Descartes, Galileo, Hobbes: Philosophy and Science, Politics and Religion during the Scientific Revolution

Daniel Garber and Roger Ariew

July 12 – August 6, 2010

Princeton University

This four week summer seminar will bring together fourteen college-level instructors and two advanced graduate students with the aim of deepening their knowledge of three central figures in early seventeenth century thought, broadly conceived to include philosophy, science and mathematics, political and religious thought. In our seminar we propose to tackle a group of interrelated texts, figures and issues. Descartes and Hobbes knew one another, and both knew Galileo’s work very well, and were keenly aware of his conflict with the Church. Studying these figures together brings out interesting themes in the history of science, philosophy, politics, and the relations of these to religion. Furthermore, each of these figures is central to the curricula in philosophy, political science, and history. Our hope is to bring together scholars and teachers, and advanced students from these different areas to learn from one another and thereby to enrich their teaching and scholarship. Participants will receive a stipend of $3,300 for the four week seminar.

/Please note that this year, advanced graduate students will be eligible to participate./

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