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FEM-NEC Seminars in Early Modern Philosophy

Natural Philosophy Among the Disciplines: science, education and medicine of the mind in early modern Europe

Now in their 10th year of existence, the FEM-NEC Seminars gather together an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars interested in various aspects of early modernity. It is a lively forum of debate dedicated to discussion of work in progress. Each year, presentations are generally circumscribed to a (loosely defined) thematic.

In parallel with the history of the emergence of science in the early modern world, one can imagine another: the story of the rise and fall of natural philosophy; written from the perspective of the loosing parties of the “scientific revolution”. Natural philosophy was not just a name used for what we would nowadays call “science”. It was a specific discipline with a relatively long and troubled history. Its object, status, methods were subject of heated debates involving conceptual, epistemological, metaphysical and theological questions. It underwent a remarkable series of transformations during the 16th and 17th century. In part, those were the result of philosophical and methodological discussions concerning the very status of natural philosophy itself and its position among other disciplines, in the “tree of knowledge”.

In focusing upon such methodological and meta-philosophical questions and tracing their history, we aim to grasp and illuminate the evolution of natural philosophy from what can be seen as a more traditional/practical picture (having mainly ethical and religious goals) to a more theoretical/systematic picture (where the goals were mainly epistemic).

The FEM-NEC Seminars in Early Modern Philosophy take place on Fridays at 4 pm. Tea and coffee is provided by the organisers. Traditionally, speakers are kindly asked to bring cookies or biscuits to supplement the free drinks. The event is open to anyone interested, on condition that participation is announced in advance (email to: Student participation is warmly encouraged.

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  • October 16, 16.00

    DANA JALOBEANU(University of Bucharest) : Natural history among the disciplines: Francis Bacon on the tree of knowledge

  • October 30, 16.00

    SORANA CORNEANU(University of Bucharest) : Francis Bacon and the Art of Examination

  • November 3, 16.00


    GUIDO GIGLIONI(Warburgh Institute, London),DANA JALOBEANU(University of Bucharest), SORANA CORNEANU(University of Bucharest) : Medicine of the mind and the disciplines of early modern world

  • November 12, 16.00


    ERIC SCHLIESSER(University of Ghent): Spinoza’s Critiques of Mathematical Science

  • 4 Decembrie, 17.00, Colegiul Noua Europa, Sala de conferinte

    SILVIA MANZO (Max Plank Institute, Berlin) : Probability and certainty in Francis Bacon: the case of law



  • Thursday, January 28, 17.00, New Europe College

    SORANA CORNEANU (Universitatea din Bucuresti) : Virtuoso Discipline

MARCH 2010


  • Vineri, 12 martie, 17.00-19.00

    Research Group: Fundamentele Modernitatii Europene

    Dana JALOBEANU (Facultatea de Filosofie,Universitatea Bucuresti) : "Learned experience and constructed facts: Pedagogical and therapeutic aspects of Francis Bacon's natural history"


  • Joi, 25 martie, 17.00


    Ed SLOWICK(Winona State University and Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science): "Leibniz and Relationism: Why Nothing Works"


  • Vineri, 26 martie, 18.00


    Ed SLOWICK(Winona State University and Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science): "Hobbes and the 'phantasm' of space"

    Facultatea de Filosofie, Splaiul Independentei, 204. Tel: 021 318 15 56

* La seminariile Programelor NEC si la research group-uri pot participa doar bursieri si alumni ai acestor programe si invitatii lor.