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Early Modern Matter Theories I: Conceptualising Bodies

Jan Brueghel, Allegory of Fire (Wikimedia Commons)
Jan Brueghel, Allegory of Fire (Wikimedia Commons)

This is the first workshop in the series “Early Modern Matter Theories”, organized by Doina-Cristina Rusu.

The dismissal of the Aristotelian concept of form led to the redefinition of what a body is. Either arguing for an atomistic, a corpuscularian or a pneumatical theory, early modern natural philosophers were facing similar challenges, regarding the fundamental structure of matter and its qualities, or the source of motion and activity in nature.


Chair: Han Thomas Adriaenssen
13:00 – 14:15 Silvia Manzo (University of La Plata): Mat ter’s Activity and Impenetrability in Francis Bacon, Francis Glisson and Henry More
14:30 – 15:45 Doina-Cristina Rusu (University of Groningen): Deceiving the Senses: the Role of Vapours in Bacon’s Natural Philosophy
Chair: Andrea Sangiacomo
16:00 – 17:15 Laura Georgescu University of Groningen): Digby on Bodies
17:30 – 18:45 Delphine Bellis (University on Montpellier): Gassendi’s Theory of Light

The series “Early Modern Matter Theories” is part of the Veni project “Manipulating Spiritual Matter. How Did Early Modern Science Become Experimental?” led by Doina-Cristina Rusu

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