Pietro Daniel Omodeo

Visiting Scholar (Mar 2018-Jan 2026)

Prof. Dr.

Pietro Daniel Omodeo is professor at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and long-term scholar in Department I. His research focuses on science, philosophy, and literature in early modernity, as well as on historical epistemology. He has been working on the ontological and epistemological premises of medieval and early modern natural philosophy and science up to the rise of mechanic visions of the world. Moreover, he has been investigating the history of cosmology and physics, in particular, post-Copernican astronomy, mechanics, and physico-mathematics. His inquiry into the history of science expands on the wide cultural interconnections of early scientific debates as well as on their socio-institutional embedment. His work on historical epistemology focuses on political epistemology along Gramscian lines of investigation. It comprises a critical assessment of the agendas underlying the historiography of science.


Natural Philosophy in the Renaissance: Bernardino Telesio


Science and Theories of Knowledge until the Mid-twentieth Century


The Water City: The Political Epistemology of Hydrogeological Praxis


Theories of Knowledge in the Twentieth Century: the “Split of Scientific Rationality”


Continuity and Epistemic Developments of Astronomical Knowledge in the Longue Durée: The Sphaera-tradition


Early Modern Mechanics: Benedetti


Northern-European Institutions of Science, Scholarly Networks of Knowledge Transfer in the Early Modern Period


The Emergence and Expansion of Preclassical Mechanics


Selected Publications

Omodeo, Pietro Daniel, and Sebastiano Trevisani (2022). “The Critical Environment of the Venice Lagoon: A Fuzzy Anthropocene Boundary.” In Anthropogenic Markers: Stratigraphy and Context, ed. C. Rosol and G. Rispoli. Berlin: Max Planck Institute for…

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Omodeo, Pietro Daniel (2021). “Johannes Regiomontanus and Erasmus Reinhold: Shifting Perspectives on the History of Astronomy.” In Premodern Translation: Comparative Approaches to Cross-Cultural Transformations. Vol. 2, ed. S. Brentjes and A. Fidora…

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Omodeo, Pietro Daniel (2021). “Heavenly Animation as the Foundation for Fracastoro’s Homocentrism: Aristotelian-Platonic Eclecticism beyond the School of Padua.” HOPOS 11 (2): 585–603.

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Montuschi, Eleonora, and Pietro Daniel Omodeo (2021). “Studiare la logica a cavallo tra le discipline.” In Ordinare il mondo: prospettive logiche ed epistemologiche su scienza, natura e società, ed. E. Montuschi and P. D. Omodeo, 9–15. Rome: Armando.

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News & Press

Max Planck Partner Group “The Water City” inaugurated at Anthropocene Campus Venice


Department I Scholar Pietro Daniel Omodeo appointed leader of new Max Planck Partner Group


Teaser MPIWG Research Scholar Pietro Daniel Omodeo Awarded ERC Consolidator Grant



Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)-Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC)

Science as Cultural Hegemony: Gramscian Concepts for the History of Science

Duncan Liddel’s Library

Medical Knowledge between Polymathy and Disciplinarity: Duncan Liddel (1561–1613) in Context (Aberdeen, GB)

Between Germany and Great Britain: Renaissance ‘Scientists’ at Reformed Universities and Courts

5th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (Athens)

New ‘Worlds’ in the Renaissance: Anton Francesco Doni and Giordano Bruno

58th Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (Washington DC, USA)

Abraham von Franckenberg and Jan Heveliusz: The Brunian and the Galileaian Spirit of Seventeenth Century Astronomy in Gdańsk

HEVELIUS 2011. An international conference to mark the quadricentennial of the birth of Johannes Hevelius (Gdańsk, Poland)

The Teaching of Mathematics at Helmstedt in the 16th Century: A Case Study on Scientific Culture at Lutheran Universities

History of European Universities. Challenges and Transformations (Lisbon, Portugal)

16th Century Professors of Mathematics at the University of Helmstedt: A German and European Scientific Network

4th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (Barcelona, Spain)

Cosmologia ed etica nel dibattito astronomico tardo-cinquecentesco

Foundations of Modernity: A Graduate Symposium on the Italian Renaissance (Yale University, USA)

Copernico e l'astronomia riascimentale (Copernicus and Renaissance Astronomy) (taught together with Prof. Enrico Pasini) (MA)

Università degli Studi di Torino (University of Turin, Italy)
Methode und Kosmos. Descartes' Meditationen und Prinzipien (Method and cosmos. Descartes' Meditations and Principles) (BA)

Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Philosophie (Department of Philosophy)
Einführungsseminar: Die Wissenschaftliche Revolution als historisches und historiographisches Problem (Introduction to the Scientific Revolution as a historical and historiographical problem) (BA)

Freie Universität Berlin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut (Department of History)

Gelehrsamkeit, Wissenschaft und Medizin im Nordeuropa des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts (Erudition, Science and Medicine in Northern Europe in the 16th and 17th Centuries) (MA)

Freie Universität Berlin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut (Department of History)
History and Philosophy of Science: Early Modern Science (taught in collaboration with colleagues from the MPIWG) (BA)

Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University

Seminar: Politics and Philosophy on the Age of Anthropic Climate Change (taught together with Franz Mauelshagen) (MA)

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (International College)

Introduction to the philosophy of science: Kuhn and Fleck (BA); Introduction to philosophy: Bacon and Vico (BA)

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage)