Renaissance Axiomatics: Euclid in Thought, Print, and Practice
Call for abstracts for a panel to be submitted for the Renaissance Society of America Meeting in New York City, March 27-29, 2014.
This panel will explore the history of Renaissance and early modern geometry, axiomatic method, their instantiation in print, and their impacts beyond the formal history of mathematics. It seeks papers that join Renaissance Euclidianism with elements of its material history, practical mobilization, and conceptual impact. Themes might include:
* the history, pre-history, and post-history of the Renaissance editions of the Elements, including its commentators, adaptors, translators, editors, or printers;
* the standardization, appropriation, and transformation of geometrical figures in Renaissance mathematics; alternately, the history of techniques for printing complex geometrical diagrams; or again, differences among Euclidean diagrammatic constructivism, Ramist tabular synopsis, and other models for the figural mobilization of number, language, and concept;
* artisanal, architectural, or artistic Euclideanism and its Renaissance practitioners, as with the neo-Euclidian theorization of perspective, the differing institutional and political contexts for the study of theoretical and practical geometry, or the temporality (or atemporality) of geometrical proof and its representation in Renaissance art, philosophy, literature, or science;
* historical transformations of geometrical vocabularies or proof-structures and their impacts on Renaissance debates about method and demonstration in metaphysics, pedagogy, natural philosophy, or theology; on discussions about the differing roles of synthesis and analysis or distinctions among real, nominal, and genetic definition; or, finally, on moves toward a mos geometricus among philosophers like Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, and Leibniz.
Please send a paper title, 150-word abstract, and a 300-word abbreviated CV to Daniel Selcer (Philosophy, Duquesne University) at email@example.com. Deadline: June 3, 2013.
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