Drd. Laura Georgescu

Laura Georgescu has just started her PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Bucharest. She is member of the Center for the Logic, History and Philosophy of Science (CELFIS) in the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest. Her main area of research is History and Philosophy of Science, with a special focus on the philosophy of experimentation. Currently, her main subjects of interest are related to how the practices of investigating nature at the end of sixteenth century and the begining of seventeenth century contributed to the development of modern scientific experimentation. Georgescu has so far participated in several international conferences and has published several articles on topics related to her research interests.

As a member of the PCE grant awarded by the CNCS for the project From natural history to science: the emergence of experimental philosophy (2012–2015 (PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0719)), she focuses on the nature and role of early modern practices of experimentation. She mostly looks at the way that empirical data is incorporated into various texts that could be classified as natural histories, and how it becomes epistemically relevant (with a special interest in magnetism). She is currently writing a paper on the ways in which an experimental setup can set different theoretical questions for the study of magnetism at the end of sixteenth century and she is co-authoring a paper with Dana Jalobeanu on the uses of the methods of experientia literata in the construction of Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum. Georgescu is also part of the team preparing a Romanian translation of Sylva Sylvarum, as part of this project.

 

Publications:

  • ‘Redefining the Role of Experiment in Bacon’s Natural History: How Baconian was Descartes Before Emerging from His Cocoon?’, Early Science and Medicine, Vol. 17, No. 1–2 (2012)
  •  ‘A New Form of Knowledge: Experientia literata, Society and Politics Vol.5, No.2, (December 2011)
  • ‘Francis Bacon: The Theological Foundations of Natural Philosophy’, Studii de Stiinta si Cultura, No.4 (23).