Corespondența lui Descartes – recenzie de Horia Lazăr în revista Discobolul, nr. 217-218-219, ian-febr-mart 2016, pp. 200-206.
Vlad Alexandrescu : “Pour une lecture aréopagitique des Pensées” în La sagesse de l’amour chez Pascal, Dirigé par Hélène Michon et Tamás Pavlovits, L’Harmattan, 2016, pp 135-150.
În curând, la Presa Universitară Clujeană va apărea volumul lui Cristian Moisuc “Tradition et discontinuité. Études de philosophie post-cartésienne”, o colecție de nouă studii despre Nicolas Malebranche, René Descartes, François Fénelon, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet și Blaise Pascal .
The Architecture of Reason: Laws, Axioms and Principles in early modern thought
July 12- 16, 2016, Alba-Iulia, Romania
Invited speakers: Peter Anstey (IRH-ICUB & University of Sydney), Catalin Avramescu (University of Bucharest), Alexander Baumgarten (UBB Cluj), Delphine Bellis (Radboud University, Nijmegen), Elodie Cassan (ENS- Lyon), Sorin Costreie (University of Bucharest), Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Philippe Hamou (Universite Paris Ouest), Niccolo Guicciardini (University of Bergamo), Rob Iliffe (University of Oxford), David Marshall Miller (Iowa State University), Richard Serjeantson (University of Cambridge).
Programme committee: Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest), Vlad Alexandrescu (University of Bucharest), Sorana Corneanu (University of Bucharest), Mihnea Dobre (University of Bucharest).
Organizing committee: Ovidiu Babeș (University of Bucharest), Grigore Vida (University of Bucharest), Doina Cristina Rusu (University of Bucharest).
The Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy is an international annual meeting of scholars interested in various aspects of early modern thought, jointly organized by the Research Center for the Foundations of Early Modern Thought (FME) and the Department of Philosophy, Princeton University. Its first edition was in 2001 and since then, it is organized, yearly, in various locations throughout Romania, and in collaboration with various academic and administrative institutions. This year, the co-organizers of the seminars are: IRH-ICUB (Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest), the Catholic Institute, Alba Iulia, the Batthyaneum Library, and the city council of Alba Iulia.
The traditional aim of the seminar is to create a stimulating environment for discussing papers and ideas through formal and informal discussions, reading-groups and round tables. Morning sessions are organized as reading groups, while the afternoon sessions give participants an opportunity to discuss their own special interests with an open and sympathetic audience of students and scholars with broad interests in early modern thought.
The seminar is open to junior and senior researchers from all over the world. Participants are selected through a competition following a CFP issued in the spring. The organizers try to maintain a balance of senior scholars, young post-docs and doctoral students.
This year, the seminar will take place in Alba-Iulia and will be organized in collaboration with our local hosts, the Catholic Institute in Alba-Iulia and the Batthyaneum Library, with the local help of the city council. Alba-Iulia is a town in the center of Transylvania, about 450 km from Bucharest (http://www.visitalbaiulia.com ). It is easily reachable by train from Bucharest or Cluj-Napoca. Cluj-Napoca is the nearest city with an international airport. Most of the group will go to Alba-Iulia from Bucharest, on July 11 and will return to Bucharest on July 16, in the evening (by bus). More on the Batthyaneum here: https://batthyaneumblog.wordpress.com/ .
Theme and program:
The Architecture of Reason: Laws, Axioms and Principles in early modern thought
Day 1 (July 12): Mathematics
Day 2 (July 13): Metaphysics & Theology
Day 3 (July 14): Logic and the Arts of Thinking
Day 4 (July 15): Physics and Moral Philosophy
This year, the seminar benefits from the financial support of Princeton University, IRH-ICUB and the following research projects:
- Descartes project (https://descartesfme.wordpress.com/about/ )
- From natural history to science (http://blogs.ub-filosofie.ro/pce/ )
- Philosophy between mathematical method and experiment (https://irhunibuc.wordpress.com/philosophy-between-mathematical-method-and-experiment-the-berlin-academy-1746-1764/ )
- An intellectual history of the imagination in early modern thought (https://irhunibuc.wordpress.com/an-intellectual-history-of-the-imagination-in-the-early-modern-period/ )
CFP: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (16th edition), July 12- 16, 2016, Alba-Iulia, Romania
The Architecture of Reason: Laws, Axioms and Principles in early modern thought
Organized by the Research Center for the Foundations of Early Modern Thought (FME) and the Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH-ICUB), University of Bucharest, in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy, Princeton University, hosted by the Catholic Institute, Alba-Iulia and The Batthyaneum Library.
Invited speakers: Peter Anstey (IRH-ICUB & University of Sydney), Catalin Avramescu (University of Bucharest), Alexander Baumgarten (UBB Cluj), Delphine Bellis (Radboud University, Nijmegen), Elodie Cassan (ENS- Lyon), Sorin Costreie (University of Bucharest), Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Philippe Hamou (Universite Paris Ouest), Niccolo Guicciardini (University of Bergamo), David Marshall Miller (Iowa State University), Richard Serjeantson (University of Cambridge), Rob Iliffe (University of Oxford).
We invite applications for contributions (from researchers) and for attendance (from students). If you want to contribute a paper, please send a CV and a one-page abstract, and if you want to attend, a CV and a letter of intent – by May 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org
1 POST DE ASISTENT DE CERCETARE (AC), perioadă determinată: 15.03.2016-30.09.2017
Director de proiect : Dr. Tinca Prunea
Instituția gazda: Institutul de Cercetări al Universității București
Date de contact: Dr. Tinca Prunea, email@example.com
Conditiile necesare pentru ocuparea postului :
1. Studii de licenta si masterat si statutul de doctorand in stiinte umaniste (filosofie, istorie, filologie-limbi straine/studii culturale, stiinte politice, teologie).
2. O buna cunoastere a limbii franceze si/sau a limbii germane, si o buna cunoastere a limbii engleze. O cunoastere medie a limbilor italiana, spaniola sau latina constituie un avantaj.
3. Abilitati organizatorice si de comunicare, capacitatea de a colabora si de a lucra in echipa.
Cunoasterea filosofiei, a literaturii, a istoriei si/sau a teologiei secolului al XVIII-lea (cu precadere a filosofiei lui Kant si/sau a protestantismului) sau a gandirii secolului al XVIII-lea in sens larg, constituie un avantaj.
Descrierea activitatilor corespunzatoare postului :
1. Cercetare-documentare pe tema specifica proiectului.
2. Participarea la seminariile organizate de echipa de cercetare.
3. Diseminarea rezultatelor proiectului prin participarea la activitati organizate de echipa proiectului (conferinte, prelegeri etc).
4. Participarea la organizarea conferintelor din cadrul proiectului.
Asistentul de cercetare va primi un salariu lunar, va beneficia de un mediu de cercetare international stimulant si competitiv si va avea acces la baze de date internationale. Va putea beneficia de stagii de cercetare si de deplasari in strainatate pentru conferinte si colocvii.
– conceptele centrale ale Iluminismului european, cu precadere in Franta si in spatiul german
– redefinirea filosofiei in sec. al XVIII-lea prin emanciparea stiintelor, cu precadere in prima jumatate a sec. al XVIII-lea in Franta si in spatiul german
– problema metodei universale si a aplicarii ei in filosofie, cu precadere in prima jumatate a sec. al XVIII-lea in Franta si in spatiul german
– critica sistemelor filosofice si valorizarea experientei in prima jumatate a sec. al XVIII-lea in Franta si in spatiul german
– conceptul de „philosophe” in sec. al XVIII-lea
BARTHOLMÈSS, Christian, Histoire philosophique de l’Académie de Prusse depuis Leibniz jusqu’à Schelling, vol. I, Paris, 1850, pp. 139-205.
CASSIRER, Ernst, Die Philosophie der Aufklärung, Tübingen, 1932 ; trad. rom. A. Pop, Filosofia Luminilor, Pitesti, 2005.
HAZARD, Paul, La pensée européenne au XVIIIe siècle. De Montesquieu à Lessing, Paris, 1963 ; trad. rom. V. Grecu, Gandirea europeana in secolul al XVIII-lea : de la Montesquieu la Lessing, Bucuresti, 1981: partea I cap. 3; partea a II-a, cap. 2 si 7; partea a III-a, cap. 2 si 4.
KANT, Immanuel, „Beantwortung der Frage: Was ist Aufklärung ?” (in Kant, Werke, Akademieausgabe, vol. VIII, pp. 33 sq.); trad. rom. A. Boboc, Ce este “luminarea”? Teze, definitii, semnificatii, Bucuresti, 2005.
TONELLI, Giorgio, „Analysis and Synthesis in the XVIIIth Century Philosophy Prior to Kant”, Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte, 20, 1976, p. 178-213; „Der Streit über die mathematische Methode in der ersten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts”, Archiv für Philosophie, 9/1959, pp. 37-66; „The ‘Weakness’ of Reason in the Age of Enlightenment”, Diderot-Studies, Droz, 14/1971, pp. 217-244; “La philosophie allemande de Leibniz à Kant”, in Histoire de la philosophie II (Encyclopédie de la Pléiade), sous la dir. de Y. Belaval, vol. II.2, Paris, 1973, pp. 728-775.
Probele de concurs: proba de dosare si interviu.
Pentru a aplica, va rugam sa depuneti dosarul de concurs la sediul Rectoratului Universitatii Bucuresti, din Bd. Mihail Kogalniceanu nr 36-46, Bucuresti, la Directia de Resurse Umane.
Dosarul de concurs trebuie sa cuprinda, pe langa documentele oficiale :
1. O scrisoare de motivare.
2. O lucrare reprezentativa.
3. Un rezumat de cel putin o pagina al proiectului de doctorat.
4. In cazul in care candidatul a obtinut certificate oficiale de cunoastere a unei/unor limbi straine, este rugat sa le puna la dosar.
Va rugam sa trimiteti documentele 1, 3 si CV-ul si pe adresa de mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comisia de concurs :
Dr. Tinca Prunea (presedinte)
Conf. Dr. Sorana Corneanu
Lect. Dr. Sorin Costreie
Comisia de contestatii :
Prof. Dr Vlad Alexandrescu (presedinte)
Dr. Cristian Ciocan
Dr. Mihnea Dobre
Locul de desfasurare a concursului : ICUB, Str. Dimitrie Brandza nr. 1, 060102 Bucuresti
– Depunerea dosarelor :02.02.2016 – 02.03.2016
– Interviu : TBA
– Contestatii : TBA
– Rezultate finale : TBA
Vineri, 29 ianuarie 2016, la ora 15:30, in incinta librăriei Orest Tafrali (Corp A, parter) va avea loc, în prezența Ministrului Culturii, domnul prof.univ.dr. Vlad Alexandrescu și a domnului academician prof.univ.dr. Ștefan Afloroaei, lansarea cărții domnului Cristian Moisuc, intitulată „Métaphysique et théologie chez Nicolas Malebranche. Proximité, éloignement, occasionalisme”
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DESCARTES’ COMPLETE CORRESPONDENCE
Society and Politics Vol. 9, No. 2(18)/November 2015
The project of translating and editing a major philosopher’s complete correspondence for the first time in a certain language poses difficulties not only for the translators, but also to the language itself, the more so as Romanian has not been systematically acquainted to the fundamental concepts of early modern thought.
Translated by Vlad Alexandrescu, Robert Arnăutu, Călin Cristian Pop, Mihai-Dragoş Vadana and Grigore Vida, the second part of Descartes’ Complete Correspondence pursues the goal started in 2014. As was the case of the first volume, the text of the second volume is based on a multitude of sources, for instance the Clerselier edition, the Adam and Tannery edition or more recent and specialized editions.1 The 303 letters translated in the present volume prove to be more than mere biographical
concomitants to the Cartesian oeuvre. The philosophical consistency of the
correspondence is not only due to the ethos of interlocutors such as Huygens, Hobbes or Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and rises above the seventeen century epistolary tradition. Rather, it is determined by the nature of Descartes’ works which originate in a vivid philosophical dialogue with his peers of the Republic of Letters. The volume covers the period of 1639-1644. Indeed, these years were critical for Descartes’ philosophy, as both the Meditations on First Philosophy (1641) and the Principles of Philosophy (1644) were published. The volume begins with an extensive chronology written by Vlad Alexandrescu.2 In 1639, Descartes was living in Haarlem and was still collecting objections to the Discourse on Method. He was looking forward to publish them along with his replies, an idea which he gradually dropped. In a letter to Mersenne from November 1639 (114-119) he was already considering writing a new version of his metaphysics, and in 1640 he begins the first part of the Principles “in an order which can be easily taught” (312-316). Along with the gathering of objections to the Meditations and the development of the Principles in the following years, his relationship with Regius and the beginning of his correspondence with Princess Elisabeth are particularly interesting.
A very welcome feature of the translation is its explanatory character. Aside from the letters’ footnotes, the volume contains eight complementary notes which address the milestones of Descartes’ work in these six years. This gives the volume a wide scope, being suited both for advanced scholarly uses and other more lay interests. They usually present systematic arguments and also provide sufficient historical background so that the reader can understand the debates and the context in which they took place.
Thus, in the note concerning the writing of the Meditations, Alexandrescu
claims that the project of a metaphysics coexists with Descartes’ mathematical and physical ambitions as early as 1628, and offers a detailed account of the stages of the Meditations until it saw the first French translation. The Cartesian explanation of free fall reconstructed by Arnăutu reveals the difficulties that had to be overcome in order to give a satisfying description of free fall in a space which contains, unlike Galilei’s, no void. The third complementary note covers the interactions between Descartes and Hobbes. Their dispute over the nature of motion of light proves to be much more fruitfull than Hobbes’ objections to the Meditations. Vida summarizes both theories on the nature of light, claiming that while they have much in common, “the main point of difference is the issue of actual motion” (824). Of a great historical importance is Descartes’ relationship with Pierre Bourdin. Arnăutu emphasises the consequences of their dissendion, as Bourdin was perceived as the main representative of the Jesuit Order. A rather lengthy complementary note deals with the different usage of the concept of infinite in Descartes and Jean Baptiste Morin. Here, Alexandrescu suggests that this difference is the root of Descartes’ concept of indefinite, devised to avoid certain methodological and theological complications. The objections to the Meditations raised by an interlocutor known as Hyperaspistes are presented by Pop in the sixth complementary note. While the identity of Hyperaspistes is not known3, his objections are “some of the most vigorous and subtle objections ever raised to the Meditations” (840). Each of the 14 objections, along with the replies, are presented and explained separately. The beginning of the academic dissemination of Descartes’ ideas occured at the University of Utrecht. The political problems which Descartes and his follower, Regius, faced here are described in a note entitled “The dispute in Utrecht”. The last complementary note covers the context of writing the Principles of Philosophy. This was Descartes’ ambition of writing a book in a deductive order, thus resembling a scholarly textbook.
It could be argued that Descartes is as philosophical in his letters as he is in his books; one might even argue that his philosophy is more articulated or unfolded in his correspondence. With this second volume published, the argument is, for the Romanian reader, easier to give.
* University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy, 204 Splaiul Independentei, Bucharest; Vasile Goldis Western University of Arad, The Centre for Social and Humanistic Research, Romania, e-mail: email@example.com