CfP: Inventing the Good Life. How Italy Shaped Early Modern Moral Culture
Italy had an immense influence on the social and cultural life of early modern Europe. Our conference “Inventing the Good Life. How Italy Shaped Early Modern Moral Culture”(Wolfenbüttel, 18-20 October 2018) will look at the moral imprint of this influence, using a special lens: the Ethica section in Wolfenbüttel. It will discuss the section’s wealth of literature on ethics and its Italian influence along three lines of argument: How did early modern Italian literature contribute to a new ‘informal’ ethics, imparting moral lessons in a non-systematic way? How did its renewed emphasis on the cultivation of virtues change the moral dynamics of early modern Europe? Which role did ethics and morality play in the transmission and translation processes involved in its proliferation?
For the conference, we are experimenting with a new format, combining the general topic, the moral culture of early modern Europe and its… read more