Mercury in Naples: The moral and political thought of Giovanni Pontano
Title: Mercury in Naples: The moral and political thought of Giovanni Pontano
Author: ROICK, Matthias
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2009
Series/Number: EUI PhD theses; Department of History and Civilization
The present study returns to Giovanni Gioviano Pontano's role as a thinker and philosopher. It is based on the treatises and tracts Pontano wrote, to which scant attention has been paid until now, but also on his ad hoc political writings and his better known dialogues and poems. It moves between different fields of inquiry including history, philosophy, and literature, trying to represent Pontano's thought not only in its doctrinal aspects, but in a more comprehensive and contextualized perspective. Within this perspective, his thought will appear as mercurial as Pontano himself. It is not a set of explicit, philosophical doctrines that can be described within a coherent theoretical framework, but a cluster of different thoughts, attitudes, and practices.
LC Subject Heading: Pontano, Giovanni Gioviano, 1426-1503; Humanism -- Italy -- Naples -- History -- 15th century; Naples (Italy) -- History -- 15th century; Naples (Italy) -- Intellectual life -- 15th century; Philosophy, Italian -- 15th century
Defense Date: 26/10/2009; Examining Board: Prof. Martin van Gelderen (EUI) - supervisor Prof. Anthony Molho (EUI) Prof. Riccardo Fubini (University of Florence) Prof. Thomas Kaufmann (University of Göttingen)
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