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International congress:"The Galileo Affair"-A historical, philosophical & theological re-examination GALILEO

The Galileo Affair. A Historical, Philosophical and Theological Re-Examination
Florence, Italy, May 26-30 / 2009
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The United Nations 62nd General Assembly, welcoming resolution 33 C/25 presented in 2003 by Italian Government and adopted by UNESCO (the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) on 19th October 2005, has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy

The year 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of the telescope for astronomical observation by the Italian scientist Galileo Galilei (1564 -1642) in 1609, that led to the expansion of the boundaries of the “known universe??? and triggered a scientific revolution which profoundly affected our worldview. Italy is at the forefront in promoting this event and Florence, together with Pisa and Padua, - will be the world capital of this celebration. 
The Niels Stensen Foundation, a Jesuit-run cultural center in Florence, Italy, has organized a world congress for spring 2009, inviting world experts to make a historical, philosophical and theological re-examination of the Galileo case in the light of the most recent scientific and historical research. The congress will take place in the most prestigious institutions and facilities in Florence. 
For the first time after 400 years, members of the Vatican Observatory, the Pontifical Council for Culture, The Sciences Academy and many other Institutions, that were historically involved in the Galileo affair, are among the experts invited to the congress with a view to showing how "recent scientific and historical research" might alleviate the "tension and conflict" still clouding the relationship between the church and science.













Prof. Francesco Beretta (Université de Fribourg - Universität Freiburg)
Prof. Massimo Bucciantini (Università degli Studi di Siena)
Prof. Michele Camerota (Università degli Studi di Cagliari)
Prof. Pietro De Marco (Università degli Studi di Firenze)
Prof. Paolo Galluzzi (Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Firenze)
Prof. Stefano Miniati (Università degli Studi di Siena)
Prof. Paolo Ponzio (Università degli Studi di Bari)
Prof. Paolo Rossi (Accademia dei Lincei)


SECRETARY: (Fondazione Stensen):


P. Ennio Brovedani sj (Presidente Fondazione Stensen)
Nadia Alpi (Segretaria Fondazione Stensen)
Michele Crocchiola (Coordinamento Generale Fondazione Stensen)
Giuseppe Gulizia (Gruppo Filosofi Stensen|Epoché)
Katia Rossi (Gruppo Filosofi Stensen|Epoché)
Simona Dileo (Staff Fondazione Stensen)
Michele Ruini (Grafico Fondazione Stensen)
Antonio Pirozzi (Ufficio Stampa Fondazione Stensen)
Jacopo Storni (Ufficio Stampa Fondazione Stensen)

Fondazione Niels Stensen

Viale Don Minzoni 25G
I-50129 Firenze (FI) 
Fr. Ennio Brovedani sj
Tel: (39) 055.576551
Fax: (39) 055.582029
E-mail: galileo2009@stensen.org

Tuesday May 26 2009 (late afternoon)  
Lectiones magistrales: Paolo ROSSI e Nicola CABIBBO


FIRST DAY - Wednesday, May 27 2009 - Palazzo dei Congressi
1st session: Cosmology and Theology:  the Condemnation of Copernicanism,  1616- Chairman: Cesare Vasoli
  1. Ecclesiastical censorship and natural philosophy in the years of Galileo
    Vittorio Frajese
  2. Copernicanism and Theology
    Mauro Pesce
  3. Des nouveautés célestes aux textes sacrés 
    (From the celestial novelty to Holy Scriptures)
    Maurice Clavelin
  4. Galileo and the Copernican accomodatio 
    Michele Camerota
  5. A Theological Comparison: Bellarmino, Campanella, Foscarini
    Paolo Ponzio

2nd session: The two trias: considerations and contexts - Chairman: Isabelle Pantin

  1. Natura e Scrittura
    Pietro Redondi
  2. Il processo del 1633
    Annibale Fantoli
  3. I meccanismi di controllo sociale e il sistema di protezione: i Farnese di Roma e Galileo
    Federica Favino
  4. “Mirabile e veramente angelica dottrina": Galileo e l'argomento di Urbano VIII
    Luca Bianchi

 - Thursday, May 28 2009 - Palazzo dei Congressi
1st session: The Genesis of the Galileo Affair I- Chairman: Maurice Clavelin
  1. The Galileo Affair in the Italian Culture of the 17th Century
    Franco Motta
  2. The Galileo Affair in the English Culture of the 17th Century
    Franco Giudice
  3. Les premiers effets de ‘l'affaire Galilée' chez les libertins et philosophes français
    (The first effects of the Galileo Affair in the french libertines and philosophers)
    Isabelle Pantin
  4. Galileo as the unpunished artist. Peiresc’s argument
    Horst Bredekamp
  5. The Jesuits: Transmitters of Galilean Science
    Rivka Feldhay

2nd session: The Genesis of the Galileo Affair II - Chairman: Michele Ciliberto

  1. The Galileo Affair and theological reflection
    Jean-Robert Armogathe
  2. Scientific activity from the Ecclesiastical Censors' perspective,
    from the Licet ab initio (1542) to the Sollicita ac provida (1753)
    Ugo Baldini
  3. The Enlightenment and the Galileo Affair
    Vincenzo Ferrone
  4. The Galileo Affair and the Holy Office 1820-1822: End of the Controversity?
    Francesco Beretta

THIRD DAY - Friday, May 29 2009 - Palazzo dei Congressi
1st session: The Galileo Affair: the 1800’s - Chairman: Sergio Givone
  1. Galileo and Bruno "martyrs for Freethought"
    Michele Ciliberto
  2. Galileo and the passions of the Resorgimento
    Massimo Bucciantini
  3. The Galileo Affair and the Neotomists of the 1800's
    Luciano Malusa
  4. The Galileo Affair and the “question biblique???
    Claus Arnold
  5. La représentation de Galilée dans la peinture du XIXe siècle
    (Galileo in the pictorial representation of the 1800's)
    François de Vergnette

2nd session: The Galileo Affair: the 1900’s - Chairman: Jean-Robert Armogathe

  1. Galilée et Bellarmin entre Duhem et Feyerabend
    (Galileo and Bellarmino between Duhem and Feyerabend)
    Jean-François Stoffel
  2. Galileo during the Nazi Time
    Volker R. Remmert
  3. The Second Vatican Council, Paschini and Galileo
    Alberto Melloni
  4. Galileo judged: Urban VIII to John Paul II
    George Coyne

Villa of “il Gioiello??? (casa di Galileo) - ARCETRI (Florence)
Saturday, May 30  2009 (morning)
Galileo today
Conducted by: Evandro Agazzi, Paolo GalluzziPaolo Prodi, Adriano Prosperi