From Natural History to the Metaphysics of Nature

From Natural History to the Metaphysics of Nature

Arad, 18-19 September 2018

 

Centrul Municipal de Cultură Arad

Asociația pentru cultură, educație și tineret „Vasile Goldiş Arad”

Universitatea de Vest „Vasile Goldiş”  din Arad

Interferenţe moderne: istorie intelectuală, filosofie și știință în gândirea europeană, Proiecte culturale 2018

 

UEFISCDI şi ICUB, Universitatea Bucureşti: proiectul de cercetare Filosofia eclectică şi redefinirea metafizicii la Academia din Berlin în a doua jumătate a secolului al XVIII-lea / Progress through Eclecticism? The Redefinition of Metaphysics at the Berlin Academy in the second half of the 18th century, PN-III-P1-1-TE-2016-2299

 

This conference examines the relation between natural history, natural philosophy, and metaphysics, with special emphasis on the role played by metaphysics in the study of nature in the early modern period up to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Key seventeenth-century conceptions by Bacon, Descartes, and the early members of the Royal Society will be discussed together with their earlier roots. Furthermore, the conference aims to elucidate how the project of a metaphysics of nature was articulated in the post-Newtonian era by thinkers like Wolff, Crusius, Maupertuis, and Kant. To this end we will examine the relation between natural history and mathematical physics, on the one hand, and the direction of eighteenth-century metaphysics challenging the autonomy of the ‘new sciences’ and upholding the necessity of a priori first principles in the study of nature, on the other. Raising crucial methodological questions, the conference papers will highlight the redefinition of disciplinary boundaries and analyse novel approaches to the pre-eminence of metaphysics in this period.

 

Organizatori:

Oana Matei (Arad/București)

Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (București)

 

 

Membrii echipei:

Speranța Milancovici (Arad)

Cristian Maduța (Arad)

Sabin Coroian (Arad)

 

Lansare volume

Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum sau O istorie naturală în zece centurii, ed. Dana Jalobeanu, trad. și note de Dana Jalobeanu, Claudia Dumitru, Doina-Cristina Rusu, Oana Matei, Grigore Vida, Humanitas, București, 2017; prezintă: Speranța Milancovici (Arad)

“Gardens as Laboratories. The History of Botany through the History of Gardens”, ed. Fabrizio Baldassarri, Oana Matei, Journal of Early Modern Studies, vol. 6/1, Zeta Books, București, 2017; prezintă: Cristian Bențe (Arad)

 

 

 

 

Arad, 18-19 September 2018

 

Tuesday, 18.09.2018

9.30-10.30 Florike Egmond (Leiden) – Drawings that reveal the secrets of nature: visual natural history in the 16th century

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-12.00 Peter Mason (Leiden) – Nature as artist in the Early Modern era. The artistic status of images made by non-human hand

12.00-13.00  Book launch

13.00-15.00 Lunch

15.00-16.00 Sorana Corneanu (Bucharest) – Baconian logic

16.00-17.00 Oana Matei (Arad/Bucharest) – Writing a more methodical natural history. The transition from natural history to the foundation of natural philosophy: merchants of light and lamps

17.00-17.30 Coffee break

17.30-18.30 Marco Storni (Paris/Neuchâtel) – From natural history to speculative biology: Maupertuis and the life sciences

 

Wednesday, 19.09.2018

9.30-10.30 Tamas Pavlovits (Szeged) – Natural and metaphysical infinity in Descartes

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-12.00 Andreas Blank (Klagenfurt) – Early Modern natural history and the question of confessionalization

12.00-13.00 Alessandro Nannini (Bucharest) – From cognitio naturae to cognitio historiae. The role of historical cognition in Wolffian rationalism

13.00-15.00 Lunch

15.00-16.00 Stephen Howard (Leuven/Bucharest) – Thinking the world-whole: Wolff, Crusius, and the backdrop to Kant’s Antinomy

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-17.30 Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (Bucharest) – Kant and Reimarus on creation and divine wisdom