Talk: Dan Cautis (Georgetown University), The Problems and Limitations of Scientism, 15 May 2017

talk Dan CautisDate: 15 May 2017, 14h

The ongoing extraordinary success of science and technology started with the beginning of the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century empowered a new mechanistic, materialist-physicalist metaphysics that morphed into scientism (the claim that science can explain the whole reality) and in the process brushed aside the Aristotelian-Thomisitc metaphysics.

This claim was suspect from the beginning, but a number of factors (among which was the zeitgeist generated by Enlightenment and the anti-Church, anti-clerical attitudes of the last few centuries) made the positivist, scientist view of the world predominant among the scientists during late nineteenth and the beginning of twentieth centuries.

There are however, serious limitations and problem with this view (the dismissing attitude towards philosophy, the inability to coherently explain quantum realities, the issues of mind-matter and consciousness, the extreme reductionism in biology, etc.) that will be emphasized in the presentation.

Roundtable discussion on Digital Humanities, 12 May 2017

dh maiFriday, 12 May, 14.00-17.00


Fabio Ciotti (University of Tor Vergata), Digital Textual Studies: from representation to analysis.
Liviu Dinu (University of Bucharest), Towards a map of distances between Romanian and European languages.
Maurizio Lana (University of Eastern Piedmont), Ontologies and semantic annotation in the Humanities.

This event is part of the IRH-ICUB series dedicated to Digital Humanities.

More details here,

IRH-ICUB Visiting Professors Fellowships awarded in April 2017

The Institute of Research in Humanities (IRH-ICUB) is proud to announce the visiting professors fellowships awarded in April 2017:

Prof. Roberta D’Alessandro (Utrecht University) – Hot Topics in Romance Syntax

Prof. Roberto Giuntini (University of Cagliari) – Fuzzy and Quantum Degrees of Truth

Prof. Stefano Gulizia (C.U.N.Y.) – Galileo’s People: Mapping Scientific Networks and Reading Practices in Early Modern Italy

Prof. Jennifer Radden (University of Massachusetts Boston) – Defining Mental Disorder

Prof. Donca Steriade (MIT) – Romanian phonology and morphology

Prof. Matteo Valleriani (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin) – History of Quantification in Science 


ICUB Fellowships for Young Researchers awarded in April 2017

The Institute of Research in Humanities (IRH-ICUB) is proud to announce two new fellows:

Svetlana Tsonkova – Human Agency in Verbal Magic in Bulgaria and Romania (17th – 19th century), fellowship awarded for 12 months

Cătălin Țăranu – The Many Battles of Maldon: Historical Truth and the Emergence of the Event in Early Medieval History-writing, fellowship awarded for 12 months

Roundtable Discussion on Rivers and Seas in European History, 5 May 2017

17349417_1222659764518837_653650804_oThe Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH-ICUB) is pleased to announce a roundtable discussion on Rivers and Seas in European History, 5 May 2017, 11h.

The event will start with the lecture on “Ancient sea and river routes in Eastern Europe and Northern Europe” by Dimitris Michalopoulos (Institute of Hellenic Maritime History/IRH-ICUB Visiting Professor).

The lecture will be followed by a roundtable discussion on Naval History. Topics to be addressed: Questions of identity (a geographical expression), Commercial routes, People migration, Warfare, Sacred Places, Cultural networks, Piracy, Health, Knowledge (flora and fauna/ natural histories), Standardization (institutions, trade regulations), Mediterranean History, Atlantic Ocean, Black Sea.

Speakers: Ovidiu Cristea, Viorel Panaite, Silvana Rachieru.