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Brooke Holmes (Princeton), “How to Do the History of Nature?”

October 18, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served at 12:00pm, and the lecture will begin at 12:15pm.

The concept of “nature” is difficult for us to do without and a bedrock of the present-day concept of science, but it is also a concept with a history that stretches back to ancient Greece.  In this talk, I use my current research on ancient concepts of cosmic sympathy and Nature to discuss larger historiographical problems posed by doing the history of nature—that is, the history of a concept that is defined in large part by being universal and transhistorical—and the particular challenges and opportunities posed by going back to “the Greeks” in tracking this story.

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