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

March 30, 2017
Isaac Newton: Historian and Philosopher
ICUB, University of Bucharest
Bucharest, Romania

March 31, 2017
Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable
Miren Boehn (Wisconsin, Milwaukee): “Hume and the ‘new creations’ of nature”
University of Illinois, Chicago
Chicago, IL
Contact: Kristen Irwin.

April 1, 2017
Hume and the Enlightenment
Loyola University, Chicago, Water Tower Campus
Corboy Law Center, Rm 523, 25 E Pearson St.
Chicago, IL
    9:15-9:45nbsp; Coffee and Danishes
    9:45-10:00nbsp; Welcome and Introduction
    10:00-10:45  Thomas Merrill (American U)
    10:45-11:15nbsp; Anton Matytsin (Kenyon C)
    11:15-12:00nbsp; Q & A
    1:30-2:15nbsp; Scott Yenor (Boise State)
    2:15-2:45nbsp; Elizabeth Goodnick (Metropolitan State U Denver)
    2:45-3:30nbsp; Q & A
    4:00nbsp; Panel Discussion
Contact: Kristen Irwin.

April 3, 2017
Early Modern Philosophy Round Table
Ansgar Lyssy (Ludwig-Maximilians-U München): "Past and Future Humans: Kant on the Development of the Human Species"
Université de Montréal (2910 Édouard-Montpetit, salle 422)
Montréal, QC

April 5-6, 2017
Grotius's Place in the History of Moral and Political Thought
Institute of Philosophy
Hoger Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven
Lueven, Belgium
Wednesday, April 5
    13.00-13.30nbsp; Welcome with coffee, tea, and pastries
    13.30-14.20nbsp; G.F. van Nifterik (Amsterdam): “Spanish clothes for Grotius’s sovereign”
    14.20-15.10nbsp; Dennis Klimchuk (Western-Ontario): "What Grotius’s account of property and necessity shows us about his place in the history of political philosophy"
    15.40-16.30nbsp; Sylvie Loriaux (Nijmegen): "Original community of goods, necessity, and territorial rights: Grotius and Kant”
    17.00-18:00nbsp; Annabel Brett (Cambridge): “TBA”
Thursday, April 6
    09:15-09.30nbsp; Welcome with coffee, tea, and pastries
    09.30-10.20nbsp; Laetitia Ramelet (Lausanne): “Promise keeping revisited”
    10.20-11.10nbsp; Guilherme Marques Pedro (Aberystwyth / Uppsala): “Emigration and immigration rights in the international legal thought of Hugo Grotius”
    11.40-12.30nbsp; Türker Armaner (Galatasaray): “Grotius and Spinoza"
    12.30-13.20nbsp; Stefanie Ertz (Paderborn): “The reception of Grotius’ ius divinum positivum universale in John Selden and in the German early enlightenment”
    13.30nbsp; Concluding Lunch
Participation is free, but please register with either Erik De Bom or Johan Olsthoorn.

April 5-7, 2017
Époque Émilienne: Philosophy and Science/Philosophie et Science/Philosophie und Wissenschaft, 1700-1750
Paderborn University
Center for the History of Women Philosophers
Campus L-Building
Paderborn, Germany
The conference Époque Émilienne focuses on the multi-faceted interactions in early 18th century philosophy and science. Leibniz’ appointment as a corresponding member of the Académie Royale des Sciences (1700) and Maupertuis’ appointment as president of the Sozietät der Wissenschaften at Berlin (1740) are two striking historical events which underline the lively intellectual exchanges between Paris and Berlin, significantly shaping the early history of the European Enlightenment. During the past few years, the importance of Émilie Du Châtelet as one of the central figures in this context has been increasingly recognized. The conference aims to reconstruct central themes of the Époque Émilienne and to contextualize the philosophical and scientific works of Émilie du Châtelet, their reception, their place in the history of ideas and their biographical and institutional networks. The conference languages are English, French and German.
    Invited speakers: Andreas Blank (Paderborn/Berlin), Gabor Boros (Budapest), Luka Boršic (Zagreb), Clara Carus (Cambridge, MA), Waltraud Ernst (Linz), Stefanie Ertz (Berlin), Aleksandra Gieralt (London, Ontario), Andrew Janiak (Durham), Pia Jauch (Zurich), Ivana Skuhala Karasman (Zagreb), Ulla Kölving & Andrew Brown (Ferney-Voltaire), Ansgar Lyssy (Munich), Christophe Martin (Paris), Iulia Mihai (Ghent), Elena Muceni (Geneva), Fritz Nagel (Basel), Gianni Paganini (Vercelli), Osmo Pekonen (Helsinki), Tinca Prunea (Bucharest), Ana Rodrigues (Paderborn), Bertram Eugene Schwarzbach (Paris), Susana Seguin (Paris), Lieselotte Steinbrügge (Bochum), Marco Storni (Paris), Dieter Suisky (Berlin), Jacqueline Taylor (San Francisco), George Vlahakis (Patras).
    Suitable topics for exploration include, among others, the debate on the vis viva, the reception of the concept of monades/êtres simples in the natural sciences, the formation of epistemological concepts in the tension between apriorism and empiricism, the development of the infinitesimal calculus, the debate on determinism, the theory of morality and the critique of religion. The contributions should have a thematic reference to the writings of Émilie Du Châtelet, to their intellectual surroundings (Voltaire, Fontenelle, Maupertuis, Bernoulli, Wolff, Euler) and/or to their reception in the French (La Mettrie, Diderot, the Encyclopédie) and German Enlightenment (Luise Kulmus Gottsched up to the young Kant), and in other European countries (like Greece and Italy). Please submit your abstract (ca. 100-300 words) at the latest by March 5th, 2017 to Ruth Hagengruber or Pascal Delhom. Submissions (in .pdf or .doc format) should bear the name of the author(s) and affiliation(s). Participants will receive an answer by March 12th, 2017. The conference languages are English, French and German.
Contacts: Ruth Hagengruber, Andrea Reichenberger, or Pascal Delhom.

April 6-8, 2017
British Society for the History of Philosophy
University of Sheffield
Diamond Bldg
Sheffield, UK
Thursday, April 6
    8.30-9.30  Registration (HRI Conference Room)
        9.30-10.00  Andrew Platt (SUNY, Stony Brook): "Models of Efficient Causation in Geulincx and Clauberg" (Diamond Workroom 2)
        9.30-10.00  Andrew Stephenson (Humboldt U Berlin): "Kant on Knowability and A Priori Cognition as Tacit Knowledge" (Diamond Workroom 3)
        10.00-10.30  Ruth Boeker (University College Dublin): "Shaftesbury on Persons, Personal Identity and Character Development" (Diamond Workroom 2)
        10.00-10.30  Michael Walschots (St. Andrews): "Kant and Hutcheson on the Psychology of Moral Motivation" (Diamond Workroom 3)
        10.30-11.00  Liba Kaucka (Independent Scholar): "Lady Mary Shepard on the Afterlife" (Diamond Workroom 2)
        10.30-11.00  Andrew Cooper (Durham): "Kant's Principle of Natural History: Toward a Science of Life" (Diamond Workroom 3)
        14.00-14.30  Kirsten Walsh (Nottingham): "Newton’s ‘Vegetative Spirit’" (Diamond Workroom 3)
        14.30-15.00  Anna Ortín Nadal (Edinburgh): "Mental activity in Descartes’ causal theory of sensory perception" (Diamond Workroom 3)
        15.00-15.30  Chris Meyns (Utrecht): "Souls in Space" (Diamond Workroom 3)
        16.30-17.00  Christopher Thomas (Aberdeen): "The Materiality of Scripture and the Body of Art: Meaning and Art in the Philosophy of Spinoza" (Diamond Workroom 2)
        17.00-17.30  Davide Monaco (Aberdeen): "A new account of the objective-formal distinction in Spinoza’s parallelism theory" (Diamond Workroom 2)
Friday, April 7
    11.30-12.30  Luc Foisneau (EHESS, Paris): "Hobbes on Democracy and Majority Rule"; chair Mogens Lærke (Diamond Lecture Room 7)
        14.00-14.30  Andreas Blank (Paderborn/Bard College, Berlin): "Nicolaus Taurellus on Forms, Vegetative Souls, and the Question of Emergence" (Diamond Workroom 3)
        14.30-15.00  Fabrizio Baldassarri (Bar-Ilan, Tel Aviv): "Early Modern Reinterpretations of the Vegetative Soul in Alchemical and Mechanical Strands: The case of René Descartes and Guy de La Brosse" (Diamond Workroom 3)
        15.00-15.30  Raphaële Andrault (IHRIM-ENS de Lyon): "Life as Vegetation: Limiting cases and Theological Problems for Seventeenth-century Thinkers" (Diamond Workroom 3)
        16.30-17.00  Laurens van Apeldoorn (Leiden) and Johan Olsthoorn (KU Leuven): "Self-ownership and political absolutism in Grotius, Hobbes, and Locke" (Diamond Workroom 2)
        17.00-17.30  Francesca Rebasti (IHRIM - ENS de Lyon): "Disarming the Thomistic Conscientia: Hobbes's Scientific Foundation of Moral Conscience" (Diamond Workroom 2)
        17.30-18.00  Avery Goldman (DePaul): "Kant on Leibniz: Disentangling the Principle of Sufficient Reason from the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles (Diamond Workroom 2)
Saturday, April 8
        9.30-10.00  Charlotte Alderwick (U West of England): "Schelling’s Virtues" (Room 1)
        9.30-10.00  Jacques-Louis Lantoine (ENS Lyon, Ihrim): "Is the common sense ignorant? Spinoza and the vulgar’s knowledge of God" (Room 2)
        10.00-10.30  Joe Saunders (Leeds): "Kant and Schelling: Freedom in or outside of Nature" (Room 1)
        10.00-10.30  Laëticia Simonetta (ENS Lyon Ihrim): "Common sense and the knowledge of God in Buffier’s Traité des premières vérités" (Room 2)
        10.30-11.00  Daniel Whistler (Liverpool): "Kant and Schelling on Popularity" (Room 1)
        10.30-11.00  Benoît Gide (ENS, Triangle): "Reid on common sense and our knowledge of God" (Room 2)
    11.30-12.30  Dina Emundts (Free U Berlin): "Causality and Freedom in the Third Antinomy of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason"; chair Robert Stern (Diamond Lecture Room 7)
        14.00-14.30  David Leech (Bristol): "Cudworth on Divine Love" (Diamond Workroom 3)
        14.30-15.00  Sarah Hutton (York): "Ethics and Self-Determination in Henry More" (Diamond Workroom 3)
        15.00-15.30  Douglas Hedley (Cambridge): "Ralph Cudworth and the Problem of Ancient Theology" (Diamond Workroom 3)
        15.30-16.00  Christian Hengsterman (Cambridge): "The Cambridge Platonists in Debate" (Diamond Workroom 3)
        16.30-17.00  Sacha Golob (KCL): "Kant and the Limits of Pedagogy" (Diamond Workroom 1)
        16.30-17.00  Charles T. Wolfe (Ghent): “From empiricist ‘epistemology’ to materialist ‘ontology’: Priestley’s Lockean problems” (Diamond Workroom 2)
        17.00-17.30  Sasha Mudd (Southampton): "What good is education for Kant?" (Diamond Workroom 1)
        17.00-17.30  Falk Wunderlich (Martin-Luther-U Halle-Wittenberg): "Priestley on materialism and the essence of God" (Diamond Workroom 2)
        17.30-18.00  Martin Sticker (Göttingen): "Moral Education and Transcendental Idealism [Kant]" (Diamond Workroom 1)
Contact: Jeremy Dunham.

April 10-11, 2017
Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Edinburgh University
William Robertson Bldg, 50 George Square, Project Room 1.06
Edinburgh, Scotland
Monday, Apr 10
    8.45  Welcome
        9.00-9.45  Francesca Rebasti (ENS Lyon): “Reshaping Liberty of Conscience: Hobbes’s Heterodox Exegesis of the Gloss on Romans 14:23
        9.45-10.30  José Maria Sanchez de Leon (Hebrew U Jerusalem): “Spinoza on Common Notions and the Order of Philosophizing”
        10.45-11.30  Endre Szcésényi (Aberdeen): “The Birth of Modern Aesthetics from Spiritual Exercises”
        11.30-12.15  Monica Uribe (Guanajuato): “Taste and Imagination in Addison’s Aesthetic Thought”
        13.45-14.45  Beth Lord (Aberdeen): “Spinoza on Pride and Despondency”
        15.00-15.45  Norma D. Goethe (Cordoba): “Leibniz on the Value of Learning from Exploratory Research”
        15.45-16.30  Carlos Portales (Edinburgh): “Leibniz’s Modal Metaphysics as Ground for Nature’s Objective Aesthetic Value
        16.45-17.45  Kathrine Cuccuru (UCL): “Style over Substance? Literary Criticism and the Origins of the British Philosophical Sublime”
Tuesday, Apr 11
        9.00-9.45  Simone Webb (UCL): “Self-Revelation and Sociability: Reading Damaris Masham’s Letters to John Locke as Philosophical Autobiography”
        9.45-10.30  Emilio Maria de Tommaso (Calabria): “The True Grounds of Morality in Catharine Trotter’s Defence of Mr. Locke’s Essay
        10.45-11.30  Andrea Christofidou (Keble Coll Oxford): “Descartes on the Mind-Body Relation: A Solution?”
        11.30-12.15  Christian Barth (Humboldt U Berlin): “Cognitio interna and Conscientia in Descartes’ Conception of the Mind”
        13.45-14.45  Peter Millican (Oxford): “Logic, Scepticism, and Egoism: Why Hume Disowned the Treatise of Human Nature
        15.00-15.45  Tim Stuart-Buttle (Cambridge): “Locke on the ‘Two Provinces of Knowledg’”
        15.45-16.30  Christian Maurer (Lausanne): "Shaftesbury’s Manuscript Pathologia: Stoicism, the Passions and Virtue”
        16.45-17.30  Miguel Palomo (Sevilla): “Christiaan Huygens, the Observer of the Cosmos”
Admission is free, but registration is required.
Contact: Mogens Laerke.

April 21, 2017
Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable
Molly Sturdevant (St. Xavier) on Spinoza
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Contact: Kristen Irwin.

April 25, 2017
Royal Institute of Philosophy Invited Lecture
Jonathan Head (Keele U): "Kant on the Moral Archetype"
6:00-7:30 p.m., Rm CBA0.060, Chancellor's Bldg.
Keele University
Staffordshire, UK
Contact: Sorin Baiasu.

April 27, 2017
Concepts and Methods in Philosophy and the History of Science
Sebastiano Gino (Turin): "The Emergence of the Nervous System in 18th Century Scotland: Porterfield, Whytt and Cullen"
University of Ghent
Freddy Mortier Room, Faculty Library, Rozier 44, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ghent, Belgium
Contacts: Delphine Bellis and Charles Wolfe.

April 28-29, 2017
Authority and Testimony in Early Modern Philosophy
St Norbert College
De Pere, Wisconsin
Keynote speakers: Kristen Irwin (Loyola U Chicago), Julie Klein (Villanova)
We welcome submissions for a conference on themes of authority and testimony in early modern philosophy. Broadly construed, relevant topics may include problems that arise in the shifting emphasis from Scholastic textual authority to accounts of philosophical testimony, the transition from Scholastic to modern conceptions of authority, differences between these two conceptions, or the challenges that emerge from these developments in epistemology, philosophy of religion, natural philosophy, or political philosophy. Submissions should be in the form of one-page abstracts prepared for blind review and sent to by February 14th.
Contacts: Daniel Collette or Steve Burgess.

April 28-30, 2017
Multilateral Kant Colloquium
Martin Luther University
Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
The theme of the colloquium is: Kant und seine Kritiker – Kant and his critics – Kant et ses critiques. Papers may include discussions of any aspect of Kant’s philosophy and its critique from Kant’s time to the present. The Multilateral Colloquium involves approximately fifty five participants, about 15 of them will be invited presentations. The official languagues are German, English, and French; however, participants can choose to present their papers in Portuguese, Spanish, or Italian, provided a version in one of the official languages is available, too. Due to the traditionally multilateral dimension of the Kant Colloquium and its origin, the selection committee is particularly interested in submissions from participants working in South America, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.
    The selection committee is an international group of Kant-scholars and is chaired by Professor Heiner F. Klemme (MLU). The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2016. Notices of acceptance will be issued by December 1, 2016. Please send all papers electronically to Antonino Falduto. Submissions should be prepared for blind review and be limited to 4400 words, including footnotes and references (longer submissions will not be considered). Please send your file in PDF format, include an abstract of a maximum of 400 words, and a word count at the end of the paper. Contact information should be sent in a separate Word or RTF file. Presentations cannot exceed 50 minutes (30-35 minutes reading time, followed by 15-20 minutes of discussion). There will be conference fee of € 30.
Contact: Falk Wunderlich.

May 13-14, 2017
New York City Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy
Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, 12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY
May 13, Saturday
    10:00–11:00  Christia Mercer (Columbia): “Conway on Experience and Perfectibility”
    11:15-12:00  Melanie Tate (U Washington): “Descartes’ Account of Inner Excitations”
    12:00–12:25  Clare Moriarty (King’s College London): “Saving Berkeley’s Bacon”
    2:15-3:00  Zvi Biener (Cincinnati): “De Gravitatione Reconsidered: The Changing Role of Geometrical Definitions in Newton’s Metaphysics of Space”
    3:00–3:45  Christopher Noble (Villanova): “The Soul as Spiritual Automaton in Spinoza and Leibniz”
    4:00–4:45  Noa Naaman–Zauderer (Tel-Aviv U): “Leibniz’s Account of Freedom and Moral Therapy in the Nouveaux Essais
    4:45-5:45  Anja Jauernig (NYU): “The Labyrinth of the Continuum: Kant, Leibniz, and the Wolffians on the Composition of Matter”
May 14, Sunday
    9:30–10:30  François Duchesneau (Montréal): “Leibniz on Organic Body, Law, and Harmony”
    10:45–11:30  Alessandro Mulieri (KU Leuven): “From Defensor Pacis to Leviathan: An Analysis of Thomas Hobbes’ Marsilian Politics of Religion”
    11:30-12:15  Nir Ben-Moshe (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): “The Objectivity of Moral Judgment: David Hume’s and Adam Smith’s Moral Points of View”
    1:30–2:15  Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen): “Sine Qua Non Causation: The Legacy Of Occasionalism In Kant’s New Elucidation
    2:15-3:00  Farshid Baghai (Villanova): “The Systematic Unity of Reason in Kant’s Critical Philosophy”
Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus is located on the western side of Manhattan at 60th Street and Columbus Avenue, about two blocks from Columbus Circle at the southwest corner of Central Park.
Contacts: Ohad Nachtomy and Reed Winegar.

May 19-20, 2017
International Colloquium: Enlightenment and Freedom of Speech
Jagiellonian University
Kraków, Poland
Keynote speakers: Ian Carter (Pavia) and Ulrich Lehner (Marquette)
We are pleased to announce a call for abstracts for our forthcoming colloquium, dedicated to studying the idea that we should have a freedom to voice and otherwise express our thoughts, its origins, problems, critiques and justifications, from the angle of the history of philosophy, history of ideas, and contemporary political philosophy. The abstracts should be of maximum 500 words and relate to any of the following, or connected topics:
    •  The concept of and arguments for (and against) the freedom of speech formulated by the early modern and Enlightenment thinkers, and their philosophical origins (second scholasticism, re-discovery of the Stoics and Epicureans, Reformation, Cartesianism, Spinozism etc.) and historical context (e.g. religious persecutions, censorship and the adoption of constitutions in the USA, Poland and France). The distinction, and congruence, between freedom of speech and 'freedom of the pen'.
    •  The relationship of freedom of speech and secular state. In particular: is freedom of speech even compatible with secularism? Could unregulated freedom of speech hinder the realisation of the secular state by allowing people to express opinions that are based on their 'particular' religious world-views instead of purely 'universal' rationality? What are the justifications for this Enlightenment distinction?
    •  The above questions are related to the question about the limits for the freedom of speech. Is the state ever entitled to limit people's freedom to express ideas, for example, in order to prevent the manipulation of people's opinions and emotions, or so-called hate-speech? If so, what are the minimum universal (or perhaps context-specific) rational standards that we can demand from public expression?
    The submitted abstracts will undergo a peer-review and applicants will be informed whether their abstract has been accepted a month after the submission deadline. Each invited participant will have 30 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion. If you are interested in presenting at the colloquium, we encourage you to submit your abstract (preferably in .doc, .docx or .pdf format), with a short note including information about your contact details and academic affiliation, by 31st January 2017, to one of the organisers:
    •  Dr. Anna Tomaszewska
    •  Dr. Hasse Hämäläinen
    •  Dr. Damian Barnat
If you would like to participate in the colloquium without presenting a paper, please send your expression of interest to the organisers by 1st March 2017.
Contact: Hasse Hämäläinen.

May 20, 2017
Princeton-Penn-Columbia Graduate Conference in the History of Philosophy
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
We invite graduate students to submit papers on any topic in medieval, early modern, and modern philosophy, including the history of continental philosophy. Papers should not exceed 4000 words (or 30 minutes presentation time). They should be prepared for blind review and sent as a PDF file to no later than March 25, 2017. In a separate PDF attachment, please include your name, academic affiliation, email address, telephone number, paper title, and an abstract of no more than 300 words. Notification of acceptance April 10, 2017.
Contacts: Claudia Dumitru or Alejandro Naranjo Sandoval.

*May 25-27, 2017
Kant: Action, Knowledge, Belief
Dept of Philosophy, American U of Beirut

May 28-31, 2017 [exact date, time, and location TBA]
Spinoza Society of Canada, with the Canadian Philosophical Association
Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario
Keynotes: Shannon Dea (Waterloo) and Jon Miller (Queen's).
We invite submissions of abstracts of not more than 400 words from Canadian and international faculty, students, and independent scholars on Spinoza's political theories, philosophical anthropology, and his analyses of the role of superstition and religious customs in human societies. Submissions may be made in English or French and must be prepared for blind review. Deadline: April 15, 2017. Please attach abstracts in PDF or Word format with all personal information removed. Provide your name, affiliation, and the paper title separately in the body of the email. Successful applicants notified by May 1.
Contacts: Torin Doppelt or Oberto Maramma.

30 May-1 June 2017
Int'l Soc for Intellectual History Conference: The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity
American University in Bulgaria
Balkanski Academic Center
Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Keynotes: Wayne Hudson (Tasmania), Michael Hunter (Birkbeck, U London), Jonathan Israel (Inst Adv Study Princeton), & Lyndal Roper (Oxford)
The collapse of the communist bloc in 1989 put an end to processes of political identification based mainly, if not exclusively, on “strong” political ideologies. Accordingly, the past three decades have witnessed a rediscovery of the role of non-political factors (i.e. religion, culture, ethnicity, etc.) in shaping socio-political communities. These political and cultural phenomena also influenced academia, leading to a revaluation of “religion qua religion” as a legitimate and independent area of inquiry, as well as to a reassessment of its impact on socio-cultural, economic and political dynamics in the making of the modern world.
    The relationship between religious belief and modernity has been interpreted in different ways by intellectual historians. Some historiographical currents argue that modern secular societies developed thanks to the gradual emergence of such ideas as “reasonableness”, “natural religion” and “toleration” among certain religious movements of reform and renewal from the Late Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Other sections of historiography maintain that the making of modernity was produced by a process of secularization, which benefited from the spread of intellectual and cultural currents that, in the Age of Enlightenment, held essentially atheistic and materialistic ideas in philosophy and republican, democratic views in politics. Still others have seen modernity as emerging both from and against a religious, and specifically Christian, worldview, given that the rethinking of several religious concepts, texts and institutions since the Renaissance eventually had secularizing consequences.
    The relationship between ideas and political, economic and socio-cultural contexts also plays a significant role in the ongoing historiographical debate on religion and modernity. The twentieth century saw the opposition between the reductionist approach of social-scientific positivism, which considered ideas, including religious ideas, as mere epiphenomena produced by socio-economic factors, and a view of ideas as able to influence or even determine social and political dynamics. Nevertheless, in recent decades a growing number of historians have adopted a methodological approach that pays great attention to the historical conditions and intellectual contexts of philosophical and religious discourses. According to this approach, ideas play a prominent role as constitutive elements of historical periods, both in themselves and in interacting with social, economic, cultural and political factors.
    At present, when controversial political issues are bringing renewed attention to the significance of religion at a global level, a deeper understanding of how the rethinking of religion and religious belief contributed to the making of the modern world may help to elaborate new theoretical frameworks for addressing current issues. Thus, “The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity” aims to explore the historical, contextual, and methodological issues that intellectual history should take into account when examining the interactions between religious belief and philosophical, political and scientific concepts.
    Call for Papers: Proposals for 20-minute individual papers are welcome. Proposals for panels, consisting of three 20-minute papers, are also welcome. Both are due no later than 31 December 2016, using the online submission form. Paper and panel proposals are welcome both from ISIH members and scholars who are not members of the Society. The language of the conference is English: all speakers are supposed to deliver their papers in English. Papers and panels may concentrate on any period, region, tradition or discipline relevant to the conference theme. The range of potential subjects of investigation is extremely broad, and may include, but is not limited to:
    •  the contribution of the rediscovery and rethinking of ancient religious beliefs and traditions to the making of modernity
    •  innovations in religious belief and theological doctrine since the High Middle Ages, with a focus on their role in shaping the modern world
    •  the religious dimensions of Renaissance thought, culture and art
    •  the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation in intellectual history
    •  the religious dimensions of the Scientific Revolution
    •  modern biblical hermeneutics and its impact on the modern mind
    •  the relationship between the Enlightenment and religion
    •  reason and revelation in natural religion, rational theology, physico-theology, skepticism, fideism, etc.
    •  discussing and rethinking traditional religious beliefs (e.g. belief in providence, miracles, prophecy, Messianism, millenarianism, the devil, the hell, exorcism, magic, mystical experience, etc.)
    •  atheism, deism, skepticism and irreligion
    •  the role of religious belief in the Age of Revolution
    •  the impact of religious concerns and concepts on legal and political theory
    •  religious toleration and religious freedom
    •  rethinking the rights, position and role of religious minorities in the making of modernity
    •  the consideration of Judaism and Islam in modern western culture
    •  interactions between western civilization and Eastern cultures, with a focus on religious matters
    •  religion in philosophical, sociological and historiographical discourses on modernity and post-modernity
Website and detailed info sheet.
Contact: Diego Lucci.

June 1-2, 2017
Leuven Kant Conference
University of Leuven
Huis Bethlehem, Schapenstraat 34
Leuven, Belgium
Thursday, June 1
    9.00-9.30  Registration and Coffee
    9.30-9.40  Welcome: Karin de Boer (KU Leuven)
    9.40-11:10  Konstantin Pollok (South Carolina): "Epistemic Normativity in Kant’s Critical Works"; respondent Henny Blomme (KU Leuven); chair Karin de Boer (KU Leuven) [Auditorium Wolfspoort]
        11.30-12.15  Lorenzo Sala (Pisa/Johns Hopkins): "Fichte or Baumgarten? A systematic account of Kant's Selbstsetzungslehre" [Dijlezaal]
        11.30-12.15  Jonas Jervell Indregard (Sun Yat-Sen U): "An Unnoticed Influence: Kant on Error, Spontaneity, and Normativity" [Raadzaal]
        12.15-13.00  Cheng-Hao Lin (LMU München): "The Judgments of Perception and the Self-Knowledge" [Dijlezaal]
        12.15-13.00  Simon Truwant (KU Leuven): "Transcendental illusion and the ‘post-truth era’" [Raadzaal]
        14.00-14.45  Henny Blomme (KU Leuven): "Is there an objective measure for intensive quantity?" [Dijlezaal]
        14.00-14.45  Ido Geiger (Ben-Gurion U Negev): "The Second Formula of the Categorical Imperative and the End of Moral Action" [Raadzaal]
        14.45-15.30  Cody Staton (KU Leuven): "Kant on Empirical Schematism" [Dijlezaal]
        14.45-15.30  Anastasia Berg (U Chicago): "You Can’t Move without Being Moved, On the Moral Significance of The Human Capacity for Feeling" [Raadzaal]
        15.30-16.15  Weijia Wang (KU Leuven): "Kant’s Mathematical Sublime and the Synthesis of Reproduction" [Dijlezaal]
        15.30-16.15  Katharina Naumann (JLU Giessen/GAU Göttingen): "The Significance of the Good Example: Thoughts on §52 of the Doctrine of Virtue" [Raadzaal]
        16.45-17.30  Johan Blok (Hanze U Applied Sciences): "Kant's Conception of Mathematics in the Prize Essay" [Dijlezaal]
        16.45-17.30   [Raadzaal]
    17.30-19.00  Jeanine Grenberg (St. Olaf Coll): "The Inveterate Debtor as Arrogant, Conceited Ass and Servile, Sycophantic Flatterer: Kant and Austen on Failures in the Virtues of Self-Respect and Debt Management"; respondent Julia Peters (Tübingen); chair Simon Truwant (KU Leuven) [Auditorium Wolfspoort]
Friday, June 2
        10.00-10.45  David de Bruijn (Pittsburgh): "The Achilles after the Paralogisms" [Dijlezaal]
        10.00-10.45  Michael Nelson (UC Riverside): "Consent and Treating People as Ends" [Raadzaal]
        10.45-11.30  Miguel Herszenbaun (U Buenos Aires/CONICET): "Reflections on the production of the Antinomy of pure reason" [Dijlezaal]
        10.45-11.30  Luke J. Davies (Oxford): "Voluntary slavery and self-ownership in Kant's Rechtslehre" [Raadzaal]
        12.00-12.45  Jannis Pissis (U Patras, Greece): "Kant's Only Possible Argument, the Transcendental Ideal and Spinozism" [Dijlezaal]
        12.00-12.45  Lu Chao (KU Leuven): "Like Devils, But Still Humans: A Systematical Re-examination and Defense of Kant's View of (Quasi-)Diabolical Evil" [Raadzaal]
        14.00-14.45  Martin Arias-Albisu (U Buenos Aires/CONICET): "On Kant’s Conception of the Scientific Character of Improper Science" [Dijlezaal]
        14.00-14.45  Aaron Halper (Catholic U America): "The Practical Telos of Theoretical Reason: The Physico-Theology of Kant’s Canon of Pure Reason" [Raadzaal]
        14.45-15.30  Pavel Reichl (Essex): "Thinking Particularity in General: Kant’s Special Metaphysics and its Vicissitudes" [Dijlezaal]
        14.45-15.30  Jakob Huber (London Sch Econ Pol Sci): "Kant’s cosmopolitanism as a task set to humanity" [Raadzaal]
    16.00-17.30  Julia Jansen (KU Leuven): "Kant on Inner Sense"; respondent Karin de Boer (KU Leuven) [Auditorium Wolfspoort]
Contact: Karin de Boer.

June 8, 2017
Concepts and Methods in Philosophy and the History of Science
Susana Gomez (Madrid): "From Artigianal to Philosophical Anamorphosis: The Case of the Anamorphic Elephant of Simon Vouet"
University of Ghent
Freddy Mortier Room, Faculty Library, Rozier 44, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ghent, Belgium
Contacts: Delphine Bellis and Charles Wolfe.

*June 8-9, 2017
Conference: What Were the Early Moderns Afraid of?
University of Antwerp

June 15-17, 2017
Conference: Teaching the New Science: the role of Academia during the Scientific Revolution
Department of History of Philosophy, University of Groningen
Oude Boteringestraat 52
Groningen, The Netherlands
The new scientific worldview emerged during the seventeenth century has been often considered as radically opposed to the Aristotelian-Scholastic philosophy that dominated universities at the time. Recent scholarship has significantly nuanced this picture by revealing the intricate osmosis between the Academic world and the new frontiers of natural philosophy. Textbooks and university courses are privileged laboratories to study the dissemination of ideas, the emergences of new methods, the evolution of controversies and the shaping of new scientific paradigms.
Confirmed invited speakers:
    •  Christian Leduc (Montréal)
    •  Roger Ariew (South Florida)
    •  Klaas van Berkel (Groningen)
    •  Patricia Easton (Claremont Graduate)
    •  Helen Hattab (Houston)
    •  Sophie Roux (ENS Paris)
    •  Tad Schmaltz (Michigan, Ann Arbor)
This conference aims to bring together scholars working on different facets of the history and circulation of scientific ideas within and around the seventeenth century academic milieu. We welcome abstracts for papers on topics related to the conference theme. Possible topics for paper presentation include: controversies in the academic milieu; canonical and non canonical figures in the history of science and philosophy; experimental practices, laboratories and scientific societies; science and religion issues in the university context; textbooks and philosophical debates; teaching practices and the new science; women in academia. Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture to Dr. Andrea Sangiacomo by February 1, 2017. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a doc or docx file (please don’t use pdf format). The author’s name and contact information (name, affiliation, email and professional status – doctoral student; postdoc; lecturer; etc.) should also be specified in your e-mail message. Information on accommodations and travel can be found on the conference website.
Contact: Andrea Sangiacomo.

July 17-21, 2017
International Hume Society Conference
Providence, RI
We invite papers in all areas of Hume studies but especially welcome submissions bearing some relation to the conference themes:
    •  Hume and Berkeley
    •  Hume on time and its significance
    •  Hume on human differences (including differences of sex, race, nation, ethnicity, and between humans and animals)
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 conferences/cmgr/. Hume Society Young Scholar Awards are given to qualifying graduate students whose papers are accepted through the normal anonymous review process. Deadline for Submissions: November 1, 2016. Please email for questions regarding paper submissions.

August 2-4, 2017
Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Abstracts (750 words) due no later than March 15, 2017.
Contact: Thomas Vinci.

September 6-9, 2017
European Consortium for Political Research Conference: Kant on Political Change
University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway
We invite paper proposals for panels on the following themes:
    1. The History of Pure Reason (Convenors: Sorin Baiasu and Avery Goldman)
    2. Rights and Duties in Kantian Legal and Political Philosophy (Convenors: Alyssa Bernstein and Christoph Hanisch)
    3. From State of Nature to Civil Society (Convenors: Luke Davies and Paola Romero)
    4. Realism and Idealism in Kant's Political Thought (Convenors: Daniel Tourinho Peres and Alice Pinheiro Walla)
    5. Kant on Revolution (Convenors: Jakub Szeczepanski and Christian Rostbøll)
    6. From Cosmopolitanism to the Closed Commercial State (Convenors: Howard Williams and Reidar Maliks)
    7. Rawls on Kantian Cosmopolitanism (Convenor: Ruhi Demiray)
In addition, panel proposals on new themes (3-5 papers) can also be submitted. Paper proposals (title, a 500-word abstract and 3-8 keywords) can be submitted here. Panel proposals (title, 3-8 keywords, 500-word abstract, and 3-5 paper proposals) can be submitted here.
Deadline: 15 February 2017.
Please note: To submit a paper or panel proposal, you need to be a member of the ECPR: joining is free and easy: complete the online form and click 'Submit'. Also: once a member, please consider joining the Kantian Standing Group: again, it is free and easy: after you login, click on MyECPR (top right) and select 'My Groups'; click on the 'Renew Membership' button corresponding to the Kantian Standing Group.

It is certainly obvious that change will play a certain role in Kant’s thinking, particularly in his political writings; after all, Kant himself witnessed important political and more generally social changes during his lifetime. What critics usually point to is not the lack of an account of change in Kant’s thought, but the significance or rather lack of significance this seems to be given from the perspective of Kant’s account of the a priori structures through which he thinks we are in interaction with the world. Given the epistemic significance of these structures, as having an absolute validity from the perspective of our limited capacities, they appear to us as unchanging and not to be changed. From this limited perspective, change would seem a contingent inconvenience, rather than a necessary, meaningful and important aspect of our lives.
    As a result, difficulties seem to surface at various junctures in Kant’s thinking. For instance, Kant’s account of the a priori structures of interaction with the world or, in short, his account of pure reason (whether theoretical or practical, moral-political) seems in contradiction with his attempt to discuss the “The History of Pure Reason”; if pure reason consists of a priori structures which make possible our cognition of the world and of its natural and moral laws, then there can be no history of pure reason.
    Moreover, in his account of political revolution, Kant acknowledges it as a historical phenomenon, but dismisses it as not legitimate from a normative point of view. As a radical change in a society, a revolution is a focal point for a discussion of political change and, yet, Kant seems to reject it not only as unable to achieve what it sets out to do, but also as clearly detrimental to that aim. Furthermore, Kant’s account of the transition from the state of nature to a juridical condition acknowledges the provisional character of rights in the state of nature, but also enjoins us to leave the state of nature and move towards a juridical condition. And, yet, the provisional character of many of our rights can be easily observed as an enduring feature of our social and political existence.
    What is more, Kant’s comments on cosmopolitanism and the closed commercial state indicate that a similar tension can be found at work in Kant’s discussion of the relations between states. More generally perhaps, Kant offers priority to ideal theory and then seems to find it difficult to account for the clear significance of non-ideal theorising. As a result, in many instances in the literature, the debate between ideal and non-ideal theory has worked with a shared assumption that Kant’s and other Kantian theories are idealised and focus on the necessity of the laws they consider, to the detriment of the contingent, and non-ideal circumstances in which we actually live our lives.
    This Section is designed to attract contributions on these and related issues. The plan to submit a Section proposal on political change in Kant has already attracted considerable interest with 7 potential Panel proposals on the topics above.
Contact: Sorin Baiasu.

October 13-15, 2017
Leibniz Society of North America
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
The conference will start on the afternoon of the 13th and run till about noon on the 15th. 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 500 words or less, prepared for blind review. They should be submitted, as an attachment to an email in either Microsoft Word or PDF format, to The deadline for the receipt of submissions is March 31, 2017. Authors will be notified by May 15, 2017 of the program committee’s decision.
Contact: Marleen Rozemond.

October 20-22, 2017
Midwest Seminar in Modern Philosophy
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Papers on any aspect of early modern philosophy (up to and including Kant) will be considered and should have a reading time of approximately 45 minutes. Submissions should take the form of abstracts of 500–800 words, prepared for anonymous review. They should be submitted, as an attachment to an email in either Microsoft Word or PDF format, to The deadline for the receipt of submissions is April 1, 2017. Authors will be notified by April 20, 2017 of the program committee’s decision.
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.

June 2018
Conference: Berkeley and His Contemporaries
Newport, RI
Contacts: Keota Fields, Bertil Belfrage, or Nancy Kendrick.

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