Émilie Du Châtelet’s Foundations of Physics

Location: McKenna Hall, Notre Dame Conference Center

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Émilie Du Châtelet’s Foundations of Physics
A Conference Celebrating the Complete English Translation

April 26th–28th, 2018
McKenna Hall, Notre Dame Conference Center

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In 2009, Isabelle Bour and Judith Zinsser published a partial translation of Émilie Du Châtelet’s Foundations of Physics. Since 2014, faculty and students at the University of Notre Dame have worked to complete the translation. This conference celebrates the completion of the project.


The conference will feature talks, presentations, and discussions of the text, its philosophical and historical context and significance, and ways of incorporating Du Châtelet’s philosophy into undergraduate teaching. Participants include:

  • Wilda Anderson
  • Katherine Brading 
  • Karen Detlefsen
  • Lisa Downing
  • Jamee Elder
  • Bryce Gessell
  • Liz Goodnick
  • Ashton Green
  • Ruth Hagengruber
  • John Hanson
  • Sarah Hutton
  • Andrew Janiak
  • Keiko Kawashima
  • Marcy Lascano
  • Lauren Montes
  • Lydia Patton
  • Andrea Reichenberger
  • Anne-Lise Rey
  • Anne Seul
  • Phil Sloan
  • Ronald Smeltzer
  • George Smith
  • Monica Solomon
  • Marius Stan
  • Eric Watkins
  • Aaron Wells
  • Judith Zinsser


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