"The excellent, and, I believe, quite original plan of starting a book on Renaissance philosophy with Petrarch and Valla enables Professor Kristeller to expound with admirable lucidity that interpretation of the meaning of the much abused term 'Renaissance humanism' of which he himself has laid the foundations by brilliant research. . . . the selection of the eight philosophers brings out admirably the complexity of the Renaissance with its many different strands. . . . A very useful and lucid book which is sure to be popular both with students and with the general reader."
,The New York Review of Books
"Thought admittedly restricted in character, this volume is a superb example of Professor Kristeller's great scholarship and learning. He clearly delineates each of his subjects, and at the same time conveys a sense of continuity, which unites such men as Petrarch and Bruno who are historically separated by some two hundred years. . . . Will be an attractive and useful addition to the library of the student as well as the scholar of the Renaissance."
"A lucid treatment of the writings of eight Italian philosophers from the fourteenth through the sixteenth century."
The American Historical Review
About the Author
Paul Oskar Kristeller is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, and the author of several books, including Renaissance Thought and The Philosophy of Marsilio Ficino.