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Seminar of the Centre CHSPAM

Science and Philosophy from Ancient to Modern Age 2015–2016



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CALENDAR 2015-2016
Monthly sessions, on Thursdays, 10:00 – 18:00, Room 483A, Malevitch,
Building Condorcet,
University Paris Diderot, 4 rue Elsa Morante, 75013 - Paris*.Plan.


To: October 22, December 17-18, March 17, 2016, May 12, June 15, June 30


October 22

Researches on the biology in Aristotle
Organisation: Pierre Pellegrin

  • Andrea L. Carbone (Univ. Paris 1, Gramata SPHERE)
    Topic Argumentations in the biology in Aristotle
  • Ömer Aygün (Université de Galatasaray, Istanbul, Turquie)
    Doctrine and method in Generation of Animals, III, 10.
  • Jean-Louis Labarrière (CNRS, Centre Léon Robin)
    Double acuteness of the senses. Generation of Animals, V, 1-2
  • Pierre Pellegrin (CNRS, SPHERE)
    A few remarks on the purpose in living.


December 17-18

  • Mehrnaz Katouzian-Safadi (CNRS, SPHERE) et Meyssa BenSaad (SPHERE)
    Inhabited lands and temperaments. Between observations and therapeutic solutions, the look of medieval doctors: Tabarî (IXe), Râzî (IXe-Xe), Ibn Butlân (XI).
  • Ahmed Aarab (Université Abdelmalek Essaadi, Tanger)
    Look at the interactions between environment , animal and man in the Book of Animals in Gâhiz (IXe siècle).

Organised in the framework of the researches in the axis History & Philosophy of Medecine – Environnement, deseases-therapy, study days "Environnement & Health, between observation, imagination and theories, in different places on the globe".



March 17
Generic Structures (3). Reception of Categories
Organisation: Annick Jaulin

  • 11:00 : Annick Jaulin (Université Paris 1, Gramata SPHERE)
    Reception of Categories in Alexander of Aphrodisias.
  • 14:00 : Riccardo Chiaradonna
    Reception of Categories in Plotinus.
  • 15:00 : Michael Chase
    Reception of Categories in Porphyry.


May 12, 10:00 – 16:30, !!!! Room 086A !!!!!
The reception of Diophantine problems in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Classical Age
Organisation: Eleonora Sammarchi (Université Paris Diderot, SPHERE)

The large collection of problems (determinate and indeterminate) contained in the book The Arithmetica of the Greek mathematician Diophantus (3rd century) was the subject of several interpretations over the centuries. The text was translated into Arabic under the title The Art of the algebra of Diophantus by Qusta ibn Luqa at the end of the ninth century. He then circulate in Latin, translated from the Greek. It will be essential for the research algebraists interested in the relationship between algebra and arithmetic.

In this session we propose to better understand how the analysis of Diophantus was received and reinterpreted by mathematicians successive epochs. We will analyze some cases of specific figure, from different historical and geographical contexts, such as the Arab theorists algebraic calculation, the Italian algebraists schools of the Renaissance and the French mathematicians of the 17th century.

The session will conclude with a round table, which will expand the discussion to the historical background of the authors mentioned, the Greek sources and authors other works heavily influenced by the receipt of Arithmetica.

  • 10:00 – 11:00 Eleonora Sammarchi (Université Paris Diderot, SPHERE)
    L’Analyse indéterminée selon al-Zanjani (et al-Karaji)
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Veronica Gavagna (Università degli Studi di Firenze)
    Bombelli’s reading of Diophantus
  • 14:00 – 15:00 Catherine Goldstein (Institut de mathématiques de Jussieu, Paris Rive Gauche)
    Quelques lecteurs français de Diophante au XVIIe siècle
  • 15:00 – 16:30 Round Table
    with participation of A. Bernard, V. Gavagna, C. Goldstein, O. Kouteynikoff, E. Sammarchi, B. Vitrac


June 15
The Image of the World by Gautier de Metz (1245). French, Hebraïc and Tatar versions.
Organisation: Gad Freudenthal (CNRS, SPHERE)


9:30 Accueil

– 10:00 – 12:30

  • Bernard Ribemont (Université d’Orléans)
    L’Image du monde dans le paysage intellectuel du XIIIe siècle
  • Barbara Obrist (CNRS, Paris)
    L’enfer dans la cosmographie médiévale: De l’Imago mundi d’Honorius Augustodunensis (1110) à l’Image du monde de Gautier de Metz (1245)
  • Gad Freudenthal (CNRS, Paris)
    Ṣelem (Ṣalmut) ha-‘olam comparé à l’Image du monde ; l’énigme de l’adaptateur

– 14:00 – 15:30

  • Jean-Pierre Rotschild (CNRS, IRHT, Paris)
    Ṣel ’olam: quelques points de traduction de la 2e partie de l’Image du monde et proposition de lecture
  • Dan Shapira (Bar-Ilan University)
    The Tatar Version of Ṣel ha-‘olam and Its Implications

– 15:45 – 17:15

  • Resianne Fontaine (University of Amsterdam)
    Thirteenth-Century Hebrew Encyclopedias of Science and Philosophy
  • Ronit Meroz (University of Tel-Aviv)
    The Printed Versions of Ṣalmut ha-‘olam in Light of Kabbalistic Writings
  • Dan Shapira (Bar-Ilan University)
    The Tatar Version of Ṣel ha-‘olam and Its Implications


June 30
Physics, 7-8
Organisation: Cristina Cerami (CNRS, SPHERE)
Speakers: S. Menn, Farah ben Sharif, A. Astesiano, R. Arnzen, C. Steel, D. Wirmer.







Plan your itinerary with the Parisian Public Transport
Metro : Line 14 and RER C, stop : Bibliothèque François Mitterrand or line 6, stop : Quai de la gare. Buses: 62 and 89 (stop: Bibliothèque rue Mann), 325 (stop: Watt), 64 (stop: Tolbiac-Bibliothèque François Mitterrand)