CELFIS Seminars 2009-2010

CELFIS Seminars in Early Modern Philosophy

The Research Centre in Logic, History and Philosophy of Science is a relatively young and active research division involving faculty, graduate students and associated researchers working with a large number of research programmes. It is hosted by the Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest. This year, CELFIS is organising a special Seminar in History and Philosophy of Science, Thursdays, from 5 pm.

The CELFIS seminar in early modern philosophy will have this year three types of activities:

1. invited talks: Invited speakers will give formal or informal talks based mainly on work in progress. There will be ample time for discussions. Student participation is warmly encouraged.
2. reading groups: organised by Dana Jalobeanu and Mihnea Dobre. If you wish to attend, write to dana.jalobeanu@gmail.com, and/or mihneadobre@yahoo.com to get the reading materials. Each meeting will be organised as a presentation of the subject followed by discussions on the required reading.
3. courses: some of the invited speakers will give lectures as well, mostly for the MA students in history and philosophy of science. Participation of all students, however, is warmly encouraged.

Atoms, corpuscles and active principles: Theories of matter in the history of science

21 October17.00 (CELFIS)

Reading group

Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest): Teoria materiei la Francis Bacon

Texts : Cogitationes de natura rerum, Sylva Sylvarum (fragments)

5 November – 16.00-20.00 (CRM)

Lecture (in the MA Course : From natural philosophy to Newtonian Physics): Francis Bacon in the history & philosophy of science: the history of a character assassination

Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest), Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute, London)

Readings for the seminar: Preface to the Great Instauration, Novum Organum, part I (fragments), part II (fragments)

6 November – 18.00, MF

Guido Giglioni (Warburg Institute, University of London): How did Bacon become a Baconian?

13 November – 18.00, MF

Eric Schliesser (University of Ghent), Isaac Newton’s Challenge to philosophy

19 November – 17.00

Reading group

Doina Rusu (PhD Student, University of Bucharest): Bacon and alchemy

Texts: Sylva Sylvarum (fragments), Thema coeli

25 November – 17.00

Reading group

Mihnea Dobre (University of Bucharest): Natural history and the nature of bodies in Bacon’s Historia densi et rari

Texts: Bacon, Historia densi et rari, fragments

3 December – 18.00, MF

Silvia Manzo (Max Plank Institute, Berlin): Mythology and Holy Write in Bacon\’s natural philosophy

9 December – 17.00

Reading group

Grigore Vida (University of Bucharest): Isaac Newton on matter theory and the “vanishing bodies”

Texts : De gravitatione et equipondio fluidorum, and other fragments (TBA

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