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Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy

Friday - Sunday, 2-4 November 2012
Center for Philosophy of Science
817 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA

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The aim of the conference is to bring to the fore the medical context of the ‘Scientific Revolution’ and to explore the complex connections between medicine and natural philosophy in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe. Medicine and natural philosophy interacted on many levels, from the practical imperative to restore and maintain the health of human bodies to theoretical issues on the nature of living matter and the powers of the soul to methodological concerns about the appropriate way to gain knowledge of natural things. And issues of life, generation, ageing, medicine, and vital activity were important topics of investigation for canonical actors of the Scientific Revolution, from Boyle, Hooke and Locke to Descartes and Leibniz. Recent efforts to recover the medical content and contexts of their projects have already begun to reshape our understanding of these key natural philosophers. Putting medical interests in the foreground also reveals connections with a wide variety of less canonical but historically important scientists, physicians, and philosophers, such as Petrus Severinus, Fabricius ab Aquapendente, Lodovico Settala, William Harvey, Richard Lower, Thomas Willis, Louis de la Forge, and Georg Ernst Stahl.  This interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars of Renaissance and Early Modern science, medicine and philosophy to examine the projects of more and less canonical figures and trace perhaps unexpected interactions between medicine and other approaches to studying and understanding the natural world.


Tawrin Baker (Indiana University)
Domenico Bertoloni Meli (Indiana University)
Antonio Clericuzio (University of Cassino)
Dennis Des Chene (Washington University)
Michelle DiMeo (College of Physicians of Philadelphia)
Peter Distelzweig (University of Pittsburgh)
Patricia Easton (Claremont Graduate University)
Benjamin Goldberg (East Tennessee State University)
Anita Guerrini (Oregon State University)
Hiro Hirai (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Dolores Iorizzo (University College London)
Cynthia Klestinec (Miami University, Ohio)
Gideon Manning (Caltech)
Craig Martin (Oakland University)
Evan Ragland (University of Alabama, Hunstville)
Alan Salter (University of Sydney)
Jole Shackelford (University of Minnesota)
Justin E. H. Smith (Concordia University, Montreal)
Charles Wolfe (Ghent University)


Marcus Adams (University of Pittsburgh)
Cameron Brown (Concordia University, Montreal)
Ashley Inglehart (Indiana University Bloomington)
Joel Klein (Indiana University Bloomington)
Juhana Lemetti (University of Helsinki)
Dániel Margócsy (Hunter College, CUNY)
John McCaskey (Stanford University)
Kristin Primus (Princeton University)
Marco Sgarbi (Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies)
Allen Shotwell (Indiana University Bloomington)
Richard Spiegel (McGill University)
Ian Stewart (University of Kings College)
Kathryn Tabb (University of Pittsburgh)


Organizing Committee

James Lennox (University of Pittsburgh)
Domenico Bertoloni Meli (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Charles Wolfe (Ghent University)
Dennis Looney (University of Pittsburgh)
Peter Distelzweig (University of Pittsburgh)
Benjamin Goldberg (East Tennessee State University)

This conference is a part of the Medicine, Philosophy and the Scientific Revolution Initiative, a collaborative initiative tracing interactions between medicine and natural philosophy in Early Modern Europe, hosted at the University of Pittsburgh.



Center for Philosophy of Science (University of Pittsburgh)
Humanities Center (University of Pittsburgh)
A.W. Mellon Foundation
World History Center (University of Pittsburgh)
Department of History and Philosophy of Science (University of Pittsburgh)
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program (University of Pittsburgh)
Department of History and Philosophy of Science (Indiana University, Bloomington)

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