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01: Why the West?

Seminar / Seminar
in englischer Sprache

The rise of modernity has long been perceived to be a uniquely European development. The central elements in that development were the rise of modern science, mod-ern constitutional government, and modern industrial capitalism. The two parts of the Seminar will explore how these developments emerged in the early modern period and thereafter. In the first part of the Seminar Prof Huff will bring a comparative focus to the long period of insti-tutional development culminating in the 12th and 13th century. In the second part Prof Cohen will discuss how it is that modern science uniquely rose in Europe between Galileo and Newton and began in the 18th century to make true its promise of an unprecedentedly new kind of science-based technology, ready for productive in-vestment in England in particular.


2000 „Science and Metaphysics in the Three Religions of the Book.“ _Intellectual Discourse (A Journal of the Kulliyah [Faculty] of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Science) International Islamic University Malaysia 8, #2: 173-198. (www.umassd.edu/cfpa/docs/meta.pdf)

2004 –„Scientific Enterprise in Islam,“ Essay-review of Jan P. Hogendijk and Abdelhamid I. Sabra, eds., The Enterprise of Science in Islam. New Perspectives. (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003); and Muzaffar Iqbal, Islam and Science. (Burlington, Vt: Ashgate Publications, 2002) _Science & Public Policy_, 31 #1 (February):69- 75.

2005 –„Freedom of Expression in the Muslim World.“ _Society_ 42 #4
(May/June): 62-69.

2005. _An Age of Science and Revolutions, 1600-1800_ (Oxford University

University of Twente - Netherlands Chair
Center for Policy Analysis, UMass Dartmouth Chair

Dr. H. Floris COHEN

University of Twente - Netherlands

 He attended the 'Stedelijk Gymnasium' (City Highschool) in Haarlem, then studied history at the university of Leiden.
1970 he completed his MA with a major in socio-economic history and a minor in history of science.
1974 he graduated with a Ph.D. thesis on efforts at renewal in Dutch social-democracy during the first decade after the First World War.
1975-1982 he served the Museum Boerhaave in Leiden as a curator.
1982 he was appointed full professor in history of science at the University of Twente.
2001 he took early retirement; since then, his scholarly efforts have been centered at his home base.

Dr. Toby E. HUFF

Center for Policy Analysis, UMass Dartmouth

1971 received his Ph.d in Sociology from the New School University
1976-1977 Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley
1978-1979 Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey
1980 Visiting Scholar in the History of Science Department at Harvard University
1999 Meyer Visiting Fellow in the Center for Advanced Studies at National University of Singapore
2001 Visiting Professor in the Dept. of Science Studies at the University of Malaya


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