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Alexandre Koyré: Transatlantic Perspectives

International Symposium

Monday, November 3, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The Center for International Research in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (CIRHUS, CNRS - NYU)

This symposium commemorates the 50th anniversary of Koyré’s death by focusing on his legacy in the United States. In the 1950s and 1960s, pioneers of the history of science such as Thomas S. Kuhn, I. B. Cohen, Marshall Clagett, Gérald Holton or Charles Gillispie all admitted his influence on the discipline. The participants will discuss Koyré’s impact on the American intellectual landscape and the reception of his ideas among the historians and philosophers who sought to professionalize the teaching of the history of science in the United States.

Organized by CIRHUS in partnership with La Maison Française, with the support of the Gallatin School and NYU Global Research Initiatives.

Please RSVP by October 29 at

9:30 a.m.
Welcoming of participants
Opening by Elise Aurières – Univ. Paris 1, CIRHUS and Columbia


Moderator: Joseph Dauben, CUNY

10:00 a.m.

Jean Dhombres – EHESS
“How Was the Year 1940 Particularly Important for Alexandre Koyré?”

10:30 a.m.
Elise Aurières – Univ. Paris 1, CIRHUS and Columbia
“The Reception of Koyré in the USA”

11:00 a.m.
Floris Cohen – University of Utrecht
“What is Still Worth Preserving Today in Alexandre Koyré's Conception of the Scientific Revolution?”

11:30 a.m.


Moderator: Allison Kavey, CUNY

1:30 p.m.

Emmanuel Patard
“Alexandre Koyré, Commentator of Leo Strauss’s Theologico-Political Writings”

2:00 p.m.
Lucian Petrescu – Free University of Brussels
“A Modern History of the Medieval Theory of Impetus: the Legacy of Koyré and Maier”

2:30 p.m.
Edith Sylla – North Carolina State University
“Koyré and the Study of Late Medieval Natural Philosophy”

3:00 p.m. 


Moderator: Marwa Elshakry, Columbia

4:00 p.m. 

Gérard Jorland – EHESS
“Koyré’s Scientific Revolution in the US”

4:30 p.m.  
Massimo Ferrari – Turin University
“The Sea change: Alexandre Koyré and American History of Science”

5:00 p.m.  
Steve Fuller – Warwick University
“Alexandre Koyré: Internalist or Esotericist Historian of Science”

5:30 p.m.  


6:00 p.m.