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Revolutions in the History of Early Modern Philosophy and Science

A conference on early modern philosophy and the Scientific Revolution.

Scholarship on the history of early modern philosophy has witnessed a turn toward research methodologies that relate canonical texts to developments in their wider historical contexts. Most importantly, this has entailed an engagement with the history of the Scientific Revolution, which simultaneously transformed the European intellectual tradition, giving birth to modern science. Indeed, it has become clear that science and philosophy were not clearly distinguished at the time, so a history of one is necessarily a history of the other.

A survey is needed to summarize important recent results and present a coherent picture of current methodology. To fill this void, Cambridge University Press has commissioned a volume of original essays by leading scholars, The Cambridge History of Philosophy of the Scientific Revolution. This conference assembled the volume’s contributors at Iowa State University in July 2018.

The conference was organized by David Marshall Miller, and generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Iowa State University Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities; the Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and the Iowa State University Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.