Gian Mario Cao
Gian Mario Cao (1967) was educated at the University of Florence and the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, where he received his Ph.D. in philosophy in 2001.
In 2009 he was awarded a three-year Marie Curie Fellowship by the European Research Council, enabling him to spend two years as a visiting fellow at the Princeton History Department (2009-2011) and a final year at the Warburg Institute in London (2011-2012).
Dr. Cao’s research is focused on two areas of intellectual history. The first is the textual recovery of ancient philosophy – most notably, Greek scepticism (Sextus Empiricus) and doxography (Diogenes Laertius) – and its impact on thought and scholarship in early modern times. The second is the making of the scholarly disciplines designed to manage the classical tradition.
These two areas merge in his current project, ‘Doubt and its names’. Rather than pursuing a philosophical history of scepticism, the project aims to single out a group of concepts of sceptical interest – such as doubt, uncertainty, conjecture, and so on – from well-known sources that happen to belong to contiguous, yet hardly communicating, disciplines. Early modern philologists were subject to uncertainty and doubt as regularly and painfully as their contemporaries engaged in philosophical, historical, legal, and medical studies. This basic insight encourages us to move away from the antagonism between scepticism and philology – an assumption which post-modern theory and conservative scholarship both finally endorse – and to analyze the sceptical elements within philology itself. By viewing textual criticism against a background of scepticism, we can also gain a deeper understanding of early modern scholarship and its theoretical foundations.
Chris Mooney, a distinguished young science journalist, joined Princeton for the Spring semester of 2009, to work with D. Graham Burnett and to take his course, "Science in a Global Context." The purpose was to work on collaborative historical investigation and writing.
Chris Mooney is a contributing Editor to Science Progress, senior correspondent for The American Prospect magazine and author of two books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science-dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com
Chris has contributed to a wide variety of publications in recent years, including Wired, Science, Harper's, Seed, New Scientist, Slate, Salon, Mother Jones, Legal Affairs, Reason, The American Scholar, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Time, and The Boston Globe. In addition, his blog, "The Intersection," was a recipient of Scientific American's 2005 Science and Technology web award, which noted that "science is lucky to have such a staunch ally in acclaimed journalist Chris Mooney."