Masterclass on Galileo’s Methods of Investigation and Discovery

afis Galileo24-28 October 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), 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), Constantin Oprea (University of Bucharest), 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 –09:00-17:30; IRH-ICUB)
Galileo, humanist and his imaginative pedagogy

09:00-9:30 Welcome address
09:30-10:30 Introductory talk (Matteo Valleriani), Galileo puzzle(s).
10:30-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-11:30 Dana Jalobeanu, Teaching or tricking Simplicio? Visualisation and pedagogical devices in the Dialogo.
11:30-13:30 Reading group: Was Galileo an experimental philosopher? – thought experiments, recorded observations and pedagogical devices in the Dialogo – Dana Jalobeanu, Daniel Garber.
13:30-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-15:30 Reading Group: On Galileo’s Humanist Methods – Stefano Gulizia.
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-17-30 Reading Group: On Galileo’s Humanist Methods – Stefano Gulizia.

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Day 2 (Wednesday, 25 October – 13:00-16:00; IRH-ICUB)
Galileo, the theologian

13:00-14:00 Reading Group: On Galileo, the theologian: reading the two books (Nature and Scripture) – Mihnea Dobre, Daniel Garber.
14:00-14:30 Coffee Break
14:30-16:00 Reading group: On Galileo, the theologian: reading the two books (Nature and Scripture) – Mihnea Dobre, Daniel Garber.
Coffee Break
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; IRH-ICUB)
The Technological context of Galileo’s science alias The Two New Sciences. Sub-subject: Practical and theoretical knowledge.

09:00-10:00 Talk: Matteo Valleriani, From architecture to the theory of resistance of materials.
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-13:00 Reading group: From architecture to the theory of resistance of materials – Matteo Valleriani.
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:00 Talk. Jochen Büttner, From pendulum and inclined plane to a new science of motion.
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-17:00 Reading Group: From pendulum and inclined plane to a new science of motion – Jochen Büttner.
17:00-17:10 Coffee break
17:10-18:00 Reading Group: From pendulum and inclined plane to a new science of motion – Jochen Büttner.

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Day 4 (Friday, 27 October – 09:00-13:00; IRH-ICUB)
Dialectic and the dialogue – discovery and teaching.

09:00-10:00 Talk. Matteo Valleriani, The function of the Saggiatore.
10:00-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-11.15 Teddy Chappell, Rereading Galileo’s Book of Philosophy: Politics and Poetics in Il Saggiatore.
11:15-13:00 Roundtable discussion: Galileo puzzle(s).

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Day 5 (Saturday, 28 October) – optional.
Visit to a museum.
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