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    Dirk van Miert, The Emancipation of Biblical Philology in the Dutch Republic, 1590–1670.Alexandru Liciu - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (2):153-157.
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    Sarah Carvallo, L’Homme Parfait. L’Anthropologie Médicale de Harvey, Rio­Lan Et Perrault.Katerina Lolou - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (2):163-167.
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    Sur le Progres des Sciences: Maupertuis and Bacon on the Advancement of Knowledge.Oana Matei - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (2):81-101.
    This paper investigates the Baconian roots of Maupertuis’s Lettre XIX. Sur le Progrès des Sciences. The Letter was published almost a decade after Maupertuis had accepted Frederick II’s invitation to move from Paris to Berlin and become the new President of the Prussian Academy of Sciences. Contrary to the secondary literature that identifies a distinction between Maupertuis’s Parisian and Berliner phases, this paper argues that there is in fact greater continuity between the two. Based on a reading that empha­sizes the (...)
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    Ursula Franke, Baumgartens Erfindung der Asthetik. MIT Einem Anhang: Baumgartens Asthetik Im Uberblick von Nicolas Kleinschmidt.Alessandro Nannini - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (2):157-162.
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    A Cosmos Without a Creator: Cesare Cremonini’s Interpretation of Aristotle’s Heaven.Pietro Daniel Omodeo - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (2):9-42.
    In the years after the first circulation of Sidereus Nuncius, Galileo’s Padua anti-Copernican colleague, the staunch Aristotelian philosopher, Cesare Cremonini, published a book on ‘traditional’ cosmology, Disputatio de coelo in tres partes divisa which puzzled the Roman authorities of the Inquisition and the Index much more than any works on celestial novelties and ‘neo-Pythagorean’ astronomy. Cremonini’s disputation on the heavens has the form of an over-intricate comment of Aristotle’s conceptions, in the typi­cally argumentative style of Scholasticism. Nonetheless, it immediately raised (...)
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    Light Path: On the Realist Mathematisation of Motion in the Seventeenth Century.Russell Smith - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (2):43-79.
    This paper focuses on the mathematisation of mechanics in the seventeenth century, specifically on how the representation of compounded rectilinear motions presented in the ancient Greek Mechanica found its way into Newton’s Principia almost two thousand years later. I aim to show that the path from the former to the latter was optical: the conceptualisation of geometrical lines as paths of reflection created a physical interpretation of dia­grammatic principles of geometrical point-motion, involving the kinematics and dynamics of light reflection. Upon (...)
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    Foreigners in Pre-Modernity: On Losses of Negatability and Gains of Unfamiliarity.Peter Strohschneider - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (2):103-135.
    The essay draws on the concept of ‘asymmetric counter-concepts’ as developed by Reinhart Koselleck starting with twin-formulas such as ‘the familiar and the unfamiliar’ which are generally used to establish collective des­ignations of the self and others and which institutionalize the axiological and the epistemological. These counter-concepts can have different semantic temperatures. The focus is on the underlying meaning-production schemes which produce value-asymmetries. The essay tries to show that a process of heating up these value-asymmetries is only one side of (...)
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    From Sensorium Hominis to Sensorium Dei.Grigore Vida - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (2):139-149.
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    Common Conceptions and the Metaphysics of Material Substance: Domingo de Soto, Kenelm Digby and Johannes de Raey.Han Thomas Adriaenssen - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (1):117-139.
    This paper explores how, according to three early modern philosophers, philosophical theory should relate to our pre-theoretical picture of reality. Though coming from very different backgrounds, the Spanish scholastic, Domingo de Soto, and the English natural philosopher, Kenelm Digby, agreed that an ability to accommodate our pre-theoretical picture of the world and our ordinary way of speaking about reality is a virtue for a philosophical theory. Yet at the same time, they disagreed on what kind of ontology of the material (...)
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    The Science of Water.Ovidiu Babeș - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (1):197-203.
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    Christian Wolff on Common Notions and Duties of Esteem.Andreas Blank - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (1):171-193.
    While contemporary accounts understand esteem and self-esteem as essentially competitive phenomena, early modern natural law theorists developed a conception of justified esteem and self-esteem based on naturally good character traits. This article explores how such a normative conception of esteem and self-esteem is developed in the work of Christian Wolff. Two features make Wolff’s approach distinctive: He uses the analysis of common notions that are expressed in everyday language to provide a foundation for the aspects of natural law on which (...)
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    Introduction: Common Notions. An Overview.Andreas Blank & Dana Jalobeanu - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (1):9-24.
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    “Deus Vult Aliquas Esse Certas Notitias…”: Epistemological Discussions in the Philosophy of the Early Modern Period.Günter Frank - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (1):25-59.
    The theory of notitiae naturales or κοιναὶ ἔννοιαι was part of the ancient Stoic epistemology. It served as precondition of any knowledge. Within the framework of the humanist rediscovery of ancient sources this theory became an important aspect of Philipp Melanchthon’s theological anthropology. This paper examines the polyvalent perspectives of the theory of notitiae naturales in Melanchthon’s philosophy and the role it played among Lutheran and Calvinist scholars, particularly regarding Rom 1: 19, where Paul stated some kind of a natural (...)
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    The Scholastic Logic of Statistical Hypotheses: Proprietates Terminorum, Consequentiae, Necessitas Moralis, and Probabilitas.Miroslav Hanke - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (1):61-82.
    Among the important conceptual innovations introduced in the second scholasticism era and motivated by theological debates following the Council of Trent were the theories of moral necessity and moral implication. As they were centred upon a view of moral necessity as a form of necessity weaker than physical necessity, and moral implication as weaker than physical implication, some interpretations of moral necessity encouraged the logic of statistical hypotheses and probability. Three branches of this debate are studied in this paper: the (...)
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    Herbert of Cherbury, Descartes and Locke on Innate Ideas and Universal Consent.Mattia Mantovani - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (1):83-115.
    The present paper investigates the seventeenth-century debate on whether the agreement of all human beings upon certain notions—designated as the “common” ones—prove these notions to be innate. It does so by focusing on Descartes’ and Locke’s rejections of the philosophy of Herbert of Cherbury, one of the most important early modern proponents of this view. The paper opens by considering the strategy used in Herbert’s arguments, as well as the difficulties involved in them. It shows that Descartes’ 1638 and 1639 (...)
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    Making Mathematical Culture: University and Print in the Circle of Lefèvre D’Étaples, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.Richard J. Oosterhoff - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (1):207-209.
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    Common Notions and Instincts as Sources of Moral Knowledge in Leibniz’s New Essays on Human Understanding.Markku Roinila - 2019 - Journal of Early Modern Studies 8 (1):141-170.
    In his defense of innateness in New Essays on Human Understanding (1704), Leibniz attributes innateness to concepts and principles which do not originate from the senses rather than to the ideas that we are born with. He argues that the innate concepts and principles can be known in two ways: through reason or natural light (necessary truths), and through instincts (other innate truths and principles). In this paper I will show how theoretical and moral reasoning differ from each other in (...)
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