Dr Francesco Borghesi

BA Bologna PhD Brown
Senior Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 7131

Biographical details

My research is concerned with the development of philosophical ideas in European history, especially between the thirteenth and the sixteenth century, and places itself at the intersection of the histories of philosophy, religion, and literature. My current project focuses on the diffusion of the idea of ethical concord during the Renaissance and, by shedding new light on the thought of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, aims at providing an enriched view of the Renaissance's contribution to the definition of common good.

I hold degrees from the Università di Bologna and Brown University. I have been a DAAD Fellow at the Seminar für Geistesgeschichte und Philosophie der Renaissance at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, a Frances A. Yates Fellow at the Warburg Institute in London, a Reseach Fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University, a Lauro de Bosis Fellow at Harvard University, and an Ahmanson Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies - Villa I Tatti. I am also a member of the Worldwide Advisory Board of the Virtual Humanities Lab (VHL) at Brown University, and of the editorial board of Italian Culture, the journal of the American Association for Italian Studies.

Research interests

  • Medieval and Renaissance philosophy
  • Comparative study of religions
  • Textual criticism
  • History of the book
  • Historiography

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • ITLN3662 Machiavelli and Renaissance Italy
  • ITLN3694 Dante and the Middle Ages
  • ITLN3695 Love in Italian Culture
  • EUST2607 Comparing Cultures: Europe and the East

Research supervision

  • Italian literature, philology and philosophy.

Francesco Borghesi is currently supervising five full-time PhD candidates, whose projects cover:

  • Sufi Mystics and Christian Philosophers on the Knowledge of God (1100-1800): A Comparative Study (Mona Al-sharif: PhD in European Studies)
  • Giambattista Vico and the Chinese Rites Controversy (Daniel Canaris; PhD in Italian Studies)
  • Towards a New Italian Poetry: Prosody, Space, and Translingual Versification (Alice Loda; PhD in Italian Studies)
  • Interpretations of Dante's Divine Comedy during the Fascist Regime in Italy and England (Keon Esky; PhD in Italian Studies)
  • The Syllogistics of Suicide in Dante: a Diachronic, Dogmatic and Deviant Study of Self-Destruction (Emma Barlow; PhD in Italian Studies)

Recently completed supervisions

  • 2014: A Critical Edition of Giovanni Pascoli's Odi e Inni (Francesca Ori; PhD in Italian Studiesi)
  • 2010: A Voice in the Fire: Piero Bigongiari's Rogo (1944-1952) and the Quest for Survival (Theodore Ell; PhD in Italian Studies)

Current projects

  • A critical edition of the letters of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (to be published in Italy by Olschki Editore in Florence and in the USA in the I Tatti Renaissance Library series by Harvard University Press).
  • A study on the diffusion of the idea of concord during the Renaissance period.

Selected grants

2015

  • Concord in the Renaissance; Borghesi F; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2013

  • Sydney Intellectual History Network; Milam J, Aspromourgos A, Borghesi F, Caine B, Ferng J, Fitzmaurice A, Gaukroger S, Helbig D, Karalis V, Kerridge I, Macarthur D, Nassar D, Redding P, Sadurski W, Sevel M, Sluga G, Smith M, Waldow A, Walton K; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2012

  • Writing the World - Transnationalism in Literary Studies; Bandhauer A, Borghesi F, Christie W, Cowan R, Dixon R, Giles P, Karalis V, Kirkpatrick P, Lu Y, Minter P, Morgan P, Parsons N, Rooney B, Suter R, Walsh A; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.
  • Undoing the Ancient Research Group; Blanshard A, Ledbury A, Milam J, Gagne J, Borghesi F, Muecke F, Turner M; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Borghesi, F. (2004). Concordia, pietas et docta religio. Le lettere di Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. Edizione e studio dell'incunabolo bolognese del 1496. Bologna: II Mulino.

Edited Books

  • Borghesi, F., Papio, M., Riva, M. (2012). Pico della Mirandola: Oration On The Dignity Of Man A New Translation And Commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Borghesi, F. (2012). Interpretations. In Francesco Borghesi, Michael Papio, Massimo Riva (Eds.), Pico Delia Mirandola: Oration on the Dignity of Man - A New Translation and Commentary, (pp. 52-65). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Borghesi, F. (2012). Pro libertate nostra (For Our Freedom). In Ernesto Priani Saiso (Eds.), Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola: Su Pensamiento Influencias y Repercusiones, (pp. 27-44). Mexico City, Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
  • Borghesi, F. (2011). Uma Vida de Obras. In M. V. Dougherty (Eds.), Pico della Mirandola: novos ensaios, (pp. 237-256). Sao Paulo: Madras Editora Ltda.
  • Borghesi, F. (2010). Al posto della morte c'era la luce: L'etica Della Lettura Di Pier Cesare Bori. In Alberto Melloni and Riccardo Saccenti (Eds.), In the Image of God: Foundations and Objections within the Discourse on Human Dignity, (pp. 9-24). Berlin: LIT Verlag.
  • Borghesi, F. (2008). A Life in Works. In M V Dougherty (Eds.), Pico della Mirandola: New Essays, (pp. 202-219). New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.

Journals

  • Borghesi, F. (2014). Something New on Machiavelli: An Introduction. Italian Culture, 32(2), 79-84. [More Information]
  • Borghesi, F. (2012). For the good of All. Notes on the Idea of Concordia during the late Middle Ages. Italian Poetry Review: plurilingual journal of creativity and criticism, v, 215-244.
  • Alu, G., Borghesi, F. (2012). Introduction: Between Word and Image, East and West. Literature and Aesthetics, 22(2), 1-12.
  • Borghesi, F. (2008). Presentazione: Un seminario sulla filologia digitale alla Columbia University. StoricaMente.
  • Borghesi, F. (2006). Cos'è un 'problema storico'? Riflessioni metodologiche su Ginzburg e dintorni. Discipline filosofiche, 16(1), 109-126.
  • Borghesi, F. (2004). Per la pubblicazione delle lettere di Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. Rinascimento: rivista dell'Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento.
  • Borghesi, F. (2003). Pico e la concordia. A partire da un dibattito recente. Schede Umanistiche, 17 (2003)(2), 91-107.
  • Borghesi, F. (2000). Tracce e congetture per un percorso nel genere epistolare: premessa a una recensio del carteggio pichiano. Schede Umanistiche, 14(2), 33-98.

Edited Journals

  • Borghesi, F. (2014). Special Issue on Machiavelli. Italian Culture, 32(2).

2014

  • Borghesi, F. (2014). Something New on Machiavelli: An Introduction. Italian Culture, 32(2), 79-84. [More Information]
  • Borghesi, F. (2014). Special Issue on Machiavelli. Italian Culture, 32(2).

2012

  • Borghesi, F. (2012). For the good of All. Notes on the Idea of Concordia during the late Middle Ages. Italian Poetry Review: plurilingual journal of creativity and criticism, v, 215-244.
  • Borghesi, F. (2012). Interpretations. In Francesco Borghesi, Michael Papio, Massimo Riva (Eds.), Pico Delia Mirandola: Oration on the Dignity of Man - A New Translation and Commentary, (pp. 52-65). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Alu, G., Borghesi, F. (2012). Introduction: Between Word and Image, East and West. Literature and Aesthetics, 22(2), 1-12.
  • Borghesi, F., Papio, M., Riva, M. (2012). Pico della Mirandola: Oration On The Dignity Of Man A New Translation And Commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Borghesi, F. (2012). Pro libertate nostra (For Our Freedom). In Ernesto Priani Saiso (Eds.), Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola: Su Pensamiento Influencias y Repercusiones, (pp. 27-44). Mexico City, Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

2011

  • Borghesi, F. (2011). Uma Vida de Obras. In M. V. Dougherty (Eds.), Pico della Mirandola: novos ensaios, (pp. 237-256). Sao Paulo: Madras Editora Ltda.

2010

  • Borghesi, F. (2010). Al posto della morte c'era la luce: L'etica Della Lettura Di Pier Cesare Bori. In Alberto Melloni and Riccardo Saccenti (Eds.), In the Image of God: Foundations and Objections within the Discourse on Human Dignity, (pp. 9-24). Berlin: LIT Verlag.

2008

  • Borghesi, F. (2008). A Life in Works. In M V Dougherty (Eds.), Pico della Mirandola: New Essays, (pp. 202-219). New York, USA: Cambridge University Press.
  • Borghesi, F. (2008). Presentazione: Un seminario sulla filologia digitale alla Columbia University. StoricaMente.

2006

  • Borghesi, F. (2006). Cos'è un 'problema storico'? Riflessioni metodologiche su Ginzburg e dintorni. Discipline filosofiche, 16(1), 109-126.

2004

  • Borghesi, F. (2004). Concordia, pietas et docta religio. Le lettere di Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. Edizione e studio dell'incunabolo bolognese del 1496. Bologna: II Mulino.
  • Borghesi, F. (2004). Per la pubblicazione delle lettere di Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. Rinascimento: rivista dell'Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento.

2003

  • Borghesi, F. (2003). Pico e la concordia. A partire da un dibattito recente. Schede Umanistiche, 17 (2003)(2), 91-107.

2000

  • Borghesi, F. (2000). Tracce e congetture per un percorso nel genere epistolare: premessa a una recensio del carteggio pichiano. Schede Umanistiche, 14(2), 33-98.

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