Scientiae: disciplines of knowing (External organisation)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of board


Scientiae is an international research group at the nexus of Renaissance/early-modern studies and history/philosophy of science. The epistemological and methodological innovations of the period ca. 1450–1750 continue to be decisive for the shape of knowledge in modernity. Yet the early-modern innovators, by definition, worked within fields that were remote from later applications or syntheses. The period’s intellectual culture, therefore, offers a unique opportunity to get back behind modern ideas of knowing, dominated as they are by science and technology. By the same token, however, the early-modern origins or antecedents of these ideas cannot be investigated except via the discrete and internally-coherent disciplines in which they actually occurred. The central activity of the Scientiae is an annual spring conference. As much as possible, sessions at the conference will be organized, by subject-matter: scholars, whatever their training, who are talking about the same topic, talking with each other. Our goal is to reproduce, in our academic conversations, the interdisciplinarity that informs our common field. Scientiae is governed by the Executive Committee.
Period28 Jun 2022
Held atScientiae: disciplines of knowing
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • history of knowledge
  • philosophy of knowledge
  • early modern history