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 (email@example.com). 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.
May 24, 2019
Leuven Kant Conference 2019: Kant's Transcendental Dialectic
University of Leuven
Room S, Kardinaal Mercierplein 2
9.00-9.30 Marc Nicolas Sommer (Basel): "Kant’s Engagement with Baumgarten’s Metaphysica in the Doctrine of the Transcendental Ideal"
9.30-10.15 Michael Oberst (Humboldt U Berlin): “'The Natural Course Taken by Every Human Reason': The Function of Section Three of the Transcendental Ideal"
10.15-11.00 Richard Fincham (American U Cairo): "Hume’s Mitigated Pyrrhonism and the Realization of the Antinomy of Pure Reason"
12.15-13.00 Stephen Howard (KU Leuven): "A Hidden Source: The Significance of Crusius for Kant’s Antinomy"
14.00-14.45 Jann Paul Engler (LMU Munich): "The Infinity of Time and Kant’s 'Regulative Principle'”
14.45-15.30 Karin de Boer (KU Leuven): "The Sensible Root of the Cosmological Conflicts"
15.30-16.15 Avery Goldman (DePaul): "Kant’s Regulative Cosmology"
16.45-17.30 Miguel Herszenbaun (U Buenos Aires): "Kant’s Metaphysical Deduction of Transcendental Ideas in the Critique of Pure Reason: Syllogisms and Representations. A Two-Step Deduction"
17.30-18.15 Jennifer Mensch (Western Sydney): "From Natural Theology to Natural Ends: Kant’s Transcendental Deduction of the Ideas of Reason"
Contact: Stephen Howard or Karin de Boer.
May 29-30, 2019
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Groningen, Faculty of Philosophy
The DSEMP brings together advanced students and established scholars to discuss the latest work in early modern philosophy, broadly conceived. The language of presentation and discussion is English. Keynote speakers: Katherin Brading (Duke) and Marleen Rozemond (Toronto).
Submission guidelines: We welcome abstracts prepared for peer review 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, and methodological reflections on doing Early Modern philosophy. Please submit abstracts (400 words max.) to our EasyChair page (first time users will be asked to register with EasyChair). Deadline for abstract submission: 10 January 2019 (11.59 pm – Amsterdam time). Decisions will follow by the end of March. 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: Laura Georgescu.
June 5-7, 2019
Responses to Newton: The impact of the mathematical-experimental paradigm on natural philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysics (1687–1800)
Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven
Andreas Vesaliusstraat 2
Invited Speakers: Mary Domski (U New Mexico), Lisa Downing (Ohio State), Philippe Hamou (U Paris Nanterre), Christian Leduc (U Montréal), Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (Bucharest)
Contact: Karin de Boer.
June 6-7, 2019
Finnish-Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Helsinki
Main Bldg Hall 8
Thursday, June 6
9:30-10:30 Jack Stetter (Paris 8): "Spinoza on Stupidity: The Power of False Ideas and Persistent Ignorance"
11:00-12:00 Ericka Tucker (Marquette): "Hobbes and Spinoza on Conatus"
13:30-14:30 Jessica Tizzard (Connecticut): "Why does Kant Think We Must Believe in the Immortal Soul?"
15:00-16:00 Jen Nguyen (Harvard): "Leibniz on Distance"
16:15-17:15 Zachary Agoff (San Francisco St): "A Metaphysical Method for Moral Development: Descartes and Elisabeth on Morally Relevant Knowledge"
Friday, June 7
9:30-10:30 Kevin R. Busch (Davidson Coll): "Hume on the Origin and Limits of Thought"
11:00-12:00 Timo Kaitaro (Helsinki): "Hume and the Artificial Structures of the Human Mind"
13:30-14:30 Nicholas Vallone (Wisconsin-Madison): "Locke’s Theory of Memory"
15:00-16:00 Matthew Leisinger (Cambridge): "Cudworth on Freewill"
16:30-18:00 Alison Simmons (Harvard): "New Narratives in Early Modern Philosophy: The Road Ahead" (Note Bdlg Change: Tiedekulma/Think Corner, Yliopistonkatu 4)
Contact: Vili Lähteenmäki.
June 6-7, 2019
Conference: Hobbes's Political Thought
Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università di Roma La Sapienza
Villa Mirafiori, Via Carlo Fea, 2
Keynote lectures: Stefano Petrucciani (Roma La Sapienza) and Yves Charles Zarka (Sorbonne Paris Descartes U).
We invite papers on any aspect of Hobbes’s philosophy relevant to his political thought for presentation and discussion during the Second International Conference Thomas Hobbes organized by the Hobbes Scholars International Association. Papers 20 minutes + discussion; English, Italian and French. If you would like to present a paper, please send a short abstract (no more than 500 words) by the 5th January 2019 to Liang Pang, scientific secretary of the Hobbes Scholars International Association. We will inform you of the result of the selection by the 10th February 2019. If your contribution is accepted, you will have to send the complete paper by the 15th April 2019.
Registration for conference: Member of the association-100€/120$/90£; non member-130€/160$/120£; Student-50€/60$/45£.
Contact: Liang Pang.
June 17, 2019
Lecture: Mark W. Elliott: "Jonathan Edwards and his 'Biblical Aesthetic' in Light of His Exegetical Tradition"
3:30-5:00, Lecture Theatre 1
Jonathan Edwards Center
Rendall Bldg, Bedford Street South
University of Liverpool
Contact: Daniel Hill.
June 17-20, 2019
International Conference: Women in Modern Philosophy
Rio de Janeiro State University - UERJ
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is a national center of Early Modern Philosophy (above all, at the UERJ and UFRJ), one of the more developed areas of research in philosophy in our country. All Brazilian researchers who confirmed participation in the meeting are heirs of that school of reading the history of philosophy with a method of conceptual analysis, with deep respect to the letter of the historical text. It would be a great joy and could also be an occasion for us to begin an exchange and network on Early Moderh Philosophy’s research also with a regard to the possibilities of rewriting the canon. The meeting is already on its preliminary arrangements. Works on the thoughts of Elisabeth of Bohemia, Margareth Cavendish, Catharine Trotter Cockburn, The two “Sophies”, Cristina of Sweden, Anne Conway, Émilie Du Châtelet, among other women, are expected. Topic areas:
• Cartesian Account of Will
• Judgment and Will in the Seventeenth Century
• The Role of Letters in Early Modern Philosophy
• The Nature of Mind
• The Relation of Mind and Body
• Questions on Infinite and Finite
• Education, Fixation and Rewriting the Canon in the History of Early Modern Philosophy
• Ruth Hagengruber – Paderborn University
• Marilena Chauí – Universiy of São Paulo
• Lisa Shapiro – Simon Fraser University
• Ulysses Pinheiro – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
• Sabbrina Ebbersmeyer – University of Copenhagen
• Lia Levy – Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
• Sarah Hutton – York University
We invite whoever is interested in taking part of it to submit a lecture proposal (related to the topic of the conference) including a title, an abstract (minimum 300 words, maximum 500 words), 5 keywords summarizing it, and a resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is the 10th February 2019. Lectures will be each 30 minutes long and will be followed by an 10 minutes talk. Lectures can be given either in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
Website; alternate website.
Contact: Katarina Peixoto. Register for the conference.
June 19, 2019
Personality and Humanity in Kant: Theoretical, Moral and Anthropological Perspectives
University of Lisbon
School of Arts and Humanities
Oftentimes taken as a thinker of the individual, others as a thinker of the universal, Kant’s thought has been greatly reduced to these two dimensions and is seen as aiming at one or the other, but seldom at both as one. As such, Kant the cosmologist, the physical geographer, the aestheticist, the anthropologist, considers the individual in order to ultimately ascertain the universal, whereas Kant the critical philosopher, the logician, the metaphysician starts from universal principles in order to explain the individual. The reality of Kant’s views on the human being, however, is quite different. As proof of this stands the very fertile emergence and consolidation of the concept of person throughout Kant’s work, and what its gradual construction comes to mean for Kant’s unique concept of the human being. A key-concept ever since Kant’s work as a cosmologist, a geographer, an anthropologist, visible in its pivotal position in cosmogony or in the anthropological concept of a pragmatic I/We – the concept of personality would also be at the core of Kant’s positions on practical philosophy, politics or history, only to play a no less relevant role in his critical philosophy. Kant’s concept of person therefore escapes the limitations of individuality and/or universality, and brings such concepts, as well as their fields of thought, closer together. It suggests a new concept of human being that is as multifarious as the different fields of knowledge upon which it is construed. The concept of person, in its relation to that of humanity, is therefore central in Kant’s work, and its fertile, multidimensional nature offers the possibility for a new reassessment of Kant’s positions on the human being from the different scopes of Ecology, Cosmology, Politics, Aesthetics or Philosophy. This, we think, bears very noble and positive interdisciplinary possibilities, and may enable us to re-think Kant’s conception of humanity and its implications in light of the most potent socio-political and societal challenges of our days.
The organizing committee welcomes papers that explore the concepts of humanity and personality in Kant from any disciplinary perspective, while privileging those capable of showing the centrality of such concepts for a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the critical philosophy. Keynote speakers: Lea Ypi (London Sch Economics), Heiner Klemme (U Halle).
We invite all those interested to submit their abstracts to the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon. The conference will be divided between a morning section, devoted to presentations by non-Kantinsa members, and an afternoon section, devoted to presentations by Kantinsa members. Abstracts should address one of the dimensions of the Kantian topics mentioned above. They should be 600-800 words in length and be accompanied by a short bio-bibliographical note and 5 keywords. Abstracts may be presented in one of the languages of the conference (Portuguese, English, German, Italian, Spanish and French) and submitted for evaluation to Kant in South America Conference. Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 15, 2019.
July 10-12, 2019
Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
1130 McCain Bldg, 6135 University Ave.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Wednesday, July 10
10:00-11:20 Robert Mason (Toronto): “The Structure of Leibnizean Possible Worlds”
11:35-1:00 Jack Stetter (Loyola, New Orleans): “François Lamy’s Cartesian Refutation of Spinoza’s Ethics”
2:00-3:20 Kyle Driggers (Barnard C, Columbia): “The Unity of Substance and Attribute in Spinoza”
3:35-5:00 Jacob Adler (Arkansas): “Spinoza and Medical Epistemology”
Thursday, July 11
10:00-11:20 Tom Vinci (Dalhousie U): "Two Rules of Truth and the Cartesian Circle"
11:35-1:00 Andreea Mihali (Wilfrid Laurier): “Looking at Descartes Through the History of Art”
2:00-3:20 Jerilyn Tinio (Ohio St): "Descartes's Privation Theory of Natural Change"
3:35-5:00 Michael Walschots (Trent U): “Kant and Smith on Achtung for the Law and Moral Recognition Respect”
Friday, July 12
10:00-11:20 Hope Sample (Grand Valley St.): "Anne Conway's Presentism"
11:35-1:00 Matthew Leisinger (Emmanuel C Cambridge): "Cudworth on Freewill"
2:00-3:20 Chloe Armstrong (Lawrence U): "Fact, Fiction and Philosophy: Margaret Cavendish's Blazing World"
3:35-5:30 Andrew Janiak (Duke): "Newtonian Gravity and du Châtelet's Metaphysics"
7:00 Conference Banquet (Location TBA)
Sautrday, July 13
Sightseeing in Nova Scotia with the group.
Contact: Tom Vinci.
July 22-26, 2019
Hume Society Conference
University of Nevada, Reno
Department of Philosophy
Monday, July 22
12:00-3:00 Mentoring Workshop, coordinator Katie Paxman (Brigham Young), Jones Ctr Atrium
3:30-5:00 Véronique Munoz-Dardé (Univ Coll London/U Cal Berkeley), Wheeler/Relay Room, Whitney Peak Hotel
5:00-7:00 Opening Remarks & Reception, Mt. Rose Room, Whitney Peak Hotel
Tuesday, July 23, Joe Crowley Student Union
8:30-9:00 Coffee, Theatre (3rd fl)
9:00-10:30 Elizabeth Radcliffe (Coll William & Mary), Hume, Passion, and Action; critics Donald Ainslie (Toronto), Katie Paxman (Brigham Young), Amy Schmitter (Alberta); Theatre (3rd fl)
11:00-12:15 David Landy (San Francisco St): “Memory and Imagination in Hume’s Treatise”; commentator Annmarie Butler (Iowa St), Glick Ballrm A (4th fl)
11:00-12:15 Nir Ben-Moshe (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): “Hume’s General Point of View: A Two-Stage Approach”; commentator Zaccheus Harmon (Illinois, Chicago), Glick Ballrm B (4th fl)
1:45-3:00 Kevin Busch (Davidson C): “Hume on the Genealogy and Limits of Thought”; commentator Tim Black (Cal St Northridge), Glick Ballrm A
1:45-3:00 Enrico Galvagni (Trento): “Hume on Pride, Vanity, and Society”; commentator Philip Reed (Canisius C), Glick Ballrm B
3:30-4:45 Hsueh Qu (Nat U Singapore): “Predication and Hume’s Conceivability Principle”; commentator Lewis Powell (SUNY Buffalo): Glick Ballrm A
3:30-4:45 Danielle Charette (U Chicago): “Public Credit and the Sinews of War: Machiavelli and Hume’s Political Discourses”; commentator Giovanni Grandi (U British Columbia), Glick Ballrm B
7:00 Optional Excursion: Baseball (Reno Aces vs. Tacoma Rainiers): meet in Whitney Peak Hotel Lobby (6:30 pm)
Wednesday, July 24, Davidson Mathematics and Science Center
8:30-9:00 Coffee, 1st fl
9:00-10:30 Andre Willis (Brown), Rm 110
11:00-12:15 Jason Collins (Cal Santa Barbara): “Epistemology as a Subset of Morality in Hume’s Philosophy”; commentator Dominic Dimech (Sydney), Rm 103
11:00-12:15 Alexis Glenn (Brown): “Toward a Humean Sense of Piety”; commentator Margaret Watkins (Saint Vincent C), Rm 105
1:45-3:00 Nathan Sasser (Furman): “Why Hume Believes in the Duration and Self-Identity of Changeless Objects”; commentator Bridger Ehli (Yale), Rm 103
1:45-3:00 Åsa Carlson (U Gävle, Stockholm U): “Structure and Feeling in Hume’s Accounts of the Indirect Passions”; commentator Jane McIntyre (Cleveland St), Rm 105
3:30-4:45 Richard Fry (Southern Illinois, Edwardsville): “Circularity in Hume’s ‘Of the Pride and Humility of Animals’”; commentator Angela Calvo de Saavedra (Pont U Javeriana), Rm 103
3:30-4:45 Byoungjae Kim (Durham U): “Sympathy and Reflection: The Antecedents of Conservatism in Hume’s Philosophy"; commentator Mark G. Spencer (Brock U), Rm 105
Thursday, July 25, Joe Crowley Student Union
8:30-9:00 Coffee, Theatre (3rd fl)
9:00-10:30 Panel on Hume and Mary Shepherd: Martha Bolton (Rutgers), Deborah Boyle (C Charleston), Don Garrett (NYU); Theatre 3rd fl
10:45-12:00 Gabriel Watts (Oxford): “A ‘Conquest’ Conception of Hume’s Experimental Science of Man”; commentator Rick McCarty (Eastern Carolina), Glick Ballrm A
10:45-12:00 Mark Collier (Minnesota, Morris): “A Humean Approach to the Boundaries of Morality”; commentator Ian Cruise (North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Glick Ballrm B
1:00 Lake Tahoe Excursion (beach, cruise, Shakespeare play): RSVP when registering
Friday, July 26, Joe Crowley Student Union
8:30-9:00 Coffee, Glick Ballrms
9:00-10:15 Elena Gordon (Sydney): “Hume on the Capabilities of Children and the Emergence of Fictions”; commentator Saul Traiger (Occidental C), Glick Ballrm A
9:00-10:15 Michael Jacovides (Purdue): “British Anti-Catholicism and Hume’s Essay on Miracles”; commentator Todd Ryan (Trinity C), Glick Ballrm B
10:45-12:00 Ariel Melamedoff (New York U): “Atomistic Time and Simultaneous Causation in Hume’s Treatise”; commentator Stefanie Rocknak (Hartwick C), Glick Ballrm A
10:45-12:00 Katie Paxman (Brigham Young) and Tarik LaCour (Utah Valley): “Religion Founded in Skepticism: Understanding Hume’s Dialogues through the Lens of the Treatise”; commentator Liz Goodnick (Metro St U Denver), Glick Ballrm B
12:00-1:45 Business Meeting Luncheon (free lunch for those who RSVP at registration), Great Room (4th fl)
1:45-3:00 Jonathan Cottrell (Wayne State): “What is Humean Reasoning?”; commentator Charles Goldhaber (Pittsburgh), Glick Ballrm A
1:45-3:00 Yuhei Yoshioka (Tokyo): “Hume on Motivation: Reason, Passion, and the Imagination”; commentator Juan Samuel Santos Castro (Pont U Javeriana), Glick Ballrm B
3:30-5:00 Peter Kail (St. Peter's, Oxford), Theatre 3rd fl
7:00 Conference Banquet: Nevada Museum of Art, Nightingale Sky Room and Plaza
Call for Chair Volunteers: If you would like to chair a session, please contact Lorne Falkenstein (Western U). We will add chairs’ names to the final version of program.
Note: We will be providing complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments prior to the morning sessions and during the scheduled coffee breaks. You will be on your own for lunch, for which there are several possibilities on campus. (More details on these lunch venues will be provided in your conference registration packet when you arrive.)
Contacts: Lorne Falkenstein (Western U), Jason Fisette (U Nevada, Reno), Alison McIntyre (Wellesley C), and Christopher Williams (U Nevada, Reno).
July 29-31, 2019
John Locke Conference
University of Helsinki
Metsätalo building (Fabianinkatu 39)
Monday, July 29
9:00: Qiu Lin (Duke): "Locke's Simple Idea of Space: Three Problems and Three Proposed Solutions"; commentator Ruth Boeker (U C Dublin)
10:45: Geoffrey Gorham (Macalester C): "Locke and Presentism"; commentator Justin Broackes (Brown)
13:15: Hannah Carnegy (Stanford): "Self-Ownership and the Right to Exclude: A Lockean Problem for Contemporary Libertarians"; commentator Douglas Casson (St Olaf C)
15:00: Masanori Kashiwazaki (Tokyo U Foreign Studies): "Locke on Citizenship: Participation, Law of Nature and Political Membership"; commentator Punsara Amarasinghe (Scuola Sup U Sant'Anna di Pisa)
16:30: Hannah Dawson (King’s C): "Locke on Natural Law"
Tuesday, July 30
9:00: David Wörner (Zurich): "Monsters, Changelings, and Real Essences"; commentator Valtteri Viljanen (Turku)
10:45: Simon Beck (Western Cape): "'Let any one reflect upon himself': Locke's Personal Identity Thought-Experiments"; commentator Tito Magri (Sapienza U Roma)
13:15: Ákos Tussay (Pázmány Péter Catholic U): "Locke’s Filmer Critique Revisited: The Literary Device of the First Treatise"; commentator Mónica García-Salmones Rovira (Helsinki)
15:00: Matthew Priselac (Oklahoma): "Language and Ideas of Modes and Substances"; commentator Nathan Rockwood (Brigham Young)
16:30: Valentina Zaffino (Pontifical Lateran U): "Innate Ideas and the Foundation of Religion: The Correspondence of John Locke and Damaris Masham"; commentator Benjamin Hill (Western U)
Wednesday, July 31
9:00: John P. Wright (Central Michigan): "John Locke and His Successors on Voluntary and Involuntary Habits"; commentator Kathryn Tabb (Columbia)
10:45: Brian Ventura (U Philippines Visayas): "Checking Locke's Prerogative Power: Bringing the Public Back In"; commentator Kiyoshi Shimokawa (Gakushuin U)
13:15: Céline Bouillot (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne): "Lockean Monetary Policies and Social Conflict"; commentator Canpu Chen (U Paris 8)
15:00: Philippe Hamou (U Paris Nanterre): "Ideas as Pictures"
Participation to the conference is free of charge and everyone is warmly welcome, but registration is required. We kindly ask you to register through this link, no later than June 10. If you have any questions regarding the conference, please address them to the John Locke Conference.
Contact: Shelley Weinberg.
August 6-9, 2019
International Kant Congress: The court of Reason
University of Oslo, Faculty of Law and Domus Nova
The idea of reason being its own judge is not only pivotal to a proper understanding of Kant’s philosophy, but can also shed light on the burgeoning fields of meta-philosophy and philosophical methodology. The International Kant Congress 2019 will have a special emphasis on Kant’s methodology, his account of conceptual critique, and the relevance of his ideas to current issues in especially political philosophy and the philosophy of law. There will also be additional sections dedicated to a wide range of topics in Kant’s philosophy. The Congress languages are English, German, and French. Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2018. Keynote speakers:
R. Lanier Anderson
Please submit a full paper, consisting of a maximum of 20.000 characters (spaces, footnotes and references included) as well as an abstract consisting of around 1.000 characters (spaces included) to email@example.com. Papers can be written in any of the Congress languages and address any of the 18 thematic sections listed below and should clearly state which section(s) the author finds most fitting. The paper must be suitable for anonymous review. Hence, they must not contain any references to previous works by the author or to any other element that might reveal the author's identity. The paper must be submitted as a PDF file. Selected papers will be allotted a slot of 30 minutes, including Q&A. Authors will be notified of the review outcome in February 2019. Participation in the Congress is also possible without submission of a paper. Thematic sections:
Kant's Pre-Critical Philosophy
Metaphilosophy and Philosophical Methodology
Epistemology and Logic
Philosophy of Science and Nature
Ethics and Moral Philosophy
Legal and Political Philosophy
Philosophy of History and Culture
Philosophy of Education
Anthropology and Psychology
Religion and Theology
Kant and German Idealism
Kant and Neo-Kantianism
Kant and Phenomenology
Kant and Non-Western Philosophy
Enlightenment and Reason in the Public Sphere
Contact: Lina Tosterud.
September 17-18, 2019
Kant on the Foundations of Mathematics and Cosmology: What Legacy for German Idealism and Beyond?
Department of Philosophy, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Invited speakers: Claus Beisbart (Bern), Fabian Burt (Frankfurt), Cinzia Ferrini (Trieste), Gideon Freudenthal (Tel Aviv), Ian Proops (Texas, Austin), Lisa Shabel (Ohio St), Thomas Sturn (UAB Barcelona)
The conference is organized in the frawework of the ERC project PROTEUS "Paradoxes and Metaphors of Time in Early Universe(s)" and is meant to explore the foundations of Kant’s cosmology and mathematics, their legacy for German idealism and beyond, including current debates in philosophy of science and cosmology. Full program and practical information will be available in June at the conference website. Registration is required by August 31. Contact conference organizers Silvia De Bianchi or Federico Viglione to register.
October 30-November 1, 2019
Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science: "The Emergence of Mathematical Physics in the Context of Experimental Philosophy"
IRH-ICUB & Department of Theoretical Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy
University of Bucharest
1 Dimitrie Brandza Street; 204 Splaiul Independentei
As we all know, early modern science came to the world dressed up in mathematical vestments. Much has been said about the shape and colours of these clothes. Traditional grand narratives of the “mathematization of nature” or “mechanization of the world picture” have gradually dissolved into more fine-grained and localized historiographical categories such as “forms of mathematization”, “artisanal knowledge” or “experimental practices”. However, in all these framings, questions about how natural philosophy became amenable to mathematical treatment are still central to understanding the emergence of modern science. The eighth edition of the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science aims to explore the diversity in methods, scopes, shapes and colours of some of the—well-known, and less well-known—projects of mathematization. It will focus, more precisely, on mathematical forms which have an experimental component. We aim to bring together scholars coming from different disciplines, thus cutting across the established divisions and traditional temporal delimitations.
We invite submissions for presentations of ca. 40 minutes on any topic related to early modern projects of mathematization (roughly speaking, 16th–18th centuries). Please send an abstract of max. 500 words by June 10 to Ovidiu Babes.
Speakers: Philip Beeley (Oxford), Sébastien Maronne (Toulouse), Carla Rita Palmerino (Radboud U Nijmegen), Friedrich Steinle (Tech U Berlin)
January 8-11, 2020
American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
201 North 17th Street
International Hobbes Association
You are invited to submit an abstract for a paper presentation. Papers selected for presentation will also be considered for publication in Hobbes Studies. By June 15, 2019, please electronically submit your abstract (400 word maximum) using this Google Form. Contact: Michael Byron.