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In order to gain some greater clarity and insight on the host of complex issues involved in “the mastery of nature,” the conference proposes to explore questions such as the following:
- What is origin of the very idea of “the mastery of nature”, and how does it differ from previous ideas about nature, and why did philosophy/science abandon the previous ideas?
- Does the aim or goal of a mastery of nature somehow condition the very principles and new conceptualizations of nature?
- How can we best understand the characteristic modern idea of a “law of nature” and the change in the concept of nature it entails?
- What is the place of the modern project in one of its first political fruits, the United States of America?
- How can we best understand the mutually implicating place of modern science and liberal democratic politics in the commercial republic: simply harmony, or potentially in tension?
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