Hannah Seeger Davis Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2014-2015
Anna Corrias holds a BA in History of Philosophy from the University of Cagliari (Italy), an MA with distinction in Cultural and Intellectual History (1300-1650) and a PhD in Combined Historical Studies from the Warburg Institute, University of London. Her doctoral thesis is a critical assessment of the interpretation of the most important ancient Neoplatonic philosopher, i.e. Plotinus (204/05-270 C.E.), by the most prominent of early modern Neoplatonic thinkers, Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499). She held different academic positions at the Univeristy of Cagliari and participates in different research projects on the Renaissance reception of the classical tradition at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, La Sapienza University of Rome and at the Univeristy of Porto. In 2011 she was awarded a Royal Institute of Philosophy Bursary for a proposal on Marsilio Ficino’s interpretation of Plotinus’ s notion of self-knowledge.
My research project is an original study of the Renaissance reception of post-Platonic ancient Platonists – such as Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus, Synesius and Proclus – and focuses on the rediscovery of post-Platonic texts through the mediation of humanist philosophers, above all, Marsilio Ficino. Starting from an analysis of Ficino’s commentary on the Enneads, published in 1492, my research will explore the way in which different traditions – Platonic, Plotinian and post-Plotinian – converged and were blended together in Renaissance Platonism. It will also shed light on the reception of Platonism in the period between Ficino and the beginning of modern scholarship on Plato with Jacob Brucker, Wilhelm Gottlieb Tenneman and, above all, Friedrich Schleiermacher.