July 12- 16, 16th Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

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.

Venue

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:

CFP: Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

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 humanities@icub.unibuc.ro

Update job: asistent cercetare drd – proiect TE “Filosofia intre metoda matematica si experienta: Academia din Berlin (1746-1764)”

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, tinca.prunea@icub.unibuc.ro

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.

Concurs
Tematica :
– 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

Bibliografia :
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 tinca.prunea@icub.unibuc.ro.

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
Calendarul concursului:
– Depunerea dosarelor :02.02.2016 – 02.03.2016
– Interviu : TBA
– Contestatii : TBA
– Rezultate finale : TBA

Lansare: Cristian MOISUC – Métaphysique et théologie chez Nicolas Malebranche

Moisuc-afis-lansare

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” 

Ovidiu Babeș – recenzie:DESCARTES’ COMPLETE CORRESPONDENCE

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DESCARTES’ COMPLETE CORRESPONDENCE
Ovidiu BABEȘ*

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: ovidiu_babes@yahoo.com

Grigore Vida despre Descartes la “Izvoare de Filosofie”, RRC

Ascultați înregistrarea emisiunii la link-ul următor: http://www.radioromaniacultural.ro/2_octombrie_2015_invitat_cercet_st_dr_grigore_vida-38274

Un proiect editorial insolit. ”Rene Descartes Corespondența completă”

Invitat: cercet. șt. dr. Grigore Vida

Vă invit să urmăriți o dezbatere dedicată actualității gândirii lui Rene Descartes (1596-1650), filosoful care a transmis posterității, între atâtea alte gânduri nemuritoare, și ideea că mintea noastră poate ajunge la adevăr dacă este folosită metodic și îndrumată de reguli clare și precise.

Pretextul acestei dezbateri îl constituie apariția recentă la Editura Polirom al celui de-al doilea volum din seria Rene Descartes Corespondența completă, o lucrarea de mare erudiție ce cuprinde pe lângă traducerea schimbului de scrisori dintre Descartes și prietenilor săi, savanți, teologi, filosofi, și o cercetare asupra atmosferei culturale, spirituale, filosofice și științifice în orizontul căreia a avut loc această monumentală corespondență.

Conferință despre modernitatea timpurie, Szeged, 19-21 noiembrie 2015

Membrii proiectului “Descartes”, Vlad Alexandrescu, Robert Arnăutu, Cristian Moisuc, Călin-Cristian Pop, Tinca Prunea și Grigore Vida, vor participa în perioada 19-21 noiembrie 2015 la colocviul international “Philosophie et science: unité et pluralité à l’âge classique”/”Philosophy and Science: Unity and Plurality in the Early Modern Age”, organizat de Departamentul de Filosofie al Universității din Szeged și Centrul Universitar Francofon Szeged.

Titlurile provizorii ale intervențiilor:

Grigore Vida: Newton’s De Gravitatione and the Descartes-More Correspondence

Tinca Prunea: L’unité de la raison en question : philosophie et mathématique chez Maupertuis et dans les écrits précritiques de Kant

Christian Moisuc: L’unité (trop) métaphysique des sciences. Le paradoxe malebranchiste

Vlad Alexandrescu: De l’usage de l’infini chez R. Descartes et J.B. Morin

Calin Cristian Pop: L’infini dans la philosophie de Descartes et dans la pensée de Pascal

Robert Arnautu: The life of the soul and the life of the body. Apaczai Csere Janos and Descartes-Regius dispute

La fameuse image de l’arbre de la philosophie de Descartes sert à définir l’unité des sciences à l’âge classique. En même temps, la philosophie cartésienne prépare indiscutablement le terrain pour la diversification des sciences dont le résultat sera, quelques sciècles plus tard, la séparation nette entre les sciences dures et la philosophie. La philosophie et la science étant à l’aube de la modernité plus ou moins synonymes, on peut observer la séparation et la pluralisation des différentes disciplines philosophiques à l’âge classique. Notre colloque vise à définir ce processus en essayant de voir ensemble l’effort de l’âge classique pour définir l’unité de la science et de la philosophie ainsi que la procédure de la diversification des différents champs de savoir.

The famous image of the philosophical three in Descartes’ Principles defines the unity of sciences in the Early Modern Age. At the same time, Cartesian philosophy lays the grounds for the diversification of sciences which results, some centuries later, in the separation between hard sciences and philosophy. At the beginning of Modernity philosophy and science were synonymous, so in the Early Modern Age we can observe the separation and the pluralisation of different philosophical disciplines. The aim of our conference is to re-examine this process in order to view together two efforts in the Early Modern Age: on the one hand, the effort to define the unity of science and philosophy and on the other hand the process of diversification within the different fields of knowledge.