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The Harmony of the Elements: Philosophical and Technical Perspectives from Antiquity to the Renaissance
Giovedì 30 Novembre 2023, 10:00 - 18:30
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The Harmony of the Elements:

Philosophical and Technical Perspectives from Antiquity to the Renaissance

We are delighted to announce our workshop titled “The Harmony of the Elements: Philosophical and Technical Perspectives from Antiquity to the Renaissance”, which will take place in Bologna over two full days, November 30th and December 1st, 2023.  

This workshop is designed to explore the diverse developments and applications of the theory of the elements within philosophical and technical literature, spanning from Antiquity to the early Renaissance. Considering the theory’s widespread diffusion and its crucial significance for philosophy and science, our goal is to unravel its intricate history, shedding light on the various contexts in which the theory has emerged and on the interplay of influences between these contexts. 

For more information, please refer to the poster and programme available on this webpage. Our lineup includes presentations from: 

On November 30th 

On December 1st 

(Morning session, 10:00–13:10 CET

  • Jan Opsomer 

  • Daniele Morrone 

  • Cristina Viano 

(Afternoon session, 15:00-18:30 CET

  • Vincenzo Carlotta 
  • Marco Bellini and Matteo Martelli 
  • Gabriele Ferrario and Charles Pardoe 
  • Sébastien Moureau 

(Morning session, 9:45–13:20 CET

  • Emiliano Paparazzo 
  • Ambra Serangeli 
  • Philip van der Eijk 
  • Émilie Villey 

(Afternoon session, 15:00-18:30 CET

  • Iolanda Ventura 
  • Cristina Cerami 
  • Gianfranco Fioravanti 
  • Luca Burzelli 

All the sessions will be held in person (Sala Mondolfo – Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies, Via Zamboni 38, Bologna), with an online streaming option. The event will be streamed as a Microsoft Teams meeting at this link.  

The workshop is a collaboration between two research initiatives: the ERC-funded project on the history of ancient Platonism PlatoViaAristotle, based at KU Leuven and led by Principal Investigator Jan Opsomer; and the research project FARE – The Western AlchemEast at the University of Bologna, directed by Matteo Martelli as a continuation of his earlier ERC-funded endeavour AlchemEast

With best wishes, 

The co-organizers 

Angela Ulacco, Luca Burzelli, Daniele Morrone, and Marco Bellini 

Luogo Bologna