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

February 24-25, 2017
Conference: Conceptions of Experience in the German Enlightenment between Wolff and Kant
Institute of Philosophy, Room N
University of Leuven
Kardinaal Mercierplein 2
Leuven, Belgium
Keynote speakers: Christian Leduc (Montréal), Arnaud Pelletier (Brussels), Anne-Lise Rey (Lille), Udo Thiel (Graz)
    The purpose of this conference is to analyze the various conceptions of experience at play in eighteenth-century German philosophy between Leibniz's death in 1716 and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. During this period, the classical Aristotelian definition of experience as cognition of singulars–-to some extent still present in Wolff–-became confronted with the Baconian and Newtonian accounts of empirical knowledge. In the decades before the mid-century, the views of Locke and Hume, as well as French sensualism and materialism, complicated the prevailing German perspective on experience even more: the notion of empirical or ‘historical’ knowledge became linked to experiment and observation, investigations into perception and sensation took center stage, and ‘inner experience’ grew into a widely discussed topic.
    The Berlin Academy, through the prize-essay contests it organized and the writings of its members, importantly contributed to the dissemination of Newtonianism and empiricism. Yet while most philosophers acknowledged the fundamental role of experience, they tried to accomodate the modern notions of experience to a view of cognition and science influenced by Wolffian metaphysics. The question as to the contribution of foundational metaphysical principles and empirical data to scientific knowledge was much discussed, as was the relationship between inner and outer experience, experience and thought, experience and judgment, experience and facts, experience and perception, experience and experiment, and perception and apperception.
    Challenging the historiographical opposition between empiricism and rationalism, the conference aims to explore the often ambivalent or fluid conceptions of experience at work in these debates, as well their influence on disciplines such as psychology and aesthetics. Whereas all contributions relevant to these topics are welcome, we are particularly interested in contributions on the conceptions of experience elaborated by members of the Berlin Academy and by participants in the contests initiated by this institution. The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, junior researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion.
    Abstracts (of no more than 500 words) should be sent in MSWord as attachment to no later than October 15, 2016. Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the e-mail. Notification of acceptance by November 15, 2016.
Contacts: Karin de Boer and Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet.

March 8, 2017
Mary Wollstonecraft Life, Work and Legacy Conference
University of Hull
The Guildhall, Lowgate
Hull, UK
9.00-9.30  Registration
9.30-9.45  Welcome
9.45-10.30  Janet Todd (Ground Floor Room C1)
Panels I
    10.45-11.15  Carlotta Cossutta: "'To Have Power Over Themselves': Mary Wollstonecraft and the Self-Government of Women" (Ground Floor Room C1)
    10.45-11.15  Valentina Pramaggiore: "Deconstructing the Boundaries: Genre and Gender in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Letters written during a short residence in Sweden, Norway and Denmark" (First Floor Reception)
    10.45-11.15  Angela Maione: "Rights of Woman over the Centuries: Between Radical Politics and Domestication" (First Floor Room 77)
    11.15-11.45  Ros Hague: "Autonomy and Citizenship in the work of Mary Wollstonecraft" (Ground Floor Room C1)
    11.15-11.45  Kerri-Leanne Taylor: "A Mother’s Legacy: Finding Mary Wollstonecraft in Mary Shelley’s Mathilda" (First Floor Reception)
    11.15-11.45  Alice Elizabeth Whiteoak: "Mary Wollstonecraft: ‘Uncovering the Legacy of Feminism’" (First Floor Room 77)
    11.45-12.15  JI Hee Kim: "‘When will thy government become the most perfect’: History, Violence, and Revolution in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution" (Ground Floor Room C1)
    11.45-12.15  Olivia Laws: "How Does Wollstonecraft’s Rhetoric Take Account of a Male-Dominated Public Sphere?" (First Floor Reception)
    11.45-12.15  Anousch Khorikian: "Breathless: Sylvia Plath and Mary Wollstonecraft’s posthumous lives" (First Floor Room 77)
1.15-1.50  Caroline Criado Perez (Ground Floor Room C1)
1.50-2.25  Roberta Wedge (Ground Floor Room C1)
Panels II
    2.30-3.00  Corinne Painter: "Philosophy and Feminism in Germany: the League of Jewish Women" (First Floor Room 77)
    2.30-3.00  Victoria Browne: "Feminist historiography and Wollstonecraft’s religiosity: historical time, the secular and the divine" (Ground Floor Room C1)
    3.00-3.30  Katarzyna Ciarcinska and Katarzyna Zawadzka: "The Actual character of Mary Wollstonecraft's work: A vindication of the rights of Polish women" (First Floor Room 77)
    3.00-3.30  Nóra Séllei: "The Female Body and Feminine Embodiment in Mary Wollstonecraft’s The Vindication of the Rights of Woman" (Ground Floor Room C1)
    3.30-4.00  Anna Birch: "The Wollstonecraft Live Experience" (First Floor Room 77)
    3.30-4.00  Eyja M. Brynjarsdóttir: "Why Wollstonecraft is not a Misogynist" (Ground Floor Room C1)
4.15-5.00  Sandrine Berges: "Revolution, Feminism and Religion" (Ground Floor Room C1)
6.00-7.00  Michèle Le Doeuff: "Mary in the XXIst Century" (First Floor Reception)
Contact: Kathleen Lennon.

March 9-10, 2017
Artefacts of Order in 17th Century Thought
University of Cologne
Aachenerstr. 217, Building of the a.r.t.e.s School
3rd Floor, “Skyfall” room, 3. A06
Cologne, Germany
Thursday, 9 March
    13:00  Gathering
    13:15  Opening Remarks
    13:30-14:15  Rainer Schäfer (Bonn): "Alteration and identity in Descartes’ wax example"
    14:15-15:00  Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild (Cologne): "Descartes on music"
    15:30-16:15  Andreas Hüttemann (Cologne): "Malebranche and the order of nature"
    16:15-17:00  Thomas Hainscho (Klagenfurt): "Coordinate system and space: On the spatial order in the physical writings of Descartes and Newton"
    17:00-17:45  Shared Reading: TBA
Friday, 10 March
    11:00-11:45  Olivier Dubouclez (Liège): "The reasons of analysis: Order and synopsis in Descartes (1640-1641)"
    11:45-12:30  Michael Moriarty (Cambridge): "Orders and order in Pascal"
    13:30-14:15  Guy Guldentops (Cologne): "‘Order’ in some medieval and early modern philosophical florilegia"
    14:15-15:00  Giuliano Gasparri (Enna): "Order, method and first principles in XVIIth century philosophical dictionaries (Micraelius, Goclenius and Chauvin)"
    11:45-12:30  Benjamin Steiner (Erfurt): "Various Orders in the writing of history in the 17th century"
    11:45-12:30  Edouard Mehl (Lille): "Order in Copernicus"
    17:00-17:30  Concluding Remarks
Contact: Adi Efal-Lautenschläger.

March 10-12, 2017
Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy
Conference: Science in the Scottish Enlightenment
Cooper Conference Room
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
The philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment was marked by a distinctive ambition--to extend the observational methods of science to study of the human as well as the physical world. The pursuit of this ambition led to many innovative studies of mind and metaphysics, as well as morality, aesthetics and politics. It also led to an investigation of the methods themselves, and the conception of ‘science’ that underlay them. This conference aims to explore many of these important topics, both philosophically and historically. Submissions are invited on any aspect of this general theme. Abstracts of 300-500 words should be sent as email attachments to by Nov 1st, 2016, with author details in the accompanying email only. Decisions will be advised by early December. Registration will open in January 2017.
    This conference is associated with research for the Scottish Philosphy in the 18th century Volume 2 edited by James Harris (St Andrews) and Aaron Garrett (Boston U). This volume is part of the 5-volume, multi-authored History of Scottish Philosophy (General editor Gordon Graham) published by Oxford University Press. The first two volumes were published to coincide with the CSSP spring conference 2015, a volume devoted to Scottish philosophy in the 17th century is due to be published in 2017, and a fifth volume on Scottish philosophy in the Renaissance is currently under discussion.

March 13-14, 2017
Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: Philosophy of/and Education
University of Oxford, Mansfield College
Mansfield Road
Oxford, UK
Monday, March 13
    9.00-9.30  Registration and coffee
    9.30-10.30  Julie Klein (Villanova): "‘Spinozan Pedagogy’
    10.30-11.30  Anik Waldow (Sydney): ‘Locke on Habit and Experience in the Formation of the Self’
    12.00-1.00  Nabeel Hamid (U Pennsylvania): ‘Domesticating Descartes: Johann Clauberg’s Scholasticization of the New Science’
    2.30-3.30  Anna Markwart (Nicolaus Copernicus U Torun): ‘Adam Smith’s Remarks on Education’
    3.30-4.30  Valerie Kuzmina (Ottawa): ‘Music as Moral Authenticity: Reinstating the Role of Music in Rousseau’s Philosophy of Education’
    5.00-6.00  Karen Detlefsen (U Pennsylvania): ‘Emilie Du Châtelet on Education and Women's Minds’
Tuesday, March 14
    9.00-9.30  Coffee
    9.30-10.30  Lim Lung Chieh (Ottawa): ‘Going to School with Luther: 18th–Century German Philosophical Conceptions of the Modern University and Their Lutheran Heritage’
    10.30-11.30  Sergio A. Gallegos (Metro St U Denver) & Adriana Clavel (Sheffield): ‘The Socratic Pedagogy of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’
    12.00-1.00  Teresa Bejan (Oxford): ‘"For the Want Whereof This Nation Perishes": John Milton on Education’
    2.30-3.30  Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser): ‘Shifting Epistemic Authority and the Role of Education’
Attendance is free and all are welcome, but we ask that you register by emailing Paul Lodge. In addition, there is a conference dinner (£25) on Mon 13th, for which registration and prepayment is required.
Contact: Paul Lodge.

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
Time: 9:15 a.m. - 5 p.m. (lunch 12:00-1:30 on your own)
Speakers: Thomas Merrill (American U) and Scott Yenor (Boise State)
Commentators: Elizabeth Goodnick (Metropolitan State U Denver) and Anton Matytsin (Kenyon C)
Contact: Kristen Irwin.

April 5-6, 2017
Grotius's Place in the History of Moral and Political Thought
Institute of Philosophy
KU Leuven
Lueven, Belgium
Keynote address: Annabel Brett (Cambridge)
Deadline for abstracts was Dec. 1, 2016
What, if anything, is new in Grotius’s moral and political thought? Do Grotius’s works herald the coming of ‘modernity’ or should the Dutch thinker be seen as an eclectic and erudite but not terribly original writer? Grotius’s successors in the natural law tradition generally emphasized his originality. According to Jean Barbeyrac (1674-1744), prior to Grotius little progress was made “in the knowledge of the true fundamental principles of the law of nature, and the right method of explaining that science”. He called the Dutch humanist “the first who broke the ice” of mind-numbing scholastic philosophy. Likewise, at the end of TMS Adam Smith (1723-1790) declares that “Grotius seems to have been the first who attempted to give the world anything like a system of those principles which ought to run through, and be the foundation of the laws of all nations”. Carl Schmitt (1888-1985), on the other hand, maintained that “Grotius was no trailblazer”. “In comparison with Bodin’s conceptual clarity, Grotius’ method was a scientific regression”.
    In recent years, many intellectual historians and historians of philosophy have weighed in on the question of the alleged modernity of Grotius’s thought. The controversy surrounding Grotius’s place in the history of moral and political thought endures in part because scholars employ different marks of ‘modernity’. It does not help that Grotius is studied by scholars from various institutional backgrounds – including history, philosophy, law, international relations and theology – each bringing their own canon and set of research questions to bear on the Dutch thinker.
Contact: Erik De Bom.

April 6-8, 2017
British Society for the History of Philosophy
University of Sheffield
Diamond Bldg
Sheffield, UK
Keynote speakers: Angie Hobbs (Sheffield), Luc Foisneau (EHESS, Paris), Dina Emundts (Konstanz)
The BSHP invites scholars to submit symposium and individual paper proposals for its general conference. Symposia and individual papers are invited on any topic and any period of the history of philosophy. Proposals for either symposia (3-4 thematically related presentations) or individual presentations (approximately 25-30 minutes) are welcome. Symposium submissions are especially encouraged. Proposal Submission Deadline: 1 October 2016; decision by 1 December 2016. Submissions should be sent as an email attachment (in Word) to:
Proposals for symposia should include:
    -  Title of symposium
    -  Symposium summary statement (maximum 500 words)
    -  Titles and abstracts of papers (maximum 500 words for each paper)
    -  Address of each participant, including e-mail, phone, and institution
    -  Name and email of symposium organizer, who will serve as contact person
Proposals for papers should include:
    -  name and address and email of the participant
    -  title and abstract of the paper (maximum 500 words)
Contact: Jeremy Dunham.

April 10-11, 2017
Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Edinburgh University
Edinburgh, Scotland
Key note speakers: Beth Lord (Aberdeen) and Peter Millican (Oxford)
The SSEMP VIII is the 8th edition of a yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working in Early Modern Philosophy. The aim is to foster scholarly exchange among the different generations of academics in the UK and to strengthen international collaboration. We welcome abstracts on any topic in pre-Kantian early modern philosophy (broadly defined, ranging from late Renaissance philosophy to the Enlightenment). We particularly encourage proposals that consider early modern philosophy in relation to other related disciplines, such as theology, intellectual history and/or the history of science. Presentations should be in English and approximately 30-35 minutes in reading length. We make an effort to assure a reasonable gender balance.
    The SSEMP awards a Graduate Student Essay Prize which this year, like in previous years, is funded by the British Society for the History of Philosophy. The prize includes an invitation to present the essay at the SSEMP and a bursary of £200 towards travel and accommodation. The bursary cannot be used for any other purpose. Submissions to the essay competition should include: (1) Name, affiliation, name and email of supervisor, and personal contact information; (2) the complete essay (max. 6000 words, including notes). Everything should be gathered in a single pdf or word file. Deadline for submissions is 15 December 2016. They should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke on Those who wish to submit a proposal both as a complete text for the essay competition and as a short abstract for the regular program are free to do so.
    Abstracts for the regular program (approx. 300 words, abstract and contact information in a single pdf or word file) should be sent to Mogens Lærke. Graduate students submitting to the regular program should include contact information for one referee (typically the supervisor).
    Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 December 2016. Due to very high numbers of submissions we can no longer undertake to respond individually to all of them. Applicants who have not been contacted within one month by 15 January should consider their submission declined. Please note that the SSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation for speakers.
Contacts: Mogens Laerke and Pauline Phemister.

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 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
New York, NY
Keynote speakers: François Duchesneau (Université de Montréal), Christia Mercer (Columbia), Anja Jauernig (NYU)
    The workshop aims to foster exchange and collaboration among scholars, students, and anyone with an interest in Early Modern Philosophy. We welcome presentations of papers on any topic in early modern philosophy (roughly covering the period 1600-1800). Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words no later than January 15, 2017.
    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. More details about the program, accommodation options, and other practical matters will be made available through the conference website.
Contacts: Ohad Nachtomy, Bar-Ilan, 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.

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 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 21-24, 2017
Conference: “Berkeley’s philosophy after the Principles and the Three Dialogues
Nicolaus Copernicus University
Toruń, Poland
Contacts: Adam Grzelinski or Bertil Belfrage.

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.
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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 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.

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