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Quantifying Aristotle. The Impact, Spread and Decline of the Calculatores Tradition (23-25 May, 2018)


Idea and Motivation

quantifying_aristotle_poster_sOur conference will assemble a group of renowned scholars to explore one of the more significant features of the calculatores tradition, namely the way in which it transformed the understanding of Aristotle through its logic-mathematical approach. In addition to focusing on particular texts, authors and questions, we intend above all to consider the diffusion of this intellectual tradition, which for two-hundred years was a determining factor in several scientific and philosophical fields.

The conference is organized by the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy in collaboration with the Chair of History of Science.


Wednesday, 23 May

10:00 - 10:30 Welcome & Registration -
10:30 - 11:00 Introduction -
11:00 - 11:45 Elżbieta Jung: The New Interpretation of Aristotle. Richard Kilvington, Thomas Bradwardine and The New Rule of Motion Edith D. Sylla
11:45 - 12:30 Edit A. Lukács: The Mathematical Theory of Proportions in Thomas Bradwardine´s De causa Dei, Book I Edith D. Sylla
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch Break -
14:30 - 15:15 José Meirinhos: The Falsigraphus in Thomas Bradwardine’s De continuo Kärin Nickelsen
15:15 - 16:00 Magali Roques: Ockham and Bradwardine on propositions de incipit et desinit Kärin Nickelsen
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break -
16:30 - 17:15 Robert Podkoński: The Opuscula de motu ascribed to Richard Swineshead – the testimony of the ongoing development of the Oxford Calculators’s science of motion Sabine Rommevaux-Tani
17:15 - 18:00 Fabio Seller: The “rules” of motus difformis in Angelo da Fossambruno’s De tribus praedicamentis Hentisberi Sabine Rommevaux-Tani
18:15 - 19:30 Reception -


Thursday, 24 May

09:45 - 10:30 Stephen Read: The Calculators on the Insolubles: Bradwardine, Kilvington, Swyneshed, Heytesbury and Dumbleton Paolo Mancosu
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break -
11:00 - 11:45 Mark Thakkar: Wyclif and the Oxford Calculators Edit A. Lukács
11:45 - 12:30 Harald Berger: Zur Rezeption der englischen Logik an zentraleuropäischen Universitäten: Helmoldus de Zoltwedel (Prag, Leipzig) über die Lügner-Paradoxie Edit A. Lukács
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch Break -
14:30 - 15:15 Cecilia Trifogli: Thomas Wylton and Walter Burley on the Incipit and Desinit of an Instant of Time Peter Adamson
15:15 - 16:00 Mischa von Perger: Albert of Saxony and the idea of indivisible points of space and time Peter Adamson
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break -
16:30 - 17:15 Aníbal Szapiro: The Calculators' Tradition and the Geometrisation of Light in Oresme's De visione stellarum Elżbieta Jung
17:15 - 18:00 Daniel A. Di Liscia: The Geometrisation of Theology and the Metaphysics in the tradition de perfectione specierum Elżbieta Jung
19:30 Conference Dinner -


Friday, 25 May

09:00 - 09:45 Sabine Rommevaux-Tani: Les questions sur le mouvement local dans le traité anonyme De sex inconvenientibus Sabrina Ebbersmeyer
09:45 - 10:30 Joël Biard: Le calcul des variations de qualités et la physique aristotélicienne selon Blaise de Parme Sabrina Ebbersmeyer
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break -
11:00 - 11:45 Richard Oosterhoff: How Humanists Repurposed the Calculatores in Renaissance Paris Stephen Read
11:45 - 12:30 Henrique Leitão: Mathematics and Motion in Alvarus Thomas' Liber de triplici motu (1509) Stephen Read
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch Break -
14:30 - 15:15 Edith D. Sylla: Leibniz, the Liber Calculationum, and Mathematical Physics Daniel A. Di Liscia
15:15 - 16:00 Concluding discussion -


The conference is generously funded by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaftsförderung. The Calcultores Project gratefully acknowledges support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. The MCMP gratefully acknowledges support from the the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Photo Credits

1. The beginnig of Richard Swineshead’s Liber calculationum (Padua 1477, fol. 2r).
With permission of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Sign. 2
Inc.s.a.1101 :

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2. From Richard Swineshead’s Liber calculationum (Venice, 1520, fol. 6v).
With permission of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Sign. 2

Out of copyright - non commercial re-use (desaturated from original).