John Monfasani

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, O'Leary

Ph.D., Columbia University
Paleography and Archivist Certificate,
Scuola Vaticana di Paleografia e Diplomatica, 1971
M.A., Columbia University
B.A., Fordham University

060G Social Science
Phone: (518) 442-5360
Fax: (518) 442-5301


Undergraduate Courses:

HIS 130: European Civilization
HIS 235: Early and Medieval Christianity
HIS 338: Renaissance Italy
HIS 339: Sixteenth-Century Europe
HIS 463: Byzantine History

Graduate Courses:

HIS 563: Byzantine History
HIS 611: Readings in Renaissance Intellectual History
HIS 611: Readings in Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History
HIS 611: Readings in the History of Christiantiy from Christ to the Seventeenth Century
HIS 620: Seminar in Renaissance Intellectual History
HIS 620: Seminar in European Intellectual History to the Nineteenth Century
HIS 620: Seminar on Central European Emigrés to America between the two World Wars

Current Research Interests:

My broad interest in European intellectual history, with a special interest in Renaissance intellectual and religious history. My graduate courses cover the Renaissance humanism, the Scientific Revolution of the Seventeenth Century, Early Modern Philosophy, and Reformation theology. Because I teach these subjects on the undergraduate level, I would also take a student interested in independent study in Byzantine history, the history of early and medieval Christianity, and Early Modern Political and Social history. As a scholar, I have published mainly on Greek and Latin humanists in fifteenth-century Italy.

Most Recent Publication:

George Amiroutzes the Philosopher and His Tractates (Leuven: Peeters, 2011)

“Cardinal Bessarion’s Greek and Latin Sources in the Plato-Aristotle Controversy of the 15th Century and Nicholas of Cusa’s Relation to the Controversy,” in Andreas Speer and Philipp Steinkrüger, eds., Knotenpunkt Byzanz : Wissensformen und kulturelle Wechselbeziehungen (Berlin-Boston: De Gruyter, 2012), pp. 485-511.

“The Greeks and Humanism,” in David Rundle, ed., Humanism in Fifteenth-Century Europe (Oxford: The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature, 2012), pp. 31-78.

“Erasmus and the Philosophers,” Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook, 32 (2012):47-68.

“George Gemistus Pletho and the West: Greek Émigrés, Latin Scholasticism, and Renaissance Humanism,” in Marina S. Brownlee and Dimitri Gondicas, eds., Renaissance Encounters: Greek East and Latin West (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2012), pp. 19-34.

“A Note on George Amiroutzes (c. 1400-c.1469) and His Moral Argument against the Transmigration of Souls,” Bulletin de philosophie médiévale, 54 (2012):125-35

Bessarion Scholasticus, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2009

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