Gian Mario Cao

Gian Mario CAO

Gian Mario Cao is an intellectual historian whose interests lie at the intersection of the history of ideas and the history of the classical tradition. His publications focus on the recovery and dissemination of Greek doxography and philosophy in the early modern period and include: Scepticism and Orthodoxy. Gianfrancesco Pico as a reader of Sextus Empiricus (Serra editore 2007); ‘Diogenes Laertius’, in The Classical Tradition, edited by A. Grafton, G.W. Most, S. Settis (Harvard UP 2010), Italian Renaissance humanism, freethinking and its critics in eighteenth-century England, ‘Freethinking, New Testament criticism, and censorship: Anthony Collins, Richard Bentley, and the Index Librorum Prohibitorum’, in The Marriage of Philology and Scepticism. Uncertainty and conjecture in early modern scholarship and thought, edited by G. M. Cao, J. Kraye, A. Grafton (Warburg Institute, forthcoming), and the history of intellectuals in the twentieth century ‘Appunti storiografici in margine al carteggio Gilson-Nardi’, in Giornale Critico della Filosofia Italiana (2001). Since receiving his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa in 2001, he has held research fellowships both in Italy and abroad, mostly in the United States (Library of Congress, Washington; Princeton University) and in the UK (Warburg Institute, London; Trinity College, Cambridge). In 2002-03 he was a fellow at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence.

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