Le Studium Conferences :From Wittenberg to Rome, and Beyond Giordano Bruno: Will, Power, and Being

Date: 26 April 2018 to 27 April 2018

Lieu: CESR, Salle Rapin

Organisateur :  Paul-Alexis Mellet (CESR), Massimiliano Traversino Di Cristo, LE STUDIUM/MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE RESEARCH FELLOW

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From Wittenberg to Rome, and Beyond. Giordano Bruno: Will, Power, and Being
Law, Philosophy, and Theology in the Early Modern Era
Bruno Festival, 3rd edition

That a profound sensitivity towards spirituality penetrates all Giordano Bruno's philosophy – as Eugenio Garin puts it in his L'umanesimo italiano – in no way can be denied […]. A religious inspiration goes through and inflames all his writings, although it later lead him even to the blasphemy against the Christian religion”. As the statement suggests, religion actually reveals to be indispensable for an adequate understanding of Giordano Bruno's thought and hence for a correct appreciation of attitudes like, on the one hand, his defence of an infinite universe in cosmology or, on the other hand, his anthropological positions and the importance he gave to philosophy by considering it as an ethical and historical mission.

Starting from a re-evaluation of Christianity after Luther’s Reform, the event aims to discuss Giordano Bruno's contribution to the history of modern ideas by focusing in particular on theological, moral, and legalpolitical aspects of his philosophy, and by comparing his views to other significant sixteenth-century writers, who include, among others: his fellow countrymen Alberico Gentili and Tommaso Campanella, the masters of the School of Salamanca, François Hotman, Michel de Montaigne, Guillaume Postel, François Bauduin, Celio Secondo Curione, and Jean Bodin. In continuity with the first 2 editions of the event and the meetings that preceded it, special attention will be paid to Bruno’s last philosophical teaching: his Wittenberg period and the role of the city in the second half of the sixteenth century, the “Frankfurt trilogy”, the treatises on magic, and the trial documentation.