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was an Italian philosopher and Renaissance historian. He was recognised as an authority on the cultural history of the Renaissance
The Renaissance was a cultural movement that spanned roughly the 14th to the 17th century, beginning in Italy in the Late Middle Ages and later spreading to the rest of Europe. The term is also used more loosely to refer to the historical era, but since the changes of the Renaissance were not...
. Born at Rieti
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, Garin studied philosophy at the University of Florence
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, graduating in 1929, and after a period as professor of philosophy at the licei scientifici di Palermo
and the University of Cagliari
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, Garin began teaching at his alma mater
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in 1949 until 1974, then moving to the Scuola Normale di Pisa until his retirement in 1984. He also was the editor of the journals Rinascimento
and Il Giornale Critico della Filosofia Italiana
- Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1937)
- Il Rinascimento italiano (1941)
- Storia della filosofia italiana (1947, 1966, 1978); English translation: History of Italian Philosophy. (Amsterdam/New York, 2008)
- L'Umanesimo italiano (1952); English translation: Italian humanism; philosophy and civic life in the Renaissance (New York, 1965)
- Medioevo e rinascimento (1954)
- Cronache di filosofia italiana (1900-1943) (1955)
- L'educazione in Europa 1400-1600 (1957)
- La filosofia come sapere storico (1959)
- La cultura italiana tra Ottocento e Novecento (1962)
- Scienza e vita civile nel Rinascimento italiano (1965); English translation: Science and civic life in the Italian renaissance (New York, 1969)
- Ritratti di umanisti (Firenze: Sansoni 1967)
- Dal Rinascimento all'Illuminismo, (1970)
- Intellettuali italiani del XX secolo, (1974)
- Rinascite e rivoluzioni (1975)
- Lo zodiaco della vita, (1976); English translation: Astrology in the Renaissance: the zodiac of life (London, 1983)
- Filosofia e scienze nel Novecento, (1978)
- Tra due secoli (1983)
- Ermetismo del Rinascimento (1988)
- Umanisti artisti scienziati. Studi sul Rinascimento italiano (1989)
- Gli editori italiani tra Ottocento e Novecento (1991)