The Renaissance Program

About Our Approach

Based on the humanistic ideas of classical philosophy and the Italian Renaissance, our work is based on modern scholarship but differs in one significant way:

While modern academics focus on what we can learn about thinkers from the past, our approach is based on what we can learn from the thinkers of the past.

This, in fact, was the approach of the Renaissance humanists: to learn from the past to enhance the present, and to create a better world.



David Fideler

About the Founder

The Renaissance Program is a creation of Dr. David Fideler, author of a forthcoming book on the history of Renaissance ideas and how they can enhance today’s world.

His last book, on the Roman philosopher Seneca, was reviewed by the New York Times, selected as one of the best nonfiction books of the year by the editors at Amazon, and is being published in sixteen languages.

Dr. Fideler holds a PhD in philosophy, has worked as a college professor, as the director of an educational center in the United States, and in book publishing.

Over the course of his entire career, David has worked to build bridges between the world of learning and contemporary life. He is also an advisor to the Plato’s Academy Centre in Athens.

Advisors to the Renaissance Program

Stefano Baldassari

Dr. Stefano Baldassarri is the director of the International Studies Institute in Florence, a widely respected scholar in Renaissance studies, and the author and translator of many works pertaining to the Renaissance.

His many published works include the much-loved Images of Quattrocento Florence: Selected Writings in Literature, History, and Art (Yale University Press) and his translation of Manetti’s Biographies (Harvard University Press), which includes Renaissance biographies of Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Socrates, and Seneca.

John Sellars

Dr. John Sellars is the author of many books on ancient philosophy, its history, ideas, and major figures. He teaches at Royal Holloway, University of London, and at other universities in the United Kingdom.

In addition to ancient philosophy, Dr. Sellars has a deep interest in Renaissance philosophy, and he is currently completing a book on Renaissance humanism.

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