Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science 2015

Last week, on 6 and 7 November, our research group co-organized with the IRH-UB the 6th edition of the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science. The event marked a good opportunity to bring to Bucharest scholars working on different aspects of the early modern experimentation. During these two days of intensive discussions about early modern natural philosophy, we explored several important themes, such as the role of illustrations in early modern scientific writings; the interaction between mathematics, experiments, and philosophical principles; the role of early modern women in the dissemination of the new science; various aspects of a number of important figures, such as Newton, Leibniz, Descartes, Maupertuis, Spinoza etc. Most of the participants in the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science were from other countries, as only 3 out of 16 speakers were affiliated to institutes in Romania. It is worth emphasizing the international aspect of the event, because one of the important outcomes was to strengthen some of the collaborations between the members of the Romanian team and our colleagues from other universities. During the past few days, we opened the way of future collaboration and the possibilities of building together research projects at European and international level. We can only hope that our future events organized in the research project “From Natural History to Science: the emergence of experimental philosophy” will build upon the success of the 6th edition of the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science.


Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science 2015



Institute for Research in the Humanities


Center for Logic, History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Philosophy




6-7 November

This is the fifth edition of the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science to be held at the University of Bucharest.

Invited speakers: Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Paul Lodge (University of Oxford), Arianna Borrelli (Technical University, Berlin).


November 6, Institute for Research in the Humanities (Dimitrie Brandza str. 1)

9:30 Opening Address, Dana Jalobeanu (Director, IRH)

10:00 – 11:00 Keynote Speaker: Arianna Borrelli (Technical University Berlin) Diagrams as “paper tools” in Della Porta’s optics

11:00-11:20 Coffee break

11:20-12:00 Lucie Čermáková (Charles University, Prague) Searching for “the causes of plants” in the sixteenth century – the case of Adam Zalužanský ze Zalužan

12:00-12:40 Stefano Gulizia (City University of New York) A 1509 List of Euclid Aficionados: Antiquarianism and Early Science in Sixteenth-Century Venice

12:40-14:40 Lunch break

14:40-15:20 Laura Sumrall (University of Sydney) “A Violent Guest”: Demons, Disease, and the Necessity of Magic in Jan Baptista van Helmont’s Medicine

15:20-15:40 Coffee break

15:40-16:20Michael Deckard (Lenoir-Rhyne University & University of Bucharest) Margaret Cavendish as Paradigm Shifter: A Case Study in Perception

16:20-17:00 Melissa Lo (The Huntington Library) Twists of Realism: Cartesianism naer het leven in Wolferd Senguerd’s Philosophia naturalis (1680)

17:20-18:00 Kirsten Walsh (University of Bucharest) Experiment and Observation in Newton’s Opticks

18:00-18:40 Ori Belkind (Tel Aviv University) Newton’s Method of Induction and Hume’s Problem of Induction

19:30 Dinner


November 7, Faculty of Philosophy (Splaiul Independentei 204)

9:30 – 10:30 Keynote Speaker: Paul Lodge (University of Oxford) True and False Mysticism in Leibniz

10:30-10:50 Coffee break

10:50-11:30 Andrea Strazzoni (Erasmus University Rotterdam) Physics, Metaphysics and Method in the Philosophy of Burchard de Volder

11:30-12:10 Stefan Heßbrüggen-Walter (NRU-HSE, Moscow) The Knowability of Nature between Clauberg and Wolff: Cartesianism, Eclecticism, and the Epistemic Scope of Natural Philosophy and Mathematics

12:10-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-14:40 Norman Whitman (Rhodes College, Memphis) Finalism in Spinoza’s Physics?

14:40-15:20 Vincent Legeay (CHSPM, Paris 1) Spinoza’s memoria ordinis against Descartes’ reminiscientia dei

15:20-15:40 Coffee break

15:40-16:20 Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (University of Bucharest & IZEA Halle) Physics and Metaphysics in Maupertuis

16:20-17:00 Marco Storni (École Normale Supérieure, Paris) Maupertuis’s Argument for Newtonianism

17:00-17:20 Coffee break

17:20-18:20 Keynote speaker: Dan Garber (Princeton University) “As Time Goes By”: Leibniz on Space, Time and the Composition of the Continuum

19:30 Dinner