Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

Bran, 29 June – 4 July 2012
29 June
17.00 Arrival in Bran (Vila Andra)
30 June
9.30-10.30 Conference: Alexander Douglas (London): Spinoza, the Enlightenment, and the Idea of Social Science
10.45-13.00 Reading group (I): Bacon, Hooke, Sprat and the ‘inductive’ method; Convenors: Laura Georgescu, Dana Jalobeanu, Doina Rusu
16.00-16.35 Daniel Andersson (Oxford): Imaginatio and Scientia
16.50-17.25 Fabrizio Baldassarri (Parma): History and science: the battle for scientia. Descartes and Bacon
17.25-18.00 Robert Arnautu (CEU and New Europe College): Scientia and banauson technai : The joint foundation for modern experimental science and technology


1 July
9.30-10.30 Presentation & discussion of a book: Igor Agostini (Universita degli studi del Salento): L’idea di Dio in Descartes, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2011.
10.45-13.00 Reading group (II): Descartes’ Regulae. Convenors: Igor Agostini, Vlad Alexandrescu, Lucian Petrescu; Texts: Regulae ad directionem ingenii, texte critique [latin] établi par Giovanni Crapulli, La Haye, Martinus Nijhof, 1951; english translation of Descartes’ letters by Dugald Murdoch in The Philosophical Writings of Descartes, vol. I, translated by J. Cottingham, R. Stoothoff, D. Murdoch, CUP, 1985, p. 7-77; French translation by J.L. Marion, in Descartes, Règles utiles et claires pour la direction de l’esprit et la recherche de la vérité, La Haye, Martinus Nijhoff, 1977.
16.00-16.35: Steven Burgess (South Florida), The Ontological Background of the Method of Demonstration in Descartes’ Meditations
16.50-17.25 Calin Cristian Pop (New Europe College): Ontologie inachevée de l’infini chez Descartes comme propédeutique de la scientia
17.25-18.00 Roger Ariew (South Florida), Condemnations of Cartesianism and the resulting empiricism


2 July
9.30-10.05 Max Gavrilciuc (Bucharest): Soul Individuality in Descartes
10.05-10.40 Madalina Giurgea (Ghent): On speed, force and motion in Mersenne’s Traité de l’Harmonie Universelle
11.00-13.00 Reading group (III): A ‘science’ of the soul: Charleton, Convenor: Sorana Corneanu;Text: Walter Charleton, Natural History of the Passions, London, 1674, Sections I-III, pp. 2-67.
16.00-16.35 Robin Buning (Utrecht): Henricus Reneri’s programme for the renovation of natural philosophy16.50 -17.25 Lucian Petrescu (Ghent): Peter Pázmány’s exegesis of Meteorologica IV
17.25-18.00 Raphael Krut-Landau (Princeton): The role of metaphysics in Spinoza’s philosophy

3 July
9.30-10.30:  Conference: Andrea Sangiacomo (Macerata and Lyon ): Changing Descartes: Boyle, Spinoza and the debate on the relational nature of sensible qualities
10.45-13.00 Reading group (IV): Mathematical method: Newton. Convenor: Daniel Garber

16.00-16.35 Lucio Mare (South Florida): Infimae species in Heaven and Earth: on Leibniz’ Reception and Use of a Thomistic Individuation Principle

16.50-17.25 Tammy Nyden, Not Scientia, but Not Nothing: de Volder on the Role of Experiment in Natural Philosophy

17.25-18.00 Ohad Nachtomy (Bar-Ilan University): Infinity and Life: The Role of Infinity in Leibniz’s View of Living Beings
4 July
9.30 Departure to Bucharest
This Seminar is supported by a grant of the Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research, CNCS-UEFISCDI, project number PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0998: Models of Producing and Disseminating Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: the Cartesian Framework.