Alexandre Koyré: Views from Transatlantic Perspectives

November 3, 2014, La Maison Francaise- NYU, New York

This symposium intends to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Alexandre Koyré by focusing on his legacy in the United States. Many accounts concur on the fact that Koyré’s lectures played an important role in American universities. The pioneers of the history of science in the 1950s and 1960s such as Thomas S. Kuhn, I. B. Cohen, Marshall Clagett, Gérald Holton or Charles Gillispie have all admitted his influence on the discipline. The symposium seeks to understand how Koyré renewed the American intellectual landscape, which he discovered in the early 1940s, and how a number of American historians and philosophers have appropriated his ideas in their efforts to professionalize the teaching of the history of science in the United States.


Program Committee:

Elise Aurières (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University),

Joseph Dauben (CUNY – City University of New York),

Marwa Elshakry (Columbia University),

Margaret Rossiter (Cornell University),



Elise Aurières (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University),

Valérie Dubois (CIRHUS-CNRS-NYU),

Speakers :


Jean Dhombres – Center of Alexandre Koyré (France)

In which way year 1940 was particularly important for Alexandre Koyré as an intellectual specialized in ideas in the past ?


Elise Aurières – Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University (France)

The reception of Koyré in the USA


Floris Cohen – University of Utrecht (Netherlands)

« What is still worth preserving today in Alexandre Koyré’s conception of the Scientific Revolution? »


Emmanuel Patard

Alexandre Koyré, Commentator of Leo Strauss’s Theologico-Political Writings


Lucian Petrescu – Ghent University (Belgium)

A modern history of the medieval theory of impetus: the legacy of Koyré and Maier


Edith Sylla – North Carolina State University (USA)

Koyré and the study of late medieval natural philosophy


Gérard Jorland – Center of Alexandre Koyré (France)

Koyré’s scientific revolution in the US


Massimo Ferrari – Turin University (Italy)

The Sea change: Alexandre Koyré and American History of Science


Steve Fuller – Warwick University (United Kingdom)

Alexandre Koyré: Internalist or esotericist historian of science

Posted: September 28, 2014