ITAL581 - MODRN/CONTEMP ITAL CLTR: PHILOLOGY AND HISTORY

Section 301 - SEM
The scientific revolution during the seventeenth century has been credited as the turning point of western civilization. But in fact, before this pivotal definition of science, the discipline of philology radically transformed the way of we understand historical events and texts. The center of humanist philology was no longer the ‘canon’ but the Reader, no longer medieval authorities but the scholar and a methodology founded on the free investigation of the facts. Philology ‘de-theologizided’ western culture, and produced not only a new strategy in the investigation of the past, but a new understanding of the past, characterized by its mobile, experimental, and critical inquiry. Consequently the present became not the necessary effect of the past, but the re-inventor of its own history. The course is taught in Italian
M 0200PM-0400PM
FINOTTI, FABIO
WILLIAMS HALL 216