Angela Axworthy

Visiting Scholar
Visiting Scholars are established scholars, as evidenced by significant publications and broad academic experience, spending a fixed term as guests at the MPIWG for research purposes. They may be externally funded or receive a Research Fellowship from the MPIWG.
Department II
PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Berliner Zentrum für Wissensgeschichte
Residence:
January 2, 2017 to July 31, 2018
Profile

Angela Axworthy has a first-class PhD in Philosophy (2011) from the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (C.E.S.R.), Université François-Rabelais. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Technischer Universität in the framework of the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge, and a Visiting Scholar at the MPIWG. Her general domain of research is Renaissance epistemology of mathematics; her research interests range from the philosophy of mathematics in the sixteenth-century Euclidean tradition to late medieval cosmology and Renaissance practical mathematics. Her project for the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge deals with the status of practical geometry in the sixteenth century. The aim of this project is to study the treatises published on this discipline during the sixteenth-century in order to explore the evolution, during this period, of the notion of geometrical praxis, as well as the epistemological status of practical geometry and its relations to theoretical and applied geometrical knowledge.

Selected publications

Axworthy, A. (2016). Le mathématicien renaissant et son savoir: le statut des mathématiques selon Oronce Fine. Paris: Classiques Garnier.

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Axworthy, A. (submitted). Le statut épistémologique de la géométrie d’après l’Introductio in Geometriam de Charles de Bovelles.

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Axworthy, A. (2013). The ontological status of geometrical objects in the commentary on the Elements of Euclid of Jacques Peletier du Mans (1517-1582). FMSH-WP, 41, 1-19. Retrieved from http://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/docs/00/85/53/48/PDF/FMSH-WP-2013-41_Axworthy.pdf.

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Axworthy, A. (2009). The epistemological foundations of the propaedeutic status of mathematics according to the epistolary and prefatory writings of Oronce Fine. In The worlds of Oronce Fine: mathematics, instruments, and print in Renaissance France (pp. 31-51). Donington: Shaun Tyas.

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Presentations
2015
HU, Berlin
Jacques Peletier du Mans (1517-1582) and Christoph Clavius (1538-1612) on the superposition of geometrical figures : a sixteenth-century debate on the ontological and epistemological status of geometrical objects and procedures”
2015
MPIWG, Berlin
The Euclidean Definition of the Sphere in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance: from the commentaries on Sacrobosco’s Sphere to the commentaries on Euclid’s Elements
2015
Université Bordeaux-Montaigne
La forme des traités de mathématiques pratiques d’Oronce Fine
2014
Ghent, Belgium
The epistemological and ontological background of the debate on superposition between Jacques Peletier du Mans (1517-1582) and Christophorus Clavius (1538-1612)
2014
MPIWG, Berlin
“Sixteenth-century Interpretations of the Nature and Use of Motion in Geometry”, The Mechanization of Geometry. From Antiquity to the Modern Age
2014
HEST, Limoges
The notion of flow of the point as a principle of generation of the line in the Renaissance Euclidean tradition
2014
MPIWG, Berlin
Renaissance interpretations of the geometrical notion of rhusis
2013
MPIWG, Berlin
The Purpose, Modalities and Limits of the Admission of Movement in the Definition and Study of Geometrical Objects in the Sixteenth-century Euclidean Tradition: Oronce Fine (1494-1555), Jacques Peletier du Mans (1517-1582) and Christoph Clavius (1538-1611)
2013
SPHERE (CNRS), Paris
Le statut des objets géométriques dans le commentaire des Éléments d’Euclide de Jacques Peletier du Mans (1557)

Contact

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science 
Boltzmannstraße 22 
14195 Berlin 
Germany