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 (sdaniel@tamu.edu). 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


August 11, 2017
Spinoza's Artes
University of Sydney
Madsen Building F09, CCANESA Boardroom, Eastern Avenue
Sydney, Australia
Spinoza has long exerted a profound influence on the arts. Goethe, the Shelleys, and George Eliot acknowledged the inspirational force of Spinoza’s philosophy. On the other hand, philosophers have all but dismissed Spinoza’s views on art. Why does Spinoza fascinate artists at the same time as his view of art is neglected by philosophy? This Conference will explore the influence of Spinoza on literature, music, poetry, and theatre along with the role these arts play in the art of living well.
    9:00-9:10  Welcome
    9:10-10:10  Jonathan Israel (IAS, Princeton): "The theatre and the Cercle Spinoziste: the significance of the society ‘Nil volentibus arduum’ for Spinoza and the Arts"
    10:10-11:10  Anthony Uhlmann (Western Sydney): "Percy Shelley, Queen Mab, Spinoza"
    11:30-12:30  Susan James (Birkbeck, U London): "On Self Transformation: Ovid’s Warning to Spinoza"
    1:30-2:30  Marie Thompson (U Lincoln): "Power over/Power to: Spinoza, musical politics and contestations of social space"
    2:30-3:30  Moira Gatens (Sydney): "Mary Shelley, Spinoza, and the Exemplar"
    4:00-5:00  Panel discussion
This conference is free but registration is essential. Only those who have registered will be admitted. To register please go to http://sydney.edu.au/arts/philosophy/research/conferences.shtml.
Website.
Contact: Inja Stracenski.


August 15, 2017
Call for Papers: Kant Yearbook 10/2018: Philosophy of Religion
Deadline for submission is: August 15, 2017
Editor: Dietmar H. Heidemann (University of Luxembourg).
The KANT YEARBOOK is now accepting submissions for its tenth issue in 2018. The KANT YEARBOOK is an international journal that publishes articles on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. It is the KANT YEARBOOK’s goal to intensify innovative research on Kant on the international scale. For that reason the KANT YEARBOOK prefers to publish articles in English, however, articles in German will also be considered. Each issue is be dedicated to a specific topic. The tenth issue’s topic is "PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION." All papers discussing Kant’s philosophy of religion--widely construed--from a historical and/or systematic perspective are welcome. The KANT YEARBOOK practices double-blind review, i.e. the reviewers are not aware of the identity of a manuscript’s author, and the author is not aware of the reviewers’ identity. Submitted manuscripts must be anonymous; that is the authors’ names and references to their work capable of identifying them are not to appear in the manuscript. Detailed instructions and author guidelines are available at http://philosophie.uni.lu. For further information contact the editor or the publisher Walter de Gruyter, Berlin/New York (www.degruyter.com).


September 1, 2017
Journal submissions: "From Leibniz to Kant"
For the journal Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy
The legacy of Leibniz’s thought has been profound in philosophy and continues today. For the next volume of Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy we invite submission of new work on any aspect of Leibniz’s philosophy or its reception and influence in the 1700s. We especially encourage scholarship on the influence of Leibnizian philosophy on Kant. Katherine Dunlop (Texas, Austin) and Samuel Levey (Dartmouth) will act as Guest-Editors for this volume. Deadline: September 1.
Website.


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

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


September 9-10, 2017
Spinoza: New Directions in Research
University of Toronto
Room: JHB 418
Toronto, Canada
Speakers:
    •  Michael Della Rocca (Yale)
    •  John Morrison (Barnard/Columbia)
    •  Ohad Nachtomy (Bar-Ilan)
    •  Kristin Primus (UC Berkeley)
    •  Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen)
    •  Hasana Sharp (McGill)
    •  Justin Steinberg (CUNY Brooklyn)
    •  Ericka Tucker (Marquette)
Organizers: Karolina Hübner and Robbie Matyasi (Toronto)
Contact: Robbie Matyasi.


September 11-12, 2017
Padua Kant Workshop: Concepts, Intuitions and ‘Manifest Reality’
Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology (FISPPA)
University of Padua
Padua, Italy
Keynote speakers: Lucy Allais (UC San Diego), Anselmo Aportone (Vergata di Roma), Dietmar Heidemann (Luxembourg), Sebastian Rödl (Leipzig)
The aim of the workshop is to discuss two crucial problems in the interpretation of Kant’s philosophy, namely the relation between idealism and realism and the problem of non-conceptual contents, through the reference to Allais’ book. We invite PhD and postdoctoral students to present their own contribution for the selection. Submissions should concern the workshop’s main theme, which includes all aspects of Lucy Allais’ interpretation of Kant, as it is presented in ‘Manifest Reality’. Possible topics could include:
    •  the distinction between things as they are in themselves and things as they appear to us
    •  the relation between the necessary ingredients of cognition: intuitions and concepts
    •  the role and the nature of intuition
    •  the role of the categories in the Transcendental Deduction
    •  the interpretations of Kant’s transcendental idealism
    •  Kant and the contemporary theories of perception
    •  Kant and the contemporary debate on non-conceptualism
Submission guidelines: Abstracts no longer than 2.500 characters, prepared for blind review, should be submitted to paduakantworkshop@gmail.com. Presentations are welcome in English and German. Presentation time will be 25 minutes for presentation; 15 minutes for discussion. The deadline for submission is: July 25th. Notification of acceptance will be sent by August 15th. There are no registration fees; but selected participants will have to cover their travel and accommodation expenses. For further information, please email: paduakantworkshop@gmail.com.
Organizing committee: Gabriele Tomasi, Davide Dalla Rosa, Barbara Santini, Elena Tripaldi.


September 18-20, 2017
Workshop: “Mathematics and Mechanics in the Newtonian Age: historical and philosophical questions”
University of Sevilla, Institute of Mathematics
Sevilla, Spain
    The problem of the “applicability” of mathematics is justly emphasized, but it is often forgotten that the set-up of the problem changes with context. Its usual formulation presupposes the “modern” conception of maths (emphasizing pure mathematics, structures, abstract axiom systems) and cannot be employed for the “classical” era without questioning. We aim to investigate the changing configuration of relations between pure and “applied” maths, with particular attention to the “classical” era (17th and 18th centuries) contrasted with the 19th and early 20th centuries. Besides its historical and philosophical interest, the question is of current concern given that we are living changes in the understanding of maths, as the more “impure” methods are once again being brought centre stage (see Bottazzini & Dahan Dalmedico 2001; notice also the recent meetings at the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, in 2013, 2015).
    Contributed papers will be welcome on topics relevant to the workshop. In order to promote discussion and bring the workshop’s topic into sharper focus, we propose to consider, on the ‘physical side,’ mainly the science of mechanics. Obviously the mathematical treatment of other branches of physics is of enormous interest, but in this particular meeting we suggest to consider them only insofar as they have affected the most primary aspects of the mathematisation of physics. One of the questions under analysis is the changing status of the fundamental principles of mechanics along the 19th century, from their earlier role as “axioms or laws of movement” in Newton’s formulation, to their reconception as “hypothesis or conventions”. Transformations in mathematics have played a role, alongside other factors, in this development. By “Newtonian age” we understand roughly 1700-1900, i.e., the period of maximum influence of Newton’s physical ideas.
    The invited speakers are: Robert DiSalle (Western Ontario), Helmut Pulte (Ruhr U Bochum-RUB), and Ivahn Smadja (Paris Diderot – Paris 7 & Lab. Sphère).
    Proposals should be of a max. length of 500 words. Please send them to María de Paz. The call for papers is open until May 29th. Communication of acceptance: June 15th.
Website.
Contact: María de Paz


September 19-21, 2017
[In]fidelitas: past and present
University of Genoa
Aula Magna of the Humanities School, via Balbi 2
Genoa, Italy
This conference focuses on the concepts of infidelitas-fidelitas (loyalty vs infidelity, broadly conceived), analyzed from a philosophical, theological, political, juridical and economic points of view. After considering different medieval conceptions of infidelitas-fidelitas, as well as different models developed in the post-Reformation era, we will analyze how such conceptions operate today, at a philosophical, political and religious level. In particular, we will discuss whether and how these categories, elaborated in the Christian West, are now part of the way some members of Islamic societies refer to Christians (and/or Westerns) themselves. Furthermore, the conference will explore how these two moral categories operate in different social context, and represent a key to understand social inclusiveness and exclusiveness.
    Speakers: Ana Benito (Indiana U/Purdue U), Paolo Branca (U Cattolica Milano), Pablo García Castillo (Salamanca), Manuel Lazaro Pulido (U Cattolica Oporto), Raffaella Santi (Urbino), Angelo Campodonico (Genova), Simona Langella (Genova), Letterio Mauro (Genova), Maria Silvia Vaccarezza (Genova).
    With the aim of including as many contributions as possible, the conference will be structured around plenary sessions and parallel sessions with the contributed papers selected by double blind review. The contributed papers should last 30 minutes (presentation + discussion). Abstracts of about 500 words (references included), prepared for blind refereeing, should be sent as email attachments to infidelitas2017@gmail. com, no later than June 30; acceptance announced July 15. Possible contributions should refer to (at least) one of the following topics:
    infidelitas-fidelitas as philosophical, theological, political, juridical and economic categories
    infidelitas-fidelitastowards God, the other human beings, and themselves
    infidelitas-fidelitasas vices and virtues
    infidelitas and heresy
    infidelitas-fidelitas towards princes and sovereigns
    infidelitas-fidelitas in the Protestant world
    infidelitas-fidelitas in the Islamic world
    infidelitas-fidelitas in the current debates on religion
Languages of conference: Italian, English, Spanish
Contact: infidelitas2017@gmail.com.


October 2-3, 2017
Metaphysics after the ‘Scientific Revolution’ (1687-1781)
University of Bucharest, Institute for Research in the Humanities and the Faculty of Philosophy
Bucharest, Romania
Confirmed speakers: Paola Basso (Bucharest), Andrew Janiak (Duke), Fritz Nagel (Basel), Anne-Lise Rey (Lille)
    The purpose of this conference is to investigate the redefinition of metaphysics in the period from Newton’s Principia, marking the apex of the so-called ‘Scientific Revolution’, to Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. During this time metaphysics underwent significant transformations in response to the radical challenges posed by the new physics and empiricism. The Newtonian paradigm became dominant, but there was growing dissatisfaction with what was regarded as its lack of metaphysical foundation. The German Enlightenment continued to promote a strong speculative metaphysics; elsewhere in Europe, the ‘aversion to Metaphysics’, as it was once called, was gradually counterbalanced by renewed interest in metaphysics. New attempts were made to ‘save’ metaphysics and reconcile Newton and Leibniz (for example) and, more broadly, to accomplish a new philosophical synthesis, which would address both the rejection of traditional metaphysics (understood as metaphysica generalis and metaphysica specialis, the latter comprising three disciplines) and the aspiration to provide a firm and universal foundation for morals and physics.
    We welcome proposals on the European Enlightenment in general on any topic related to the conference theme. Proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following questions:
    •  How did Newtonian physics influence the German speculative metaphysics?
    •  Were several metaphysical doctrines in competition in the first half of the 18th century?
    •  Can we talk about an epistemological turn in metaphysics during this period?
    •  Can we talk about ‘scientific metaphysics’ in the 18th century?
    •  Does metaphysics still have an object after the ‘Scientific Revolution’?
    •  Is there a specific method for metaphysics?
    •  How does it relate to mathematics and experience?
    •  Can metaphysical truths be certain ? Does natural philosophy need first principles?
Presentation time will be 30 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion. Languages: English and French. Please send an abstract (of no more than 500 words) in doc(x)word as attachment to: metaphscirev@gmail.com no later than August 15. Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, institutional position and affiliation, and the paper title, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the e-mail. Notification of acceptance by August 18, 2017. Registration fee: 20 euros (or 80 RON). The conference does not provide funding for speakers’ travel or accommodation.
Website.
Contacts: Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet and Grigore Vida.


October 5-6, 2017
Meeting Spinoza: Books, Letters, Networks, Personal Encounters
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Confirmed invited speakers: Mogens Laerke (CNRS Lyon), Steven Nadler (Madison-Wisconsin), Antonella del Prete (Tuscia U)
Prospectus: While the old model of Spinoza as a recluse who developed a complete philosophical system in near isolation may no longer dominate scholarship as it once did, the full depth of his interaction with others remains largely unexplored. The seminar ‘Meeting Spinoza: Books, Letters, Networks, Personal Encounters’ seeks to fill this historiographical gap by bringing Spinoza specialists together with other early modern scholars who encounter him through the eyes of the historical figures at the basis of their own research. With the notion of ‘meeting’in the main title we understand direct engagement with Spinoza during his own lifetime. Nevertheless, as the subtitle conveys, the modality of these meetings may be understood in a wide variety of ways. Papers may therefore consider the reception of Spinoza’s writings, either as they circulated in manuscript form or immediately upon their publication. They may seek to solve specific issues relating to Spinoza’s correspondence, or investigate patterns in his letter writing. We also encourage contributions on the networks in which Spinoza participated, ranging from the Jewish surroundings in which he was raised, to his ambivalent relationship with the Dutch Cartesians, and everything in between, such as the Dutch Collegiant community of his merchant years or even the prominent number of physicians figuring among his associates. A final, related area of interest is constituted by those contemporaries who are known to have met Spinoza in person. This category includes the famous meetings with Henry Oldenburg and Leibniz, but our interest extends also to chance or one-time encounters with lesser known figures, such as the Leiden theologian Salomon van Til. Papers should aim to contribute to our understanding of the man Spinoza, the development of his thought, and the response it evoked, all within the dynamics of the world in which he participated.
    In response to requests from several scholars, the deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to April 21, 2017. Anonymized abstracts (300-500 words) should be sent as a .docx file to meetingspinoza@gmail.com; papers should aim at a reading time of 30 minutes. Please include a separate attachment with contact information, affiliation, and professional status. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by April 25, 2017. Limited funds are available to cover travel and/or accommodations for presenters who receive no financial support from their institution. Please indicate in your cover letter if you would like to be considered for such a subsidy.
Website.
Contact: Piet Steenbakkers.


October 5-7, 2017
Kant and Global Poverty
Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Essen
Essen, Germany
A three-day conference on global poverty and global justice. All welcome. Please register your interest by sending an email to Martina Tomczak. Registration is free. For enquiries email Martin Sticker.
October 5th
    13.30–14.45  Elizabeth Ashford (St Andrews): “The allowing of severe poverty as the discarding of persons’ lives”
    15.00–16.15  Klaus Steigleder (Ruhr U Bochum): “Kant and positive duties”
    16.30–17.45  Corinna Mieth (Ruhr U Bochum): “World Poverty and positive Duties”
    18.00–19.15  Heather Widdows (Birmingham): tba
October 6th
    9.30–10.45  Alessandro Pinzani (Ruhr U Bochum): “Beati Possidentes? Kant on Inequality and Poverty”
    11.00–12.15  Claudia Blöser (Goethe U Frankfurt am Main): “What must we hope? The impact of hope in development economics”
    12.30–13:45  Georg Lohman (retired): “Is there a Kantian, republican argument against poverty?”
    15.00–16.15  Anna Wehofsits (Ludwig Maximillians U München): “On Rationalizing”
    16.30–17.45  Martin Sticker (Tinity C Dublin): “Kant, Emergency and Latitude”
    18.00–19.15  Sarah Holtman (Minnesota): “Beneficence and Civic Respect: Some Reflections on Kantian Citizenship”
October 7th
    9.30–10.45  Maike Albertzart (Humboldt U Berlin): “Kant and fantastic virtue”
    11.00–12.15  Reza Mosayebi (Ruhr U Bochum): “Kant's 'honestas iuridica' and the Poor”
    12.30–13:45  Alice Pinheiro Walla (U Bayreuth): “Right, not Beneficence: Kantian ideas for a new understanding of Global Justice”
    15.00–16.15  Christoph Bambauer (Ruhr U Bochum): “Autonomy, Poverty, and Human Rights”
    16.30–17.45  Onora O’Neill (Cambridge emer): “Realism about Justice: some differences between Kant's political philosophy and contemporary human rights approaches”
Additional participants and Commentators:
    •  Dieter Schönecker (Siegen)
    •  Gözde Yildirim (Bogaziçi U Istanbul)
    •  Lucas Thorpe (Bogaziçi U Istanbul)
    •  Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen)
    •  Zubeyde Karadag Thorpe (Hacettepe Ü Ankara)
Contact: Martin Sticker.


October 6-7, 2017
Midwestern Study Group of the North American Kant Society
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Keynote: Daniel Warren (UC Berkeley)
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 should not exceed 20 pages (double-spaced, regular margins). In addition, the program committee invites proposals for panel discussions on Kantian topics or author-meets-critics sessions on recently published books. Proposals should include a short (up to 500 words) description of the topic/summary of the book to be discussed, as well as brief biographies of the confirmed participants. 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, 2017.
     Papers should be submitted electronically (in .pdf or .docx format) to the Program Committee Chair, Corey W. Dyck.
Website.
Contact: Corey W. Dyck.


October 13-15, 2017
Leibniz Society of North America
University of Toronto
Jackman Humanities Building 100, 170 St George
Toronto, Canada
Friday, October 13
    1.30–2.00  Coffee & Welcome
    2.00-3.30  Julia Jorati (Ohio State): ‘Embodied and Disembodied Cognition in Leibniz’; comments François Duchesneau (Montréal)
    4.00-5.30  Stephen Puryear (North Carolina St): ‘The Trouble with Leibniz’s Principle of Intelligibility’; comments John Whipple (Illinois, Chicago)
    5.30–7.00  Reception for Robert Merrihew Adams (Rutgers Ctr Phil Rel), JHB 100A
Saturday, October 14
    9.00-9.30  Continental breakfast
    9.30–11.00  Donald Rutherford (UC San Diego): ‘Sapientia est Scientia Felicitatis: The Foundations of Leibniz’s Perfectionism’; comments Julia Borcherding (Yale)
    11.15–12.45  Lucy Sheaf (King’s C London): ‘Leibniz’s definition of love as delight in the happiness of another person’; comments Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory)
    2.00-3.30  Thomas Vinci (Dalhousie): ‘Leibniz’s Minimization Principles in Physics’; comments Christian Leduc (Montréal)
    4.00-5.30  Martha Bolton (Rutgers): TBD
    5.30–6.30  LSNA Business Meeting
    7.00  Conference Dinner, house of Donald Ainslie
Sunday, October 15
    9.00-9.30  Continental breakfast
    9.30–11.00  Alejandro Naranjo Sandoval (Princeton): ‘Saving Truth from Arbitrariness’; comments Richard TW Arthur (McMaster)
    11.15–12.45  Marko Malink (New York U) & Anubav Vasudevan (U Chicago): ‘Leibniz on Proof by Reductio ad Absurdum: A New Reading of the Specimina Calculi Rationalis’; comments Samuel Levey (Dartmouth)
    2.00-3.30  Adam Harmer (UC Riverside): ‘Determinate Choices and Possible Worlds in Leibniz’s Theodicy’; comments Ohad Nachtomy (Bar Ilan U)
Website.
Contact: Richard Arthur.


October 19-20, 2017
Conference: Women in Early Modern Philosophy
Lehigh University
Linderaman Library, 15 University Drive
Bethlehem, PA
The Lehigh University Philosophy Department welcomes abstracts concerning any aspect of the philosophical work of, or about, women during the Early Modern Period. We are looking forward to proposals related to any field of philosophy--from metaphysics and epistemology to ethics, aesthetics, political theory, and philosophy of religion. We are interested both in proposals that are primarily historical and in those that emphasize the contemporary relevance of texts from this period. Electronic submissions of abstracts (350 words) should be in Word or pdf format. Reading time for presented papers is 30 minutes; there will be 10 minutes for discussion. Please submit abstracts no later than July 17 to https://easychair.org/cfp/LUPHIL_2017 or Roslyn Weiss. Please include a cover sheet with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information.
    Keynote speakers: Karen Detlefsen (U Penn) and Marcy Lascano (Cal St Long Beach)
Website.
Contact: Roslyn Weiss.


October 20-21, 2017
Women Intellectuals in 18th Century Germany
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada
Women Intellectuals in 18th Century Germany will bring together an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars with the principal aim of detailing the rich philosophical contributions by German women intellectuals in this period. The conference will feature presentations by a variety of experts in the history of 18th century German philosophy, language, and culture, drawn from institutions in Canada, the US, Germany, Austria, Italy, and France. At a time when contributions by women in the history of philosophy (such as Émilie du Châtelet, Margaret Cavendish, and Anne Conway) are generating unprecedented scholarly interest, this conference will shed light on the distinctive but no less important contributions of women to the philosophical scene in Germany and thereby bring more general scholarly attention to the philosophical works and legacy of women in this period.
    •  Stefanie Buchenau (Paris VIII): "Johanna Charlotte Unzer, between aesthetics, popular philosophy and anthropology"
    •  Corey W. Dyck (Western): "Pietism and the Advancement of Women in Early 18th Century Germany"
    •  Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn): "Luise Gottsched’s Role in the ‘High Noon of German Rationalism’"
    •  Christian Leduc (Montréal): "Physical Influence against Pre-established Harmony: the Correspondence between Sophie of Hannover and Leibniz"
    •  Robert Louden (Southern Maine): "A Mere ‘Skeleton of the Sciences?’ Amalia Holst's Critique of Basedow and Campe"
    •  Lydia Moland (Colby College): "On Germans and Other Idealists: Madame de Staël and the Roots of American Abolitionism"
    •  Anne Pollok (South Carolina): "On self-formation without model: Henriette Herz, Bettina von Arnim, Dorothea Schlegel"
    •  Bernhard Ritter (Klagenfurt): "Solace or Counsel for Death: Kant and Maria von Herbert"
    •  Paola Rumore (Turin): "Wilhelmine of Bayreuth and the German Enlightenment"
    •  Brigitte Sassen (McMaster): "Dorothea Schlegel—Correspondent"
    •  Reed Winegar (Fordham): "Elise Reimarus: Morality, Politics, Religion"
Website.
Contact: Corey W. Dyck.


October 20-22, 2017
Midwest Seminar in Modern Philosophy
The Ohio State University
University Hall
Columbus, OH
Friday, Oct. 20
    1:30-2:00  Coffee & Welcome
    2:00-3:30  Ed Slowik (Winona State): “Cartesian Holenmerism and its Discontents: Or, On the ‘Dislocated’ Relationship of Descartes’ God to the Material World”
    4:00-5:30  Domenica Romagni (Princeton) and Simon Shogry (Brasenose C Oxford): “The Influence of Stoic Epistemology on Descartes’ Theory of Judgment”
Saturday, Oct. 21
    9:00-9:30  Continental breakfast
    9:30-11:00  Justin Steinberg (CUNY, Brooklyn C.): “Spinoza on Civil Agreement and Bodies Politic”
    11:15-12:45  John Grey (Michigan State): “Conway’s Monism Reconsidered”
    2:00-3:30  Andrea Guardo (Wisconsin-Madison): “Making Sense of Locke’s Confession”
    4:00-5:30  Lauren Kopajtic (Columbia): “The Authority of the Impartial Spectator”
Sunday, Oct. 22
    9:00-9:30  Continental breakfast
    9:30-11:00  Bennett McNulty (Minnesota): “The Meager Science of Time: Kant on Mathematical Construction of Inner Intuitions”
    11:15-12:45  Dai Heide (Simon Fraser): “A Mereological Argument for the Non-Spatiotemporality of Things in Themselves”
Website.
Contact: Julia Jorati.


October 23-26, 2017
Berkeley’s philosophy after the Principles and the Three Dialogues
Nicolaus Copernicus University
Torun, Poland
According to the usual reading of Berkeley’s thought, its essence can be found in his early works, the Principles (1710), and the Three Dialogues (1712). The importance of the immaterialist thesis he developed in these works for long overshadowed the philosophy he developed in later years, such as his philosophy of science, and his contribution to economical, psychological, social and theological issues. Berkeley’s later works, De Motu (1721), the Alciphron (1732), the Theory of Vision Vindicated and Explained (1733), The Querist (1737), and Siris (1744), together with a number of shorter writings, reveal his wide interests in psychology, physics, chemistry, and botany, his engagement in the cultural life of his contemporaries, and his deep concern in the economic and social situation in Ireland. Together with the new metaphysics of light presented in Siris, these later works allow to raise the question of the development of Berkeley’s philosophical standpoint.
    The conference aims to bring together scholars working on various aspects of Berkeley’s philosophy, but the organizers are especially interested in papers referring to its later period. Abstracts (between 250 and 500 words long) are welcome and should be sent to Bertil Belfrage or Adam Grzelinski by May 1, 2017.
Contacts: Bertil Belfrage or Adam Grzelinski.


October 24-28, 2017
Masterclass on Galileo’s Methods of Investigation and Discovery
Institute for Research in the Humanities-ICUB, University of Bucharest
Bucharest, Hungary
Speakers include: Jochen Büttner (Max Planck Inst Berlin), Daniel Garber (Princeton), Mihnea Dobre (IRH-ICUB), Stephano Gulizia (IRH-ICUB), Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest), Matteo Valeriani (Max Planck Inst Berlin)
The aim of the masterclass is to explore the various facets of Galileo Galilei’s work. It puts together scholars working on several aspects of Galileo’s thought, including: experiments, humanist methods, and theorizing. We discuss themes such as Galileo, the engineer, the astronomer, the mathematician, the courtier, the natural philosopher, or the theologian. Each day we focus on a particular topic, such as:
    Galileo, humanist: what to do with history (history and natural history, methods of reading and writing, dialogue, the geography of hell, etc.)
    Galileo’s observations and experiments
    The Technological context of Galileo’s science in The Two New Sciences
    Dialectic and the dialogue: discovery and teaching
    Galileo theologian: reading the two books (Nature and Scriptures)
The masterclass is mainly directed to early stage researchers, but is open to any researchers (broadly understood from M.A. students to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, up to established scholars). It combines lectures with reading groups. All the selected texts for discussions will be distributed with the participants before the beginning of the masterclass.
    For registration, please send a CV and a cover letter to humanities@icub.unibuc.ro. In case you want to present a paper, please add a short abstract (300 words) to the two documents. The deadline for registration is 30 June 2017.
Contacts: Mihnea Dobre, Dana Jalobeanu, and Matteo Valeriani.


October 26-27, 2017
Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: Personal identity, self-interpretation
Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University, Muzeum krt. 4/i
Budapest, Hungary
Keynote Speaker: Udo Thiel (Karl Franzens U, Graz)
    We are pleased to announce the second meeting of the Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy which is intended as the second edition of a 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 personal identity and self-interpretation, broadly conceived, in early modern philosophy. Proposals are particularly welcome that draw on resources from multiple different traditions (e.g. French and Anglo-Saxon). Presentations should be in English and aim at approximately 40 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 2017. Applicants will receive a response regarding their submission by 1 September 2017. 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.
Website.
Submissions and inquiries should be sent to Olivér István Tóth.


October 27-28, 2017
Conference on Thomas Hobbes
Hobbes Scholars International Association
Sorbonne, Paris: Descartes University
Paris, France
Keynote lecture: Yves Charles Zarka, Professor at the Sorbonne, Paris Descartes U
Format of workshop: Presentations 20 minutes and discussion
Languages: English, French, Italian
If you would like to present a paper, please send a short abstract (no more than 500 words) by the 1st June, 2017 to Liang Pang. We will inform you of the result of the selection by the 20th July, 2017. If your contribution is accepted, you will have to send the complete paper by the 1st September, 2017. Unfortunately, we are unable to cover the expenses of those presenting papers at the workshop.
Website.
Contact: Didier Mineur.


November 10-11, 2017
NYU Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy: Idealism
Department of Philosophy, New York University
Room 914, 60 Washington Square South
New York, NY
Friday, Nov 10
    Margaret Atherton (Wisconsin, Milwaukee): George Berkeley; commentator Samuel Rickless (UC San Diego)
    Eric Watkins (UC San Diego): Immanuel Kant; commentator Ian Proops (U Texas Austin)
    James Kreines (Claremont McKenna C): G.W.F. Hegel; commentator William Bristow (Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Saturday, Nov 11
    Michael Friedman (Stanford): Ernst Cassirer; commentator Samantha Matherne (UC Santa Cruz)
    Kris McDaniel (Syracuse): Mary Whiton Calkins; commentator Dorothy Rogers (Montclair State)
    Thomas Hofweber (North Carolina, Chapel Hill): Contemporary Idealism in Historical Context; commentator Helen Yetter-Chappell (York)
Website.
Contact: Don Garrett.


November 15-17, 2017
Australasian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Theme: Deviant Thinking: Early Modern Philosophy and the Enlightenment
University of Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia
    What the Enlightenment stands for has been subject to much discussion in recent years, and many valuable contributions have been made that help us to understand better the significance of this period. This conference takes this discussion further by connecting up the Enlightenment with the early modern period and the “rebellious” ideas that were already formulated and passed around during this time. We seek papers that bring into focus the many challenges philosophers of the 17th and 18th century posed to established intellectual, political, religious and social norms. These challenges touch on a diverse range of topics, spanning from fundamental questions concerning the status of the human being in the natural world, and the prospect of gaining knowledge of that world, to the redefinition of sentiment and affect as defining features of the moral potential of humanity. Reflections on the foundations of the state, self-governance and the rights of individuals and groups often followed on from these questions and thereby led to a novel engagement with the conditions that structure and shape human life. Panels:
    "Women, Revolution and Republicanism" (Organiser: Jacqueline Broad)
    "Deviant Religion" (Organiser: Qu Hsueh)
    "Deviant Art" (Organiser: Jennifer Milam)
    Book Panel: "Descartes' Ontology of Everyday Life" (Organisers: Deborah Brown & Calvin Normore)
Confirmed speakers include: Peter Anstey (Sydney), Aurelia Armstrong (Queensland), Sandrine Berges(Bilkent), John Carriero (UCLA), Peter Cryle (Queensland), Moira Gatens (Sydney), Stephen Gaukroger (Sydney), Karen Green (Melbourne), Lisa Hill (Adelaide), Peter Kail (Oxford), Michael LeBuffe (Otago), Cecilia Lim (Singapore), Antonia Lolordo (Virginia), Jennifer Mensch (WSU), Noahito Mori (Kochi), Michael Olson (Macquarie), Dejan Simkovic (Notre Dame Sydney), Amy Morgan Schmitter (Alberta), and Ryan Walter (Queensland)
Website.
Contact: Anik Waldow


November 17-18, 2017
Reformation and Modernity
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy; IRH-ICUB
204 Splaiul Independentei
Bucharest, Romania
Speakers:
    •  Mircea Flonta (Bucharest)
    •  Günter Frank (Karlsruhe)
    •  Hans Klaus Keul (Ulm)
    •  Mogens Laerke (ENS Lyon)
    •  Ilmari Karimies (Helsinki)
    •  Scott Mandelbrote (Cambridge)
    •  Charlotte Methuen (Glasgow)
    •  Vasilica Mugurel Pavaluca (Tech U Dortmund)
    •  Michal Valco (Constantine Philosopher U Nitra)
    •  Wolfram Weisse (Hamburg)
    500 years ago, a piece of theological writing triggered an intellectual and social process with tremendous intellectual, social and political consequences. In many senses, we are still living in its aftermath, trying to understand its impact upon the social and cultural framework which we now perceive as familiar. Over time, the Reformation engaged the attention of philosophers, historians, sociologists, theologians, historians of ideas and historians of science attempting to understand its relation with the modern philosophy, the scientific revolution, capitalism, other cultural and social phenomena characteristic of European modernity.
    Our conference aims to provide a forum for discussing current debates and breakthroughs on the subject of the inter- relations between Reformation and Modernity. We welcome papers coming from a variety of perspectives, and from all humanist disciplines. Students’ contributions will also be taken into consideration, since the organizers are planning to organize a student panel. Conference languages: English and Romanian.
Submission of papers: Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) by email to conference@filosofie. unibuc.ro by September 15, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by September 30, 2017. Along with the abstract, please send us your contact details: current affiliation, address and telephone number. Please note that, while there will be no conference fee, the organizers will not cover any travel or accommodation costs.
Website.


November 17-18, 2017
South Central Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Hendrix College
Conway, Arkansas
Friday, Nov. 17
    3:00-4:00  Tarek Dika (Notre Dame): “Descartes’ Early Dualism in Regulæ ad directionem ingenii
    4:05-5:05  Gideon Manning (Claremont): “Descartes’s Human Body Problem”
    5:10-6:10  Steve Dezort (Texas A&M): “Locke’s Aesop Fables as a Primer for Moral Demonstration”
    7:00  Conference Dinner
Saturday, Nov. 18
    9:00-10:00  Galen Barry (Iona C): “A Puzzle about Inference in Spinoza”
    10:05-11:05  Andrew Youpa (Southern Illinois U Carbondale): “Spinoza’s Friendship Ethics”
    11:10-12:10  Matthew Wurst (Toronto): “Leibniz on the Asymmetries Between Divine and Human Freedom”
    2:00-3:00  Tobias Flattery (Notre Dame): “Worlds-Apart, Causal Independence, and Existential Independence in Leibniz’s Metaphysics: A Partial Defense of the Lawful Approach”
    3:05-4:05  Timothy Yenter (Mississippi): “Ether/Orb: Scottish Newtonians on Causes and Gravity”
    4:10-5:10  Daniel Collette (St Norbert C): “Hume’s Pascalian Antidote: Skepticism and its Skeptical Solutions”
    5:15-6:15  Rudmer Biljsma (Lausanne): “Alienation in Commercial Society: The Republican Perspective of Rousseau and Ferguson”
Gideon Manning will also be speaking on "Death: A History" on Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:00 p.m. His talk is sponsored by the Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy. Those arriving early for the conference are welcome to attend.
    The nearest airport is in Little Rock, 38 miles away. Discounted hotel rates are available for participants and attendees at the Fairfield Inn near campus.
Website.
Contact: Fred Ablondi.


November 24-25, 2017
The Concept of Will in Classical German Philosophy
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
Munich, Germany
Confirmed speakers: Sorin Baiasu (Keele) and Günter Zöller (LMU Munich)
During the period of Classical German Philosophy, the concept of the will undergoes important transformations. While Kant identifies the will with pure practical reason, Fichte introduces, in the wake of Reinhold, an originally biological concept of drive into his ethical theory, thereby expanding on the Kantian notion of the will. Schelling and Schopenhauer take a step further and comprehend the will either as a primal being (Schelling) or as a blindly striving, non-rational force (Schopenhauer). Thus, the history of the will is marked by a complex set of tensions between rational and non-rational aspects of practical volition.
    The aim of this conference is to look into this development and to inquire into the relation between the will and the related concepts such as practical reason, drive, incentive, choice, lower and higher appetitive faculty, decision, intelligible deed, and action. Contributions on philosophers such as Kant, Reinhold, Fichte, Schelling, Hegel, Schopenhauer, as well as lesser known figures of the Aetas Kantiana are welcome. Papers should address one or more of the following questions:
    •  How is the concept of the will related to the concept of (practical) reason and understanding?
    •  How is the concept of the will related to the concept of drive and striving?
    •  How does the concept of will contribute to a theory of (practical) subjectivity?
    •  How is the will determined in order to be free?
    •  How is the will motivated to lead to a morally good action?
The conference language will be English. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion. Abstracts (of no more than 500 words) should be sent as PDF files as attachment to Manja Kisner and Jöerg Noller no later than August 1. Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title and affiliation should be included in the body of the e-mail. The presented papers will be considered for publication in a collected volume.
Website.
Contacts: Manja Kisner and Jöerg Noller


November 25, 2017
Oxford Brookes International Hume Workshop: Hume and Aesthetics
Oxford Brookes University, Harcourt Hill Campus
Oxford, UK
Speaker: Timothy M. Costelloe (William & Mary). Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted to Dan O'Brien by September 24th. Decisions will be made by September 30th. Presentations along with discussion will be limited to one hour.


December 13-15, 2017
David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies: Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment
Griffith University and the University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia
Keynote speakers: Deidre Lynch (Harvard), Jan Golinski (New Hampshire), Georgia Cowart (Case Western Reserve), Sujit Sivasundaram (Cambridge)
    We look forward to receiving proposals for papers or panels on any aspect of the long eighteenth century related to the theme ‘Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment’, broadly conceived as referring to the plurality of Enlightenments as well as the ideas and uses of nature which they endorsed, and the spaces in which they developed. The deadline for submission of 250-word abstracts (maximum) for 20-minute papers and panels (comprising three papers) is 1 September.
    In the inclusive spirit of the David Nichol Smith Seminar, proposals may address any aspect of the long eighteenth century. Especially relevant topics include:
    Enlightenment and religion, science, empire or gender
    Popular, moderate and radical enlightenments
    Regional, national and global enlightenments
    Climate, the environment and the Anthropocene
    Emotion, sentimentalism and the language of feeling
    Theories of human nature and civil society
    Improvement and social utility
    Travel, exploration and discovery
    Trade and commerce
    Philanthropy and the culture of moral/social reform
    Spaces of sociability such as clubs, salons, coffeehouses and taverns
    Urban and rural spaces
    Ideas of landscape and forms of land use
    Nature in art, literature and music
    Natural history, natural philosophy, natural law and natural theology
    Nature in economic and political writing
    Nature, medicine, sexuality and the body
    Botany, geology and geography
    Representations and uses of animals
Work, leisure, technology and industrialisation
Send a two-page CV along with abstracts (all as pdf documents) to dnsconferenceqld@gmail.com. Participants must be current members of the ANZSECS. To join, go to ANZSECS.
Website.
Contacts: Lisa O'Connell and Peter Denney.


December 14-15, 2017
Reading Euclid in the early modern world
All Souls College, Oxford
Oxford, UK
    Euclid's Elements of Geometry was highly visible in early modern culture: a touchstone for mathematical training as well as a spur to new mathematical research throughout the period. In this period dozens of editions of the Elements were printed, and it was certainly the most widely read mathematical book of the time. Different editors made very different choices about the content and layout of the Elements and the other works attributed to Euclid, based on different assumptions about the meaning and authenticity of the texts and their component parts. Likewise, different readers approached the text in very different ways, bringing to it very different assumptions about the use of (printed) texts, and about the kind of text the Elements was and the kind of attention it deserved: logical or philological, geometrical or practical. Many readers annotated the text, and many selected sections for copying into exercise books. During this period, standards of geometrical proof were being actively questioned by mathematicians, but geometrical methods were being deliberately brought into other fields such as medicine, physics, and philosophy.
    This workshop will consider the ways early modern people engaged with Euclid's works--from schoolchildren and artisans to teachers and scholars--and attempt to understand their role in their lives and in culture. It will examine the unique cultural position Euclidean geometry occupied and how that position was shaped and maintained. Invited speakers will include Renee Raphael, Robert Goulding, Sabine Rommevaux, Sebastien Maronne, Yelda Nasifoglu and Philip Beeley.
    Proposals for papers are invited on all aspects of early modern reading of and engagement with the works of Euclid. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief CV, and should be emailed to Benjamin Wardhaugh by 1 August 2017. The conference can contribute to travel costs for speakers. This workshop is part of an AHRC-funded project on 'Reading Euclid: Euclid's Elements of Geometry in Early Modern Britain'.
Contact: Benjamin Wardhaugh.


December 31, 2017
Special Issue of Hobbes Studies (Spring 2019): German Hobbes Scholarship
Guest Editors: Dirk Brantl and Daniel Eggers
Submissions may approach the topic from a variety of perspectives and may include, for example:
    •  papers from current German philosophers, historians etc. working on Hobbes
    •  papers critically engaging with past or present German Hobbes scholarship
    •  papers examining how Hobbes’s philosophy was received and discussed by major figures in the history of German philosophy such as Leibniz, Pufendorf, Kant or Hegel
Please do not submit literature reviews about recent German Hobbes scholarship since such a review will be provided by the guest editors by way of an introduction. The submissions will initially be reviewed by the two guest editors. Selected papers will then be sent out to external reviewers, and the final decisions will be made on the basis of their reports. Submissions should be no longer than 8,000 words (incl. notes and bibliography) and should be with the editors by 31th of December 2017. If you would like to submit a paper, please send an anonymized pdf version of the paper along with a brief abstract to Dirk Brantl. Please do not use Hobbes Studies’ Editorial Manager for submitting your paper.
Contact: Daniel Eggers.


January 3-6, 2018
Descartes Society Session
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Savannah Convention Center, 1 International Drive
Savannah, GA
The Descartes Society invites proposals that addresses any topic within the broad area of Cartesian thought. We accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. The sessions will be 2-3 hours in length. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the Eastern Division is July 20, 2017. 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 the division representative, Dan Garber.


January 26-27, 2018
Navigating the Old and the New: Sir Kenelm Digby and the Canon
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands
A successful diplomat, privateer and natural philosopher, Sir Kenelm Digby was one of the most intriguing of early modern philosophers. Today, he is perhaps best known for his attempt at reconciling Aristotelian tradition and Cartesian thought, in order to have the best of both. Yet, his contribution to early modern thought still remains to be explored in detail. The aim of this workshop is to explore his contributions to the philosophical and scientific developments of his time, as well as to open up a conversation about his place in the canon of early modern philosophy. We welcome papers on specific topics in Digby’s philosophical or scientific work, on his correspondence, or on the context and reception of his thought. Abstracts of ca. 500 words should be sent to Han Thomas Adriaenssen by September 1st.
Contact: Han Thomas Adriaenssen.


January 31, 2018, 2018
Special issue: Women and Early Modern Philosophy
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Edited by Sarah Hutton and Ruth Hagengruber
In recent years, the attention that has been paid to the philosophical women of the past has challenged prevailing assumptions that women made no significant contribution to the history of philosophy. An increasing body of work in the history of philosophy has demonstrated that women did indeed contribute significantly. The history of women’s philosophy is now recognised as a rich new domain of scholarly enquiry. To highlight new research in the field, the British Journal for the History of Philosophy is planning a special issue devoted to women’s contribution to philosophy in the early modern period broadly understood (i.e. from the Renaissance to the early Enlightenment). Proposals are therefore invited for papers to be included in the special issue. These may be either on individual philosophers, women’s contribution to different branches of philosophy (including natural philosophy), or any other aspect of the history of early modern women’s philosophy. Submissions on the more neglected female thinkers in this period will be particularly welcome. And younger scholars are encouraged to submit proposals. Proposals in the form of a 500 word summary should be sent to Sarah Hutton with a copy to Ruth Hagengruber Deadline 15th August. All submissions will be refereed in accordance with BJHP practice (double-blind peer review). The deadline for submitting papers accepted for peer review will be 31st January 2018.


February 21-24, 2018
Descartes Society Session
APA Central Division Meeting
Palmer House Hilton, 17 E Monroe Street
Chicago, IL
The Descartes Society invites proposals that addresses any topic within the broad area of Cartesian thought. We accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. The sessions will be 2-3 hours in length. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the Central Division is August 1, 2017. 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 the division representative, Steve Wagner.


February 21-24, 2018, 2018
Spinoza on Virtue and Vice
North American Spinoza Society Session, Central Division of the APA
Palmer House Hilton, 17 E Monroe Street
Chicago, IL
Papers on any aspect of Spinoza's views on virtues and (or) vices are welcome. To participate, please submit an abstract (prepared for blind review and no more than 750 words). Include contact information and the title of the paper in the email with the abstract attached as a word/pdf/rtf document. The subject heading of the email (deadline: Sept 1, 2017) should be "NASS Central 2018." Send submissions to: Andrew Youpa, Southern Illinois U Carbondale.


March 28-April 1, 2018
AAPT Teaching Panel: Teaching Descartes's Meditations
APA Pacific Division Meeting
Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA
    We are seeking panelists for a session on teaching Descartes’s Meditations, and related texts, at the Teaching Hub. We envision approximately three different presentations on interesting or innovative approaches to teaching Descartes’s work in undergraduate classes. We hope to focus discussion mainly on pedagogy, but would be interested in various approaches to content, if they are tied to conversations about teaching. We also encourage critical approaches to teaching Descartes’s work that may challenge us to think about why and how we teach canonical texts. Consistent with the ethos of the AAPT, we expect presentations to be short, maybe fifteen minutes, engendering the sharing of ideas about different ways to teach the text among participants. We will appreciate proposals which include concrete ideas about how to make the session interactive. Proposals of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, should be sent to Russell Marcus by August 15, 2017. Please include a brief explanation of both your approach to teaching the core text and your experiences doing so. Supporting material, such as syllabi, handouts, or a CV, is also welcome; we are interested in ensuring represenation of a range of voices. We expect to select presenters by September 15, 2017.
    The AAPT/APA Teaching Hub is a set of sessions about teaching philosophy held at various divisional meetings of the APA, emphasizing inclusive and collegial interactions. The Teaching Hub coordinates conversations about the teaching of philosophy at all levels, pre-college through graduate school. For more information about the Teaching Hub at the 2018 Pacific Division Meeting, contact Mark Jensen.
Contact: Mark Jensen.


March 28-April 1, 2018
Descartes Society Session
APA Pacific Division Meeting
Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, CA
The Descartes Society invites proposals that addresses any topic within the broad area of Cartesian thought. We accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. The sessions will be 2-3 hours in length. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the Pacific Division is August 1, 2017. 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 the division representative, John Carriero.


March 31, 2018
Special Issue of Society and Politics: Consciousness in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy of Mind
Invited editors: Martin Klein, Naomi Osorio-Kupferblum, Oliver Istvan Toth
Deadline for Submissions: March 31, 2018
In recent years, the relationship between Medieval and Early Modern philosophy has received greater attention. Scholars have characterized this relationship both as a continuity and as a break. This is certainly true of philosophy of mind, where many Aristotelian assumptions and questions persisted, while the framework of substantial forms and their inherent powers was questioned. Also, in both Medieval and Early Modern history of philosophy the notion of consciousness has been the topic of new research: different scholars have tried to investigate the question how our contemporary concern with consciousness maps onto Medieval and Early Modern philosophy, as well as what implications medieval and early modern positions in philosophy of mind and epistemology have for possible views on consciousness. While some scholars point to similarities, others have warned that it is not clear whether the problem of consciousness even existed for some of the authors in these periods.
    For this special issue of Society and Politics we therefore invite papers discussing one of the followings topics:
        •  Consciousness in Medieval philosophy
        •  Consciousness in Early Modern philosophy
        •  The influence of Medieval on Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness
        •  Influence and/or relevance of Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness for the contemporary philosophy of mind
        •  Methodology of research on Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness
        •  Historiography of Medieval and/or Early Modern discussions of and debates on consciousness
Papers no longer than 8000 words, or book reviews no longer than 800 words, should be submitted to consciousnesscentralkolleg2017@gmail.com by March 31, 2018. Submissions must be prepared for double-blind peer review. Publication is scheduled for November 30, 2018.
Authors guidelines
Contact: Oliver Istvan Toth.


June 1-2, 2018
Francisco Suárez (1548–1617): Jesuits and Complexities of Modernity
Universidad Loyola Andalucía
Seville, Spain
    Francisco Suárez, S.J. (1548–1617) is recognized as a philosopher, theologian, and jurist who had a significant cultural impact in the development of modernity. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death, our symposium will study the work of Suárez and other Jesuits of his time in the context of diverse traditions that came together in Europe between the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance and early modernity. Can the work of the Jesuits be seen not only as a forerunner of philosophical, political, or legal modernity, but also as an expression of an alternative modernity? What is the relationship between the Ignatian and Jesuit tradition and the development of the work of Suárez and his contemporaries? What elements of the work of Suárez and other Jesuits may today be relevant to face the crisis of modernity?
    Francisco Suárez, S.J. (1548–1617) es reconocido como un filósofo, teólogo y jurista que tuvo un alto impacto cultural en los inicios y desarrollos de la modernidad. Celebrando el 400 aniversario de su muerte, en nuestro symposium estudiaremos la obra de Suárez y de otros jesuitas de su época en el contexto de las diversas tradiciones que confluyeron en Europa entre el tardo medioevo y el Renacimiento y la primera modernidad. ¿La obra de los jesuitas puede ser vista no solo como precursora de la modernidad filosófica, política o jurídica, sino también como expresión de una modernidad alternativa? ¿Cuál es la relación entre la tradición ignaciana y jesuita y el desarrollo de la obra de Suárez y sus contemporáneos? ¿Qué elementos de la obra de Suárez y otros jesuitas pueden ser hoy relevantes para enfrentar la crisis de la modernidad?
    These are just a few of many issues we would like to discuss. To participate in this discussion, email a short (200–250 word) abstract of a proposed paper in Spanish or in English to both Professors Juan Antonio Senent de Frutos and Robert Aleksander Maryks before September 30, 2017, and if accepted, the full paper (8–10,000 words) before December 31, 2017. Selected papers will be published after the symposium either in a dedicated volume (Boston College Symposia on Jesuit Studies Series at Brill) or in the Journal of Jesuit Studies.


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


June 11-12, 2018
21st Century Challenges to the History of 18th Century Musical Aesthetics
University of Turin
Turin, Italy
Keynote speakers: Vanessa Agnew, Suzanne Aspden, Philip Bohlman, Tomas McAuley
    The last forty years of scholarly research on the Eighteenth century and on the Enlightenment have deeply modified, enriched and maybe also confused our understanding of that century, softening the disciplinary boundaries and bringing social, gender, economic issues to the fore. The studies on the ‘radical Enlightenment’ (from M. C. Jacob to J. Israel), on the literary underground of the Eighteenth century and on the circulation of books and knowledge (from R. Darnton to R. B. Sher), studies on the ‘national Enlightenments’, on exploration, pre-colonialism, natural collections, the public, sensibility, the self, the ‘science of man’, have all broadened our perspective on that crucial century not only about European, but about Global History as well. What impact, if any, have these studies had (or could these studies have) on the history and study of XVIIIth Century Musical Aesthetics? Is it still possible to pursue the study of XVIIIth Century Musical Aesthetics as if it were a separate, independent, autonomous realm? This International conference wishes to tackle these issues, in order to build a more complex and varied picture of XVIIIth Century Musical Aesthetics and to further a fruitful dialogue between musicologists and eighteenth century scholars coming from other disciplinary perspectives.
    We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. The official language of the Conference will be English and only proposals in English will be accepted. Please email abstracts of no more than 500 words to Maria Semi by the 30th of July 2017. The abstract (pdf. format) should not contain the name of or personal references to the name of the proponent, as the proposals will be blind reviewed. Please communicate all the personal details in the email. Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by the 30th of September. We will not be able to provide financial support to intervening students and scholars, but there won’t be any conference fee.
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Contact: Maria Semi.


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


July 24-28, 2018
International Hume Society Conference
Budapest, Hungary
Themes: Hume on the Continent (Reception and Influence), Hume Historian and Economist, Hume's "Projects" (Aims and Motivations)
    Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words) and should be submitted with an Abstract (200 words). All self-references should be deleted for anonymous review. Papers and Abstracts must be submitted in English. Papers should not have been published by the date of the conference. Authors may submit their papers as either MS Word documents or in rich text format (RTF). Submissions should be sent to http://www.humesociety.org/conferences/cmgr/. Hume Society Young Scholar Awards are given to qualifying graduate students whose papers are accepted through the normal anonymous review process. Deadline for paper submissions: Nov. 1, 2017
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