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Erc PHILIUMM: Activities



The Workshop Mathesis started in 2017 in the framework of the ANR Mathesis. Since September 2021, it is continuing its work as part of the Erc PHILIUMM project.

PROGRAM 2023-2024

Wednesday, 13th September 2023, at 2 pm in room 870 Olympe de Gouges building Université Paris Cité 8 Rue Albert Einstein.

D. Rabouin (SPHERE, ERC Philiumm)
« Is it possible to be a modal structuralist and a Platonist at the same time? ? »

Monday, 16th October 2023, from 9 am to 5.30 pm room 628 Olympe Gouges building Université Paris Cité 8 Rue Albert Einstein.

Conference : Intensive magnitudes in Leibniz and before
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Wednesday, 25th October 2023, at 2 pm in room Mondrian 646A Condorcet building Université Paris-Cité 4 rue Elsa Morante Paris 75013

Florian Vermeiren (KU Leuven)
“Leibnizian Relations: Individual, Perspectival and Real”

Filippo Constantini (Marie Curie Fellowship, Venise/Mc Master)
« The Continuum: from Hellman & Shapiro to Leibniz »

from 6th to 7th November 2023

Colloquium in honor of Eberhard Knobloch’s 80th birthday. (in collaboration with the History and Philosophy of Mathematics seminar)
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Wednesday, 8th November 2023, at 10 am in room Mondrian 646A Condorcet building Université Paris-Cité 4 rue Elsa Morante Paris 75013

Arilès Remaki (SPHERE, ERC Philiumm), joint work with Maria Rosa Massa Esteve
« Euler’s Beta function in Leibniz: what consequences and origins? »
Respondent : SIegmund Probst (Leibniz Archiv, Hannovre)

Wednesday, 15th November 2023 at 2 pm in room 569 (5th floor) Olympes de Gouges building Université Paris Cité 8 Rue Albert Einstein Paris 7501.

Joao Cortese
Blaise Pascal

Saturday, 16th December 2023 at 2 pm room 575F Halle Aux Farines building Université Paris Cité 9, 15 esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet 75013 Paris

Accreditation to direct research of Claire Schwartz

Friday, 26th January 2024 room 646A Mondrian Condorcet building Université Paris Cité 4 Rue Elsa Morante Paris 75013.
Workshop on Malebranche

Organized by Sandra Bella (Université de Lorraine, Archives Poincaré), Claire Schwartz (Université Paris-Nanterre, IREPH) and David Rabouin (CNRS, SPHère)
Workshop funded by ERC Philiumm project

The day will be held in a hybrid format. Those unable to attend in person will be able to connect via this Zoom link

In 1970, A. Robinet published Malebranche de l’Académie des sciences, following on from his editorship of the Œuvres complètes de l’Oratorien (20 volumes, Vrin), which ran from 1959 to 1970. Through unpublished manuscripts on mathematics and mechanics, as yet little-known scholarly correspondence and reconstructions of collaborations between academics and professors of natural philosophy and mathematics, all of whom were in more or less close contact with the author of Recherche de la vérité, a whole aspect of Malebranche’s somewhat forgotten activity was brought back to life through these publications: Malebranche the scholar and man of science.
After the demise of A. Robinet and P. Costabel, however, this figure they had helped to rediscover tended to disappear once again from philosophy and science history studies. Costabel, this figure they had helped to rediscover tended to disappear again from studies of philosophy and the history of science, until recent years, when a number of works have finally made it possible to evaluate certain hypotheses, such as that of a "Malebranchist group" at the origin of the spread of Leibnizian calculus in France, This has led to a partial rethinking of the terms of the supposed confrontation between Cartesian, Leibnizian and Newtonian science that would have structured the French intellectual field in the 18th century.
The question of Malebranche’s relationship with the sciences also raises the question of how this scientific knowledge was integrated into his philosophy: how did it affect his theory of ideas, his metaphysics and even his morality? These are the questions we propose to explore during the course of the day.


  • 9.15 am
  • 9.30 am -12.30 pm
    Catherine Goldstein (Institut de mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive Gauche, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, Université Paris Cité) :
    « Numbers and combinations in Malebranchist circles »
    Sandra Bella (Université de Lorraine, Archives Poincaré) :
    « Receiving the Leibnizian calculus: around Malebranche »
    Christophe Schmit (CNRS / SYRTE / Observatoire de Paris) :
    « Malebranche’s natural philosophy in France in the early 18th century: inertia, causality, system of small eddies »
  • Lunch buffet
  • 2.00 pm - 5.30 pm
    Philippe Hamou (Université Paris-Nanterre, IREPH)
    « The Malebranchian theory of vision and its metaphysical basis »
    Angela Ferraro (Université de Laval)
    « "We could push this thought even further". On the epistemic status of Malebranchist reflection on the living world »
    Claire Schwartz (Université Paris-Nanterre, IREPH)
    « Malebranche and mathematical intuitionism »

PROGRAM 2022-2023

Seminar History of Mathematics of Institut Henri Poincaré
Theme : "Research on the mathematics of Leibniz: what’s new ?"
Friday, 12th May 2023, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm in Room 201 Institut Henri Poincaré, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie 75231 Paris Cedex 05

More informations about this seminar, kindly consult this link

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Wednesday April 18, Building Olympe de Gouges, Room 870, hybrid

  • 110am - 12am WG with Siegmund Probst (Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek, Hanovre)
    L’édition numérique des diagrammes
  • 2pm - 4pm Jeffrey Elawani (PhD, Mc Master/SPHere) and Filippo Constantini (Marie Curie Fellow, Ca’ Foscari, Venise/ Mc Master Univ)
    ESTIMATING QUANTITY. On the Method for Knowing how much of a Thing there is

Wednesday March 15, 10am - 12am, Room Valentin, 454A, hybrid

  • Richard Arthur (Prof. emeritus, Université Mc Master)
    Leibniz and Zeno’s paradoxes

Wednesday February 8

  • 9:30am, Room 870
    Working session: training to transcription software TRANSCRIPT and EMAN plateform with Richard Walter
  • 2pm, Room Mondrian, 646A, hybrid
    Jimmy Degroote (ERC Philiumm)
    Les êtres mathématiques sont-ils concrets ? Éléments de réponse dans un texte des années 1700

Friday January 20, 2023, 2pm, Room Malevitch, 483A, hybrid

  • Working session on the edition of Leibniz’s symbols
    With Siegmund Probst (Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek, Hanovre), Andreas Stötzner, Simon Gentil (CNRS, ERC Philiumm, SPHere)

Thursday December 8, 10am - 12:30am, Room Kandinsky, 631B, hybrid

  • David Rabouin (CNRS, SPHere, and Erc Philliumm) and Vincenzo de Risi (CNRS, SPHere, and MPIG)
    Eléments pour la datation du Specimen Geometriae Luciferae
  • discussant: Siegmund Probst (Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek, Hanovre)

Wednesday November 9, 2pm, Room Mondrian, 646A, hybrid

  • Sandra Bella (ERC Philiumm)
    Presentation of her works on the unpublished manuscripts of Leibniz on the contact angle.

Wednesday October 5, 1:30pm, Room Mondrian, 646A, hybrid

  • Working session with Marwan Rashed (Sorbonne Université) on his translation
    of Pacidius Philalethi

April 22nd, 2021
Principal Investigator:
David Rabouin (CNRS, SPHere, UMR 7219)
ERC adg Project 101020985

Illustration : page in Leibniz-Handschriften LH XXXV 1, 7
(initia rerum mathematicarum metaphysica),
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek (CC0 1.0)

Leibniz in Paris: 1672-2022

International Conference, December 5–7, IEA Paris. Organisation: A. Costa (Centre Jean Pépin), D. Rabouin (CNRS, SPHere), P. Rateau (Université Paris I Sorbonne), in collaboration with the Société d’études leibniziennes de langue française (SELLF) and Sodalitas Leibnitiana, with support of IEA in Paris