Renaissance Humanism: Opening 2017-2018 Paideia

When: Friday, Sept 15th at 5pm

Where: University of Pennsylvania


Paideia Seminar returns for AY 2017-2018 for an intercollegiate discussion on “What does it mean to be a Humanist?”  We open this discussion with Renaissance Humanism, looking at the work of Francesco Petrarch under the direction of Prof. Eva Del Soldato (UPenn).

RSVP to Elizabeth Feeney for dinner, text, and location:

Paideia returns for another year of intercollegiate discussion to explore: What does it mean to be a Humanist?  Together we will explore varieties of humanism — including models from antiquity, the Renaissance, the Christian Tradition, secular humanism, scientific humanism, trans humanism, and anti-humanists — in order to compare competing accounts and evaluate which are compelling.   Over the course of a year, we hope to bring some clarity and precision to a term that has been, for most of the last 5 centuries, almost universally embraced though without any stable meaning.

This monthly seminar is an intercollegiate community of Penn, Villanova, Swarthmore, Eastern, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford students who together address the question, How can the Humanities actually humanize us? through the lens of various topics and approaches.

Our Speaker:

Prof. Eva Del Soldato

Eva Del Soldato was trained in Philosophy and Intellectual History at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Her research is primarily devoted to Renaissance thought and culture, with a special attention to the Aristotelian and Platonic traditions. She also cultivates interests in history of book, history of libraries and universities, and in Twentieth-century cultural institutions. She is the author of the monograph Simone Porzio (Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura 2010) and of several articles and editions. She is currently completing two books, one devoted to the strategic uses of Plato and Aristotle in the Early Modern Period, and the other one on Antonio Brucioli and the Venetian printing world, which takes into consideration the spread of the vernacular as a language of elevated discourse.