Gregorio Baldin (Post-Doc)

Gregorio obtained his PhD in 2015 in history of philosophy at the University of Piemonte Orientale (supervisor: Gianni Paganini), he has been postdoctoral researcher at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (LabEx Comod) and he taught history and philosophy in Italian high school. His research mainly deals with the spread of scientific and political ideas in 17th Century, focusing on the figures of Thomas Hobbes and Paolo Sarpi. In his studies, he paid attention to: the development of Galilean science in Hobbes and Sarpi, the presence of the Republic of Venice in Hobbes’ political philosophy, the question of the Interdict crisis in Hobbes, the influence of the myth of Gallic Hercules and the French religious wars in Hobbes’ thought and the development of mathematical and scientific concepts in mid-17th century Paris.
He is the author of Hobbes e Galileo. Metodo, materia e scienza del moto (Florence: Olschki, 2017), which will appear soon in English translation and La croisée des savoirs: Hobbes, Mersenne, Descartes (forthcoming). He also published several articles in Galilaeana, Rivista di storia della filosofia, Storia del pensiero politico.

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Project: The Lion and the Leviathan: Hobbes, Sarpi and the Republic of Venice

Silvia Bellacicco (Project Manager)

Silvia is an expert in European funding and Euro-planning, as well as in project management and implementation. She holds a degree in Marine Environmental Sciences (2000) from the “Ca’ Foscari” Università di Venezia, and since 2001 she has worked on European funding for public bodies such as municipalities, research institutes/universities, as well as civil regions and private companies. She has extensive experience in project/partnership coordination and management, and in providing technical and financial assistance for the project leaders and associates.

Sascha Freyberg (Editorial Manager)

Sascha is a research fellow and the editorial manager of the project responsible for its two book series Knowledge Hegemonies and Verum factum. He studied cultural sciences and philosophy in Hagen and Berlin and graduated with a Master Thesis on Ernst Cassirer's critique of symbolic consciousness. Currently is finishing a PhD thesis on the relation of experiment and metaphysics in Edgar Wind’s epistemology at the Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg.

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Matteo Fornasier (Pre-Doc)

Matteo is a PhD student at Università Ca’Foscari of Venice. He graduated at Università Ca'Foscari in 2018. His main interests concern the history of philosophy, especially Renaissance philosophy as well as early modern science and medicine.

Project: Renaissance thinking in the medical culture of the Parisian Academy in early modern times

Rodolfo Garau (Post-Doc)

Rudi is a historian of philosophy and of science. After his PhD (2015), he held postdoctoral positions at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and at the Université du Quebéc à Trois-Rivières, and, as adjunct lecturer, at Bard College Berlin as well as at the University of Turin. His current research foci are: 1. the cross-use of concepts between physics, biology, and metaphysics in the early modern period, on which he is preparing a volume exploring the history of the concept of conatus (“endeavor”) between late-Scholastic and modern science and philosophy and the critical investigation of the emergence of, and correlation between, modern race theories and criminology. The focus of his research project in the framework of the Early Modern Cosmology group is the physics, astronomy, and logic of Pierre Gassendi, of whom he is translating the Syntagma philosophicum (with Justin E. H. Smith) for Oxford University Press.

Omar Del Nonno (Pre-Doc)

Omar is a PhD student at the Ca' Foscari of Venice. He studied at Università degli Studi Roma Tre in 2009 and graduated with a Bachelor thesis on “The Limits of Language in Wittgenstein” under the supervision of Paolo Virno in 2013. Afterwards, he moved to Berlin to continue his studies at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. There, he focused on Spinoza's Philosophy and the German Idealism and graduated with a Master Thesis entitled “The Reality of Finite Modes in Spinoza's Theory of Substance” under the direction of Dominik Perler. In his PhD project he takes the cue from Hegel's criticism of Acosmism to investigate Spinoza's Metaphysics. Del Nonno's areas of research are Spinoza's theoretical and political philosophy, Spinozism in German Idealism and the history of modern philosophy. He is also interested in Hegel's philosophy and the philosophy of language. He is a member of the Italian Societas Spinozana and the German Spinoza-Gesellschaft.

Pietro Daniel Omodeo (Principal Investigator)

Pietro is an historian of science and philosophy and a professor of the philosophy of science. His research focuses on science, philosophy, and literature in early modernity, as well as on historical epistemology. His work encompasses the ontological and epistemological premises of medieval and early-modern natural philosophy and science up to the rise of mechanical visions of the world. Moreover, he has investigated the history of cosmology and physics, in particular post-Copernican astronomy, mechanics, and physico-mathematics. His inquiry into the history of science expands upon the wide cultural interconnections of early scientific debates as well as upon their socio-institutional embedment. His work on historical epistemology focuses on political epistemology along Gramscian lines of investigation. It comprises a critical assessment of the agendas underlying the historiography of science.

For his curriculum vitae and publications, see his profile on the University webpage.

Lindsay Parkhowell (Copy-Editor)

Lindsay is the copy-editor of the ERC project EarlyModernCosmology. He is a graduate of Bard College, Berlin, and a former editorial assistant at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. He is also the Secretary for Propaganda and Poetics of the Avtonomi Akadimia, an adisciplinary, democratic arts University in Athens.

Jacomien Prins (non-tenured Assistant Professor)

Jacomien is an Research Associate at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of Ca’Foscari University of Venice. She has worked extensively on the interaction between philosophy and music. Her published work includes Echoes of an Invisible World: Marsilio Ficino and Francesco Patrizi on Cosmic Order and Music Theory (Leiden: Brill, 2014), Sing Aloud Harmonious Spheres: Renaissance Conceptions of Cosmic Harmony (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017), The Routledge Companion to Music, Mind, and Well-being (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018), Marsilio Ficino: Commentary on the Timaeus, critical edition accompanied by an English translation (Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University Press), The I Tatti Renaissance Library (ITRL), 2 vols. (forthcoming), and ‘A Well-tempered Life’: Music, Health and Happiness in Renaissance Learning (in preparation). She is currently working on a research project titled ‘Marin Mersenne: Harmonist at the Heart of the Scientific Revolution’ and teaches courses in the history of philosophy, science and music, and philosophy of science.

Francesca Putignano (Pre-Doc)

Francesca is a PhD student at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She has graduated with honors at the University of Bari, with a bachelor thesis in the field of Contemporary Studies and Gender Studies. She continued her studies at the University of Bologna where she graduated with honors with a master thesis’s on Philosophy of Science. Part of her thesis work was done at the University of Helsinki in Finland, thanks to a scholarship she received. In Helsinki, she worked under the supervision of Kristina Rolin.
Her main interests are feminist epistemology and philosophy of science and she focusses especially on socio-political consequences of scientific production. Her PhD project in feminist epistemology and science studies considers a political epistemological approach, (inspired by Gramscian reflections), which can shed light on the specific interrelations between social conditions, interests, biases and the production and reproduction of science.

H Darrel Rutkin (non-tenured Assistant Professor)

Darrel is a historian of science and philosophy specializing in the history of medieval, Renaissance and early modern astrology, ca. 1250-1800. His work focuses on astrology’s numerous relationships to science, theology and magic within their relevant conceptual, institutional, confessional, socio-political and cultural contexts over the longue durée. Among many other questions, he is concerned to establish astrology’s centrality to the premodern Aristotelian-Ptolemaic understanding of nature ca. 1250-1600 both conceptually and institutionally. He then uses these structures—especially the patterns of their teaching at the finest premodern universities—to reveal the complex patterns of how astrology was marginalized and ultimately removed from the map of legitimate knowledge and practice during the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment.

Among numerous other publications, he has recently completed volume I of his first monograph, Sapientia Astrologica: Astrology, Magic and Natural Knowledge, ca. 1250-1800, that is currently in press in the series, “Archimedes: New Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology,” Jed Z. Buchwald (ed), Dordrecht: Springer, 3 vols. Volume I is entitled, “Medieval Structures (1250-1500): Conceptual, Institutional, Socio-Political, Religous and Cultural.” He has also co-edited Horoscopes and Public Spheres: Essays on the History of Astrology, with Günther Oestmann and Kocku von Stuckrad (Berlin, 2005), His most recent publication is “How to Accurately Account for Astrology’s Marginalization in the History of Science and Culture: The Essential Importance of an Interpretive Framework,” in a special issue of Early Science and Medicine edited by Hiro Hirai and Rienk Vermij, 23 (2018): 217-43. He has also contributed to the Cambridge History of Science and the Harvard Companion to the Classical Tradition.

His project in the framework of the Early Modern Cosmology group is the work on the second volume of Sapientia Astrologica.

Marco Storni (Post-Doc)

Marco is a historian of science and philosophy, specializing in early modern epistemology, scientific practices, and the history of the exact sciences. After completing his PhD (2018) at the École Normale Supérieure of Paris and the University of Bologna (joint supervision), he has been graduate assistant at the University of Neuchâtel and Herzog-Ernst fellow at the Gotha Research Centre of Erfurt University.

His current research interests include: (1) institutions and scientific practices in the early modern times; (2) early eighteenth century epistemological theories; (3) chemical and alchemical practices in the seventeenth century.

His project in the framework of the Early Modern Cosmology group deals with the cosmological and institutional stakes in the debate on the shape of the Earth (1672-1740).

For more information on his research and publications, please visit his personal webpage:

Guests and Associates

Silvina Paula Vidal
University of San Martin (Argentina)
Guest from 20/03/2019 to 25/03/2019

Senthil Babu
Institut Français de Pondichéry (India)
Visiting scholar from 01/02/2019 to 30/04/2019

Doina-Cristina Rusu
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)
Visiting scholar from 08/10/2018 to 30/11/2018

Alberto Bardi
DSZV / Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Studies (Italy / USA)