Bucharest - Princeton Seminar 2010 | Programme

Princeton-Bucharest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

Bran, 30 June – 6 July 2010

Non-Mechanical Philosophies in the Seventeenth Century


30 June

9.30 Departure to Bran from Hotel Flowers, Plantelor str. 2, Bucharest (lunch on the way in Braşov)

17.00 Arrival in Bran (Villa Andra)

19.00 Dinner

1 July

9.30-10.30 Conference: Dan Garber (Princeton): On the Frontlines of the Scientific Revolution: Living in Chaos

10.30-10.45 Coffee break

10.45-13.00 Reading group (I): Aristotelianism and the mechanical philosophy. Convenor: Peter Anstey (Otago)

Texts: Sennert, Thirteenth books on natural philosophy (Bk1: Ch. 1-4, 8-9, Bk 2: Ch 1-3; Bk 3: Chap: 1-2, Bk. 6 Chap. 1-2); Descartes, Principles of Philosophy, IV, 196ff; Boyle, The excellency of the mechanical hypothesis.

13.00-15.00 Lunch break

16.00-16.35 Doina Rusu (Bucharest): Imagination in Bacon’s Experimental Science

16.35-16.50 Coffee Break

16.50-17.25 Raphaële Fruet (Newnham College, Cambridge): The Bible Against Aristotle: The Hermeneutical Cosmology of Pierre de La Primaudaye and its Reception in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century


19.00 Dinner

2 July

9.30-10.30 Conference: Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest): Francis Bacon's natural history: a contextual reading

10.30- 10.45 Coffee break

10.45-13.00 Reading group (II): Natural philosophy, natural history and magic: sympathies in Bruno, Bacon and Della Porta. Convenors: Dana Jalobeanu, Sorana Corneanu, Koen Vermeir

Texts: Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Century 10; Bruno, On magic; On bonding in general; Della Porta, Natural Magic (preface and bk 1, ch. 1-6 and 9)

13.00-15.00 Lunch break

16.00-16.35: Madalina Giurgea (Bucharest): Descartes and Charleton on mind body interaction

16.35-16.50 Coffee break

16.50-17.25 Alexandra Tavares Torero-Ibad (Liège): The importance of non mechanical philosophies in Charles Sorel’s Traité des Novateurs (1655)

17.25-18.00 Delphine Bellis (Utrecht): Vision at the Crossroads of Mechanical and Non-Mechanical Philosophy in Descartes’ Thought

19.00 Dinner

3 July

9.30-10.30 Conference: Theo Verbeek (Utrecht):

Unity and Diversity of Dutch Cartesianism: Some Considerations

10.30-10.45 Coffee break

10.45-13.00 Reading group (III): Dutch Cartesianism. Convenors: Theo Verbeek (Utrecht), Vlad Alexandrescu (Bucharest) (the reading group will be held in English and French)

Texts: lettre de Descartes à Regius de Janvier 1642, de juillet 1645 et réponse de Regius à Descartes du 23 juillet 1645; Descartes, Notae in programma quoddam, du début jusqu'à l'examen de l'article six (AT VIII 347-356).

13.00-15.00 Lunch break

16.00-16.35 Lucian Petrescu (Bucharest), Descartes, Fromondus and Plempius. A game of chess and "crass philosophy"

16.35-16.50 Coffee break

16.50 -17.25 Dr. Koen Vermeir (CNRS, Paris): Are there limits to mechanism? Balthazar Bekker and Dutch Cartesianism

17.25-18.00 Mihnea Dobre (Bucharest): Cartesianism and Chemistry

19.00 Dinner

4 July

9.30-10.30 Conference: Vlad Alexandrescu (Bucharest): Regius and Sorbière (in French)

10.30-10.45 Coffee break

10.45-13.00 Reading group (IV): The Spirit of Nature and other active powers: More, Cudworth and Leibniz. Convenors: Dan Garber, Martine Pécharman, Koen Vermeir

Texts: More, Immortality of the Soul (bk. III, ch 12-13); Cudworth, The true intellectual system; Leibniz, Specimen Dynamicum I

13.00-15.00 Lunch break

16.00-19.00 Free afternoon

19.00 Dinner

5 July

9.30-10.30 Conference: Peter Anstey (Otago): The demise of Baconian natural history

10.30-10.45 Coffee break

10.45-13.00 Reading group (V): Leibniz and Newton. Convenors: Sorin Costreie, Ed Slowick, Katherine Dunlop

Texts: Newton, Optics, Query 31; Leibniz: Anti-barbaric philosophy; Newton, Preface to the Principia

13.00-15.00 Lunch

16.00-16.35 Grigore Vida (Bucharest): Newton on Matter Theory

16.35-16.50 Coffee Break

16.50-17.25 Edward Slowik (Winona State): Locke and Berkeley’s Epistemological Rendition of Newtonian Space


19.00 Dinner

6 July

9.30 Departure to Bucharest