Vegetative Powers: Endowing Bodily Life from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period

September 12, 2018 - September 13, 2018
Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences , University of Padua

Palazzo del Bo/Aula Cagnetto


  • Society for the Social History of Medicine
  • Società Italiana di Storia della Scienza


University of Bucharest

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Wednesday, 12 September:

09.15-09.30 Registration

09.30-10.00  Welcome Address from Authorities of the University of Padua &  Gaetano Thiene (Padua U), “The Heart in the History of the University of Padua”

10.00 Klaus Corcilius(Berkeley U) “Soul, Parts of Soul, and Vegetation in Aristotle”

10.30 Robert Vinkensteijn (Utrecth U) “ὁμοίωσις φυτῷ in Galen: how our most fundamental capacities are plant-like”

11.30 Martin Klein (Humboldt U) “How to Explain Vegetative Powers of an Immaterial Soul?”

12.00 Roberto Lo Presti (Humboldt U) “Expanding the Parva Naturalia-Project: Albertus Magnus on Nutrition”

12.30 Cristiano Casalini (Boston U) “Jesuit Vegetative Souls: Lessious and the Conimbricenses on men’s ‘lowest’ functions"

14.00 Anna Tropia (Humboldt U) “Towards the Elimination of the Anima Vegetativa: Some Intellectualistic Tendencies in the Jesuits Suárez and Arriaga"

14.30 Andreas Blank (Alpen-Adria U) “Nicolas Taurellus on Forms, Vegetative Souls and the Question of Emergence"

15.00 Elisabeth Moreau (Bruxelles/Radboud Nijmegen) “Generation and the Vegetative Soul: A ‘Hermetic’ Perspective from Marburg (1612)”

16.00 Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest U) “Concoction, Transmutation, and Living Spirits: Francis Bacon’s Experiments with Artifical Life”

16.30 Igor Agostini (Università del Salento) “The Vegetative Functions of the Soul in Descartes’ Meditationesand the ordo rationis”

17.00 Balint Kekedi (Aberdeen U) “Marin Cureau de la Chambre’s Conception of the Vegetative Soul”  

Thursday 13 September:

09.00  Fabrizio Baldassarri (HAB/Padova) “The First Editions of L’Homme: Cartesian Scholars and the Vegetative Soul”

09.30 Emanuela Orlando (Università del Salento) “Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz and the Question of the Negation of the Vegetative Soul in his Cartesian Manuscripts”

10.00 Sarah Hutton (York U) “Re-Inventing the Vegetable Soul? More’s Spirit of Nature and Cudworth’s Plastic Nature Reconsidered”

11.00 Guido Giglioni (Macerata U) “Plants and Brains: The Vegetative Soul and Its Links with the Imagination in Early Modern Medicine and Philosophy”

11.30 Justin Begley (Helsinki U) “Margaret Cavendish on Vegetable Life”

12.00 Daniel Schmal (Pázmány Péter Catholic U) “Vegetative Epistemology: the Cognitive Principles of Life in William Harvey and Francis Glisson”

12.30  Fabio Zampieri (Padova) “An Alternative to the Vegetative Soul: Galen’s Natural Spirit in the Late 17th-Century Medical Conception of Digestive Functions”

14.00 Martine Pécharman (CNRS) “A Way to Atheism? Pierre Bayle on Plastic Life”

15.00  François Duchesneau (Montreal U) “The Notion of Vegetative Soul in the Leibniz-Stahl Controversy”

16.00 Kirsten Walsh (Exeter U) “Newton’s ‘Vegetative Spirit’”

16.30  Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero (Ca’ Foscari Venezia) “Beyond Structure: Vegetative Powers from Wolff to Hanov”

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