Reading Group on Theories of Matter

~ Summer Semester 2019 ~

Structures of Materiality: 
Roger Bacon and the Conundrum of Prime Matter

Contact: nicola.polloni@hu-berlin.de

Following the discussion of the texts read during the first part of the reading group, the second semester will engage with some main aspects of the thirteenth-century debate on prime matter through the examination of a very special thinker, Roger Bacon (ca. 1214-1292). The reading group will focus on later developments of Bacon’s theories of matter and materiality.  His doctrine of the species (in consideration of both Bacon’s ontology and gnoseology) will be thoroughly analysed through the reading of one of the most peculiar works authored by Roger Bacon: De multiplicatione specierum (On the Multiplication of the Species). 

ARTICULATION OF THE READING GROUP

The reading group will meet periodically on Friday at 11am, sine tempore. Throughout the semester, special lectures and talks from invited guests will take place after the reading group session, usually at 2pm. Schedule will be updated regularly in this webpage.

NB: Due to major academic reasons, the reading group will not follow a regular calendar! Further changes may be adopted in agreement with the participants.

Optical diagram from a manuscript of Roger Bacon’s works

~ Meetings Calendar ~

Friday, 12 April 2019, 11am, Room TBC: Introduction to Roger Bacon’s ontology and epistemology.

Friday, 26 April 2019, 11am, Room TBC: De multiplicatione specierum, pt. 1

Friday, 3 May 2019, 11 am, Room TBC: De multiplicatione specierum, pt. 1

Friday, 10 May 2019, 11am, Room TBC: De multiplicatione specierum, pt. 1

Friday, 17 May 2019, 11am, Room TBC: De multiplicatione specierum, pt. 1

Friday, 11 June 2019, 11pm, Room TBC: De multiplicatione specierum, pt. 1

Friday, 14 June 2019, 11am, Room TBC: De multiplicatione specierum, pt. 2

Friday, 21 June 2019, 11am, Room TBC: De multiplicatione specierum, pt. 2

Tuesday, 5 July 2019, 11am, Room TBC: De multiplicatione specierum, pt. 2

Friday, 12 July 2019, 11am, Room TBC: Final remarks

~ Editions of Texts ~

Roger Bacon, De multiplicatione specierum, ed. Lindberg, Roger Bacon’s Philosophy of Nature, Oxford 1983.

To have copy of the material and secondary literature, please write to:
pollonin@hu-berlin.de

Venue: Institut für Philosophie (HU Berlin), Invalidenstrasse 110