Philosophical Freedom in Scientific Research and Art Practice: Examples from the Italian Culture

Prof. Giulio Giorello

University of Milan

DATE: 8th September 2018
TIME: 10:30 – 11:30 am
LOCATION: Bo Palace, Aula Nievo, Padova

In the Renaissance, Italy is the protagonist of a profound renewal both in the artistic field and in that of “natural philosophy”, then called science.

Just think of the “dolce prospettiva” in painting and of the battle of Galileo Galilei to defend the Copernican system.

This did not always occur in a linear and peaceful manner. Evidence of this can be found in the diffidence and opposition of Galileo towards Kepler, who was not convinced that the existence of the tides could be proof of the rotational motions of the Earth around its axis and of its revolution around the Sun. Not to mention the pressures of the Roman Catholic Church on Galileo that was to culminate in the 1633 trial in Rome.

Obviously, this was only the beginning of a change in scientific practice, then powerfully re-evaluated by the Enlightenment.

Giulio Giorello, born 14 May 1945, Milan, is an Italian philosopher, mathematician, and epistemologist. 

Giorello graduated with a degree in philosophy in 1968 and in mathematics in 1971 at the University of Milan. While there he studied under the philosopher Ludovico Geymonat. He then taught physics and natural sciences at the University of Pavia, University of Catania and the University of Insubria. He is currently a professor of philosophy of science at the University of Milan, and President of SILFS (Italian Society of Logic and Philosophy of Science).

He is an atheist.

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