Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science

From Natural History to Science: the Emergence of Experimental Philosophy
24-26 October 2016

Invited speakers: Iordan Avramov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Andreas Blanck (University of Paderborn & Bard College, Berlin), Arianna Borrelli (Technical University Berlin), Florike Egmont (Leiden University), Mordechai Feingold (California Institute of Technology), Raphaele Garrod (University of Cambridge), Gideon Manning (Claremont Graduate University).

The seventh edition of the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of historians and philosophers interested in the interplay between theory and experimental practices in the 16th–18th centuries, with a special focus on the emergence of experimental philosophy. We invite papers on the history of natural history, early modern experimental practices and forms of experimental methodology, as well as papers investigating the philosophical and methodological discussions surrounding the emergence of experimental philosophy.

Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science is organized by Dana Jalobeanu and the team of the project From natural history to science: the emergence of experimental philosophy and will represent the final conference of this five-year project.


Sunday, 23rd of October

19:00 Welcoming cocktail (Casa Universitarilor, Dionisie Lupu 46)


Monday, 24th of October

IRH-ICUB, Dimitrie Brandza 1

09:30-10:00 Opening Address

10:00-11:00 Keynote lecture: Florike Egmond (Leiden University), The rise of fieldwork as an investigative method in the natural sciences of the 16th century

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:30 Keynote lecture: Iordan Avramov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), Friendly Jokes, Stinging Irony, and Bitter Sarcasm: Varieties of Humor in the Correspondence of Henry Oldenburg

12:30-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-14:45 Raz Chen-Morris (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Reading, Observing and the Making of Knowledge: The Case of Kepler’s Optics

14:45-15:15 Coffee break

15:15-16:00 Monica Ugaglia(Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), The First Experimental Treatise on Magnetism

16:00-16:45 Laura Georgescu (Ghent University), Instruments, phenomena and the practice of “magnetical philosophy”

16:45-17:15 Coffee break

17:15-18:00 Dolores Irizzo (University College London), The Origins of Experimental Philosophy and Bacon’s Medical ‘Histories of Man’ at the Royal Society 1663-1750

18:00-18:30 Coffee break

18:30-19:30 Keynote lecture: Andreas Blank (University of Paderborn & Bard College, Berlin), Confessionalization and Early Modern Natural Philosophy

Tuesday, 25 Oct. 2016

IRH-ICUB, Dimitrie Brandza 1

10:00-11:00 Keynote lecture: Gideon Manning (Claremont Graduate University), Mixed Signals: Descartes’s Nerves, Regius’s Slugs, and the Origins of ‘Experimental Philosophy’

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:15 Fabrizio Baldassarri (Bar-Ilan University, Tel Aviv), Mechanizing the vegetative soul. Descartes and Digestion

12:15-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-14:45 Balint Kekedi (University of Aberdeen), The Linguistic Model of Perceptual Cognition and the Role of the Passions in Cartesian Natural Automata

14:45-15:30 Mihnea Dobre (University of Bucharest), Ways of connecting Bacon and Descartes: Medicine and Experimentation

15:30-16:00 Coffee break


Faculty of Philosophy,

Splaiul Indepententei 204, Room Tudor Vianu

16:00-16:45 Sandra Bihlmaier (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Philipp Melanchthon on Argumentation and Style: Dialectics and Rhetorics as the Tools of Clear Reasoning

16:45-17:30 Sorana Corneanu (University of Bucharest), Science and the Art of Thinking

17:30-18:00 Coffee break

18:00-19:00 Keynote lecture: Raphaële Garrod (CRASSH and Newnham College, University of Cambridge), Natural History in Early Modern France: The Poetics of an Epistemic Genre?

Wednesday, 26 Oct. 2016

IRH-ICUB, Dimitrie Brandza 1

09:15-10:15 Keynote lecture: Arianna Borrelli (Technical University Berlin), The rare and the dense in Bernardino Telesio’s meteorology

10:15-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:30 Mark Thomas Young (University of Bergen), Nature as Spectacle; Experiment and Empiricism in Early Modern Experimental Practice

11:30-12:15 Doina-Cristina Rusu (University of Groningen), Francis Bacon on the interactions between pneumatic and tangible matter

12:15-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-14:45 Kirsten Walsh (University of Nottingham), Newton’s Corpuscular Scaffolding

14:45-15:30 Cornelis J. Schilt (University of Oxford), Navigating the Continuum Isaac Newton’s many Ways of Knowing

15:30-16:00 Coffee break (moving to the Faculty of Philosophy, Splaiul Independentei 204)

Faculty of Philosophy

Splaiul Independentei 204, Room Titu Maiorescu

16:00-16:45 Oana Matei (University of Bucharest and Vasile Goldis University of Arad), Perception of plants: Ralph Austen’s appetitive matter theory

16:45-17:30 Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest), Francis Bacon on the “power of perception”

17:30-18:00 Coffee break

18:00-19:00 CELFIS/ Keynote lecture: Mordechai Feingold (California Institute of Technology), Who Was the Experimental Philosopher? Reflections on the Origins of Practice