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Clio meets Prometeus. The Construction of Singular Science through the Historiography of Science
10 March @ 16:00 - 18:00
The “History of Philosophy” group cordially invites you to an upcoming talk by Giorgio Matteoli. See below for details (and apologies for cross-posting).
If you would like to join us, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 10th of March to receive the link to this event.
Colloquium Geschiedenis van de Filosofie, Universiteit Utrecht
“Clio meets Prometeus. The Construction of Singular Science through the Historiography of Science”
(Università degli Studi di Torino)
All are welcome!
Date and Time: 11th of March 2021, 16.00-18.00
Venue: Microsoft Teams
While it has always been widely acknowledged that between the end of the XVIII and the first half of the XIX century a great number of fundamental theoretical achievements as well as institutional shifts significantly transformed the shape and practice of scientific enquiry, only in the last decades have historians started to designate that phase as a true “second scientific revolution”. As opposed to the first revolution of the XVII century, which was characterized by a new stance towards space (whether astronomical or geographical), the second one has been deemed revolutionary inasmuch as it was prompted by and resulted in a renewed attitude towards time: the time of the Universe and of the Earth, the time of species on it – but also the time of human history itself. From this general movement of temporalization, science was not immune: or better, it could be argued that it was precisely through this process that “science” (in the singular, as an independent and soon-to-be hegemonic cultural force) started to acquire its current meaning and role, creating for itself an historical narration while exploiting the new means provided by historiography as a science of human time. In this presentation, I will try to illustrate this point by tracing the shift that occurred around the turn of the XVIII century in the country that was then occupying the driving seat of scientific endeavor in Europe – France; a shift that consisted in the emergence of a new literary genre, the histoire générale des sciences, which slowly started to substitute, specify or integrate older forms of historical scientific writing, such as the histoire de l’esprit humain, the history of philosophy and the more institutional forms of preservation of scientific memory (the Éloges and Mémoires of the Paris Academy of Sciences).
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