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

November 17-18, 2018
Spinoza on Freedom and the Highest Good: Workshop on Ethics, Part V
Department of Philosophy
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Nov. 17 (Savery Hall Rm 408)
    9:00-9:30  Welcome with coffee and donuts
    9:30-11:00  Kristin Primus (UC Berkeley): “Scientia Intuitiva’s Transformation of Experience”
    11:15-12:45  Donald Rutherford (UC San Diego): “Spinoza on Beatitudo
    2:00-3:30  Hasana Sharp (McGill): “The Infant’s Body: On the Way to Freedom”
    3:45-5:15  Colin Marshall (U Washington): “Spinoza vs. Kant on Reason and Timelessness”
Sunday, Nov. 18 (Savery Hall 408)
    9:45-10:00  Coffee and Donuts
    10:00-11:30  Charlie Huenemann (Utah St): “How to Have a Good Time in Amsterdam: Worldly Pleasures and Spinozistic Freedom in the Dutch Golden Age”
    11:45-1:15 pm  Michael Rosenthal (U Washington): “Life as a Marionette: The Role of the Imagination"
Contact: Michael Rosenthal.

November 17-18, 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 17, 2018
The Exercise of Judgment in the Early Modern Period
University of Klagenfurt
Klagenfurt, Austria
    8.30-9.10  Katharina-Maria Schön (Wien): "Non temere sed iudicio: Prozesse der Urteilsfindung in und um Thomas Morus‘ Utopia
    9.15-9.55  Anna Vaughn (Fairfield): "What is the epistemic status of judgment in Locke’s treatment of perception?"
    10.15-10.55  Brian Ball (Oxford): "Reid on the Nature of Judgment"
    11.00-11.40  Sonja Schierbaum (Hamburg): "Geschmack als Urteilsvermögen bei Crusius und Kant“
    12.00-12.40  Rudolf Meer (Graz): "Der Handlungscharakter des Urteils in Kants theoretischer Philosophie“
    12.45-13.25  Daniel Stader (Halle): "‘Die Urtheilskraft fordert zu ihrer Uebung die Welt’: Zur Entwicklung und Funktion der Urteilskraft in Kants Logik- und Anthropologiecorpus“
Contact: Ursula Renz.

November 22-23, 2018
Hobbes and Gender: Workshop and Special Issue of Hobbes Studies
Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Contributions to the workshop will be considered for a special issue of Hobbes Studies, on the same theme, to be published in spring 2020. The guest editors for the special issue are Eva Odzuck (Friedrich-Alexander U Erlangen-Nürnberg) and Alexandra Chadwick (Groningen). The workshop will include two keynote speeches from Sharon Lloyd (Southern California) and Susanne Sreedhar (Boston U). Papers may approach the topic from a variety of angles including, for example:
    •  Critiques of Hobbes’s arguments from feminist perspectives
    •  Insights from Hobbes’s philosophy for current debates about gender
    •  The place of women in Hobbes’s political argument
    •  Body, materialism and human nature in Hobbes
Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to Alexandra Chadwick and Eva Odzuck by 5 September 2018. We can provide financial assistance for travel and accommodation expenses due to a grant from the Free State of Bavaria (Promotion of Equal Opportunities for Women in Research and Teaching, FFL). After the workshop, the guest editors will select papers for possible publication in Hobbes Studies. Selected papers should be no longer than 8,000 words (incl. notes and bibliography) and should be with the editors by 31 May 2019. These will then be sent out to external reviewers, and the final decisions for publication in Hobbes Studies will be made on the basis of their reports.
Questions should be directed to the guest editors.

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.

November 23-24, 2018
J.-J. Rousseau Lecture and Conference
Claus Moser Research Centre
Keele University
Keele, UK
Friday, 23 November
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Symposium on "Kant, God, and Metaphysics"
The Sustainability Hub, Lecture Theatre HF1.14
Speakers: Margit Ruffing (Mainz), Edward Kanterian (Kent), James DiCenso (Toronto), Jonathan Head (Keele). This event will focus on Edward Kanterian’s Kant, God and Metaphysics: The Secret Thorn (Routledge 2017).
    6:00-7:15 p.m.  Susan Shell (Boston C): "Taking Men as They Are and Laws as They Can Be: Rousseau and Hobbes on the State of Nature" (Claus Moyer's Foyer)
Saturday, 24 November
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Kant's Republican Idea: Ethics, Politics, and the Problem of Progress (Conference Room)
    Susan Shell (Boston C), helga Varden (Illinois), Howard Williams (Cardiff), Ralf Bader (Oxford), Sorin Baiasu (Keele)
Papers will discuss several of Professor Shell’s recent texts on Kant’s practical philosophy and its relations to aesthetics and history.
    Call for Commentators and Chairpersons: If you would like to act as commentator for the papers given by Professors Varden, Williams, Bader or Baiasu, or would like to chair any of the sessions, please contact Sorin Baiasu. Some funding will be available for commentators and chairpersons. Deadline: 29 October 2018.
Contact: Sorin Baiasu.

November 26-27, 2018
Conference: “Kant’s Concepts of Metaphysics: Aprioristic and Non-Aprioristic?"
University of Luxembourg, Campus Belval
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
November 26
    13:00-13:30h  Welcome
    13:30-14:30h  Brigitte Falkenburg (TU Dortmund): "Kant's Pre-Critical Metaphysics and the Analogy to Newtonian Science"
    15:00-16:00h  Bernd Ludwig (Göttingen): "Drei Arten der Analysis--und die Struktur der Kritischen Philosophie (1781-85)"
    16:30-17:30h  Kristina Engelhard (TU Dortmund): "Non-aprioristic elements in Kant’s critical practice of metaphysics?"
    17:30-18:30h  Marcus Willaschek (Frankfurt): "Kant on the A priori Sources of Metaphysics"
November 27
    10:00-11:00h  John Callanan (King’s C London): "The Boundary of Pure Reason"
    11:30-12:30h  Ansgar Seide (U Münster/U Hannover): "The Relation Between Empirical and A priori Elements in Kant's Special Metaphysics of Nature"
    14:00-15:00h  Andrew Chignell (Princeton): "Kant's Liberal Method in Metaphysics"
    15:30-16:30h  Anton Friedrich Koch (Heidelberg): "Das transzendental Notwendige ist metaphysisch unmöglich"
    16:30-17:30h  Sabrina Bauer (Heidelberg): "Metaphysica scientia prima cognitionis humanae principia continens est? Kants Kritik des 'Schulbegriffs' der Metaphysik"
Organizers: Kristina Engelhard (TU Dortmund) & Dietmar Heidemann (U Luxembourg).
Contact: Katalin Turai,

November 30-December 5, 2018
Robert P. Benedict Lectures in the History of Political Philosophy
James A. Harris (U St Andrews, Scotland)
Barrister's Hall, 765 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA
    Friday, 11/30, 4:00-6:00 pm: "Locke vs. Filmer Revisited"
    Monday, 12/03, 4:00-6:00 pm: "Between Locke and Filmer (1): Hume on Political Obligation"
    Wednesday, 12/05, 4:00-6:00 pm: "Between Locke and Filmer (2): Smith on Political Obligation"
In late 17th and 18th-century Britain the basis and limits of political obligation were matters of pressing practical importance. In the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution, during the period of the Jacobite rebellions, and then as a result of the discontent in America, there was a series of sophisticated and urgent debates about the character of political legitimacy, and about how to distinguish properly de jure and merely de facto governmental authority. These lectures describe some key moments in that debate. According to an influential interpretation of political thought in 18th-century Britain, Locke's Two Treatises of Government marked the end to a tradition of political philosophy. The following century, on this account, saw a shift in the examination of the political consequences of commerce and, especially, of an ever-increasing national debt. Dr. Harris will argue that this amounts to a misreprsentation of post-Lockean political thought.
Contact: Rebeccah Leiby.

December 4, 2018
Filippo Mignini (U Studi Macerata): "Lezione su Spinoza"
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Aula 23, San Sebastiano
Venice, Italy

December 6, 2018
London Spinoza Circle
Clare Carlisle (King's College London): "George Eliot's Spinoza"
3 – 5pm, Bloomsbury Room (Room G35), Senate House, Russell Square
London, UK

December 7, 2018
King's History of Philosophy Seminar
Anastaisa Berg (Cambridge): On Kant
Small Committee Room, Strand Campus, King’s College
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
London, UK
Contact: Clare Carlisle.

December 14, 2018
Flavia Buzzetta (CNRS - LEM): "Prospettive sul pensiero cabbalistico di Giovanni Pico della Mirandola"
Interviene: Maria Vittoria Comacchi (U Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Aula Mazzariol, Malcanton-Marcorà
Venice, Italy

December 14, 2018
Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop
Sean Greeberg (UC Irvine): "The Meditations as Conative Exercises: Descartes on Human Freedom and the Will"
Robbins Library, Emerson Hall 211, 3:00-5:00
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Contact: Jeff McDonough.

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
Monday, Jan. 7
    11:00-12:00  Colloquium: Ecology
        Oli Stephano (Vassar): “Human Power and Ecological Flourishing: Refiguring Right and Advantage with Spinoza”; commentator Hadley Cooney (Wisconsin, Madison); chair Raffaella De Rosa (Rutgers U Newark)
    11:00-1:00  Symposium: Hume’s Purely Practical Response to Philosophical Skepticism
        Nathan Sasser (Greenville Tech Coll); commentators Anne Jacobson (Oxford) and Chris Lorkowski (Ashford U); chair Aaron Wilson (South Texas C)
    11:00-1:00  Symposium: Women Philosophers, 1600-1900: A Workshop
        Kristin Gjesdal (Temple) and Elizabeth Goodnick (Metropolitan St U); chair Lydia Moland (Colby C)
    1:00-3:00  Kant; chair Gerad Gentry (Yale)
        Bowen Chan (Toronto): “The Idea of Freedom: The Phenomenal Priority of Reason’s Power Before its Law”; commentator Daniel Dal Monte (Temple)
        Noam Hoffer (Bar-Ilan): “The Critique of the Power of Judgement as the ‘True Apology’ to Leibniz’s Pre- Established Harmony”: commentator Curtis Sommerlatte (Union Coll)
    1:00-3:00  Author Meets Critics: Michael Jacovides, Locke’s Image of the World; chair Antonia LoLordo (U Virginia)
        Critics: Robert Pasnau (Colorado Boulder) and Kathryn Tabb (Columbia); reply Michael Jacovides (Purdue)
Tuesday, Jan. 8
    9:00-12:00  Descartes Society: chair Daniel Garber (Princeton)
        Domenica Romagni (Colorado St) and Simon Shogry (Oxford): “Stoic Antecedents of Cartesian Rationalism”
        Evan Thomas (Ohio State): “Animals and Cartesian Consciousness: The Debate between Pardies and Dilly”
    9:00-12:00  New Narratives and the Misrepresentation of Philosophy's Past; chair Marcy Lasano (Kansas)
        Amber Griffioen (Konstanz): “The Naked Truth: Why Philosophy Should Reclaim Medieval Mysticism”
        Christia Mercer (Columbia): “Alternative Facts: How Descartes Became Our Father (When He Isn’t)”
        Andrew Janiak (Duke): “Early Modern Erasure: How Émilie Du Châtelet Was Written Out of the Canon”
            Commentator Alison Simmons (Harvard)
    12:00-2:00  International Berkeley Society; chair Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton C Massachusetts)
        Manuel Fasko (Zurich): “De Actio: A Historical Argument for a Composite Reading of Berkeley’s Notion of Action”
        Todd DeRose (Ohio State): “Semantic Compositionality and Berkeley’s Divine Language Argument”
        Jonathan Vadja (SUNY Buffalo): “Berkeley’s Concrete General Ideas and the Problem of Universals”
    12:00-2:00  Hong Kong Kant Society: Mysticism and Classical German Philosophy, chair Eric S. Nelson (Hong Kong U Sci/Tech)
        David Chai (Chinese U Hong Kong): “Herder’s Mystical Aesthetics”
        Stephen R. Palmquist (Hong Kong Baptist): “The Moral Grounding of Kant’s Critical Mysticism”
        Gregory S. Moss (Chinese U Hong Kong): “Hegel’s Rationalization of Mysticism: From Eleusis to the Science of Logic”
    12:00-2:00  Hume Society: Hume on Politeness and Passions; chair Allison Kuklok (St. Michael's C)
        Alison McIntyre (Wellesley C): “Hume vs. Malebranche (and Hutcheson) on Whether Passions Represent their Objects”
        Jason Fisette (Nevada, Reno): “Politeness and the Common Good in Hume’s Political Philosophy”
    12:00-2:00  North American Spinoza Soc: Spinoza on Goodness, Freedom, and the State; chair Andrew Youpa (Southern Illinois)
        Michael LeBuffe (Otago)
        Steven Nadler (Wisconsin–Madison)
        Sanem Soyarslan (North Carolina St)
    5:15-7:15  Leibniz Soc North Amer: Leibniz's Rhetorical Strategies
        John Whipple (Illinois, Chicago): “Leibniz’s Exoteric and Esoteric Philosophies”
            Commentator Julia Borcherding (New York U)
    7:30-10:30  International Hobbes Society; chair Rosamond Rhodes (Mount Sinai Sch Medicine)
        Nicola Marcucci (École Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales): “Anthropology and Recognition in Hobbes’s Leviathan"
        Marcus Adams (U Albany SUNY): “Hobbes’s Conceptualism”
        Paul Garofalo (U Southern California): “Obligation and Liberty in Hobbes”
        Wendell Stephenson (Fresno City Coll): “Sovereign Power the Same”
        Jan Narveson (Waterloo): “The Idea of a State of Nature in Hobbes and in Moral Theory"
    7:30-10:30  Society for Phil of Emotion: Emotions and Cooperation; chair Cecilea Mun (Ind Sch)
        Daniel R. Herbert (Sheffield): "Kant and the Philosophy of Hope"
    7:30-10:30  North American Kant Soc: Kant and Constitutivism; chair Jordan MacKenzie (New York U)
        Andrews Reath (UC Riverside): “Kant’s Moral Constitutivism”; commentator Brian Tracz (UC San Diego)
        Carla Bagnoli (U Modena/Reggio Emilia, Italy): “Construction, Description, and Responsibility”; commentator Dennis Kalde (Munich)
        Konstantin Pollock (U South Carolina): “Constitutivism, Normativity, and the Legacy of Natural Right in Kant’s Theory of Rational Agency”; commentator Sasha Mudd (U Alberto Hurtado, Chile)
    7:30-10:30  Soc Hist Pol Phil: Conscience, Religion, and Art in Modern Thought; chair Martin Sitte (Ind Sch)
        Gabrielle Stanton (Tulane): “Lions, Tygers, Pole-cats, and Foxes: Conscience and Punishment in Locke’s State of Nature”
        Samuel Stoner (Assumption Coll): “Lessing and Kant on the History of Religion”
        Aaron Halper (Catholic U America): “Quarreling Over Art: Kant’s Antinomy of Aesthetic Judgment"
Wednesday, Jan. 9
    9:00-11:00  Kantian Ethics; chair Adam Etinson (St Andrews)
        Leonard Feldblyum (Brown): “Untangling Motivation, Desire, and Action in Kant’s Empirical Psychology”; commentator Rosalind Chaplin (UC San Diego)
        Michael Gregory (South Carolina): “Fashionable Morality: Kant and Social Virtues”; commentator Daniel Mendez (Boston U)
    9:00-11:00  Symposium: Mary Shepherd’s Philosophy of Mind; chair Don Garrett (New York U)
        Martha Bolton (Rutgers)
        Deborah Boyle (Coll Charleston)
            Commentator Keota Fields (Massachusetts, Dartmouth)
    7:00-10:00  International Hobbes Association, Session II; chair Michael Byron (Kent St)
        Rebeccah Leiby (Boston U): “Hobbes’s Patriarchalism”
        P. K. Pokker (U Calicut, India): “Thomas Hobbes and Methodological Shift in Social Philosophy”
        Emilio Sergio (U Calabria): “Hobbes’s War against Boyle and Wallis”
        Meghan Robison (Montclair St): “Mother Lords and the Power of Preserving Life in Hobbes’s Leviathan
        Joel van Fossen (Boston U): “‘Birth Follows the Belly’: A Reinterpretation of Natural Maternal Dominion in Hobbes”
    7:00-10:00  N Amer Kant Soc: Kant's Political Philosophy; chair Reed Winegar (Fordham)
        Kate Moran (Brandeis): “Kant on Dependence and Passive Citizenship”; commentator Samuel Stoner (Assumption Coll)
        Jeppe von Platz (U Richmond): “The Relation Between Private and Public Right in Kant’s Doctrine of Right”; commentator James Messina (UC San Diego)
        Alice Pinheiro Walla (U Bayreuth Germany): “What Is a Right? A Kantian Account”; commentator Adam Shmidt (Boston U)
Thursday, Jan. 10
    9:00-11:00  Culture as the Unifying Ground of Kant’s Critique of Judgment; chair Eileen Sweeney (Boston Coll)
        Sabina Bremner (Columbia)
            Commentators John Kaag (Massachusetts, Lowell) and Melissa Zinkin (SUNY Binghamton)
    9:00-11:00  Symposium: Locke, God, and the Natural World; chair Patrick Connolly (Lehigh)
        Geoff Gorham (Macalester Coll)
        Stewart Duncan (U Florida)
        Commentator Jessica Gordon-Roth (U Minnesota)
    9:00-11:00  Moral Feeling & Moral Self-Awareness: The Phenomenological Role of Respect in Kant's Moral Psychology: chair Jennifer Uleman (SUNY Purchase)
        Tanner Hammond (Boston U)
            Commentators: Catherine Smith (Iona Coll) & Benjamin Vilhauer (City Coll New York, CUNY)
    11:30-1:30  Spinoza; chair Sophie Cote (New York U)
        Joe Stratmann (UC San Diego): “Kant and the Seductive Path to Spinozism”; commentator Reza Hadisi (Hamilton Coll)
        Matthew Homan (Christopher Newport U): “Spinoza’s Methodology Is Not Anti-Cartesian”; commentator Andrew Youpa (Southern Illinois)
    11:30-1:30  Kant’s Organic Republic: Judging Property Purposively; chair Carlos Pereira di Salvo (U Pennsylvania)
        Aaron Jaffe (Juilliard School)
            Commentators Daniel Addison (CUNY) & Daniel MacDougall (CUNY City Tech)
    11:30-1:30  Kant's Truthmaker Noumenalism; chair Kimberly Brewer (Cornell)
        Damian Melamedoff (Toronto)
            Commentators: Sylvia Pauw (U Amsterdam/Ghent) & Tim Jankowiak (Towson U)

January 15, 2018
Maurizio Ricciardi (U Bologna): "'Il popolo, inteso ciascuno': Cittadino e moltitudine in Machiavelli"
Interviene: Luigi Emilio Pischedda (U Ca’ Foscari Venezia e Université Paris I Panthéon - Sorbonne)
U Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Aula Valent, Malcanton-Marcorà
Venice, Italy

January 17-19, 2018
Conference: "The Self: Object of Beliefs and Passions: Hume and Contemporary Readings"
Paris Nanterre University
Paris, France
    At the end of the first book of his Treatise of Human Nature (1739), Hume wrote, "when I enter most intimately into what I call myself, I always stumble on some particular perception or other, of heat or cold, light or shade, love or hatred, pain or pleasure. I never can catch myself at any time without a perception, and never can observe any thing but the perception." This remark has since been much discussed, and continues today to fuel the debate around the concept of self. Since Thomas Reid, the idea that there is no such thing as a "substantial" self and the arguments underlying it, have been subjected to intense scrutiny and criticisms. Reid (1785) considered the doctrine incompatible with the mere possibility of free will, or thought itself, as both presupposes a thinking being that can acknowledge itself as itself. T. Penelhum (1955) or W. Fang (1984) question the strict opposition between difference and identity that is at the basis of the Humean indictment against the substantialist notion of self.
    The debate around Hume's doctrine is also an exegetical one. Hume, as we tend to forget, developed further in the Treatise (in Book II, on the Passions) a positive theory of the self, which seems to contradict the sceptical approach of Book I. This positive dimension of the Humean thesis has been the subject of divergent interpretations, both in terms of determining how to understand it in itself (as evidenced for example by the dispute between J.I. Biro (1979) and J.L. McIntyre (1979) or more recently in the readings of F. Brahami (2001), G. Strawson (2011) or E. Le Jallé (2014)) as to its relation to the negative thesis of the first book (see W.L. Robinson 1974, M. Malherbe 2001, A. Carlson 2009).
    Finally, the excerpt from the Treatise has become, if not the master formula, at least one of the leading slogans of what is now called the 'no self theory', according to which nothing like the self exists, a doctrine variously defended by philosophers like D. Parfit (1984), D.C. Dennett (1986), or T. Metzinger (2003). In many ways the opposition between realism and antirealism, on the issue of the self, structures the contemporary debates in contemporary philosophy of mind. It is central for issues such as personal identity (Do we persist over time, and under which conditions? What determines the number of people at a given time? What kind of things are we?), self-knowledge (Are there different forms of self-knowledge? and if so, what are they, and should one be preferred over another? What types of first-person knowledge are immune to error through misidentification? ), or unity of the mind (to what extent is it legitimate to believe in the unity of mental contents? What is the cause of this unity? What is self-consciousness? and how does it relate to consciousness in general?). This conference has therefore two main objectives:
    •  A first day will be devoted to the discussion of Hume's thesis in exegetical terms, in order to better understand it not only in the context of the first book, but also within the general economy of the work
    •  In a second day, we will try to grasp the role and forms that the Humean heritage takes in contemporary debates on the self, but also how a fresh look at Hume's text could open up new avenues within these discussions
Submission Guidelines: abstracts can be submitted in English or French and should include a title and not exceed 1500 words. Abstracts must be anonymized and sent to the organizers c/o Alexandre Charrier by 1 November 2018. Replies will be sent on 15 November 2018. Other organizers are Claire Etchegaray and Philippe Hamou (both Paris Nanterre).

January 25, 2019
King's History of Philosophy Seminar
Julia Borcherding (Cambridge): On Conway
Philosophy Bldg, Room 405, King’s College
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
London, UK
Contact: Clare Carlisle.

January 25-26, 2019
Orthodoxy, Heresy, and Indifference: Religion and Philosophical Practices in the Seventeenth Century
Erasmus University
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Keynote speakers: Sarah Hutton (York), Theo Verbeek (Utrecht). Other speakers: Aza Goudriaan (VU Amsterdam), Yoshi Kato (EUR/Tokyo), Sonja Lavaert VU Brussel), Henri Krop (EUR), Han van Ruler (EUR).
Submit abstracts (300-500 words) to Yoshi Kato no later than 10 December 2018. Notification of acceptance: 16 December 2018.

February 7, 2019
London Spinoza Circle
Moira Gatens (Sydney): TBC
3 – 5pm, Room TBC
London, UK
Contact: Clare Carlisle.

February 8, 2019
Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop
Katherine Tabb (Columbia): "Locke on Complex Ideas and the Ethics of Belief"
Robbins Library, Emerson Hall 211, 3:00-5:00
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Contact: Jeff McDonough.

February 15-16, 2019
The Unfinished Synthesis: Kant’s Opus Postumum
LMU Munich & IHS Munich School of Philosophy
Munich, Germany
Featured Speakers: Dina Emundts (FU Berlin), Bryan Hall (St. John’s U), Günter Zöller (LMU Munich)
    In the last decades, Kant researchers have developed an increasing interest in both Kant’s writings of the critical period outside of the three Critiques and for the post-critical development of his thought. Understanding the Opus Postumum--the last, unaccomplished project the Philosopher of Königsberg worked on during several years at the end of his life--plays an important role here, as it serves to identify both the foundational role of the three Critiques for other philosophical inquiries, as well as to understand the unity of a philosophical system that Kant had tried to establish. In this sense, the (i>Opus Postumum can serve as a ground to identify the relation between Kant’s transcendental philosophy, his natural philosophy, practical philosophy, philosophy of religion, metaphysics and his broader epistemology.
    The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the ways in which Kant adapts, transforms and integrates his previous ideas into a more comprehensive and unified outline of philosophy. We are interested in understanding Kant’s new approach to natural philosophy, his re-evaluation of the scope and limits of transcendental philosophy, the unity of his system, and the transformation of earlier ideas. The conference aims at providing a space for fruitful exchanges between established scholars, junior researchers and PhD students. Presentation time (except keynote speakers) will be approx. 30 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion. Abstracts of ca. 500 words are to be send to Ansgar Lyssy; deadline 30 September 2018; notification of acceptancee31 October.
Contact: Ansgar Lyssy.

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.

North American Spinoza Society: invites submissions of paper abstracts on any topic in Spinoza's philosophy. Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words by Sept 20, 2018 to Karolina Hubner.

February 22-24, 2019
Conference: Kant and Poverty
Ruhr University
Bochum, Germany
February 22
    10.00-11.30  Merten Reglitz (Birmingham): “Why Kant’s Global Order does not allow for Poverty”
    11.30-1.00  Nuria Sanchez Madrid (Complutense U Madrid): “Kant on Social Dignity”
    2.30-4.00  Oliver Sensen (Tulane): “Kant and the duty to help in emergencies”
    4.00-5.30  Alessandro Pinzani (U Fed Santa Catarina): ‘Fighting Poverty: Four Kantian Strategies”
    6.00-7.30  Karen Stohr (Georgetwon): “Beneficence and Indifference”
February 23
    10.00-11.30  Katrin Flikschuh (London Sch Economics): tba
    11.30-1.00  Martin Sticker (Bristol): “Emergencies and True Needs”
    2.30-4.00  Rafeeq Hasan (Amherst C): “Need and Necessity in Kant’s Doctrine of Right
    4.00-5.30  Alice Pinheiro Walla (U Bayreuth): “Global Poverty and Territorial Rights: A Kantian Argument for Global Redistribution”
    6.00-7.30  Violetta Igneski (McMaster): “Responding to global poverty: individual and collective duty-bearers”
February 24
    9.00-10.30  Corinna Mieth (Ruhr U Bochum)/Garrath Williams (Lancaster): "Poverty, Dignity and Essential Ends"
    10.30-12.00  Joel Klein (Fed U Rio Grande do Norte): “The institutional limits of poverty from the perspective of Kantian political philosophy: thinking with Kant beyond Kant”
    1.30-3.00  Ariel Zylberman (U Albany): "Material Independence in Kant"
Contacts: Corinna Mieth and Martin Sticker.

February 25, 2019
Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop
Melissa Merritt (New South Wales): TBA
Robbins Library, Emerson Hall 211, 3:00-5:00
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Contact: Jeff McDonough.

February 28, 2018
Yves Charles Zarka (U Paris Descartes): "Hobbes: Teologia e politica"
Interviene Gianenrico Paganini (U Studi del Piemonte Orientale)
U Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Aula Valent, Malcanton-Marcorà
Venice, Italy

March 8-10, 2019
Tolerance, Sociability and Solidarity in Scottish Philosophy
Université de Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland
    Societies are kept together by different kinds of glue. Self-interested factors such as the fear of leaving society, and the awareness of various benefits of living with others may play their roles. Yet there are also other factors, such as forms of natural sociability, benevolence and sympathy, solidarity with other members of society, and tolerance with respect to different opinions and values. Sometimes religion is considered helpful for keeping societies together, sometimes it is presented as the very cause of division. The nature, potential and limits of tolerance, sociability, solidarity and the role of religion were discussed by many philosophers in the Scottish tradition, and in particular in the Scottish Enlightenment. We invite paper proposals that explore the roles of these notions in Scottish philosophy.
    Proposals of not more than 400 words should be sent by email attachment to by November 1, 2018. Decisions will be notified by November 30, 2018. We are also pleased to announce the Gordon Graham Prize in Scottish Philosophy. The winner of this prize will receive financial support including registration, travel, and lodging to attend the 2019 ISSP conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. The winner’s paper will also be published in the Journal of Scottish Philosophy. The runner-up will be invited to the conference and published in the Journal of Scottish Philosophy. Please submit complete papers of not more than 5,000 words by November 1st, 2018 to
Contacts: James Foster (U Sioux Falls), Giovanni Gellera (Lausanne), and Christian Maurer (Lausanne)

March 21, 2019
Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop
Michael A. Rosenthal (U Washington): tbc
Room tbc, 3:00-5:00
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Contact: Clare Carlisle.

March 23-24, 2019
Recasting the Treatise, Volume Two
Herford College, Oxford
Oxford, UK
    This will be the second workshop of a series focusing on the contrasts and differences between David Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature and his later philosophical works that descended from it. The first workshop was held in Budapest in March 2018, and focused on topics from Treatise Book 1, the Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, and relevant essays. This workshop will be devoted to Treatise Book 2, the Four Dissertations of 1757 (notably the “Dissertation on the Passions”), and relevant essays. The third workshop, provisionally planned to be held in Budapest in September 2019, will be focused on Treatise Book 3, the Enquiry on the Principles of Morals, and relevant essays. Invited members include: Kate Abramson, Miren Boehm, Don Garrett, Lorenzo Greco, James Harris, Jane McIntyre, Jennifer Marusic, Amyas Merivale, Dan O’Brien, Katarina Paxman, Hsueh Qu, Jacqueline Taylor, and Margaret Watkins.
    At this stage we are inviting extended abstracts of about 1,000 words for the second workshop. The deadline for submission is 31 Dec. 2018. Please send your abstracts to organizers Peter Millican and Tamás Demeter.
Contacts: Peter Millican (Oxford) and Tamás Demeter (Budapest)

March 29, 2019
"Dissenso ed eterodossia nel pensiero ebraico"
Intervengono: Omero Proietti, Lea Campos Boralevi, Stefano Visentine Giovanni Licata
U Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Aula Valent, Malcanton-Marcorà
Venice, Italy

March 29, 2019
King's History of Philosophy Seminar
Eric Watkins (UC San Diego): On Kant
Small Committee Room, Strand Campus, King’s College
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
London, UK
Contact: Clare Carlisle.

April 2-3, 2019
Berkeleian Minds: Will and Understanding
York University
Humanities Research Centre
York, UK
Abstracts are due by December 1, 2018. Maximum 1 page submission. Please include your name and affiliation. Please email submissions to John Blechl.There will be an evening reception on April 1. We are allowing a full day (April 4) to travel from York to Dublin for the "Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley" conference on April 5-6. Travel information, accommodation, and more details to follow closer to the conference.
Contact: John Blechl.

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): "Boyle's Powers"
    •  Eric Schliesser (Pol Sci, U Amsterdam): "The Wilson-Garber Debate on Berkeley on Corpuscles Reconsidered in Light of Toland and Clark on the Role of God's Order in Science"
    •  Kate Davison (History, Sheffield): "'Plainly of Considerable Moment in Human Society': Francis Hutcheson and Eighteenth- Century Philosophies of Laughter"
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 12-13, 2019
Varieties of Unity in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands
    The issue of unity is an important topic both in scholastic and mainstream early modern philosophy. One set of questions centres on the idea that unity was supposed to be an essential feature of substances. But how are the parts of a composite—parts like matter and form—united? And how are composite substances distinguished from mere aggregates? Accidents and modes are also supposed to be united in some sense with their hosts: what accounts for the unity of a substance with its accidents? A different set of questions arose from the distinction between the material and the immaterial: human souls or minds were regarded as simple or indivisible, but matter as inherently composite and divisible. This distinction was important for the view that the human soul or mind is immortal – on account of its indivisibility. How should we understand these differences and how did various philosophers argue for them? How are mind and body united in a human being? And can material entities have any sort of real unity, especially on a mechanistic conception?
    We propose a two-day conference on these and related questions in scholastic and non-scholastic thinkers in the 16th-17th century. One goal of the conference is to develop a deeper understanding of scholastic thought in this period, and its relationship to what we ordinarily think of as early modern thinkers.Speakers include Jeff McDonough (Harvard), Shane Duarte (Notre Dame), Helen Hattab (U Houston), Calvin Normore (UCLA), and Marleen Rozemond (Toronto). Submissions: Please submit blinded abstracts of 1-2 pages to Brian Embry before January 10, 2019.
Contact: Brian Embry.

April 15, 2019
Luca Bianchi (U Studi di Milano): "'Non dovete Filosofare senza l’appoggio di qualche grande auttore': il ‘principio di autorità’, gli aristotelici e Galileo"
Interviene: Marco Sgarbi (U Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
U Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Aula Valent, Malcanton-Marcorà
Venice, Italy

April 17-20, 2019
American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting
Westin Bayshore
1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, BC
Deadline for submissions: Sept. 1, 2018

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.

Society for the Study of Early Modern Women session: The content of the session is broadly construed, and submissions that focus on, invoke, forward, challenge, and/or engage with philosophical scholarship of early modern women are welcome. Contributions from graduate students are encouraged, and one paper slot is reserved for graduate student work. There will be sufficient time for audience feedback on each paper, and our session will emphasize dialogue among participants and session attendees. Questions can be directed to the session organizer, Jill Hernandez by Oct 1, 2018.

The APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (CTP) and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) invite proposals for a session on new approaches to teaching early modern survey courses. This session will be held at the Teaching Hub at the 2019 Pacific Division meeting. With an aim of sharing and inspiring teaching that rethinks the standard canon that students typically encounter in early modern philosophy courses, we are seeking a variety of presentations on interesting or innovative approaches to teaching the early modern survey in ways that incorporate lesser-known philosophers and texts of the period. Specific ideas about course content are especially encouraged. As well, discussions about pedagogical approaches to that content are also welcome at this session. Presentations should be 20 minutes in length. Approximately 20 minutes of additional time will be available to each presenter for activities and/or discussion with the audience. We appreciate proposals that are creative and interactive. Submissions: Proposals of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, should be sent to Susan Mills. Since we are interested in ensuring representation of a range of voices and teaching experiences and welcome submissions from those who have taught in various types of educational institutions, please include in your proposal a brief account of your experiences with non-standard approaches to early modern philosophy. Supporting material, such as syllabi, handouts, or a CV, may also be included in addition to your proposal submission. Deadline for proposals: Sept. 15, 2018; notification to presenters: Oct. 1.

April 22-24, 2019
Kant and the Ethics of Enlightenment: Historical Roots and Contemporary Relevance
Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University
Institute for the Humanities
Kaliningrad, Russia
    The Kant-Readings International Conference has taken place in Kaliningrad every five years since 1974. The 2019 conference aims at investigating the ethical conceptions of the Enlightenment from the perspective of Kant’s philosophy. Enlightenment ethics focused on traditionally important notions for human beings, such as happiness and moral goodness, and influenced not only their epoch but the following centuries. In spite of the fact that all these doctrines were founded on different moral concepts like moral sense, reason, or God, they equally searched for a justification of duty and of the possibility of moral motivation. Moreover they raised the question of the relation between morality and politics, education, and coercion: What, if any, are the common features that characterise ethical doctrines during the Enlightenment? Are there sufficiently similar features in the various ethical doctrines of Kant’s day that would warrant the title of ‘Enlightenment ethics’? It is not less important to understand the ethical content and significance of the Enlightenment project itself and to answer the question of whether the project of enlightenment still can be rationally defended.
    Kant’s ethics directly relates to the various conceptions of enlightenment put forward by his immediate predecessors in Germany, Great Britain, and France, such as Wolff, Rousseau, Shaftesbury, Hutcheson, Hume, and others. We are interested in understanding the moral aims of the Enlightenment, and the role of Kant’s philosophy in how the enlightenment project extends beyond its initial epoch. How has Kant’s moral philosophy been received and criticised, and how has it influenced the evolution of enlightenment thought in other countries, especially in Russia? To what extent can Kant’s philosophy be fruitful for thinking about ethics and enlightenment in our time? What can Kantian philosophy offer to address the current and prospective challenges, produced by technological advancement? The conference will be structured into the following sections:
    1.  History of Enlightenment Ethics
    2.  Enlightenment and Kantian Ethics in Russian Thought
    3.  Enlightenment Ethics and Aesthetics in Correlation
    4.  Kant’s Ethics in Neo-Kantianism
    5.  Enlightenment, Politics, and Education
    6.  Science, Technology, and Enlightenment Ethics
    7.  Kant and Radical Enlightenment (section organized by The Contemporary Kantian Philosophy Project, directed by Robert Hanna)
Hanna writes: By “radical enlightenment,” we mean any epistemic, metaphysical, metaphilosophical, aesthetic, scientific, moral, social, or political interpretation of Kant’s injunction to “dare to know,” or “dare to think for oneself” (Sapere aude!), that is more progressive — or “further left” — than classical Hobbesian or Millian liberalism, or contemporary neoliberalism. The theme of this section comprehends any topic in Kant’s or Kantian philosophy that explores its positive or negative relationship to radical enlightenment in this sense, with a special interest in exploring the implications and/or significance of that topic for contemporary issues.
    The conference languages are Russian, English, and German. Please send abstracts (300-350 words)--addressing one of the seven sections above-- in one of the conference languages to
Contact: Nina A. Dmitrieva

April 24-26, 2019
British Society for the History of Philosophy: Annual Conference
King's College London
Strand Campus
London, UK
Wednesday 14 April (Small Committee Room)
    11:30-12:00   JD Lyonhart (Cambridge): "Wrangling about hInnate Ideas?" Reflections upon Locke and Cudworth"
    12:00-12:30  David Bartha (Central European U): "Locke, Berkeley and Malebranche on divine nature"
    12:30-1:00  Jon W. Thompson (King's C London): "Individuation, Identity, and Resurrection in Thomas Jackson and John Locke"
    3:30-4:00  Paola Romero (London Sch Econ): "Kant and Hobbes on Political Conflict"
    4:00-4:30  Meghan Robison (Montclair St): "Mother Lords and the Power of Preserving Life in Hobbes' Leviathan"
    4:30-5:00  Giovanni Gellera (Lausanne): "Sympathy for Hobbes: A Scottish Calvinist Reception of Hobbes in the Manuscript of James Dundas's Idea Philosophiae Moralis
        River Room: 5:30-6:00  Peter West (Trinity C Dublin): "John Sergeant as a Precursor to Berkeley's Anti- Scepticism"
        Council Room: 5:30-6:00  John Callahan (King's C London): "The Boundary of Pure Reason"         River Room: 6:00-6:30  Akos Sivado (Hungarian Acad Sci): "An Atomism of Biblical Proportions: The Reconciliation of Scriptural and Natural Knowledge in Sir William Petty's Natural Philosophy"
        Council Room: 6:00-6:30  Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge): "Kant's Broad Conception of Science"
        River Room: 6:30-7:00  George tomlinson (Brunel U): "Marx and the Philosophical Concept of Life"
        Council Room: 6:30-7:00  Alix Cohen (Edinburgh): "Kant's Account of hte Epistemic Role of the Feeling of Reason's Need"
Thursday 15 April
    9:45-11:00  Susan James (Birkbeck C London): Early Modern Philosophy Plenary (Great Hall)
    11:30-12:00  Maria Vittoria Comancchi (U Ca' Foscari Venezia): "From Aristotle to Plato: Yehudah Abarbanel's Concept of Love in the Late Fifteenth-Century Neoplatonic Debate" (Council Room)
    12:00-12:30  Parttyli Rinne (Acad Kantianna, Kant Baltic Fed U): "Kant and the System of Love of Human Beings" (Council Room)     12:30-1:000  Jill Graper Hernandez (U Texas San Antonio): "Lisbon, Redux: Early Modern Women and the Problem of (Natural) Evil"
    4:45-6:45  British Platonism and Aesthetics in the 17th-18th Centuries; organizer Douglas Hedley (Cambridge) [Small Committee Room]
          Cecilia Muratori (Warwick): "'Out of the Darkness, through the Fire, into the Light': Dionysius Andreas Freher and the International Legacy of Jacob Bohme"
          Christian Hengstermann (Munster): "Spinoza Kabbalisticus: Henry More and the English and German Pantheism Controversies"
          Adrian Mihai (Cambridge): "Cudworth's 'Pleasing Horrour' and Kant's 'das Erhabene': A Missing Link to Early German Romanticism"
Contact: Katharine O'Reilly.

April 26-27, 2019
Francisco Suárez: Predecessors and Successors
Loyola University Water Tower Campus
Beane Hall Ballroom, Lewis Tower
Chicago, IL
This two-day international conference gathers scholars from around the globe to explore the ways in which Suárez both revives elements of scholasticism, and prefigures modern philosophers, in his metaphysics and philosophy of mind. Confirmed participants include Brian Embry (Groningen), Helen Hattab (Houston), Sydney Penner (Asbury), Kara Richardson (Syracuse), Tad Schmaltz (Michigan), and Christopher Shields (Notre Dame).
    If you expect to attend, please click this link and fill out the small form. The conference budget also includes a modest fund for graduate students and under-resourced philosophers who would like to attend, but lack institutional funding for their travel and/or accommodations for the conference. To apply, please fill out the relevant fields in the above link. Please apply for funding no later than December 31, 2018. Funding decisions will be emailed out by February 4, 2019. For any questions, please email
Contacts: Peter Hartman.

May 8-10, 2019
Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of St Andrews
St Andrews, Scotland
Keynote speakers: Teresa Bejan (Oxford), Craig Smith (Glasgow), Udo Thiel (Graz)
    SSEMP is an international workshop that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working in the field of Early Modern Philosophy. SSEMP welcomes papers on any topic in early modern philosophy (broadly defined to mean pre-Kantian philosophy ranging from late Renaissance philosophy to the early Enlightenment). We particularly encourage proposals which consider early modern philosophy in relation to related disciplines, such as theology, the history of literature, intellectual history and the history of science. SSEMP is conceived as a forum where established academics, early career researchers, and advanced PhD students can meet. We make an effort to assure a reasonable gender balance.
    Abstracts for the regular program (approx. 300 words plus contact information in a single pdf or word file) should be sent to Mogens Lærke. Graduate students submitting to the regular program should include contact information for one referee (typically the supervisor.) Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2019. Due to very high numbers of submissions we cannot undertake to respond individually to all of them. Applicants who have not been contacted by 15 February should consider their submission declined.
    The SSEMP awards a Graduate Student Essay Prize which this year, as in previous years, is funded by The British Society for the History of Philosophy. The prize includes an invitation to present the essay at the SSEMP and a bursary of £300 toward travel and accommodation. The bursary cannot be used for any other purpose. Submissions to the essay competition should include: (1) Name, affiliation, name and email of supervisor, and personal contact information; (2) the complete essay (max. 6000 words, including notes). Everything should be gathered in a single pdf or word file. Deadline for submissions is 15 January 2019. They should be sent to Mogens Lærke. Those who wish to submit a proposal both as a complete text for the essay competition and as a short abstract for the regular program are free to do so. Plese noe thatthe SSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation for speakers.
Contacts: James Harris and Mogens Lærke.

May 9-11, 2019
“The great protector of wits”: D’Holbach 1789-2019
Göttingen, Germany
    230 years after his death, Baron Paul Henri Thiry d’Holbach (1723-1789) continues to be a challenging figure of the European Enlightenment. Not only was he a materialistic philosopher, a champion of anticlericalism, the author of the monumental Système de la nature known as “the Bible of atheists,” an idéologue, a popularizer of the natural sciences and a prolific contributor of the Encyclopédie, but he also played a fundamental role as an organizer of culture. All over Europe, d’Holbach was known as the “maître d’hôtel” of philosophy (in the words of the abbé Galiani), and as “the great protector of wits, and the Sçavans who are no wits” (in those of Laurence Sterne). Throughout his life, d’Holbach made constant efforts to create intellectual networks, to support cultural transfers, and to promote the dissemination of radical religious and political ideas. The most famous aspect of this effort is the Salon of Rue Royale. Yet, this is not the only interesting aspect of his cultural agenda. His correspondence reveals not only an extensive cosmopolitan network of friends, but also his commitment as a social mediator as well as a facilitator of the circulation of texts and ideas. D’Holbach was also a translator, and a very special one. As a German native speaker, he translated into French and popularized a variety of German works on chemistry and geology. Moreover, his acquaintance with the English language and British culture allowed him to translate a number of philosophical and irreligious English writings. As recent scholarship has shown, most of these translations are rife with interpolation, manipulation and fictions of authority. The figures of translator, author and editor overlap in d’Holbach. Indeed, he was also an editor of a number of clandestine books, promoting their circulations and while creating new strategies of anonymity and pseudonymity. Finally, d’Holbach contributed financially to the diffusion of the philosophes’ ideas, supporting not only Diderot and the Encyclopédie but also other authors and works. If we look to intellectual networks, to cultural transfer, cosmopolitism, collective authorship, the making of public opinion and philosophical propaganda as key concepts in the understanding of the Enlightenment, d’Holbach emerges as a figure emblematic of the age.
We invite papers in all aspects of Holbach’s thought, intellectual biography and cultural activity. Topics of interest include (but are not restricted to):
    - D’Holbach’s philosophical, religious, moral and political thought
    - D’Holbach as a scientist and a popularizer of the natural sciences
    - D’Holbach as a translator and as an editor: practices of (re)writing (plagiarism, omission, addition, interpolation, juxtaposition); strategies of authoriality (anonymity, pseudonymity, allonimity)
    - The Salon of Rue Royale, the coterie
    - D’Holbach and the Encyclopédie
    - The transfer of knowledge in d’Holbach’s circle: networks, correspondences, journals
    - D’Holbach as a mediator of (transnational) culture
    - D’Holbach and clandestinity: production and circulation of clandestine manuscripts, clandestine circulation of books, connections with editors
    - D’Holbach as a financial supporter of the Enlightenment
    - D’Holbach’s ancient and modern sources
    - Critics, fortune and reception
The official languages of the conference will be both English and French. Invited speakers:
    Nicholas Cronk (Oxford)
    Alan Charles Kors (Pennsylvania)
    Mladen Kozul (Montana)
    Tony La Vopa (North Carolina)
    Brunello Lotti (Udine)
    Emilio Mazza (IULM, Milano)
    Alain Sandrier (Caen Normandie)
    Maria Susana Seguin (Paul-Valéry Montpellier/ENS Lyon)
    Ann Thomson (European U Institute, Florence)
We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations in either French or English. To apply please submit an abstract (no more than 300 words) along with a one-page CV to the conference organizer (Laura Nicoli) no later than 30 October 2018. Please make submissions in either MS Word or in PDF format. Accepted proposals will be notified no later than 15 December 2018. Graduate students and unwaged early career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply and funds towards defraying the costs of travel and attendance may be available upon application. Please contact the conference organizers with any questions.
Contact: Laura Nicoli.

May 13-14, 2019
Sapience: The Transformations of Wisdom in Early Modern and Enlightenment Philosophy
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Bruxelles, Belgium
The Research Group in Modern Philosophy is organizing a French and English-speaking conference on the meaning and fate of the notion of wisdom in 17th- and 18th-century philosophy. The conference aims at clarifying where and how the question of wisdom has maintained. The variety of answers will have to be explored, regarding in particular the relation of wisdom to science(s), to the delimitation of theory and practice, to the question of happiness and good life, to divine wisdom, but also to sacred history and the history of philosophy. This call for contribution is intended to complement the conference program. The conference papers – either in French or in English – will be published in a book form.
    Proposals on Enlightenment and 18th-century philosophy will be particularly - but not exclusively - welcome. Abstracts of original contributions (about 400-600 words), prepared for a multiple blind review, should be sent in Word format, as attachment to Arnaud Pelletier by January 20, 2019. The author’s name and affiliation should be included in the body of the e-mail. Notification of acceptance should be given by February 1, 2019. Meals and accommodation (3 hotel nights from 12 to 15 May 2019) will be covered by the conference organization. Travel expenses cannot be covered. Confirmed speakers: Maria Rosa Antognazza (King’s College London), Alberto Frigo (Università degli Studi di Milano), Luc Langlois (U Laval, Québec), Laurence Renault (Paris Sorbonne), Donald Rutherford (U California, San Diego), Mathieu Terrier (CNRS Paris).
Contact: Arnaud Pelletier.

May 17-19, 2019
Leibniz Society of North America
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Papers on any aspect of Leibniz’s philosophy will be considered (including his reception and his various correspondences, e.g. with female philosophers) 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 December 31, 2018. Authors will be notified by January 15, 2019 of the program committee’s decision.
Contact: Ursula Goldenbaum.

May 20-21, 2019
Ancient and Early Modern Stoic (Meta)physics
Dutch Research School of Philosophy
Utrecht, The Netherlands
The influence of Stoic thought on Early Modern authors has largely been analysed in the field of moral philosophy. Its influence in other domains of philosophy, however, has been relatively neglected, while at the same time generally accepted as crucial for the development of early modern thought. This OZSW workshop is devoted to Stoic physics and metaphysics. It aims to bring together scholars of both Ancient and Early Modern philosophy to study Stoic (meta)physics both in its ancient articulation and its early modern reception. In order to do so, the workshop will feature both paper presentations and readings of primary texts. Invited speakers: Keimpe Algra (Utrecht), Frederik Bakker (Nijmegen), Peter Barker (Oklahoma), Carla Rita Palmerino (Nijmegen), Jan Papy (Leuven).
    If you would like to present a paper, please send a 300-word abstract to both organisers by January 15th. If you would like to attend, please register by April 30th (or earlier if you have to make travel arrangements). Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Please note, however, that we are unable to offer financial support for travel or accommodation.
Contacts: Albert Joosse and Doina-Cristina Rusu.

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.

May 22, 2019
Steven Nadler (Wisconsin-Madison): "Malebranche and Miracles"
Interviene: Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero (U Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
U Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Aula Valent, Malcanton-Marcorà
Venice, Italy

May 23-24, 2019
Leuven Kant Conference 2019: Kant's Transcendental Dialectic
University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
    The upcoming edition of the Leuven Kant Conference differs from preceding ones in two respects. We will not make a distinction between keynote speakers and participants selected on the basis of their abstracts, and we intend the conference to provide a space for open exchange between established scholars, early career researchers, and PhD students. Moreover, the conference will be devoted to a specific topic: Kant’s Transcendental Dialectic.
    Kant famously claimed in a letter to Garve that he was awoken from his dogmatic slumber by his identification of the antinomy of pure reason, which he took to represent ‘the scandal of the ostensible contradiction of reason with itself’. In this sense, the Critique of Pure Reason can be said to owe its impetus to the critique of metaphysics carried out in Transcendental Dialectic, more specifically, its analysis of the ‘natural and unavoidable illusion’ that emerges in attempts to obtain a priori knowledge of the soul, the world as such, and God. However, the section was all-but ignored by many early commentators. Following in the wake of the monographs by Wood, Ameriks, and Grier, more recent studies provide valuably focused accounts of specific parts and aspects of the text. However, they often do not connect Kant’s various claims in the Dialectic and tend to ignore the systematic place of the Dialectic in Kant’s theoretical philosophy.
    We invite proposals on any aspect of the Transcendental Dialectic of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Given the wide scope of this division of the work, we do not plan to include papers on the Dialectic chapters of the second and third Critiques, the reception of Kant’s Dialectic by post-Kantians, or the notion of dialectic in philosophers other than Kant. Topics may include (but are not limited to):
    • The arguments in the Transcendental Dialectic
    • Kant’s notion of dialectic in general
    • The aim and nature of Kant’s engagement with former metaphysics in the Transcendental Dialectic
    • Kant’s interlocutors and the immediate historical context of the Transcendental Dialectic
    • The unity or disunity of the Transcendental Dialectic’s chapters: the Paralogisms, Antinomies and Ideal
    • Transcendental illusion
    • Kant’s account of phenomena and noumena in relation to the Transcendental Dialectic
    • Kant’s conception of the ideas of reason
    • The relation between the Appendix and the main part of the Transcendental Dialectic
    • The relation between Kant’s pre-critical works and the Transcendental Dialectic
    Abstracts (no more than 500 words) should be sent in word format, as attachment, to the Leuven Conference no later than January 14, 2019. Abstracts, including the title, should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the email. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion. We offer limited travel grants to PhD students without funding of their own. Notification of acceptance by February 10, 2019.
Contact: Karin de Boer.

May 29-30, 2019
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Groningen, Faculty of Philosophy
Groningen, Netherlands
    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 6-7, 2019
Conference: Hobbes's Political Thought
Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università di Roma La Sapienza
Villa Mirafiori, Via Carlo Fea, 2
Rome, Italy
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 17-20, 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
Keynote speakers:
    • 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: 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.
Contact: Katarina Peixoto.

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).

July 29-31, 2019
John Locke Conference
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland
The aim of the second official conference of the John Locke Society (JLS) is to foster interactions among Locke scholars from different disciplines and encourage the development of new scholarship on Locke’s works. Abstracts (of no more than 750 words) on any topic pertaining to Locke are due by December 31, 2018 and can be sent to the John Locke Conference. Final papers should be no longer than 5000 words. The full program will be made available in February 2019. Further information regarding the conference, accommodation options, and other practical matters will be available at that time.
Contact: Shelley Weinberg.

August 6-9, 2019
International Kant Congress: The court of Reason
University of Oslo, Faculty of Law and Domus Nova
Oslo, Norway
     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:
    Karl Ameriks
    Beatrice Longuenesse
    Onora O'Neill
    Monique Castillo
    Mirella Capozzi
    R. Lanier Anderson
    Katrin Flikschuh
    Andrew Chignell
    Andrea Esser
    Mario Caimi
    Alessandro Pinzani
    Marcus Willaschek
    Arthur Ripstein
    Klaus Düsing
    Michael Friedman
    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 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.