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Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences
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Encyclopedia of Early Modern Philosophy and the Sciences (Books & other media combined)

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This Encyclopedia offers a fresh, integrated and creative perspective on the formation and foundations of philosophy and science in European modernity. Combining careful contextual reconstruction with arguments from traditional philosophy, the book examines methodological dimensions, breaks down traditional oppositions such as rationalism vs. empiricism, calls attention to gender issues, to 'insiders and outsiders', minor figures in philosophy, and underground movements, among many other topics. In addition, and in line with important recent transformations in the fields of history of science and early modern philosophy, the volume recognizes the specificity and significance of early modern science and discusses important developments including issues of historiography (such as historical epistemology), the interplay between the material culture and modes of knowledge, expert knowledge and craft knowledge. This book stands at the crossroads of different disciplines and combines their approaches - particularly the history of science, the history of philosophy, contemporary philosophy of science, and intellectual and cultural history. It brings together over 100 philosophers, historians of science, historians of mathematics, and medicine offering a comprehensive view of early modern philosophy and the sciences. It combines and discusses recent results from two very active fields: early modern philosophy and the history of (early modern) science.

Editorial Board


Dana Jalobeanu University of Bucharest, Romania

Charles T. Wolfe Ghent University, Belgium


Delphine Bellis University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Zvi Biener University of Cincinnati, OH, USA

Angus Gowland University College London, UK

Ruth Hagengruber University of Paderborn, Germany

Hiro Hirai Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Martin Lenz University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Gideon Manning CalTech, Pasadena, CA, USA

Silvia Manzo University of La Plata, Argentina

Enrico Pasini University of Turin, Italy

Cesare Pastorino TU Berlin, Germany

Lucian Petrescu Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Justin E. H. Smith University de Paris Diderot, France

Marius Stan Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA

Koen Vermeir CNRS-SPHERE + Universite de Paris, France

Kirsten Walsh University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

History & PoliticsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesWestern philosophyWestern philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900Science & MathematicsScience: general issuesHistory of scienceScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPhilosophy of science Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG Publication Date: 26/01/2022 ISBN-13: 9783319310688  Details: Type: Books & other media combined Format: Books
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Dana Jalobeanu is lecturer in Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, member of the research centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science CELFIS, and of the research center Foundations of Early Modern Thought (FEM), University of Bucharest. She is the executive editor of the journal Societate si politica and co-editor of the Journal of Early Modern Studies. She is general secretary of the International Society for Intellectual History and member of the steering committee of HOPOS. She is one of the initiators and co-organizers, since 2001, of the Princeton-Bucharest seminar in early modern philosophy (12 editions since 2001). Research interests: the emergence of science, experimental philosophy from Bacon to Newton. Perspective: integrated HPS. She is Principal Investigator of a 4 year research grant From natural history of science (2011-2015) and the Romanian coordinator of a European Research Council grant (The medicine of the mind and natural philosophy in early modern England) held jointly by The Warburg Institute and New Europe College (Bucharest). She has co-edited (with Peter Anstey), Vanishing matter and the laws of nature: Descartes and beyond, Routledge: London, 2011. Recent articles: Learning from experiment: classification, concept formation and modeling in Francis Bacon's experimental philosophy, Revue Roumaine de philosophie 57 (1) (2013) 75-93, Idolatry, Natural History and Spiritual Medicine: Francis Bacon and the Neo-Stoic Protestantism of the Late Sixteenth Century, Perspectives on Science, 21: 2012: 207-226, Francis Bacon's natural history and the Senecan Natural Histories of Early Modern Europe, Early Science and Medicine, 17: 1-2, 2012, pp. 197-229, Bacon's Brotherhood and its classical sources, in Francis Bacon and the birth of technology, edited by Claus Zittel, Gisela Engel, Romano Nanni, Intersections 11/(2008), Brill, vol I, 197-230. Charles T. Wolfe is a Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences and Sarton Centre for History of Science, Ghent University, and an Associate Member of the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Sydney and CFCUL, Department of Philosophy, University of Lisbon. He is also responsible for the lecture series in history and philosophy of science in the Sarton Centre for History of Science at Ghent. He works primarily in history and philosophy of the early modern life sciences, with a particular interest in materialism and vitalism. He has edited volumes including Monsters and Philosophy (2005), The Body as Object and Instrument of Knowledge (2010, with O. Gal), Vitalism and the scientific image in post-Enlightenment life-science (2013, with S. Normandin) and Brain Theory. Essays in Critical Neurophilosophy (2014), and has papers in journals including Dix-huitieme siecle, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, La Lettre clandestine, Multitudes, Perspectives on Science, Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Science in Context and others. His current project is a monograph on the conceptual foundations of Enlightenment vitalism, in addition to several editorial projects on Enlightenment biology (w. C. Bognon) and early modern clandestine thought (w. S. Bisset and M.-C. Felton). He is also the founding editor of the Springer series in History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences. Associate Editors Delphine Bellis is Assistant Professor in History and Philosophy of Science at Paul Valery University in Montpellier, France. Her research interest is primarily in the history of early modern philosophy and science, in particular optics and theories of space and matter, with a focus on Descartes and Gassendi. She has published papers on Descartes, Regius, and Gassendi, and participates in the edition of Descartes' complete correspondence edited by Roger Ariew, Erik-Jan Bos, and Theo Verbeek, to be published by Oxford University Press. She co-edited Space, Imagination and the Cosmos from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period (Springer, 2018 with Frederik Bakker and Carla Rita Palmerino) and is a member of the editorial board of Studium. Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitsgeschiedenis / Revue d'Histoire des Sciences et des Universites. Zvi Biener is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati. His research focuses on the nature of applied mathematical knowledge in the 17th and 18th centuries, and issues surrounding data analytics in the 21st century. He is the co-editor with Eric Schliesser of Newton and Empiricism (Oxford University Press, 2014) and the author of essays on early-modern mathematization such as "Hobbes on the Order of Sciences: A Partial Defese of the Mathematization Thesis" (Southern Journal of Philosophy, 2016), "De Gravitatione Reconsidered: The Changing Significance of Experimental Evidence for Newton's Metaphysics of Space" (Journal of the History of Philosophy, 2017), and "Newton's Regulae Philosophandi" (The Oxford Handbook of Newton, E. Schliesser and C. Smeenk, eds. Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Angus Gowland is Reader in Intellectual History at University College London. He is the author of The Worlds of Renaissance Melancholy: Robert Burton in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2006), and the editor of Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy (Penguin Classics, forthcoming). Ruth Hagengruber is Professor of Philosophy, specializing in philosophy of Economics and Information Science. She is Head of Philosophy at the University Paderborn and Director of the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists In 2006 she founded the teaching and research areas Philosophy and Computing and History of Women Philosophers and Scientists. She received the award for Teaching Philosophy in the Media (2014) and Online Teaching Philosophy goes MOOC (2016) and became a Lifetime member of the International Association of Computing and Philosophy (I-ACAP) in 2011, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the Munich Center for Technology in Society (Technical University, Munich). In 2015 she was awarded the Wiener Schmidt Prize of the Society for Cybernetics and Systems Theory, with publications in the field, such as: The Computational Turn, Past, Presents, Future, coedited with Charles Ess (2011), Philosophy, Computing and Information Science, with Uwe Riss (2014). She first published on the history of women philosophers with German translations from Anne Conway, Emilie Du Chatelet, Marie de Gournay, Olympe de Gouges, Mary Wollstonecraft, Margret Cavendish in Klassische philosohische Texte von Frauen (1998). Subsequent publications include Emilie Du Chatelet between Leibniz and Newton (2011), History of Women's Ideas, coedited with Karen Green (The Monist, 2015); Women in Early Phenomenology on Social Ontology. On Edith Stein, Gerda Walter and Hedwig Conrad Martius (with Sebastian Luft, 2018); Emilie Du Chatelet und die deutsche Aufklarung (with Hartmut Hecht, 2019), and as guest editor with Sarah Hutton, a special issue of British Journal of the History of Philosophy on 'Women Philosophers in Early Modern Philosophy' (BJHP vol. 27, no.4, 2019). Forthcoming: Methodological Reflections on Women's Contribution and Influence in the History of Philosophy (with Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir, 2019) Hiro Hirai holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and history of science from the University of Lille 3 (France). He is a research fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Columbia University. He has published widely in Renaissance and early modern natural philosophy, medicine and alchemy, including Le concept de semences dans les theories de la Renaissance (2005) and Medical Humanism and Natural Philosophy (2011). He is currently preparing his third monograph on Renaissance philosophy, science and medicine. Martin Lenz is professor of history of philosophy at Groningen University. He specialises in medieval and early modern philosophy. Before joining the philosophy faculty at Groningen University in 2012, he studied Philosophy, Linguistics and German Literature in Bochum, Budapest and Hull (M.A. in 1996; PhD in 2001 in Bochum) and spent his postdoctoral period in Cambridge, Tubingen and Berlin (Habilitation in 2009). Weboage: Please also visit: Handling Ideas: A blog on (writing) philosophy Gideon Manning is Research Associate Professor of Early Modern Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He has previously taught at the University of Pittsburgh and served on the faculty at the College of William and Mary and the California Institute of Technology. In 2013 he was the recipient of a "New Directions Fellowship" from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, allowing me to enroll as a medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. He is a past Associate Editor of HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science and the author, most recently, of "Descartes and Medicine" which appeared in the Oxford Handbook of Descartes and Cartesianism, and "Circulation and the New Physiology" which is forthcoming in The Cambridge History of Philosophy of the Scientific Revolution. His current projects include to the reception history of Descartes and Cartesianism and, more generally, recovering the importance of medicine to early modern philosophy and science as a vehicle for expanding the sources and voices included in historical scholarship surrounding the so-called "scientific revolution." Silvia Manzo is research scholar of the National Research Council (CONICET), Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Doctoral Program in Philosophy of the National University of La Plata (Argentina). She works primarily on metaphysical aspects of late Renaissance and early modern science, and on the historiography of philosophy. Her recent publications include: "The debates on experience and empiricism in nineteenth-century France", special issue of Perspectives of Science 27:5 (September-October, 2019) co-edited with Delphine Antoine-Mahut; "Monsters, laws of nature, and teleology in Late-Scholastic textbooks" in Contingency and natural order in early modern science, R. Garau and P. Omodeo, eds., Boston Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Springer, 2019; "Reading skepticism historically. Academic skepticism, acatalepsia and the Fall of Adam in Francis Bacon", in S. Charles and P. Junqueira Smith (eds.), Academic Scepticism in early-modern Philosophy, Springer, 2016; "From attractio and impulsus to 'Motion of Liberty'. Rarefaction and Condensation in Cardano, Francis Bacon, Glisson and Hale" in C. Muratori and G. Paganini, eds., Early Modern Philosophers and the Renaissance Legacy, Springer, 2016; "Certainty, laws and facts in Francis Bacon's jurisprudence", Intellectual history review,24, 4 (2014), 457 - 478. She is currently working on a project on the Renaissance and early modern history of the laws of nature, in addition to several projects devoted to historiography and new narratives of early modern philosophy (reasssesment of the empiricism-rationalism divide, women philosophers, etc.) Cesare Pastorino is a researcher in the Institute of Philosophy & History of Literature, Science & Technology at Technical University Berlin with Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science at Indiana University (2011), with a dissertation on Francis Bacon, experiment, and early Stuart culture. Afterwards, he was a fellow at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia, a postdoctoral fellow at the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge and a senior research fellow at the Vossius Center for History of Humanities and Sciences (University of Amsterdam). He also worked for several years in two leading digital history projects: The Chymistry of Isaac Newton and The Newton Project. His work focuses on the origins and development of early modern experimentation (broadly conceived) and practical knowledge, with an interdisciplinary approach. Currently, he is the principal investigator in the 3-year project grant "The Weight of Things. Quantification of Matter and the Exchange of Technical and Learned Knowledge in Early Modern Europe," financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Justin E. H. Smith is professor of history and philosophy of science at the University of Paris, and author, most recently, of Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason (Princeton University Press, 2019), and translator, with Rodolfo Garau, of Pierre Gassendi's Syntagma Philosophicum (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Marius Stan is associate professor at Boston College. He works in history and philosophy of science, with a focus on mathematical physics from Galileo to Cauchy. Much of his work is at Kirsten Walsh is a Philosophy Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology (SPA) at the University of Exeter, UK. Her research concerns the emergence of early modern experimental philosophy, Newton's methodology in relation to that tradition, and historiographical and pedagogical issues concerning the history of philosophy. She is a member of the Otago School and contributes to their project blog, 'Early Modern Experimental Philosophy' (

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