Raphaële Andrault Researcher at the CNRS, based at the Institut d’ histoire des representations et des idées dans les modernités (IHRIM, UMR 5317) at the ENS de Lyon. She is the author of La vie selon la raison. Physiologie et métaphysique chez Spinoza et Leibniz (Champion 2014) and La raison des corps. Mécanisme et sciences médicales (Vrin 2016). She has published a critical edition of Steno’s Discours sur l’ anatomie du cerveau (Classiques Garnier 2009) and co-edited two volumes: Médecine et philosophie de la nature humaine, de l’ Âge classique aux Lumières (Classiques Garnier 2014) and Spinoza/Leibniz. Rencontres, controverses, receptions (Presses Universitaires de Paris-Sorbonne 2014).
Jakob Bek-Thomsen Associate professor at Aarhus University, working on intellectual history of the early modern period, especially civic humanism and concepts of the self and society in relation to health and medicine. In 2012, he defended a PhD thesis at the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, entitled Nicolaus Steno and the making of an early modern career: Nature, knowledge and networks at the court of the Medici 1657–1672. He has published “From flesh to fossils—Nicolaus Steno’s anatomy of the Earth”, in Geological Society, London, Special Publications 2013, v. 375, 289–305.
Daniel Garber A. Watson J. Armour III University Professor at the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University. Garber’s principal interests are the relations between philosophy, science, and society in the period of the Scientific Revolution. Garber is the author of Descartes’ Metaphysical Physics (1992) and Descartes Embodied (2001), and is co-editor with Michael Ayers of the Cambridge History of Seventeenth-Century Philosophy (1998). Most recently he published Leibniz: Body, Substance, Monad (2009). Garber is also the co-editor with Donald Rutherford of the Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, an annual.
Vasiliki Grigoropoulou Teaches Early Modern Philosophy at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has published various essays and papers on Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke and Rousseau. She is the author of the following books: Γνώση, Πάθη και Πολιτική στη φιλοσοφία του Σπινόζα [Knowledge, Passions and Politics in Spinoza’s Philosophy] (Athens 1999) and Αγωγή και πολιτική στον Ρουσσώ [Pedagogy and Politics in Rousseau] (Athens 2002). She has edited the following works: Spinoza, Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect (Athens 2001; 6th ed. 2012); J.-J. Rousseau, Du contrat social (Athens 2004; 8th ed. 2012); Descartes, Principia Philosophiæ, Intro., transl. and notes (Athens 2012); Stuart Hampshire, Spinoza and Spinozism (Athens 2013). She has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Pittsburgh, Cambridge and Princeton. Her recent research focuses on Spinoza and Stoicism.
Eric Jorink Teylers’ Professor of Enlightenment and Religion at Leiden University and researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands. He has widely published on early modern scientific culture, including Reading the Book of Nature in the Dutch Golden Age, 1575–1715 (2010) and, with Dirk van Miert (eds.), Isaac Vossius (1618–1689) between Science and Scholarship (2012). He is currently finishing a biography of Johannes Swammerdam (1637–1680).
Troels Kardel Retired general practioner and lecturer in general medicine in Copenhagen. Studies on the scientific works and biography of Steno, especially on his theory of muscular contraction and method in science. Author of Steno: Life—Science—Philosophy (Munksgaard 1994), Steno on Muscles (American Philosophical Society 1994). He has recently published an English edition of all the scientific works by Steno, including the Steno biography by Gustav Scherz (with P. Maquet, Nicolaus Steno. Biography and Original Papers of a 17th Century Scientist, Springer 2013).
Mogens Lærke Senior researcher at the CNRS, based at the Institut d’ histoire des representations et des idées dans les modernités (IHRIM, UMR 5317) at the ENS de Lyon. Author of Leibniz lecteur de Spinoza (Champion 2008), Les Lumières de Leibniz. Controverses avec Huet, Bayle, Regis et More (Classiques Garnier 2015), and numerous articles and book chapters on early modern philosophy. Editor of The Use of Censorship in the Enlightenment (Brill 2009) and co-editor of The Philosophy of the Young Leibniz (Franz Steiner Verlag 2009), Philosophy and its History (Oxford University Press 2013), Spinoza/Leibniz. Rencontres, controverses, réceptions (Presses Universitaires de Paris-Sorbonne 2014), and Leibniz: lectures et commentaires (Vrin 2017).
Sebastian Olden-Jørgensen Associate professor in early modern history at the Saxo Institute, History Section, Copenhagen University. Professor Olden-Jørgensen’s main fields of interest are early modern political culture, history of science, church history, historiography and methodology. He has published several articles on Nicholas Steno, among them: “Die Konversion Niels Steensens (1667) und der frühneuzeitliche Deismus,” in Historisches Jahrbuch, 121 (2001), 97–114, and “Nicholas Steno and René Descartes: A Cartesian perspective on Steno’s scientific development,” in Gary Rosenberg (ed.), The Revolution in geology from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, Boulder: GSA Memoir 203, 2009, 149–157.
Justin E.H. Smith Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VII—Denis Diderot. He is the author of Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life (Princeton University Press, 2011) and Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference: Early Modern Philosophy and the Invention of Race (Princeton University Press 2015). He has edited or co-edited a number of volumes on the history of early modern philosophy.
Frank Sobiech Research Assistant at the Chair for Church History and Patrology at the Theologische Fakultät Paderborn. His research focuses upon Christianity in the early modern period. He earned his Th.D. in Church history from the University of Münster with the study Herz, Gott, Kreuz. Die Spiritualität des Anatomen, Geologen und Bischofs Dr. med. Niels Stensen (1638–86) (Aschendorff 2004). His second book on Steno is Radius in manu Dei. Ethos und Bioethik in Werk und Rezeption des Anatomen Niels Stensen (1638–1686) (Aschendorff, 2013). Habilitation from the Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Würzburg, with a thesis on Friedrich Spee SJ (1591–1635).
Pina Totaro Senior Researcher in Philosophy at the ILIESI-CNR, Università di Roma Sapienza. Her research is oriented toward the study of modern philosophy with particular reference to the study of the history of Cartesianism and Spinozism. Recent publications include B. de Spinoza, Compendio di grammatica della lingua ebraica, eds. P. Totaro e M. Gargiulo (Firenze 2013); «Sphaera». Forma Immagine e metafora tra medioevo ed età moderna, eds. P. Totaro e L. Valente (Firenze 2012); L. Spruit and P. Totaro, The Vatican Manuscript of Spinoza’s Ethica (Leiden-Boston 2011), and Tradurre filosofia. Esperienze di traduzione di testi filosofici del Seicento e Settecento, ed. P. Totaro (Firenze 2011).