Humanism and Secularization: From Petrarch to Valla

Humanism and Secularization: From Petrarch to Valla

by Riccardo Fubini, Martha King

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ISBN-13: 9780822384014
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Series: Duke Monographs in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 843 KB

About the Author

Riccardo Fubini is Professor of Renaissance History at the University of Florence. He is the author of Umanesimo italiano e i suoi storici: Origini rinascimentali, critica moderna; Quattrocento fiorentino: Politica, diplomazia, cultura; and Italia quattrocentesca: Politica e dipolmazia nell’età di Lorenzo il Magnifico.

Martha King is the editor of New Italian Women: A Collection of Short Fiction, translator of Grazia Deledda’s Reeds in the Wind and Elias Portulu, and cotranslator of Luigi Pirandello’s Her Husband, published by Duke University Press.

Table of Contents



1. Consciousness of the Latin Language among Humanists: Did the Romans Speak Latin?

2. Humanist Intentions and Patristic References: Some Thoughts on the Moral Writings of the Humanists

3. Poggio Bracciolini and San Bernardino: The Themes and Motives of a Polemic

4. The Theater of the World in the Moral and Historical Thought of Poggio

5. An Analysis of Lorenzo Valla’s De Voluptate: His Sojourn in Pavia and the Composition of the Dialogue



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Anthony Grafton

Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
A splendid collection. Fubini's studies offer a powerful and coherent account of Italian humanism from Petrarch to Valla. They make a strong case for the seriousness of humanism as an intellectual movement, rather than a simply literary or pedagogical one. They thus do us the important service of making our image of humanism at once more complex and more responsive to primary sources. . . . Fubini lays the basis for a whole new approach to humanist texts.

James Hankins

James Hankins, Harvard University
Fubini is a major figure in the study of Italian humanism today. In this collection he addresses what has always been since Burckhardt a central issue in the interpretation of humanism, namely, to what extent and in what ways is the humanist movement responsible for secularizing Western cultural traditions at the end of the Middle Ages. His is an important voice urging us to see the full range and complexity of humanist attitudes to religion, and helping us to situate the humanists more precisely vis a vis the Protestant Reformers and the Deists and philosophes of the Enlightenment.

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