Dr Guido Giglioni

Contact details

Name:
Dr Guido Giglioni
Position:
Cassamarca Lecturer in Neo-Latin Cultural and Intellectual History 1400-1700
Institute:
Warburg Institute
Location:
WOBURN SQUARE, LONDON WC1H 0AB
Phone:
020 7862 8926
Email address:
Guido.Giglioni@sas.ac.uk
Website:
http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/institute/staff_directory.htm

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Early Modern, Modern History , Social Sciences
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Guido Giglioni works on the notions of life and the imagination in the early modern period, and their relationships with both matter and knowledge. More specifically, his research concentrates on Renaissance philosophers and physicians (such as Marsilio Ficino, Bernardino Telesio, Girolamo Cardano and Tommaso Campanella) and later authors (such as Jan Baptista van Helmont, Henry More, Ralph Cudworth and Albrecht Haller). He graduated at the Johns Hopkins University in 2002 with a PhD dissertation on Francis Glisson, a seventeenth-century English anatomist, who also engaged in philosophical inquiries about the nature of life. In his 'De natura substantiae energetica' (1672), Glisson laid the metaphysical groundwork for the concept of irritability, described in terms of an original property of matter. The main source in Glisson’s medical and philosophical work was Francis Bacon. In the past few years, Giglioni has been carrying out a wide-ranging research aimed at tracing the Baconian roots of the early modern notion of matter and life. A comprehensive study of the early modern notion of imagination represents an integral part of Giglioni's research into the material foundations of knowledge and life, for the imagination played a key role in explaining the vital processes of embodiment and ensoulment, both below and beyond the level of the representative faculties (i.e., the senses and the intellect). The authors examined range from Marsilio Ficino to Francesco Patrizi, from Johann Weyer to Jan Baptiste van Helmont.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
23-May-2016 Medicine of the Mind in Early Modern Philosophy

Chapters

The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition, ed. by John Sellars, (London: Routledge, 2016), pp. 189-203.

20-May-2016 Francis Bacon on Motion and Power

Edited Book

 ed. by G. Giglioni, J.A.T. Lancaster, Sorana Corneanu and Dana Jalobeanu (Dordrecht: Springer, 2016).

20-May-2016 Lists of Motions: Francis Bacon on Material Disquietude

Chapters

Francis Bacon on Motion and Power, ed. by G. Giglioni, J.A.T. Lancaster, S. Corneanu and D. Jalobeanu (Dordrecht: Springer, 2016), 61-82.

20-May-2016 Francis Bacon and the Theologico-Political Reconfiguration of Desire in the Early Modern Period

Chapters

Francis Bacon on Motion and Power, ed. by G. Giglioni, J.A.T. Lancaster, Sorana Corneanu and Dana Jalobeanu (Dordrecht: Springer, 2016), pp. 1-39.

20-May-2016 'Cupido, sive Atomus; Dionysus, sive Cupiditas': Francis Bacon on Desire, in Francis Bacon on Motion and Power

Chapters

 Francis Bacon on Motion and Power, ed. by G. Giglioni, J.A.T. Lancaster, Sorana Corneanu and Dana Jalobeanu (Dordrecht: Springer, 2016), pp. 153-173.

17-Nov-2015 Scaliger versus Cardano versus Scaliger

Chapters

 Forms of Conflict and Rivalries in Renaissance Europe, ed. by David A. Lines, Marc Laureys and Jill Kraye (Bonn: Bonn University Press, 2015), pp. 109-130.

24-Mar-2015 ‘Philosophy’

Review

 , in The Oxford Handbook of Neo-Latin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 249-262.

19-Jan-2015 Automaton, or the Human Dream on Life and Freedom

Chapters

 Autómato vivo? A vida, um artefacto natural, ed. by Manuel Valente Alves and Adelino Cardoso (Lisbon: Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, 2015), pp. 51-57.

21-Apr-2014 ‘Who Is Afraid of Frances Yates? Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition (1964) Fifty Years Later

Articles

 Bruniana et Campanelliana, 20 (2014), pp. 421-432.

21-Apr-2014 The 'Horror' of Bruno’s Magic: Frances Yates Gives a Lecture at the Warburg Institute (1952)

Articles

 Bruniana et Campanelliana, 20 (2014), pp. 477-478 [introduction to the edition of Frances Yates’s paper on ‘Giordano Bruno’, ibid., pp. 480-497].

03-Apr-2014 From the Woods of Experience to the Open Fields of Metaphysics: Bacon’s Notion of 'Silva'

Articles

Renaissance Studies, pp. 242-261.

01-Mar-2014 Theurgy and Philosophy in Marsilio Ficino’s Paraphrase of Iamblichus’s De Mysteriis Aegyptiorum

Articles

Rinascimento, 52 (2014 [2012]), pp. 3-36.

07-Feb-2014 ‘Medicine’ and ‘Spinoza’

Articles

Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World, ed. by Philip Ford, Jan Bloemendal and Charles Fantazzi (Leiden: Brill, 2014), pp. 679-690; 1180-1182.

01-Jan-2014 Humans, Elephants, Diamonds and Gold: Patterns of Intentional Design in Girolamo Cardano’s Natural Philosophy

Articles

 ‘Humans, Elephants, Diamonds and Gold: Patterns of Intentional Design in Girolamo Cardano’s Natural Philosophy’, Gesnerus, 71 , 2014, pp. 237-247;

01-Jan-2014 The Place of the Imagination in Bacon’s and Descartes’ Philosophical Systems

Edited Book

 ‘The Place of the Imagination in Bacon’s and Descartes’ Philoso¬phical Systems’, in Bacon et Descartes: Genèses de la modernité philosophique, ed. Élodie Cassan, Lyon, ENS-Editions, 2014, pp. 101-113;

01-Jan-2014 ‘Death in Rome: Lancisi, Pope Clement XI, and the Medicalisation of Life

Edited Book

  ‘Death in Rome: Lancisi, Pope Clement XI, and the Medicalisation of Life’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science [Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences], 46, 2014, pp. 97-99;

10-Dec-2013 Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and the Place of Irritability in the History of Life and Death

Chapters

Vitalism and the Scientific Image in Post-Enlightenment Life Science, 1800-2010, ed. by Sebastian Normandin and Charles T. Wolfe (Dordrecht: Springer, 2013), pp. 19-49.

01-Dec-2013 Learning to Read Nature: Francis Bacon's Notion of Experimental Literacy (Experientia Literata)

Articles

Early Science and Medicine 18 (2013), pp. 405-434.

01-Nov-2013 Girolamo Cardano: University Student and Professor

Articles

Renaissance Studies, 27 (2013), pp. 517-532.

31-Oct-2013 Bernardino Telesio, De rerum natura (1586)

Edited Book

30-Sep-2013 Francis Bacon

Chapters

The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century. ed. by Peter R. Anstey, Oxford, Oxford University Press

23-Apr-2013 Girolamo (Geronimo) Cardano

Articles

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

01-Mar-2013 Heavenly Negotiations in Ficino’s De Vita Coelitus Comparanda and Their Place in Campanella’s Metaphysica

Articles

Bruniana et Campanelliana, 19 (2013), pp. 33-46.

01-Mar-2013 Renaissance Views of Sense Perception

Chapters

in Renaissance Keywords, ed. by Ita Mac Carthy, London: Legenda, 2013, pp. 13-28.

03-Feb-2013 Phantastica Mutatio: Johann Weyer's Critique of the Imagination as a Principle of Natural Metamorphosis

Chapters

in Transformative Change in Western Thought: A History of Metamorphosis from Homer to Hollywood, ed. by Ingo Gildenhard and Andrew Zissos, pp. 307-330.

02-Jan-2013 How Bacon Became Baconian

Chapters

in The Mechanization of Natural Philosophy, ed. by Daniel Garber and Sophie Roux, Dordrecht, Springer, 2013, pp. 27-54.

01-Jan-2013 Phantasms of Reason and Shadows of Matter: Averroes’s Notion of the Imagination and Its Renaissance Interpreters

in Renaissance Averroism and Its Aftermath: Arabic Philosophy in Early Modern Europe, ed. by Anna Akasoy and Guido Giglioni, Dordrecht, Springer, 2013, pp. 173-193.

01-Jan-2013 Renaissance Averroism and Its Aftermath: Arabic Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Edited Book

ed. with Anna Akasoy, Dordrecht, Springer, 2013.

01-Jan-2013 Life and Its Animal Boundaries: Ethical Implications in Early Modern Theories of Universal Animation

Chapters

Ethical Perspectives on Animals in the Renaissance and Early Modern Period, ed. by Cecilia Muratori and Burkhard Dohm, Florence, SISMEL - Edizioni del Galluzzo, pp. 110-137.

01-Jan-2013 The Uncomfortable 'Biformitas' of Being: Bacon on the Animal Soul

Chapters

The Animal Soul and the Human Mind: Renaissance Debates, ed. by Cecilia Muratori, Rome and Pisa, Serra, pp, 191-207.

02-Oct-2012 I vincoli della natura: Magia e stregoneria nel Rinascimento

Edited Book

 ed. with Germana Ernst, Rome, Carocci, 2012.

 

02-Oct-2012 Il linguaggio dei cieli: Astri e simboli nel Rinascimento

Edited Book

ed. with Germana Ernst, Rome, Carocci, 2012.

01-Oct-2012 La magia rinascimentale e le tensioni della prima modernità

Chapters

in I vincoli della natura: Magia e stregoneria nel Rinascimento, ed. by Germana Ernst and G. Giglioni, Rome, Carocci, 2012, pp. 29-45.

01-Oct-2012 La magia e i poteri dell’immaginazione

Articles

I vincoli della natura: Magia e stregoneria nel Rinascimento, ed. by Germana Ernst and G. Giglioni, Rome, Carocci, 2012, pp. 63-78.

01-Jan-2012 Francis Bacon and the Medicine of the Mind: Late Renaissance Contexts (witth Sorana Corneanu and Dana Jalobeanu

Edited Book

special issue of Perspectives on Science, 20 (2012), pp. 246-272

01-Jan-2012 The Place of Natural History in Francis Bacon’s Philosophy (ed. with Sorana Corneanu and Dana Jalobeanu)

Edited Book

special issue of Early Science and Medicine, 17 (2012), pp. 1-271

01-Jan-2012 Philosophy According to Tacitus: Francis Bacon and the Inquiry into the Limits of Human Self-Delusion

Articles

Perspectives on Science, 20 (2012), pp.159-182.

01-Jan-2012 'Historia' and 'Materia': The Philosophical Implications of Francis Bacon’s Natural History

Articles

Early Science and Medicine, 17 (2012), pp. 62-86.

01-Jan-2012 The Metaphysical Implications of Campanella’s Notion of Fiction

Articles

Bruniana et Campanelliana, 18 (2012), pp. 31-41.

01-Jan-2012 Justus Lipsius and the Notion of Oikeiosis: A Note on the Early Modern Notion of Self-Preservation

Chapters

in 'Justus Lipsius and Natural Philosophy', ed. by Hiro Hirai and Jan Papy, Brussels, Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van Belgie voor Wetenshappen en Kunsten, 2011, pp. 33-52.

01-Jan-2012 ‘The Many Rhetorical Personae of an Early Modern Physician: Girolamo Cardano on Truth and Persuasion’,

Chapters

Rhetoric and Medicine in Early Modern Europe, ed. Stephen Pender and Nancy Struever, Farnham (Surrey) and Burlington, VT, 2012

01-Jan-2011 Coping with Inner and Outer Demons: Marsilio Ficino’s Theory of the Imagination

Chapters

in Diseases of the Imagination and Imaginary Disease in the Early Modern Period, ed. by Yasmin Haskell, Turnhout, Brepols, 2011, pp. 19-51.

01-Jan-2011 Francesco Bacone

Monographs

Rome, Carocci, 2011

01-Jan-2011 Spirito e coscienza nella medicina di Bernardino Telesio

Chapters

‘Spirito e coscienza nella medicina di Bernardino Telesio’, in ‘Virtù ascosta e negletta’: La Calabria nella modernità, ed. by Germana Ernst and Rosa M. Calcaterra, Milan, Angeli, 2011, pp. 154-168

01-Jan-2011 Reality and Metaphors in the Language of Renaissance Medicine: The Case of Rodrigo de Castro’

Chapters

in Percursos na História do Livro Medico, ed. by Palmira Fontes da Costa and Adelino Cardoso, Lisbon, Edições Colibri, 2011, pp. 45-58.

01-Jan-2010 The Anatomical Foundations of Tommaso Campanella’s Theory of Magic

Articles

Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia, 66 (2010), pp. 9-24

01-Jan-2010 The Matter of the Imagination: The Renaissance Debate over Icastic and Fantastic Imitation

Articles

The Matter of the Imagination: The Renaissance Debate over Icastic and Fantastic Imitation’, Camenae, 8 (2010), pp. 1-21 (http://www.paris-sorbonne.fr/la-recherche/les-unites-de-recherche/mondes-anciens-et-medievaux-ed1/rome-et-ses-renaissances-art-3625/revue-en-ligne-camenae/article/camenae-no-8-decembre-2010)

01-Jan-2010 Fazio and His Demons: Girolamo Cardano on the Art of Storytelling and the Science of Witnessing

Articles

Bruniana et Campanelliana, 16 (2010), pp. 463-472

01-Jan-2010 Synesian Dreams: Girolamo Cardano on Dreams as Means of Prophetic Communication

Articles

Bruniana et Campanelliana 16 (2010), pp. 575-584

01-Jan-2010 Fantasy Islands: Utopia, The Tempest, and New Atlantis as Places of Controlled Credulousness’, in World-Building and the Early Modern Imagination, ed. by A. B. Kavey, New York, Palgrave, 2010, pp. 91-117

Chapters

World-Building and the Early Modern Imagination, ed. by A. B. Kavey, New York, Palgrave, 2010, pp. 91-117

01-Jan-2010 Mastering the Appetites of Matter: Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum’, in The Body as Object and Instrument of Knowledge: Embodied Empiricism in Early Modern Science, ed. by C. T. Wolfe and O. Gal, Dordrecht, Springer, 2010, pp. 149-167

Research aids

The Body as Object and Instrument of Knowledge: Embodied Empiricism in Early Modern Science, ed. by C. T. Wolfe and O. Gal, Dordrecht, Springer, 2010, pp. 149-167

01-Jan-2010 The First of the Moderns or the Last of the Ancients? Bernardino Telesio on Nature and Sentience

Articles

Bruniana et Campanelliana, 16 (2010), pp. 69-87

2010 As forcas da vida

Lisboa: Edicoes Colibri

01-Jan-2009 Reading Nature without Making a Book of It: Francis Bacon’s Novum organum

Chapters

Reading Nature without Making a Book of It: Francis Bacon’s Novum organum, in Mélivres / Misbooks. Études sur l’envers et les travers du livre, ed. by Pascale Hummel, Paris, Philologicum, 2009, pp. 55-70

01-Jan-2009 Il cielo sopra L’Aquila. Pietro Pomponazzi su immaginazione e devozione popolare

Chapters

Il cielo sopra L’Aquila. Pietro Pomponazzi su immaginazione e devozione popolare’, Atti del Congresso Internazionale di Studi su Pietro Pomponazzi, by Marco Sgarbi, Florence, Olschki, 2009, pp. 271-183

01-Jan-2009 Senso, linguaggio e divinazione nella filosofia di Tommaso Campanella. Nuove edizioni di testi campanelliani

Articles

Rivista di Storia della Filosofia (2009), pp. 309-320

01-Jan-2008 What Ever Happened to Francis Glisson? Albrecht Haller and the Fate of Eighteenth-Century Irritability

Articles

Science in Context, 21 (2008), pp.1-29

01-Jan-2008 The Cosmoplastic System of the Universe: Ralph Cudworth’s Analysis of Stoic Naturalism

Articles

Revue d’Histoire des Sciences, 61 (2008), pp. 313-331

01-Jan-2008 Mucche pazze, desiderio sessuale e ispirazione poetica. L’anatomia dell’estro di Antonio Vallisneri

Antonio Vallisneri. La figura, il contesto, le immagini storiografiche, ed. by D. Generali, Florence, Olschki, 2008, pp. 285-316

01-Jan-2004 Ateismo e machiavellismo in età moderna : il ritrovato Ateismo Trionfato di Tommaso Campanella

Offprint from: Rinascimento. 2/44

1996 " Anatomist atheist? : the 'hylozoistic' foundations of Francis Glisson's anatomical research"

Offprint from: Religio medici: medicine and religion in seventeenth-century England. Edited by Ole Peter Grell and Andrew Cunningham

Medicine of the Mind in Early Modern Philosophy

Chapters

The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition, ed. by John Sellars (London: Routledge, 2016), pp. 189-203

Publications available on SAS-space:

Date Details
The First of the Moderns or the Last of the Ancients? Bernardino Telesio on Nature and Sentience

PeerReviewed

Bernardino Telesio’s philosophy of nature marked a momentous change in the philosophical panorama of late Renaissance. By redefining the notion of sentience (sensus) as the ability, inherent in the two principle forces of the universe (heat and cold), to react and adapt to a reality in constant change, Telesio championed a view of nature and man that radically departed from the principles of Aristotle’s natural philosophy. In developing his new notion of sentience, Telesio insisted on the aspects of receptivity and awareness. Through the first, he stressed the primary role of pneumatic matter (spiritus), understood as a thin, supple and swift vehicle capable of accounting for all material changes in the universe ; through the second, he raised the property of self-perception to the level of a universal natural property. This allowed him to replace the key Aristotelian concept of unintentional teleology with the idea of a self-organising power inherent in nature and to endow the material spirit with the ability to feel and react to all phenomena occurring in the universe (spiritus omniscius omnino). By relying on subtly discerning tendencies of pursuit and avoidance, Telesio’s spirit was thus capable of preserving life at all levels, both higher and lower, physical and ethical.

Synesian Dreams. Giacomo Cardano on dreams as means of prophetic communication

PeerReviewed

Girolamo Cardano conceived and outlined his four books on dreams ac-cording to Synesius’ philosophy between 1535 and 1537. Originally divided into ten books, the volume underwent subsequent modifications until it was pub-lished in 1562. We know from Cardano’s own testimony how the key episodes in his life were always heralded or accompanied by dreams. From this point of view, the 1562 summa on dreams reflects one of the most critical of such moments. As Jean-Yves Boriaud explains in the introduction to his new Latin edition and French translation of Somniorum Synesiorum libri quatuor, in the year prior to the composition of this work, Cardano was undergoing intense dream activity as a result of the tragic execution in 1560 of his son Giovanni Battista, who had been charged with poisoning his wife. From that moment on, the death of his son would represent a watershed moment in both his life and literary career. For this reason, too, Somniorum Synesiorum libri quatuor deserves to be considered as one of Cardano’s most important writings and Boriaud’s edition should be saluted as a notable accomplishment.

Introduction: Tommaso Campanella and the arts of writing

PeerReviewed

An introduction to vol. XVIII, no. 1 of Bruniana & Campanelliana.

Fazio and His Demons: Girolamo Cardano on the art of storytelling and the science of witnessing

PeerReviewed

Fazio Cardano, Girolamo Cardano’s father, plays a key role in Girolamo’s philosophi-cal investigations. This article focuses on Girolamo’s use of Fazio as an authoritative figure in matters of demonic apparitions and explores the boundaries – not always clearly defined – between storytelling and reliable witnessing in Cardano’s accounts of family memories, reported speeches and preternatural phenomena.

The Eternal Return of the Same Intellects. A new edition of Girolamo Cardano's De Immortalitate Animorum

PeerReviewed

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Details
The Medicine of the Mind and Natural Philosophy in Early Modern England: A New Way of Interpreting Francis Bacon

European Research Council Starting Grant under the European Community’s 7th Framework Programme. This five-year research project, which began in December 2009, is being carried out in conjunction with the New Europe College (Colegiul Noua Europ?) in Bucharest. So far, a colloquium at the Warburg Institute and two workshops in Bucharest have been organized and the proceedings are being published in Early Science and Medicine, Perspectives on Science and a volume printed by Springer.

Current PhD topics supervised:

Dates Details
From:
Until:
The Notion of Imagination in Ficino’s Commentary on Plotinus

Anna Corrias

From:
Until:
Exchange of Knowledge through Translation: Jan Baptista van Helmont and his Editors and Translators in the Seventeenth Century

Sietske Fransen

From:
Until:
The Idea of prudentia and the Culture of Dis/simulation in Early Modern Europe

Michael Gordian

From:
Until:
Cultura animi and the Medicalisation/Pathologisation of ‘Religion’ and ‘the Religions’ in Early Modern England

James Lancaster (as part of the ERC project on the Medicine of the Mind and Natural Philosophy in Early Modern England: A New Way of Interpreting Francis Bacon).

Professional Affiliations

Collaborations:

Name Type Activity Start date End date
Oxford Francis Bacon project One the editors of the volume on Sylva Sylvarum.
Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Antonio Vallisneri Together with Andrea Asioli, he is editing Vallisneri’s Esperienze ed osservazioni intorno all’origine, sviluppi e costumi di vari insetti (1713)
A natureza no pensamento médico-filosófico na transição do século XVII ao XVIII (PTDC/FIL-FCI/116843/2010), Universidade Nova of Lisbon.
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