CFP: Aristotelian natural philosophy in the early modern period

Submission deadline: January 15, 2013

Conference date(s):
May 23, 2013 - May 24, 2013

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Conference Venue:

Sarton Centre for History of Science and the Department of Philosophy and Moral Science, University of Ghent
Gent, Belgium

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Early modern philosophers liked to debate about Aristotle just as much as medieval scholars. They had different sources to fuel their discussions: from the humanist preoccupation with a pristine Aristotle and a purification of a corpus perceived as corrupted to the very medieval doctors that others sought to forget. This conference aims at reconstructing the various ways in which Aristotle's natural philosophical books were read and used to nourish various philosophical agendas.

We welcome papers on any topic related to late medieval and early modern natural philosophy (roughly 1300-1700) that can contribute to a better understanding of the reception of Aristotle in the period. Papers focussing on the reception of less prominent books of the corpus aristotelicum, such as the Meteorologica or the Parva Naturalia, are especially welcome.

For paper submissions, please send an abstract of 500 words by January 15th, in English or French, to [email protected] and [email protected]

Contact: Lucian Petrescu and Maarten Van Dyck. 

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