[SydPhil] Conference in Honour of Stephen Gaukroger

Anik Waldow anik.waldow at sydney.edu.au
Mon Jan 22 11:51:15 AEDT 2024

Conference in Honour of Stephen Gaukroger

Organisers: Dominic Murphy, Anik Waldow, Charles Wolfe
Dates: 19th-21st February 2024
Venue: CCANESA boardroom, Level 4, Madsen Building, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

This conference celebrates the outstanding work of Stephen Gaukroger, one of the world’s leading historians of science, mathematics, and philosophy. In each of these fields, he was recognised as one of the most significant figures in Australasia. His work has not only deepened our understanding of the history of philosophy and science, but also revolutionized the discipline itself. By emphasizing the intricate connections between scientific, philosophical, and cultural developments, he paved the way for a more comprehensive and integrated approach. His seminal four-volume series on science and the shaping of modernity gave rise to a new perspective on how the epistemic values of “science” could come to displace Christian theology and classical Humanism as the primary form of knowing. Join us to honour, discuss, and further explore works and themes central to Stephen’s thought.

For registration, please use the following link: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/KrtfCMwGxOt2P3Jl3FwwO23?domain=pages.e2ma.net
The event will be accessible via Zoom. You will receive a link closer to date if you have registered.
(Talks delivered via Zoom are in colour.)

Monday 19, February 2024

2.30 pm Welcome (Dominic Murphy, Charles Wolfe, Anik Waldow)
2.50-3.10 Conal Condren (UNSW): Where’s Lucian? Failure in the History of Philosophy.
3.10-3.30 Paul Redding (Sydney): Of What Kind of Philosophy Can History Reveal the Failures?
3.30- 3.50 Moira Gatens (Sydney): Naturalising Sin: Nero’s Ingratitude

Coffee break

4.20-4.40 Peter Harrison (UQ): Religion and the Social Legitimation of Science
4.40-5.00 Anik Waldow (Sydney): Navigating Opinion, Knowledge, and Faith
5.00- 5.20 H. Floris Cohen (Utrecht) In Praise of an Independent Thinker — Stephen Gaukroger’s Methods, Concepts, and Command of Languages
5.20-5.40 Spiros Tegos (Crete) The Genre of ‘Natural History of Man’ through Stephen Gaukroger’s Lens

Short break

5.50-6.10 Stefanie Buchenau (Paris 8, Saint-Denis): Orientation in Space, Life, and Thought. Continuing Some Recent Discussions with Stephen
6.10-6.30 Catherine Wilson (York): Sense, Sensibilism, Sensibility
6.30-6.50 Susan James (Birkbeck): A Naturalist Philosopher
6.50-7.10 Quentin Skinner (QM London): Hobbes on Time: A Failure of Philosophy

Dinner in local restaurant

Tuesday, 20 February
9.00-9.20 Ada Bronowski (Rotterdam): Optimism
9.20-9.40 John Sutton (Stirling): On the Urge to Find the Original Sin of Modern Philosophy: Descartes and Cognitive Theory Thirty Years After Gaukroger
9.40-10.00 Dan Garber (Princeton): Some Reflections on Gaukroger’s Descartes
10.00-10.20 Jessica Riskin (Stanford): Professor of Insects and Worms: The Life-Made World of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

Morning tea

11.10-11.30 Michael Olson (Marquette) Kenguruh, Kangaroo, Känguru: Australia in German Natural History
11.30-11.50 Jennifer Mensch (Western Sydney): Ancestors and Aliens: The Case of German Orientalism
11.50-12.10 Dalia Nassar (Sydney): Romanticism and Empiricism—or Romantic Empiricism


1.20-1.40 Laura Kotevska (Sydney): Education and Its Role in the Shaping of Character
1.40-2.00 Ian Hunter (UQ): The Philosophical Personae of Joseph Weber (1753-1831): Catholic Philosopher-Priest at the University of Dillingen.
2.00-2.20 Peter Anstey (Sydney): Gaukroger on the Autonomy of Phenomenal Explanation

Wednesday, 21 February

3.00-3.20 John Schuster (Campion): Abiding, Fruitful (and never "Vehement"): Forty Years of Historiographical Dialogue with Steve Gaukroger
3.20-3.40 Gabriel Watts (Sydney): Mandeville on Medical Men
3.40-4.00 Charles Wolfe (Toulouse): Respiritualizing Vitalism
4.00-4.20 Delphine Antoine-Mahut (ENS Lyon) Montesquieu, the Oyster, and the Huron. Cerebral Embodiment in Bonnet
4.20-4.40 Francesco Borghesi (Modena/Reggio Emilia/Sydney): What I learned from Stephen
4.40-5.00 Dennis Schmidt (Western Sydney): On the Failures of Philosophy and the Pleasures of Music

Move to Chau Chak Wing Museum, plenary room.

5.30 ABC Event “Big Ideas,” led by Natasha Mitchell: panel discussion on “Science and Religion” with Peter Harrison, Charles Wolfe, and Anik Waldow.
Reception on the Chau Chak Wing terrace

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