The Early Modern Philosophy Calendar

This website is maintained by Stephen H. Daniel at Texas A&M University as a service to scholars working in the history of early modern philosophy. It brings together information about calls for papers, event schedules, and contacts about presentations, conferences, and seminars dealing with research in 16th, 17th, and 18th century philosophy.

To have an event listed, send the appropriate information to Steve Daniel (sdaniel@tamu.edu). Events posted on various mailing lists and websites (e.g., philosop, philos, MWSeminar, Facebook Early Modern Philosophy Resources, Montreal EM Roundtable, philevents, the Kantian Calendar) are incorporated into this page. If no deadline is listed for calls for papers, that means either that the deadline has passed or presentations were by invitation only.

Due to COVID-19, some in-person conferences have been cancelled or moved to an on-line format. I recommend you check with organizers about their plans.


Submission Deadlines:



July 4-8, 2022
Hume Society Conference
Main Bldg, Faculty of Law, Charles University, Prague
Monday, July 4
    12:00-15:00 Registration at the conference venue in the Faculty of Law, nám. Curieových 7, Praha 1, first floor, room n. 101
    15:00-15:15 Opening and Organisational Remarks
    15:15-16:45 Plenary Session 1: Roger Crisp (St Anne's Coll Oxford): TBA
    17:00-20:00 Opening Day Reception at the Institute of Philosophy, C.A.S.
Tuesday, 5 July
    9:15-10:30 Parallel Session 1
        Bridger Ehli (Yale University): "Modal Projection and Causal Judgement"; commentator Peter Millican (Hertford Coll Oxford)
        Thomas Holden (U Cal Santa Barbara): "Hume and Strato's Ghost: Matter, Order, and Explanation in the Dialogues"; commentator Stanley Tweyman (York U Toronto)
    11:00-12:15 Parallel Session 2
        Nathan I. Sasser (Greenville Technical College): "Hume's Rejection of Philosophical Enthusiasm"; commentator Catherine Dromelet (U Antwerp)
        Alana Boa Morte Café (Fed U Minas Gerais/FAPEMIG): "'One of the Most Eminent and Most Singular Personages that Occurs in History': Hume's Account of Oliver Cromwell's Personal Character in the History of England"; commentator Emilio Mazza (IULM U Milan)
    12:15-13:45 Lunch: Mentoring Workshop for Early Career Scholars with Lewis Powell (Buffalo), Elizabeth Goodnick (Metro St U Denver), and Katharina Paxman (Brigham Young)
    13:45-15:00 Parallel Session 3
        Enrico Galvagni (St Andrews): "Hume on Natural Obligation, Virtue, and Supererogation"; commentator Alison McIntyre (Wellesley Coll)
        Matias Slavov (Tampere U): "Hume's Metaphysics and Critique of Metaphysics"; commentator Karl Schafer (Texas, Austin)
    15:30-17:00 Panel Discussion 1: Hume, Race and Racism: Margaret Watkins (Seattle Pacific), Andre C. Willis (Brown), Mikko Tolonen (Helsinki)
    18:00 Excursion: Strahov Brewery (Beer and Dinner)
Wednesday, 6 July
    9:15-10:30 Parallel Session 4
        Wade Robison (Rochester Inst Tech): "Hume on Role Morality"; commentator Amy Schmitter (Alberta)
        Todd Ryan (Trinity Coll Dublin): "Scepticism with Regard to Abstract Reason in the Treatise and First Enquiry"; commentator Graham Clay (U College Dublin)
    11:00-12:15 Plenary Session 2: Jacqueline A. Taylor (U San Francisco): TBA
    13:45-15:00 Parallel Session 5
        Miren Boehm (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Maite Cruz (Union Coll): "Hume's Fiction of Time Without Change"; commentator Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere)
        Pedro Eduardo Batista Ferreira da Silva (U Brasília): "David Hume's Discussions on the English Constitution, Culture, and Civilization: an Analysis of the Four Appendices in 'The History of England'"; commentator Mark G. Spencer (Brock U)
    15:30-17:00 Book Discussion: Anik Waldow, Experience Embodied, Oxford UP 2020
        Anik Waldow (Sydney)
        Darío Perinetti (Québec, Montreal)
        Hynek Janoušek (Inst Philosophy C.A.S.)
    17:45 Excursion: Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia
Thursday, 7 July
    9:15-10:30 Parallel Session 6
        Tim Black (Cal St Northridge): "Hume on Identity in the Treatise"; commentator Åsa Carlson (Stockholm U)
        Avital Hazony (Arizona): "Humean Loyalty"; commentator Marek Tomecek (U Hradec Králové/Fac Trans Sciences, CTU)
    11:00-12:15 Parallel Session 7
        Bianca Monteleone (Sc Normale Sup Pisa): "Less than Persons: An Ethical Perspective on the Use of Stereotypes from David Hume to Miranda Fricker"; commentator Livia Guimarães (UFMG)
        Michael Jacovides (Purdue): "Hume's Second Thoughts About Belief"; commentator Jason Fisette (Nevada, Reno)
    13:45-15:00 Parallel Session 8
        Jane Luo (York): "Can Humean animals have a character"; commentator Simone Pollo (Sapienza Rome)
        Manuel Vasquez Villavicencio (Toronto): "The Motivational Role of Self-esteem in Hume's Account of Curiosity"; commentator Tamás Demeter (Hungarian Acad Sci)
    15:30-17:00 Panel Discussion 2: Hume on Experience: Katharina Paxman (Brigham Young), Josef Moural (U J. E. Purkyne), Karánn Durland (Austin Coll)
    19:00 Conference Dinner: Restaurant Eska Karlín
Friday, 8 July
    9:15-10:30 Parallel Session 9
        Charles Goldhaber (Haverford College): "Hume's Real Riches"; commentator Liz Goodnick (Metro St Denver)
        Jennifer Welchman (Alberta): "'A Thousand Virtues Never Once Dreamt of': Humean Virtue Ethics and the Proliferation Problem"; commentator Lorraine Besser (Middlebury Coll)
    11:00-12:15 Parallel Session 10
        Prescott Jackson (Wisconsin-Milwaukee): "Vivacity and Hume's Impression-Idea Distinction"; commentator Sofía Beatriz Calvente (U Nac de La Plata)
        Max Grober (Austin Coll): "Hume and the Royal African"; commentator Adéla Rádková (U Education, Hradec Králové)
    14:00 Walking Tours with Local Hume Scholars
Organizers: Lorenzo Greco (U L’Aquila/U Oxford/U Hradec Králové), Hynek Janoušek (Inst Philosophy, Czech Acad Sci), Allison Kuklok (St Michael's Coll, Vermont), Dan O'Brien (Oxford Brookes U)
Website


July 5-8, 2022
Atlantic Canada Seminar/Quebec Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
McCain Building Room 1170, 6135 University Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Joint in-person/Zoom format. French titles presented in French with paper copies available prior to meeting.
Tuesday, July 5
    11:15–12:45: Ilgin Aksoy (Memorial U Newfoundland): "A Power-Centered Mereological Reconstruction of the Substance–Mode relation in Spinozist Ontology" (via ZOOM)
    1:45–3:15: Oberto Marrama (U Oulo, Finland): "Matérialisme et panpsychisme au 17e siècle: Cavendish, Hobbes et Spinoza"
Wednesday, July 6
    9:30–11:00: Syliane Malinowski-Charles (Québec à Trois-Rivières): "Certitude et idée d’idée chez Spinoza"
    11:15–12:45: Anaïs Delambre (U Montréal): "La religion philosophique de Spinoza: Dialogue entre C. Gebhardt et F. Alquié" (via ZOOM)
    1:45–3:15: Calvin Normore (UCLA/McGill/Queensland): “Definition, Hobbes and Medieval Nominalism”
    3:30–5:00: Yining Wu (Temple): “The Arrow by the Archer: Extrinsic Teleology in Cudworth’s Plastic Natures”
    6:30 pm: Barbeque chez Vincis
Thursday, July 7
    9:30–11:00: Emanuele Costa (Vanderbilt): “Elizabeth on Attributal Predication: Exclusive and Non-Exclusive Dualism” (via ZOOM)
    11:15–12:45: Deborah Brown (Queensland): “The Neural Correlates of Consciousness in Descartes”
    1:45–3:15: Lawrence Nolan (Cal St Long Beach): “Descartes’ Beast-Machine Doctrine” (via ZOOM)
    3:30–5:00: Aurélien Chukurian (U Genève): "Le cartésianisme au miroir de l’eucharistie" (via ZOOM)
Friday, July 8
    9:30–11:00: Nabeel Hamid (Concordia U Montreal): “Wolff on Substance, Power, Force”
    11:15–12:45: Filippo Costantini (Ca’Foscari U Venice/McMaster U): “Leibniz’s Characterization of Quantity”
    1:45–3:15: Nicholas Michiele (Western Ontario): “Leibniz’s Mereology: What Can a Monad be Understood as if it is not a ‘Part’ of Body?”
    3:30–5:00: Glenn Hartz (Ohio St): “What Strawson Should Have Said about Leibnizean Monads,” joint with Friday Colloquium of the Philosophy Department (via ZOOM)
Halifax is a beautiful port city, and July-August is temperate with generally fair weather. For more information, visit Halifax.
Contact: Tom Vinci.


July 8-9, 2022
Time and History in Modern Political Thought
School of Humanities, Tallinn University
Tallinn, Estonia
    The workshop emerges from the recognition that recent years have seen what could be characterized as the ‘temporal turn’ in the history of political thought – an interest in the ways in which different narrative schemes of time and history have been used as normative languages to pursue certain visions of politics. This still fragmented interest can, however, draw on the broader historiographical setting prepared by the new wave of philosophies of history, already classic scholarship on the socio-economic production of particular textures of temporal experience,as well as recent concurring shifts in political and cultural history, history of law and arts. In this context, we propose an expanded mapping of the ways in which modern political thinkers, historical actors and movements have constructed and lensed their political aims through unique, entangled and conflicting conceptions of time and historicity as vastly relevant and complementary to the more established approaches.
    Varieties of temporalities and historicities, or ‘timescapes’, be it a forward-leaning progressivism, appeals to restoration of the days of glory, ends of History, or even apocalyptic visions of the Earth time ticking to its end, have significantly shaped and continue to shape our political mentalities and imagination. The aim of the workshop is to reconstruct the aims and ways in which time and history as languages in the plural were used in political thought, speech and deed. Some of the guiding questions for the workshop include:
        - What are the moments and discourses in which history has been identified as indispensable to/in political thought and politics? What are the moments and aims of rendering it irrelevant? How have these seemingly contradictory languages interacted?
        - What relationships can be identified between 1) speculative theorizing about history and time 2) the use of such languages in political thinking and argument and 3) the implicit presence of these notions in political and social life? What kind of ‘timescapes’ and in which ways have these been deployed to reconceptualise and remake (or attempt to maintain the status quo in) politics and social life in different contexts? In other words, what has been the co-constitution of temporal and political orders in concrete historical contexts?
        - Is the “historicist” version of time an adequate paradigm to describe the main currents of 19th century temporal imagination? Or were there competing attempts to reorganise time and politics, and their concurrencies? What are the limits of Koselleck’s periodization?
        - What relationships can be established between moments of historical rupture such as 1918 and 1989 and the construction of temporal imaginaries? Are such moments best characterized generically as moments of intense temporal re-elaboration or are there specific types of dynamics and ways in which time is re-imagined in these moments? To what kinds of time have economic, legal, political – but also literary, artistic, philosophical, environmental – and revolutionary practices appealed, and why?
    While our initial intention is to focus on European political thought – perhaps to be challenged along the way - our starting point is to acknowledge how political temporalities often are spatially contingent: this means not only extending the thematic geographical scope beyond the familiar ('major’ Western European) traditions of political thought, but also laying a particular emphasis on authors representing a variety of European regions and languages. Secondly, emphasising that an innovative theme requires methodological innovation, we encourage contributions not only from historians of political thought, but also from cultural historians, literature and art historians, political and legal historians and thinkers. For some examples of topics that we would be particularly interested in, check out our announcement in philevents
    One of the main aims of the workshop is to explore the scholarly horizons for an edited book or compendium on the topic. Please send your abstracts (max 500 words) to Liisi Keedus or Tommaso Giordani by 15 April 2022.


July 11-15, 2022
JHP Summer Seminar: “Kantian Epistemologies”
Princeton University
Instructor: Andrew Chignell (Princeton)
    Mindful of the challenges facing young scholars working in the history of philosophy, the Board of Directors of the Journal of the History of Philosophy has established a Summer Seminar in the History of Philosophy. The central idea of the program is that a senior scholar who works primarily in some area of the history of philosophy would undertake to direct an intensive week of summer classes for the benefit of a small group of recent PhDs whose main research and teaching are in the relevant area. Normally, the classes will focus on one or more texts that are typically not part of material that the participants would have studied as graduate students. The goal of the program is the enhancement of the expertise and understanding of the young scholars in their area of specialization. The JHP will select up to six individuals from among those who apply to participate in five days of intense classes on the announced subject. All travel and housing and food for the duration of the classes will be paid by the JHP up to $1,750.
    Applicants should send a letter of interest along with a CV to Prof. Mariska Leunissen. They should have received their PhD in philosophy no earlier than January 1, 2016 and no later than July 1, 2021. Their specialization should be in modern philosophy (epistemology), and reading knowledge of German is required. Submissions must be received no later than February 15, 2022. Applicants will be notified by March 1, 2022.
Website.
Contact: Mariska Leunissen.


July 11-August 5, 2022
NEH Institute for Higher Education Faculty: "David Hume in the 21st Century: Perpetuating the Enlightenment"
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon
    The Institute will cover both historical and contemporary themes related to Hume's thought and will feature a rotating faculty of twelve Hume experts. A stipend of $3,450 will help to defray the cost of travelling to and participating in the 4-week Institute (stipends are taxable income). At least five of the Institute's thirty spaces are reserved for non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty. Three Institute spaces may be reserved for advanced graduate students. The preference is for a varied representation of backgrounds, stages of career, perspectives, and disciplines among the Institute's funded Summer Scholars.
    Details on how to apply are posted on the Institute webpage. Applications open January 1, and the application deadline is March 1. PSU requires proof of COVID vaccination prior to attendance.
Contact: Elizabeth S. Radcliffe (William & Mary, emerita).


July 13-16, 2022
Law and Morality in Kant
Department of Philosophy, University of Göttingen
Alte Mensa, Wilhelmsplatz 3
Göttingen, Germany
Wednesday, 13 July
    18:00  Rainer Forst (Frankfurt a.M.): "Noumenale Entfremdung: Gesellschaftskritik nach Kant und Marx," Altes Auditorium, Hörsaal 11
Thursday, 14 July
    9:00-9:30  Welcome and Introduction
Derivational Readings of Kant’s Legal Philosophy
    9:30-10:45  Paul Guyer (Brown): "Morality, Right, and Responsibility"; commentary Michael Gregory (Groningen)
    11:00-12:15  Bernd Ludwig (Göttingen): "The Direct Route from the Categorical Imperative to the General Principle of Right"; commentary Çaglar Çömez (Bogaziçi U)
Non-Derivational Readings of Kant’s Legal Philosophy
    14:00-15:15  Christoph Horn (Bonn): "Is there a Categorical Imperative of Right in Kant?"; commentary Daniel Ranweiler (UCLA)
    15:30-16:45  Marcus Willaschek (Frankfurt a.M.): "Kant on Moral Universality and the Normative Foundations of Right"; commentary Martin Sticker (Bristol)
    17:15-18:30  Sorin Baiasu (Keele): "Kant’s Right as Normatively Independent. Three Arguments Considered and Rejected"; commentary Lara Scaglia (Warsaw)
    19:00  Dinner
Friday, 15 July
What Freedom Is Required for Law?
    9:30-10:45  James P. Messina (U New Orleans): "Two Conceptions of Freedom in Kant’s Political Philosophy"; commentary Luigi Filieri (Johannes Gutenberg-U Mainz)
    11:00-12:15  Japa Pallikkathayil (Pittsburgh): "What is External Freedom?"; commentary Micha Gläser (Zürich)
    14:00-15:15  George Pavlakos (Glasgow): "The Kantian Legal Relation as Radical Non-Positivism"; commentary Luke Davies (London Sch Econ)
Law and Morality in the Political Domain
    15:45-17:00  Alice Pinheiro Walla (McMaster U Ontario): "Bridging the Gap: Ethical and Juridical Duties in Case of Lacking Political Institutions"; commentary Daniel Häuser (Hamburg)
    17:15-18:30  Katrin Flikschuh (London Sch Econ): "Exactitude and Indemonstrability in Kant's Doctrine of Right: On the Limits of Kant’s Legal Philosophy";commentary Sofie Møller (Frankfurt a.M.)
    19:00  Dinner
Saturday, 16 July
Acting in the Grey Zone of Law and Morality
    9:30-10:45  Martin Brecher (Mannheim): "Wrong, but Permitted? Kant’s Notion of Permissive Law"; commentary Jakob Huber (Berlin)
    11:00-12:15  Ralf Bader (Fribourg): "Morality, Legality, and Luck"; commentary Marie Newhouse (Guildford)
Sanctions and Coercion: A Problem for a Derivational Reading?
    14:00-15:15  Kate Moran (Brandeis) & Jens Timmermann (St. Andrews): "Should Criminals Be Punished for Their Folly? On the Ethical Foundations of Kant’s Legal Philosophy"; commentary Katja Stoppenbrink (München)
    15:30-16:45  Philipp-Alexander Hirsch (Freiburg): "Legal Coercion as a Moral Problem? Kant on the Enforcement of Rights and the Limits of Autonomy"; commentary Fiorella Tomassini (Groningen)
    16:45  Closing Remarks
Website.
Contact: Law and Morality Conference.


July 21, 2022
History of Women Philosophers and Scientists Summer Term Talk Series
Stephen Harrop: “Du Châtelet's Cosmological Argument in the Institutions de Physique
17:00-18:30 CET (on Zoom)
Website.
Contact: Aaron Wells.


July 28, 2022
History of Women Philosophers and Scientists Summer Term Talk Series
Maria Susana Seguin: “An Online Edition of Du Châtelet’s Examens de la Bible
17:00-18:30 CET (on Zoom)
Website.
Contact: Aaron Wells.


August 1-5, 2022
St Andrews Kant Reading Party 2022: Kant and Fichte (Aug 1-4)/Kant in Progress Workshop (Aug 5)
The Burn, Angus, Scotland (Reading Party); U St Andrews (Workshop)
From his earliest publications on, Fichte emphasises that his thinking is inspired by Kant. If we take Fichte at his word, his philosophy is an attempt to reformulate Kant’s philosophy in a new way that spells out assumptions about which Kant remained silent and that defends him against objections other philosophers had raised against his three Critiques. It would, nevertheless, be a mistake to consider his System of Ethics, published in 1798 at the peak of his career as a professor in Jena, merely as a new mode of presenting Kant’s ethics or as a book that repeats in different words what has already been said by Kant himself. Rather, engaging with Kant’s philosophy encouraged Fichte to develop an ethical theory which deserves to be explored in its own right and which arrives at conclusions that are very different from Kant’s. His System of Ethics is the ambitious attempt to provide a deduction of the moral law, to avert the threat of empty formalism, and to explain how autonomy can be realized in our actions. Being neglected for a long time, Fichte’s ethics has very recently become a matter of intense debate and interest. In the light of these new interpretations, we aim to take a fresh look at Fichte’s System of Ethics and explore the following questions:
    • Can a deduction of the moral law be given, or does all consciousness of the moral law rest on an indemonstrable factum?
    • To what extent can a moral theory that relies on a formal and a priori principle tell us which ends we should choose?
    • Which roles do feelings, desires, and drives play in our moral acting?
    • What is the moral significance of conscience?
    • What is the origin of evil and how can we explain that agents fail to comply with the moral law?
The Reading Party involves a combination of discussion sessions, which are based on pre-circulated readings, and paper sessions, which give graduate students and early-career researchers a chance to present their work relevant to the theme of the event (please see the call for abstracts below). Outside the paper and discussion sessions, participants will have the opportunity to attend to their own work and engage in leisure activities in The Burn’s drawing room, library and games room, or outdoors. Most likely, we will also organise a hike along one of the surrounding trails for those who are interested. On the day following the Reading Party at The Burn, there will be a one-day workshop at the University of St Andrews, which gives all participants of the Reading Party the opportunity to present their work in progress on Kant and/or Kantian philosophy.
    Postgraduate students and early-career scholars are invited to submit anonymized abstracts of no longer than 500 words by email to Johannes Nickl by the 12th of June. Abstracts should be submitted in a Word or PDF file and be prepared for blind review removing all identifying details. Please include in a separate file the title of your paper as well as your institutional affiliation and your contact details. Authors will be notified by the 20th of June about the acceptance of their paper. Please indicate in your email if you are willing to participate in the Reading Party if your paper could not be considered for presentation. Papers should be suitable for a presentation of 40 minutes. We welcome submissions that expand on one of the questions mentioned above, or that address one of the following topics (though they need not be limited to them): the notion of duty and the significance of the categorical imperative; Fichte’s notion of drive; Fichte’s attempt to provide an answer to the empty formalism objection; Fichte’s and Kant’s explanation of the origin of evil; the moral significance of other agents and the intersubjective dimension of freedom and morality; the distinction between law and ethics; the idea of moral progress and virtue; the different divisions of duties in Kant and Fichte; discussions of individual duties (such as the duty not to lie). Preference will be given to abstracts on both Kant’s and Fichte’s practical philosophy and/or papers that have a comparative approach. The “Kant in Progress” Workshop is open to all participants of the Reading Party and aims to provide an additional opportunity for paper presentations. We aim to give as many people as possible a chance to present their work. A separate and informal call for abstracts will be circulated among the participants of the Reading Party in due course.
    Participation Fees: the costs for students are £80 and for faculty members £160. The fee covers accommodation and full board at The Burn for three nights, as well as transportation from St Andrews to The Burn and back. Student speakers whose papers are selected for presentation at the Reading Party will be waived the entire participation fee. Members of the BSHP are entitled to a 10% discount (please mention in your email if this applies to you). If you would like to attend but childcare duties make it difficult, please don’t hesitate to contact Johannes Nickl about it, as we may be able to provide assistance.
    Registration Process: We invite registration for participation, with or without abstract submission, from all interested parties. Since the number of places is limited, the registration process is divided into two steps: (1) Informal registration: please register with us your intent to participate as early as possible by sending an email including your name and institutional affiliation, and a brief expression of interest (2-3 lines) to Johannes Nickl by the 19th of June. (2) Payment: selected participants will be given instructions on how to make the online fee payment. This counts as a formal registration. The event is also fully accessible (e.g., wheelchair accessible).
Contact: Johannes Nickl.


August 1-6, 2022
Minnesota Center for Canon Expansion and Change, Pilot Summer Program
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Guest Early Modern expert: Julie Walsh (Assoc Prof Philosophy, Wellesley College)
The Minnesota Center for Canon Expansion and Change (CCEC) seeks applications for participants in the inaugural Summer Program. Participants will take part in a week-long collaborative workshop, in which they learn about figures in an expanded canon of early modern philosophy (such as Anton Wilhelm Amo, Margaret Cavendish, and Anne Conway) and cutting-edge research on them; discuss inclusive, student-centered, and equitable pedagogy; and collaboratively craft their own (collective) early modern course syllabus. After the workshop, participants and guides will meet regularly and continue to communicate as their courses (and future versions of it) are implemented. Participants will also receive an award from CCEC attesting to their experience with canon expansion and inclusive teaching.
    Interested applicants should submit a statement of interest (1 page outlining their interest in the program and how it connects with their research and/or teaching) and a curriculum vitae. We welcome applications from advanced graduate students and faculty members (contingent or permanent). We especially encourage applications from individuals of groups underrepresented in (Anglo-American) philosophy. Faculty members with institutional funding to participate should communicate this in their application. Applications should be submitted to Bennett McNulty by April 1, 2022. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by May 1, 2022.
    The Minnesota Center for Canon Expansion and Change (CCEC) was founded in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2021 with the goal of effecting meaningful change in the way that philosophy is done, understood, organized, and – especially – taught. In particular, CCEC focuses on supporting instructors who want to teach neglected figures or a new canon of early modern philosophy, but otherwise lack the resources to do so. CCEC aims to teach instructors how to create a safe and vibrant learning environment that speaks to a multitude of perspectives and allows students to learn about philosophers with voices like their own. The idea behind this is that we tend to teach as we have been taught, and this is the way (at least in part) the canon is maintained or upheld. This also means that this is where we can best effect change: if instructors are taught to think of the canon in a more broad and inclusive way, their students will too. Moreover, it’s only through changing the canon and understanding the way in which our respective positionalities affect learning in the classroom that we can be in a better position to change the face of philosophy.
Contact: Dwight Lewis Jr.


August 3-4, 2022
Right and Virtue: Kant and Early Modern German Philosophy (in person and online)
University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway
    For decades, Kant scholars have debated over the relationship between right and virtue, or political philosophy and ethics in contemporary parlance. The debate has resulted in yet unresolved three positions: (1) right has priority over virtue; (2) virtue has priority over right; and (3) they are independent of each other. The workshop seeks to shed a fresh light on this debate by combining two methodologies: a detailed analysis of Kant’s and Kantian philosophy; and the history of early modern German philosophy. The early modern German philosophers include, but are not limited to, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716), Christian Thomasius (1655–1728), Christian Wolff (1679–1754), Christian August Crusius (1715–75), Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714–62), and Moses Mendelssohn (1729–86). In this context, the workshop explores the resources of Kantian and early modern German philosophy to scrutinize issues in contemporary practical philosophy, which arise from the tension between ethics and political philosophy. The workshop welcomes abstracts for papers on these philosophers as well as papers on their relation to Kant. It is also possible to submit abstracts for papers that solely draw on Kant, provided that they adhere to the main theme of the workshop. Speakers include:
    • Sorin Baiasu (Keele U): "Right and Virtue in Kant: Complex Dependentism Defended"
    • Courtney Fugate (American U Beirut): TBA
    • Melissa Merritt (U New South Wales): "Mendelssohn and Kant on Human Progress: A Neo-Stoic Debate"
    • Michael Walschots (Martin Luther U Halle-Wittenberg): "Perfect and Imperfect Duties: Wolff, Kant, and the Principle of Contradiction"
    • Valentin Braekman (Fribourg): "Wolff on Natural Law, Conscience and Virtue"
    • Conrad Damstra (Brown): "Evil, Nature, and Moral Progress: Kant's Two Responses to Moses Mendelssohn"
    • Guus Duindam (Michigan): "Right, Virtue, and the Formula of Universal Law"
    • Christopher Fremaux (Scranton): "Embracing Dependence: Crusius on Virtue, Right, and Natural Law"
    • Avery Goldman (DePaul): "Kant, Mendelssohn and the Principle of Politics"
    • Robert König (Vienna): "On Kant's non-algorithmic view of human actions"
    • João Lemos (NOVA U Lisbon): "Political (Aesth-)Ethics: politeness as an intermediate between right and virtue"
    • Chandler Hatch (Ahmedabad U): "The Rousseauvian Derivation of the Universal Principle of Right"
    • Toshiro Osawa (U Oslo): "Right, Virtue, and Justice: Baumgarten and Kant"
    • Daniel Ranweiler (UCLA): "The Limits of Right"
    • Anna Tomaszewska (Jagiellonian U Kraków): "Does religion fill the gap between ethics and politics? Kant's conception of the 'visible church'"
    • Günter Zöller (Ludwig Maximilian U Munich): "Moral Politicians" and "Political Moralists." Kant on the Relation between Ethics, Law and Politics
Website.
Contact: Toshiro Osawa.


August 18, 2022
History of Women Philosophers and Scientists Summer Term Talk Series
Mitieli Seixas da Silva: TBA (on Émilie Du Châtelet)
17:00-18:30 CET (on Zoom)
Website.
Contact: Aaron Wells.


August 22-26, 2022
Essences, Dispositions, and Laws in Kant
Kant Research Centre Trier Summer School (August 22-24, 2022) and Workshop (August 25-26, 2022)
Trier University, Universitätsring 15
Trier, Germany
    After a long time of neglect, there has been a recent rediscovery of essences in the Kantian scholarship which seems to reflect the increased interest in essences in contemporary metaphysics (e.g., Armstrong 1983, Ellis 2001, Bird 2007). However, essentialist readings of the critical Kant’s philosophy of nature come in very different flavours: One prominent example is the influential ‘essentialist’ account of laws (e.g., Watkins 2005, Kreines 2008, Stang 2016). Minimally, this account argues that, for the Critical Kant, the necessity of laws is grounded in the essences or natures of things. A closely related account is that Kant can be interpreted as a precursor of ‘dispositional essentialism’ (Massimi 2017, Messina 2017) and a more distant view has it that the essences of the properties necessitating a certain behaviour are to be conceived as dispositional (Engelhard 2018). More generally, the rehabilitation of essences and dispositions in Kant’s metaphysics has important consequences for his theory of laws of nature.
    Despite such rediscovery, several questions from both a metaphysical and epistemological point of view have not been fully answered so far. What are essences for Kant? If essences ground the necessity of laws, what kind of necessity are they the source of? Should we think essences in dispositional terms, and if so, how exactly? Are essences beyond the possibility of knowledge? What kind of investigation of nature do they afford? The aim of this summer school and workshop is to shed light on these and other related questions, as well as to discuss the historical background of Kant’s views and to explore their implications for other areas of his philosophy.
    The summer school (August 22-25) aims at junior scholars, PhD students, as well as master’s students. It will be taught by two major experts in the field: James Kreines (Claremont McKenna College) and Michael Bennett McNulty (University of Minnesota). The workshop (August 25-26) will bring together international scholars who have worked on essences, dispositions, and laws in Kant from various perspectives. Confirmed speakers include: Hein van den Berg (Amsterdam), Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge), Andrew Cooper (Warwick), Kristina Engelhard (Trier), Ido Geiger (Ben-Gurion), Stephen Howard (Leuven), James Kreines (Claremont McKenna), Michael Bennett McNulty (Minnesota), James Messina (Madison), Lorenzo Spagnesi (Trier), and Daniel Warren (UC Berkeley). If you want to attend the summer school and/or the workshop, please register by sending an email with your name, affiliation, and contact information to Lorenzo Spagnesi. The deadline for registration is June 15. We have three slots for participants’ talks during the summer school. If you are interested to give a talk, please send an anonymized 500-word abstract attached to your registration email (by June 15). The talk must address the theme of the summer school. Please prepare your paper for delivery in 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes for the Q&A).Three fellowships are available for the authors of the abstracts that will be selected for presentation during the summer school. Each fellowship amounts to 300 euros and can only be used to fund travel and accommodation costs.
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Contact: Lorenzo Spagnesi.


September 6-7, 2022
UK Kant Society 2022 Conference: “The Revolutionary Kant”: In tribute to the late Graham Bird
King’s College London
Call For Papers/Symposia: The organizing committee of the 2022 UKKS Conference welcomes paper and symposia proposals. The conference takes its name from Graham Bird’s influential book The Revolutionary Kant. We especially welcome papers and symposia on themes that engage with Bird’s work, but the conference is open to submissions on any topics on Kant’s philosophy more generally.
    The Revolutionary Kant presents a comprehensive interpretation of and critical engagement with Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and transcendental idealism. In Bird's words: "The central theme in the commentary is to highlight a conflict between what I call 'traditionalist' and 'revolutionary' accounts of the Critique. The former ascribe to Kant an exhaustive idealist dualism of mental states, “ideas,” and transcendental things in themselves and then note the inevitable tensions and contradictions from Kant’s apparent attempts to escape from that tradition. The latter regards Kant as explicitly denying that exhaustive division in his complex contrast between empirical and transcendental forms of both idealism and realism. Such an account relies on a grasp of Kant’s central “transcendental/empirical” distinction which is generally dismissed by traditionalists as inscrutable. The revolutionary approach avoids many of the traditional conflicts in Kant because it ascribes almost nothing of the traditional idealist framework to Kant.... It has seemed clear to me since the 1950s that there is only one acceptable way of resolving that conflict, namely the rejection of the traditionalist position, reflected in the title The Revolutionary Kant." (Bird 2006, xii)
Topics that might engage fruitfully with Bird’s work include, but are not limited to:
    • Kant’s theoretical distinctions: analytic/synthetic, a priori/empirical, necessary/contingent, transcendental/empirical
    • Interpretations of transcendental idealism
    • Twentieth century interpretations of Kant’s theoretical philosophy
Confirmed keynote speakers:
    • Sally Sedgwick (Boston University)
    • Jim O’Shea (University College Dublin)
    • Alix Cohen (University of Edinburgh)
    • Sorin Baiasu (Keele University)
For paper proposals: please send a long abstract (up to 1000 words) suitable for anonymous refereeing to the UK Kant Society. Please ensure that the document name is of the format [ukksconference_papertitle]. Papers should be suitable for a presentation of 25 minutes. For symposium proposals: please send an overview along with abstracts for constituent papers (up to 2000 words in total) suitable for anonymous refereeing to the Kant Society. Please ensure that the document name is of the format [ukkssymposium_title]. Symposia should be suitable for a session of 90 minutes in total (including Q&A). The deadline for all submissions is April 8th 2022. Due to the kind support of the Analysis Trust, we will be able to offer a small number of bursaries to graduate student attendees. More details will be available when the conference opens to registration.
Contact: Jessica Leech, King's College London.


September 9-10, 2022
UT Austin Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Texas at Austin
The conference will consist primarily of presentations by graduate students or early career researchers in early modern philosophy, demarcated as philosophical thought in the 16th century through the turn of the 19th century. Daily sessions will conclude with keynote addresses by Thomas Holden (UC Santa Barbara) and Anat Schechtman (UT Austin). We are inviting submissions of original research on figures major or minor from that historical region of philosophy, or on philosophical themes or concepts directly related to philosophy from the early modern period. Our aim is to present a diverse range of research about the early modern period, so we encourage novelty and originality in submissions, and this includes research on philosophers at the margins of the canon. Authors of accepted submissions will be offered a travel reimbursement of at least $250 to attend the conference. Additional funds to defray the costs of attending are likely but are yet to be guaranteed.
    Submission deadline: July 17, 2022. Each paper submitted should be 4,000 words or less and prepared to be suitable and congenial for a 30 to 45-minute presentation. A 30-minute Q&A session will follow each presentation. Please submit (i) your anonymized paper (the name of the file should be the title of your paper); and (ii) a cover letter including: your name, institutional affiliation, position at said institution, and email address, the title of your paper, and an abstract of no more than 300 words, to utempconf@gmail.com. Authors of accepted papers will be notified between August 1-5. Any relevant questions should be directed to the same address.


September 12-15, 2022
International Society for Intellectual History Conference: "Histories of Knowledge: Political, Historical and Cultural Epistemologies in Intellectual History"
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
The conference addresses the knowledge-power entanglement in intellectual history, including at the level of historiography. In recent years, the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, the growth of global inequalities, and the emergence of global conspiracy theories have brought to the fore the political dimensions of knowledge by eliciting debates on issues such as post-truth, the crisis of expertise, and the control of data and information. Drawing inspiration from the pressing issues of today’s world, #ISIH2022 will use the lens of intellectual history to explore the mutual influence of ideas stemming from the political and cultural realms, ranging from philosophy to the sciences, the arts, and literature. We also invite material and social inquiries into the political and cultural conditions that inform knowledge construction at three different levels: its roots, its validation processes, and its implications. This type of approach, which investigates the politically- informed, ever-changing historical conditions of knowledge, is what we refer to as ‘political epistemology’. Collectively, we aim to foster enquiry into the interplay of the political and the intellectual, including (but not limited to) the topics listed below, from Western as well as global perspectives:
    • Political legitimation of evidence claims in the history of knowledge
    • Post-truth epistemologies as a cultural-political problematic
    • Crises of expertise in history
    • Environment, ecology and politics in intellectual history
    • Global and local asymmetries of knowledge in intellectual history
    • Gender, race, sexuality, and power in the history of knowledge
    • The material practices of knowledge making
    • Histories of science, histories of knowledge, and politics: historiographical continuities and ruptures
    • Loci of knowledge production (geographies, laboratories, institutions)
    • The politics and epistemology of labour organisation
    • The place of agency in processes of knowledge production
    • The knowledge and politics of Otherness
We invite anyone working on these topics, or in any relevant field of intellectual history, to submit proposals for 25-minute papers. Proposals for panels, consisting of three or four papers, are also welcome. Papers and panels may concentrate on any period, region, tradition or discipline relevant to the conference theme. The language of the conference is English. The deadline for proposals is April 30. Proposals should be in the form of a 300-word abstract and a 150-word biography; in case of a panel proposal, it shall also comprise a panel description. Please send proposals to the organizers Pietro D. Omodeo, Lavina Maddaluno, and Rodolfo Garau at isih.venice2022@ gmail.com.
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September 13, 2022
Melbourne 8am; Sept 12 6pm EDT
Social Contract Research Network Zoom Seminar
Sarah Winter (Connecticut): "From Natural Equality to Frankpledge: The State of Nature, Ancient Constitutionalism, and the Rupture of the Social Contract in Eighteenth-Century Antislavery Writings"
Antislavery writers Anthony Benezet, Granville Sharp, Thomas Clarkson, Ottobah Cugoano, and Olaudah Equiano employ theories of the state of nature to demonstrate how slavery and the slave trade rupture the social contract in both African polities and the British colonies, thus undermining the legitimacy of the British imperial constitution. Describing African societies as civilized and self-governing, Benezet’s approach launches abolitionism’s appeals to humanitarian sentiments. Clarkson theorizes that enslavement situates Africans in a state of nature where they are “perfectly free and equal” in relation to Europeans who attack them, while Sharp offers legalistic reasons for abolition based in common law, ancient constitutionalism, and radical democratic thought. Their alternative state of nature approaches to abolitionism envision the regeneration of Britons’ moral sentiments through collective political action and forge representative notions of “human rights” as legal rights distinct from natural law. Evoking the state of nature as the innocence of childhood destroyed when they were kidnapped by slave merchants from their homes, Equiano’s and Cugoano’s texts demonstrate a more sceptical, antiracist strand of reasoning that questions whether the economic interests underpinning Atlantic slavery are amenable to political or moral reform.
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Contact: Chris Watkin.


September 14-16, 2022
European Society for Early Modern Philosophy Conference: Rethinking the Narratives of Early Modern Philosophy
University of Copenhagen
Speakers: Christia Mercer (Columbia), Ohad Nachtomy (Israel Inst Tech), Gianni Paganini (U Piemonte Orientale), Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser)
    The investigation of early modern philosophy has flourished and expanded tremendously over the last couple of decades. More and more hitherto neglected texts, topics, and names become visible that enrich our knowledge of the past and shed new lights on the development of early modern philosophy. It thus becomes apparent that philosophy during the Early Modern period was a lively, multifaceted venture to which a great variety of people from diverse backgrounds and geographical regions contributed. At the same time, many of these findings encourage us to question common historiographical accounts. Traditional assumptions and conventions, such as linear accounts of the past, an exclusive focus on a few outstanding figures, or the neglect of women philosophers, are challenged and supplemented by alternative approaches. Still, many problems and issues remain unsolved and need to be addressed. All relate in one way or another to the underlying question: How do we tell the story of early modern philosophy?
    Sections of the conference include Early Modern Philosophy and:
    • The sciences: Rethinking the effects of scientific innovations, new technologies, and the life sciences
    • Religion: Rethinking the impact of religion, religious minorities, and religious dissidents
    • Gender: Rethinking sex and gender, and women’s participation in early modern philosophy
    • Race: Rethinking the notions of race and ethnicity in early modern philosophy
    • Europe’s periphery: Rethinking early modern philosophy in Europe’s North, South, East, and beyond
    • Its history: Rethinking historiographical methods, models, and approaches
We invite submissions of research papers addressing all aspects of the conference topic. To submit, please email an abstract (between 500-700 words and anonymised for blind review) no later than 31 January 2022 to Sabrina Ebbersmeyer. Please use ‘ESEMP 2022 abstract’ as the heading of your email. The email should contain the author’s details (name, position, affiliation, contact details) and the title of the section to which the proposal relates. Please use the PDF-file format for submission and render your text completely anonymous, allowing for blind refereeing. Notifications of accetance will be made by 15 March 2022. Upon acceptance: Membership of the ESEMP is compulsory to present a paper at the conference. (Annual membership fee: 30 EUR, reduced annual membership fee: 15 EUR). To become a member of the ESEMP, please use our application form or contact the Treasurer of the ESEMP, Hubertus Busche.
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Contact: Sabrina Ebbersmeyer.


September 22, 2022
History of Women Philosophers and Scientists Summer Term Talk Series
Marci Lascano (Kansas): "Du Châtelet on the Powers of Minds and Bodies"
17:00-18:30 CET (on Zoom)
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Contact: Aaron Wells.


September 28-30, 2022
Conference: Émilie Du Châtelet in Relation to Leibniz and Wolff – Similarities and Differences
Paderborn University, Warburger Straße 100, Paderborn, Germany
8:00am-5:00pm
Keynote speakers: Katherine Brading (Duke), Anne-Lise Rey (Paris Nanterre), and Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard). We are inviting abstracts exploring any aspect of Du Châtelet’s work especially in relation to Leibniz and Wolff for presentation at the conference. Graduate students, early career scholars and women scholars are especially encouraged to submit. Presentations can be held in English or German. Please send your abstract (500 words max) prepared for blind review and a separate title page with your personal details, including your best contact email address, to historyofwomenphilosophers by the 31st of July 2022. You can expect to hear back from us by August 15th. As part of the project, Jeffrey McDonough and Clara Carus will prepare an edited volume on the project theme. There is a separate call for papers for publication in the volume. Double submissions (abstract to the conference and paper for publication) are possible and encouraged. Please find the call for papers here.
Contact: historyofwomenphilosophers.org.


September 30-October 1, 2022
Digitales Kant-Zentrum NRW: Opening Workshop
University of Siegen
Talks by:
    • Sven Bernecker (University of Cologne)
    • Cord Friebe (University of Siegen)
    • Christoph Horn (University of Bonn)
    • Corinna Mieth (University of Bochum)
    • Rainer Schäfer (University of Bonn)
    • Dieter Schönecker (University of Siegen)
The conference will address the following six topics:
    • Kant on Migration
    • Kant on International Peace Order
    • Kant on Poverty and Climate Change
    • Kant on Expertise in a Democratic Society
    • Kant on Cognitive Sciences
    • Kant on the Human Right to Education
We welcome proposals for academic contributions that speak to one of the six topics. Interested speakers should submit a 500-words abstract (prepared for blind review) to the Kant Center NRW by the 15th of July. Please make clear to which of the six topics the abstract is assigned. Each speaker will have 30 min. for presentation, followed by 15 min. of questions and discussion. Papers are welcome both in English and in German. During the conference, passive knowledge of German is required. Selected submissions will be confirmed by the end of July. Both register and attendance are free. Accommodation as well as travel expenses will be covered for all speakers.
Contact: Cord Friebe (University of Siegen).


October 3-7, 2022
International Berkeley Conference: "De Motu: Text, Context and Perspectives"
Aix-Marseille University
Maison de la Recherche
Aix-en-Provence, France
    One of George Berkeley’s most notable contributions to the philosophy of science, De Motu (1721), appeared between two productive periods in Berkeley’s life: ten years after the early period (1709-1713), and ten years before the second period of active publication (1732-1744). To celebrate the 301st anniversary of this event, we are now inviting distinguished scholars to a conference on De Motu, its importance in the history of philosophy, by enlightening its context and how it influenced later works, as well as its significance in the history and philosophy of science. As Popper notices, De Motu is a significant early attempt to evaluate some of Newton’s major concepts in physics, and it allows us to trace perspectives from Berkeley to contemporary epistemological and scientific doctrines.
    The conference is sponsored by the International Berkeley Society and the Centre Gilles Gaston Granger (UMR 7304). It is organized by Bertil Belfrage and Pascal Taranto. Proposals (500 words maximum) can be written in French or English and submitted (together with a short bio-bibliography) to Bertil Belfrage and Pascal Taranto. Acceptation of the proposal will be communicated by the scientific committee on 15 January 2022. Presentations are limited to 30 minutes and 10 minutes of discussion. Fees (30 €) include coffee breaks, lunch and dinners. The travel and accommodation expenses of the participants will not be covered.
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October 7, 2022
Conference for Integrated History and Philosophy of Science
Featuring a Poster Forum as a place to share work that fits in a poster format. Poster presenters will be invited to give a short (5-minute) flash talk on their topic. Authors may submit a poster and a paper abstract, but only one may appear on the final program.
Instructions for submitting an abstract will be available soon. Deadline for submission of paper and poster abstracts: August 1st, 2022. Notification date: October 7th, 2022. Some funds to assist with the cost of travel and accommodation will be available for those who are presenting work at the conference and do not have other institutional or personal funds to draw from. Please direct any inquiries to Agnes Bolinska, Michael Stoeltzner, or Lydia Patton.


October 7-8, 2022
Kant's Transcendental Dialectic
Department of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University
555 West Hastings St., Vancouver, Canada
Kant's Transcendental Dialectic is the subject of considerable renewed attention. Scholars now rightly see it as a crucial component of Kant's metaphysical project. This conference brings together a group of leading scholars to present new work on the Dialectic. Speakers:
Kimberly Brewer (Cornell), Rosalind Chaplin (U North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Alix Cohen (Edinburgh), Dai Heide (Simon Fraser), James Kreines, Alexandra Newton, Karl Schafer (Texas, Austin), Eric Watkins (U California, San Diego)
Contact: Dai Heide (Simon Fraser).


October 14-15, 2022
Workshop: Early Moderns on the Power of Philosophy
University College Dublin
In person at UCD's Belfield campus in Dublin, Ireland
Keynote Speaker: Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco)
The power of philosophy was a common topic in the early modern period. Early modern philosophers had descriptive and normative views on the formation of representations like beliefs and affective states like passions, as well as the causation of actions, in response to philosophical argumentation and reflection. This workshop aims to bring together scholars who work on topics and figures in early modern philosophy concerned with the effects of philosophy. It aims to encourage the application of interpretative work on early modern thinkers–including neglected philosophers of the era–to the efficacy of philosophical argumentation and reflection in effecting change in those who engage in it. It also aims to encourage the application of contemporary work in philosophy, cognitive science, and psychology to the views of early modern philosophers in this domain.
    Call for Papers: We invite submissions of abstracts on any topic related to the theme of the workshop. We particularly welcome contributions on figures whose contributions have not received perennial attention, as well as contributions that deploy innovative techniques or perspectives. Possible topics include early modern philosophers’ views on the following:
    • The effects of philosophy on the passions or emotions
    • The effects of philosophy on beliefs or knowledge
    • The relationships between philosophy and mental faculties
    • The interactions between our conceptions of ourselves and our philosophical views
    • The agency and liberty that we have withrespect to the formation of emotions, passions, beliefs, and knowledge in response to philosophy
    • The normative dimensions of the use of philosophy to change someone’s mind, including in education
    • The role of philosophical argumentation in religious faith formation or retention
    • The use of philosophy for political or social purposes
Please submit abstracts of no more than 750 words in PDF format, prepared for blind review, by April 30, 2022. Papers should be about 40-45 minutes reading time. We aim to communicate results no later than May 31, 2022. We aim to find commentators for all seven (7) accepted papers, as well as that of the keynote, and authors are asked to submit full versions of their papers no later than August 31, 2022. We will seek to cover expenses for childcare, if speakers or commentators request it. In order to foster interaction and future collaboration we intend to offer two travel fellowships to graduate students and/or junior scholars who have limited access to travel funding.
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Organizers: Graham Clay, Ruth Boeker
Contact: Graham Clay.


October 19-21, 2022
Hypothesis in science: 550th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus
Torun, Poland
Keynote Speakers:
    Stephen Barr (U Delaware)
    Niccolò Guicciardini (U Milan)
    Pawel Kawalec (Catholic U Lublin)
    Emily Sullivan (Eindhoven U Technology)
    Peter Vickers (Durham U)
    K. Brad Wray (Aarhus U)
The conference welcomes formal and informal contributions on any aspects of hypothetical reasoning in science. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Historical Issues in Formulation of Hypotheses
    • Predictive and Explanatory Power of Hypotheses
    • Formal Aspects of Hypothetical Reasoning
    • New Trends Disrupting Hypothesis Driven Science
Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2022. Authors will be informed about the acceptance of their contributions before June 15, 2022.
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Contact: Peter Vickers.


October 21-23, 2023
Leibniz Society of North America Annual Meeting
Princeton University
Papers on any aspect of Leibniz’s philosophy will be considered and should have a reading time of approximately 45 minutes. Submissions should take the form of abstracts of about 500 words in length, prepared for blind review. They should be submitted, as attachments to emails in PDF format, to Brandon Look. The deadline for the receipt of submissions is June 15, 2022. Authors will be notified by July 1st of the program committee’s decision.


October 26, 2022
Melbourne 9am; Oct 25 6pm EDT
Social Contract Research Network Zoom Seminar
Christopher Kelly (Boston C): "Rousseau's States of Nature"
Readers of Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality often find his account of the state of nature in Part One to be baffling, or simply wildly implausible. Some interpreters try to "rescue" Rousseau by arguing that he means his account to be entirely hypothetical with no reflection in history. Others argue that he intends a quasi-evolutionary account of human origins. The focus on this part of the Discourse can distract readers from what Rousseau says in the rest of the work about different stages within the state of nature, ending with an account of a new state of nature that may well exist in the near future. I propose to explore the different states of nature described in the Discourse and to attempt to show their underlying unity.
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Contact: Chris Watkin.


December 2, 2023
Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Socratic Studies
Section of Philosophy, University of Copenhagen
The aim of the workshop is to develop a better understanding of the interpretations, evaluations and uses of the figure of Socrates in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Despite the overwhelming interest in the ancient Socrates in recent years, much work is still to be done regarding his reception in this period. Only a fraction of the hundreds of publications dedicated to Socrates and published between 1600 and 1800 have been studied. An understanding of the reception of Socrates in these centuries is of intrinsic value. Moreover, it has valuable ramifications: Important assumptions in the modern understanding of Socrates derive from these two centuries, and one way of getting familiar with these assumptions is to study their historical genesis. Moreover, in this period, Socrates was often used as an intellectual model for the early modern philosopher, implying that we may gain insight into the ethical, cognitive, and communicative ideals of the early modern philosopher by studying the uses of Socrates in this period. The workshop is directed by Leo Catana under the auspices of the International Society for Socratic Studies. For a fuller description of the initiative, please see here.
    Please forward an abstract (max 250 words) to Associate Professor Leo Catana no later than September 30, 2022. The abstract should contain the title of the proposed paper, clear references to the primary sources dealt with, and information about the academic rank and affiliation of the author. The workshop will be held as a hybrid event: It is possible to present online or on-site (the covid-19 situation permitting). Please indicate in your abstract which format you prefer.
Contact: Leo Catana.


January 4-7, 2023
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Le Centre Sheraton, 1201 René-Lévesque Blvd W
Montreal, Québec
Submission deadline: February 15, 2022

Group Meeting: International Berkeley Society
We particularly welcome abstracts that engage with the suggestion from Tom Jones’ recent biography of Berkeley that subordination and submission can be seen as unifying themes in Berkeley’s work. Abstracts of up to 500 words for 25-minute presentations should be prepared for blind review and submitted to Patrick Connolly. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2022. Please contact Patrick Connolly with any questions.

Group Meeting: John Locke Society
We welcome work on any aspect of Locke's philosophy. Abstracts of up to 500 words for a roughly 30 minute presentation should be prepared for blind review and submitted to Lisa Downing. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2022. Please contact Shelley Weinberg with any questions.


February 22-25, 2023
APA Central Division Meeting
Hilton Denver City Center, 1701 California Street
Denver, Colorado
Submission deadline: June 1, 2022.

International Hobbes Association Meeting
Abstracts (500 word maximum) for a paper presentations due
June 30, 2022. Papers selected for presentation will also be considered for publication in Hobbes Studies. Submit to this Google Form.Call for papers.


March 1-3, 2023
Conference: "Existence, Cognition, Action: Kant’s Legacy for the 21st Century"
University of Belgrade, Serbia
speakers: Luigi Caranti (Catania), Andrew Chignell (Princeton), Gabriele Gava (Turin), Dietmar Heidemann (Luxembourg), Jessica Leech (King’s Coll London), Michael Lewin (Koblenz and Landau).
    With the upcoming tricentennial of Kant’s birth in 2024, the time is right to look at the Kant’s legacy in and relevance for the 21st century philosophy. That Kant’s philosophy has maintained interest of scholars ever since its inception is sufficiently clear. However, the question of just how exactly and to what extent Kant is important in today’s philosophy bears repeated revisit and continuous exploration. We are pleased to announce an online two-day conference, organized by the Institute of Philosophy (Belgrade U), aimed at pursuing the question of whether and how Kant can help us advance debates in a number of contemporary issues. Whereas numerous criticisms of Kant’s positions in early analytic philosophy (Moore’s, Russell’s and C.I. Lewis’s, to name several notable instances) had suggested, at least initially, his declining influence and perhaps even an outright obsolescence, there is a reason why we continue coming back to Kant. Namely, the rich thematic texture of Kant’s writings and his bold systematic innovations of staggering proportions merit our enduring interactions with all aspects of his thought.
    In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in the ways in which Kant’s philosophy can contribute to contemporary debates in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, ethics, and political philosophy. While the latter two areas have been continuously explored from Kantian perspective and are still of exceptional importance within discussions of normative ethics, meta-ethics or applied ethics, as well as in political philosophy in the form of debates about Republicanism, international relations and more, the possibilities for reintegrating Kant within contemporary discussions in metaphysics, epistemology or philosophy of science have only recently come into sharper focus.
    For instance, in 2021, Synthese dedicated an entire volume (198, supp 13, ed. Gabriele Gava) to explore Kant’s relevance for metaphysics (e.g. Watkins’s paper on Kant and metaphysical grounding and Heidemann’s discussion of Kant’s distinction between types of realism), epistemology (e.g. Land’s defence of “faculty analysis”, Schafer’s work on Kantian virtue epistemology, or Rosefeldt’s paper on the importance of Kant’s view of imagination for current debates on modal knowledge) and philosophy of science (Massimi’s discussion on Kant and perspectival knowledge). In addition, there are ongoing discussions on Kant’s contribution to contemporary theories of emotions (Cohen), cognitive sciences (Brook) and contributions that explore how Kant’s views can help bridge gaps between human and natural sciences (de Bianchi and Kraus).
    The possibilities for exploring Kant’s potential significance for today’s debates do not end there. On the contrary, the listed examples point to a far wider cluster of topics where Kant’s philosophy merits constructive or critical reconsideration. Some of the topics may be, but are in no way exhausted by the following list:
    - The status of space and time
    - Contemporary debates on modality
    - Relation between the mental and the physical
    - Whether metaphysical claims have truth-value
    - Epistemic contextualism
    - Knowledge-first approach/perception-first approach
    - Evidentialism, meta-evidentialism and coherentism
    - Recent theories of rationality
    - Theories of action
    - Rationality of perception
    - Probabilistic knowledge
    - Status of natural laws
    - Scientific realism and anti-realism
    - Science/pseudoscience
We invite submissions of 800-1000 words. Files should be sent in .doc, .docx or .pdf formats and prepared for double-blind review. Each talk should be about 25 minutes long, with additional 10 minutes being allotted for discussion. Submissions and questions can be sent to: kant21st@gmail.com. Submission Deadline: December 1st, 2022.
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April 5-8, 2023
APA Pacific Division Meeting
The Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell Street
San Francisco, California
Submission deadline: September 1, 2022.


April 20-22, 2023
Life in the Spotlight: The Philosophy of Nature around 1800 in the Context of Biocentric Debates in Environmental Ethics
Department of Philosophy, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Kiel, Germany
The theme of this conference picks up on the question of life and its meaning for human beings and the environment, in the contexts of modern biocentric debates about contemporary environmental ethics and the concept of life around 1800, with emphasis on the philosophy of nature. Researchers in the field of philosophy, but also from related disciplines in the arts, are cordially invited to apply. Application documents must include: an abstract (a maximum of 400 words with no indication of authorship) and a separate document providing brief information on the applicant’s academic background (a maximum of one page). Languages: German, English. Email to leben.kiel2023@gmail.com.
    Covering or subsidizing of travel and accommodation costs cannot be guaranteed, but the organizers are endeavoring to secure funding. A post-conference publication on the theme of the conference is in prospect. Detailed information is available on this website. For answers to questions and further information regarding the conference, please contact Dr Georg Oswald.
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April 28-30, 2023
Reappearing Ink: Celebrating the Legacy of Eileen O'Neill
Department of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
The UMass Amherst Philosophy Department will host an in-person conference in honor of Eileen O’Neill (1953–2017). There will be two keynote speakers: Marcy Lascano and Christia Mercer. In addition, we plan to schedule about four submitted papers by early-career scholars with commentaries by senior scholars. We welcome papers on any topic related to Eileen O’Neill’s work, which includes early modern women philosophers, early modern debates about causation (especially occasionalism), and the mind-body problem. We invite junior scholars to submit abstracts of 750–1000 words, prepared for anonymous review, by September 1, 2022. Please upload your abstracts here. Papers should be about 40 minutes reading time. Selected presenters must submit full versions of their papers no later than March 1, 2023. We expect that we will be able to offer travel funding to presenters who have limited access to travel funding. For questions about the conference, please contact Louise Antony, Ernesto Garcia, or Julia Jorati.


January 15-18, 2024
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Sheraton New York Times Square, 811 7th Avenue
New York, New York
Submission deadline: February 15, 2023.


February 21-24, 2024
APA Central Division Meeting
Astor Crown Plaza New Orleans French Quarter, 739 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
Submission deadline: June 1, 2023.


March 20-23, 2024
APA Pacific Division Meeting
Hilton Portland, 921 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, Oregon
Submission deadline: September 1, 2023.


September 8-13, 2024
International Kant Congress
University of Bonn
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November 1, 2022: deadline for full paper submissions.
Contact: Dietmar Heidemann.


January 8-11, 2025
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Sheraton New York Times Square, 811 7th Avenue
New York, New York
Submission deadline: February 15, 2024.


April 15-20, 2025
APA Pacific Division Meeting
Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell Street
San Francisco, California
Submission deadline: September 1, 2024.