A new monthly London-based seminar on early modern philosophy and history of science organised by Stephen Clucas and Peter Forshaw begins this academic year. EMPHASIS (Early Modern Philosophy and the Scientific Imagination Seminar) will meet on Saturdays 2-4pm in room 265 of the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. This year’s programme is as follows:

Saturday 4 October 2003: Dr Sophie Page (University College London) ‘Magic and the Medieval Universe’

Saturday 1 November 2003: Dr. Howard Hotson (University of Aberdeen) ‘Instauratio imaginis dei ad hominem: encyclopedism, Baconianism, and universal reform.

Saturday 13 December 2003: Prof. Michael J. B. Allen (UCLA), ‘Neoplatonism and Renaissance Science’.

Saturday 17 January 2004 Crofton Black (Warburg Institute) ‘Pico della Mirandola’s Heptaplus and Jewish Sources’.

Saturday 7 February 2004: Rhodri Lewis (Wolfson College, Oxford): ‘Language, reason and religion in seventeenth-century England: John Wilkins’s Essay Towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language.’

Saturday 6 March 2004: Dr Dilwyn Knox (University College London): ‘Copernicus’ Neoplatonic theory of gravity and levity.’

Saturday 3 April 2004: Peter J. Forshaw (Birkbeck, University of London) ‘Uses of Pythagorean symbolic numbers in sixteenth century occult philosophy’.

Saturday 7 May 2004: Dr Nick Wilding (Cambridge), ‘Giulio Camillo’s L’Idea del Teatro: the Fat Man’s Way to Heaven’.

Saturday 5 June 2004: Dr J.V. Field (London) ‘Truth, Proof and just getting answers in mathematics and natural philosophy’.

Contact: Dr Stephen Clucas ([email protected]) Peter Forshaw ([email protected])

For the EMPHASIS webpage: http://www.sas.ac.uk/ies/seminars/emphasis%202003.htm