Francesco Mazzo

Visiting Year: 2021

Project Title: Marsilio Ficino: Philosopher and Political Thinker

Francesco Mazzo is completing a first degree Master in Philosophy at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna. His Bachelor’s thesis was focused on Niccolò Machiavelli and Giordano Bruno. Between May and July 2021 he was a dissertation fellow at the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento in Florence, where he carried out research for his Master’s thesis on the political thought of Marsilio Ficino under the supervision of Prof. Michele Ciliberto. As a visiting graduate student at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2021, Mazzo will be working with Prof. Denis Robichaud and will write his Master’s thesis (entitled Marsilio FicinoPhilosopher and Political Thinker / Ficino politicoLeggi, demoni e cicli astrologici). His project highlights Ficino’s political/educative role, and his reflections on the figure of the legislator. It also focuses on demons (seen as intermediaries between God and men) and on the political repercussions of astrological cycles. It is based on research into Ficino’s works, as well as Ficino’s introductions and commentaries on Plato.

Host: Denis Robichaud