« What happened to Natural Philosophy? » (C. Lüthy, 26 mai 2010)

The Centre for History of Science at Ghent University invites you at the lecture ‘What happened to natural philosophy?’ by Christophe Lüthy (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen).

This lecture focuses on ‘Philosophy and the Natural Sciences in their Historical Relation’, one of the six research areas of the Centre (for more information on the Centre’s research areas, please have a look at our website http://www.sarton.ugent.be).

We look forward to welcome you on Wednesday 26 May at 15:00, room 2.19 (Blandijnberg 2, Ghent University).


‘Natural philosophy’ was, for centuries, and up to and including
Newton, another word for ‘physics’. From Aristotle to the eighteenth century, ‘natural philosophy’, ‘physics’ or ‘physiology’ designated the science that dealt with the world of moving objects. However, since the eighteenth century, it came to mean something else. What has happened to ‘natural philosophy’? And which type of historian is responsible for telling the story of this all-embracing discipline? The historian of philosophy or the historian of science?


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