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Paul Oskar Kristeller

1990 Haskins Lecturer


Frederick J. E. Woodbridge Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Columbia University

The lecture was delivered on April 26 during the 1990 ACLS Annual Meeting in New York, NY.

From the lecture program:
Paul Oskar Kristeller is Frederick J. E. Woodbridge Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University. He was born in Berlin, Germany. He holds degrees from the Universities of Heidelberg and Pisa, and did postdoctoral work at the Universities of Berlin and Freiburg. He joined the Philosophy Department of Columbia University in 1939, becoming Frederick J. E. Woodbridge Professor of Philosophy in 1968. He has been a member of several ACLS constituent societies including the American Philosophical Association, the Renaissance Society of America (of which he was President and Delegate to ACLS), and the Medieval Academy of America (of which he was also President). He also served for a number of years as a member of the Committee on Renaissance Studies of the AGLS. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Medieval Academy of America, and the American Philosophical Society. He is also a corresponding fellow of academic organizations throughout Europe. He holds honorary degrees from Columbia; the University of Padua; the University of Rome; Middlebury College; Catholic University of America; the University of Rochester; Duke University; Washington University; State University of New York at Binghamton; and the University of Arizona.

Professor Kristeller has held many distinguished fellowships and has received awards for his contributions to the humanities. Most recently, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the first Newberry Library Award for contribution to the humanities. In 1989 he also received an award for scholarly distinction from the American Historical Association. The author of numerous articles and books, Professor Kristeller has also delivered a variety of lectures in this country and abroad.

Among his most important works, several of which have been translated into many languages, are The Philosophy of Marsilio Ficino, Latin Manuscript Books before 1600, Renaissance Thought, Eight Philosophers of the Italian Renaissance, Studies in Renaissance Thought and Letters, Medieval Aspects of Renaissance Learning, Renaissance Thought and its Sources, Renaissance Thought and the Arts, and Marsilio Ficino and His Work after Five Hundred Years. Professor Kristeller views as his most important scholarly contribution his work on the first six volumes of Iter Italicum: A finding list of uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued humanistic manuscripts of the Renaissance in Italian and other libraries. Mr. Kristeller also played a leading role in organizing and editing the early volumes of Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum: Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin translations and commentaries, annotated lists and guides, a project sponsored both by the ACLS and the Union Academique Internationale. Professor Kristeller's contributions to humanistic learning are among the most distinguished of any living scholar.

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