Pietro Daniel Omodeo

Research Scholar (Nov 2010-Jun 2020)


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 Emergence and Expansion of Preclassical Mechanics


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


Early Modern Mechanics: Benedetti


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


Selected Publications

Omodeo, P. D. (2017). The scientific culture of the Baltic mathematician, physician, and calendar-maker Laurentius Eichstadt (1596-1660). Journal for the History of Astronomy, 48(2), 135-159.


Omodeo, P. D. (2017). 'Utilitas astronomiae' in the Renaissance: the rhetoric and epistemology of astronomy. In M. Valleriani (Ed.), The structures of practical knowledge (pp. 307-331). Cham: Springer.


Omodeo, P. D. (2017). L’eredità di Boris Hessen: per un approccio socio-politico alla scienza in età moderna. In G. Ienna (Ed.), Boris Hessen: Le radici sociali ed economiche della meccanica di Newton (pp. 119-150). Roma: Castelvecchi.


Omodeo, P. D. (2017). Laukhards Dissertation über Giordano Bruno im Kontext der frühneuzeitlichen Bruno-Rezeption. In G. Naschert (Ed.), Friedrich Christian Laukhard (1757-1822): Schriftsteller, Radikalaufklärer und gelehrter Soldat (pp. 39-68)…




Political Epistemology III


Bernardino Telesio, the Natural Sciences and Medicine in the Renaissance

Institute's Colloquium

Secundum Quid and Contingentia: Scholastic Concepts in Early Modern Physics


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