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Leibniz-Professor in the Winter Semester 2016/17


In the winter semester 2016/17, Vincenzo De Risi from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is appointed as Leibniz-Professor in the Leibniz Programme of the Research Academy.

De Risi studied philosophy and mathematics at the University of Rome, and took his PhD at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Later on, he worked at the Scuola Normale, was Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Technische Universität Berlin, visiting fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and the Leibniz-Archiv in Hannover, and Research Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (2010-2016), where he led a research group working on the history of geometry in the Early Modern Age.

De Risi’s main field of research is the history of epistemology, with special emphasis on the relations between the history of philosophy and the history of mathematics. In history of philosophy, he has mainly worked and published on Leibniz and Kant, while in history of mathematics (and mathematical epistemology) his work concentrated on the development of axiomatics from Antiquity to the Early Modern Age, and on the birth of non-Euclidean geometry. More recently, De Risi also worked on metaphysics and the foundations of geometry in ancient times (Aristotle, Plotinus, Proclus), as well as in the Arabic Middle Ages.

During his stay in Leipzig as Leibniz Professor, De Risi will teach graduate classes on Leibniz’s and Kant’s theories of space, the connection of the metaphysics of space with the epistemology of geometry, and the relevance of it for the overall assessment on the birth of idealism.

Seminars held in WiSe 16/17 by Vincenzo De Risi:

  • Kant’s Philosophy of Space, Tuesday 17-19 c. t., SG 105
  • Leibniz’s Philosophy of Space, Wednesday 17-19 c. t., SG 101

Those interested are kindly invited to hear de Risi’s inaugural lecture “Leibniz and the Science of Space“ on 1 November 2016 at 7pm at the Neuer Senatssaal, Ritterstraße 26. The lecture will be followed by a reception.