Francesca Aceto (EHESS)

Scientifici duelli”. Reflections on the relationship between game, science and competition during the era of the Great Italian Wars (XV-XVIth centuries)

The role of military imagination in the history of Western thought has been an essential question, making it a focus of recent research. The case of Italy during the 15th and 16th centuries offers us particularly significant examples, and deserves special attention. This involves an interrogation of the source of this ‘sentiment du fer’ (Pascal Briost) which, if spread at the end of the Renaissance, allows us to retrace the coherency already in play in the Quattrocento concerning the role played by ‘the grammar of the game and the duel’ in scholarly controversies and, more generally, in the conception and transmission of knowledge during the 15th and 16th century.

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