Masterclass on Isaac Newton: Historian and Philosopher

Interdisciplinary masterclass:

Isaac Newton: Historian and Philosopher

March 30, 2017

Invited speakers: Sarah Hutton (University of York), Dmitri Levitin (University of Oxford), Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge).

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The Institute for Research in the Humanities- ICUB, University of Bucharest is pleased to announce a one day intensive, interdisciplinary masterclass, focusing on published and manuscript writings of Isaac Newton. The day will combine more formal lectures with reading groups on texts distributed in advance. Discussions will cover questions pertaining to Newton’s theology, Newton’s humanist methods, Joseph Mede’s influence upon Newton etc.


9.30 – 10.00 – Coffee

10.00 – 12.00 – Scott Mandelbrote and Sarah Hutton: Newton, Mede and Prophecy

  • Passages from Yahuda 1
  • Rules for interpreting prophecy (from the Observations)
  • Joseph Mede on the synchronisms
  • Secondary reading: Mandelbrote on Newton and Daniel; Hutton on Newton and Mede (SCH 1994)

12.00 – 13.30 – Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00 – Scott Mandelbrote and Dmitri Levitin: Newton and the scholastic curriculum

  • Newton’s speech at the Divinity Act
  • Secondary reading: Levitin on Newton, British Journal for the History of Science 2016

15.00 – 15.30 – Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00 – Scott Mandelbrote and Remus Manoila: Newton and humanist methods

  • Correspondence of Newton and Thomas Burnet
  • Passages relating to Yahuda 16, 17, 41
  • Passages relating to Yahuda 15
  • Newton and Locke correspondence on Two Notable Corruptions
  • Secondary reading: Mandelbrote on Newton and Thomas Burnet; Mandelbrote, Issac Newton reads the Fathers