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.

Seminars run 2-4pm. During the 2020/21 academic year EMPHASIS meetings will be held online, via Zoom. To join a seminar please regsiter via the 'Seminar Schedule and Registration' button below. You will receive the joining link and instructions in your confirmation email. 


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

Seminar Programme

  • 17 October 2020 Umberto Veronesi (University College London): “The Old Ashmolean Museum and Oxford’s seventeenth-century chymical community: A material culture approach.” (watch the seminar online here)

  • 14 November 2020 Boris Jardine (HPS, University of Cambridge): “Machines, mines and mathematics: Elizabethan artisans as agents of change”

  • 12 December 2020 Denis Robichaud (Notre Dame University): “Ficino and the Nodus Divinus.”

  • 15 January 2021 Aviva Rothman (Case Western Reserve University): “Kepler’s Epitome of Copernican Astronomy and the Copernican ban of 1616.”

  • 6 February 2021 Louise Devoy (National Maritime Museum): “New perspectives on the life and work of Humfrey Cole (c.1530-91), England’s first native-born scientific instrument maker.”

  • 6 March 2021 Sophie Page (University College London): “Nature and Magic in the Late Middle Ages.”

  • 10 April 2021 Per Landgren (Wolfson College, Oxford): “What was ‘historia’? Rival concepts in early Modern Europe.”

  • 22 May 2021 Claire Fanger (Rice University): “Intersections of Time and Eternity: Understanding Divine Speech in Late Medieval Angel Magic”.

  • 5 June 2021 Lodi Nauta (University of Groningen): “Thomas Hobbes and the Rhetoric of Common Language.”

  • 3 July 2021 Jetze Touber (Independent scholar): “François Hemsterhuis and intellectual dilettantism in Orangist The Hague (1750-1800).”