“Science in the 17th Century and the Individuation of Bodies” (University of Cyprus, Nicosia, 2-6 July 2012)

In the frame of the 13th conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), University of Cyprus, Nicosia, 2-6 July 2012. This workshop will be devoted to the problematic question of the individuation of bodies in the 17th century, particularly in the light of the new mechanical science.
More precisely, it will try to understand what, in Modern mechanism, replaced the matter-and-form principle of individuation, and how successful (or unsuccessful) this new conception of the bodies was.
Paper proposals of about one page (ca. 2500 words), in English or French, are welcome in any of the following two axes :
–  The new mechanistic conception of motion and space as expressed notably in Galileo and Descartes, and the problem of finding a criterion for the individuation of the bodies therein;
–  The amendments to these views as found notably in Spinoza, Hobbes, Leibniz, Newton and Boyle, particularly with the introduction of dynamism into the picture.
Paper proposals should be sent by Feb. 20 to the panel organizer, Syliane Malinowski-Charles (UQTR, Canada) at the following email address: sy_charles@yahoo.ca
The expected presenting time will around 30 minutes per speaker, depending on the exact number of papers accepted.  The ISSEI conference official language is English, but exceptions can be granted for holding a bilingual panel (such as the one proposed here) when a sufficient number of presenters in another language is found. Les propositions de communication en français sont donc particulièrement les bienvenues. Il est à noter toutefois que les frais d’inscription et de voyage ne peuvent être couverts par les organisateurs du colloque et doivent donc être assumés par les participants eux-mêmes.

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