from 23 march to 14 november 2022

History and philosophy of science: Historiographical traditions and epistemological perspectives

Cycle of seminars

This series of seminars, jointly organized by the Centro Internazionale Insubrico « Carlo Cattaneo » (University of Insubria) and the Institute for the History of Philosophy and Science in Modern Age (National Research Council, CNR, Italy), has two main objectives.
The first is to compare different and well-established traditions and methodologies in the history and philosophy of science. To this aim, the format chosen is dialogic, comprising three guests that will present and discuss different approaches to the same topic. The second is to build in time an informational and educational resource on the state-of-the-art of the history and philosophy of science, a resource to be shared and made available to scholars, students, and the general public.

The first series, to be held remotely, comprises the following events:

23/3/2022 Mezzo secolo di ricerche, is devoted to the historiographical assessment by prominent Italian scholars of the advancement of research in the history of science about the relationship between science and religion (La questione religione-scienza, by U. Baldini), and between science and society (Scienza e società  by R.G. Mazzolini).

10/05/2022 Giovanni Battista Venturi (1746-1822): fisico, erudito e storico della scienza focuses on this multifarious XVIII Century intellectual, physicist, scholar and historian of science. R. Marcuccio deals with his intellectual formation and training (La formazione e gli studi); P.D. Omodeo about his involvement in water management in the Republic of Venice ( Pratiche scientifiche e gestione delle acque a Venezia ai tempi della Rivoluzione Scientifica) and C.S. Maffioli tells about his scholarly work and interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci’s contributions to hydrology ( Venturi trascrittore e interprete di testi di Leonardo da Vinci sul moto delle acque).

13/10/2022 Tre variazioni sulla cosmologia della prima età moderna presents the work of three of the foremost Italian experts on the subject on Western cosmology during the Renaissance and early modern period. Guido Maria Giglioni will present his interpretation of the role of animism (Animismi: pregi e difetti), Stefano Gulizia will focus on Kepler (La neve di Keplero tra fisica e matematica; and Dario Tessicini will provide a reconstruction of the history of the idea of cosmology between Renaissance and Enlightenment (“Cosmologia”: storia di un’idea tra Rinascimento e Illuminismo)

 28/10/2022, L’epistemologia storica tra analogie, immagini insepolte, monadi: verso un nuovo gioco delle perle di vetro?  will comprise the contributions of  Maria Teresa Costa on Benjamin and Warburg (Pensare per immagini. Walter Benjamin e Aby Warburg), of Rocco Gaudenzi on the role of analogy (Microcosmo e macrocosmo: la rottura di simmetria e le virtù euristiche dell’analogia) and of Stefano Furlan on on John Wheeler (Sotto il segno di Clio: John Wheeler e il rapporto con il passato).

3/11/2022 Reconstructing Recipes: Cross-disciplinary and Cross-cultural Perspectives in the History of Pharmacy, will deal with th history of pharmaceutical practice in a comparative perspective.  The speakers will be E. Hsu (Chinese qinghao recipes (Artemisia annua L.), and questions of translation); E. Leong (Recipes and Technologies of Health in Early Modern England and B. Orland (Reconstructing historical recipes with students at the pharmacy museum Basel).

14/11/2022, Historical epistemology: European perspectives, will present and compare different European traditions in the field of historical epistemology. The speaker will be H.-J. Rheinberger, one of the major representative of this research field (My view on historical epistemology), L. Loison (More on historical epistemology: critical presentism) and D.P. Omodeo (Genesis, validity and the objectives of science: the triad of political epistemology).

Organized by:
Istituto per la storia del pensiero filosofico e scientifico moderno (ISPF), CNR e Centro Internazionale Insubrico «Carlo Cattaneo» e «Giulio Preti» (Università dell’Insubria), nel quadro della Convenzione operativa quinquiennale stipulata nel 2021.
How to participate:
La partecipazione alla conferenza è libera e gratuita, si consiglia pre-iscrizione alle mail dei rispettivi organizzatori elencate nella locandina.
For information:
Dario Generali dario.generali@tiscali.it

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