Programme Bran 2015


Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Bran, 12–17 July 2015
Philosophical Conversations:
Intellectual Interactions in the 17th Century
Sunday, 12 July
9.30 Departure to Bran from Hotel Flowers, Plantelor str. 2, Bucharest  (lunch on the way)
17.00 Arrival in Bran (Vila Andra)
19.00 Dinner
Monday, 13 July
9.30-10.20 Elena Rapetti (Catholic University Milan): Discussing natural philosophy: André Graindorge and Pierre-Daniel Huet’s epistolary conversation
10.20-10.40 Coffee break
10.40-12.55 Reading group (I): Teaching or tricking Simplicio? Dialectic reasoning, persuasive experimentation, and dialogical pedagogy in Galileo’s Dialogo (Day 1)
Convenors: Dana Jalobeanu, Daniel Garber
Texts: Galileo, Dialogue concerning the two world systems (translated by S. Drake), Day 1, pp. 19-29, 31-32, 45-51, 56-90, 95-105.
13.00-15.00 Lunch break
16.00-16.35 Doina-Cristina Rusu  (Bucharest): Pneumatic matter and its motions in Francis Bacon’s natural histories
16.35-16.50 Coffee break
16.50-17.25 Domenica Romagni (Princeton), Musical Consonance and Philosophy of Perception: Kepler, Descartes, and the Scholastics
17.25-18.00 Anna Ortín Nadal  (Edinburgh): Natural Signs in Descartes’ Causal Theory of Sensory Perception
19.30 Dinner
Tuesday, 14 July
9.30-10.20 Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest): \”A science of the orb themselves:\” vitalism, magnetical philosophy and the constitution of space.
10.20-10.35 Coffee break
10.40-12.55 Reading group (II): Descartes, La Recherche de la vérité
Convenors: Daniel Garber, Vlad Alexandrescu
Texts: Descartes, La Recherche de la vérité
13.00-15.00 Lunch break
16.00-16.35: Rodolfo Garau, (MPIWG Berlin), Springs, Nitre, and Conatus. The Role of the Heart in Hobbes’s Physiology and Animal Locomotion
16.35-16.50 Coffee break
16.50-17.25 Erin Islo (Princeton), Hobbesian Democracy and How Spinoza Can Save It
17.25-18.00 Vasiliki Grigoropoulou (Athens): Questions on the conscious Mind in Spinoza
19.00 Dinner
Wednesday, 15 July
9.15-9.50 Oana Matei (Vasile Goldiș University, Arad), Baconian reception in the Hartlib Circle: John Evelyn’s projects of natural history
9.50-10.25 Daniel Schwartz (UC San Diego)Conversations at Salomon’s House. A Baconian Reading of The Philosophical Transactions, 1665-1667
10.25-10.40 Coffee break
10.40-12.55 Reading group (III): Genesis and the new science. The case of Cartesian philosophy
Convenors: Mihnea Dobre, Daniel Garber
Texts: An Account of Some Books. 1670. Philosophical Transactions (1665-1678) 5:1051-1054. doi:10.2307/101576; Cordemoy, Géraud de. 1670. A Discourse Written to a Learned Friar… London: Moses Pitt., pp. 1-16 & 50-62; Descartes. CSM I 90-98 (The World 6-7); CSM I 255-258 (Principles III 42-47); CSMK 172 (AT III 295-6); CSMK 349-350 (Conversations with Burman); Clerselier\’s edition of letters, vol. II, letter 24, p. 164; AT IV 700-701 (note on von Schurman); Genesis 1 (King James Bible version).
13.00-15.00 Lunch break
16.00-16.35 Fabrizio Baldassarri (University of Bucharest): Descartes’ Philosophical Conversation on Botany
16.35-16.50 Coffee break
16.50-17.25 Tzuchien Tho (University of Bucharest): Efficient and Final Causes in the Dynamics: Leibniz’s conversation with the Aristotelian and “New” Sciences
17.25-18.00 Kirsten Walsh (University of Bucharest): Newton’s Laws and ‘Epistemic Amplification
19.00 Dinner
Thursday, 16 July
9.30-10.20  Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (New Europe College, Bucharest): Newton and the Correspondence between Maupertuis and Emilie du Châtelet
10.20-10.35 Coffee break
10.40-12.55 Reading group (IV): Blaise Pascal, Entretien avec Monsieur de Sacy.
Convenors: Vlad Alexandrescu, Daniel Garber
Text: Blaise Pascal, Entretien avec Monsieur de Sacy, éd. Jean Mesnard & Pascale Mengotti, Paris, Desclée de Brouwer, 1994 (Fontaine’s autograph manuscript found in the Bibliothèque de l’Institut de France); english translation of a previous text by John Blankenagel (Philadelphia, Westminster Press, 1948)
13.00-15.00 Lunch
16.00-16.35 Daniel Collette (South Florida): Pascal on the Good Life: When Happiness Fails, Try Stoicism
16.35-16.50 Coffee break
16.50-17.25 Stephen Howard (Kingston University), Leibniz’s science of dynamics and its philosophical consequences
17.25-18.00 Hannah Laurens (Oxford): Reconsidering Spinoza\’s Rationalism: Overcoming the Passions through Scientia Intuitiva
19.00 Dinner
Friday, 17 July
9.30 Departure to Bucharest
This Seminar is supported by a grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, CNCS-UEFISCDI, project number PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0998: Models of Producing and Disseminating Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: the Cartesian Framework.

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