Saturday, September 30

The Italian philosopher Nuccio Ordine, 2023 Princess of Asturias Award for Communication, dies

The Italian philosopher and professor Nuccio Ordine, one of the leading experts on the Renaissance and the work of the astronomer, theologian and thinker Giordano Bruno, who was distinguished in May with the 2023 Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, has died this Saturday at at the age of 64 in Cosenza, in the Calabria region (southern Italy), where he was a teacher.

“The school and the university have the market as their pole star, and this is crazy”


The news of his death was confirmed by the mayor of Consenza, Franz Caruso, who expressed his sadness at the disappearance of “one of the most cultured figures, in the broadest sense of the term, that Calabria and the whole country have been able to include in their history. recent”.

Princess of Asturias Award just a month ago

Last May, when announcing that the decision for the Princess of Asturias Award fell on Ordine, the jury praised “his defense of the humanities and his commitment to education and values ​​rooted in the most universal European thought”, to At the same time, he praised his efforts to “transmit, especially to the youngest, that the importance of knowledge is found in the learning process itself.”

“The usefulness of education must be understood in terms of passion for the search for knowledge and the best of each person, without being limited to economic interest,” the jury said. “His academic work on him, focused on relevant figures of the Renaissance, highlights the need to recover the richness of Humanism for the new generations.”

Outstanding professor and author of ‘The utility of the useless’

The philosopher was a professor of Italian Literature at the University of Calabria and a visiting professor at centers such as Yale, Paris IV-Sorbonne, the CESR in Tours, the IEA in Paris, the Warburg Institute or the Max Planck in Berlin.

Ordine was also a member of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as points out the editorial Acantiladowho has published several of his works in Spanish, such as The utility of the useless (2013) —one of his most outstanding—, classics for life (2017), Three crowns for a king (2022) or men are not islands (2022), which are part of the most distinguished in his repertoire.