Illustration from Kalīla wa-Dimna

Fol. 15v of Kalīla wa-Dimna, translated by Ibn al-Muqaffa,ʿ Bibliothèque nationale arabe 3465 (13th cent.).

Early Science in Conversation

The monthly seminar "Early Science in Conversation" invites experts from different fields and with varied perspectives to examine the ways in which science defines itself and what the history of science is as a discipline. We will especially encourage collective reasoning about conceptions of science and the methodologies with which we inquire about our sources. Among other things, we will reflect on what have been regarded as premodern scientific and proto-scientific practices, their methods, and their techniques. This interdisciplinary encounter seeks to deepen the history of science’s awareness of its own agenda and to open up new pathways. The conversational format, along with lectures and discussions of work in progress, aims to build fruitful connections across the intellectual spectrum of the MPIWG.

The sessions will take place monthly on Fridays at 16:00–17:30 in an online or hybrid format. For more details, please contact us at science_conversation@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de.


 

Early Science in Conversation

2022

Animal Intelligence and Animal Character in Aristotle’s "Historia Animalium" Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

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2023

Wisdom between Practice and Philosophy in "Kalila and Dimna" Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

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Poetic Sciences around 1800: Challenge and Inspiration for Today Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

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Science and Supersession Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

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Sanskrit into Arabic: On the Reception of Ayurvedic Medicine in Early Abbasid Society Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

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Sources of the Critical Edition of Ibn al-Jazzār’s Medical Handbook Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

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"Science, Art, Both, or Neither? The Geopolitics of Disciplinary Canons" Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

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Liber Nemroth Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte

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