Early Modern Philosophy and the Scientific Imagination Seminar

The EMPHASIS seminar focuses on the history of early modern philosophy (broadly construed), and the history of early modern science (including the occult sciences). It is one of the only seminars in London which addresses these themes together.


Dr Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London) & Dr Anthony Ossa-Richardson (UCL)

Seminar Programme

  • 19 October 2019 Philippa Hellawell (King's College London), ‘Sir William Petty and the “Philosophy of Shipping”.’
  • 2 November 2019 Ian Campbell (Queens University, Belfast), ‘Franciscan Political Thought in Baroque Rome’
  • 16 November Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest): “Cosmopoetics in the Renaissance: fables, cosmology and the Timaean tradition”
  • 7 December 2019 Rosemary Moore (UCL), ‘Barber-surgeons and the Mobility of the Anatomical Image.’
  • 11 January 2020 Barret Reiter (St Edmund’s College, Cambridge), ‘Protestantism and the Imagination, c. 1550-1650.’ 
  • 1 February 2020: Ivana Bicak (University of Aarhus), ‘Animal Afterlife in Copenhagen's Anatomy House’.
  • 7 March 2020 Cornelis Schilt (Linacre College, Oxford), ‘“With more judgment than any prophane writer ever did” - The Prophetical Origins of Isaac Newton’s Chronology.’
  • 4 April 2020 Boris Jardine (HPS, Cambridge), 'Machines, mines and mathematics: Elizabethan artisans as agents of change' CANCELLED
  • 2 May 2020 Per Landgren (University of Oxford), ‘What was “historia”? Rival concepts in early Modern Europe.’ CANCELLED
  • 6 June 2020 Sophie Page (UCL), ‘Nature and Magic in the Late Middle Ages’
  • 4 July 2020 Umberto Veronesi (UCL), “The Old Ashmolean Museum and Oxford’s seventeenth-century chymical community: A material culture approach”.