and independent thinking. Several essays deal with Bruno himself, including an analysis of the Eroici furori, and studies of his reception in relation to the group known as the Novatores and to English historical and literary figures (the Second Earl of Essex; Shakespeare and Ben Jonson) following Bruno’s stay in England. The authors and texts discussed here are linked by a relentless interest in the question of authority and originality, and they range from literary figures such as Alberti (1404-72) and Vasari (1511-74) to major scholars such as Athanasius Kircher (1601-80) and controversial philosophers and scientists who, like Bruno, were condemned by the Church, such as Tommaso Campanella (1568-1639), Giulio Cesare Vanini (1585-1619), the proponents of early modern psychology, and the ‘New Philosophers’ condemned by the Holy Office. Taken together, these chapters show how much that was new and revolutionary in early modern culture came from its confrontation with the past.
With the contributions:
Martin McLaughlin, Elisabetta Tarantino — Introduction