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A few words from
Hans-Georg Gadamer

It is with great interest and joy that I see that the initiatives being undertaken in the name of Giordano Bruno as promised by the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici of Naples have born fruit. A few years ago Les Belles Lettres began publishing the excellent critical, bilingual edition of the complete works of the Nolan under the direction of Yves Hersant and Nuccio Ordine. Today the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici has founded the Centro Internazionale di Studi Bruniani with the aim of gathering all the early editions of the great philosopher's work and all the secondary literature on him. As the new millenium approaches, Naples will finally have a place where scholars can find all they need for their research on Bruno's works. The presence of this precious material at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici will also serve to stimulate the interest of new generations in scholarly research.
   We should also note that both these initiatives - the editions of Bruno's works, and the Centro Internazionale di Studi Bruniani - demonstrate a strong European connotation, attested to by the active presence of philologists and scholars of Bruno who have already contributed excellent work in France, Germany, Spain, England, and Italy.
   We are undoubtely witnessing extraordinarily important cultural events for the history of modern philosophy, but also for Southern Italy, Bruno's birthplace.
   I would also like to emphasize that the circulation of a philosopher's work and the availability of critical material regarding him considerably favors the multiplication of research and good findings. This is what happened for Nicolas of Cusa, the great thinker who inspired Bruno, thanks to the critical edition promoted by the University of Heidelberg, which has rendered his work much better known today than it was in the nineteenth century. Similarly, there has been, as of late, an awakened interest in the Nolan's thought. We can be certain that Bruno's works and that of his contemporaries will be placed, thanks to these important initiatives, ever more within the circle of scholarly research interests in Europe.

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