Publications

Forthcoming
Political Meritocracy in Renaissance Italy: The Virtuous Republic of Francesco Patrizi of Siena
Hankins J. Political Meritocracy in Renaissance Italy: The Virtuous Republic of Francesco Patrizi of Siena. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; Forthcoming pp. 448. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The first full-length study of Francesco Patrizi—the most important political philosopher of the Italian Renaissance before Machiavelli—who sought to reconcile conflicting claims of liberty and equality in the service of good governance.

At the heart of the Italian Renaissance was a longing to recapture the wisdom and virtue of Greece and Rome. But how could this be done? A new school of social reformers concluded that the best way to revitalize corrupt institutions was to promote an ambitious new form of political meritocracy aimed at nurturing virtuous citizens and political leaders.

The greatest thinker in this tradition of virtue politics was Francesco Patrizi of Siena, a humanist philosopher whose writings were once as famous as Machiavelli’s. Patrizi wrote two major works: On Founding Republics, addressing the enduring question of how to reconcile republican liberty with the principle of merit; and On Kingship and the Education of Kings, which lays out a detailed program of education designed to instill the qualities necessary for political leadership—above all, practical wisdom and sound character.

The first full-length study of Patrizi’s life and thought in any language, Political Meritocracy in Renaissance Italy argues that Patrizi is a thinker with profound lessons for our time. A pioneering advocate of universal literacy who believed urban planning could help shape civic values, he concluded that limiting the political power of the wealthy, protecting the poor from debt slavery, and reducing the political independence of the clergy were essential to a functioning society. These ideas were radical in his day. Far more than an exemplar of his time, Patrizi deserves to rank alongside the great political thinkers of the Renaissance: Machiavelli, Thomas More, and Jean Bodin.

2022
The Case for an American Revolution in Morals
Swaim B. The Case for an American Revolution in Morals. The Wall Street Journal. 2022;Aug. 19, 2022. Publisher's Version
"Securing Academic Liberty"
Hankins J. "Securing Academic Liberty". Law & Liberty. 2022;(April 5, 2022). Publisher's Version
"The Renaissance of the Classical School"
Hankins J. "The Renaissance of the Classical School". First Things (Renatae literae). 2022;(April 26, 2022). Publisher's Version
“The Conservative Virtue,” book review of Ference Hörcher, A Political Philosophy of Conservatism: Prudence, Moderation and Tradition (Bloomsbury, 2020)
“The Conservative Virtue,” book review of Ference Hörcher, A Political Philosophy of Conservatism: Prudence, Moderation and Tradition (Bloomsbury, 2020). Law & Liberty. 2022;(May 11, 2022). Publisher's Version
"The Right Standards for American Schools"
Hankins J. "The Right Standards for American Schools". Law & Liberty. 2022;(July 20, 2022). Publisher's Version
"Put Down the Woke Man’s Burden"
Hankins J. "Put Down the Woke Man’s Burden". First Things (Renatae literae). 2022. Publisher's Version
“Training for the Contemplative Life,” [Review of Daniel Gordon, What is Academic Freedom: A Century of Debate, 1915-present, London: Routledge, 2022]
Hankins J. “Training for the Contemplative Life,” [Review of Daniel Gordon, What is Academic Freedom: A Century of Debate, 1915-present, London: Routledge, 2022]. Law & Liberty. 2022;(Nov. 14, 2022). Publisher's Version
Catalogus Translationum et Commetariorum: Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Translations and Commentaries, vol. XII: Ovid, Metamorphoses
Greti Dinkova-Bruun E, Julia Haig Gaisser AE, James Hankins AE ed. Catalogus Translationum et Commetariorum: Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Translations and Commentaries, vol. XII: Ovid, Metamorphoses. Catalogus Translationum et Commetariorum: Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Translations and Commentaries. 2022;XII :559. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Founded in 1945 by P. O. Kristeller, the Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum has evolved over time to reflect developments in the field of reception studies; each article begins with an overview of a Greek or Latin author’s reception and contains detailed and accurate information about manuscripts and early printed editions along with copious quotations of paratextual material. Volume 12 contains a single article of monographic length on the Metamorphoses of Ovid, a testament to the vastness and complexity of the Nachleben of Ovid’s most popular work. Textual reactions to this work throughout the centuries vary from literal to allegorical and moralizing, from faithful translations to paraphrases, from serious and scholarly commentary to satirical and recontextualizing parody, thus showing this poem’s broad cultural appeal.
Intellectual Freedom in Medieval Universities
Hankins J. Intellectual Freedom in Medieval Universities. First Things. 2022;(4.2.2022). Publisher's Version
The Honor Deficit
Hankins J. The Honor Deficit. First Things. 2022;(3.4.22). Publisher's Version
“How to Avoid a Revolution; Francesco Patrizi of Siena on Stability in Republican Regimes.” In Studia Humanitatis: Essays in Honour of Marianne Pade
Hankins J. “How to Avoid a Revolution; Francesco Patrizi of Siena on Stability in Republican Regimes.” In Studia Humanitatis: Essays in Honour of Marianne Pade Merisalo O, Hass TA. Nordic Journal of Renaissance Studies. 2022;18 :161-172. Publisher's Version
La political della virtù: Formare la persona e formare lo Stato nel Rinascimento italiano, tr. Stefano Baldassarri and Donatella Downey
Hankins J. La political della virtù: Formare la persona e formare lo Stato nel Rinascimento italiano, tr. Stefano Baldassarri and Donatella Downey. La Storia: Viella. 2022;(Saggi 9) :p. 725.
2021
Edexit: We shouldn’t let the education crisis go to waste
Hankins J. Edexit: We shouldn’t let the education crisis go to waste. Law & Liberty. 2021;(1.11.2021). Publisher's Version
How the University of Austin can Change the History Profession
Hankins J. How the University of Austin can Change the History Profession. Law & Liberty. 2021;(8.12.2021). Publisher's Version
How to be on the Right Side of History
Hankins J. How to be on the Right Side of History. First Things. 2021;(17.11.2021). Publisher's Version
St. Basil’s Guide to Cultural Appropriation
Hankins J. St. Basil’s Guide to Cultural Appropriation. First Things. 2021;(12.12.2021). Publisher's Version
Raphael, interrupted
Hankins J. Raphael, interrupted. In: Kimball R The Critical Temper: Interventions from The New Criterion at 40. New York: Encounter Books ; 2021. pp. 380-384.
“The King’s Citizens: Francesco Patrizi of Siena on Citizenship in Monarchies.” In Habent sua fata libelli. Studies in Book History, the Classical Tradition, and Humanism in Honor of Craig Kallendorf.
Hankins J. “The King’s Citizens: Francesco Patrizi of Siena on Citizenship in Monarchies.” In Habent sua fata libelli. Studies in Book History, the Classical Tradition, and Humanism in Honor of Craig Kallendorf. Oberhelman SM, Abbamonte G, Baker P. Brill's Studies in Intellectual History. 2021;328 :282-298. Publisher's Version
Virtue vs. Virtue Signalling
Hankins J. Virtue vs. Virtue Signalling. First Things. 2021;(11 October 2021). Publisher's Version

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