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6 July 2008, Erudition and Empiricism: The Intertwining of the Humanities and the Sciences in Early Modern Europe, Oxford, UK

Date: 6 July 2008
Location: Oxford, UK

This symposium aims to explore the impact of the humanities in Early Modern Europe (in particular philology, grammar, logic and history) and to understand the mutual interaction between the humanities and the natural sciences. Such a comparative approach has rarely been investigated.

Questions that will be addressed are: What were the major discoveries and inventions in the humanities? What was the role of the humanities in the development of the natural sciences and the scientific revolution? Was there a (historical) revolution in the humanities? The papers of this panel show how closely intertwined the practices of the humanities and natural sciences were, and how the same scholar could combine both practices in the same piece of work. The papers highlight through a rich set of examples one of the most intriguing features of the early modern sciences: the interlocking of philological learning and observational skills -- the connection between erudition and empiricism.

Organizers: Rens Bod and Jaap Maat. For more information, see http://staff.science.uva.nl/~rens/paneloxford.pdf

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