Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science


From Natural History to Science: the Emergence of Experimental Philosophy

24-26 October 2016

Venues: Institute for Research in the Humanities-ICUB, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

Invited speakers: Iordan Avramov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Andreas Blanck (University of Paderborn & Bard College, Berlin), Arianna Borrelli (Technical University Berlin), Florike Egmont (Leiden University), Mordechai Feingold (California Institute of Technology), Raphaele Garrod (University of Cambridge), Gideon Manning (Claremont Graduate University).

The seventh edition of the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science brings together an interdisciplinary group of historians and philosophers interested in the interplay between theory and experimental practices in the 16th–18th centuries, with a special focus on the emergence of experimental philosophy. Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science is organized by Dana Jalobeanu and the team of the project From natural history to science: the emergence of experimental philosophy (http://blogs.ub-filosofie.ro/pce/).


  Monday, 24th of October, IRH-ICUB, Dimitrie Brandza 1 

09:30-10:00 Opening Address

10:00-11:00 Keynote lecture: Florike Egmond (Leiden University), The rise of fieldwork as an investigative method in the natural sciences of the 16th century

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:30 Keynote lecture: Iordan Avramov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Friendly Jokes, Stinging Irony, and Bitter Sarcasm: Varieties of Humor in the Correspondence of Henry Oldenburg

12:30-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-14:45 Raz Chen-Morris (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Reading, Observing and the Making of Knowledge: The Case of Kepler’s Optics

14:45-15:15 Coffee break

15:15-16:00 Monica Ugaglia(Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), The First Experimental Treatise on Magnetism

16:00-16:45 Laura Georgescu (Ghent University), Instruments, phenomena and the practice of “magnetical philosophy”

16:45-17:15 Coffee break

17:15-18:00 Dolores Irizzo (University College London), The Origins of Experimental Philosophy and Bacon’s Medical ‘Histories of Man’ at the Royal Society 1663-1750

18:00-18:30 Coffee break

18:30-19:30 Keynote lecture: Andreas Blank (University of Paderborn & Bard College, Berlin), Confessionalization and Early Modern Natural Philosophy

Tuesday, 25 Oct. 2016, IRH-ICUB, Dimitrie Brandza 1

 10:00-11:00 Keynote lecture: Gideon Manning (Claremont Graduate University), Mixed Signals: Descartes’s Nerves, Regius’s Slugs, and the Origins of ‘Experimental Philosophy’

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:15 Fabrizio Baldassarri (Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv), Mechanizing the vegetative soul. Descartes and Digestion

12:15-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-14:45 Balint Kekedi (University of Aberdeen), The Linguistic Model of Perceptual Cognition and the Role of the Passions in Cartesian Natural Automata

14:45-15:30 Mihnea Dobre (University of Bucharest), Ways of connecting Bacon and Descartes: Medicine and Experimentation

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

Faculty of Philosophy, Splaiul Indepententei 204, Room Tudor Vianu

16:00-16:45 Sandra Bihlmaier (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Philipp Melanchthon on Argumentation and Style: Dialectics and Rhetorics as the Tools of Clear Reasoning

16:45-17:30 Sorana Corneanu (University of Bucharest), Science and the Art of Thinking

17:30-18:00 Coffee break

18:00-19:00 Keynote lecture: Raphaële Garrod (CRASSH and Newnham College, University of Cambridge), Natural History in Early Modern France: The Poetics of an Epistemic Genre?

Wednesday, 26 Oct. 2016, IRH-ICUB, Dimitrie Brandza 1

09:15-10:15 Keynote lecture: Arianna Borrelli (Technical University Berlin), The rare and the dense in Bernardino Telesio’s meteorology

10:15-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:30 Mark Thomas Young (University of Bergen), Nature as Spectacle; Experiment and Empiricism in Early Modern Experimental Practice

11:30-12:15 Doina-Cristina Rusu (University of Groningen), Francis Bacon on the interactions between pneumatic and tangible matter

12:15-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-14:45 Kirsten Walsh (University of Nottingham), Newton’s Corpuscular Scaffolding

14:45-15:30 Cornelis J. Schilt (University of Oxford), Navigating the Continuum Isaac Newton’s many Ways of Knowing

15:30-16:00 Coffee break (moving to the Faculty of Philosophy, Splaiul Independentei 204)

Faculty of Philosophy,Splaiul Independentei 204, Room Titu Maiorescu

16:00-16:45 Oana Matei (University of Bucharest and Vasile Goldis University of Arad), Perception of plants: Ralph Austen’s appetitive matter theory

16:45-17:30 Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest), Francis Bacon on the “power of perception”

17:30-18:00 Coffee break

18:00-19:00 CELFIS/ Keynote lecture: Mordechai Feingold (California Institute of Technology), Who Was the Experimental Philosopher? Reflections on the Origins of Practice