Francesco Borghesi

Brown University

Critical Edition of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola's Letters and the Idea of Concordia during the Late Middle Ages


Francesco Borghesi received his degree in Philosophy at the University of Bologna (2000) and his Ph.D. in Italian Studies from Brown University (2004). He visited several foreign academic institutions such as the Seminar für Geistesgeschichte und Philosophies der Renaissance at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (Germany) and the Warburg Institute in London (UK), where he has been a Frances A. Yates Short-Term Research Fellow. His research interests include late medieval and early modern literature, philosophy and theology.
Currently he is preparing a critical edition of Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola's letters and, recently, has begun work on a project addressing the diffusion of the idea of Concordia during the late Middle Ages and aiming at exploring interactions among the literary, philosophical, historical and theological culture of his times.
As his main research project entails the edition of a humanist text, he has developed a strong interest in textual criticism, history of scholarship and philology. Furthermore he is actively collaborating to two on-line projects regarding, respectively, Giovanni Pico's Oration and his 900 Theses, based on a collaboration between the University of Bologna and Brown University. Having entered the somewhat uncharted territory of digital editions, he is also interested in the new philological models to experiment with and in issues that have to do with the function and goals of print versus electronic editions of the same texts.