CELFIS Seminar – Second Semester

CELFIS 2015-2016

Weekly research seminar in Logic, History and Philosophy of Science

Wednesday 18-20, Titu Maiorescu Amphitheater, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

 Second semester

2 March: Cristi Stoica (Horia Hulubei Institute, University of Bucharest), Do we live in a mathematical structure?

9 March: Peter Anstey (Sydney University), John Locke on the Standardization of Length

16 March: Vincenzo de Risi (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin), Proving an Axiom qua Axiom. On the mathematical epistemology of Gerolamo Saccheri and the discovery of non-Euclidean geometry

23 March: Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (University of Bucharest), Evidence, certainty, consent. Rethinking central methodological notions within the Berlin Academy

30 March: Lavinia Marin (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), From the Textual to the Digital University

6 April: Michael Hunter (Birbeck College, London), The Enlightenment Rejection of Magic: Sceptics and their Milieux in Eighteenth-century England

13 April: Martin Lenz (University of Groningen), Intersubjectivity in Early Modern Philosophy: Spinoza on the Division of Cognitive Labour

19 April (extra CELFIS seminar): Andrew Irvin (University of British Colombia), Two Theories of Academic Freedom

20 April: Alexandra Parvan (University of Pitesti), Metaphysical Care: Ontology of disease and Ontology of the Patient

27 April: Laura Georgescu (Ghent University), Retrospectiveness and prospectiveness in experimentation

 11 May: Ilinca Damian (University of Bucharest), Inventions and representations. The break between art and science

18 May: Alberto Vanzo (University of Warwick) Leibniz on Innate Ideas and Kant on the Origin of the Categories

25 May: Ovidiu Babes (University of Bucharest & Vasile Goldis University, Arad), On the shift of geometrical problem solving: Descartes and some of this precursors


For information please contact Dana Jalobeanu (dana.jalobeanu@celfis.ro) or Doina-Cristina Rusu (dc.rusu@yahoo.com)

CFP Matter and Perception (Early Science and Medicine)

Call for Papers: “Matter and Perception”

Special Issue of Early Science and Medicine


Early Science and Medicine is seeking contributions for a special issue on “Matter and Perception”

Guest editors: Michael Deckard and Doina-Cristina Rusu

Deadline: 1st of August 2016


The origins of thinking about matter in early modern Europe did not begin with Francis Bacon, René Descartes, or Anne Conway, but these thinkers formulated systems of matter that replaced Aristotelian form. The characteristics of matter began to be measured, studied, observed, anatomized, or imbued with life, essentially replacing form as an explanatory principle. This development in the history of philosophy, science and culture has been told in different ways, depending on from what perspective the story is based. One way of telling it is to look at the English experimental background starting with Bacon and continuing through Boyle, Newton, and the Royal Society. Another story could be told through the Cartesian development of causation, continuing through Malebranche and Hume. Still another might look at the roots of vitalism. Whether with regards to the senses, sympathy, electricity, gravity, or magnetism, this special issue seeks papers concerning the roots of the relation between matter and perception.


Early Science and Medicine (ESM) is a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to the history of science, medicine and technology from the earliest times through to the end of the eighteenth century. The need to treat in a single journal all aspects of scientific activity and thought to the eighteenth century is due to two factors: to the continued importance of ancient sources throughout the Middle Ages and the early modern period, and to the comparably low degree of specialization and the high degree of disciplinary interdependence characterizing the period before the professionalization of science. The journal, which concerns itself mainly with the Western, Byzantine and Arabic traditions, is particularly interested in emphasizing these elements of continuity and interconnectedness, and it encourages their diachronic study from a variety of viewpoints, including commented text editions and monographic studies of historical figures and scientific questions or practices. The main language of the journal is English, although contributions in French and German are also accepted.


For Guidelines to Contributors click here.

For further information on Early Science and Medicine, see http://www.brill.com/early-science-and-medicine

Please send your contribution by the 1st of August 2016 to Doina-Cristina Rusu at dc.rusu@yahoo.com