Ramus and the Reform of Learning, 27 September 2018

Organizers: Iovan Drehe, Koen Vermeir, Grigore Vida

Invited speakers: Dominique Couzinet (Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne), Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge)

Participants: Ovidiu Babeș (IRH-ICUB), Mihnea Dobre (IRH-ICUB), Iovan Drehe (IRH-ICUB), Dana Jalobeanu (IRH-ICUB), Christa Lundberg (University of Cambridge), Koen Vermeir (CNRS/ IRH-ICUB), Grigore Vida (IRH-ICUB)

The workshop is organized under the framework of the national research grant (code: PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2016-0228), “The emergence of mathematical physics in the context of experimental philosophy.”

Petrus Ramus is better known in the history of ideas as an educational reformer rather than a philosopher, logician or scientist. He proposed not only the reform of the classical trivium (with the main focus on dialectic or rhetoric), but also that of the quadrivium (where he had in mind a specific kind of relation between mathematics and the other sciences). In this workshop we aim to explore topics related to Petrus Ramus’ way of seeing the sciences in the light of his sources, his personal views on the arts and sciences, and their influence. More specifically, we will discuss about his sources (e.g. Proclus), his way of seeing the relation between what he considered “theoretical” mathematics (i.e. arithmetic & geometry) and “physical” mathematics (e.g. physics, optics, architecture, geography etc.), his views on technology, and his influence in the 16th-century Cambridge, in order to consider the possible direct or indirect link to the projects of figures such as Francis Bacon.


09:30-10:00 Opening remarks, coffee

Chair: Dana Jalobeanu

10:00-11:00 Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge) – Ramus in sixteenth-century Cambridge

11:00-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:15 Christa Lundberg (University of Cambridge) – The humanist reform of logic in Paris 1500-1520

12:15-12:30 Coffee break

12:30-13:30 Dominique Couzinet (Université Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne) – Uses of the disputatio pro et contra at the Collège de Presles circa 1548-1554

13:30-15:30 Lunch break

Chair: Grigore Vida

15:30-16:30 Koen Vermeir (CNRS / IRH-ICUB) – Ramist technology

16:30-16:45 Coffee break

16:45-17:45 Iovan Drehe (IRH-ICUB) – Ramus and the Proclean tradition in mathematics

17:45-18:00 Cofee break

18:00-19:30 Reading group (moderator: Iovan Drehe)