Du Châtelet Project

Émilie Du Châtelet is a major figure of the early French Enlightenment, and the Institutions de Physique of
1740 is her main original contribution to philosophy. This text has never received a full English translation,
or been read in any depth as a philosophical text. Our research project involves doing both.



People:
Katherine Brading, Jamee Elder, Ashton Green, John Hanson, Lauren Montes, Anne Seul,
Phil Sloan, Monica Solomon, Jeremy Steeger, Aaron Wells.



Translation:
In 2009, Isabelle Bour and Judith Zinsser published a partial translation of the Foundations in
their collection of Du Châtelet's
Selected Philosophical and Scientific Writings (The University of Chicago
Press). In 2014, Lydia Patton published her translation of Chapter 9, in her Philosophy, Science, and
History: A Guide and Reader
(Routledge). The Notre Dame group has translated the remaining chapters,
and these are available here. We are grateful to Penelope Brading for her assistance with the translation
and her copy-editing in support of this project. Click here for our translations.


Research Activites:

HOPOS, Minneapolis, July 2016.
Conference paper, Du Châtelet on Scientific Methodology, Katherine Brading.

Exploring the Philosophy of Émilie Du Châtelet. Conference at Columbia University, June 2016.
Du Châtelet on Scientific Methodology, Katherine Brading.

New Narratives in Philosophy, NEH sponsored conference at Duke University, April 2016.
Conference paper on Du Châtelet given by Katherine Brading.

Early Modern Women on Science, Metaphysics and Religion, Groningen, March 2016.
Conference papers on Du Châtelet given by Katherine Brading and Aaron Wells.

UC Davis, March 2016.
Philosophy department talk, Émilie Du Châtelet and the foundations of physical science, Katherine
Brading.

EPSA, Düsseldorf, September 2015.
Symposium: Émilie Du Châtelet's Institutions de Physique
Jamee Elder, Monica Solomon, John Hanson, Jeremy Steeger, and Aaron Wells.

BSPS, Manchester, July 2015.
Plenary lecture, Émilie Du Châtelet and the foundations of physical science, Katherine Brading.

Oxford workshop on Du Châtelet, May 2015.

Notre Dame workshop on Du Châtelet, April 2015.

We are collaborating with Andrew Janiak and Karen Detlefsen, who are working on a major ACLS-funded
project on Du Châtelet's philosophy.