[SydPhil] Dr Laura Kotevska - Agora Online Speaker Series, Thursday 2 September, 3.30 to 5pm AEST

Sally Cole cole at uow.edu.au
Thu Aug 26 15:43:22 AEST 2021

The School of Liberal Arts, University of Wollongong invites you attend the
Online Agora Speaker Series
Thursday 2 September, 3.30 to 5.00 PM AEST. Register here<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/f3qGCZY1Nqi5E1y45tzOYuI?domain=uow.au1.qualtrics.com>

Dr Laura Kotevska (University of Sydney)

"An Excellent Practice": The Ambitions of Early Modern Mathematicians
The early modern period was an era of staggering mathematical transformation. This talk examines the ambitions and achievements of early modern French mathematicians. By considering the mathematical and philosophical outputs of Descartes, Fermat, Pascal, Leibniz, and Arnauld, the talk provides an overview of the various goals of mathematical inquiry in seventeenth-century France. I argue that Descartes, Pascal and, to some extent, Leibniz are mistaken examples of the view that the mathematical developments achieved by these practitioners were pursued for their moral and epistemic lessons. Instead, I argue that Antoine Arnauld's Nouveaux éléments de géométrie constitutes a better example of the use of mathematics to serve propaedeutic goals.

All are welcome to participate. Please find below instructions on how to register for anyone interested to attend.

          In order to participate in Agora Speaker Series events, you will be required to register here<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/f3qGCZY1Nqi5E1y45tzOYuI?domain=uow.au1.qualtrics.com>, you will receive an email confirming your registration.

·         Prior to the event, registered participants will be contacted with further information, including the Access Code for the Webinar.

·         Please note that our team will be using Zoom to host this webinar and - if you do not already have Zoom installed it is advised, though not necessary, that you download the software to your device.

·         This webinar is scheduled to be recorded and will be uploaded to UOW owned websites and/or platforms, noting that the Q&A session may be edited for privacy reasons. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact us at sola-enquiries at uow.edu.au<mailto:sola-enquiries at uow.edu.au>

·         The session chair will explain any additional rules and expected norms of engagement to participants at the outset of sessions.

The Agora Speaker Series is proudly hosted by
The School of Liberal Arts
Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522 Australia
SOLA Enquiries sola-enquiries at uow.edu.au<mailto:sola-enquiries at uow.edu.au>
T +61 2 4221 4160

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