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Cavendish, Reason and the thoughts (poem)

Cavendish contra contextualism

Datum:09 februari 2018
Auteur:Laura Georgescu

 "Wherefore I beseech my readers to be so charitable, and just, as not to bury my work in the monuments of other writers, but if they will bury them, let it be in their own dust, or oblivion, for I had rather be forgotten, then scrape acquaintance, or insinuate...

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Are Space and Time Just Relations? On Early Modern British Relationists

Datum:26 januari 2018
Auteur:Emily Thomas

When you walk to the shops, or take a train to Amsterdam, you are moving through space. From second to second, you are ageing in time. Yet what are space and time? Today, there are two popular answers.

Automaton Ben Franklin Museum - Philadelphia (licensed by Creative Commons)

If a robot lied to us

Datum:12 januari 2018
Auteur:Oberto Marrama

In a passage in the Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect, Spinoza claims that, under certain circumstances, some individuals "must be regarded as automata, completely lacking a mind" (TIE, 48; Curley 1985, 22). Examples that employ soulless automata...

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Bacon on the classification of natural processes

Datum:15 december 2017
Auteur:Doina–Cristina Rusu

Within Aristotelian philosophy, imperfect mixtures occupy a singular place: they are the only bodies that do not have a substantial form of their own. This entails that bodies such as meteors and other meteorological bodies – which qualify as imperfect mixtures...

“Slime Molds” by Maia Valenzuela is licensed under CC BY 2.0; converted to greyscale.

(Enlightenment) vitalism and mainstream science

Datum:01 december 2017
Auteur:Charles T. Wolfe (Ghent University/IAS, CEU) (guest post)

In some respects, the history of science is still written by the victors. Even if the categories of actors that we investigate have broadened – from artisans and magi to practitioners of ‘subaltern sciences’, or from Galileo and Descartes to Athanasius Kircher...

An anatomical drawing, showing the connection of the pericardium to the diaphragm

The Tell-Tale Heart

Datum:17 november 2017
Auteur:Lukas Wolf

Within natural theology, the heart and circulatory system has long been an icon of intelligent design. Not only does the heart so admirably show the craftsmanship of God, but William Harvey’s discovery of the circulatory system was considered exemplary of the...

Philosophers lamp made by Lukas Wolf

What Is an Error? Wittgenstein’s Voluntarism

Datum:03 november 2017
Auteur:Martin Lenz

Imagine that you welcome your old friend Fred in your study. Pointing at the door, he asks you whether he should shut the window. You’re confused. Did Fred just call the door a window? He’s getting old, but surely not that old. You assume that Fred has made...

Alta via dei monti liguri, M. Toraggio (Photo: Andrea Sangiacomo)

What did I learn from applying for an ERC Starting Grant? The half-full glass.

Datum:20 oktober 2017
Auteur:Andrea Sangiacomo

In the last few weeks I attended two Spinoza conferences (on both sides of the Atlantic). I spent the last ten years working on Spinoza. I consider him a friend. Yet, for the first time, I felt that I was somehow disconnected from the surrounding conversations...

Polyphemus by Hendrick van der Burgh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

What’s the point of a history of ideas? Or, on Bacon and the cyclops

Datum:06 oktober 2017
Auteur:Laura Georgescu

There’s no history of the world without a history of ideas. Or even, perhaps – without a history of ideas, all knowledge is kind of useless. These seem to be the consequences of a brief, somewhat cryptic, and deceptively simple remark that Francis Bacon makes...