calendar of events
- Science in History Seminar
- London PUS Seminar: Craig Cormick
- Lunchtime Lecture: Art for science's sake
- Fireworks in Ealing
- STS Seminar: Helen Curry
- London PUS Seminar: Steve Fuller
- Film Night: Jekyll and Hyde (1931)
- STS Seminar: Jack Stilgoe
- Should We Clone Neanderthals?
- 'Theatres of Science' workshop
- STS Seminar: Big Data; Big Deal
- Seminar: Sociology of Secrecy
- Will the Geek Inherit the Earth?
- Q&A PANEL: Taking Infection Seriously
- Darwin in London: Lecture
- Influence of Islam on Science: Lecture
- Panel: What Counts as Good Evidence for Policy?
- Film Night: Fantastic Voyage (1966)
- POSTPONED: Science in History Seminar: Simon Mitton
- Symposium: New History of Scienitfic Experience
- STS Seminar: David A Kirby
- STS Seminar: Andrew Balmer
- STS Seminar: Noortje Marres
- conference: Cultures of Ancient Science
- STS At AstroFest
- STS Seminar: Francesca Rochburg
- Past Imperfect Seminar
- PUS Seminar: Jean-Baptiste Gouyon
- Speak Out! Mental Health Documentary
- talk: Crystal Palace Dinosaurs
- STS Research Day
- Simon Werrett on early modern materials
- Crossing The Divides (Workshop)
- Ethical Issues in Academic Publishing
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STS Seminar: Francesca Rochburg
Publication date: Feb 5, 2013 4:35:51 PM
Mar 11, 2013 4:15:00 PM
End: Mar 11, 2013 6:00:00 PM
Location: Chadwick Lecture Theatre B05
University of California, Berkeley
Where were the Laws of Nature Before there was Nature?
In the historical discourse about nature, especially about nature's relationship to gods, or God, the invocation of law as a way to describe perceived order and regularity in the world of physical phenomena shows nearly continuously from Greek and Greco-Roman antiquity down to the 17th century. Asking the question Where the Laws of Nature were before Nature is meant to dislodge the discussion of the
'laws of nature from the mostly Greco-Roman period and later Greek and Latin sources that speak explicitly in those terms, and to bring within the framework and history of this concept cuneiform evidence from the 2nd and 1st millennia B.C.E. that does not speak of nature at all, indeed has no terminology equivalent to ³nature² in its vocabulary. Whereas the cuneiform corpus altogether lacks a lexical counterpart to the word or the conception 'nature,' and thus, strictly speaking, belongs prior to and outside the bounds of the western discourse about nature, that is to say, it is literally 'before nature,' a juridical terminology, including the word "law," for describing the relation between the divine and the world is attested in ancient Mesopotamia.
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