quarta-feira, 4 de março de 2009

AGENDA: The Origins of Scientific Naturalism in the 17th Century

O Doutor Tinneke Beeckman vai proferir no dia 12 de Março, pelas 15h00, no auditório da Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (Edifício C1, Piso 3), a conferência "The Origins of Scientific Naturalism in the 17th Century", no âmbito do curso "Debates Contemporâneos em Filosofia das Ciências". A entrada é livre.



Tinneke Beeckman proposes to give a lecture on early forms of naturalism in the 17th Century, especially with regard to Spinoza; and 19th Century naturalism, in regard to the references to Darwin and Lamarck in the works of Nietzsche. Spinoza strived to integrate scientific revolutions into his work, which meant ‘Newtonian physics’ in his time. Remarkably enough his ontology (God-Nature which a perpetual 'becoming') is compatible with the three basic Darwinian presuppositions: that the Earth is older than the Bible describes, that complexity is the result of processes like natural selection, and that there is a common 'tree of life'. Spinoza also draws the consequences of his naturalism: there is no teleology in nature and no place for supernatural explanations. Tinneke Beeckman will analyze the ontological, political and ethical consequences of this naturalism. Especially Spinoza’s political views still offer refreshing insights with regard to the current debate on creationism versus naturalism.