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Vegetative Powers: Endowing Bodily Life from Late Antiquity to the Early-Modern Period
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9/12/2018 to 9/13/2018
When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Where: Palazzo del Bo and ex-Istituto anatomica patologica
University of Padua
Contact: Fabrizio Baldassarri

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With the support of: University of Padua; Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences; Society for the Social History of Medicine; Società Italiana di Storia della Scienza



Wednesday, 12 September:

  • 09.15-09.30 Registration
  • 09.30-10.00 Welcome Address from Authorities of the University of Padua & Gaetano Thiene (Padua U), “The Heart in the History of the University of Padua”
  • 10.00 Klaus Corcilius(Berkeley U) “Soul, Parts of Soul, and Vegetation in Aristotle”
  • 10.30 Robert Vinkensteijn (Utrecth U) “ὁμοίωσις φυτῷ in Galen: how our most fundamental capacities are plant-like”
  • 11.30 Martin Klein (Humboldt U) “How to Explain Vegetative Powers of an Immaterial Soul?”
  • 12.00 Roberto Lo Presti (Humboldt U) “Expanding the Parva Naturalia-Project: Albertus Magnus on Nutrition”
  • 12.30 Cristiano Casalini (Boston U) “Jesuit Vegetative Souls: Lessious and the Conimbricenses on men’s ‘lowest’ functions"
  • 14.00 Anna Tropia (Humboldt U) “Towards the Elimination of the Anima Vegetativa: Some Intellectualistic Tendencies in the Jesuits Suárez and Arriaga”
  • 14.30 Andreas Blank (Alpen-Adria U) “Nicolas Taurellus on Forms, Vegetative Souls and the Question of Emergence”
  • 15.00 Elisabeth Moreau (Bruxelles/Radboud Nijmegen) “Generation and the Vegetative Soul: A ‘Hermetic’ Perspective from Marburg (1612)”
  • 16.00 Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest U) “Concoction, Transmutation, and Living Spirits: Francis Bacon’s Experiments with Artifical Life”
  • 16.30 Igor Agostini (Università del Salento) “The Vegetative Functions of the Soul in Descartes’ Meditationesand the ordo rationis”
  • 17.00 Balint Kekedi (Aberdeen U) “Marin Cureau de la Chambre’s Conception of the Vegetative Soul”

Thursday 13 September:

  • 09.00 Fabrizio Baldassarri (HAB/Padova) “The First Editions of L’Homme: Cartesian Scholars and the Vegetative Soul”
  • 09.30 Emanuela Orlando (Università del Salento) “Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz and the Question of the Negation of the Vegetative Soul in his Cartesian Manuscripts”
  • 10.00 Sarah Hutton (York U) “Re-Inventing the Vegetable Soul? More’s Spirit of Nature and Cudworth’s Plastic Nature Reconsidered”
  • 11.00 Guido Giglioni (Macerata U) “Plants and Brains: The Vegetative Soul and Its Links with the Imagination in Early Modern Medicine and Philosophy”
  • 11.30 Justin Begley (Helsinki U) “Margaret Cavendish on Vegetable Life”
  • 12.00 Daniel Schmal (Pázmány Péter Catholic U) “Vegetative Epistemology: the Cognitive Principles of Life in William Harvey and Francis Glisson”
  • 12.30 Fabio Zampieri (Padova) “An Alternative to the Vegetative Soul: Galen’s Natural Spirit in the Late 17th-Century Medical Conception of Digestive Functions”
  • 14.00 Martine Pécharman (CNRS) “A Way to Atheism? Pierre Bayle on Plastic Life”
  • 15.00 François Duchesneau (Montreal U) “The Notion of Vegetative Soul in the Leibniz-Stahl Controversy”
  • 16.00 Kirsten Walsh (Exeter U) “Newton’s ‘Vegetative Spirit’”
  • 16.30 Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero (Ca’ Foscari Venezia) “Beyond Structure: Vegetative Powers from Wolff to Hanov”

Organizers: Fabrizio Baldassarri, Andreas Blank, Fabio Zampieri

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