Talk by Enrico Piergiacomi: "Is pleasure the go(o)d? An outline of religious hedonism in the early modern period"
Enrico Piergiacomi earned the PhD in humanistic studies at the University of Trento in Italy, with a thesis on the atomistic theologies of Democritus and the Epicureans and their implications for ethics. He has a research position at Harvard’s Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, in Florence, Italy. He is especially drawn to the history of ancient philosophy and its relation to early modern philosophy, in particular when it deals with theology, ethics, and aesthetics. An interesting example is the revival of Epicurean ethics by philosophers such as Erasmus and Gassendi. Dr. Piergiacomi has written extensively in both Italian and English on a wide range of topics, including atomism ancient and modern, the history of medical ethics, and the thought of Plato and Aristotle about tragedy and comedy.