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Call for Papers: Giordano Bruno, Theologian

Posted By Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (SMRP), Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy requests submissions for panels to be held at the RSA's Dublin 2021 (7-10 April) meeting on the topic: 'Giordano Bruno, Theologian'

During his wanderings through Europe in the 1580s, Giordano Bruno famously announced himself to the world as a philosopher. He published numerous philosophical works, taught philosophy at several Catholic and Protestant universities, and regaled acquaintances and strangers alike with, in the words of one member of his erstwhile order, ‘the fantastic, bizarre things of his invention’. Yet, by vocation, Bruno was a friar. He had entered the Dominican monastery of San Domenico Maggiore in Naples as a novice in 1565, been ordained as a priest in 1572 and obtained a doctorate in theology in 1575.

This early phase of his intellectual career left its mark on what he called his ‘new philosophy’, for all that it contradicted Christian doctrine at almost every turn. His surviving works cite and allude to Scripture repeatedly, discuss God’s triune nature, invoke the Scriptual idea of the angels announcing God’s glory to describe the celestial bodies populating the infinite universe, and present Bruno himself as the saviour of souls, to mention just a few instances of their continuous recourse to Christian doctrine and themes.

If you would like to give a paper exploring this aspect of Bruno’s philosophy, please submit a proposal, via email, to Dilwyn Knox ( by Monday, 27 July, 2020. Your proposal should include your name, academic affiliation, email address, the title of your paper, an abstract of no more than 200 words, and a (very) brief CV or, if more convenient, a link to an online CV or the equivalent.

Tags:  Medicine and Science  Neo-Latin Literature  Philosophy  Religion  theology 

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