General Scholium Symposium

The first ever academic conference devoted to the General Scholium was held at the University of King’s College, 24-26 October 2013, to coincide with the tercentenary of its first publication. The proceedings from the symposium are due to be published sometime in 2015.

For an outline and the programme see: PDF

For additional details, contact the Director of the Newton Project Canada.

General Scholium symposium talk videos

All of the talks during the three-day symposium were video-taped professionally in high definition format complete with the discussion periods that followed each session, thus providing a digital legacy of the symposium that will complement the published proceedings due to be published in 2015. Although as in all academic symposia there is an informal quality to each talk, which contain minor imperfections in terms of accidental misstatements and other statements that in the published versions of the talks will be qualified, corrected or polished, these videos provide an authentic view of the symposium for those who were unable to attend.  Comments are welcome!
 
Thursday 24 October 2013
Public Lecture: 7:30–9:00 (Alumni Hall):
Isaac Newton, philosopher
Andrew Janiak, Department of Philosophy, Duke University
Chair: Ian Stewart, History of Science and Technology Programme, University of King’s College 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lB0s4YVZVg
 
Friday 25 October 2013
Session 1 (including opening remarks): 9:00–9:45:
The genesis of Newton’s General Scholium: an editorial history 
Steffen Ducheyne, Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Free University of Brussels
Chair: Niccol  Guicciardini, Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia, University of Bergamo
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cWjf5e7bYg
 
Session 2: 10:00–10:45:
Cosmology and astronomical physics in Newton’s General Scholium
Chris Smeenk, Department of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario
Chair: Mélanie Frappier, History of Science and Technology Programme, University of King’s College
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mgMv7fed1Q
 
Session 3: 11:00–11:45:
Science and religion in Newton’s General Scholium
Stephen Snobelen, History of Science and Technology Programme, University of King’s College
Chair: Larry Stewart, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan
www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3wSUDo9yNo
 
Session 4: 1:00–1:45:
Classical theism in Newton’s General Scholium
Paul Greenham, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto
Chair: Neil Robertson, Early Modern Studies Programme, University of King’s College
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7FZghqlgyM
 
Session 5: 2:00–2:20:
Heterodoxy, church history and biblical exegesis in Newton’s General Scholium
Irena Backus, Institut d’histoire de la Réformation, University of Geneva (moderated discussion)
Chair: Stephen Snobelen, History of Science and Technology Programme, University of King’s College
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld37G6qlNYY
 
Session 6: 2:30–3:15:
Scholarly and Scholastic contexts for Newton’s General Scholium
Dmitri Levitin, University of Edinburgh and Trinity College, Cambridge
Chair: Scott Mandelbrote, Perne Librarian, Peterhouse and Lecturer, Faculty of History, Cambridge University
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-tGthRlEvI
 
Session 7: 3:30–4:15:
Newton’s General Scholium in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century religion
Scott Mandelbrote, Perne Librarian, Peterhouse and Lecturer, Faculty of History, Cambridge University
Chair: Dmitri Levitin, University of Edinburgh and Trinity College, Cambridge
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNAMFmKkyJg
 
Session 8: 4:30–6:00 (public seminar):
The second edition of Newton’s Principia mathematica (1713)
Niccol  Guicciardini, Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia, University of Bergamo
Chair: Peter Rowlands, Department of Physics, University of Liverpool
www.youtube.com/watch?v=07u-1lQenHA
 
Saturday 26 October 2013
Session 9: 9:00–9:45:
Classical thought in Newton’s General Scholium
Karin Verelst, FUND-CLEA, Free University of Brussels
Chair: Ian Stewart, History of Science and Technology Programme, University of King’s College
www.youtube.com/watch?v=97CC7KorxxA
 
Session 10: 10:00–10:45:
Philosophy and metaphysics in Newton’s General Scholium
Andrew Janiak, Department of Philosophy, Duke University
Chair: Gordon McOuat, History of Science and Technology Programme, University of King’s College
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQtkjk-50Y0
 
Session 11: 11:00–11:45:
Philosophy of science in Newton’s General Scholium
Mary Domski, Department of Philosophy, University of New Mexico
Chair: Michael Hymers, Department of Philosophy, Dalhousie University
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhKtuG6EHmk
 
Session 12: 1:30–2:15:
Polemics in Newton’s General Scholium
Eric Schliesser, Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Ghent University
Chair: Karin Verelst, FUND-CLEA, Free University of Brussels
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCCLqIJ0YII
 
Session 13: 2:30–3:15:
Newton’s General Scholium and the mechanical philosophy
Hylarie Kochiras, The Cohn Institute of Tel Aviv University
Chair: Mary Domski, Department of Philosophy, University of New Mexico
 
Session 14: 3:30–4:15:
Alchemy and the electric spirit in Newton’s General Scholium
Cesare Pastorino, Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge (Zentrum für Wissensgeschichte, Berlin)
Chair: Eric Schliesser, Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Ghent University
www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5dNqb3LKF8
 
Session 15: 4:30–5:15:
The legacies of Newton’s General Scholium
Mordechai Feingold, History and Philosophy of Science, California Institute of Technology
Chair: Hylarie Kochiras, The Cohn Institute of Tel Aviv University
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dde6b4zh0-U
 
 
 

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