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

July 23-27, 2018
International Hume Society Conference
Institute of Philosophy, Research Centre for the Humanities
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 4. Tóth Kálmán St.
Budapest, Hungary
Monday, 23 July
    12:45-13:00  Opening Remarks
    13:00-14:30  Marina Frasca-Spada (Cambridge): plenary lecture
    15:00-16:30  Panel discussion: Passions and Morals: Rachel Cohon (U Albany, SUNY), Tito Magri (Sapienza U Rome), Amy Schmitter (Alberta)
    17:00-18:00  Parallel Sessions
        Pedro Faria (Cambridge): “Justice, Economic Activity and the Reframing of Hume’s Social Theory, 1740-1752”; commentator Ferenc Horcher (Hungarian Acad Sci)
        Sarah Paquette (Portland St): “Belief Revisions in the Context of Hume’s Treatise and Contemporary Psychology”; commentator Katharina Paxman (Brigham Young)
Tuesday, 24 July
    9:00-10:30  Dan Zahavi (Copenhagen): plenary lecture
    11:00-12:00  Parallel Sessions
        Nathan Sasser (Greenville Tech Coll): “The Vulgar Belief in Body is Defeasibly Justified”; commentator Yongguang Nong (Edinburgh)
        Mikko Tolonen (Helsinki) and Ville Vaara (Helsinki): “A Quantitative Approach to Royalist and Whig Sources in Hume’s History of England”; commentator Mark Towsey (Liverpool)
    13:30-14:30  Parallel Sessions
        Alexis Glenn (Brown): “Hume’s History as Virtuous Hermeneutics: Toward a Humean Sense of Piety”; commentator Gregory Todd (Ind Sch)
        Dan Kervick (Ind Sch): “Hume Against the Geometers: Extension and Geometry in Hume’s Treatise”; commentator Donald Baxter (Connecticut)
    15:00-16:30  Panel discussion: Hume's Projects: James Harris (St Andrews), Hsueh Qu (Nat U Singapore), Jacqueline Taylor (U San Francisco)
    17:00-18:00  Parallel Sessions
        Jason Fisette (Nevada, Reno): “Politeness and the Common Good in Hume’s Political Philosophy”; commentator Manuel Vasquez Villavicencio (Québec, Montréal/CIRST)
        Todd Ryan (Trinity C): “Philo’s Second Circumstance: Malebranche and the General Law Theodicy in Hume’s Dialogues; commentator Lewis Powell (Buffalo, SUNY)
Wednesday, 25 July
    9:00-10:30  Author Meets Critics
        Author: Dennis Rasmussen (Tufts): The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought; critics Michael Gill (Arizona) and John Scott (UC Davis)
    11:00-12:00  Parallel Sessions
        Lorenzo Greco (Oxford): “Varieties of Humean Virtue Ethics”; commentator Jennifer Welchman (Alberta)
        Tom Pye (King’s Coll Cambridge): “Hume, Montesquieu, and English History”; commentator Marc Hanvelt (Carleton)
    13:30-15:00  Andrew Sabl (Yale): plenary lecture
    15:30-17:00  Parallel Sessions
        Laura Nicolí (Lichtenberg Kolleg): “The Line and the Circle: the Natural History of Religion and the French”; commentator Andre Willis (Brown)
        Dan O’Brien (Oxford Brookes): “Hume and Virtue Epistemology”; commentator Ann Levey (Calgary)
    17:30-18:30  Parallel Sessions
        Bowen Chan (Toronto): “Scepticism, Custom, and Hume: Philosophy’s Place in Common Life”; commentator Karánn Durland (Austin Coll)
        Getty Lustila (Brown): “Enthusiasm and Modesty in Hume’s History”; commentator Liz Goodnick (Metro St U)
Thursday, 26 July
    9:00-10:30  Panel discussion: Mind and World: Kate Abramson (Indiana, Bloomington), Stefanie Rocknak (Hartwick C), Anik Waldow (Sydney)
    11:00-12:00  Parallel Sessions
        Lorraine Besser (Middlebury Coll): “A Humean Theory of Compassion”; commentator Esther Kroeker (Antwerp)
        Naohito Mori (Kochi U): “On Whether the Tudor Government was an ‘Absolute Monarchy’: Reconsidering Hume’s View of the Rise of the Civilized Society”; commentator Max Skjonsberg (York)
    13:30-14:30  Parallel Sessions
        Peter Millican (Oxford): “Hume’s Decisive Turn Away from Egoism”; commentator John P. Wright (Central Michigan)
        Wade Robison (Rochester Inst Tech): “Hume, Descartes, and Adam: Hume’s Project”; commentator Karen Valihora (York)
Friday, 27 July
    9:00-10:00  Parallel Sessions
        Alison McIntyre (Wellesley Coll): “Does Anger Represent Its Object as Evil? Hume vs. Malebranche and Hutcheson at T”; commentator Angela Calvo de Saavedra (Pont U Javeriana)
        Ryu Susato (Keio U): “‘Barometer of the Nation’: Hume’s View of Usury and Interest in the History of England”; commentator Spiros Tegos (U Crete)
    10:30-11:30  Parallel Sessions
        Keith Hankins (Chapman) and John Thrasher (Monash): “The Puzzle of Hume’s Politics”; commentator William Lemmens (Antwerp)
        Christopher Williams (Nevada, Reno): “Absent Matters of Fact”; commentator Ruth Weintraub (Tel-Aviv)
    13:00-14:00  Parallel Sessions
        Wendel de Holanda Pereira Campelo (Fed U Minas Gerais): “Hume’s Principle concerning the Existence of Mind-Independent Objects”; commentator Benjamin Nelson (Connecticut)
        Amyas Merivale (Oxford): “The Integrity of Hume’s Four Dissertations”; commentator Jane McIntyre (Cleveland St)
    14:00-15:00  Business Meeting
    15:00-16:30  Don Garrett (New York U): plenary lecture
Contact: Tamas Demeter, Hungarian Acad Sci.

July 26-28, 2018
Revolutions in the History of Early Modern Philosophy and Science
Iowa State University
2019 Morrill Hall
Ames, Iowa
    Scholarship on the history of early modern philosophy has witnessed a turn toward research methodologies that relate canonical texts to developments in their wider historical contexts. Most importantly, this has entailed an engagement with the history of the Scientific Revolution. Indeed, it has become clear that science and philosophy were not clearly distinguished at the time, so a history of one is necessarily a history of the other. This NEH-sponsored conference supports the publication of the Cambridge History of Philosophy of the Scientific Revolution, which will consolidate the development of recent scholarship. Invited speakers will present their contributions to the volume.
Thursday, July 26
     9:00-9:15  Welcome and Introduction
    9:15-10:30  Helen Hattab (U Houston): "Renaissance Aristotelianism(s)"
    10:45-11:35  Andreas Blank (Bard C Berlin): "Confessionalization and Natural Philosophy"
    11:35-12:25  Peter Anstey (Sydney): "Natural and Experimental History"
    2:00-2:50  Delphine Bellis (U Paul Valéry, Montpellier): "The Later Sects"
    2:50-3:40  Peter Distelzweig (St Thomas) and Evan Ragland (Notre Dame): "Science of the Living Body"
    3:55-4:45  Gideon Manning (Ind Sch): "Circulation of the Blood and Physiology"
Friday, July 27
    9:00-9:50  Jennifer Rampling (Princeton): "New Sciences of Matter"
    9:50-10:40  Sorana Corneanu (Bucharest): "The Art of Thinking"
    10:55-11:45  Philippe Hamou (Paris Nanterre): "Instruments and the Senses"
    11:45-12:35  David Marshall Miller (Iowa St): "Sidereus Nuncius" and Its Reception"
    2:00-2:50  Niccolò Guicciardini (Bergamo): "New Mathematics"
    2:50-3:40  Maarten Van Dyck (Ghent): "Physico-Mathematics"
    3:55-4:45  Martine Pécharman (CNRS): "Science of the Mind"
Saturday, July 28
    9:00-9:50  Joel A. Klein (Columbia): "Practitioners' Knowledge"
    9:50-10:40  Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck C): "Astrology and Natural Magic"
    10:55-11:45  Marius Stan (Boston C): "The Problem of Force and Dynamics"
    11:45-12:35  Geoffrey Gorham (Macalester C) and Edward Slowik (Winona St): "Debates about the Nature of Body"
    2:00-2:50  Jonathan Regier (Ghent) and Pietro Daniel Omodeo (Max Planck Inst): "Celestial Physics"
    2:50-3:40  Zvi Biener (Cincinnati) and Brian Hepburn (Wichita St): "Post-Newtonian Mechanical Philosophy"
    3:55-5:10  Sophie Roux (École Normale Supérieure): "The Mechanical Philosophy"
Contact: David Marshall Miller

July 28-29, 2018
Bucharest-Budapest workshop in Philosophy: Humeanism
Institute of Philosophy, Research Centre for the Humanities
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Budapest, Hungary
Saturday, 28 July
    9:00-10:00  Kevin Mulligan (Geneva): "Relations of Ideas after Hume"
    10:30-11:00  Ilie Parvu (Bucharest): "Einstein and Hume: Theoretical Similarities"
    11:00-11:30  Jason Kay (Pittsburgh)" "Why the Humean Needs Natural Properties"
    11:45-12:15  David Kovacs (Fordham): "There Is no 'Circularity Problem' for Humeanism about the Laws of Nature"
    12:15-12:45  Elise Johnson (Leeds): "Does the Humean Account of Laws Entail Their Elimination?"
    15:00-16:00  Manuela Ungureanu (U British Columbia Okanagan): "The Many Social Layers of Public Languages: Davidsonian Triangulation and the Epistemology of Testimony after Hume"
    16:00-16:30  Daniel Jayes O'Brien (Oxford Brookes): "Is Hume a Humean with Respect to Testimony?"
    16:45-17:15  Vassilis Livanios (Cyprus): "Can Properties of a Humean Base Confer Dispositions?"
    17:15-17:45  Tomasz Bigaj (Warsaw) and Antonio Vassallo (Barcelona): "Is Humeanism Violated in Quantum Mechanics?"
    18:15-19:15  Michael Esfeld (Lausanne): "Super-Humeanism in Contemporary Metaphysics and Philosophy of Physics"
Sunday, 29 July
    9:00-10:00  Marian David (Graz): "Hume’s Psychologism, Inherited from Locke: May It Rest In Piece, or Does It Deserve a Renaissance?"
    10:30-11:00  Daniel Pallies (Southern California): "Humeans Really Are Out of Their Minds"
    11:00-11:30  Constantin Brincus (Bucharest) & Mircea Flonta (Bucharest): "Rethinking the Humean Internal Sense-Reason Correlation"
    11:45-12:15  Krisztián Pete (Pécs): "A Humean Treatment of the Nonidentity Problem"
    12:15-12:45  Olof Leffler (Leeds): "The Virtues of the Humean Theory of Motivation"
    15:00-16:00  Stefanie Rocknak (Hartwick C): "A Humeanistic Response to a Husserlian Critique of Hume"
    16:00-16:30  Josef Moural (UC Berkeley): "Phenomenological Humeanism: Husserl, His Mentors and His Heir"
    17:00-17:30  Aaron Segal (Hebrew U Jerusalem): "Humeanism: Metaphysical and Epistemological"
    17:30-18:30  Miren Boehm (Wisconsin, Milwaukee): "Quasi-realism or Realism? Hume on Causal, Moral and Aesthetic Properties"
Organized by Tamás Demeter, László Kocsis (Pécs), and Iulian Toader (Salzburg)

July 30-Aug 3, 2018
Émilie Du Châtelet between Leibniz and Kant: The Eberhard-Kant Controversy
Libori Summer School
Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists
University of Paderborn
Paderborn, Germany
    After the study of space and time in Du Châtelet’s “Between Leibniz and Newton” we are now moving on to explore the field “Du Châtelet Between Leibniz and Kant”. Our first approach will focus on Eberhard’s quotation from Du Châtelet’s Institutions physiques. In the famous Kant-Eberhard controversy, we learn not only that Eberhard traces Kant’s roots back to Leibnizian philosophy and its outstanding interpreters, such as Du Châtelet. With his quotation, Eberhard marks Du Châtelet as a cornerstone of the Leibniz interpretation during that time. This judgement has many interesting implications and allows an analogy between Kant and Du Châtelet, both of them as inspired interpreters of Leibniz. Eberhard tries to prove that Kant’s ideas were not as “original” as he had claimed. If Kant’s ideas can be tied back to Leibniz-Wolff’ian philosophy, is this also true for Du Châtelet? If this is an invalid claim for an adequate understanding of Kant, is it consequently also inadequate for Du Châtelet?
     In what sense is Du Châtelet an intermediary between Leibniz and Kant? What conclusions can be drawn from this for the future research on Kant and Du Châtelet? Can Kant’s claim that his philosophy differs from Leibniz concerning his interpretation of phenomena, the knowledge of their origin and essence, be detected in Du Châtelet’s philosophy, too? Questions that have turned up in previous debates are once again becoming virulent. How close is Du Châtelet to the philosophy of Leibniz or the ideas of Wolff, and how near is Kant to the ideas of Du Châtelet?
Contact: Ruth Hagengruber.

August 3, 2018
Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Spinoza and Culture
Manchester Metropolitan University
Geoffrey Manton Room 230
Manchester, UK
    9:30  Coffee and Tea
    9:45  Christopher Thomas (Manchester Metro U): Welcome and Introduction
    10:00  Gilah Kletenik (New York U): "Interpreting Scripture like Nature or How to Read without a Telos"
    11:00  Brynnar Swynson (Butler U): "Elective Affectivities: Modern Subjects and the Colonial 'I’"
    12:00  Susan James (Birkbeck, U London): "Feelings and Fictions"
    14:00  Christopher Norris (Cardiff U): Reading
    14:30-15:30  Moira Gatens (Sydney): "The Veracious Imagination: the fictions of Spinoza and George Eliot"
    15:45  Beth Lord (Aberdeen): "Spinoza and the Art of Reasoning"
    16:45  Martin Benson (Stony Brook): "Knowledge Without Revelation: Reading Spinoza’s epistemological transitions through Beckett’s Endgame"
Contact: Christopher Thomas.

August 10, 2018
Princeton University Centre for Human Values
On Potentia: Hobbes and Spinoza on Power and Popular Politics by Sandra Field
Marx Hall 301
Princeton, NJ
    9.30-9.45  Welcome and overview
    9.45-11.15  Hobbesian concepts of power (Steven Nadler: Chapters 2 and 3)
    11.30-1:00  Hobbesian political models (Arash Abizadeh: Chapters 3 and 4)
    1.45-3.15  Spinozist concepts of power (Michael Rosenthal: Chapter 5 and 6)
    3.30-5.00  Spinozist political models (Hasana Sharp: Chapters 7 and 8)
The workshop is free and open to the public. No registration is required, although RSVP will help to plan catering. For more information, or to receive a copy of the manuscript, please contact Sandra Field.

August 22-25, 2018
European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference
University of Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany
The proposal for a section on “Kant on Political Change: Global Challenges” submitted by the Kantian Political Thought Standing Group (convenors: Howard Williams and Sorin Baiasu) was accepted and the section was provisionally allocated 8 panels. We invite paper and panel proposals on the theme of the Section and on the various topics suggested for the Panels. The deadline for the submission of paper and panel proposals is 15 February 2018. 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 4-5 paper proposals) can be submitted here. 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 here and click "Submit." Also: once a member, please join 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.
    Section Abstract: Change plays a significant role in Kant’s thinking, particularly in his political writings. Written in a context in which important political and, more generally, social changes took place, Kant’s work approaches the issue of political change both directly (for instance, by advocating reform and rejecting revolution or by examining the process of historical change) and indirectly (e.g., by considerations on the relation between theory and practice in politics, or on peace and conflict). What critics usually point to is not the lack of an account of change in Kant’s thought, but the lack of significance that change seems to be given from the perspective of Kant’s account of the a priori, necessary and unchangeable structures through which he thinks we are in interaction with the world. These structures appear as unchanging, since they are conditions which make possible for us the perception of change and, more generally, the experience of the world.
    We organised a very successful Section on “Kant on Political Change” for the 2017 ECPR General Conference in Oslo. The Section attracted considerable interest and included 10 Panels. These examined some of the difficulties which seemed to follow from Kant’s view of change. 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. (* The current debate between ideal and non-ideal theory has its origins in the work of Rawls, who draws the distinction in A Theory of Justice (1971); a particularly strong emphasis in the debate is on contingency and the way in which Kant’s account fails to consider seriously the particularity, provisionality and circumstantial nature of our situations and condition. For recent discussions as part of this debate, see papers by Sorin Baiasu, John Horton, Rainer Forst, Peter Jones, Susan Mendus, Glen Newey and Albert Weale (2016).
    The overall aim of the 2017 section, which was precisely to demonstrate, against some of the objections mentioned above, the significance of political change in Kant’s corpus, was fully achieved. For the 2018 General Conference in Hamburg we would like to make a step forward and examine the way in which Kant’s account of political change and in particular of the standards of political change is mobilised in his work in order to deal with some of today’s global challenges. We anticipate each Panel will focus on one such global challenge. Topics may include: ethics and cosmopolitanism; environment and duties regarding nature; democratisation; welfare and the gap between rich and poor; education and learning; peace and conflict; the status of women; science and technology. Several Kantians have already expressed interest in organising Panels: Sorin Baiasu (Keele, UK), Avery Goldman (De Paul, USA), Christoph Hanisch (Ohio, USA), Jakub Szczepanski (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland), Alice Pinheiro Walla (Bayreuth, Germany), Howard Williams (Cardiff, UK), Rafal Wonicki (Warsaw University, Poland).
Contact: Sorin Baiasu.

September 6-7, 2018
United Kingdom Kant Society Conference: The Nature of Freedom and the Freedom of Nature
Cardiff University
Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Ave.
Cardiff, Wales
Invited/keynote Speakers: Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge), Katerina Deligiorgi (Sussex), Desmond Hogan (Princeton) & Clive Cazeaux (Cardiff Metropolitan)
    Alexander Englert (Johns Hopkins): "Morality and Nature’s Hidden Plan"
    Amit Kravitz (LMU München): "Only with Respect to ‘Nature’: Finite and Divine Freedom in Kant’s Moral Philosophy and in Schelling’s Freiheitsschrift"
    Anastasia Berg (Cambridge): "Overcoming the Dualism of Reason and Nature in Kant’s Practical Philosophy: A Critique of the Incorporation Thesis"
    Andrew Cooper (Univ Coll London): "Kant on observation"
    Anton Kabeshkin (Johns Hopkins): "Hegel’s Advancement of Kant’s Concept of Natural Purpose"
    Avery Goldman (DePaul): "The Antinomy of Practical Reason"
    Barbara Nunez de Caceres Gonzalez (Univ Coll London): "Kant’s Antinomy of Teleological Judgement as a Critique of the Metaphysical Presuppositions Underlying the Naturalistic Conceptions of Life"
    Benjamin Smart (EGENIS U Exeter): "Teleology and the striving character of organisms: a preliminary comparison of Breitenbach and Schopenhauer’s readings of Kant"
    Chris Onof (Birkbeck C/Imperial College London): "Freedom of the will, inner sense and spontaneity"
    Christopher Patrick Benzenberg (Oxford): "The Moral and the Natural World; Kant’s Theory of the Highest Good"
    Cristóbal Garibay-Petersen (University of Essex) Time and Freedom"
    Dafydd Huw Rees (Cardiff University) Kant, Habermas and the Summum Bonum: An Unsuccessful Appropriation?"
    Dafydd Mills Daniel (University of Oxford) Kant’s Courtroom: Freedom, the ‘Natural Dialectic’, and the ‘Dialectic of Conscience’"
    David Forman (The University of Nevada, Las Vegas) Kant on Human and Divine Freedom as Intelligent Absolute Spontaneity"
    Garmon Lago (Cardiff University) Adorno and Foucault’s Answer to the Question: Kant’s enlightenment’s other legacy"
    Hanne Appelqvist (Turku/Helsinki): "Transcendental Idealism and Ethics in Wittgenstein’s Tractatus: A Kantian Reading"
    Huw Williams (Cardiff): "Kant, Rawls and Collective Moral Learning"
    Jenna Zhang (Chicago): "Between Nature and Freedom: Kant’s Philosophy of History within the Bounds of Practical Reason"
    Joe Saunders (Durham): "The Practical Standpoint"
    Jon Webber (Cardiff): "Beauvoir’s Derivation of the Categorical Imperative"
    Larissa Berger (Siegen): "What Beauty Teaches Us about Cognition"
    Lorenzo Spagnesi (Edinburgh): "Reason as the “touchstone of truth”"
    Luciano Perulli (KU Leuven): "The Transcendental Deduction of the Highest Good and the Mediation between Nature and Freedom in the second Critique"
    Manja Kisner (LMU Munich): "The meaning and limits of the discursive understanding in the third Critique"
    Marie Newhouse (Surrey): "Rights and Wrongs in Public Spaces"
    Martin Sticker (Trinity C Dublin/Bristol): "Moral Education and Transcendental Idealism"
    Michael Oberst (Humboldt U Berlin): "A Neglected Argument in Kant’s Beweisgrund Concerning the Grounds of Possibility"
    Nataliya Palatnik (Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Harvard): "Kant’s Logic of Freedom"
    Olga Lenczewska (Stanford): "From Rationality to Morality: the Collective Development of Practical Reason in Kant’s Anthropological Writings"
    Pavel Reichl (University of Essex) Kant’s A Priori History of Metaphysics and the Practico-Dogmatic Transition from Freedom to Nature"
    Predrag Šustar & Zdenka Brzovic (Rijeka): "The Knowability of biological laws"
    Rob Watt (Cambridge): "Kant on truth and the content of experience"
    Sebastian Orlander (Keele): "Kant on Freedom in Nature: a reading of §§ 82-84 of the Critique of Judgment"
    Spiros Makris (Macedonia): "Immanuel Kant’s ‘Critique of Judgment’ in Hannah Arendt’s political and ethical theory: From imagination and enlarged mentality to reflective thinking and sensus communis"
    Zhengmi Zhouhuang (Beijing Normal University) The dialectic Development of Kant’s Concept of Nature"
Contact: Andy Jones.

September 11-12, 2018
Conference: Luther as Philosopher
Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield
34 Gell Street, Sheffield, UK
11 September
    10.30-11.45  Theodore Dieter (Strasbourg): ‘Luther and Aristotle’
    11.45-1.00  Volker Leppin (Tübingen): ‘Philosophy of Language in Luther’s Late Disputations’
    1.45-3.00  Spencer Johnston (Cambridge): ‘Luther on Logic: Rejecting Certain Scholastic Doctrines'
    3.00-4.15  David Bagchi (Hull): ‘Luther on the Limits of Reason’
    4.45-6.00  Sophie Grace Chappell (Open University): ‘Conscience’
12 September
    9.30-10.45  Wayne Martin (Essex): ‘Luther’s Will’
    11.00-12.15  Daphne Hampson (Oxford): ‘The Lutheran Dialectic’
    12.15-1.15  Iona Hine (Sheffield): ‘Luther’s Philosophy of Translation: Spoken and Unspoken’
    2.00-3.15  Simon Podmore (Liverpool Hope): ‘"God is Love ... God is Nothing in Himself”: The Essence of Faith According to Luther and Feuerbach’
    3.15-4.30  Clare Carlisle (KCL): ‘Kierkegaard’s Luther’
    4.30-5.30  Robert Stern (Sheffield): ‘Freedom from the Self: Luther and Løgstrup on Sin as “Incurvatus in se”’
All are welcome, and attendance is free, but please register for the conference dinner on 11th September, to which all attendees are invited and which will be funded.
Contact: Robert A. Stern.

September 12-13, 2018
Vegetative Powers: Endowing Bodily Life from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period
Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences
University of Padua, Palazzo del Bo/Aula Cagnetto
Padova, Italy
Wednesday, 12 September
    9.15-9.30  Registration
    9.30-10.00  Authorities U Padua (Welcome); Gaetano Thiene (Padua U): “The Heart in the History of the University of Padua”
    10.00-10.30  Klaus Corcilius (UC Berkeley): “Soul, Parts of Soul, and Vegetation in Aristotle”
    10.30-11.00  Robert Vinkensteijn (Utrecht): “ὁµοίωσις φυτῷ in Galen: how our most fundamental capacities are plant-like”
    11.30-12.00  Martin Klein (Humboldt): “How to Explain Vegetative Powers of an Immaterial Soul?”
    12.00-12.30  Roberto Lo Presti (Humboldt): “Expanding the Parva Naturalia-Project: Albertus Magnus on Nutrition”
    12.30-13.00  Cristiano Casalini (Boston U): “Jesuit Vegetative Souls: Lessious and the Conimbricenses on men’s ‘lowest’ functions"
    14.00-14.30  Anna Tropia (Humboldt): “Towards the Elimination of the Anima Vegetativa: Some Intellectualistic Tendencies in the Jesuits Suárez and Arriaga"
    14.30-15.00  Andreas Blank (Alpen-Adria U): “Nicolas Taurellus on Forms, Vegetative Souls and the Question of Emergence"
    15.00-15.30  Elisabeth Moreau (Bruxelles/Radboud Nijmegen): “Generation and the Vegetative Soul: A ‘Hermetic’ Perspective from Marburg (1612)”
    16.00-16.30  Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest): “Concoction, Transmutation, and Living Spirits: Francis Bacon’s Experiments with Artifical Life”
    16.30-17.00  Igor Agostini (Salento): “The Vegetative Functions of the Soul in Descartes’ Meditations and the ordo rationis
    17.00-17.30  Balint Kekedi (Aberdeen): “Marin Cureau de la Chambre’s Conception of the Vegetative Soul”
Thursday, 13 September
    9.00-9.30  Fabrizio Baldassarri (HAB/Padova): “The First Editions of L’Homme: Cartesian Scholars and the Vegetative Soul”
    9.30-10.00  Emanuela Orlando (Salento): “Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz and the Question of the Negation of the Vegetative Soul in his Cartesian Manuscripts”
    10.00-10.30  Sarah Hutton (York): “Re-Inventing the Vegetable Soul? More’s Spirit of Nature and Cudworth’s Plastic Nature Reconsidered”
    11.00-11.30  Guido Giglioni (Macerata): “Plants and Brains: The Vegetative Soul and Its Links with the Imagination in Early Modern Medicine and Philosophy”
    11.30-12.00  Justin Begley (Helsinki): “Margaret Cavendish on Vegetable Life”
    12.00-12.30  Daniel Schmal (Pázmány Péter Catholic U): “Vegetative Epistemology: the Cognitive Principles of Life in William Harvey and Francis Glisson”
    12.30-13.00  Fabio Zampieri (Padova): “An Alternative to the Vegetative Soul: Galen’s Natural Spirit in the Late 17th-Century Medical Conception of Digestive Functions”
    14.00-14.30  Martine Pécharman (CNRS): “A Way to Atheism? Pierre Bayle on Plastic Life”
    15.00-15.30  François Duchesneau (Montreal): “The Notion of Vegetative Soul in the Leibniz-Stahl Controversy”
    16.00-16.30  Kirsten Walsh (Exeter): “Newton’s ‘Vegetative Spirit’”
    16.30-17.00  Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero (Ca’ Foscari Venezia): “Beyond Structure: Vegetative Powers from Wolff to Hanov”
Contact: Fabrizio Baldassarri (Bucharest).

September 17-18, 2018
Conference: Humans and Nature
Northwestern Italian Philosophy Consortium
Pavia, Italy
Submissions are invited that engage with the philosophical question of naturalism, in particular with the attempts, and refusals of a naturalistic explanation of the human realm from antiquity to the mid 19th-Century. Both the metaphysical and the methodological meaning of naturalism will be taken into account; special attention will be paid to its materialistic developments, to the criticisms of supernaturalistic issues, and of teleological investigations. The invited presenters include Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (Copenhagen), Ann Thomson (European U Inst Florence), and Stéphane Toussaint (CNRS-LEM-PSL, Paris). Invited speakers will give plenary lectures and discuss the presentations of the PhD students in their section. Papers can be in English or French, and should not exceed 30 minutes presentation time (and followed by approximately 20 minutes of discussion).
    Graduate students (Master, PhD students and those who have defended their doctoral thesis not earlier than 2016) can submit proposals for papers of approximately 30 minutes. The submission deadline is June 15th, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by July 1st, 2016. Please send the following to Paula Rumore in .doc(x), .rtf, or .pdf format:
    a cover letter containing the following information: (a) author’s name (b) institutional affiliation (c) contact information, (d) title of the paper
    title and a detailed abstract (in English or French, one page in length) of the paper.
This should be prepared for blind refereeing, i.e. showing no information identifying the author or the author’s institutional affiliation.
Participants will be offered accommodation in the Collegio Giasone del Maino in Pavia (via Luino, 4). Travel expenses cannot be covered. No registration fees are required. Conference organizers: Carla Casagrande (Pavia), Gianni Paganini (Piemonte orientale), Paola Rumore (Torino).

September 27-28, 2018
Workshop: Agency in Early Modern Philosophy
UCD School of Philosophy
University College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland
Thursday, 27 September
National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square East, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
    9:15-9:30  Welcome
    9:30-11:00  Julie Walsh (Wellesley C): "Gabrielle Suchon, Freedom, and the Neutral Life”; commentator Katherine O’Donnell (U Coll Dublin)
    11:15-12:45  Nicholas Vallone (Wisconsin-Madison): “Cartesian Agency: Persons, Volitions, and Actions in Descartes' Philosophy”; commentator Vili Lähteenmäki (Helsinki)
    2:30-4:00  Stefan Storrie (Ind Sch): “On the reasons for Locke’s second edition change of mind about human action and freedom”; commentator TBA
    4:15-5:45  Jacqueline Broad (Monash): “Selfhood and Self-government in Women’s Devotional Writings of the Early Modern Period”; commentator Ruth Boeker (U Coll Dublin)
Friday, 28 September
School of Philosophy, D522 Agnes Cuming Seminar Room, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin
    9:30-11:00  Daniel Schneider (Haifa): “Spinoza, Borges and Frankfurt cases: A Necessitarian theory of Agency”; commentator Jack Stetter (Paris 8)
    11:15-12:45  Jonathan Head (Keele): “Anne Conway and Henry More on Divine and Human Freedom”; commentator Alissa MacMillan (Antwerp)
    2:15-3:45  Matthew Leisinger (Cambridge): “The Role of Desire in Cudworth’s Account of Human Agency”; commentator Raffaella Santi (Urbino Carlo Bo)
    4:00-5:30  Patricia Sheridan (Guelph): “Agency, Virtue, and Fitness in the Moral Philosophies of Damaris Masham and Catharine Trotter Cockburn”; commentator Kenneth Pearce (Trinity C Dublin)
Saturday, 29 September
Sightseeing in Dublin
We have secured funding to offer up to five stipends for prospective PhD students who are interested in applying to University College Dublin to pursue a PhD in early modern philosophy or philosophy of action (broadly construed). The stipends will be up to €150 each for prospective PhD students based in Ireland and up to €250 each for prospective PhD students from outside Ireland. They can be used to cover travel and/or accommodation costs to attend the Agency in Early Modern Philosophy Workshop. They can also be used to attend the workshop dinner on Thursday evening. We will provide free lunch, tea and coffee on both days. To apply for one of the stipends please submit the completed application form and a copy of your CV, including degree information and results (as available) to Ruth Boeker. Review of applications will begin 10 August 2018. If places remain available after this date, we will consider applications after this date on a rolling basis until all places are filled.
    During the workshop prospective PhD students will have an opportunity to meet prospective PhD supervisors and will be invited to an information session about the Irish Research Council postgraduate scholarship scheme, which covers tuition fees and living expenses for up to four years. International candidates from outside the European Union are eligible to apply. The UCD School of Philosophy has had a good success rate with this scheme in past years and we offer detailed mentoring during the application process to help prospective PhD candidates. For more information about the stipends and Philosophy at University College Dublin, please consult the Stipends page.
Contact: Ruth Boeker

September 27-30, 2018
Vocalising the Ineffable: Language and Creativity in Nicholas of Cusa
Hildesheim, Germany
Thursday, 27 Sept
    18:00  Dinner/Abendessen
    20:00  Organisationsteam: Short introduction/Kurze Einführung
Friday, 28 Sept
    9:00-10:00  Antoni Smist: "Murus absurditatis: Two interpretations of Cusanus’ paradoxical utterances about God"
    10:15-11:15  Luca Burzelli: "Cusanus’ Linguistic Development Regarding the Essence of God"
    11:15-12:15  Marcus Döller: "Metaphysik als Sprachphilosophie des Unaussprechlichen"
    14:30-15:30  Greta Venturelli: "'Ego sum qui sum': Die Onto-Theologie des Wortes: von der Offenbarung zu der 'polygonalen Sprache' bei Nikolaus von Kues und Vincenzo Gioberti"
    15:30-16:30  Coban Menkveld: "Die Konjekturalität der Sprache bei Nikolaus von Kues und die Methoden der jüdischen Schriftauslegung nach Friedrich Weinreb: Eine vergleichende Analyse"
    16:45-17:45  Johanna Hueck: "Sprache und soziale Teilhabe bei Nikolaus von Kues"
    17:45-18:45  Discussion: Next Cusanus conference/Diskussion: Nächste Cusanus-Konferenz
    19:00  Dinner/Abendessen
Saturday, 29 Sept
    9:00-10:00  Florian Telsnig: "Was zu sagen ist: Die Rede vom Unsagbaren bei Nikolaus von Kues"
    10:15-11:15  Valentina Zaffino: "Platonism and Hermetism in the Preaching of Nicholas of Cusa: Rethinking an Ancient Creative Language"
    11:15-12:15  Thomas Seissl: "Was heißt hier aristotelica secta? Zu den aristotelischen Voraussetzungen im Substanzbegriff von Cusanus’ De non aliud"
    14:30  Susann Kabisch: "Positionen im Sprach-Raum: Die volkssprachlichen Text-Tafeln der Legationsreise und die Inszenierung von De visione Dei"
    16:00  City tour/Stadtführung
    18:00  Dinner/Abendessen
    20:00  Public evening/Öffentlicher kultureller Abend im Literaturhaus St. Jakobi (Moderation: Andreas Hetzel, Susann Kabisch); Juliane Link: Lesung; Christoph Schomann: Installation
Sunday, 30 Sept
    9:00-10:00  Elisa Destefanis: "Cusanus und die Kunst der Renaissance: die Figur P von De coniecturis in dem mathematischen und malerischen Werk von Piero della Francesca"
    10:15-11:15  10:15 Witalij Morosow: "'Teufelskraft' und das Problem der Kreativität in den Predigten des Nikolaus von Kues"
    11:15-12:15  Organisationsteam: Final words/Schlusswort
    12:30  Lunch/Mittagessen
Contacts: Christian Kny, Johanna Hueck.

October 3-4, 2018
Nicolas de Cues: Penseur de la Grande Région
Metz, France, and Luxembourg
Mercredi 3 Octobre
Institut européen d'écologie (Metz, France), 1, rue des Récollets
    09:30-10:00  Marie-Anne Vannier (UL, IUF): "Redécouvrir Nicolas de Cues qui a marqué la Grande Région"
    10:00-10:30  Harald Schwaetzer (Cusanus HS): "Nicolas de Cues, pionnier de l’Europe. Képler et ses suites. Science et spiritualité"
    11:00-11:30  Kirstin Zeyer (Cusanus HS): "Nicolas de Cues et les Pays Bas: La grande Légation"
    11:30-12:00  Tilman Borsche (Cusanus HS/U Hildesheim): "L’Église cachée, comme réalité unificatrice de l’Europe à la fin du Moyen Âge d’après Nicolas de Cues, De concordantia catholica"
    14:30-15:00  Jean-Claude Lagarrigue (ERMR, Strasbourg): "Concordance régionale, discordances nationales: pourquoi Nicolas de Cues ne fait-il pas partie de la Deutsche Mystik?"
    15:00-15:30  Hubert Vallet (Theologische Fakultät Trier): "Nicolas de Cues, précurseur de l’unité de la Grande Région"
    16:00-16:30  Enrico Peroli (U Chieti): "Nicolas de Cues en Italie"
    16:30-17:00  Maud Corrieras (Paris IV): "Nicolas de Cues, un bibliophile et un chercheur de la vérité"
    17:00-17:30  Jean Devriendt (ERMR, Strasbourg): "Nicolas de Cues ou la mise en place d’une géographie culturelle"
    17:30-18:00  Christian Trottmann (CESR-CNRS): "L’apport théologique de Nicolas de Cues"
Jeudi 4 octobre
Luxembourg School of Religion & Society, 52, rue Jules Wilhelm, Luxembourg
    10:00-10:30  Jean Ehret (Luxembourg Sch Rel Soc): "La nouvelle situation du fait religieux dans la société à Luxembourg: une relecture à partir de Nicolas de Cues"
    10:30-11:00  Inigo Bocken (Titus Brandsma Inst Nimègue): "Philosophie et art: Une région au cœur de l’Europe au XV° siècle"
    11:15-11:45  Matthias Vollet (Kueser Akad Bernkastel-Kues): "Nicolas de Cues et la France"
    11:45-12:15  Gianluca Cuozzo (Turin): "Nicolas de Cues, Marcil Ficin et Sandro Botticelli"
    14:30-15:00  Tom Müller (Cusanus Inst Trier): "Nicolas de Cues et Luxembourg"
    15:00-15:30  Daniel Laliberté (LSRS): "L’apport catéchétique de Nicolas de Cues à la Grande Région"
    16:00-16:30  Andrea Fiamma (Chieti): "Nicolas de Cues de Cologne à Paris"
    16:30-17:00  Wolfgang Christian Schneider (Cusanus HS/U Hildesheim): "L’influence du penseur de la Grande Région à travers la diffusion de son oeuvre"
    17:00-17:30  Conclusions
Contacts: Marie-Anne Vannier, Harald Schwaetzer.

October 4-6, 2018
Geman Women Intellectuals: Philosophers, Literates, and Scientists
Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists
Paderborn University
Paderborn, Germany
Invited speakers: Katherine Goodman (Brown) and Karen Green (Melbourne).<
     The Center for the History of Women Philosophers at Paderborn University, Germany invites contributions to an interdisciplinary workshop, organised by Ruth Hagengruber in cooperation with Karen Green, of the University of Melbourne, Australia, whose chapter on women’s political thought in Europe “From Hanover and Leipzig to Russia” in A History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe, 1700-1800 (Cambridge, 2014), serves to introduce the topic.
     In particular, the workshop on the history of women philosophers and intellectuals of the 18th century (1700-1830) will focus on the following areas: the philosophical, scientific, literary productions, written within the enlightenment tradition and beyond, whose main figures are, but not limited to, Luise Kulmus Gottsched (1713-1762), Johanna Charlotte Unzer (1725-1782), Elise Reimarius (1735-1805), Anne Louise Germaine de Stael (1766-1817), and Dorothea Schlözer (1770-1825). Contributions that refer to philosophical relevant correspondences or translations are also welcome as well as papers on scholars such as Dorothea Erxleben (1715-1762) or Catherine the Great’s reflections on law (1729-1796). Special attention will be paid to the reception and literary function of ancient women in that period such as Sappho, Diotima, the women Pythagoreans and others.
    Submission deadline: 15 August 2018. Please submit abstracts (300-500 words) and direct any questions to Responses to submissions will be sent by Friday, 31 August 2018.
Contact: Ruth Hagengruber.

October 8-9, 2018
Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: Natural Right and Natural Emotions
Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest, Hungary
Keynote Speakers: Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann (Freie U Berlin), Paolo Santangelo (Sapienza U Roma)
This yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working on the field of early modern philosophy (ca. from 1600 to 1781). The aim is to foster collaboration among researchers working in different traditions and institutional contexts. We welcome abstracts for papers on any topic relevant to natural right and natural emotions, broadly conceived, in early modern philosophy. Proposals are particularly welcome that draw on resources from different traditions, both "central" and "peripheral" ones.
    Presentations should be in English and aim at approximately 30 minutes. Please send an abstract of maximum 400 words, prepared for blind review. The body of the email should include the author’s details (name, position affiliation, contact details, title of the abstract). The deadline for abstract submissions is 1 August 2018. Applicants will receive a response regarding their submission by 1 September 2018. There are no fees for registration. Attendance is free and most welcome. However, no financial support can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation. Submissions and inquiries should be sent to:
Contact: Olivér István Tóth.

October 12-14, 2018
Leibniz Society of North America/Société d’études leibniziennes de langue française Congress
Université de Montréal
Montréal, QC
    With this joint meeting, both Societies wish to gather scholars from their distinct linguistic communities for a better sharing of research. The Congress will be bilingual, so that half of all the papers will be in French, the other half in English. The Congress will begin early on Friday and end on Sunday at the latest at 3pm. Participants will be strongly encouraged to use Power Point presentations or printed manuscripts for their presentation to facilitate the discussion. 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 refereeing. They should be submitted, as attachments to emails in either Microsoft Word or PDF format, to The deadline for the receipt of submissions is December 31st, 2017. Authors will be notified by mid-January of the program committee’s decision.
    Avec ce congrès commun, les deux Sociétés souhaitent rassembler des chercheurs des deux communautés linguistiques pour un meilleur partage de la recherche. Le congrès sera bilingue, de sorte que la moitié de toutes les communications seront en français, l’autre en anglais. Le congrès débutera le vendredi en matinée et se terminera le dimanche au plus tard à 15h. Les participants seront fortement encouragés à utiliser un support textuel (Power Point, long exemplier, etc.) afin de faciliter la discussion. Les propositions de communication portant sur tout aspect de la philosophie de Leibniz seront considérées et devront être prévues pour une durée de présentation d’environ 45 minutes. Les personnes intéressées doivent soumettre un résumé de 500 mots ou moins, préparé pour une évaluation anonyme et envoyé en pièce jointe (Word ou PDF) à La date limite de soumission des propositions est le 31 decembre 2017. Les auteurs seront avisés de la décision du comité d’évaluation d’ici la mi-janvier.
Contacts: François Duchesneau and Christian Leduc.

October 19-21, 2018
Workshop on the Work of George Berkeley
University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI
Keynote address: Samuel Rickless (U Cal San Diego)
Papers for a workshop on Berkeley should be submitted to Margaret Atherton no later than July 15. I would also like to hear from anyone interested in serving as a commentator, whether or not you submit a paper.

October 25-26, 2018
Galen and the Early Moderns
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Venice, Italy
Along with Hippocrates, Galen was the most celebrated physician of antiquity. Among ancient physicians, he was also the one who exerted the most persisting influence not only on western medical thought and practice but also on western culture and philosophy in general. In spite of their early medieval oblivion caused mainly by linguistic barriers, in the eleventh century Galen’s works began to circulate again in Europe through Arabic mediation. As soon as Latin translations made in Italy and Spain became available, Galen entered the canon of natural philosophy, medicine, and anatomy. This medieval and late-medieval revival of the Galenic tradition lasted throughout the early modern era up to the eighteenth century at least.
    However, Galen’s influence was not limited to the medical field. Although his theories and practices certainly represented a mandatory reference for early modern anatomy, physiology, and therapeutics, Galen also contributed to orient the interpretation of Aristotle’s natural philosophy. In particular, his De usu partium was a reference work for any confrontation with the Aristotelian biological treatises. The famous "Epode" inserted as an appendix to this work strongly supported the theologically-oriented reading of Aristotle’s physics. Furthermore, the finalistic account of organic structures offered by De usu partium was an inspiring source for the eighteenth-century development of Teleology as an autonomous philosophical discipline.
    So far, studies on Galen’s modern revival have focused mainly on the post-medieval period and the Renaissance. Frequent attention was paid especially to Galen’s presence in the medicine and physiology of the sixteenth century. The reasons for this emphasis are perfectly understandable, since the sixteenth-century edition of the Opera had the indeniable effect of reviving the interest in this author among both the medical and the philosophical communities.
    On the other hand, this privileged focus on the sixteenth century may easily result in overlooking the long-term effect of Galen’s rediscovery, which in fact did not cease to exert its powerful influence both on medicine and philosophy during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Galen’s theories appear to be mentioned, endorsed, discussed or even fought in the works of first-rank scientists and philosophers such as Boyle, Cudworth, Malebranche, and Leibniz-–just to name the best known ones. A still open question, for instance, concerns the extent to which Descartes’ physiology and especially his sketch of embriology might contain some implicit reference to Galen’s work as their polemical target.
    In light of these considerations, the Venice conference aims to broaden the study of Galen’s reception in the early modern philosophy of nature, teleology, physiology, medicine, and philosophy of medicine by investigating his presence from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. We therefore invite submissions on all aspects of the early modern reception of Galen’s scientific and philosophical works. Proposals on iconographical or iconological issues related to the early modern Galenic tradition will also be considered.
    Keynote speakers: Raphaële Andrault (ENS Lyon), Dennis DesChene (Washington U St Louis), Guido Giglioni (Warburg Inst), Hiro Hirai (Radboud U).
Call for abstracts: Please submit your proposal (max. 1,000 words) as a Word or PDF attachment to Matteo Favaretti . Submission deadline:
15 March 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of April. We will cover both accommodation and travel costs for speakers, provided that they travel in economy class and buy their tickets at least one month before the conference. Conference attendance is free. There are no registration fees.
    Contact: Matteo Favaretti.

October 26-27, 2018
Midwest Study Group of the North American Kant Society
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Madison, WI
Keynote: Desmond Hogan (Princeton)
Submissions should be prepared for blind review. Please send contact information in a separate document, indicating whether you are a graduate student. Presentation time is limited to 25 minutes and submissions that exceed 20 pages (double-spaced, regular margins) will not be considered. The selection committee welcomes contributions on all topics of Kantian scholarship (both contemporary and historically-oriented), including discussions of Kant’s immediate predecessors and successors. We especially encourage submissions from individuals of groups underrepresented in philosophy and Kant scholarship in particular. The best graduate student paper will receive a $200 stipend and be eligible for the Markus Herz Prize awarded by NAKS. Papers already presented at other NAKS study groups or meetings are not eligible for submission. Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing (though this is not required in order to submit a paper). The deadline for submissions is June 30th, 2018. Papers should be submitted electronically (in .pdf or .docx format) to the Program Committee Chair, Corey W. Dyck.
Contact: Corey W. Dyck.

November 9-10, 2018
NYU Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy: "Philosophy's Uses of Its History"
New York University
Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South
New York, NY
Friday, Nov 9
    9:00-10:00  Check-in and Continental Breakfast
    10:00-12:00  Antonia LoLordo (Virginia): "Pierre Gassendi"; response Monte Johnson (UC San Diego)
    2:00-4:00  Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers): "Mary Shepherd"; response Keota Fields (U Mass Dartmouth)
    4:30-6:30  Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame): "Kant to Hegel"; response Colin Marshall (U Washington)
Saturday, Nov 10
    9:00-10:00  Continental Breakfast
    10:00-12:00  Jessica Berry (Georgia St): "Friedrich Nietzsche"; response Christa Acampora (Hunter C)
    2:00-4:00  Hans Sluga (UC Berkeley): "Martin Heidegger"; response Taylor Carman (Barnard C/Columbia U)
    4:30-6:30  Jesse Prinz (Grad Ctr/CUNY): "Contemporary Philosophy in Relation to Its History"; response Karl Schafer (UC Irvine)
Contacts: Don Garrett, Anja Jauernig, Béatrice Longuenesse, John Richardson.

November 15-17, 2018
The Exercise of Judgment in the Early Modern Period
University of Klagenfurt
Klagenfurt, Austria
The aim of this conference is to discuss the concept and to examine the role of the exercise of judgment in the early modern period within and across the fields of literature, philosophy and history from 1500 to 1800. There are several open slots. Upon request, we can pay for travel and accommodation costs for a few participants. Prospective participants are invited to send a note of interest, indicating the field to which their talk belongs, and an abstract of 250 to 500 words to Andrea Cattaneo by August 15. The selection will be made with respect to coherence with the topic of the workshop. Please also indicate if you depend on funding for your trip. Confirmed speakers:
    •  Andrea Esser, University of Jena
    •  Hanjo Glock, University of Zurich
    •  Katrin Keller, Austrian Academy of Sciences
    •  Dorothea Nolde, University of Vienna
    •  Michaela Rehm, University of Bielefeld
    •  Johannes Rössler, University of Warwick
    •  Lothar Schilling, University of Augsburg
    •  Steffen Schneider, University of Graz
    •  Rudolf Schüssler, University of Bayreuth
    •  Anita Traninger, Free University of Berlin
    •  Christian Windler, University of Bern
Contact: Ursula Renz.

November 16-18, 2018
Workshop: Mechanics and matter theory in the Enlightenment
Duke University
Durham, NC
We hereby invite applications for up to three subsidized places in the workshop. The only eligible applicants are doctoral candidates and junior scholars no more than three years from PhD. Paid expenses cover reasonable travel fare, accommodation, and meals on site. The language of the workshop will be English. The workshop themes cover collision theory, 1700 to 1750; metaphysics of body in 18th-century Germany and France; the epistemic status of laws of motion; and the explanatory scope of mechanics ca. 1800. Primary figures include Christian Wolff, Émilie Du Châtelet, Jean d’Alembert, Leonhard Euler, Immanuel Kant, and Joseph-Louis Lagrange. A complete application must include a cover letter; a current CV; and a research statement (1,200 words max.) explaining (i) the applicant’s relevant qualifications, e.g. foreign language command, training in philosophy or history of science; and (ii) how attending the workshop would benefit their research, whether current or proximate. To apply, send the above materials (as a single PDF file) to Marius Stan. In the subject line, please enter “Duke workshop application.” The deadline for applications is 30 May 2018.
Contacts: Katherine Brading (Duke) and Marius Stan (Boston College).

November 22-23, 2018
Women and Radical Thought: From the Renaissance to the Early Modern Era
Copenhagen University
Copenhagen, Denmark
In recent years the scholarship on the so-called radical enlightenment has flourished, developed and brought to light many texts, traditions and ways of communication that were hitherto unknown or barely studied (e.g. Paganini, Jacob, Laursen 2018). Meanwhile, the term “Radical Enlightenment” itself came under scrutiny and its meaning and legitimacy became contested (e.g. Israel and Mulsow (ed.) 2014; Ducheyne (ed.) 2017). One matter, however, is virtually absent from the current discussions: women’s participation in and contributions to radical circles and thought. One may actually ask: Where are the female radicals? The workshop takes up this question and will explore new ways of answering it by following the twofold aim:
    (1) to critically investigate and re-assess the historiographical conception of “radical enlightenment” in relation to women’s writings: What would count as radical thought from a female perspective of the period?
    (2) to make visible radical and subversive thought of women from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.
    •  Frederik Stjernfeld (Aalborg)
    •  Susanna Seguin (Paris)
    •  Ana Rodrigues (Paderborn)
    •  Sarah Hutton (York)
    •  Gianni Paganini (Vercelli)
    •  Inger Leemans (Amsterdam)
    •  Lena Halldenius (Lund)
    •  Juliane Engelhardt (Copenhagen)
    •  Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (Copenhagen)
    •  Christian Benne (Copenhagen)
    •  Martin Fog Arndal (Copenhagen)
Contacts: Sabrina Ebbersmeyer and Gianni Paganini.

December 15, 2018
Oxford Brookes International Hume Workshop: Hume and the Self
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, UK
Keynote: Anik Waldow (Sydney)
Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted to Dan O'Brien by September 21st. Decisions will be made by September 28th. Presentations along with discussion will be limited to one hour.

January 7-10, 2019
American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting
Sheraton New York Time Square
811 7th Avenue, 53rd Street
New York, NY
Descartes Society Session: We will accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. The session will be 2-3 hours in length. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the meeting--limited to only one of the three division meetings--is August 1, 2018. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of an abstract of 500 words. Papers should have a reading time of about 30 minutes. Panel discussion proposals should include a description of the topic to be discussed, and abstracts of the panelists’ presentations. Author Meets Critics proposals should include the author’s description of the book to be discussed and the names of 2 or 3 people who will serve as critics. Send your proposal as an email attachment to Dan Garber, the representative of the session for the Eastern Division meeting.

International Hobbes Association Sessions: You are invited to submit an abstract for a paper presentation in one of the two IHS sessions. Papers selected for presentation will also be considered for publication in Hobbes Studies. Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2018. Submit your 400-word maximum abstract to Michael Byron.

International Berkeley Society Session: Abstracts should be submitted to Seth Bordner or Nancy Kendrick.

February 20-23, 2019
American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting
Westin Downtown Denver
1672 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO
Descartes Society Session: We will accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. The session will be 2-3 hours in length. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the meeting--limited to only one of the three division meetings--is August 1, 2018. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of an abstract of 500 words. Papers should have a reading time of about 30 minutes. Panel discussion proposals should include a description of the topic to be discussed, and abstracts of the panelists’ presentations. Author Meets Critics proposals should include the author’s description of the book to be discussed and the names of 2 or 3 people who will serve as critics. Send your proposal as an email attachment to Steve Wagner, the representative of the session for the Central Division meeting.

April 2-3, 2019
Berkeleian Minds: Will and Understanding
York University
York, UK
Contact: John Blechl.
(Also see the "Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley" conference at York University, April 5-6, 2019.)

April 5-6, 2019
Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley
Trinity College Dublin
Long Room Hub Neill Lecture Theatre
Dublin, Ireland
     George Berkeley’s Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710) and Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713) are standard texts in the philosophy curricula of most European and American universities. No other Irish philosopher, and no other work of Berkeley’s, has achieved this ‘canonical’ status. However, there was a vibrant philosophical scene in Ireland in Berkeley’s lifetime, to which Berkeley was far from the only contributor. Studying this broader Irish philosophical discussion will improve our understanding of Berkeley and also of early modern philosophy more generally.
     The Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley conference will include general exploration of the intellectual culture of early modern Ireland as well as examination of specific thinkers with significant connections to Ireland active during Berkeley’s lifetime (1685–1753). Such figures include Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh (1615–1691); Robert Boyle (1627–1691); Michael Moore (c. 1639-1726); William King (1650–1729); William Molyneux (1656–1698); Edward Synge (1659–1741); Jonathan Swift (1667–1745); John Toland (1670–1722); Peter Browne (d. 1735); and Francis Hutcheson (1694–1746). Invited speakers include:
    •  Lisa Downing (Philosophy, Ohio St)
    •  Eric Schliesser (Pol Sci, U Amsterdam)
    •  Kate Davison (History, Sheffield)
Approximately nine additional papers will be selected by anonymous review of submitted abstracts. We welcome abstracts from scholars in any discipline addressing one or more of the following issues:
    •  The Irish context of Berkeley’s philosophy
    •  The philosophical work of other Irish thinkers active during Berkeley’s lifetime
    •  The reception within Ireland of other philosophical figures, ideas, and movements
    •  The reception of Irish philosophy outside Ireland
Particular preference will be given to papers that address figures and/or topics outside the currently recognized philosophical ‘canon’, including the work of early modern women. Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication as part of the Mind Occasional Series, Oxford University Press. Paper sessions will be 50 minutes in length, including discussion. Papers should therefore have a reading time of 30-40 minutes. Abstracts should be submitted by email to Kenny Pearce by 15 October 2018 and should be about 750 words in length, in PDF or MS Word format and should be prepared for anonymous review. Please include the words “IPAB Submission” in the subject line, and include your full name, institutional affiliation, and academic rank in the body of your email. Scholars wishing to be considered for travel bursaries should also include a description of the travel funds (if any) available to them from other sources. We expect to make decisions by December 2018 and will notify all submitters by email. For complete details and abstract submission instructions, please visit: Participants and attendees may also be interested in attending "Berkeleian Minds: Will and Understanding," a conference to be held at York University 2 and 3 April 2019.
Contact: John Blechl.

April 17-20, 2019
American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting
Westin Bayshore
1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, BC
Descartes Society Session: We will accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. The session will be 2-3 hours in length. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the meeting--limited to only one of the three division meetings--is August 1, 2018. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of an abstract of 500 words. Papers should have a reading time of about 30 minutes. Panel discussion proposals should include a description of the topic to be discussed, and abstracts of the panelists’ presentations. Author Meets Critics proposals should include the author’s description of the book to be discussed and the names of 2 or 3 people who will serve as critics. Send your proposal as an email attachment to John Carriero, the representative of the session for the Pacific Division meeting.

April 24-26, 2019
British Society for the History of Philosophy: Annual Conference
King's College London
Strand Campus
London, UK
Call for Papers: proposals for individual papers and for papers organized in themed symposia are invited on any period and aspect of the history of philosophy. In line with the BSHP’s commitment to broadening the canon, proposals on currently under-represented philosophical traditions, periods and authors are especially welcome. All proposals must be anonymized for blind peer-review.
    Individual papers: please send an abstract of MAX 500 words (in Word format) for a paper suitable for a 30 minute slot (20 mins for the paper, 10 mins for Q&A) to Katharine O'Reilly. Symposia: please send a proposal of MAX 500 words (in Word format) for a symposium of 3-4 papers (each paper suitable for a 30 minutes slot) with abstracts of MAX 300 words for each paper to Katharine O'Reilly. Please also submit, in a separate document, the email address and institution of each participant, and the name and email of the symposium organizer who will serve as contact person. Deadline: Monday 10 September 2018. Please note: all conference participants, including accepted speakers, must be BSHP members. For information on the BSHP and how to join please visit our website.
    As signatories of the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme, the BSHP will take steps to ensure gender balance among speakers and participants. As for all BSHP events, some funding is available for childcare. If you require childcare in order to attend the conference please contact Katharine O'Reilly. Up to 10 bursaries of £100 will be available for speakers who are graduate students/ unwaged members.
Contact: Katharine O'Reilly.

May 17-19, 2019
Leibniz Society of North America
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Papers on any aspect of Leibniz’s philosophy will be considered and should have a reading time of approximately 45 minutes. Submissions should take the form of abstracts of about 500 words, prepared for blind review. They should be submitted – as attachments to emails in either Microsoft Word or PDF format – to Ursula Goldenbaum. The deadline for the receipt of submissions is November 15th, 2018. Authors will be notified by December 15th, 2018 of the program committee’s decision.
Contact: Ursula Goldenbaum.

May 20-30, 2019
Institute for the History of Philosophy Summer Seminar: Leibniz's Philosophy of Law
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
IHP Summer Seminars are designed to bring together a group of faculty scholars specializing in specific areas of the history of philosophy for seminars focused around a shared reading list. Ten participants and the two co-directors meet in two mornings sessions over the course of two four-day weeks for discussions based upon close readings. The afternoons are free for reading and preparing. The Emory Library has collected Leibniz literature since the time of Leroy E. Loemker and also holds the original of Robert Mulvaney’s dissertation on Leibniz’ philosophy of law, defended at Emory in 1965. The IHP seminar format eschews the delivery of conference-style papers in favor of open, group-based engagement. In so doing, the IHP seeks to foster conversations that will inform future scholarly work. See past seminars.
    The 2019 readings will focus on Leibniz’s Philosophy of Law, an area that has not been in the focus of Anglo-American Leibniz scholarship so far. Our central texts will include Leibniz’s Elementa juris naturalis, the Nova methodus, and the Theodicée. We will use translations if possible, and also texts in their original language. Fortunately, we recently got translations of the Nova methodus. The Akademieedition will be available in our seminar space. In addition, our discussions will take into account texts of philosophers that were of particular impact on Leibniz’s thinking about natural right, law, and on his concept of justice, especially of Grotius, Hobbes, Spinoza, and Plato.
    The Institute is pleased to provide room, board, and travel expenses for all participants accepted to the seminar. Guests will be housed in The New Marriott Courtyard Decatur, in downtown Decatur, Georgia, a couple of miles from Emory's campus. Decatur is a vibrant town with several restaurants and bars, all within walking distance from the hotel. The hotel is also close to a MARTA stop, Atlanta's public train service. Participants will thus have access to other parts of Atlanta, including the airport. A free shuttle is commuting between hotel and campus.
    The weekend between the two seminar weeks is free for private activities; participants can visit the Martin Luther King Center, go hiking in the mountains of North Georgia or try kayaking in Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta. Atlanta has a world class symphony orchestra and also great Blues clubs. These activities are supposed to support the socializing among the participating scholars.
    Interested scholars should send a cover letter, addressing the relevance of the topic of Leibniz philosophy of law to their current and/or future scholarly work, and a CV to Professor Ursula Goldenbaum at her email address below. We would like to encourage especially younger scholars to apply. The deadline for applications is December 31st, 2018 with decisions announced by January 15th, 2019.
Contacts: Ursula Goldenbaum and Daniel Garber.

July 22-26, 2019
Hume Society Conference
University of Nevada
Department of Philosophy
Reno, NV
We invite papers in all areas of Hume studies but especially welcome submissions bearing some relation to the conference themes:
    faith and testimony
    Hume and democratic theory
    Hume and genealogical explanations
    Hume and idealism
Plenary speakers include: Peter Kail (Oxford), Véronique Munoz-Dardé (Univ Coll London/U California, Berkeley), and Andre Willis (Brown). Panel discussion on Hume and Mary Shepherd includes: Deborah Boyle (C Charleston), Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers), and Don Garrett (New York U). Author Meets Critics panel on Hume, Passion, and Action (Oxford UP, 2018) by Elizabeth Radcliffe.
    Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words) and should be submitted with an Abstract (200 words) no later than November 1, 2018. 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) at this address.
Contacts: Lorne Falkenstein (Western U), Jason Fisette (U Nevada, Reno), Alison McIntyre (Wellesley C), and Christopher Williams (U Nevada, Reno).