« DE MOTU: Text, Context and Perspectives »

Aix-Marseille University,

Aix-en-Provence Campus, France

3-7 October 2022

One of George Berkeley’s most notable contribution to the philosophy of science, De Motu (1721), appeared between two productive periods in Berkeley’s life: ten years after the early period (1709-1713), and ten years before the second period of active publication (1732-1744). To celebrate the 300th anniversary of this event, we are now inviting distinguished scholars to a conference on De Motu, its importance in the history of philosophy, by enlightening its context and how it influenced later works, as well as its significance in the history and philosophy of science. De Motu being one of the most significant former attempts to evaluate some of Newton’s physics major concepts, this text allows to trace perspectives from Berkeley to contemporary epistemological and scientifical doctrines, as Popper noticed. The conference takes place at the Maison de la Recherche, Aix-Marseille Université, France.

The conference is sponsored by the International Berkeley Society and the Centre Gilles Gaston Granger, UMR 7304 and organized by Bertil Belfrage and Pascal Taranto.

Duration of communications: 45 mn overall, typically 30 minutes+ 15 minutes of discussion.

Speakers : Bertil Belfrage (belfrage.research@telia.com) ; Douglas Jesseph(djesseph@usf.edu), Jeffrey McDonough (jkmcdon@fas.harvard.edu), Wolfgang Breidert (wolfgang.breidert@gmx.de), Richard Brook (richardb@ptd.net), Lisa Downing(downing.110@osu.edu)… see program

  • Steering committee: Pascal Taranto (professor and director CGGG), Julie Humeau (administration CGGG) and Sylvie Pons (communication CGGG).
  • Scientific committee: Pascal Taranto and Bertil Belfrage (professors).
  • Registration Fees: 50 €. The fee includes coffee breaks, lunches and Wine and Cheese receptions.
  • Gala Dinner: 30 €
  • Informations on accommodations in Aix-en-Provence will be available on the website in « Your stay » tab