Masterclass on Galileo’s Methods of Investigation and Discovery

Masterclass on Galileo’s Methods of Investigation and Discovery

24-28 October 2017

A few places are still available for the Galileo Masterclass. To register please send a CV and a letter of intention to humanities@icub.unibuc.ro until October 15, 2017.

Speakers include: Jochen Büttner (Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science), Mihnea Dobre (IRH-ICUB), Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Stefano Gulizia (IRH-ICUB), Dana Jalobeanu (IRH-ICUB), Matteo Valleriani (Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science).

Organized by Mihnea Dobre, Dana Jalobeanu and Matteo Valleriani.

Local organizing team include: Ovidiu Babeș, Iulia Nițescu, and Grigore Vida.

The aim of the masterclass is to explore the various facets of Galileo Galilei’s work. It puts together scholars working on several aspects of Galileo’s thought, including: experiments, humanist methods, and theorizing. We discuss themes such as Galileo, the engineer, the astronomer, the mathematician, the courtier, the natural philosopher, or the theologian. Each day we focus on a particular topic, such as:

  • Galileo, humanist: what to do with history (e.g., history and natural history, methods of reading and writing, dialogue, the geography of hell etc.).
  • Galileo’s observations and experiments.
  • The Technological context of Galileo’s science in The Two New Sciences.
  • Dialectic and the dialogue – discovery and teaching.
  • Galileo theologian: reading the two books (Nature and Scripture).

The masterclass is mainly directed to early stage researchers, but is open to any researchers (broadly understood from M.A. students to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, up to established scholars). The masterclass format combines lectures with reading groups. All the selected texts for discussions will be distributed with the participants before the beginning of the masterclass.

Registered participants: Byron Bevensee (Bucharest), Filip Buyse (University of Oxford/ Vossius Centre, Amsterdam), Teddy Chappell (University of Pennsylvania), Bogdan Deznan (University of Bucharest), Vlad Dolghi (University of Bucharest), Rares Fogas (University of Bucharest), Laura Georgescu (University of Groningen), Crystal Hall (Bowdoin College), Alexandru Liciu (University of Bucharest), Ioana Magureanu (National University of Arts in Bucharest), Ivan Malara (University of Ghent), Tzuchien Tho (University of Milan), Mark Thomas Young (University of Bergen).

Venue: Institute for Research in the Humanities, ICUB, University of Bucharest, Dimitrie Brandza str. 1 (https://irhunibuc.wordpress.com/contact/).

Faculty of Philosophy, Splaiul Independentei 204 (for the CELFIS Seminar).

 

Program

Day 1 (Tuesday, 24 October –14:00-19:00)

Topic: Galileo, humanist: what to do with history (e.g., history and natural history, methods of reading and writing, dialogue, the geography of hell etc.) plus Galileo’s reading of history of philosophy (Aristotle and Plato etc.)

14:00-16:00     Introductory talk

16:00-19:00     Reading Group 1: On Galileo’s Humanist Methods – Stefano Gulizia.

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Day 2 (Wednesday, 25 October – 14:00-20:00)

(optional) 10:00-14:00 A visit to a museum.

14:00-18:00     Reading Group 2: On Galileo, the theologian: reading the two books (Nature and Scripture) – Mihnea Dobre, Daniel Garber.

18:00-20:00     Talk (in the CELFIS Seminar, Faculty of Philosophy, Splaiul Independentei 204), Daniel Garber, Galileo and Descartes.

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Day 3 (Thursday, 26 October – 09:00-18:00)

Topic: The Technological context of Galileo’s science alias The Two New Sciences

Sub-subject: Practical and theoretical knowledge.

09:00-12:30     Talk & Reading Group 3. Matteo Valleriani, From architecture to the theory of resistance of materials.

12:30-13:00     Filip Buyse, “On the manuscript of A.C. Crombie and A. Carugo on Galileo’s Natural Philosophy”.

14:00-18:00     Talk & Reading Group 4. Jochen Büttner, From pendulum and inclined plane to a new science of motion.

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Day 4 (Friday, 27 October – 09:00-18:00)

Topic: Dialectic and the dialogue – discovery and teaching

09:00-10:15     Talk. Matteo Valleriani, The function of the Saggiatore.

10:15-10:50     Teddy Chappell, “Rereading Galileo’s Book of Philosophy: Politics and Poetics in Il Saggiatore

11:00-12.00     Introductory talk for the afternoon reading group, Dana Jalobeanu, Teaching or tricking Simplicio? Visualisation and pedagogical devices in the Dialogo

14.00-18:00     Reading group 5: Was Galileo an experimental philosopher? – thought experiments, recorded observations and pedagogical devices in the Dialogo – Dana Jalobeanu, Daniel Garber.

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Day 5 (Saturday, 28 October) – optional.

Visit to a museum.

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