The Center for Renaissance and Early Modern Thought aims to foster research and academic cooperation intended to investigate the shaping of Renaissance and early modern thought in all its facets.

The Center promotes research able to uncover the multifaceted nature of Renaissance and early modern philosophical debates, their interconnections with other areas of the history of philosophy, ideas, political thought and science, and how their legacy might still affect today’s philosophical debates.

One of the Center’s mission is to build bridges between the humanities and sciences by promoting interdisciplinary research into the historical, philosophical, and social factors that govern the theory and practice of science.

The Center functions as a hub for junior and senior researchers interested in the history of Renaissance and early modern thought. It organizes workshops, conferences and talks on the topic. Through publications and other public dissemination it aims to deepen understanding of the philosophy of history and historiography.

Core assets

History of philosophy : The Center aims to research one of the most innovative moments in Western philosophy, during which new philosophical theory were proposed, i.e. the period approximately spanned from the late 1400s to the end of the 18th century. The Center aims to investigate the relationship between the Renaissance philosophy and the main characters of modern philosophy, and to promote researches on less known but influential philosophers of this period.

History of science, medicine and technology : The Center aims to investigate the structure and history of the immensely rich discipline of natural philosophy in the Renaissance and early modern thought, describe its evolution in time, and capture the consequences of its eventual fragmentation into the modern scientific disciplines.

History of political thought : The Center aims to consider how new scholarship and interdisciplinary approaches have shaped our understanding and assessment of the history of political thought and the broader field of Renaissance and early modern intellectual history.

Classical tradition : The Center examines how cultures Renaissance and early modern thought have received Greek and Roman antiquity. It focuses on the creative use of the ancient Greco-Roman heritage in a broad range of scholarly endeavors. It explores the significance of classical influences on the shaping of modern mind connecting a wide range of interests in classics and ancient history and literary studies.

History of ideas/Intellectual history : The Center aims to foster research and teaching in intellectual history uniting researchers from the fields of art history, literary history, history of technology, history of philosophy, social history, and economic history as well as researchers in science studies in order to examine how knowledge has been displayed and systematized over the course of history and the role played by individual actors and values in this process.

History of academic institutions and universities : The Center focuses on study of every aspect of university, and more in general of academic environment, history development, structure, teaching, and research from the Middle Ages to the modern period.

Host Institution

The Center is embedded in the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage .

The University and Venetian libraries and affiliates have superb collections for research in history of Renaissance and Early Modern thought. Holdings include a magnificent collection of incunabula and early printed works; one of Italy’s fullest and most varied collections of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century books and periodicals.