Emanuela Scribano most recent research deals with the intertwine between physiology and metaphysics in Descartes and his aftermath. Presently, she is working on the persistence of non-mechanistic theories of life and nature in XVII century. At the center of this project are the medical treatises between the end of the XVI and the first half of the XVII century, and authors such as Campanella, Mersenne, Cureau de La Chambre, Boyle.
Marco Sgarbi is working on the first comprehensive analysis of works written on Aristotle in Italian between c. 1400 and c. 1650. During this period, around 250 works, including translations, commentaries, compendia, dialogues, poems, and other compositions, attempted to broaden people’s familiarity with the most systematic philosopher of antiquity. Although the movement to translate Aristotle into Italian was hugely significant and foreshadowed many of the features of early modern philosophy, it has barely been studied. His project, which brings together the strengths of research teams in Venice and Warwick, will thus offer the first in-depth exploration of this phenomenon. By taking into consideration the whole range of writings on Aristotle it will provide a more nuanced understanding of how philosophy was understood and practiced outside of the elite, Latin circles of universities and religious orders.
Craig Martin is working of two major book projects; the first is a monograph on the theories of wind during the early modern period. Wind powered early modern European exploration and expansion. During that period, knowledge of the wind transformed. As early as the first voyages to the New World, travelers sought to characterize and map recently discovered winds, integrating their observations with knowledge derived from natural philosophy, history, geography, mathematics, cosmography, the art of navigation, and medicine. His project will give an account of one of the earliest emergences of natural knowledge on a global scale.
Giovanni Maria Fara is working on a catalogue of more than 2000 prints attributed to German engravers between fifteenth and the first half of sixteenth centuries housed in the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe delle Gallerie degli Uffizi. Furthermore he is providing an overall reconsideration of Albrecht Dürer’s relations with the city of Venice and finally he is studying the copies of treatises of Albrecht Dürer preserved in the Italian libraries, especially with respect to the presence of notes of ownership, marginalia and/or drawings, of the XVI and XVII century.
Matteo works on the origins of the idea that thought depends (in various ways and to various extents) on language, on the intersections between views on human language faculty and the mind-body problem and on the early formulations of semantic compositionality. He studies early modern ontology, in particular mereology. Finally he investigates the early modern conceptions of life and death especially in the Leibnizian, post-Leibnizian, and anti-Leibnizian doctrines of immortality.
Pietro Daniel works on the competing confessional discourses on cosmology of the seventeenth century, an epoch in which religious conflicts originated opposing ‘epistemic cultures’, which were embodied in scholarly institutions and networks such as the Protestant web of northern European universities or the global web of Jesuit colleges. His addresses the interrelations between 1) cosmological debates in the northern European Protestant institutional networks of scholars and institutions and 2) cosmological debates in Jesuit institutional networks aiming at 3) a comparative assessment of early formations and transformations of epistemic webs. He considers parallelisms and contrasts, negotiations and intersections of seventeenth-century cosmological discourses between scholars, institutions and scientific communities belonging to different epistemic cultures.