3rd Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science: Creative Experiments: Heuristic and Exploratory Experimentation in Early Modern Science

PROGRAM

24 of March

9.00 Reception of the participants
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest
Splaiul Independentei 204
Amfiteatrul Mircea Florian

Opening addresses:
Prof. Mircea Dumitru, Rector
Prof. Romulus Brâncoveanu, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy

Moderator: Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest)

9.30-10.15 Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck College, University of London), Experientia literata and the experimental scrupulosity of Thomas Harriot

10.15-11.00 Ian Stewart (University of Kings College, Halifax), Bacon’s assessment of William Gilbert on experiment: theoria and praxis

11.00-11.30 Coffeee Break

Moderator: Daniel Garber (Princeton University)

11.30-12.15 Daniel Anderson (Oxford University) William Gilbert and the Limits of Empiricism in De mundo.

12.15-13.00 Laura Georgescu (University of Bucharest), Same experiment, different uses: Norman’s “The New Attractive” and Gilbert’s “De magnete”

13.00-14.00 Lunch Break

Moderator:  Sorin Costreie (University of Bucharest)

14.00-14.45 Christoph Lüthy (Radbound University, Nijmegen), The hopes of seventeenth-century microscopists (and their apparent twentieth-century validation)

14.45-15.30 Maarten van Dyck (University of Ghent), Galileo’s use of experimentation and the limits of nature

15.30-15.45 Coffee Break

Moderator: Viorel Vizureanu (University of Bucharest)

15.45-16.30 Sorana Corneanu (University of Bucharest), “Much experience of Fact, and much evidence of Truth”: John Hartcliffe, Thomas Sprat, and the transformation of the intellectual virtues in an experimental context

16.30-17.15 Sebastian Mateiescu (University of Bucharest), Philip Melanchthon and the doctrine of ‘universal experimentation’

17.15-18.00 Dan Garber (Princeton University), Glanvill, More, and the ghosts of Humanism in the Royal Society

19.30 Dinner (Cocktail at Casa Universitarilor, str. Dionisie Lupu no. 46)

25 March

Moderator: Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest)

9.30-10.15 Cesare Pastorino (University of Sussex), Francis Bacon and the shape of “Experientia Literata”: the role of technical inventions

10.15-11.00 Doina Cristina Rusu (University of Bucharest and Radboud University Nijmegen) Types of experiments and their function in Bacon’s “Sylva Sylvarum”

11.0.11.15  Coffee Break

Moderator: Emanuel Socaciu (University of Bucharest)

11.15-12.00 Vlad Alexandrescu (University of Bucharest), De l’usage de l’infini chez R. Descartes et J.B. Morin

12.00-12.45 Epaminondas Vampoulis (University of Tessaloniki), Seventeenth-century experiments concerning the nature of matter

13.00-14.00 Lunch break

Moderator: Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck College, University of London)

14.00-14.45 Madalina Giurgea (University of Ghent), How instruments of measurement work epistemologically? Issac Beeckman’s study of impact

14.45-15.30 Martine Pecharman (Maison Francaise, Oxford), From “New experiments” to “Great Experiment”: Blaise Pascal on the epistemology of physics”

15.30-15.45 Coffee Break

Moderator: Christoph Lüthy (Radboud University, Nijmegen)

15.45-16.30 Mihnea Dobre (University of Bucharest), Experimental physics in Cartesian natural philosophy

16.30-17.15 Emanuel Socaciu (University of Bucharest) Hume and the science of morality

17.15-17.30 Break

Moderator: Martine Pecharman (Maison Francaise, Oxford)

17.30-18.15 Grigore Vida (New Europe College, Bucharest) Empiricism and Metaphysics in the Descartes-More Correspondence
18.15- 19.00 Robert Lazu (New Europe College, Bucharest), Descartes, the Turing test and the change of attitudes towards automatons

19.30 Dinner

 

The 3rd edition of Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science 24-25 March, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest: Creative experiments: Heuristic and Exploratory Experimentation in Early Modern Science.

This third edition of the Bucharest colloquium in early modern science is organized as an event of the grant PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0719: From natural history to science: the emergence of experimental philosophy, director of grant Dana Jalobeanu.

3rd Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science

Creative experiments:

Heuristic and Exploratory Experimentation in Early Modern Science

24-25 March 2012

Faculty of Philosophy

University of Bucharest

Organizers:

Center for the Logic, History and Philosophy of Science

Faculty of Philosophy

University of Bucharest

Research Center for the

Foundations of Modern Thought

University of Bucharest

Convenor: Dana Jalobeanu

Venue:

Faculty of Philosophy

Splaiul Independentei 204

Bucharest

http://www.filosofie.unibuc.ro/

This third edition of the Bucharest colloquium in early modern science is organized as an event of the grant PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0719: From natural history to science: the emergence of experimental philosophy

The past decade has seen a renewed interest in early modern experimentation. In particular, in its cognitive, psychological and social facets, as well as the complex interrelations between epistemic categories like experience, observation and experiment. Meanwhile, comparatively little has been done towards providing a more detailed, contextual and specific study of what might be described, a bit anachronistically, as the methodology of early modern experimentation. This ‘methodology’ comprises the ways in which philosophers, naturalists, promoters of mixed mathematics and artisans put experiments together, and the ways in which they reflected on the capacity of experiments to extend, refine and test hypotheses, on the limits of experimental activity, and on the heuristic power of experimentation.

So far, the sustained interest in the role played by experiments in early modern science has usually centered on ‘evidence’-related problems. This line of investigation favors examination of the experimental results but neglected the ‘methodology’ that brought about the results in the first place. It also neglects the creative and exploratory roles that experiments could and did play in the works of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century explorers of nature.

This colloquium aims to investigate particular cases of early modern experiments or early modern discussions of experimental methodology. We aim to put together a selection of interesting and perhaps relevant case studies that might lead to an innovative and fruitful line of research, namely the investigation of the heuristic, analogical and creative role of early modern experiments.

The intention of the organizers is to publish some or all the papers presented at the colloquium as a special issue of the Journal of Early Modern Studies. In view of this, the participants are kindly asked to circulate their papers 1 week before the beginning of the workshop.

A treia ediţie a colocviului Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science va fi în acest an consacrată problematicii experimentului şi naşterii ştiinţei experimentale. Evenimentul este organizat ca parte a grantului PN-II-ID-PCE-2011-3-0719: From natural history to science: the emergence of experimental philosophy, director de grant Dana Jalobeanu. Colocviul aduce la Bucureşti cercetători de la marile universităţi americane şi europene.

O parte din lucrările colocviului vor fi publicate în numărul al doilea al Journal of Early Modern Science.

 

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