Nuccio Ordine

Nuccio Ordine

Nuccio Ordine
Born 1958
Diamante, Italy
Occupation Writer, Professor, Philosopher
Genres Philosophy, Literature

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Nuccio Ordine (born 1958) is an Italian professor, philosopher and one of the world's top experts on Renaissance and the philosopher Giordano Bruno.


Biography and career

Ordine was born in the city of Diamante in southern Italy. He is currently professor of Italian literature at the University of Calabria in Cosenza, Italy. Fellow of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies and of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, he has taught at American (Yale, New York University) and European universities (EHESS, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, Paris-IV Sorbonne, Paris-III Sorbonne-Nouvelle, CESR of Tours, Institut Universitaire de France, Paris-VIII, Warburg Institute, Eichstätt University). He is one of the major contemporary experts on Giordano Bruno and the Renaissance. His books have been translated into many languages, among them Chinese, Japanese and Russian. He is general editor of a new edition of Bruno's work and, along with Yves Hersant and Alain Segonds, of three collections of classics at Les Belles Lettres. In Italy, he is general editor of the series “Sileni” at Liguori, “Classici del pensiero europeo” at Nino Aragno Editore and “Classici della letteratura europea” at Bompiani. He writes for "Corriere della Sera".



Non Fiction

  • The Threshold of Shadow (Orig. "La soglia dell'ombra") (2003), Published by Marsilio; (2004) Revised 2nd Edition; (2009) 3rd Edition; translations: French (Les Belles Lettres, 2003), Spanish (Siruela, 2008), Portuguese (Perspectiva, 2006), Romanian (Institutul Cultural Roman, 2005), Russian(Saint Petersburg University Press, 2008), Deutsch (Königshaus & Neumann 2009)
  • Giordano Bruno and the Philosophy of the Ass (Orig.La cabala dell'asino) (1987), Published by Liguori, Italy; (2005) Revised 2nd Edition; translations: French (Les Belles Lettres, 1993, 2005); English (Yale University Press, 1996); German (Wilhelm Fink, 1999); Chinese (Oriental Press, 2005); Romanian (Humanitas, 2004); Japanese (Toshindo, 2002); Portuguese (Educs, 2008)
  • Giordano Bruno, Ronsard and Religion (2007), Published by Cortina, Italy; (2009) Revised 2nd Edition; translations: French (Albin Michel, 2004)
  • Theory of Short Stories and Theory of Laughter in the 16th Century (Orig.Teoria della novella e teoria del riso nel '500 (1996), Published by Liguori, Italy; (2009) Revised 2nd Edition; translations: French (Vrin/Nino Aragno, 2002)
  • The Meeting of Knowledges (Orig. Le rendez-vous des savoirs) (1999), Published by Kliencksieck, France; (2009) Les Belles Lettres, Paris.


  • Rombiolo; 2007
  • Filosofia Siracusa; 2007
  • Anassilaos; 2006 for the Megale Hellas section
  • Orient Express; 2003
  • Cesare de Lollis; 2003
  • Le Città della Magna Grecia; 1987

See also


Pierre Hadot (Collège de France in Paris): "Nuccio Ordine is well known to the public for his excellent studies on Giordano Bruno. He is one of the major contemporary experts on the whole social, artistic, literary, and spiritual milieu of the Renaissance and the Early Modern period. In the present work, he offers us a remarkable model of method in the field of philosophical exegesis, for he succeeds in reconstructing, in a very precise manner, the intellectual and spiritual itinerary of Giordano Bruno during the period, 1582-1585".

Paul Oskar Kristeller: "The rich and complicated work will introduce the attentive reader to a vast number of primary and secondary sources on Western thought from antiquity to early modern times that would otherwise have escaped him".

George Steiner: "The reader will find in Nuccio Ordine a marvellously faithful and revealing guide to the ardent, magical world of Giordano Bruno".

Umberto Galimberti in «La Repubblica»: "A magisterial and engrossing introduction to Bruno".

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