From Quadrivium to Natural Sciences: New Impulses in the Traditional Framework

November 15, 2018 - November 16, 2018
VIVARIUM – Centre for Research in Medieval Society and Culture, University of Ostrava

Českobratrská 16
Czech Republic

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University of Jyväskylä


University of Ostrava
Czech Academy of Sciences
Palacky University

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The conference aims to provide an opportunity to discuss research and share ideas among the philosophers and historians of science concerning the inquiry into nature, which was primarily represented by quadrivial disciplines and medicine during the early Middle Ages and further developed in reaction to emerging translations of Greek and Arabic texts on nature. The stress is put on the transformations in time, crossing the boundaries, and progressive introduction of “otherness” into the traditional conceptions.

Participants are encouraged to focus on various fields which formed quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy) and on other disciplines devoted to the study of nature (medicine, optics, meteorology, timekeeping, alchemy, etc.). We welcome submissions focusing on issues discussed since the 10th century and following continuities (or discontinuities) up to the 17th century.

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