Rodolfo Garau

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (Aug 2019-Aug 2021)


I studied philosophy and history of science at the University of Turin (Italy) and at Concordia University (Montreal, QC). Since January 2011, I have been PhD candidate of the doctoral school of philosophy of the University of Turin, with a focus on the history of XVII century philosophy and science. In 2012, I spent a period of research at the University of Aberdeen under the supervision of professor Catherine Wilson. I work on on three main research projects: Pierre Gassendi and the post Galilean Science, History of the Principle of Conatus in the Early Modern Period, and History of the Idea of Contingeny in Early Modern and Modern Science


Science and Theories of Knowledge until the Mid-twentieth Century


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Selected Publications

Garau, R. (2019). The Transformation of Final Causation: Telesio’s Theories of Self-Preservation and Motion. In P. D. Omodeo (Ed.), Bernardino Telesio and the Natural Sciences in the Renaissance (pp. 231-251). Leiden / Boston: Brill. doi:10.1163…

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Garau, R. (2019). Descartes’ Physics in 'Le Monde' and the Late-Scholastic Idea of Contingency. In P. D. Omodeo, & R. Garau (Eds.), Contingency and Natural Order in Early Modern Science (pp. 199-217). Cham: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-67378…

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Garau, R., & Omodeo, P. D. (2019). Introduction. In P. D. Omodeo, & R. Garau (Eds.), Contingency and Natural Order in Early Modern Science (pp. 9-25). Cham: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-67378-3_2.

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Omodeo, P. D., & Garau, R. (Eds.). (2019). Contingency and Natural Order in Early Modern Science. Cham: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-67378-3.

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Bernardino Telesio, the Natural Sciences and Medicine in the Renaissance


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

How Do We Know Atoms? Gassendi’s Epistemology of Atomism

Renaissance Society of America Meeting - Berlin

Hobbes’s Theory of Vital and Animal Motion

Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

On the Ancient sources of Hobbes’s account of voluntary motion

American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting - Baltimore

Contingency and Natural Laws in Descartes’s Natural Philosophy

History of Science Society Meeting, Chicago (Il)