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STS Research Seminar: Medievalism and Modern Science: The Case of Roger Bacon.”

12 January 2022, 4:30 pm–6:00 pm

Join this STS Research Seminar with Elly Truitt, University of Pennsylvania

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Medievalism and Modern Science: The Case of Roger Bacon.

This talk explores the importance of the medieval period and nineteenth-century medievalism to the invention of modern science by placing the work of thirteenth-century Franciscan, polymath, and Scholastic natural philosopher Roger Bacon (ca. 1214-1292) into conversation with later scholars, especially William Whewell (1794-1866). I argue that Bacon’s work and reputation became central to a narrative about the development of science that insisted on Europe as the only possible place of origin. Furthermore, I argue that this narrative was constructed, in part, by ignoring large parts of Bacon’s corpus and erasing his deep engagement with medieval scholars working in the Arabic tradition.

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Elly Truitt

Associate Professor in History of Science at University of Pennsylvania

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