CFP: Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy

Posted: 29 de April de 2012 by Fernando Furtado in Call for Papers, Event, News

Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy
Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
2-4 November 2012

Call for Papers

We invite the submission of extended abstracts (approximately 1000
words) for individual paper presentations (limit 30 minutes).

The aim of the conference is to bring to the fore the medical context
of the ‘Scientific Revolution’ and to explore the complex connections
between medicine and natural philosophy in Renaissance and Early
Modern Europe. Medicine and natural philosophy interacted on many
levels, from the practical imperative to restore and maintain the
health of human bodies to theoretical issues on the nature of living
matter and the powers of the soul to methodological concerns about the
appropriate way to gain knowledge of natural things. And issues of
life, generation, ageing, medicine, and vital activity were important
topics of investigation for canonical actors of the Scientific
Revolution, from Boyle, Hooke and Locke to Descartes and Leibniz.
Recent efforts to recover the medical content and contexts of their
projects have already begun to reshape our understanding of these key
natural philosophers. Putting medical interests in the foreground also
reveals connections with a wide variety of less canonical but
historically important scientists, physicians, and philosophers, such
as Petrus Severinus, Fabricius ab Aquapendente, Lodovico Settala,
William Harvey, Richard Lower, Thomas Willis, Louis de la Forge, and
Georg Ernst Stahl.  This interdisciplinary conference will bring
together scholars of Renaissance and Early Modern science, medicine
and philosophy to examine the projects of more and less canonical
figures and trace perhaps unexpected interactions between medicine and
other approaches to studying and understanding the natural world.

Confirmed Speakers include

Domenico Bertoloni Meli (Indiana University)
Antonio Clericuzio (University of Cassino)
Dennis Des Chene (Washington University)
Patricia Easton (Claremont Graduate University)
Cynthia Klestinec (Miami University, Ohio)
Gideon Manning (Caltech)
Jole Shackelford (University of Minnesota)
Justin E. H. Smith (Concordia University, Montreal)

Submission Guidelines

Please submit an extended abstract of approximately 1000 words and a
1-2 page CV to Peter Distelzweig at  Submission should
have full institutional and contact information and should be in doc/
docx or pdf format.

Deadline for submissions is 1 June 2012.
Decisions will be announced by 30 July 2012.
Partial funding will be available for accepted papers.

Organizing Committee

James Lennox (University of Pittsburgh)
Domenico Bertoloni Meli (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Charles Wolfe (Ghent University)
Dennis Looney (University of Pittsburgh)
Peter Distelzweig (University of Pittsburgh)
Benjamin Goldberg (University of Pittsburgh)

This conference is a part of the Medicine, Philosophy and the
Scientific Revolution Initiative, a collaborative initiative tracing
interactions between medicine and natural philosophy in Early Modern
Europe, hosted at the University of Pittsburgh.


Center for Philosophy of Science (University of Pittsburgh)
Humanities Center (University of Pittsburgh)
World History Center (University of Pittsburgh)
Department of History and Philosophy of Science (University of
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program (University of Pittsburgh)
Department of History and Philosophy of Science (Indiana University,


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