Princeton/Bucharest seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

Experiments, reason and revelation: the moral value of studying nature in Early Modernity

28th of July- 4th of August 2007

Bran, Romania

Among the recent and less recent discussions concerning the meaning of “experiments” for the constitution of early modern science, much has been said about the relation between science and religion, natural philosophy and natural theology and the various ways of reaching certainty. For some of the early modern philosophy, studying nature carried moral and religious significance. Moreover, the experimental practice itself was sometimes regarded as related to religious experiences. Some of this moral and religious background of the experimental philosophy has often been considered as a rhetorical apologetic construction. But is this the only way of seeing the connection? Is there a possibility of seeing religious and moral values as intrinsic to the experimental philosophy?

de Centrul "Fundamentele modernitatii europene" (FME) si de Societatea Romana de Fenomenologie

Editori: Cristian Ciocan, Lucian Petrescu & Andrei Pinta cu colaborarea lui Paul Balogh

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The Princeton/Bucharest seminar in Early Modern Philosophy is an international meeting of scholars interested in various aspects of early modern thought. Past editions have been held in various locations of Romania, and the seminar has become already a tradition. The aim of the seminar is to create an interesting environment for discussing papers and ideas. It includes workshops in the morning and presentations of papers in the afternoon, trying to maintain a balance between a high academic level and the informal spirit of an academia. 

This year, the seminar will take place in Bran, near Brasov, in Transylvania. Among the participants: Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Roger Ariew (University of South Florida), Giulia Belgioioso (Università di Lecce). A number of PhD Students and young scholars from different universities are also invited to participate.


Bran is a mountain resort near Brasov, 3-4 hours by car from Bucharest’s main airport. An alternative route is by train from Bucharest to Brasov (which is 15 km away from Bran). The participants will be lodged in a nice little villa in between the mountains, viewing the Bran Castle, in double rooms.

Please, submit an abstract of your paper and a brief CV to Dana Jalobeanu,, by the 8th  of June.

More details can be found on our web page at


Facultati de filozofie

Universitatea din Bucuresti

Universitatea Babes-Bolyai din Cluj

Universitatea Al. I Cuza din Iasi

Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara

Societati, Centre si Institute de cercetare

Centrul de Filosofie Antica si Medievala, Cluj

Centrul "Fundamentele modernitatii europene" (FME)

Colegiul Noua Europa

Institutul de Filosofie si Psihologie  "Constantin Radulescu-Motru"

Societatea Kant din România

Societatea Romana de Fenomenologie

Reviste de filozofie

Chora. Revue d`etudes anciennes et medievales


Revista de filosofie

Revue roumaine de philosophie

Studia Phaenomenologica

Studia Philosophia

Publicatii culturale

Adevarul literar si artistic



Convorbiri literare Iasi



Dacia Literara

Dilema Veche


Lettre Internationale

Observator cultural

Revista 22

Romania literara

Secolul 21

Suplimentul de cultura




Editura ICR

Editura Universitatii Al. I Cuza


Ideea Europeana

Litera International

Paralela 45




Institutul Cultural Roman

Romania Culturala

Romanian Philosophy