Nuccio Order, thinker, writer and essayist passed away this Saturday in Cosenza, Calabria.
Extraordinary intellectual and disseminator, he had a great influence on the Spanish publishing sector and a great influence among European readers.
No one is prepared for news like this, but in Ordine's case, even less.
And it is that the writer, who had to be admitted urgently to the Annuziata hospital in Cosenza, where he went a few days ago after suffering a stroke, was going to pick up the Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities 2023, which was assigned to you just a few weeks ago.
This assignment was an appointment I was looking forward to, as it would be a fabulous culmination of a career dedicated to a passion for knowledge.
Ordine was born on July 18, 1958 in the Calabrian town of Diamond, Italy. In 1982 she graduated in modern literature from the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Calabria, and in 1987 she received a doctorate in literary sciences: rhetoric and interpretation techniques.
He was a professor of Italian literature in the Department of Humanistic Studies at the university in his native region, and had been a professor at the universities Harvard, Yale, New York, at the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences and the Superior Normal School of Paris, as well as in ethe Warburg Institute de London, Max Planck Society de Berlin and the German University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.
Ordine was a philosopher, writer and expert on theory literature, areas in which he had acquired a solid prestige and had become one of the greatest connoisseurs of Renaissance thought and literature, specifically, of the figure of the Neapolitan humanist Giordano Bruno.
One of his outstanding books on this subject is La cabala dell'asino: Asinità e conoscenza in Giordano Bruno (1987). He was the author of essays on the cinquecento, and in the field of literary theory and aesthetics, published in individual and collective works and in numerous articles.
in his books L'utilità dell'inutile: Manifesto (2013) and Classici per la vita: An ideal little library (2016) reflects on the marginal situation of the humanities in today's world and claims them as necessary disciplines in the civic formation of the human being and in the creation of critical thinking, fundamental for the development and social welfare.
The news of the death of Nuccio Order 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 entire country have been able to include in their recent history".