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VivaMente 2020: Medicine in the Philosophy of Descartes: Lights & Shadows
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When: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Where: Fondazione Comel
Pisa
Italy
Contact: Fabrizio Baldassarri

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Conference website: VivaMente 2020

Medicine in the Philosophy of Descartes: Lights & Shadows

Organizers: Fabrizio Baldassarri and Fabio Zampieri

Dates: 19–20 November 2020 (All times are Berlin/Rome/Paris zone, GMT+1)

Venue: Fondazione Comel, Pisa — please note that online participation is possible via Zoom, registration free of charge is however required by sending an email to info@csmbr.fondazionecomel.org and fabrizio.baldassarri@gmail.com.

Conference Programme

Thursday, 19 November 2020


09:00 - Welcome address & coffee

Keynote Talk – Evidence in Shadow

  • 09:30 - Annie Bitbol-Hespériès (Paris): “Anatomical and Philosophical Issues on Hearts and Brains from the writing of L’Homme to its posthumous publications”

Session 1: Three Sources in the Hole

  • 10:30 - Stefano Palagiano (University of Urbino): “Medical Perspectives in Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum
  • 11:00 - Simone Guidi (ILIESI-CNR Roma): “Epigenesis and Generative Power in Descartes’ Late Scholastic Sources”
11:30 - Coffee break
  • 12:00 - Jil Muller (Université de Strasbourg): “Ambroise Paré and René Descartes on Sensations in Amputated Limbs”

Session 2: Physicians, Images, and Texts

  •  12:30 - Tawrin Baker (University Notre Dame): “Descartes’ Images of the Eye and the Anatomical, Optical, and Philosophical Visual Traditions”
13:00 - Lunch break
  • 14:00 - Fabrizio Baldassarri (ICUB-Bucharest University): “On Something Descartes Did not Study: Texts and Diagrams”
  • 14:30 - Mattia Mantovani (Leuven University): “Reading Descartes en Physicien: The Case of Vopiscus Fortunatus Plempius, 1632-1664”

Keynote Talk – Metaphysical Medicine

  •  15:00 - Franco Aurelio Meschini (Università del Salento – Centro Cartesiano): “Metaphysical Diseases: On the Mind-Body Composition in Descartes”

16:00 - Coffee break

Session 3: Madness, Dreams, and Instincts

  • 16:30 - Jan Forsman (Tampere University): “Madness is somewhere between Chaos and Having a Dream: Madness & Dream in Descartes’ First Meditation”
  • 17:00 - Clément Raymond (Université Lyon 3): “From the Animal Instinct to the Mind’s Acknowledgement of the (in)commoda

17:30 - Coffee break

Keynote Talk – Cartesian Medicine: Back to the Future

  • 18:00 - Gideon Manning (Claremont Graduate University): “Descartes’s Cartesian Medicine: Past, Present and Future”


Friday, 20 November 2020


09:00 - Welcoming coffee

Keynote Talk – Shadows of the Past

  • 09:30: Maria Conforti (Università La Sapienza, Roma): “se fusse meno cartesiano lo stimarei molto: anti-Cartesian motifs in Italian Medicine”

Session 4: (Cartesian) Medicine at Court and at the Royal Society

  • 10:30 - Fabiola Zurlini (Studio Firmiano, Macerata): “Cartesian Medicine in the Court of Queen Christina of Sweden”
  • 11:00 - Daniel Samuel (Warburg Institute, University of London): “A British Response to the Passions of the Soul”

11:30 - Coffee break

Session 5: The Yeast of Knowledge

  • 12:00 - Carmen Schmechel (Freie University, Berlin): “Fermentation in Cartesian Physiology: A Iatromechanistic Process”
  • 12:30 - Fabio Zampieri (Università di Padova): “Sceptical Mechanism in the 17th- and 18th-century medicine: Di Capua and Boerhaave”

13:00 - Lunch break

Keynote Talk – Un-Cartesianism

  • 14:00 - Andrea Strazzoni (Universität Basel): “The First Teaching of Cartesianism at Utrecht: The Lost Academic Dictations of Henricus Regius”

Session 5: Diverging Roads: Cartesianism and Beyond

  • 15:00 - Aaron Spink (Ohio State University): “Pierre-Sylvain Régis, the Pineal Gland, and the Soul’s Simplicity”
  • 15:30 - Stefano Gulizia (Università Statale di Milano): “Anti-Cartesian Tales of Animals: The Paracelsian Torpedo of Johann Ludwig Hannemann (1703-1710)
16:00 - Coffee break
  • 16:30 - Laurynas Adomaitis (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa): “Beyond Mechanical Life: Biological Processes in the 17th Century”
Santorio Plenary Lectures 17.00–18.30

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