gradconfafisThe Center for the Logic, History and Philosophy of Science is organizing its fourth graduate conference for advanced master and PhD students working on early modern philosophy and on the history and philosophy of science. The event will be held on May 10-11, 2013  at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Bucharest (Splaiul Independenţei, 204).

Invited speakers:

  • Richard Serjeantson (Trinity College, Cambridge),
  • Peter Anstey (University of Sydney)
  • Vlad Alexandrescu (University of Bucharest)


  • Daniel Collette (University of South Florida)
  • Claudia Dumitru (University of Bucharest)
  • Matthew Keeler (Texas Tech University)
  • Lucio Mare (University of South Florida)
  • Bennett McNulty (University of California, Irvine)
  • Michael Misiewicz (King’s College London)
  • Ville Paukkonen (University of Helsinki)
  • Dan Savinescu (Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj)
  • Daniel Schwartz (University of California San Diego)
  • Monica Solomon (University of Notre-Dame)
  • Aaron Spink (University of South Florida)
  • Sarah Tropper (King’s College London)
  • Dragoş Vădana (New Europe College)
  • Julia Weckend (University of Reading)

 Program Committee: Mihnea Dobre, Dana Jalobeanu, Sorin Costreie, Sorana Corneanu

 Organizing Committee: Dana Jalobeanu, Claudia Dumitru, Mihnea Dobre.


Friday, May 10

9.00-9.30: Opening address, coffee

9.30-10.30: Richard Serjeantson: ‘Francis Bacon and the “Interpretation of Nature” in the Late Renaissance’

10.30-10.50: Coffee Break

10.50-11.30: Daniel Schwartz (University of California San Diego): Crucial Instances and Bacon’s Quest for Certainty

11.30-12.10: Claudia Dumitru (University of Bucharest): Crucial Experiments and Demonstrative Induction in Newton’s New Theory about Light and Colors

12.10-13.20: Lunch

13.20-14.00: Monica Solomon (University of Notre-Dame): Newton’s Mathematical Time Remains Hidden in Plain Sight

14.00 – 14.40: Lucio Mare (University of South Florida): Leibniz’ Soul Pointilism: from the Resurrection of Body to the Indestructibility of Bugs

14.40-15.00: Coffee Break

15.00-15.40: Sarah Tropper (King’s College, London): What ‘Matter’ Might Have Been for the Young (and Older) Leibniz

15.40-16.20: Julia Weckend (University of Reading): Leibniz on Ordinary Objects

16.20-16.40: Coffee Break

16:40-17.20: Ville Paukkonen (University of Helsinki): Berkeley’s Notion of Notion

17:20-17:30: Coffee Break

17:30-18:30: Vlad Alexandrescu: Some Remarks of an Intellectual Historian Facing a Herculean Task: Translating Anew Descartes’ Correspondence.

Saturday, May 11

9.30-10.30: Peter Anstey: The Problem of Necessity in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy

10.30-10.50: Coffee Break

10.50-11.30: Mike Misiewicz (King’s College, London): “The ‘geology’ of the Short Treatise: Tracing the evolution of Spinoza’s conception of the mind-body relationship”

11.30-12.10: Daniel Collette (University of South Florida): Pascal, Spinoza, and Defining “Cartesianism”

12.10-13.20: Lunch

13.20-14.00: Aaron Spink (University of South Florida): Descartes and the Eternal Truths

14.00 – 14.40: Max Gavrilciuc (University of Bucharest): The Angelic Mind in Descartes’ Replies to Burman and Henry More

14.40-15.00: Coffee Break

15.00-15.40: Dragos Vadana (New Europe College): The Innate Idea of God and the Limits of Natural Theology: Descartes and Voetius

15.40-16.20: Dan Savinescu (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj): Plurality of Worlds and Philosophy of Language in the Writings of John Wilkins

16.20-16.40: Coffee Break

16:40-17:20: Matthew Keeler (Texas Tech University): Reid and the Representational Theory of Mind

17.20-18.00: Bennett McNulty (University of California, Irvine): Rehabilitating the Regulative Use of Reason. Kant on Empirical and Chemical Laws