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dr. A. Sangiacomo

Assistant Professor
dr. A. Sangiacomo

Funded projects

2019-2023: ERC Starting Grant: "The Normalisation of Natural Philosophy: How Teaching Practiced Shaped the Evolution of Early Modern Science" (link).

Team: Raluca Tanasescu (postdoc), Silvia Donker (PhD), Hugo Hogenbirk (PhD)

2015-2019: NWO Veni Grant: "Occasionalism and the secularization of early modern science: Understanding the dismissal of divine action during the scientific revolution"

Public summary: Why did the theology-based science of the seventeenth century turn into an apparently theology-free science a century later? This project will investigate how the secularization of early modern science was fostered by the reactions of several natural philosophers to the “occasionalist” claim that God constantly operates in nature.

Main outputs (for complete list see publications):

  1. Sangiacomo A., 2016, “From secondary causes to artificial instruments: Pierre-Sylvain Régis’s rethinking of scholastic accounts of causation.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 60, DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2016.08.004.

2013-2015: Post-doctoral research within the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung project led by Martin Lenz on "Naturalism and Teleology in Spinoza’s Philosophy".

Main outputs (for complete list see publications):

  1. Sangiacomo A., 2016, “Aristotle, Heereboord and the polemical target of Spinoza’s critique of final causes”, Journal of the History of Philosophy 54, no. 3, pp. 395-420.
  2. Sangiacomo A., 2015, “Teleology and agreement in nature”, in A. Santos Campos (ed.), Spinoza: Basic Concepts, Exeter: Imprint Academic, pp. 59-70.
  3. Sangiacomo A., 2015, “The ontology of determination, from Descartes to Spinoza”, Science in Context 28, no. 4 (2015), pp. 515-543.

Other Research Projects

Book: Spinoza on Reason and Passions (manuscript, under review)

Edited Collection: Spinoza and Relational Autonomy: Being with others (co-edited with Aurelia Armstrong and Keith Green), under contract with Edinburgh University Press (expected publication 2018/2019).

Digital Humanities: I'm interested in refining and implementive quantitative methods and digital tools for the study of conceptual change over time (especially in the domain of the history of early modern philosophy and science). I'm also interested in the use of digital technologies for education and e-learning. In this respect, I coordinate a MOOC on "The Scientific Revolution" that will be available on in October 2017.

Last modified:23 March 2019 12.52 p.m.

Contact information

Oude Boteringestraat 52
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands