Jacqueline Feke

Jacqueline Feke is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo in Canada.  Her research examines the history, philosophy, and rhetoric of the ancient Greek physical and mathematical sciences. Her forthcoming book, Ptolemy’s Philosophy, presents the first-ever reconstruction and intellectual history of the philosophy of Claudius Ptolemy, the second-century mathematician.

 

Conférences

"Ptolemy's philosophy"

Dans le cadre du séminaire « L’algèbre comme art de penser entre cosmographie et mathématiques du négoce », animé par Giovanna Cifoletti

This talk will provide an introduction to Ptolemy’s philosophy : its scope, major claims, and appearance across Ptolemy’s corpus in his texts on astronomy, astrology, harmonics, cosmology, and psychology.

  • Mercredi 9 mai 2018, 17h-19h - EHESS (salle AS1-08), 54 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris

 

"Ptolemy on theoretical and practical philosophy"

Dans le cadre du séminaire « L’algèbre comme art de penser entre cosmographie et mathématiques du négoce », animé par Giovanna Cifoletti

In the very first lines of the Almagest, Ptolemy responds to a contemporary debate over the relationship between the theoretical and practical parts of philosophy.  In this talk, I will examine Ptolemy’s accounts of theoretical and practical philosophy and address what their respective roles are in Ptolemy’s virtue ethics.

  • Mardi 15 mai 2018, 17h-19h - EHESS (salle A04_47), 54 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris

 

"Ptolemy’s harmonics"

Dans le cadre du séminaire « Pratiques, artefacts et mathématiques. Ethnomathématique, anthropologie, histoire », animé par  Marc Chemillier, Giovanna Cifoletti et Sophie Desrosiers

This talk will examine the epistemology and ethics of Ptolemy’s harmonics with a focus on the scientific method Ptolemy prescribes for harmonics and the application of harmonics in his study of astrology, astronomy, and psychology.

  • Mercredi 16 mai 2018, 15h-17h - EHESS (salle 13), 105 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris

 

"Ptolemy on mathematics and categories"

Dans le cadre du séminaire « L’algèbre comme art de penser entre cosmographie et mathématiques du négoce », animé par Giovanna Cifoletti

Ptolemy defines mathematics in Almagest 1.1, and he investigates the causes of mathematics and mathematical objects in Harmonics 3.3.  In this talk, I will examine the nature of mathematics and mathematical objects within the larger context of Ptolemy’s account of the three theoretical sciences : physics, mathematics, and theology.

  • Mardi 22 mai 2018, 17h-19h - EHESS (salle A04_47), 54 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris