Workshop “Natural History, Mathematics, and Metaphysics in the Seventeenth Century”

May 26-27, 2015, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest

In the recent years, there was a new evaluation of the traditional history of science and its emphasis on the so-called ‘scientific revolution’ of the seventeenth century. Classic themes were complemented with new studies of the multi-faced transformations of early modern scientific views into what we came to label as the “modern science.” New studies reflected upon the evolution of natural histories in the years between the publication of Francis Bacon’s works, the birth of the Royal Society, and the publication of Isaac Newton’s Principia. The role of mathematics was discussed beyond the mere statement that modern science rested upon a process of ‘mathematization’. Metaphysics was also evaluated from new perspectives, which broadened its role in the disciplinary transformations that marked the early modern period.

In our workshop, we aim to put together scholars working on all these aspects of the seventeenth-century philosophy and science and to open the discussion in what we hope to represent a series of conferences and workshops on the history of science.

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Posted: April 15, 2015