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The Ash Wednesday Supper: A New Translation

Giordano Bruno

Edited and Translated by Hilary Gatti

Giordano Bruno’s The Ash Wednesday Supper is the first of six philosophical dialogues in Italian that he wrote and published in London between 1584 and 1585. It presents a revolutionary cosmology founded on the…

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Geometry of the Passions: Fear, Hope, Happiness: Philosophy and Political Use

Remo Bodei

Translated by Gianpiero W. Doeble

The passions have long been condemned as a creator of disturbance and purveyor of the temporary loss of reason, but, as Remo Bodei argues in Geometry of the Passions, we must abandon the perception that…

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The Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library is an organic collection of Italian texts translated into English. Its role is to make available a series of one hundred works by Italian authors who have made significant literary, philosophical, juridical, and historical contributions to the world of international culture.

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