Sciences and Philosophy have always had a relationship of reciprocal exchange.
Philosophers have been discussing and shaping what scientific inquiry is and how it is carried out, while Scientists have called into question or verified various modes of reasoning in philosophical investigations.
This Q-Team focuses on the beginning of this relationship, meaning the dialogue between Philosophy and the Sciences in ancient Greece.
We will investigate the cross-fertilization of ideas that Philosophy has had with different scientific branches (Arithmetic, Geometry, Harmonics, Astronomy, Medicine and Biology) and vice versa. Themes that we will explore are: What is a science? What is the relationship between what our senses show us and what pure reason tells us? What constitutes scientific reasoning? We plan to explore these questions by conversing with the texts of Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Ptolemy, Galen, etc.