355. Town and Gown: Italian Universities

Posted on 13 September 2020

The blurry line dividing humanism and scholastic university culture in the Italian Renaissance.

Further Reading

• E.J. Ashworth, “Agostino Nifo’s Reinterpretation of Medieval Logic,” Rivista Critica di Storia della Filosofia 31 (1976), 355-74.

• P. Denley, “‘Medieval,’ ‘Renaissance,’ ‘modern.’ Issues of Periodization in Italian University History,” Renaissance Studies 27 (2013), 487-503.

• B. Dooley, “Social control and the Italian Universities: from Renaissance to Illuminismo,” The Journal of Modern History 61 (1989), 205-39.

• P.F. Grendler, The Universities of the Italian Renaissance (Baltimore: 2002).

• L. Jardine, “Dialectic or Dialectical Rhetoric? Agostino Nifo’s Criticism of Lorenzo Valla,” Rivista Critica di Storia della Filosofia 36 (1981), 253-70.

• D.A. Lines, “Humanism and the Italian Universities,” in C.S. Celenza and K. Gouwens (eds), Humanism and Creativity in the Renaissance (Leiden: 2006), 327-46.

• L. Nauta, “Philology as Philosophy: Giovanni Pontano on Language, Meaning, and Grammar,” Journal of the History of Ideas 72 (2011), 481–502.

• C.B. Schmitt, The Aristotelian Tradition and Renaissance Universities (London: 1984).  

• M. Sgarbi, The Italian Mind: Vernacular Logic in Renaissance Italy (1540-1551) (Leiden: 2014).


Alexander Johnson 13 September 2020

The summary blurb is just a sentence subject and has no predicate.  Maybe rewrite it as "The line dividing humanism and scholasticism is blurry in university culture in the Italian Renaissance." or something like that.

Peter Adamson 14 September 2020

In reply to by Alexander Johnson

Thanks for paying such close attention! But actually if you look back through the summary blurbs you'll see that I often construct them this way: I am not going for full sentences but just identifying the topic. (Part of the reason is that it is also what I put as the "description" on the RSS feed so I am shooting for maximal economy of characters, to help readers see what the podcast is about at a glance.)

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