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 late 16th, 17th, and 18th century philosophy.

To have an event listed, send the appropriate information to Steve Daniel ( Events posted on various mailing lists and websites (e.g., philosop, philos, MWSeminar, Facebook Early Modern Philosophy Resources, Montreal EM Roundtable, philevents) 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.

Announced and Revised Events (recent postings listed first)
Upcoming Submission Deadline Dates

September 14, 2017
Workshop: Early Modern Civil Religion
Newcastle University
Newcastle, UK
Recent scholarship has reintegrated the religious perspective into how the intellectual culture of the early modern period, particularly in the political sphere, can be understood. This has opened up new avenues of enquiry for those working on the role of scholarship (biblical, patristic, and classical) in intellectual engagement, scholars of philosophy and theology, as well as historians of culture, books, and political thought, consequently providing a much more varied understanding of how ideas were formed and justified. Yet in the midst of these developments, the reality of how the Church-State relationship was envisaged by those writing on politics and religion in this period remains under-explored. The notion of a ‘civil religion’ was a prominent feature of the discourse, but its ambiguity and the contradictions and difficulties involved in its practical realisation has left it as something of a by-stander in the intellectual history of the period. The arguments that were made for civil religion have been used by scholars as evidence for established interpretations of the period, whether that be for the existence of a ‘Radical Enlightenment’, or for the Christian Reformist tendencies of these so-called radicals, or as proof of continuity with existing traditions in republican, patristic, or classical ideologies.
    This one-day workshop proposes to examine civil religion in early modernity on its own terms, rather than as a subsect of existing scholarly narratives. It seeks to bring together scholars from different disciplinary spheres in order to encourage reflection on this notion of ‘civil religion,’ and to construct an understanding of its specific contribution to its intellectual and cultural context. Possible points of discussion include:

    •  What is ‘early modern civil religion’? Can a clear and unified understanding be established?
    •  What intellectual arguments were used to justify a ‘civil religion’? How were the counter-arguments constructed?
    •  How were ancient precedents utilised to create a tangible vision of a ‘civil religion’? How was the historical development of episcopal authority represented in the debate?
    •  How developed were ideas for how such a religion might work in practice? For example, the selection of priests, their role in the community, and the conduct of religious practice?
    •  What relationship did the notion of civil religion have with republican ideology as it developed from antiquity to the early modern world?
    •  Did civil religion have an impact beyond political and religious discourse? How was it represented and used in editorial practices, literature, art, rhetoric, or biographical writing?

Proposals are invited for papers of 10-15 minutes, with abstracts of no more than 300 words, to be submitted by 18th August 2017, to Katherine East.
Contacts: Katherine East and Rachel Hammersley.

September 14, 2017
Piotr Szalek (Catholic U Lublin/Harvard): "Early Modern Non-Cognitivism"
Society for Early Modern Philosophy at Yale
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location LC 206
New Haven, CT
Contact: Matthew Leisinger.

September 15, 2017
Alison McIntyre (Wellesley): "Hume vs Malebranche (and Hutcheson) on Whether Passions Represent Their Objects"
Tufts Philosophy Colloquium Series, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Department of Philosophy, Tufts University
14 Upper Campus Road, Miner Hall 225
Medford, MA

September 18-20, 2017
Workshop: “Mathematics and Mechanics in the Newtonian Age: historical and philosophical questions”
University of Sevilla, Institute of Mathematics
Sevilla, Spain
    The problem of the “applicability” of mathematics is justly emphasized, but it is often forgotten that the set-up of the problem changes with context. Its usual formulation presupposes the “modern” conception of maths (emphasizing pure mathematics, structures, abstract axiom systems) and cannot be employed for the “classical” era without questioning. We aim to investigate the changing configuration of relations between pure and “applied” maths, with particular attention to the “classical” era (17th and 18th centuries) contrasted with the 19th and early 20th centuries. Besides its historical and philosophical interest, the question is of current concern given that we are living changes in the understanding of maths, as the more “impure” methods are once again being brought centre stage (see Bottazzini & Dahan Dalmedico 2001; notice also the recent meetings at the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, in 2013, 2015).
    Contributed papers will be welcome on topics relevant to the workshop. In order to promote discussion and bring the workshop’s topic into sharper focus, we propose to consider, on the ‘physical side,’ mainly the science of mechanics. Obviously the mathematical treatment of other branches of physics is of enormous interest, but in this particular meeting we suggest to consider them only insofar as they have affected the most primary aspects of the mathematisation of physics. One of the questions under analysis is the changing status of the fundamental principles of mechanics along the 19th century, from their earlier role as “axioms or laws of movement” in Newton’s formulation, to their reconception as “hypothesis or conventions”. Transformations in mathematics have played a role, alongside other factors, in this development. By “Newtonian age” we understand roughly 1700-1900, i.e., the period of maximum influence of Newton’s physical ideas.
    The invited speakers are: Robert DiSalle (Western Ontario), Helmut Pulte (Ruhr U Bochum-RUB), and Ivahn Smadja (Paris Diderot – Paris 7 & Lab. Sphère).
    Proposals should be of a max. length of 500 words. Please send them to María de Paz. The call for papers is open until May 29th. Communication of acceptance: June 15th.
Contact: María de Paz

September 19-21, 2017
[In]fidelitas: past and present
University of Genoa
Aula Magna of the Humanities School, via Balbi 2
Genoa, Italy
This conference focuses on the concepts of infidelitas-fidelitas (loyalty vs infidelity, broadly conceived), analyzed from a philosophical, theological, political, juridical and economic points of view. After considering different medieval conceptions of infidelitas-fidelitas, as well as different models developed in the post-Reformation era, we will analyze how such conceptions operate today, at a philosophical, political and religious level. In particular, we will discuss whether and how these categories, elaborated in the Christian West, are now part of the way some members of Islamic societies refer to Christians (and/or Westerns) themselves. Furthermore, the conference will explore how these two moral categories operate in different social context, and represent a key to understand social inclusiveness and exclusiveness.
    Speakers: Ana Benito (Indiana U/Purdue U), Paolo Branca (U Cattolica Milano), Pablo García Castillo (Salamanca), Manuel Lazaro Pulido (U Cattolica Oporto), Raffaella Santi (Urbino), Angelo Campodonico (Genova), Simona Langella (Genova), Letterio Mauro (Genova), Maria Silvia Vaccarezza (Genova).
    With the aim of including as many contributions as possible, the conference will be structured around plenary sessions and parallel sessions with the contributed papers selected by double blind review. The contributed papers should last 30 minutes (presentation + discussion). Abstracts of about 500 words (references included), prepared for blind refereeing, should be sent as email attachments to infidelitas2017@gmail. com, no later than June 30; acceptance announced July 15. Possible contributions should refer to (at least) one of the following topics:
    •  infidelitas-fidelitas as philosophical, theological, political, juridical and economic categories
    •  infidelitas-fidelitastowards God, the other human beings, and themselves
    •  infidelitas-fidelitasas vices and virtues
    •  infidelitas and heresy
    •  infidelitas-fidelitas towards princes and sovereigns
    •  infidelitas-fidelitas in the Protestant world
    •  infidelitas-fidelitas in the Islamic world
    •  infidelitas-fidelitas in the current debates on religion
Languages of conference: Italian, English, Spanish

October 1, 2017
Journal submissions: "From Leibniz to Kant"
For the journal Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy
The legacy of Leibniz’s thought has been profound in philosophy and continues today. For the next volume of Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy we invite submission of new work on any aspect of Leibniz’s philosophy or its reception and influence in the 1700s. We especially encourage scholarship on the influence of Leibnizian philosophy on Kant. Katherine Dunlop (Texas, Austin) and Samuel Levey (Dartmouth) will act as Guest-Editors for this volume. Deadline: October 1. Manuscripts for this issue should be submitted through the website. Authors will need to create an account, and a “Submit paper” link will appear. General guidelines for manuscripts can be found at the “Submissions” tab. If necessary, manuscripts may be submitted directly to the Guest-Editors, who can also be contacted for further inquiries.

October 2-3, 2017
Metaphysics after the ‘Scientific Revolution’ (1687-1781)
University of Bucharest, Institute for Research in the Humanities and the Faculty of Philosophy
Bucharest, Romania
Confirmed speakers: Paola Basso (Bucharest), Andrew Janiak (Duke), Fritz Nagel (Basel), Anne-Lise Rey (Lille)
    The purpose of this conference is to investigate the redefinition of metaphysics in the period from Newton’s Principia, marking the apex of the so-called ‘Scientific Revolution’, to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. During this time metaphysics underwent significant transformations in response to the radical challenges posed by the new physics and empiricism. The Newtonian paradigm became dominant, but there was growing dissatisfaction with what was regarded as its lack of metaphysical foundation. The German Enlightenment continued to promote a strong speculative metaphysics; elsewhere in Europe, the ‘aversion to Metaphysics’, as it was once called, was gradually counterbalanced by renewed interest in metaphysics. New attempts were made to ‘save’ metaphysics and reconcile Newton and Leibniz (for example) and, more broadly, to accomplish a new philosophical synthesis, which would address both the rejection of traditional metaphysics (understood as metaphysica generalis and metaphysica specialis, the latter comprising three disciplines) and the aspiration to provide a firm and universal foundation for morals and physics.
    We welcome proposals on the European Enlightenment in general on any topic related to the conference theme. Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following questions:
    •  How did Newtonian physics influence the German speculative metaphysics?
    •  Were several metaphysical doctrines in competition in the first half of the 18th century?
    •  Can we talk about an epistemological turn in metaphysics during this period?
    •  Can we talk about ‘scientific metaphysics’ in the 18th century?
    •  Does metaphysics still have an object after the ‘Scientific Revolution’?
    •  Is there a specific method for metaphysics?
    •  How does it relate to mathematics and experience?
    •  Can metaphysical truths be certain ? Does natural philosophy need first principles?
Presentation time will be 30 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion. Languages: English and French. Please send an abstract (of no more than 500 words) in doc(x)word as attachment to: no later than August 15. Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, institutional position and affiliation, and the paper title, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the e-mail. Notification of acceptance by August 18, 2017. Registration fee: 20 euros (or 80 RON). The conference does not provide funding for speakers’ travel or accommodation.
Contacts: Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet and Grigore Vida.

October 5-6, 2017
Meeting Spinoza: Books, Letters, Networks, Personal Encounters
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Confirmed invited speakers: Mogens Laerke (CNRS Lyon), Steven Nadler (Madison-Wisconsin), Antonella del Prete (Tuscia U)
Prospectus: While the old model of Spinoza as a recluse who developed a complete philosophical system in near isolation may no longer dominate scholarship as it once did, the full depth of his interaction with others remains largely unexplored. The seminar ‘Meeting Spinoza: Books, Letters, Networks, Personal Encounters’ seeks to fill this historiographical gap by bringing Spinoza specialists together with other early modern scholars who encounter him through the eyes of the historical figures at the basis of their own research. With the notion of ‘meeting’in the main title we understand direct engagement with Spinoza during his own lifetime. Nevertheless, as the subtitle conveys, the modality of these meetings may be understood in a wide variety of ways. Papers may therefore consider the reception of Spinoza’s writings, either as they circulated in manuscript form or immediately upon their publication. They may seek to solve specific issues relating to Spinoza’s correspondence, or investigate patterns in his letter writing. We also encourage contributions on the networks in which Spinoza participated, ranging from the Jewish surroundings in which he was raised, to his ambivalent relationship with the Dutch Cartesians, and everything in between, such as the Dutch Collegiant community of his merchant years or even the prominent number of physicians figuring among his associates. A final, related area of interest is constituted by those contemporaries who are known to have met Spinoza in person. This category includes the famous meetings with Henry Oldenburg and Leibniz, but our interest extends also to chance or one-time encounters with lesser known figures, such as the Leiden theologian Salomon van Til. Papers should aim to contribute to our understanding of the man Spinoza, the development of his thought, and the response it evoked, all within the dynamics of the world in which he participated.
    In response to requests from several scholars, the deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to April 21, 2017. Anonymized abstracts (300-500 words) should be sent as a .docx file to; papers should aim at a reading time of 30 minutes. Please include a separate attachment with contact information, affiliation, and professional status. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by April 25, 2017. Limited funds are available to cover travel and/or accommodations for presenters who receive no financial support from their institution. Please indicate in your cover letter if you would like to be considered for such a subsidy.
Contact: Piet Steenbakkers.

October 5-7, 2017
Kant and Global Poverty
Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Essen
Essen, Germany
A three-day conference on global poverty and global justice. All welcome. Please register your interest by sending an email to Martina Tomczak. Registration is free. For enquiries email Martin Sticker.
October 5th
    13.30–14.45  Elizabeth Ashford (St Andrews): “The allowing of severe poverty as the discarding of persons’ lives”
    15.00–16.15  Klaus Steigleder (Ruhr U Bochum): “Kant and positive duties”
    16.30–17.45  Corinna Mieth (Ruhr U Bochum): “World Poverty and positive Duties”
    18.00–19.15  Heather Widdows (Birmingham): tba
October 6th
    9.30–10.45  Alessandro Pinzani (Ruhr U Bochum): “Beati Possidentes? Kant on Inequality and Poverty”
    11.00–12.15  Claudia Blöser (Goethe U Frankfurt am Main): “What must we hope? The impact of hope in development economics”
    12.30–13:45  Georg Lohman (retired): “Is there a Kantian, republican argument against poverty?”
    15.00–16.15  Anna Wehofsits (Ludwig Maximillians U München): “On Rationalizing”
    16.30–17.45  Martin Sticker (Tinity C Dublin): “Kant, Emergency and Latitude”
    18.00–19.15  Sarah Holtman (Minnesota): “Beneficence and Civic Respect: Some Reflections on Kantian Citizenship”
October 7th
    9.30–10.45  Maike Albertzart (Humboldt U Berlin): “Kant and fantastic virtue”
    11.00–12.15  Reza Mosayebi (Ruhr U Bochum): “Kant's 'honestas iuridica' and the Poor”
    12.30–13:45  Alice Pinheiro Walla (U Bayreuth): “Right, not Beneficence: Kantian ideas for a new understanding of Global Justice”
    15.00–16.15  Christoph Bambauer (Ruhr U Bochum): “Autonomy, Poverty, and Human Rights”
    16.30–17.45  Onora O’Neill (Cambridge emer): “Realism about Justice: some differences between Kant's political philosophy and contemporary human rights approaches”
Additional participants and Commentators:
    •  Dieter Schönecker (Siegen)
    •  Gözde Yildirim (Bogaziçi U Istanbul)
    •  Lucas Thorpe (Bogaziçi U Istanbul)
    •  Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen)
    •  Zubeyde Karadag Thorpe (Hacettepe Ü Ankara)
Contact: Martin Sticker.

October 6-7, 2017
Midwestern Study Group of the North American Kant Society
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Keynote: Daniel Warren (UC Berkeley)
Submissions should be prepared for blind review. Please send contact information in a separate document, indicating whether you are a graduate student. Presentation time is limited to 25 minutes and submissions should not exceed 20 pages (double-spaced, regular margins). In addition, the program committee invites proposals for panel discussions on Kantian topics or author-meets-critics sessions on recently published books. Proposals should include a short (up to 500 words) description of the topic/summary of the book to be discussed, as well as brief biographies of the confirmed participants. The selection committee welcomes contributions on all topics of Kantian scholarship (both contemporary and historically oriented), including discussions of Kant’s immediate predecessors and successors. We especially encourage submissions from individuals of groups underrepresented in philosophy and Kant scholarship in particular. The best graduate student paper will receive a $200 stipend and be eligible for the Markus Herz Prize awarded by NAKS. Papers already presented at other NAKS study groups or meetings are not eligible for submission. Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing (though this is not required in order to submit a paper). The deadline for submissions is June 30th, 2017.
     Papers should be submitted electronically (in .pdf or .docx format) to the Program Committee Chair, Corey W. Dyck.
Contact: Corey W. Dyck.

October 12, 2017
Kenneth Pearce (Trinity Coll Dublin): "Ideas and Explanation in Early Modern Philosophy"
University College Dublin
Room D522, Newman Building, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Belfield, Dublin, Ireland

October 13-15, 2017
Leibniz Society of North America
University of Toronto
Jackman Humanities Building 100, 170 St George
Toronto, Canada
Friday, October 13
    1.30–2.00  Coffee & Welcome
    2.00-3.30  Julia Jorati (Ohio State): ‘Embodied and Disembodied Cognition in Leibniz’; comments François Duchesneau (Montréal)
    4.00-5.30  Stephen Puryear (North Carolina St): ‘The Trouble with Leibniz’s Principle of Intelligibility’; comments John Whipple (Illinois, Chicago)
    5.30–7.00  Reception for Robert Merrihew Adams (Rutgers Ctr Phil Rel), JHB 100A
Saturday, October 14
    9.00-9.30  Continental breakfast
    9.30–11.00  Donald Rutherford (UC San Diego): ‘Sapientia est Scientia Felicitatis: The Foundations of Leibniz’s Perfectionism’; comments Julia Borcherding (Yale)
    11.15–12.45  Lucy Sheaf (King’s C London): ‘Leibniz’s definition of love as delight in the happiness of another person’; comments Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory)
    2.00-3.30  Thomas Vinci (Dalhousie): ‘Leibniz’s Minimization Principles in Physics’; comments Christian Leduc (Montréal)
    4.00-5.30  Martha Bolton (Rutgers): TBD
    5.30–6.30  LSNA Business Meeting
    7.00  Conference Dinner, house of Donald Ainslie
Sunday, October 15
    9.00-9.30  Continental breakfast
    9.30–11.00  Alejandro Naranjo Sandoval (Princeton): ‘Saving Truth from Arbitrariness’; comments Richard TW Arthur (McMaster)
    11.15–12.45  Marko Malink (New York U) & Anubav Vasudevan (U Chicago): ‘Leibniz on Proof by Reductio ad Absurdum: A New Reading of the Specimina Calculi Rationalis’; comments Samuel Levey (Dartmouth)
    2.00-3.30  Adam Harmer (UC Riverside): ‘Determinate Choices and Possible Worlds in Leibniz’s Theodicy’; comments Ohad Nachtomy (Bar Ilan U)
Contact: Richard Arthur.

October 19-20, 2017
Conference: Women in Early Modern Philosophy
Lehigh University
Linderaman Library, 15 University Drive
Bethlehem, PA
The Lehigh University Philosophy Department welcomes abstracts concerning any aspect of the philosophical work of, or about, women during the Early Modern Period. We are looking forward to proposals related to any field of philosophy--from metaphysics and epistemology to ethics, aesthetics, political theory, and philosophy of religion. We are interested both in proposals that are primarily historical and in those that emphasize the contemporary relevance of texts from this period. Electronic submissions of abstracts (350 words) should be in Word or pdf format. Reading time for presented papers is 30 minutes; there will be 10 minutes for discussion. Please submit abstracts no later than July 17 to or Roslyn Weiss. Please include a cover sheet with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information.
    Keynote speakers: Karen Detlefsen (U Penn) and Marcy Lascano (Cal St Long Beach)
Contact: Roslyn Weiss.

October 20-21, 2017
Women Intellectuals in 18th Century Germany
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada
Women Intellectuals in 18th Century Germany will bring together an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars with the principal aim of detailing the rich philosophical contributions by German women intellectuals in this period. The conference will feature presentations by a variety of experts in the history of 18th century German philosophy, language, and culture, drawn from institutions in Canada, the US, Germany, Austria, Italy, and France. At a time when contributions by women in the history of philosophy (such as Émilie du Châtelet, Margaret Cavendish, and Anne Conway) are generating unprecedented scholarly interest, this conference will shed light on the distinctive but no less important contributions of women to the philosophical scene in Germany and thereby bring more general scholarly attention to the philosophical works and legacy of women in this period.
    •  Stefanie Buchenau (Paris VIII): "Johanna Charlotte Unzer, between aesthetics, popular philosophy and anthropology"
    •  Corey W. Dyck (Western): "Pietism and the Advancement of Women in Early 18th Century Germany"
    •  Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn): "Luise Gottsched’s Role in the ‘High Noon of German Rationalism’"
    •  Christian Leduc (Montréal): "Physical Influence against Pre-established Harmony: the Correspondence between Sophie of Hannover and Leibniz"
    •  Robert Louden (Southern Maine): "A Mere ‘Skeleton of the Sciences?’ Amalia Holst's Critique of Basedow and Campe"
    •  Lydia Moland (Colby College): "On Germans and Other Idealists: Madame de Staël and the Roots of American Abolitionism"
    •  Anne Pollok (South Carolina): "On self-formation without model: Henriette Herz, Bettina von Arnim, Dorothea Schlegel"
    •  Bernhard Ritter (Klagenfurt): "Solace or Counsel for Death: Kant and Maria von Herbert"
    •  Paola Rumore (Turin): "Wilhelmine of Bayreuth and the German Enlightenment"
    •  Brigitte Sassen (McMaster): "Dorothea Schlegel—Correspondent"
    •  Reed Winegar (Fordham): "Elise Reimarus: Morality, Politics, Religion"
Contact: Corey W. Dyck.

October 20-22, 2017
Midwest Seminar in Modern Philosophy
The Ohio State University
University Hall
Columbus, OH
Friday, Oct. 20
    1:30-2:00  Coffee & Welcome
    2:00-3:30  Ed Slowik (Winona State): “Cartesian Holenmerism and its Discontents: Or, On the ‘Dislocated’ Relationship of Descartes’ God to the Material World”
    4:00-5:30  Domenica Romagni (Princeton) and Simon Shogry (Brasenose C Oxford): “The Influence of Stoic Epistemology on Descartes’ Theory of Judgment”
Saturday, Oct. 21
    9:00-9:30  Continental breakfast
    9:30-11:00  Justin Steinberg (CUNY, Brooklyn C.): “Spinoza on Civil Agreement and Bodies Politic”
    11:15-12:45  John Grey (Michigan State): “Conway’s Monism Reconsidered”
    2:00-3:30  Andrea Guardo (Wisconsin-Madison): “Making Sense of Locke’s Confession”
    4:00-5:30  Lauren Kopajtic (Columbia): “The Authority of the Impartial Spectator”
Sunday, Oct. 22
    9:00-9:30  Continental breakfast
    9:30-11:00  Bennett McNulty (Minnesota): “The Meager Science of Time: Kant on Mathematical Construction of Inner Intuitions”
    11:15-12:45  Dai Heide (Simon Fraser): “A Mereological Argument for the Non-Spatiotemporality of Things in Themselves”
Contact: Julia Jorati.

October 23-26, 2017
Berkeley’s philosophy after the Principles and the Three Dialogues
Nicolaus Copernicus University
Torun, Poland
According to the usual reading of Berkeley’s thought, its essence can be found in his early works, the Principles (1710), and the Three Dialogues (1712). The importance of the immaterialist thesis he developed in these works for long overshadowed the philosophy he developed in later years, such as his philosophy of science, and his contribution to economical, psychological, social and theological issues. Berkeley’s later works, De Motu (1721), the Alciphron (1732), the Theory of Vision Vindicated and Explained (1733), The Querist (1737), and Siris (1744), together with a number of shorter writings, reveal his wide interests in psychology, physics, chemistry, and botany, his engagement in the cultural life of his contemporaries, and his deep concern in the economic and social situation in Ireland. Together with the new metaphysics of light presented in Siris, these later works allow to raise the question of the development of Berkeley’s philosophical standpoint.
    The conference aims to bring together scholars working on various aspects of Berkeley’s philosophy, but the organizers are especially interested in papers referring to its later period. Abstracts (between 250 and 500 words long) are welcome and should be sent to Bertil Belfrage or Adam Grzelinski by May 1, 2017.
Contacts: Bertil Belfrage or Adam Grzelinski.

October 24-28, 2017
Masterclass on Galileo’s Methods of Investigation and Discovery
Institute for Research in the Humanities-ICUB, University of Bucharest
Bucharest, Romania
Speakers include: Jochen Büttner (Max Planck Inst Berlin), Daniel Garber (Princeton), Mihnea Dobre (IRH-ICUB), Stephano Gulizia (IRH-ICUB), Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest), Matteo Valeriani (Max Planck Inst Berlin)
The aim of the masterclass is to explore the various facets of Galileo Galilei’s work. It puts together scholars working on several aspects of Galileo’s thought, including: experiments, humanist methods, and theorizing. We discuss themes such as Galileo, the engineer, the astronomer, the mathematician, the courtier, the natural philosopher, or the theologian. Each day we focus on a particular topic, such as:
    Galileo, humanist: what to do with history (history and natural history, methods of reading and writing, dialogue, the geography of hell, etc.)
    Galileo’s observations and experiments
    The Technological context of Galileo’s science in The Two New Sciences
    Dialectic and the dialogue: discovery and teaching
    Galileo theologian: reading the two books (Nature and Scriptures)
The masterclass is mainly directed to early stage researchers, but is open to any researchers (broadly understood from M.A. students to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, up to established scholars). It combines lectures with reading groups. All the selected texts for discussions will be distributed with the participants before the beginning of the masterclass.
    For registration, please send a CV and a cover letter to In case you want to present a paper, please add a short abstract (300 words) to the two documents. The deadline for registration is 30 June 2017.
Contacts: Mihnea Dobre, Dana Jalobeanu, and Matteo Valeriani.

October 26-27, 2017
Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: Personal identity, self-interpretation
Eötvös Loránd University, Institute of Philosophy, Muzeum krt. 4/i
Budapest, Hungary
Thursday, 26 October
    8:30-9:00  Gábor Boros (Eötvös Loránd U): Welcome
    9:00-10:00  Udo Thiel (Karl-Franzens-U Graz): "Materialist and Transcendental Conceptions of the Self: Priestley and Kant"
    11:20-11:00  Ruth Boeker (U College Dublin): "Locke on Personal Identity, Transitivity, and Divine Justice"
    11:00-11:40  Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): "Berkeley, Consciousness and the Self"
    11:40-12:20  Peter West (Trinity C Dublin): "Knowing Me, Knowing You: Berkeley on Self-Knowledge"
    13:40-14:20  Ádám Smrcz (Inst Philosophy HAS/Eötvös Loránd U): "Corporeal Memory and Individuation from Baconian and Platonist Perspectives"
    14:20-15:00  Przemyslaw Gut (John Paul II Cath U Lublin): "Leibniz: Personal Identity and Sameness of Substance"
    15:00-15:40  Austen Haynes (Boston U): "A Clear Idea of the Soul? John Norris on the Essence of the Soul and Its Immortality"
    16:00-16:40  Botond Csuka (Eötvös Loránd U): "'Nervous' Selves: Sensibility and Self-Fashioning in Eighteenth-Century Britain"
    16:40-17:20  Charles Wolfe (Ghent): "Early Modern Materialism and the Self"
    17:30-18:15  Mike Griffin (Central European U): Book Launch: The Concept of Affectivity in Early Modern Philosophy, BSEMP vol 1
Friday, 27 October
    9:00-9:40  Biping She (Fudan): "On the Cartesian Concept of Man"
    9:40-10:20  Dániel Schmal (Pázmány Péter Catholic U): "Arnauld on Descartes' Concept of Conscientia"
    10:20-11:00  Vili Lähteenmäki (Helsinki): "Selves in Descartes"
    11:30-12:10  Géza Kállay (Eötvös Loránd U) & Tamás Pavlovits (University of Szeged): "Pascal and Shakespeare on the Self"
    12:10-12:50  Margaret Matthews (Emory): "The Same Enterprise but Opposite Goals: Rousseau's Response to Montaigne on Self-Interpretation and Personal Identity"
    14:30-15:10  Bartosz Zukowski (Lodz): "Richard Burthogge's Theory of Mind"
    15:10-15:50  Janum Sethi (Michigan, Ann Arbor): "Kant on Subjectivity and Self-Consciousness"
    15:50-16:30  Ákos Forczek (Eötvös Loránd U): "Apperception and Affinity: Kant on the Identity of the Psychological Person"
    17:00-18:00  Michael Rosenthal (U Washington): "Sovereign Decisions: The Will and the Law in the Ethics and the TTP"
    18:00-18:15  Gábor Boros (Eötvös Loránd U): Closing words
Contact: Olivér István Tóth.

October 27-28, 2017
Conference on Thomas Hobbes
Hobbes Scholars International Association
Sorbonne, Paris: Descartes University
Paris, France
Keynote lecture: Yves Charles Zarka, Professor at the Sorbonne, Paris Descartes U
Format of workshop: Presentations 20 minutes and discussion
Languages: English, French, Italian
If you would like to present a paper, please send a short abstract (no more than 500 words) by the 1st June, 2017 to Liang Pang. We will inform you of the result of the selection by the 20th July, 2017. If your contribution is accepted, you will have to send the complete paper by the 1st September, 2017. Unfortunately, we are unable to cover the expenses of those presenting papers at the workshop.
Contact: Didier Mineur.

November 10-11, 2017
NYU Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy: Idealism
New York University, Kimmel Center
Room 914, 60 Washington Square South
New York, NY
Friday, Nov 10
    10:00-12:00  Margaret Atherton (Wisconsin, Milwaukee): "The Place of Idealism in Berkeley's Immaterialism"; commentator Samuel Rickless (UC San Diego)
    2:00-4:00  Eric Watkins (UC San Diego): "Kant on the Grounding of Transcendental Idealism"; commentator Ian Proops (U Texas Austin)
    4:30-6:30  James Kreines (Claremont McKenna C): "Hegel's Idealism: The Metaphysics of Insubstantiality and Self-Determination"; commentator William Bristow (Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Saturday, Nov 11
    10:00-12:00  Michael Friedman (Stanford): "Cassirer in Context"; commentator Samantha Matherne (UC Santa Cruz)
    2:00-4:00  Kris McDaniel (Syracuse): "Mary Whiton Calkins on Freedom and Personalism"; commentator Dorothy Rogers (Montclair State)
    2:00-4:00  Thomas Hofweber (North Carolina, Chapel Hill): "Idealism and the Harmony of Thought and Reality"; commentator Helen Yetter-Chappell (York)
Contact: Don Garrett.

November 15-17, 2017
Australasian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Theme: Deviant Thinking: Early Modern Philosophy and the Enlightenment
University of Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia
    What the Enlightenment stands for has been subject to much discussion in recent years, and many valuable contributions have been made that help us to understand better the significance of this period. This conference takes this discussion further by connecting up the Enlightenment with the early modern period and the “rebellious” ideas that were already formulated and passed around during this time. We seek papers that bring into focus the many challenges philosophers of the 17th and 18th century posed to established intellectual, political, religious and social norms. These challenges touch on a diverse range of topics, spanning from fundamental questions concerning the status of the human being in the natural world, and the prospect of gaining knowledge of that world, to the redefinition of sentiment and affect as defining features of the moral potential of humanity. Reflections on the foundations of the state, self-governance and the rights of individuals and groups often followed on from these questions and thereby led to a novel engagement with the conditions that structure and shape human life. Panels:
    "Women, Revolution and Republicanism" (Organiser: Jacqueline Broad)
    "Deviant Religion" (Organiser: Qu Hsueh)
    "Deviant Art" (Organiser: Jennifer Milam)
    Book Panel: "Descartes' Ontology of Everyday Life" (Organisers: Deborah Brown & Calvin Normore)
Confirmed speakers include: Peter Anstey (Sydney), Aurelia Armstrong (Queensland), Sandrine Berges(Bilkent), John Carriero (UCLA), Peter Cryle (Queensland), Moira Gatens (Sydney), Stephen Gaukroger (Sydney), Karen Green (Melbourne), Lisa Hill (Adelaide), Peter Kail (Oxford), Michael LeBuffe (Otago), Cecilia Lim (Singapore), Antonia Lolordo (Virginia), Jennifer Mensch (WSU), Noahito Mori (Kochi), Michael Olson (Macquarie), Dejan Simkovic (Notre Dame Sydney), Amy Morgan Schmitter (Alberta), and Ryan Walter (Queensland)
Contact: Anik Waldow

November 17-18, 2017
Reformation and Modernity
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy; IRH-ICUB
204 Splaiul Independentei
Bucharest, Romania
    •  Mircea Flonta (Bucharest)
    •  Günter Frank (Karlsruhe)
    •  Hans Klaus Keul (Ulm)
    •  Mogens Laerke (ENS Lyon)
    •  Ilmari Karimies (Helsinki)
    •  Scott Mandelbrote (Cambridge)
    •  Charlotte Methuen (Glasgow)
    •  Vasilica Mugurel Pavaluca (Tech U Dortmund)
    •  Michal Valco (Constantine Philosopher U Nitra)
    •  Wolfram Weisse (Hamburg)
    500 years ago, a piece of theological writing triggered an intellectual and social process with tremendous intellectual, social and political consequences. In many senses, we are still living in its aftermath, trying to understand its impact upon the social and cultural framework which we now perceive as familiar. Over time, the Reformation engaged the attention of philosophers, historians, sociologists, theologians, historians of ideas and historians of science attempting to understand its relation with the modern philosophy, the scientific revolution, capitalism, other cultural and social phenomena characteristic of European modernity.
    Our conference aims to provide a forum for discussing current debates and breakthroughs on the subject of the inter- relations between Reformation and Modernity. We welcome papers coming from a variety of perspectives, and from all humanist disciplines. Students’ contributions will also be taken into consideration, since the organizers are planning to organize a student panel. Conference languages: English and Romanian.
Submission of papers: Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) by email to conference@filosofie. by September 15, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by September 30, 2017. Along with the abstract, please send us your contact details: current affiliation, address and telephone number. Please note that, while there will be no conference fee, the organizers will not cover any travel or accommodation costs.

November 17-18, 2017
South Central Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Hendrix College
Conway, Arkansas
Friday, Nov. 17
    3:00-4:00  Tarek Dika (Notre Dame): “Descartes’ Early Dualism in Regulæ ad directionem ingenii
    4:05-5:05  Gideon Manning (Claremont): “Descartes’s Human Body Problem”
    5:10-6:10  Steve Dezort (Texas A&M): “Locke’s Aesop Fables as a Primer for Moral Demonstration”
    7:00  Conference Dinner
Saturday, Nov. 18
    9:00-10:00  Galen Barry (Iona C): “A Puzzle about Inference in Spinoza”
    10:05-11:05  Andrew Youpa (Southern Illinois U Carbondale): “Spinoza’s Friendship Ethics”
    11:10-12:10  Matthew Wurst (Toronto): “Leibniz on the Asymmetries Between Divine and Human Freedom”
    2:00-3:00  Tobias Flattery (Notre Dame): “Worlds-Apart, Causal Independence, and Existential Independence in Leibniz’s Metaphysics: A Partial Defense of the Lawful Approach”
    3:05-4:05  Timothy Yenter (Mississippi): “Ether/Orb: Scottish Newtonians on Causes and Gravity”
    4:10-5:10  Daniel Collette (St Norbert C): “Hume’s Pascalian Antidote: Skepticism and its Skeptical Solutions”
    5:15-6:15  Rudmer Bijlsma (Lausanne): “Alienation in Commercial Society: The Republican Perspective of Rousseau and Ferguson”
Gideon Manning will also be speaking on "Death: A History" on Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:00 p.m. His talk is sponsored by the Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy. Those arriving early for the conference are welcome to attend.
    The nearest airport is in Little Rock, 38 miles away. Discounted hotel rates are available for participants and attendees at the Fairfield Inn near campus.
Contact: Fred Ablondi.

November 24-25, 2017
The Concept of Will in Classical German Philosophy
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
Munich, Germany
Confirmed speakers: Sorin Baiasu (Keele) and Günter Zöller (LMU Munich)
During the period of Classical German Philosophy, the concept of the will undergoes important transformations. While Kant identifies the will with pure practical reason, Fichte introduces, in the wake of Reinhold, an originally biological concept of drive into his ethical theory, thereby expanding on the Kantian notion of the will. Schelling and Schopenhauer take a step further and comprehend the will either as a primal being (Schelling) or as a blindly striving, non-rational force (Schopenhauer). Thus, the history of the will is marked by a complex set of tensions between rational and non-rational aspects of practical volition.
    The aim of this conference is to look into this development and to inquire into the relation between the will and the related concepts such as practical reason, drive, incentive, choice, lower and higher appetitive faculty, decision, intelligible deed, and action. Contributions on philosophers such as Kant, Reinhold, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Schopenhauer, as well as lesser known figures of the Aetas Kantiana are welcome. Papers should address one or more of the following questions:
    •  How is the concept of the will related to the concept of (practical) reason and understanding?
    •  How is the concept of the will related to the concept of drive and striving?
    •  How does the concept of will contribute to a theory of (practical) subjectivity?
    •  How is the will determined in order to be free?
    •  How is the will motivated to lead to a morally good action?
The conference language will be English. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion. Abstracts (of no more than 500 words) should be sent as PDF files as attachment to Manja Kisner and Jöerg Noller no later than August 1. Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title and affiliation should be included in the body of the e-mail. The presented papers will be considered for publication in a collected volume.
Contacts: Manja Kisner and Jöerg Noller

November 25, 2017
Oxford Brookes International Hume Workshop: Hume and Aesthetics
Oxford Brookes University, Harcourt Hill Campus
Oxford, UK
Speaker: Timothy M. Costelloe (William & Mary). Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted to Dan O'Brien by September 24th. Decisions will be made by September 30th. Presentations along with discussion will be limited to one hour.

December 13-15, 2017
David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies: Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment
Griffith University and the University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia
Keynote speakers: Deidre Lynch (Harvard), Jan Golinski (New Hampshire), Georgia Cowart (Case Western Reserve), Sujit Sivasundaram (Cambridge)
    We look forward to receiving proposals for papers or panels on any aspect of the long eighteenth century related to the theme ‘Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment’, broadly conceived as referring to the plurality of Enlightenments as well as the ideas and uses of nature which they endorsed, and the spaces in which they developed. The deadline for submission of 250-word abstracts (maximum) for 20-minute papers and panels (comprising three papers) is 1 September.
    In the inclusive spirit of the David Nichol Smith Seminar, proposals may address any aspect of the long eighteenth century. Especially relevant topics include:
    Enlightenment and religion, science, empire or gender
    Popular, moderate and radical enlightenments
    Regional, national and global enlightenments
    Climate, the environment and the Anthropocene
    Emotion, sentimentalism and the language of feeling
    Theories of human nature and civil society
    Improvement and social utility
    Travel, exploration and discovery
    Trade and commerce
    Philanthropy and the culture of moral/social reform
    Spaces of sociability such as clubs, salons, coffeehouses and taverns
    Urban and rural spaces
    Ideas of landscape and forms of land use
    Nature in art, literature and music
    Natural history, natural philosophy, natural law and natural theology
    Nature in economic and political writing
    Nature, medicine, sexuality and the body
    Botany, geology and geography
    Representations and uses of animals
Work, leisure, technology and industrialisation
Send a two-page CV along with abstracts (all as pdf documents) to Participants must be current members of the ANZSECS. To join, go to ANZSECS.
Contacts: Lisa O'Connell and Peter Denney.

December 14-15, 2017
Reading Euclid in the early modern world
All Souls College, Oxford
Oxford, UK
    Euclid's Elements of Geometry was highly visible in early modern culture: a touchstone for mathematical training as well as a spur to new mathematical research throughout the period. In this period dozens of editions of the Elements were printed, and it was certainly the most widely read mathematical book of the time. Different editors made very different choices about the content and layout of the Elements and the other works attributed to Euclid, based on different assumptions about the meaning and authenticity of the texts and their component parts. Likewise, different readers approached the text in very different ways, bringing to it very different assumptions about the use of (printed) texts, and about the kind of text the Elements was and the kind of attention it deserved: logical or philological, geometrical or practical. Many readers annotated the text, and many selected sections for copying into exercise books. During this period, standards of geometrical proof were being actively questioned by mathematicians, but geometrical methods were being deliberately brought into other fields such as medicine, physics, and philosophy.
    This workshop will consider the ways early modern people engaged with Euclid's works--from schoolchildren and artisans to teachers and scholars--and attempt to understand their role in their lives and in culture. It will examine the unique cultural position Euclidean geometry occupied and how that position was shaped and maintained. Invited speakers will include Renee Raphael, Robert Goulding, Sabine Rommevaux, Sebastien Maronne, Yelda Nasifoglu and Philip Beeley.
    Proposals for papers are invited on all aspects of early modern reading of and engagement with the works of Euclid. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV, and should be emailed to Benjamin Wardhaugh by 1 August 2017. The conference can contribute to travel costs for speakers. This workshop is part of an AHRC-funded project on 'Reading Euclid: Euclid's Elements of Geometry in Early Modern Britain'.
Contact: Benjamin Wardhaugh.

December 31, 2017
Special Issue of Hobbes Studies (Spring 2019): German Hobbes Scholarship
Guest Editors: Dirk Brantl and Daniel Eggers
Submissions may approach the topic from a variety of perspectives and may include, for example:
    •  papers from current German philosophers, historians etc. working on Hobbes
    •  papers critically engaging with past or present German Hobbes scholarship
    •  papers examining how Hobbes’s philosophy was received and discussed by major figures in the history of German philosophy such as Leibniz, Pufendorf, Kant or Hegel
Please do not submit literature reviews about recent German Hobbes scholarship since such a review will be provided by the guest editors by way of an introduction. The submissions will initially be reviewed by the two guest editors. Selected papers will then be sent out to external reviewers, and the final decisions will be made on the basis of their reports. Submissions should be no longer than 8,000 words (incl. notes and bibliography) and should be with the editors by 31th of December 2017. If you would like to submit a paper, please send an anonymized pdf version of the paper along with a brief abstract to Dirk Brantl. Please do not use Hobbes Studies’ Editorial Manager for submitting your paper.
Contact: Daniel Eggers.

January 3-6, 2018
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Savannah Convention Center, 1 International Drive
Savannah, GA
Wednesday, Jan. 3
    11:00-1:00 p.m.  Colloquium: Hume and Mill on Women. Chair: Piers Stephens (Georgia)
        Getty Lustila (Boston U): “‘The Sovereigns of the Empire of Conversation’: Hume on Women”; commentator: Anne Jacobson (Somerville College, Oxford)
        Van Tu (Michigan): “Mill on Ideological Conversion and Social Reform: An Interpretation of Mill’s Argumentative Strategy in The Subjection of Women”; commentator: Elizabeth Edenberg (Georgetown)
    1:00-3:00 p.m.  Colloquium: Kant. Chair: Anna-Maria Bartsch (U Kassel)
        Tyke Nunez (Washington U, St. Louis): “Kant’s Conception of Pure General Logic: A Reply to MacFarlane”; commentator: Alexandra Newton (Illinois)
        Krista Thomason (Swarthmore): “Wild Chimeras: Kant on the Dangers of Enthusiasm”; commentator: Jenny Uleman (SUNY Purchase)
    1:00-3:00  Early Modern Laws of Nature. Chair: Lewis Powell (Buffalo, SUNY)
        Alison Peterman (Rochester): Title TBA
        Helen Hattab (U Houston): Title TBA
    3:00-6:00  Kantian Ethics. Chair: Asia Ferring (American U)
        Adam Shmidt (Boston U): “Freedom and Responsibility in Kant”; commentator: Reza Hadisi (U Illinois Chicago)
        Bowen Chan (Toronto): “Humanity As an End in Itself: Respect for Humanity Refers to Respect for Personality”; commentator: Yi Deng (North Georgia)
        Nataliya Palatnik (Wisconsin–Milwaukee): “Kantian Agents and Their Significant Others”; commentator: Katherine Gasdaglis (Cal State Poly, Pomona)
    3:00-6:00  Symposium: Emilie Du Châtelet and the Metaphysics of Physics. Chair: Deborah Boyle (College of Charleston)
        Katherine Brading (Duke), Andrew Janiak (Duke), Monica Solomon (Notre Dame)
    6:30-9:30  International Berkeley Society Session. Chair: Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton College, MA)
        Keota Fields (U Massachusetts Dartmouth): “Representation and Reflection in Berkeley’s Theory of Conceiving”
        Melissa Frankel (Carleton): “Berkeley, Descartes, and the Veracity of God”
        Richard Brook (Bloomsburg U): “Does Berkeley Need a Transcendental Concept of Space?”
    6:30-9:30  International Hobbes Society: TBA
Thursday, Jan. 4
    9:00-11:00  Malebranche and More. Chair: Benjamin Cordry (Lorain County Comm Col)
        Daniel Simpson (Saint Louis U): “Henry More, Holenmeric Souls, and the Unity of Consciousness Argument”; commentator: Chris Meyns (Utrecht)
        Torrance Fung (Virginia): “Is Malebranche’s God in Time?”; commentator: Susan Peppers-Bates (Stetson U)
    9:00-11:00  Symposium: Gerad Gentry (Yale): "The Threefold Function of the Imagination in the Critique of Pure Reason". Chair: Nabeel Hamid (Pennsylvania)
        ;Commentators: Nathan Bauer (Rowan U), Jessica Williams (South Florida)
    9:00-12:00  Symposium: Locke, God, and the Natural World. Chair: Antonia LoLordo (Virginia)
        Stewart Duncan (Florida)
        Geoffrey Gorham (Macalester College)
        Commentator: Jessica Gordon-Roth (Minnesota)
    12:00-2:00  Author Meets Critics: Walter Ott, Descartes, Malebranche, and the Crisis of Perception. Chair: Stephen Puryear (North Carolina St)
        Critics: Alison Simmons (Harvard), Sean Greenberg (UC Irvine); author: Walter Ott (Virginia)
    12:00-2:00  Hume Society: Hume on Politeness and Passions. Chair: Allison Kuklok (Saint Michael’s College)
        Alison McIntyre (Wellesley): “Hume vs. Malebranche (and Hutcheson) on Whether Passions Represent Their Objects”
        Jason Fisette (Nevada, Reno): “Politeness and the Common Good in Hume’s Political Philosophy”
    12:00-2:00  Society for German Idealism and Romanticism: Systematicity in German Idealism. Chair: Gerad Gentry (Yale)
        Melissa Zinkin (Binghamton): “Reason, Systematicity, and Judgment”
        Jere Surber (Denver): “Kant’s German Idealist Legacy: Philosophy as Systematic Theory of Science”
                Commentator: Janum Sethi (Michigan)
    2:00-5:00  Colloquium: Locke and Spinoza. Chair: Chris Johns (American U Beirut)
        Ronald Claypool (Florida): “Lockean Responses to the Problem of Perceptual Error”; commentator: Nathan Rockwood (Virginia Tech)
        Patrick Connolly (Lehigh): “Locke on the Difficulty of Demonstration”; commentator: Lex Newman (Utah)
        Stephen H. Daniel (Texas A&M): “Spinoza on the Being-Thing Distinction”; commentator: Galen Barry (Iona College)
    2:00-5:00  Symposium: Sex, Marriage, and Family in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy. Chair: Mary Ellen Waithe (Cleveland St)
        Colin Heydt (South Florida); Jackie Taylor (U San Francisco), Christina van Dyke (Calvin C)
    5:15-7:15  Descartes Society
        Jeremy Hyman (Arkansas) : “On a Recently Discovered Manuscript of Descartes’ Meditations”
        Hanoch Ben-Yami (Central European U Budapest): “Descartes and the Possibility of Idealism”
    5:15-7:15  Leibniz Society of North America
    5:15-7:15  North American Kant Society: Kant on the Sources of Moral Obligation. Chair: Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern)
        Katerina Deligiorgi (Sussex): “Kant and the Idea of a Source of Moral Obligation”
        Patrick Kain (Purdue): “Obligation and the Nature of Things”
        Paul Schofield (Bates C): “Kantian Constructivism and Bootstrapping”
    7:30-10:30  North American Kant Society: Kant on Ethical Practices. Chair: Howard Williams (Cardiff)
        Klas Roth (Stockholm): “Kant on Moral Perfection, and the Endless Struggle against Evil: Challenges for Education”
        Terry Godlove (Hofstra): “The Tyranny of Virtue: Kant on Ritual Action”
        Gina Ercolini (South Carolina): “Kant in Conversation: Sociable Exchange and the Society of the Table”
Friday, Jan. 5
    9:00-11:00  Hobbes and Reid on Philosophical Psychology. Chair: Margot Wieglus (Misericordia)
        Christopher Bobier (UC Irvine): “Hobbes on Hope and Deliberation”; commentator: Mark Pickering (Lynn University)
        Christopher Shrock (Oklahoma Christian U): “Thomas Reid on All Things Considered Duties to Believe”; commentator: Richard Legum (Kingsborough Comm Col)
    2:30-4:30  Early Modern Modality. Chair: Brian Glenney (Norwich U)
        Aaron Wilson (South Texas Coll): “The Necessities “In Here”: Detection and Projection in Hume’s Account of Causal Necessity”; commentator: Jonny Cottrell (Wayne State)
        Owen Pikkert (Toronto): “The Modal Status of Leibniz’s Principle of Sufficient Reason”: commentator: Marc Bobro (Santa Barbara Comm Col)
    7:00-10:00 p.m.  International Hobbes Society
Saturday, Jan. 6
    11:30-1:30  Symposium: Women Philosophers, 1600–1900: A Workshop. Chair: Lydia Moland (Colby Coll)
        Kristin Gjesdal (Temple)
        Elizabeth Goodnik (Metro State U Denver)

January 23, 2018
Workshop: Émilie Du Châtelet
Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists
Paderborn University
O1.258, Warburger Str. 100
Paderborn, Germany
    4:00-5:00  Elena Muceni (Geneva)
    5:00-6:00  Stefanie Ertz (Paderborn)
    6:00-7:00  Ana Rodrigues (Paderborn)

January 26-27, 2018
Navigating the Old and the New: Sir Kenelm Digby and the Canon
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands
A successful diplomat, privateer and natural philosopher, Sir Kenelm Digby was one of the most intriguing of early modern philosophers. Today, he is perhaps best known for his attempt at reconciling Aristotelian tradition and Cartesian thought, in order to have the best of both. Yet, his contribution to early modern thought still remains to be explored in detail. The aim of this workshop is to explore his contributions to the philosophical and scientific developments of his time, as well as to open up a conversation about his place in the canon of early modern philosophy. Confirmed speakers include:
    •  Andreas Blank (Paderborn)
    •  Karin Ekholm (St. John's College)
    •  Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest)
    •  Joe Moshenka (Cambridge)
    •  Martine Pécharman (Paris)
We welcome papers on specific topics in Digby’s philosophical or scientific work, on his correspondence, or on the context and reception of his thought. Abstracts of ca. 500 words should be sent to Han Thomas Adriaenssen by September 1st. Notification of acceptance: September 20.
Contact: Han Thomas Adriaenssen.

January 31, 2018, 2018
Special issue: Women and Early Modern Philosophy
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Edited by Sarah Hutton and Ruth Hagengruber
In recent years, the attention that has been paid to the philosophical women of the past has challenged prevailing assumptions that women made no significant contribution to the history of philosophy. An increasing body of work in the history of philosophy has demonstrated that women did indeed contribute significantly. The history of women’s philosophy is now recognised as a rich new domain of scholarly enquiry. To highlight new research in the field, the British Journal for the History of Philosophy is planning a special issue devoted to women’s contribution to philosophy in the early modern period broadly understood (i.e. from the Renaissance to the early Enlightenment). Proposals are therefore invited for papers to be included in the special issue. These may be either on individual philosophers, women’s contribution to different branches of philosophy (including natural philosophy), or any other aspect of the history of early modern women’s philosophy. Submissions on the more neglected female thinkers in this period will be particularly welcome. And younger scholars are encouraged to submit proposals. Proposals in the form of a 500 word summary should be sent to Sarah Hutton with a copy to Ruth Hagengruber Deadline 15th August. All submissions will be refereed in accordance with BJHP practice (double-blind peer review). The deadline for submitting papers accepted for peer review will be 31st January 2018.

February 21-24, 2018
American Philosophical Association Meeting, Central Division
Palmer House Hilton, 17 E Monroe Street
Chicago, IL
    •  Descartes Society Session
The Descartes Society invites proposals that addresses any topic within the broad area of Cartesian thought. We accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. The sessions will be 2-3 hours in length. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the Central Division is August 1, 2017. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of an abstract of 500 words. Papers should have a reading time of about 30 minutes. Panel discussion proposals should include a description of the topic to be discussed, and abstracts of the panelists’ presentations. Author Meets Critics proposals should include the author’s description of the book to be discussed and the names of 2 or 3 people who will serve as critics. Send your proposal as an email attachment to the division representative, Steve Wagner.

    •  North American Spinoza Society Session
Papers on any aspect of Spinoza's views on virtues and (or) vices are welcome. To participate, please submit an abstract (prepared for blind review and no more than 750 words). Include contact information and the title of the paper in the email with the abstract attached as a word/pdf/rtf document. The subject heading of the email (deadline: Sept 1, 2017) should be "NASS Central 2018." Send submissions to: Andrew Youpa, Southern Illinois U Carbondale.

    •  Spinoza Society of Canada Session
A joint session with the North American Spinoza Society dedicated to the consideration of Spinoza’s method and methodology (including the geometrical method and the method of interpreting scripture) and the relationship between method and Spinoza’s metaphysical and moral views. We invite any and all submissions that fall under this banner, broadly speaking. Submissions must be no more than 750 words and in ODF/Word, RTF or PDF format. Please prepare submissions for blind review, and send the paper title, name and affiliation details separately (preferably in the body of the email) no later than October 31, 2017 to Contact: Torin Doppelt.
A une session conjointe avec la North American Spinoza Society consacrée à l’étude et à la discussion de la méthode philosophique de Spinoza (en incluant sa méthode géométrique et sa méthode d'exégèse de l'Écriture) ainsi qu’à l’analyse de la relation entre sa méthode et ses considérations métaphysiques et morales. Nous vous invitons à soumettre vos propositions pour des communications liées à ce sujet. Les soumissions ne doivent pas dépasser 750 mots et doivent être rédigées en format ODF/Word, RTF ou PDF. Veuillez, s’il vous plaît, soumettre vos propositions préparées pour une évaluation par les pairs, en envoyant votre nom, le titre de votre présentation et votre affiliation universitaire ou collégiale séparément (de préférence dans le corps du courriel): date limite de soumission: le 31 octobre 2017 à

March 2-4, 2018
Pacific Northwest/Western Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Speaker: Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser)
    As with other Seminars in Early Modern Philosophy, papers on any subject in early modern philosophy (roughly, the period from Montaigne to Kant) are welcome. We particularly encourage papers which suggest new or less frequently discussed topics, themes, and critical approaches to the history of modern philosophy, discuss and familiarize the group with new texts, or deploy an interdisciplinary approach. We welcome submissions from advanced graduate students. Submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed anonymously by a group of faculty from universities throughout the region. Reading time of papers should be approximately 45 minutes.
    Submissions: Please send an abstract of no more than 600 words by November 20, 2017. Abstracts should not contain identifying information, which should appear on a separate cover page. We prefer that abstracts be sent electronically by attachment in PDF format to Michael Rosenthal. Attendance is free and all are welcome. Please note that no financial assistance can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation. Details on the program and accommodations will be available in early January.
Contact: Michael Rosenthal.

March 28-April 1, 2018
AAPT Teaching Panel: Teaching Descartes's Meditations
APA Pacific Division Meeting
Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA
    We are seeking panelists for a session on teaching Descartes’s Meditations, and related texts, at the Teaching Hub. We envision approximately three different presentations on interesting or innovative approaches to teaching Descartes’s work in undergraduate classes. We hope to focus discussion mainly on pedagogy, but would be interested in various approaches to content, if they are tied to conversations about teaching. We also encourage critical approaches to teaching Descartes’s work that may challenge us to think about why and how we teach canonical texts. Consistent with the ethos of the AAPT, we expect presentations to be short, maybe fifteen minutes, engendering the sharing of ideas about different ways to teach the text among participants. We will appreciate proposals which include concrete ideas about how to make the session interactive. Proposals of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, should be sent to Russell Marcus by August 31, 2017. Please include a brief explanation of both your approach to teaching the core text and your experiences doing so. Supporting material, such as syllabi, handouts, or a CV, is also welcome; we are interested in ensuring represenation of a range of voices. We expect to select presenters by September 15, 2017.
    The AAPT/APA Teaching Hub is a set of sessions about teaching philosophy held at various divisional meetings of the APA, emphasizing inclusive and collegial interactions. The Teaching Hub coordinates conversations about the teaching of philosophy at all levels, pre-college through graduate school. For more information about the Teaching Hub at the 2018 Pacific Division Meeting, contact Mark Jensen.
Contact: Mark Jensen.

March 28-April 1, 2018
Descartes Society Session
APA Pacific Division Meeting
Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA
The Descartes Society invites proposals that addresses any topic within the broad area of Cartesian thought. We accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. The sessions will be 2-3 hours in length. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the Pacific Division is August 31, 2017. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of an abstract of 500 words. Papers should have a reading time of about 30 minutes. Panel discussion proposals should include a description of the topic to be discussed, and abstracts of the panelists’ presentations. Author Meets Critics proposals should include the author’s description of the book to be discussed and the names of 2 or 3 people who will serve as critics. Send your proposal as an email attachment to the division representative, John Carriero.

March 31, 2018
Special Issue of Society and Politics: Consciousness in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy of Mind
Invited editors: Martin Klein, Naomi Osorio-Kupferblum, Oliver Istvan Toth
Deadline for Submissions: March 31, 2018
In recent years, the relationship between Medieval and Early Modern philosophy has received greater attention. Scholars have characterized this relationship both as a continuity and as a break. This is certainly true of philosophy of mind, where many Aristotelian assumptions and questions persisted, while the framework of substantial forms and their inherent powers was questioned. Also, in both Medieval and Early Modern history of philosophy the notion of consciousness has been the topic of new research: different scholars have tried to investigate the question how our contemporary concern with consciousness maps onto Medieval and Early Modern philosophy, as well as what implications medieval and early modern positions in philosophy of mind and epistemology have for possible views on consciousness. While some scholars point to similarities, others have warned that it is not clear whether the problem of consciousness even existed for some of the authors in these periods.
    For this special issue of Society and Politics we therefore invite papers discussing one of the followings topics:
        •  Consciousness in Medieval philosophy
        •  Consciousness in Early Modern philosophy
        •  The influence of Medieval on Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness
        •  Influence and/or relevance of Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness for the contemporary philosophy of mind
        •  Methodology of research on Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness
        •  Historiography of Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness
Papers no longer than 8000 words, or book reviews no longer than 800 words, should be submitted to by March 31, 2018. Submissions must be prepared for double-blind peer review. Publication is scheduled for November 30, 2018.
Authors guidelines
Contact: Oliver Istvan Toth.

May 30-31, 2018
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands
Invited speakers: Christia Mercer (Columbia) and Karin de Boer (KU Leuven)
The Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy brings together advanced students and established scholars to discuss the latest work in early modern philosophy, broadly conceived. Built on the success of the previous 2014–2017 editions, which gathered philosophers from all over the world, the Seminar offers workshop-style collaborations to stimulate scholarly exchange. The language of presentation and discussion is English. We welcome abstracts for talks on any topic related to early modern philosophy, broadly understood (roughly the period 1500–1800 CE). We are especially interested in presentations that discuss philosophical issues or works that have received less sustained scholarly attention, including, but not limited to: non canonical authors and traditions, anonymous texts, methodological reflections on doing Early Modern philosophy.
    Please submit abstracts (400 words max.) suitable for anonymous review in PDF to our EasyChair page. Deadline: 15 January 2018. Decisions will follow by early March. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed. We will send reviewers’ reports with useful feedback on abstracts to all who wish to receive this. Attendance is free and all are welcome, especially students. No financial assistance can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.
Contact: Chris Meyns.

June 1-2, 2018
Francisco Suárez (1548–1617): Jesuits and Complexities of Modernity
Universidad Loyola Andalucía
Seville, Spain
    Francisco Suárez, S.J. (1548–1617) is recognized as a philosopher, theologian, and jurist who had a significant cultural impact in the development of modernity. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death, our symposium will study the work of Suárez and other Jesuits of his time in the context of diverse traditions that came together in Europe between the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance and early modernity. Can the work of the Jesuits be seen not only as a forerunner of philosophical, political, or legal modernity, but also as an expression of an alternative modernity? What is the relationship between the Ignatian and Jesuit tradition and the development of the work of Suárez and his contemporaries? What elements of the work of Suárez and other Jesuits may today be relevant to face the crisis of modernity?
    Francisco Suárez, S.J. (1548–1617) es reconocido como un filósofo, teólogo y jurista que tuvo un alto impacto cultural en los inicios y desarrollos de la modernidad. Celebrando el 400 aniversario de su muerte, en nuestro symposium estudiaremos la obra de Suárez y de otros jesuitas de su época en el contexto de las diversas tradiciones que confluyeron en Europa entre el tardo medioevo y el Renacimiento y la primera modernidad. ¿La obra de los jesuitas puede ser vista no solo como precursora de la modernidad filosófica, política o jurídica, sino también como expresión de una modernidad alternativa? ¿Cuál es la relación entre la tradición ignaciana y jesuita y el desarrollo de la obra de Suárez y sus contemporáneos? ¿Qué elementos de la obra de Suárez y otros jesuitas pueden ser hoy relevantes para enfrentar la crisis de la modernidad?
    These are just a few of many issues we would like to discuss. To participate in this discussion, email a short (200–250 word) abstract of a proposed paper in Spanish or in English to both Professors Juan Antonio Senent de Frutos and Robert Aleksander Maryks before September 30, 2017, and if accepted, the full paper (8–10,000 words) before December 31, 2017. Selected papers will be published after the symposium either in a dedicated volume (Boston College Symposia on Jesuit Studies Series at Brill) or in the Journal of Jesuit Studies.

June 11-12, 2018
21st Century Challenges to the History of 18th Century Musical Aesthetics
University of Turin
Turin, Italy
Keynote speakers: Vanessa Agnew, Suzanne Aspden, Philip Bohlman, Tomas McAuley
    The last forty years of scholarly research on the Eighteenth century and on the Enlightenment have deeply modified, enriched and maybe also confused our understanding of that century, softening the disciplinary boundaries and bringing social, gender, economic issues to the fore. The studies on the ‘radical Enlightenment’ (from M. C. Jacob to J. Israel), on the literary underground of the Eighteenth century and on the circulation of books and knowledge (from R. Darnton to R. B. Sher), studies on the ‘national Enlightenments’, on exploration, pre-colonialism, natural collections, the public, sensibility, the self, the ‘science of man’, have all broadened our perspective on that crucial century not only about European, but about Global History as well. What impact, if any, have these studies had (or could these studies have) on the history and study of XVIIIth Century Musical Aesthetics? Is it still possible to pursue the study of XVIIIth Century Musical Aesthetics as if it were a separate, independent, autonomous realm? This International conference wishes to tackle these issues, in order to build a more complex and varied picture of XVIIIth Century Musical Aesthetics and to further a fruitful dialogue between musicologists and eighteenth century scholars coming from other disciplinary perspectives.
    We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. The official language of the Conference will be English and only proposals in English will be accepted. Please email abstracts of no more than 500 words to Maria Semi by the 30th of July 2017. The abstract (pdf. format) should not contain the name of or personal references to the name of the proponent, as the proposals will be blind reviewed. Please communicate all the personal details in the email. Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by the 30th of September. We will not be able to provide financial support to intervening students and scholars, but there won’t be any conference fee.
Contact: Maria Semi.

June 13-16, 2018
Conference: Berkeley in Context
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Newport, RI
We invite scholars to build up a picture of George Berkeley in his historical context by investigating his relation to other philosophers, including (but not limited to) Descartes, Astell, Malebranche, Shepherd, Locke, Hobbes, Collier, Shaftsbury, Johnson, and Newton. How were Berkeley’s positions influenced by his contemporaries? How did later thinkers use Berkeley’s philosophy to advance their own views? Consideration of any aspect of Berkeley’s philosophy--from metaphysics and moral philosophy to natural and social science--are welcome. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words by 1 December 2017 to one of the conference organizers below.
Contacts: Bertil Belfrage, Keota Fields, or Nancy Kendrick.

July 2018
Conference: History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS)
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands
Contact: Helen Hattab

July 16-18, 2018
John Locke Workshop
Mansfield College
Oxford University
Oxford, UK
Speakers: Lisa Downing (Ohio State) and Edwin McCann (Southern California)
The aim of the first official workshop of the John Locke Society is to foster interactions among Locke scholars from different disciplines and encourage the development of new scholarship on Locke’s works. Abstracts (of no more than 750 words) on any topic pertaining to Locke are due by November 15, 2017 and can be sent to Antonia LoLordo. Final papers should be no longer than 5000 words. The full program will be made available in January 2018. Further information regarding the workshop, accommodation options, and other practical matters will be available at that time.
Contact: Jessica Gordon-Roth.

July 24-28, 2018
International Hume Society Conference
Budapest, Hungary
Themes: Hume on the Continent (Reception and Influence), Hume Historian and Economist, Hume's "Projects" (Aims and Motivations)
    Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words) and should be submitted with an Abstract (200 words). All self-references should be deleted for anonymous review. Papers and Abstracts must be submitted in English. Papers should not have been published by the date of the conference. Authors may submit their papers as either MS Word documents or in rich text format (RTF). Submissions should be sent to Hume Society Young Scholar Awards are given to qualifying graduate students whose papers are accepted through the normal anonymous review process. Deadline for paper submissions: Nov. 1, 2017