EMPHASIS (Early Modern Philosophy and the Scientific Imagination)

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The purpose of EMPHASIS (Early Modern Philosophy and the Scientific Imagination) is to provide a London forum for scholars working in the history of philosophy, intellectual history and the history of science of Europe in the period 1400-1650. The term ‘philosophy' is interpreted in its fullest Renaissance sense, and includes such themes as: Neoplatonism, scholasticism and late Aristotelian philosophy, Epicureanism, stoicism, scepticism, cosmological theories, the classification of the disciplines, encyclopaedism, Lullism, the art of memory, the philosophy of mathematics, theories of the soul, theories of language and signs, etc.

Convenors: Dr Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London): s.clucas@bbk.ac.uk, Dr Anthony Ossa-Richardson (Queen Mary, University of London): anthonyossar@gmail.com

All meetings: Saturdays, 2.00-4.00pm.

Refreshments provided.


PROGRAMME 2015-2016

17 October 2015: Richard Oosterhoff (CRASSH, University of Cambridge): “Amateurs and Authorship: Oronce Fine’s Projection of a Republic of Mathematics.”

7 November 2015: Francis Young (Kings School, Ely) “The Liturgy of Exorcism and the Development of Ritual Magic.”

5 December 2015: Thomas Leinkauf (Univeristy of Münster): “Giordano Bruno and the fate of the concept of vinculum in Renaissance Philosophy”

9 January 2016: Maude Vanhaelen (Warwick) “Summoning Pagan Demons in sixteenth-century Florence: Francesco Verino il Secondo’s Interpretation of Platonic Sources.”

6 February 2016: Early Modern English Natural Philosophy
Joe Moshenska (CRASSH, University of Cambridge) “Kenelm Digby’s Eggs”.
Harry Pearse (King’s College, Cambridge) “Locke's Disciplinary Boundaries: Natural Theology, Biblical Faith and Probable Philosophy.”

5 March 2016:  The Renaissance reception of the ancient Greek myths of the magic power of music.
Jacomien Prins (Warwick) “Girolamo Cardano and the exceptional, lost powers of ancient music.”
Katherine Butler (Tudor Partbooks project, University of Oxford): “Inscriptions, motets, and the praise of music in Robert Dow’s Partbooks (GB-Och: Mus.984-8).”

9 April 2016: Sandrine Parageau (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense), “Christ in Anne Conway’s Principia (1690): metaphysics, syncretism, and female imitatio Christi”

14 May 2016: Piotr Szalek (Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge) “Early Modern Scientific Revolution, Representationalism, and Pragmatism.”

11 June 2016: Tim Stuart Buttle (CRASSH) “Natural Law, Custom and History from Hooker to Locke”.

For the most up-to-date information on the seminar please consult the events diary.

To be added to the EMPHASIS e-mailing list, please contact the organiser: Dr Stephen Clucas.

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Enquiries: Jon Millington, Events Officer, Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; tel +44 (0) 207 664 4859; Email jon.millington@sas.ac.uk