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Giordano Bruno: the Birth of Science

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The lecture will be led by UH professor Luca Oliva.

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Join us as UH Professor Luca Oliva will dissect the life and work of Giordano Bruno, an Italian philosopher, astronomer, mathematician, and occultist whose theories anticipated modern science.

This lecture will present the "first philosopher of science," as Giordano Bruno has been depicted, and focuses on the reception of his natural philosophy in the modern and contemporary periods. Before anyone else, Bruno re-examined the principles of Aristotle's physics and metaphysics in relation to Copernicus and the emergence of the scientific revolution. His ideas have been the subject of several studies, including those of Galilei, Jacobi, Shelling, Hegel, Riehl, Schlick, Koyré, Cassirer, Fink, Yates, Kuhn, Eco, Sini, Giorello, and Gatti. This lecture and Luca Oliva's new book L'ontologia della materia: Giordano Bruno tra Otto e Novecento (2018) examines each one of these studies and thus aims to show the immense relevance of Bruno in the history and philosophy of science.

About Luca Oliva:

Luca Oliva is an instructional assistant professor at the University of Houston (Tier One), where he leads the program of Liberal Studies. His interests lie in epistemology and philosophy of mathematics. He has published on normativity and intuitionism. His papers appeared in Kantian Review, NAKS Series, and collections published by CUP and De Gruyter. He currently teaches courses on theories of knowledge and normativity. In the last years, he was a lecturer for the graduate programs of the University of Vienna (spring 2019), an academic visitor at the University of Oxford (Trinity term 2016, 2017), a lecturer of the Institute Vienna Circle (summer term 2015, 2017), and a visiting professor at the University of Bergamo in Italy (summer term 2015).

The ICCC is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

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