[SydPhil] Notification: Laura Kotevska @ Thu 23 Nov 2017 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Laura Kotevska

The Non-Mathematical Ambitions of Antoine Arnauld

This paper will examine the Nouveaux éléments de Géométrie of 1667, a  
seemingly unlikely intervention in the mathematical culture of the  
mid-seventeenth century for Antoine Arnauld, a firebrand theologian and  
author of works on topics in logic and grammar. The aim of this paper is to  
examine Arnauld’s reasons for penning a revised edition of Euclid’s  
Elements particularly given the hostile attitudes of fellow theologians who  
insisted that the practice of mathematics was a futile, trivial, and  
vainglorious misuse of time. In this talk I show that Arnauld created a  
geometry that he hoped would serve in the cultivation of moral, spiritual  
and intellectual virtues. In order for geometry to serve these propaedeutic  
goals, Arnauld believed a new edition of Euclid was required, one that was  
cleaved of the epistemological, methodological and mathematical confusions  
he thought were common in contemporary editions. The account of Arnauld’s  
mathematical interventions I offer connects his mathematical treatise to  
concerns in moral philosophy, theology and epistemology. These reflections,  
I argue, are indispensable to developing any account of mathematical  
practice in the early modern era.
When: Thu 23 Nov 2017 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: The Muniment Room, University of Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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