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EMPHASIS: Early Modern Philosophy and the Scientific Imagination Seminar, 2011-2012

  • 2011-10-22
  • 2012-06-02
  • London
EMPHASIS (Early Modern Philosophy and the Scientific Imagination Seminar) 2011-2012

Venue: Room 104 [1st Floor] Senate House, South Building, Malet Street, London WC1E. Time: Saturday, 2-4pm. Refreshments provided.

22 October 2011
Manuel Mertens (University of Ghent)
‘Giordano Bruno’s Cantus Circaeus and demonic deception’

5 November 2011
Hannah Dawson (University of Edinburgh)
‘Locke on the law of nature’

10 December 2011
Italian Renaissance philosophy in the vernacular: Alessandro Piccolomini
Letizia Panizza (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Eugenio Refini (University of Warwick): ‘Logic, Rhetoric and Poetics as rational faculties in Alessandro Piccolomini’s map of knowledge’.

14 January 2012
Karin Ekholm (HPS, University of Cambridge)
‘Timon's spade and the Queen of Hearts: medicine and anatomy in Nathaniel Highmore's emblematic title page’.

4 February 2012
Peter J. Forshaw (University of Amsterdam)
‘As Above, So Below: Medieval and Early Modern Conjunctions of Astrology and Alchemy’.

10 March 2012
Mathematical Practitioners in Early Modern England
Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin (V&A) ‘Mastering crafts: the mathematic text and artisanal epistemology in seventeenth-century England’.
Stephen Johnston (Museum of the History of Science, Oxford)
‘Confessions of a Mathematical Practitioner: Richard Norwood's Spiritual Autobiography’

14 April 2012
Current Research on Jan Baptista Van Helmont
Sietske Fransen (Warburg Institute):
‘Jan Baptista van Helmont and the power of words’
Jo Hedesan (University of Exeter):
‘Alchemy and Light Theory in the Work of Jan Baptista Van Helmont (1579-1644)’

5 May 2012
Thomas Roebuck (Magdalen College, Oxford)
‘Forms of Antiquarianism in the Early Royal Society’

2 June 2012
Medieval Arabic and Latin Alchemy
Stephanie Seavers (University College, London)
‘The symbolism of gold in medieval alchemy’
Gabriele Ferrario (Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit, University of Cambridge) ‘The pigment that came from overseas: Ultramarine blue in Medieval Arabic Alchemy’.

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