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Eadington Fellow Colloquium


“Mind and Morality: Gaming in a Jewish-Renaissance Garb”

Friday, January 26, 2018

11:00 AM- 12:00 PM


A lecture by Paolo Bernadini. Gaming can be an intellectual challenge, but its morality can be questioned. A young Venetian Jew, Leone Modena, poses this question in a passionate way. During the late Renaissance, in Italy, and all over Europe, the conflict between the intellectual and the moral dimensions of life, and not only of gambling, is a key problem in ethics and in theoretical philosophy. In Leone's work, this conflict finds a wonderful interpretation. The evil and sin of gaming can be seen in a fascinating perspective: the entire life, after all, is a matter of winning, or losing. Life is a matter of reason, and risk.

Paolo L. Bernardini (Genoa, 1963), is Professor of Early Modern European History at the School of Law of Insubria University, in Como, Italy. He is also a Fellow (until 2019) of the "Centro Segre" at the Accademia dei Lincei, Rome. He has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and an inaugural fellow of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame. He works in Global History, Christian-Jewish Relations, and the History of Political Thought. He received his Ph.D. in History from the European University Institute (Florence) in 1994. Among his latest publications, the collection of essay "Episodes in Early Modern and Modern Christian-Relations: Diasporas, Dogmas, Difference (2016), and, in Italian, "La libertà, per esempio. Questioni mediterranee e idee liberali" [Freedom, for Instance. Mediterranean Issues and Liberal Ideas] (2017), which has been suggested by Professor Felipe Fernandez-Armesto as "summer read" in the THES (issue of 9 July 2017).


If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact Lonnie Marshall in University Libraries Administration in advance at 702-895-4517 or lonnie.marshall@unlv.edu.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm
Lied Library - Goldfield Room