Special Topics in History of Science: Early Modern Natural Philosophies

Th 2:00PM - 4:25PM / G28 Cathedral of Learning / CRN 2990
 
In this seminar we will explore the emergence of early modern natural philosophies. We will examine competing conceptions of the natural world that rose to prominence in the aftermath of the religious reforms of the sixteenth century, the Renaissance, the modern state and the formation of capitalistic economies. Our investigations will be based upon the works of major figures such as Galileo, Descartes and Newton, who referred to their style of inquiry as ‘natural philosophical’. What was natural? What was philosophical? How did natural philosophy become mathematical and experimental? In sharp contrast to, or in harmony with medieval scholasticism? How were natural-philosophical disciplines institutionalized and how much of that process still informs the discourses and practices of contemporary educational and academic institutions?  Questions such as these will torture and nurture our minds during the seminar. There are no prerequisites.  

Number of Credits

3

Paolo Palmieri

Course Term

Spring

Course Category

Category B: Disciplines and Intellectual Movements

Course Year

2018