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Michael Von Cotta-Schönberg deposited Oration “Audivi” of Enea Silvio Piccolomini (16 November 1436, Basel). Edited and translated by Michael von Cotta-Schönberg Final edition, 2nd version. (Orations of Enea Silvio Piccoomini / Pope Pius II; 2) in the group Renaissance / Early Modern Studies on Humanities Commons 1 week, 5 days ago
On 16 November 1436, Enea Silvio Piccolomini delivered the oration Audivi to the fathers of the Council of Basel, concerning the venue for the Union Council between the Latin Church and the Greek Church. He argued for the City of Pavia in the territory of the Duke of Milan. The oration reflected the tensions between conciliarism and the Papacy,…[Read more]
Enrico Pasini deposited Foreword to the special issue: Another 18th-Century German Philosophy? Rethinking German Enlightenment in the group Renaissance / Early Modern Studies on Humanities Commons 2 months, 1 week ago
The foreword (here in pre-print version) introduces the scope of this special issue, that is, a re-interpretation of the development of 18th-century German philosophy. We aim in particular at identifying naturalistic and ‘scientific’ tendencies, which evolved alongside the well-studied mainstream currents. In our view, this long-overshadowed man…[Read more]
Eileen Joy deposited This Is Not My (or, Our Time), so Please Take Ecstasy With Me: The Necessity of Generous Reading in the group Renaissance / Early Modern Studies on Humanities Commons 2 months, 1 week ago
A plea for more generous modes of reading each other’s scholarship in order to arrive at a University that values productive dissensus within a framework of shared endeavor and solidarity. The essay also argues for new relational modes in which personal, professional and other identities would be rejected in favor of cruising each other’s thought and work.
An overview of the “state of the field” of critical post/humanist studies that also argues for the important intervention of premodern studies into contemporary post/humanist studies, and which serves as the Introduction (with chapter summaries) to “Fragments for a History of a Vanishing Humanism,” eds. Myra Seaman and Eileen A. Joy (Ohio State…[Read more]
André de la Vigne (1470?-1526?) in the manuscript of his “Mystère de Saint Martin,” performed in the town of Seurre in October 1496, also included a “moralité” and a “farce.” Although they are positioned at the conclusion of the “mystère,” these short plays were undoubtedly integral to the larger performance. At the same time they are via…[Read more]
Did it all begin with Tschirnhaus? This paper (here in pre-print version) discusses the exemplary role that Tschirnhaus could play in the reconstruction of an empirically oriented, scientific, somewhat radical and variously unorthodox current in 18th-century German philosophy, starting from 18th-century characterizations of his intellectual image.
From Spanish and Portuguese travelers to Maupertuis, the problem of albinos, or ‘white Negroes’, as they would be called, has been an epitome of strangeness, a disturbing and/or marvelous appendix to human essence, and has often been instrumental to various definitions of identity. Some major historical and cultural episodes concerning the int…[Read more]
Descartes’ Regulae are the first text in which the idea of a universal mathematics is put in connection with algebra. Young Descartes thinks of geometrical figures as a representation of algebraic procedures so as to guarantee its feasibility: i.e., an epistemological foundation of analysis. The young Leibniz starts from a similar problem. He…[Read more]
The role of insensible appetitions (similar to insensible perceptions, or petites perceptions) in Leibniz’s theory of appetite and will is sketched. Since such insensible appetitions are the medium of interaction, through the body, between the individual and the physical world, and the form in which, at a microscopic level, environmental…[Read more]
IL REALE E L’IMMAGINARIO. Critica dell’infinito e dell’infinitesimo. Continuo reale e ideale. La metafisica del calcolo. Immaginario e immaginazione. Bibliografia
Enrico Pasini deposited La prima recezione della monadologia. Dalla tesi di Gottsched alla controversia sulla dottrina delle monadi in the group Renaissance / Early Modern Studies on Humanities Commons 2 months, 2 weeks ago
The paper addresses the first phase in the reception of Leibniz’s Monadology, starting with Johann Christoph Gottsched’s dissertation of 1721, until the publication of the essays presented for the prize question on monads proposed by the Berlin Academy of Sciences 25 years later. A critical edition of Gottsched’s “Dubia circa monades L…[Read more]
METAFISICA E MATEMATICA. Continuo e discreto. L’ambiguità dell’attimo. Il principio di continuità. Forza viva e forza morta. Tra Platone e Democrito
L’INTERPRETAZIONE DEL CALCOLO. Il nuovo secolo. La ripresa delle ostilità. La giustificazione del calcolo infinitesimale. Tra sé e sé. Interpretazione e immaginario. Regole e princìpi
LE PRIME CONTROVERSIE. Quantità incomparabilmente piccole. Il primo contendente. La disputa con Nieuwentijt. Irrealtà dell’infinitesimo. Ultimi strascichi polemici
LA PUBBLICAZIONE DEL METODO. Un nuovo algoritmo. La scuola concorrente. Flussioni nel tempo e nello spazio
LA NASCITA DEL CALCOLO LEIBNIZIANO: La geometria degli indivisibili. Infiniti indivisibili attuali. Gli anni d’apprendistato di Leibniz. L’aritmetica degli infinit.i Verso l’analisi infinitesimale. Il triangolo caratteristico. La fondazione del calcolo
INTRODUZIONE: Metafisica dell’infinitamente piccolo. L’analisi leibniziana. L’infinitesimo e il calcolo. La scomposizione del mutamento
Enrico Pasini deposited Korrespondenten von G. W. Leibniz: 12. Detlev Clüver. Geb. um 1645 in Schleswig – Gest. den 21. Februar 1708 in Hamburg in the group Renaissance / Early Modern Studies on Humanities Commons 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Detlev Clüver (1645-1708) was among the first to criticize Leibniz’s new infinitesimal analysis. Although his criticisms were vague and his methods inconsistent, Leibniz had always for him a friendly sort of consideration. The article presents Clüver’s biography, writings, and thought, together with a detailed description of Leibniz’s relations t…[Read more]
Enrico Pasini deposited Mathesis und Phantasie. Die Rolle der Einbildungskraft im Umfeld der Descartes’schen Regulae in the group Renaissance / Early Modern Studies on Humanities Commons 2 months, 2 weeks ago
A particular aspect of the confrontation between modern philosophy and the aristotelian tradition regards the so-called psychology of faculties. On this ground, it is for modern thought much harder, in comparison to the field of natural sciences, to differentiate itself from concepts, theories, and terminologies which characterize the still…[Read more]
Enrico Pasini deposited Die private Kontroverse des G.W. Leibniz mit sich selbst. Handschriften über die Infinitesimalrechnung im Jahre 1702 in the group Renaissance / Early Modern Studies on Humanities Commons 2 months, 2 weeks ago
The paper deals with Leibniz’s manuscript writings on the foundation of infinitesimal calculus since 1702: the mathematician’s late theory, and the preparatory works to his “Cum prodiisset atque increbuisset”, are presented. An edition of Leibniz’s unpublished DEFENSE DU CALCUL DE DIFFERENCES is provided as an Appendix.
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