Gassendi and the Science of Optics: the Genesis of a Continental Empiricism

Gassendi en optica
01 October 2015 → 31 August 2017
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Theory and methodology of philosophy
  • Natural sciences
    • History and foundations
empiricism 17th century philosophy optics
Project description

This project focuses on the French philosopher and physicist Pierre Gassendi (1592-1655). It explores the articulation between his empiricism understood as a theory of knowledge based on the senses, and new optical theories and experimental practices.I concentrate on three main topics and show their connection to Gassendi’s epistemology: the physics of light, the physiology of vision, the psychology of vision.