[SydPhil] MQ Philosophy Talk: Tuesday, 1 May, Moot Court Room: Laura Kotevska (Syd)

Michael Olson michael.olson at mq.edu.au
Fri Apr 27 12:06:49 AEST 2018

The Non-Mathematical Ambitions of Antoine Arnauld
Laura Kotevska (Sydney)

Date: 1 May
Time: 13:00-14:00
Venue: Blackshield Room, W3A (6 First Walk) 328*
All welcome

*Note the changing venues this semester

Abstract: 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 who was 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. 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.


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