On the function of the aphoristic style in Ricordi by Francesco Guicciardini
Keywords:aphorism, maxims, Guicciardini, skepticism, historicism, Renaissance, Italian literature
The present paper aims to analyze the function of the aforistical style in the Maxims and Reflections (Ricordi) of Guicciardini. The analysis focuses on the author's skepticism about the possibility of finding general rules in history and in human actions in general. It will be shown that this approach well harmonizes with the aphoristic style, producing what is considered today as the first modern book of moral and political aforisms.
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