The Renaissance, known primarily for the art and literature that it produced, was also a period in which philosophical thought flourished. This two-volume anthology contains forty new translations of important works on moral and political philosophy written during the Renaissance and hitherto unavailable in English. The works, originally written in Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, and Greek, cover such topics as concepts of man; Aristotelian, Platonic, Stoic, and Epicurean ethics; scholastic political philosophy; theories of princely and republican government in Italy; and northern European political thought.
List of translators; Preface; Part I. Scholastic Political Theory: 1. Concerning Ecclesiastical power, selections Jean Gerson; Introduction D. Catherine Brown; 2. Question at Vespers Jacques Almain; Introduction A. S. McGrade; 3. On the laws, book III, chapter 4: concerning a civil power Francisco Suare; Introduction J. A. Trentman; 4. The monarchy of the Messiah, chapters 14 and 15 Tommaso Campanella; Introduction Brian P. Copenhaver; Part II. The Theory of Princely Government in Renaissance Italy: 5. On the prince Giovanni Pontano; Introduction Nicholas Webb; 6. On the prince, selections Il Platina (Bartolomeo Sacchi); Introduction Nicholas Webb; 7. On majesty, chapter 19: on magnificence Giuniano Maio; Introduction Nicholas Webb; Part III. The theory of Republican Government in Renaissance Venice: 8. The Venetian republic, selections Pier Paolo Vergerio; Introduction Ronald G. Witt; 9. Preface to his translation of Plato's laws George of Trebizond; Introduction John Monfasani; 10. In praise of the Venetian republic Poggio Bracciolini; Introduction Martin Davies; Part IV. The theory of Republican Government in Renaissance Florence: 11. Civil life, book II Matteo Palmieri; Introduction David Marsh; 12. Dialogue on laws and legal judgments Bartolomeo Scala; Introduction David Marsh; 13. How the popular government should be reformed Francesco Guicciardini; Introduction Russell Price; 14. Memorandum to Cardinal de'Medici about the affairs of Florence Paolo Vettori; Introduction Russell Price; Part V. Political Theory in Northern Europe: 15. On true nobility, selections Josse Clichtove; Introduction Alison Holcroft; 16. On the education of the prince, selections Guillaume Bude; Introduction Neil Kenny; 17. Apology, Chapters 30-35 Reginald Pole; Introduction Nicholas Webb; Bibliography of renaissance political philosophy texts available in English; index nominum; index rerum.