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“What was meant by vulgarizing in the Italian Renaissance?” Intellectual History Review

What did it mean to “vulgarize” in Renaissance Italy? Was it simply a matter of translating into the vernacular, or did it mean making a text more accessible to the people – to in some sense popularize it? The answer is far from simple and certainly never one-sided; therefore, each individual case needs to be … Continue reading


Marco Sgarbi (Mantua, 1982) is associate professor of history of philosophy and vice-provost for communication and development at the Università Ca' Foscari, Venice. He is the PI of the ERC Starting Grant 2013 on "Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular: Rethinking Renaissance and Early-Modern Intellectual History (c. 1400–c. 1650)".  He has been a Jean-François Malle-Harvard I Tatti Fellow at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies; Frances A. Yates Short-Term fellow at the Warburg Institute. He is the editor of Philosophical Readings, a four-monthly on-line journal, and of the Bloomsbury Studies in the Aristotelian Tradition. HE is part of the editorial board of Lo SguardoEstudios Kantianosphilosophy@lisbon, Etica & Politica.

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