Professor Ian Maclean

Emeritus Professor of Renaissance Studies, University of Oxford; Honorary Professor, University of St Andrews
MA, DPhil, FBA, FRHistS, Officier, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Member of the Academia Europaea
Emeritus Fellow since 2015

The general area of my research is the organization and transmission of knowledge in early modern Europe. This involves the history of philosophy (with special reference to Girolamo Cardano, Michel de Montaigne and René Descartes), the history of interpretation in the higher faculties (law, medicine, theology), and the economics and modalities of the book trade in learned books.  My present project is an extensive study of the last writings of Cardano which will include a partial edition of his final work, the De prudentia eximia et artificiosa.