[SydPhil] 2nd CFP - The Fortunes of the Speculative Sciences in the Early Modern Period

Peter Anstey peter.anstey at sydney.edu.au
Fri Sep 11 10:59:06 AEST 2015


Dear Colleagues,

The Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science will sponsor a workshop on The Fortunes of the Speculative Sciences in the Early Modern Period on Friday 30 October.

Workshop Theme: The category of the Speculative Sciences has a long pedigree going all the way back to Aristotle. However, in the seventeenth century the status and classification of the speculative sciences underwent significant change. Natural philosophy, for example, moved from being a speculative science to an experimental or practical science. Furthermore, in some quarters there was increasing hostility to ‘speculative philosophy’ and a general devaluing of the epistemic status of the speculative sciences. This workshop will examine the causes and implications of such changes, the defenders of the speculative sciences, and the various reconfigurations of this category in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

This workshop is being run in conjunction with the visit to the Centre of Professor Mordechai Feingold from Caltech.

The workshop is a work-in-progress event and there is no expectation that participants will read polished papers.

To register your interest in speaking at this event please contact Peter Anstey (peter.anstey at sydney.edu.au<mailto:peter.anstey at sydney.edu.au>)

Confirmed Speakers:

Peter Anstey (Sydney): ‘The role of principles in the speculative sciences’

John Gascgoine (UNSW): ‘The teaching of natural philosophy and natural history in the dissenting academies of the late 17th and 18th centuries'

Mordechai Feingold (Caltech): ‘Experimental Philosophy in Seventeenth Century England’

Paul Oslington (Alphacrucis): 'Speculation about economic order in 18th century Britain’

Peter Anstey | ARC Future Fellow & Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy | School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry
Main Quad A14 | University of Sydney | NSW | 2006
T +61 2 9351 2477 | F +61 2 9351 3918
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