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Prof. Monica Baciu (Université Grenoble Alpes), Multifactorial Representation of Language: Variability and Plasticity

Keynote lecture, 4 July 2016, 10h

Mircea Florian Amphiteatre, Faculty of Philosophy, Splaiul Independentei 204


Prof. Monica BACIU MD PhD, Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), Grenoble

Multifactorial Representation of Language: Variability and Plasticity


More details on the Consciousness and Cognition seminar page.

Speculative and Experimental Philosophy at the Berlin Academy


International Workshop – IRH-ICUB and New Europe College

June 21-22 2016

Conveners: Tinca PRUNEA-BRETONNET (IRH-ICUB) and Peter ANSTEY (IRH-ICUB & University of Sydney)

 Participants: Peter ANSTEY, Paola BASSO, Henny BLOMME, Sorin COSTREIE, Daniel DUMOUCHEL, Jean-François GOUBET, Ansgar LYSSY, Tinca PRUNEA-BRETONNET, Francesco Valerio TOMMASI


This workshop examines the complementary roles of experiment and speculation in the Berlin Academy, from its renaissance under the leadership of Maupertuis to the end of the eighteenth century. The workshop also aims to analyze the way in which its members participated in the controversies surrounding concepts like ‘experiment’, ‘metaphysics’, and ‘science’ and the contemporary efforts to rethink the task and meaning of philosophy. It will address the following questions. How were experiment and speculation reflected in the Academy’s organisational structure and what roles did they play in the philosophical output of its members? How did its emphasis on observation and experiment mesh with the German metaphysical heritage? To what extent was the Academy a significant actor in the debates of the time? What was its influence on the philosophical issues of the second half of the century? And can we talk about an academic philosophy or an ‘academic spirit’ in the larger context of the German and European Enlightenment?

Speculative and Experimental Philosophy at the Berlin Academy
June 21-22, 2016


Tuesday, June 21 (New Europe College, str. Plantelor 21)

Chair: Jean-François Goubet (Lille/Arras)

10.00 – 10.15: Welcome address
10.15 – 11.15: Peter Anstey (Sydney/Bucharest): The four classes of the Académie
11.15 – 11.30: Coffee
11.30 – 12.30: Daniel Dumouchel (Montreal): Profondeurs de l’âme, états altérés et paradoxes psychologiques: la psychologie empirique appliquée de J. G. Sulzer
12.30 – 13.30: Francesco Valerio Tommasi (Rome): Somatology. Notes on a residual science in the 17th-18th centuries

13.30 – 15.00: Lunch

Chair: Daniel Dumouchel (Montreal)

15.00 – 16.00: Jean-François Goubet (Lille): Examen de la réponse avortée de Lambert à la Preisfrage de 1761
16.00 – 17.00: Henny Blomme (Leuven): J. B. Merian and J. N. Tetens on apperception
17.00 – 17.30: Coffee
17.30 – 18.30: Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (Bucharest/Lyon): From experience to metaphysics: Merian and eclectic philosophy

Wednesday, June 22 (Institute for Research in Humanities, str. Dimitrie Brandza 1)

Chair: Sorana Corneanu (Bucharest)

09.30 – 10.30: Paola Basso (Milan): The “Experimental-Metaphysik” at the Berlin Academy. The odd alliance between experience, mathematics and teleology
10.30 – 11.00: Coffee
11.00 – 12.00: Ansgar Lyssy (Munich): Maupertuis and Euler on the economy of nature
12.00 – 13.00: Sorin Costreie (Bucharest): Wolff’s reception and dissemination of Leibniz
13.00 – 13.30: Concluding remarks


A workshop within the framework of the research project Philosophy between Mathematical Method and Experiment: the Berlin Academy (1746-1764), funded by the Romanian National Council for Scientific Research (PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-2522)

Andrew Irvine (University of British Columbia), Two Theories of Academic Freedom

Date: Tuesday 19 April 2016, 16h00Andrew_Irvine_Faculty_page36579

Andrew Irvine received his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney for work in the Department of Traditional and Modern Philosophy on mathematical truth and scientific realism. Since then he has published and lectured on topics in the philosophy of mathematics, the history and philosophy of logic, and the philosophy of law. He is especially interested in the work of the twentieth-century philosopher, essayist and social critic, Bertrand Russell.

This talk is organized in collaboration with CELFIS (Center for Logic, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Bucharest) and CCEA (Center for Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest).

Please confirm your participation at: (limited places).


Half-Day Workshop – 20 April 2016

16:00-19:00, IRH-ICUB (Dimitrie Brandza Str. 1)

Workshop (1/2 day) organized by Iulian Toader (IRH-ICUB). Invited speakers: Andrew Irvine (University of British Columbia), Mircea Dumitru (University of Bucharest).

This is a workshop in theoretical philosophy, focused on recent debates in the metaphysics of modality. The talks will discuss the metaphysical significance of several systems of modal logic, and in particular the system S7, rather than the more widely accepted systems S4 and S5, as well as the more general relevance of modal logic in the analytic-metaphysical debate between various possibilist and actualist positions about modality. Recommended readings include: Andrew D. Irvine, “S7” in Journal of Applied Logic, 11, 523-539, 2013; and Christopher Menzel, “Actualism”, in The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.


Andrew D. Irvine (University of British Columbia) A Theory of Logical Possibility

Mircea Dumitru (University of Bucharest) Remarks on Modal Actualism.

Workshop on Baconian Themes in Natural and Moral Philosophy

Fri 01 April 2016

Francis Bacon’s programme for the reformation of knowledge presupposed a double replacement of the old received tradition: both epistemic and methodologic. This replacement affected all the arias of natural knowledge and, as a continuation of this programme, Baconianism took different shapes in the second half of the seventeenth century and the eighteenth century. The aim of this workshop is to bring into discussion Bacon’s endeavor for the reformation of knowledge, as well as different ways in which Baconianism was understood in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

International workshop organized by IRH-ICUB in collaboration with CELFIS (Center for Logic, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Bucharest); organizer: Doina-Cristina Rusu (CELFIS).

Participants: Silvia Manzo (National University of La Plata, Tehnical University Berlin), Dana Jalobeanu (IRH, University of Bucharest), Mihnea Dobre (CELFIS, University of Bucharest), Peter Anstey (IRH, University of Bucharest & University of Sydney), Sorana Corneanu (IRH, University of Bucharest)



9:30-10:00 – Coffee and Welcoming address

10:00-11:00 – Silvia Manzo (National University of La Plata, Tehnical University Berlin), Natural philosophy, jurisprudence and laws of nature in Francis Bacon

11:00-12:00 – Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest), Reconstructing Francis Bacon’s natural history: Sylva Sylvarum in the seventeenth century

12:00 -12:30 – Coffee break

12:30-13:30 – Mihnea Dobre (University of Bucharest), Bacon, Descartes and “the new science”

13:30-15:00 – Lunch break

15:00-16:00 – Peter Anstey (IRH-ICUB/ Sydney), Hume’s experimental moral philosophy

16:00-17:00 – Sorana Corneanu (University of Bucharest), Genius and Experiment: Echoes of the Sylva in the Later Eighteenth Century

17:00-17:30 – Concluding remarks

Half-Day Workshop – 26 February 2016

This is part of the series of workshops organized by Dr. Iulian D. Toader

Ora de incepere: 17:00 (Faculty of Philosophy)


Alexandru Dragomir (Bucharest) “An Interpretation of Edgington’s Verificationist Thesis in an Epistemic Temporal Framework”
Constantin-C. Brincus (Bucharest) “Inferring to the best explanation of first order logical truths”
Andrei Sipos (Bucharest) “Analyticity in arithmetic: an approach via proof theory”

1. Dorothy Edgington, “The Paradox of Knowability” in Mind 94, 557-568, 1985.
2. Stewart Shapiro, “The status of Logic” in Paul Boghossian & Christopher Peacocke (eds.), New Essays on the a Priori, Oxford Univ. Press, 333 -367, 2000.
3. Curtis Franks, “Cut as consequence” in History and Philosophy of Logic, 31, 349-379, 2010.