Seminarul CELFIS

Horia-Roman Patapievici - Structura cosmologiei lui Dante - (52)CELFIS seminar is the weekly research seminar in Logic, History and Philosophy of science, hosted by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy and organized (since 2009) by Dana Jalobeanu. It takes place every Wednesday, from 6 pm, in the Faculty of Philosophy (Splaiul Independentei 204), room Titu Maiorescu.

CELFIS seminar’s speakers are established researchers and academics, young researchers and PhD students willing to discuss their work-in-progress with the rest of the academic community. Some of the CELFIS talks are recorded (see also the archive below for past talks). If you are interested in giving a talk in the CELFIS seminar please send a proposal and the abstract of your talk to


5 October, Simo Knuuttila (University of Helsinki), The Upgrading of Emotions in Early Modern Philosophy

12 October, Manuela Ungureanu (University of British Columbia), On the (non)Existence of Natural Languages: Reply to the Chomskyans’ Rejection of Public Languages

19 October, Gabriel Sandu (University of Helsinki & Institute for Research in the Humanities-ICUB, University of Bucharest) Remarks on the legacy of the Finnish School in philosophical logic

26 October, Mordechai Feingold (California Institute of Technology), Who Was the Experimental Philosopher? Reflections on the Origins of Practice

2 November, Laura Georgescu (University of Ghent), TBA

9 November, Cătălin Avramescu (University of Bucharest) TBA

16 November, Paul Greenham (University of Tel Aviv), Biblical Hermeneutics and Early Modern Science: Isaac Newton’s Textual Methods in Chemistry, Alchemy, and Biblical Prophecy

23 November, Antoni Malet (University of Barcelona), Practical Geometries, Measuring, and Tacit Knowledge in Early Modern Mathematics

7 December, Tinca Prunea (Institute for Research in the Humanities -ICUB) TBA


Past seminars and archive


7 OctoberRob Iliffe (University of Sussex), The Newton Project as a solution to the problem of intellectual coherence

DSC_6354 You can find here a recording of the talk and following discussions.

4 October – Round table discussion on the book: Psihologia poporului roman, by Daniel David DSC_6559

Invited speakers: Daniel David (Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj), Cosima Rughiniș (University of Bucharest), Ruxandra Ivan (University of Bucharest), Radu Umbreș (SNSPA). Moderator: Sorin Costreie (University of Bucharest)

You can see here the recording of the debate.

21 October Kirsten Walsh (Institute for Research in Humanities, University of Bucharest), Newton as a ModellerDSC_7446

You can see here the recording of the talk and subsequent discussions.

28 OctoberFabrizio Baldassari (Institute for Research in Humanities, University of Bucharest), How much living bodies fit Descartes’ natural philosophy. The role of botany

You can see here. a video recording of the talk and subsequent discussions.

DSC_48964 NovemberDaniel Garber (Princeton University)  “History not so faithful, as might have been wish’d”: Bacon, Error, and the Royal Society

See the video recording here.

11 NovemberF. A. Meschini (Università del Salento),  De L’Homme à la Description du corps humain: sur les traces du parcours du chyle. Descartes et la digestion

18 NovemberDelphine Bellis (Radboud University Nijmegen), Nos in Diem Vivimus: Gassendi’s Probabilism and DSC_8125Academic Philosophy from Day to Day

The recording of the seminar  can be found here.

25 NovemberConstantin C Brincus (University of Bucharest), The Nature of Logical Principles See here for a recording of the seminar and discussions.




2 DecemberAdrian Currie (University of Calgary), Hot Blooded Gluttons: Coherence & Method in Historical Science

A recording of the seminar and discussions can be found here.

9 DecemberCiprian Jeler (Institute for Research in Humanities, University of Bucharest), On some recent ambiguities of the concept of “group selection” in philosophy of biology

15 DecemberSorin Bangu (University of Bergen), Methodological Remarks on the Experiments on Infants’ Mathematical Abilities

6 January Michael Deckard (Lenoir-Rhyne University and Institute for Research in the Humanities-ICUB, University of Bucharest), Two Cultures Interweaving: Art and Science in Mendelssohn’s Letters on Sentiments

13 JanuaryDivna Manolova (Institute for Research in Humanities, – ICUB University of Bucharest) , Theodore Metochites and Nikephoros Gregoras on philomatheia and polymatheiadsc_3268

20 January –  Alette Fleischer (Amsterdam University)Nature, Knowledge and Networks: Exchanging and examining local and exotic plants in 17th century Holland

2 March Cristi Stoica (Horia Hulubei Institute, University of Bucharest), Do we live in a mathematical structure?

9 MarchPeter Anstey (Sydney University & Institute for Research in the Humanities-ICUB, University of Bucharest), John Locke on the Standardization of Length

16 MarchVincenzo de Risi (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin), Proving an Axiom qua Axiom. On the mathematical epistemology of Gerolamo Saccheri and the discovery of non-Euclidean geometry

23 MarchTinca Prunea-Bretonnet (University of Bucharest), Evidence, certainty, consent. Rethinking central methodological notions within the Berlin Academy

30 MarchLavinia Marin (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), From the Textual to the Digital University

6 April – Michael Hunter (Birbeck College, London)The Enlightenment Rejection of Magic: Sceptics and their Milieux in Eighteenth-century Englanddsc_2295

13 AprilMartin Lenz (University of Groningen), Intersubjectivity in Early Modern Philosophy: Spinoza on the Division of Cognitive Labour

19 April (extra CELFIS seminar)- Andrew Irvin (University of British Colombia), Two Theories of Academic Freedom

20 April – Alexandra Parvan (University of Pitesti), Metaphysical Care: Ontology of disease and Ontology of the Patient

27 AprilLaura Georgescu (Ghent University), Retrospectiveness and prospectiveness in experimentation

11 MayIlinca Damian (University of Bucharest), Inventions and representations. The break between art and science

18 MayAlberto Vanzo (University of Warwick) Leibniz on Innate Ideas and Kant on the Origin of the Categories

25 May – Ovidiu Babes (University of Bucharest & Vasile Goldis University, Arad)On the shift of geometrical problem solving: Descartes and some of this precursors

  Arhiva conferinte CELFIS 2014-2015