Continental Empiricism in the Early Modern Period

Organized by Rodolfo Garau and Arnaud Pelletier

Supported by the EOS project RENEW18, the FRS- FNRS, the Faculté de Philosophie et Sciences Sociales at ULB (PHISOC) and the Centre de recherche en philosophie (PHI)


  • 09:40-10:00 Arnaud Pelletier, Rodolfo Garau, Welcome and introduction.
  • 10:00-10:50 Mihnea Dobre (ICUB, University of Bucharest), The Usefulness of Historiographical Categories: What to do With “Continental Empiricism”?
  • 10:50-11:40 Giuliano Mori (Università Statale di Milano), Vanini Reader of Cardano: A Typological Analysis of Experience in Renaissance Italian Naturalism.
  • 12:00-12:50 Philippe Hamou (Sorbonne Université), Galileo's Telescopic Observations: Crux and Crisis of Aristotelian Empiricism.
  • 14:30-15:20 Dana Jalobeanu (ICUB, University of Bucharest), A Baconian Science of Sounds: Marin Mersenne’s ‘Echometry’.
  • 15:20-16:10 Rodolfo Garau (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice), Gassendi’s Empiricism in Context.
  • 16:25-17:15 Klaas van Berkel (University of Groningen), Descartes, Beeckman and the Empirical Foundations of the Mechanical Philosophy.




  • 10:00-10:50 Marco Sgarbi (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice), Pietro Pomponazzi’s Epistemic and Experiential Empiricism (online)
  • 10:50-11:40 Peter Anstey (The University of Sydney), Proof by Experiment in Seventeenth-Century Europe.
  • 12:00-12:50 Sophie Roux (ENS Paris),"The French Naturalists Are More Discursive, than Active or Experimentall”: Deconstructing the Cliché that Early Modern French Natural Philosophers Were Cartesians Engaged in Speculative Philosophy".
  • 14:30-15:20 Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Descartes, Steno and the Anatomy of the Earth.
  • 15:20-16:10 Arnaud Pelletier (ULB), Leibniz, the First Principles of Experience and the Invention of Empiricism.
  • 16:30-17:20 Paola Rumore (Università di Torino), Varieties of ‘Empiricism’ in the Early German Enlightenment.
  • 17:20-17:40 Concluding remarks.