Sunday, September 12, 2010

EMPHASIS (Early Modern Philosophy and History of Science Seminar) 2010-2011

Venue: Room 104 [1st Floor] Senate House, South Building, Malet Street, London WC1E.
Time: Saturday, 2-4pm. Refreshments provided.

16 October 2010 Renaissance Natural History
Fabian Kraemer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin): ‘Ulisse Aldrovandi’s Twofold Pandechion: Collecting Words and Images in Late Sixteenth-Century Natural History’.
Angela Fischel (Humboldt Universität, Berlin): ‘Connecting things, words and
images: Strategies of gaining and circulating knowledge in sixteenth-century natural philosophy’.

6 November 2010
Catherine Wilson (University of Aberdeen)
‘“Vain Philosophy”: A 17th century Theme’.

4 December 2010 Rethinking Representation in Early Modern Natural Philosophy
Alexander Wragge-Morley (HPS, University of Cambridge): ‘Force and Signification in Natural History, 1650-1720'.
Florence Grant (Kings College, London): ‘Style and experiment in eighteenth-century natural philosophy’.

8 January 2011
History and Natural Philosophy in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries:
Per Landgren (University of Gothenburg, Visiting scholar at Oxford): ‘Natural History and the Aristotelian Concept of History’.
Dmitri Levitin (University of Cambridge): ‘Pious corpuscularians and idolatrous Aristotle: Robert Boyle on the history of philosophy’

5 February 2011
Soul and Intellect in the Seventeenth Century:
Michael Edwards (Jesus College, Cambridge): ‘Time and the passions of the soul’
Daniel Andersson (Oxford): ‘Intellectual virtues in late seventeenth-century England’.

5 March 2011
Penelope Gouk (University of Manchester): ‘Music and the emergence of experimental science’.

16 April 2011 Occult Philosophy in the Renaissance
Didier Kahn (Sorbonne, Paris IV/CNRS) ‘Gerard Dorn and the pseudo-Paracelsian tract Monarchia Triadis in unitate (1577)’
Jean Pierre Brach (École pratique des Hautes Études, Paris): ‘Currents and aspects of Number Symbolism in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries’.

7 May 2011
Anna Maria Roos (Oxford) ‘Spiderman: Dr. Martin Lister (1639-1712) and early modern theories of insect vectors and disease’

4 June 2011
Hannah Dawson (University of Edinburgh)
Title tbc.

For the most up-to-date information on the seminar please consult the seminar website:

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Dr Stephen Clucas:


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