A closer look at the father of risk management
As one of the most prominent natural philosophers to face imprisonment and trial during the modern Roman Inquisition, Girolamo Cardano (1501-1576) left behind a detailed account of human misfortune. Widely read in the latter part of the 16th century, Cardano’s ideas spanned numerous disciplines – from mathematics, medicine and astrology to natural and moral philosophy. Despite the diversity of subjects, Cardano’s projects and interests all led to a single principle: people live in a network of danger, from bodily illness and accident to chance events. The EU-funded THREAT project will establish an anatomy of threat in Cardano’s work, analyse his views of natural philosophy as a response to threat, and examine how his censorship by the Roman Inquisition represented a criticism of secular expert approaches to threat.