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Giordano Bruno: Will, Power, and Being

Termin 17. Mai 2018 - 18. Mai 2018
Veranstaltungsart Tagung
Reihe Festival Bruniano
Einrichtung Sonderforschungsbereich
Veranstalter Massimiliano Traversino Di Cristo
Veranstaltungsort LEUCOREA Foundation, Seminar Room 10, 1st Floor
Straße Collegienstraße 62
PLZ/Ort 06886 Wittenberg
Ansprechpartner Daniel Lucas
Telefon +49 345-5524077
E-Mail verwaltung@scm.uni-halle.de

Beschreibung

‘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 legal-political aspects of his philosophy, and by comparing his views to other significant sixteenth-century writers, who include: his fellow countrymen Alberico Gentili and Tommaso Campanella, the masters of the School of Salamanca, François Hotman, Michel de Montaigne, 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.

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