History of Philosophy Workshop: Francesco Mazzo, "Marsilio Ficino: Philosopher and Political Thinker"


Location: Maritain Library (Geddes 437) (View on map )


Please join us as we continue our lunchtime history of philosophy workshops! Each meeting will consist of a presentation by a graduate student or faculty on a project that they are working on in the history of philosophy, followed by a period of comments/questions from the other participants. The workshop is designed to give grad students and faculty the opportunity to develop ideas and receive helpful feedback on projects/papers in a friendly and low stakes environment. 

Here's the info about this week's meeting: 

Who: Francesco Mazzo - Graduate Student at the University of Bologna and History of Philosophy Forum Visiting Scholar
What: "Marsilio Ficino: Philosopher and Political Thinker" (see below for an abstract)  
Where: The Maritain library (Geddes hall, room 437) 
When: Friday, March 18, 12:00-1:00

An abstract is included below. For more information about the workshop, please email Dylan MacFarlane (dmacfarl@nd.edu). We hope to see you there!

ABSTRACT: For many scholars of Renaissance thought Marsilio Ficino is the first great example of a courtier philosopher, far from civil and political commitments. My thesis project aims instead to highlight Ficino's political/educative role in the Florence of Cosimo and Lorenzo de' Medici, and his important political reflections. In this talk I will provide an overview of my research, focusing on two texts in particular: the introductions to Plato's Minos and Statesman.