The Natural Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes: Its Context and Development

February 2, 2012 - February 3, 2012
Maison Française d'Oxford

United Kingdom


Daniel Garber
Princeton University
Noel Malcolm
Oxford University
Martine Pécharman
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Friday 3 February, Maison Française d’Oxford

10.00-10.30 Tea/Coffee - Welcome by Luc Borot, Director of the MFO

Morning Session

Chair: Noel Malcolm (All Souls College, Oxford)

10.30-11.30 Timothy Raylor (Carleton College, Northfield)
Hobbes's Method of Composition and its Implications

11.30-12.30 Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck College, London)
Defining the Terms of Motion in Hobbes's Natural philosophy

Afternoon Session I

Chair: Kinch Hoekstra (University of California, Berkeley)

14.00-15.00 John Henry (University of Edinburgh)
Galileo, Hobbes, and the Physics of Simple Circular Motion

15.00-16.00 Douglas Jesseph (University of South Florida)
Hobbes on the Foundations of Natural Philosophy

Afternoon Session II

Chair: Luc Borot (MFO)

16.30-18.00 Daniel Garber (Princeton University)
Hobbes, Descartes, and Laws of Nature
Francesca Giuliano (Università del Salento)
Response to Dan Garber

Saturday 4 February, All Souls College

Morning Session I

Chair: Catherine Wilson (University of Aberdeen)

9.30-10.30 Franco Giudice (Università degli Studi di Bergamo)
The Place of Optics in Hobbes's Natural Philosophy

10.30-11.30 Elaine Stroud (University of Wisconsin)
Lines of Vision: A Construction Integrating Physics, Geometry, and Psychology

Morning Session II 

Chair: Daniel Garber (Princeton University)

11.45-12.45 Philip Beeley (Linacre College, Oxford)
Experimentarian Philosophers. Hobbes's Writings on Pneumatics and their Reception by Boyle and Wallis

Afternoon Session

Chair: Martine Pécharman (CNRS-MFO)

14.00-15.00 Agostino Lupoli (Università degli Studi di Milano)
Hobbes’s Concept of Accident

15.00-16.00 Cees Leijenhorst (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Causality and Representation in Hobbes's De Corpore

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