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Nuccio Ordine
Born(1958-07-18)18 July 1958
Diamante, Calabria, Italy
Died10 June 2023(2023-06-10) (aged 64)
Cosenza, Italy
OccupationWriter, professor, literary critic

Nuccio Ordine (Italian pronunciation: [ˈnuttʃo ˈordine]; 18 July 1958 – 10 June 2023) was an Italian literary critic, professor of Italian literature at the University of Calabria. He was one of the world's top experts on Renaissance and the philosopher Giordano Bruno.

Life and career

Ordine was a fellow of the Harvard University Center for Studies of the Italian Renaissance and of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. He taught at the American universities of Yale and New York, and at the European universities EHESS, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, Paris-IV Sorbonne, Paris-III Sorbonne-Nouvelle, CESR of Tours, Institut Universitaire de France, Paris-VIII Vincennes, Institut des Études Avancées de Paris, Warburg Institute and Eichstätt University.

His books have been translated into many languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Basque.

In France he was a general editor of two series at Les Belles Lettres Publishing House: the complete works of Giordano Bruno and the “Bibliotheque Italienne”.

In Italy, he was the general editor of the “Sileni” series at Liguori Publishing House, the “Classics of European thinking” series at Nino Aragno Publishing House, and the “Classics of European literature” series at Bompiani Publishing House. Nuccio Ordine also wrote for the "Corriere della Sera" newspaper.

Ordine died from a stroke on 10 June 2023, at the age of 64.[1]


Knight of the French Legion of Honour, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, December 2012 [2]

Commander of the Ordine al Merito della Republica Italiana, 2010

Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques, 2009

Honorary Member of the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2010

Laurea Honoris Causa of the Federal University of Rio Grande de Sul, 2011

Doctor Honoris Causa of the Catholic University of Louvain, 2020


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Pierre Hadot (Collège de France in Paris): "Nuccio Ordine is well known to the public for his excellent studies on Giordano Bruno. He is one of the major contemporary experts on the whole social, artistic, literary, and spiritual milieu of the Renaissance and the Early Modern period. In the present work, he offers us a remarkable model of method in the field of philosophical exegesis, for he succeeds in reconstructing, in a very precise manner, the intellectual and spiritual itinerary of Giordano Bruno during the period, 1582-1585".

Paul Oskar Kristeller: "The rich and complicated work will introduce the attentive reader to a vast number of primary and secondary sources on Western thought from antiquity to early modern times that would otherwise have escaped him".

George Steiner: "The reader will find in Nuccio Ordine a marvellously faithful and revealing guide to the ardent, magical world of Giordano Bruno".

Umberto Galimberti in «La Repubblica»: "A magisterial and engrossing introduction to Bruno".