The project Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular: Rethinking Renaissance and Early-Modern Intellectual History (c. 1400–c. 1650) has just passed the number of 100 publications and many more are ready to come in the following months.
At this final stage of the project has lead at the following groundbreaking discoveries:
(1) vulgarizations of Aristotle’s works were aimed at wide range of “readers”, including “ignorants” and “illiterates” as well as artisans, architects, princes, men of letters, women, and children;
(2) there is not a necessary correspondence between intended audience and the real public;
(3) vulgarization was not just a simple matter of dissemination, thus simplifying and trivializing knowledge, e.g. even complex topics like the immortality of the soul were vulgarized;
(4) vernacular works can be very sophisticated texts;
(5) vulgarization usually upheld the notion of widespread knowledge;
(6) vernacular Aristotelianism was a very eclectic movement mixing Platonic, Scholastic and Hermetic ideas.
These results gives a fundamental contribution to the new emerging field of the history of knowledge breaking the boundaries between low and high culture and creating interaction among natural and human sciences.
If you are interested in reading our research, please check the research outputs page.