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EarlyModernCosmology SIGNED

Institutions and Metaphysics of Cosmology in the Epistemic Networks of Seventeenth-Century Europe

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Project "EarlyModernCosmology" data sheet

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Organization address
address: DORSODURO 3246
postcode: 30123

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙999˙976 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙976 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-11-01   to  2022-10-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA IT (VENEZIA) coordinator 1˙999˙976.00


 Project objective

The focus of this project is the competing confessional discourses on cosmology of the seventeenth century, an epoch in which religious conflicts originated opposing ‘epistemic cultures’, which were embodied in scholarly institutions and networks such as the Protestant web of northern European universities or the global web of Jesuit colleges.

In the Early Modern Period cosmological controversies (over issues such as heliocentrism, plurality of worlds, space, infinity, cometary theory, celestial matter and fluidity) were heated and amplified by increasing political and confessional fragmentation. The Roman prohibition of the Copernican system (1616) and the extraordinary condemnation of Galileo (1633) accelerated the formation of competing cosmological cultures along confessional and political lines of alliance and opposition. This research project addresses the interrelations between [1.] cosmological debates in the northern European Protestant institutional networks of scholars and institutions and [2.] cosmological debates in Jesuit institutional networks aiming at [3.] a comparative assessment of early formations and transformations of epistemic webs. It considers parallelisms and contrasts, negotiations and intersections of seventeenth-century cosmological discourses between scholars, institutions and scientific communities belonging to different epistemic cultures. This endeavor brings into focus the political-confessional dimension of early-modern cosmology and shows how science is embedded in struggles for cultural hegemony, struggles which were at once institutional and ideological. While there is a great deal of in-depth study on the history of science in various early-modern confessional contexts, a comparative study bringing together the history of knowledge institutions and their metaphysical legitimation is still a desideratum.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Pietro Daniel Omodeo
The Social Position and Intellectual Identity of the Renaissance Mathematician-Physicist Giovanni Battista Benedetti: A Case Study in the Socio-Political History of Mechanics
published pages: 181-213, ISSN: , DOI:
Emergence and Expansion of Pre-Classical Mechanics, ed by Rivka Feldhay et al. 2019-06-27
2018 Pietro Daniel Omodeo
The Origin of the Idea of Material and Life Cycles in the Ancient Cosmos of Concentric Spheres
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Technosphere Magazine 12 2019-08-05
2018 Pietro Daniel Omodeo and Irina Tupikova
Visual and Verbal Commentaries in the European Renaissance: Erasmus Reinhold’s Treatment of Classical Sources on Astronomy
published pages: 359–398, ISSN: 2451-9189, DOI:
Philological Encounters 3 2019-08-05
2018 Pietro Daniel Omodeo
Soggettività, strutture, egemonie: Questioni politico-culturali in epistemologia storica
published pages: 211-234, ISSN: 2421-3225, DOI:
Studi Culturali 15/2 2019-08-05
2019 Rutkin, Darrell
Sapientia Astrologica: Astrology, Magic and Natural Knowledge, ca. 1250-1800
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Pietro Daniel Omodeo
Socio-Political Coordinates of Early-Modern Mechanics: A Preliminary Discussion, ed. by Rivka Feldhay et al.
published pages: 55-78, ISSN: , DOI:
Emergence and Expansion of Pre-Classical Mechanics 2019-08-05
2019 Gregorio Baldin
Nothing but the Name of God. Hobbes on Theology and Religion
published pages: , ISSN: 1958-9247, DOI:
Les Dossiers du Grihl 2019-06-27

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