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Philosophy of Mathematics Workshop - Mathematical aims beyond justification

    'Feeding on the nectar of the gods': Appropriations of Isaac Newton's thought, ca. 1700-1750

    Organisation

    Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel

    Date

    5-6 July 2016

    Venue

    University Foundation
    Egmontstraat 11 Rue d'Egmont
    B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

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    Conference theme

    The conference theme is the diffusion of Newton's thought during the first half of the eighteenth century across Europe. The seeming ease with which Newton's ideas were diffused has long been described as self-evident. State-of-the-art research has, however, shown that the spread and success of Newton's corpus was far from obvious. More particularly, it has been suggested that the successful diffusion of Newton's ideas was not merely determined by the obvious merits of the scientific claims which Newton developed in his two major works, the Principia (first edition: 1687) and the Opticks (first edition: 1704), but also by local factors and contexts, such as inter alia: (a) already established scholarly and educationally dominant traditions or systems; (b) theological and religious fractions, sensibilities, and worldviews; and (c) metaphysical and methodological orientations. Seen from this perspective, if we want to fully understand the successful spread of Newton's ideas, we need to take into account the multifarious ways in which his ideas were appropriated in order to meet local 'needs'. At the same time, we need to pinpoint the characteristics of those very ideas in virtue of which they could be successfully 'exported' to different intellectual and scientific hubs across Europe. The scientific committee welcomes presentations that contribute to our understanding of the spread of Newton's thought across Europe from approximately 1700 to 1750.

    Call for papers

    Abstracts of approximately 500 words should be sent to the conference chair Prof. dr. Steffen Ducheyne by 24 April 2016. Decisions will be made shortly thereafter. There will be room for 12 contributed presentations (20-22 minutes for the actual presentation + 10-8 minutes for Q&A). Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by the scientific committee according to the following criteria: 1. quality, 2. relevance to the conference theme, and 3. capacity to engender a diverse coverage of the diffusion of Newton's thought.

    Keynote speakers

    Marta Cavazza (Universita di Bologna) CANCELLED
    Tamas Demeter (Hungarian Academy of Science)
    Steffen Ducheyne (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
    Mordechai Feingold (Caltech)
    Niccolo Guicciardini (Universita degli Studi di Bergamo)*
    Rob Iliffe (University of Oxford)
    Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge)
    Stephen D. Snobelen (University of King's College)

    * Lecture sponsored by Belgian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science.

    Programme

    The conference programme is available here (pdf).

    Registration

    The conference fee is 130 EURO (this includes the conference dinner). Authors whose paper has been accepted will receive further information with regards to registration and accommodation via e-mail.

    Practical information

    Practical information is available here (pdf).

    Scientific Committee

    Marta Cavazza, Tamas Demeter, Steffen Ducheyne, Mordechai Feingold, Niccolo Guicciardini, Rob Iliffe, Scott Mandelbrote

    Organizing Committee

    Liesbet De Kock, Sven Delariviere, Steffen Ducheyne, Joachim Frans, Pieter Present, Jip van Besouw, Yannick Van den Abbeel, Nigel Vinckier


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