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DATE: Tuesday, July 28
TIME: 12 PM Princeton time (EST) / 7 PM Bucharest time (GMT+2) for approx 2 hrs
PANEL: Italian Affairs: Philosophers and Institutions
SPEAKERS: Jonathan Regier (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) & David McOmish (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
Jonathan Regier: “The Philosophy of Threat: Girolamo Cardano and the Roman Inquisition”
Abstract: Girolamo Cardano was the most widely-read natural philosopher of the latter sixteenth century. His literary output and fame stretched across numerous disciplines—medicine, astrology, natural philosophy, moral philosophy, mathematics—and his ideas continued to exert major influence well into the seventeenth century. As diverse as his projects and interests were, a common theme unites them: the individual, by Cardano’s reckoning, lives in a network of visible and invisible threats, from illness and accident, to chance events, to faults of foresight and memory, to professional perils, to the vagaries of ambition and desire. In this talk, I would like to discuss a few examples of how Cardano thought philosophy could counter the threats of daily life. These examples, in turn, were seized upon by Inquisition censors, who operated with a different view of a threatened humanity and how to protect it.
David McOmish: “A Venetian Network and the Reform of Education in Early Modern Edinburgh: The Case of Patrick Sands and his Paduan Circle”
Abstract: This talk will examine evidence of the activities of an network of friends and family operating in Europe and Scotland in the late 16th and early 17th century. The evidence, largely taken from newly discovered source material, reveals a picture of a clearly defined geographical pathway of knowledge exchange from the Venetian Republic to Scotland, spanning a generation (1589-1620). The talk will chart how several key debates within intellectual circles in both Northern and Southern Europe (comets, post-Aristotelian cosmology, new ideas in relation to it) were imported to Edinburgh and will offer some tentative discussion on how these ideas were processed in formal education across the 17th century.