Events 2016

Science and Nature in the Long Eighteenth Century

August 19 2016
Kevin Lee Room,
Level 6, Lobby H,
Quadrangle Building A14

Sponsored by The Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science

This workshop will examine a broad range of issues pertaining to the study of nature in Germany from the period of the renouvellement of the Berlin Academy in the 1740s, to the writings of Hegel in the early nineteenth century. Moving from discussions of disciplinary boundaries and disciplinary interrelations to the contents of specific writings in natural philosophy, the workshop will engage with the thought and writings of Maupertuis, Formey, Kant, Schelling, Fichte and Hegel.

  • 9.00 Peter Anstey, ‘The four classes of the Berlin Academy’
  • 9.45 Short break
  • 9.50 Eric Watkins, ‘Kant on Laws’
  • 10.35 Coffee break
  • 11.00 Michael Olsen, ‘Empirical theories of aether and Kant's Opus optimum’
  • 11.45 Short break
  • 11.50 Jennifer Mensch, ‘Kant and the Skull Collectors: Teleology and Empiricism in the Science of Man’
  • 12.35 Lunch
  • 2.00 Dalia Nassar, ‘Schelling on experience and experiment’
  • 2.45 Short break
  • 2.50 Clinton Tolley, ‘Overcoming skepticism after Fichte: Schelling on the identity of nature and science’
  • 3.35 Coffee break
  • 4.00 Ulrich Schloesser, ‘Natural laws, Life and Self-Consciousness: Hegel's Argument in Chapter
    3 of the Phenomenology’
  • 4.50 Debrief
  • 5.00 Close and drinks

Participation is free but registration is required for catering purposes.
Click here to register

For more information please contact Professor Peter Anstey or Dr. Dalia Nassar