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


May 28, 2017
Spinoza's Political Theory
Spinoza Society of Canada (with the Canadian Philosophical Association)
Ryerson University, KHW (Kerr Hall West) 362, 14:00-17:30
Toronto, Ontario
    •  Shannon Dea (Waterloo): "Spinoza and Race"
    •  Jon Miller (Queen's): "Spinoza's Cosmopolitanism"
    •  Thomas Colbourne (McGill): "Expression and Power: A Spinozist Guide to Resistance"
    •  Raphael Krut-Landau (Princeton/UPenn): "Spinoza's Fear of His Blackness"
Website.
Contacts: Torin Doppelt or Oberto Maramma.


29-30 May 2017
Finnish-Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Turku
Artium, Seminar Hall Hovi V105 (Kaivokatu 12)
Turku, Finland
Monday, 29 May
    9:30  Lloyd Strickland (Manchester Metro): "The Fourth Hypothesis on the Union of Soul and Body"
    9:30  Martin Benson (Stony Brook): "The Power of Affectivity: The Ground of the Good in Spinoza’s Ethics"
    9:30  Daniel Fogal (Uppsala): "Descartes and the Possibility of Enlightened Freedom"
    9:30  Laetitia Ramelet (Lausanne): "Pufendorf’s Solution to the Puzzle of Consent and Natural Law"
    9:30  Martin Pickup (Oxford): "The Infinity of Analysis and Leibniz’s Problems of Proof"
    9:30  Mike Griffin (CEU): "Leibniz on Infinite Analysis"
Tuesday, 30 May
    9:30  Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): "Berkeley’s Theory of Agent Causation: Finite and Infinite Agents and the Question of Necessary Connections"
    9:30  Julia Jorati (Ohio State): "Emilie du Châtelet’s Agent-Causal Compatibilist Theory of Freedom"
    9:30  Ramona Winter (HU Berlin/Yale): "Hume’s Concept of an (Embodied) Self"
    9:30  Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere) & Todd Ryan (Trinity C): "Hume on Possible Duration without Possible Temporal Parts"
    9:30  Sebastian Bender (HU Berlin) & Till Hoeppner (Potsdam): "Leibniz and Kant on Representations and Minds"
    9:30  Dai Heide (Simon Fraser): "A Mereological Argument for the Non-Spatiotemporality of Things in Themselves"
Website.
Contact: Vili Lähteenmäki.


30 May-1 June 2017
Int'l Soc for Intellectual History Conference: The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity
American University in Bulgaria
Balkanski Academic Center
Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Keynotes: Wayne Hudson (Tasmania), Michael Hunter (Birkbeck, U London), Jonathan Israel (Inst Adv Study Princeton), & Lyndal Roper (Oxford)
The collapse of the communist bloc in 1989 put an end to processes of political identification based mainly, if not exclusively, on “strong” political ideologies. Accordingly, the past three decades have witnessed a rediscovery of the role of non-political factors (i.e. religion, culture, ethnicity, etc.) in shaping socio-political communities. These political and cultural phenomena also influenced academia, leading to a revaluation of “religion qua religion” as a legitimate and independent area of inquiry, as well as to a reassessment of its impact on socio-cultural, economic and political dynamics in the making of the modern world.
    The relationship between religious belief and modernity has been interpreted in different ways by intellectual historians. Some historiographical currents argue that modern secular societies developed thanks to the gradual emergence of such ideas as “reasonableness”, “natural religion” and “toleration” among certain religious movements of reform and renewal from the Late Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Other sections of historiography maintain that the making of modernity was produced by a process of secularization, which benefited from the spread of intellectual and cultural currents that, in the Age of Enlightenment, held essentially atheistic and materialistic ideas in philosophy and republican, democratic views in politics. Still others have seen modernity as emerging both from and against a religious, and specifically Christian, worldview, given that the rethinking of several religious concepts, texts and institutions since the Renaissance eventually had secularizing consequences.
    The relationship between ideas and political, economic and socio-cultural contexts also plays a significant role in the ongoing historiographical debate on religion and modernity. The twentieth century saw the opposition between the reductionist approach of social-scientific positivism, which considered ideas, including religious ideas, as mere epiphenomena produced by socio-economic factors, and a view of ideas as able to influence or even determine social and political dynamics. Nevertheless, in recent decades a growing number of historians have adopted a methodological approach that pays great attention to the historical conditions and intellectual contexts of philosophical and religious discourses. According to this approach, ideas play a prominent role as constitutive elements of historical periods, both in themselves and in interacting with social, economic, cultural and political factors.
    At present, when controversial political issues are bringing renewed attention to the significance of religion at a global level, a deeper understanding of how the rethinking of religion and religious belief contributed to the making of the modern world may help to elaborate new theoretical frameworks for addressing current issues. Thus, “The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity” aims to explore the historical, contextual, and methodological issues that intellectual history should take into account when examining the interactions between religious belief and philosophical, political and scientific concepts.
    Call for Papers: Proposals for 20-minute individual papers are welcome. Proposals for panels, consisting of three 20-minute papers, are also welcome. Both are due no later than 31 December 2016, using the online submission form. Paper and panel proposals are welcome both from ISIH members and scholars who are not members of the Society. The language of the conference is English: all speakers are supposed to deliver their papers in English. Papers and panels may concentrate on any period, region, tradition or discipline relevant to the conference theme. The range of potential subjects of investigation is extremely broad, and may include, but is not limited to:
    •  the contribution of the rediscovery and rethinking of ancient religious beliefs and traditions to the making of modernity
    •  innovations in religious belief and theological doctrine since the High Middle Ages, with a focus on their role in shaping the modern world
    •  the religious dimensions of Renaissance thought, culture and art
    •  the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation in intellectual history
    •  the religious dimensions of the Scientific Revolution
    •  modern biblical hermeneutics and its impact on the modern mind
    •  the relationship between the Enlightenment and religion
    •  reason and revelation in natural religion, rational theology, physico-theology, skepticism, fideism, etc.
    •  discussing and rethinking traditional religious beliefs (e.g. belief in providence, miracles, prophecy, Messianism, millenarianism, the devil, the hell, exorcism, magic, mystical experience, etc.)
    •  atheism, deism, skepticism and irreligion
    •  the role of religious belief in the Age of Revolution
    •  the impact of religious concerns and concepts on legal and political theory
    •  religious toleration and religious freedom
    •  rethinking the rights, position and role of religious minorities in the making of modernity
    •  the consideration of Judaism and Islam in modern western culture
    •  interactions between western civilization and Eastern cultures, with a focus on religious matters
    •  religion in philosophical, sociological and historiographical discourses on modernity and post-modernity
Website and detailed info sheet.
Contact: Diego Lucci.


June 1-3, 2017
The Contribution of Mary Wollstonecraft to Contemporary Issues in Philosophy
Bilkent University, A 130
Ankara, Turkey (and visit to
Thursday, June 1
    10:00-10:30  Welcome: Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent): "Wollestonecraft in the world"
    10:40-11:30  Patrick Fessenbecker (Bilkent): "What do you have to do to get read philosophically? On Wollstonecraft and philosophical readings of the history of philosophy"; respondent Zacharus Gudmunsen
    11:40-12:30  Alan Coffee (KCL): “Wollstonecraft’s Idea of Independence as Relational Social Freedom”; respondent Bill Wringe
    13:40-14:30  Laura Brace (Leicester): "The Unhappy Marriage of Gender and Slavery: Wives as Slaves, Wives and Slaves"; respondent Gizem Kavas
    14:40-15:30  Roberta Wedge: "Mary the life, Wollstonecraft the legacy: Engaging with undergrads online and neighbourhood groups on the ground"
    15:40-16:30  Zübeyde Karadag Thorpe (Hacettepe): "Turkish Women from Late Ottoman Empire to Early Turkish Republic"; respondent Saniye Vantansever
    16:40-18:30  Sarah Hutton (York): "Becoming a feminist philosopher: Mary Wollstonecraft and the history of philosophy"
Friday, June 2
    10:40-11:30  Özlem Duva (Dokuz Eylül): "Rethinking Hegemonic Masculinity with Mary Wollstonecraft"; respondent Sena Yalçin
    11:40-12:30  Burcu Gürkan (Independent scholars): "Swimsuits and Chocolate Chip Cookies: Women's Bodies, Self-Knowledge, and Moments of Erasure"; respondent: Mustafa Yildiz
    13:40-14:30  Saniye Vatansever (Isik and Yediteipe) and Bensu Arican (Bilkent): "Presentation of SWIP-TR"
    14:40-15:30  Lucas Thorpe (Bogazici): "Is virtue relative? A problem with Wollstonecraft's argument against 'sexual virtues'"; respondent Sandrine Berges
    15:40-16:30  Gözde Yildirim (Bogaziçi): "Is Wollstonecraft’s Republican Freedom from Domination Justified? A Kantian Answer"; respondent David M. Kovacs
    16:40-18:30  Hatice Nur Erkizan (Mugla): "The Psychology of Capabilities: A journey from Wollstonecraft to Nussbaum"
Saturday, June 3
    19:30-21:00  Debate on Republicanism and the Family at the Holiday Cave Hotel in Göreme, Cappadocia
Website.
Contact: Sandrine Berges.


June 1-2, 2017
Leuven Kant Conference
University of Leuven
Huis Bethlehem, Schapenstraat 34
Leuven, Belgium
Thursday, June 1
    9.00-9.30  Registration and Coffee
    9.30-9.40  Welcome: Karin de Boer (KU Leuven)
    9.40-11:10  Konstantin Pollok (South Carolina): "Epistemic Normativity in Kant’s Critical Works"; respondent Henny Blomme (KU Leuven); chair Karin de Boer (KU Leuven) [Auditorium Wolfspoort]
        11.30-12.15  Lorenzo Sala (Pisa/Johns Hopkins): "Fichte or Baumgarten? A systematic account of Kant's Selbstsetzungslehre" [Dijlezaal]
        11.30-12.15  Jonas Jervell Indregard (Sun Yat-Sen U): "An Unnoticed Influence: Kant on Error, Spontaneity, and Normativity" [Raadzaal]
        12.15-13.00  Cheng-Hao Lin (LMU München): "The Judgments of Perception and the Self-Knowledge" [Dijlezaal]
        12.15-13.00  Simon Truwant (KU Leuven): "Transcendental illusion and the ‘post-truth era’" [Raadzaal]
        14.00-14.45  Henny Blomme (KU Leuven): "Is there an objective measure for intensive quantity?" [Dijlezaal]
        14.00-14.45  Ido Geiger (Ben-Gurion U Negev): "The Second Formula of the Categorical Imperative and the End of Moral Action" [Raadzaal]
        14.45-15.30  Cody Staton (KU Leuven): "Kant on Empirical Schematism" [Dijlezaal]
        14.45-15.30  Anastasia Berg (U Chicago): "You Can’t Move without Being Moved, On the Moral Significance of The Human Capacity for Feeling" [Raadzaal]
        15.30-16.15  Weijia Wang (KU Leuven): "Kant’s Mathematical Sublime and the Synthesis of Reproduction" [Dijlezaal]
        15.30-16.15  Katharina Naumann (JLU Giessen/GAU Göttingen): "The Significance of the Good Example: Thoughts on §52 of the Doctrine of Virtue" [Raadzaal]
        16.45-17.30  Johan Blok (Hanze U Applied Sciences): "Kant's Conception of Mathematics in the Prize Essay" [Dijlezaal]
        16.45-17.30  Julia Peters (Tübingen): "Kant’s Notion of Gesinnung" [Raadzaal]
    17.30-19.00  Jeanine Grenberg (St. Olaf Coll): "The Inveterate Debtor as Arrogant, Conceited Ass and Servile, Sycophantic Flatterer: Kant and Austen on Failures in the Virtues of Self-Respect and Debt Management"; respondent Julia Peters (Tübingen); chair Simon Truwant (KU Leuven) [Auditorium Wolfspoort]
Friday, June 2
        10.00-10.45  David de Bruijn (Pittsburgh): "The Achilles after the Paralogisms" [Dijlezaal]
        10.00-10.45  Michael Nelson (UC Riverside): "Consent and Treating People as Ends" [Raadzaal]
        10.45-11.30  Miguel Herszenbaun (U Buenos Aires/CONICET): "Reflections on the production of the Antinomy of pure reason" [Dijlezaal]
        10.45-11.30  Luke J. Davies (Oxford): "Voluntary slavery and self-ownership in Kant's Rechtslehre" [Raadzaal]
        12.00-12.45  Jannis Pissis (U Patras, Greece): "Kant's Only Possible Argument, the Transcendental Ideal and Spinozism" [Dijlezaal]
        12.00-12.45  Lu Chao (KU Leuven): "Like Devils, But Still Humans: A Systematical Re-examination and Defense of Kant's View of (Quasi-)Diabolical Evil" [Raadzaal]
        14.00-14.45  Martin Arias-Albisu (U Buenos Aires/CONICET): "On Kant’s Conception of the Scientific Character of Improper Science" [Dijlezaal]
        14.00-14.45  Aaron Halper (Catholic U America): "The Practical Telos of Theoretical Reason: The Physico-Theology of Kant’s Canon of Pure Reason" [Raadzaal]
        14.45-15.30  Pavel Reichl (Essex): "Thinking Particularity in General: Kant’s Special Metaphysics and its Vicissitudes" [Dijlezaal]
        14.45-15.30  Jakob Huber (London Sch Econ Pol Sci): "Kant’s cosmopolitanism as a task set to humanity" [Raadzaal]
    16.00-17.30  Julia Jansen (KU Leuven): "Kant on Inner Sense"; respondent Karin de Boer (KU Leuven) [Auditorium Wolfspoort]
The conference fee (including coffee and lunch breaks) is € 10 for both days (without conference dinner) or € 55 (with conference dinner). Registration is free for KU Leuven students and staff members. Please register at the conference website and indicate whether you want to join the dinner (before May 24).
Website.
Contact: Karin de Boer.


June 2-3, 2017
Nordic Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Tartu
Tartu, Estonia
Friday, June 2
    11.00  Welcome
    11.05-12.05  Erik Åkerlund (Uppsala): "The End? Final Causes and Final Causation in Some Baroque Scholastics"
    12.15-13.15  Jan Forsman (Tampere): "Life and Skepticism for Descartes: The Meaning of the Moral Code in the Discourse"
    15.00-16.00  Markku Roinila (Helsinki): "The Cogito-argument and self-consciousness in Leibniz"
    16.10-17.10  Artem Besedin (Moscow): "Leibniz over the precipice of Hobbes' compatibilism"
Saturday, June 3
    11.00-12.00  Roomet Jakapi (Tartu): "Toland and Browne on the Nature of Faith"
    12.10-13.10  Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney): "Berkeley's Strange Semi-Occasionalist Mystery"
    15.00-16.00  Francesco Orsi (Tartu): "Hume's Guise of the Good"
    16.10-17.10  Hemmo Laiho (Turku): "Kant and Multimodal Intuitions"
Contact: Roomet Jakapi.


June 5-6, 2017
The Philosophical Significance of Molyneux's Question
York Medical Society
23 Stonegate
York, UK
June 5
    10.00-11.00  Registration and tea/coffee
    11.00-12.15  Louise Richardson (York) and John Schwenkler (Florida State): Opening remarks
    1.45-3.30  Mohan Matthen (Toronto): "Many Molyneux Questions: How Many Representations of Space do we Need?"; respondent TBA
    3.45-5.30  Alisa Mandrigin (Warwick) and Matthew Nudds (Warwick): "Place and Space Across the Senses"; respondent TBA
June 6
    9.00-10.45  L. A. Paul (North Carolina, Chapel Hill): "Phenomenal Discovery"; respondent TBA
    11.00-12.45  Becko Copenhaver (Lewis & Clark): "Berkeley, Molyneux and Perceptual Learning"; respondent TBA
    1.45-3.30  James Franklin (New South Wales): "Molyneux’s Question, Neonate Intermodal Perception and the Objects of Mathematics" respondent TBA
    3.45-5.30  M. G. F. Martin (UCL): "On ‘Molyneux’s Question’"; respondent TBA
Abstracts for the conference.
All are welcome, but since places are limited please email Louise Richardson to register. There is a charge of £15 per person to cover lunch and refreshments which graduate students, those on temporary contracts and the unwaged are not required to pay.
Website.
Contact: Louise Richardson.


June 8, 2017
Concepts and Methods in Philosophy and the History of Science
Susana Gomez (Madrid): "From Artigianal to Philosophical Anamorphosis: The Case of the Anamorphic Elephant of Simon Vouet"
University of Ghent
Freddy Mortier Room, Faculty Library, Rozier 44, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ghent, Belgium
Website.
Contacts: Delphine Bellis and Charles Wolfe.


*June 8-9, 2017
Conference: What Were the Early Moderns Afraid of?
University of Antwerp


June 9, 2017
Conference: The Forgotten Manuscript of A.C. Crombie and A. Carugo on the Natural Philosophy of Galileo and Mersenne
Trinity College, Danson Room, Broad Street
Oxford, UK
8.00-8.30  Registration with Coffee/tea
8.30-8.40  Welcome: Bryan Ward-Perkins (Trinity Coll)
8.40-9.40  Filip Buyse (Oxford): "what became of “the mammoth work” A. C. Crombie was doing with A. Carugo on Galileo?"
9.40-10.40  Robert Iliffe (Oxford): "Crombie’s analysis of Galileo and Mersenne in the context of his broader career"
11.00-12.00  Peter Dear (Cornell: "Galileo, Mersenne, and the History of Ideas: The Sources of Science"
13.15-14.15  Filip Buyse (Oxford): "Crombie, Carugo and the Philosophy: Galileo’s sensory philosophy"
14.15-15.15  Peter Barker (Oklahoma): "Crombie and the Rest of the World"
15.30-16.30  Peter Machamer (Pittsburgh): "The Artist-Engineer tradition and Models of Intelligibility"
16.30-17.30  Chunglin Kwa (Amsterdam): "Clavius and Galileo and their views on the reality of epicycles: the inauguration of a new style of science"
    Price: 25 GBP (payable at the entrance): lunch (in the College Hall of Trinity College) and coffee/tea included. The conference is free for students.
Website.
Contact: Filip A. A. Buyse.


June 15-17, 2017
Teaching the New Science: the role of Academia during the Scientific Revolution
Department of History of Philosophy, University of Groningen
Oude Boteringestraat 52
Groningen, The Netherlands
Thursday, June 15
    13.00-14.15  Roger Ariew (South Florida): "Fromondus versus Galileo on Comets"
    14.30-15.45  Klaas van Berkel (Groningen): "Ramism and the New Science: The Educational Background of the Mechanical Philosophy"
    16.00-17.15  Nabeel Hamid (Pennsylvania): "Domesticating Descartes: Johann Clauberg’s Scholasticization of the New Science
    17.30-18.45  Stefan Hessbrüggen-Walter (Higher Sch Economics, Moscow): "Inquisitionis via institutioni scholasticae minime accommodata: de Neufville and Clauberg on not teaching Bacon"
Friday, June 16
    9.00-10.15  Pieter Present (Vrije U Brussel): "Petrus van Musschenbroek (1692-1761) as educator: the role and use of textbooks"
    10.30-11.45  Helen Hattab (Houston): "Methods of Teaching or Discovery? Analysis and Synthesis from Burgersdijk to Spinoza"
    14.00-15.15  Sophie Roux (ENS Paris): "The Mathematical Theses Defended at collège de Clermont (1637-1682): How to Guard a Fortress in Times of War"
    15.30-16.45  Tad Schmaltz (Michigan, Ann Arbor): "French Cartesian Physics: Qualitative vs. Quantitative"
    17.00-18.15  Patricia Easton (Claremont Graduate): "The 'Distillation”' of Cartesian science outside the Universities: the Cartesian Empiricists (1650-1690)"
Saturday, June 17
    9.00-10.15  Michael Jaworzyn (KU Leuven): "Langenhert’s Parisian ‘Egoist’ School and the influence of Arnold Geulincx"
    10.30-11.45  Christian Leduc (Montréal): "Christian Leduc (Montréal): "Speculative Philosophy at the Berlin Academy"
    12.00-13.15  Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen): "Johann Christoph Sturm’s passive forms and the secularization of early modern science"
Andrea Sangiacomo Information on accommodations and travel can be found on the conference website.
Contact: Andrea Sangiacomo.


June 16, 2017
Workshop: Leibniz on Mind and Metaphysics
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
TOPOI building, Hannoversche Straße 6, room 1.03
Berlin, Germany
    9:00-9:10  Dominik Perler (HU Berlin): Introduction
    9:10-10:20  Christian Barth (HU Berlin): "Leibniz on Ideas"
    10:30-11:40  Peter Myrdal (Turku): "The role and nature of force in Leibniz’s metaphysics"
    11:50-13:00  Sebastian Bender (HU Berlin): "The Modal Status of Leibniz’s Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles"
    14:30-15:40  Chris Meyns (Utrecht): "Leibniz and Information"
    15:50-17:00  Jean-Pascal Anfray (Paris—ENS): "Leibniz and the Ontological Commitment of Aggregates"
    17:10-18:20  Paul Lodge (Oxford): 'Why the Why?': Leibniz on the ‘Grounds’ for the Principle of Sufficient Reason"
Contact: Sebastian Bender.


July 2-7, 2017
Collegium Spinozanum
University of Groningen Summer School
Groningen, The Netherlands
Sunday 2 July
    15:00-17:00  City Tour of Groningen
Monday 3 July
    15:30-20:00  Registration and Welcome>br> Tuesday 4 July
    9:30-11:15  Karolina Hübner (Toronto): "Spinoza on thinking and minds"; discussion
    11:30-13:15  Beth Lord (Aberdeen): "Spinoza and Equality"; discussion
    15:00-15:30  Anna Tomaszewska (Jagiellonian): Kant’s Religious Rationalism and Spinoza"
    15:30-16:00  Oliver Istvan Toth (Eotvos Lorand/Klagenfurt): "Spinoza’s theory of intellect: Alexandrian, Averroist, Themistian or Cartesian?
    16:00-16:30  Christopher Noble (Villanova): "Automata in Spinoza’s Critique of Descartes in the Tractatus de Intellectus Emendatione"
    16:30-17:00  Stephen Zylstra (Toronto): "Spinoza and Some Protestant Scholastics on Emanation and Immanent Causation"
    17:15-18:30  Reading Group (Andrea Sangiacomo, Toronto, chair): Principles of Cartesain Philosophy, selection
Wednesday 5 July
    9:30-11:15  Wiep van Bunge (Erasmus U Rotterdam): "Tractatus theologico-politicus: Triumph and Failure"; discussion
    14:30-15:40  Aurelia Armstrong (U Sydney): "On becoming what one is: Spinoza"; discussion
    15:00-15:30  Keith Green (East Tennessee State): "Spinoza on Turning the Other Cheek"
    15:30-16:00  Sanja Särman (Hong Kong U): "Spinoza’s Dual Concept of Perfection"
    16:00-16:30  Marta Libertà de Bastiani (Roma Tre/ENS Lyon): "Glory, Pride and Ambition: Between Spinoza and Roman Thought"
    16:30-17:00  Tobias Sebastian Dreher (Ludwig-Maximilians-U Munich): "Condition and Immanence: Education in Spinoza"
    17:15-18:30  Reading Group (Henri Krop, Erasmus U Rotterdam, chair): "Pierre Bayle"
Thursday 6 July
    9:30-11:15  Martin Lenz (Groningen): "Spinoza on the Conatus of Ideas"; discussion
    11:30-11:55  Steph Marston (Birkbeck Coll London): "Tumult, indignation...Trump?"
    11:55-12:20  Jason Yonover (Johns Hopkins/Yale): "Spinoza on Power"
    12:25-12:50  Philip Waldner (Klagenfurt): "Spinoza on the forces of law: a political perspective"
    Free afternoon  Guided trip to Spinoza's house in Den Haag
Friday 7 July
    9:30-11:15  Lodi Nauta (Groningen): "Spinoza and the Limits of Philosophical Language"; discussion
    11:30-12:00  Robert Matyasi (Toronto): "Spinoza’s two concepts of parthood"
    12:00-12:30  Sarah Tropper (Alpen-Adria-U Klagenfurt): "‘Form’ as a Limiting Term in Spinoza’s Conception of Species"
    12:30-13:00  Elaina Gauthier-Mamaril (Aberdeen): "What is individual agency for Spinoza?"
    15:00-16:45  Michael della Rocca (Yale): "The Elusiveness of the One and the Many in Spinoza: Substance, Attribute, and Mode": discussion
    17:00-17:30  Kyle Driggers (North Carolina): "Tschirnhaus’ Question, Revisited: Why We Can Conceive Only Two of God’s Attributes"
    17:30-18:00  Stefanos Regkas (Panteion U): "The quatenus function: an approach of Spinoza’s theory of the attributes"
    18:00-18:30  Li-Chih Lin (Groningen): "Geometrical Method as the Spinozist Philosophical Language"
    18:30-19:00  Timon Boehm (ETH Zürich): "The power to act: A new approach to link 'metaphysics' and 'ethics' in Spinoza" (Abstract, short presentation)
Registration deadline is June 1. University Housing is no longer available, but it is possible to sign up for a waiting list, should any option become available.
Website.
Contact: Andrea Sangiacomo.


July 3-6, 2017
Philosophy in Assos: Immanuel Kant
Assos, Turkey
July 3, Monday
    19:00  Temple of Athena: Welcome, blue sea, wine and sun set
    21:30  Dinner at the harbour (Nazlihan Otel Restaurant)
July 4, Tuesday
    13:30  Rolf-Peter Horstmann (Humboldt): “Kant on Imagination”
    15:00  Desmond Hogan (Princeton): “The Antinomy of Pure Reason and Transcendental Idealism”
    16:30  Frederick Beiser (Syracuse): “Hermann Cohen: A Centenary Reappraisal”
    18:00  Kenneth Westphal (Bogazici): “Free Agency without Transcendental Idealism”
July 5, Wednesday
    13:30  Patricia Kitcher (Columbia): “Kant on Freedom in Thought and Action”
    15:00  Jan-Willem van der Rijt (Bayreuth): “The Dignity of Moral Agents”
    16:30  Lucas Thorpe (Bogazici): “Kantian Humanity and Chimps”
    18:00  Andrew Chignell (Pennsylvania): “The Role of Hope in Kant’s Moral Psychology”
    22:30  Classical music at the Ancient Theater: Anne Monika Sommer-Bloch
July 6, Thursday
    14:00  Visit to Troy
    21:00  Farewell Dinner (Assos Terrace Otel Restaurant)
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Contact: Orsan Oyman.


July 17-21, 2017
International Hume Society Conference
Providence, RI
We invite papers in all areas of Hume studies but especially welcome submissions bearing some relation to the conference themes:
    •  Hume and Berkeley
    •  Hume on time and its significance
    •  Hume on human differences (including differences of sex, race, nation, ethnicity, and between humans and animals)
Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words) and should be submitted with an Abstract (200 words). All self-references should be deleted for anonymous review. Papers and Abstracts must be submitted in English. Papers should not have been published by the date of the conference. Authors may submit their papers as either MS Word documents or in rich text format (RTF). Submissions should be sent to 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 Submissions: November 1, 2016. Please email web@humesociety.org for questions regarding paper submissions.
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August 1-3, 2017
Modern Philosophy Congress
Universidad de Piura
Lima, Perú
We invite undergraduate, graduate students, post-docs and other scholars to send submissions of high quality abstracts in any area of the History of Modern Philosophy. Abstracts (written in Spanish or English) should be of about 1,500 words (excluding references), and should be prepared for blind refereeing. Abstract Submission Deadline: May 31; notification of acceptance: June 15. Abstract Submission should include:
    I. A cover letter containing the following information:
        author's name
        title of paper
        institutional affiliation
        contact information (email, phone number, mailing address)
        the topic area(s) of the paper (e.g. metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, etc.)
    II. The abstract itself, containing the title and a list of references at the end, free of identifying information
All questions concerning the conference should be sent to: jornadas.filosofia@udep.pe. Abstracts should be sent to deharo.vicente@icloud.com.
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Contact: Lic Carlos Masias Vergara.


August 2-4, 2017
Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Abstracts (750 words) due no later than March 15, 2017.
Contact: Thomas Vinci.


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 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.
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Contact: María de Paz


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.
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Contact: Piet Steenbakkers.


October 13-15, 2017
Leibniz Society of North America
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
The conference will start on the afternoon of the 13th and run till about noon on the 15th. Papers on any aspect of Leibniz’s philosophy will be considered and should have a reading time of approximately 45 minutes. Submissions should take the form of abstracts of 500 words or less, prepared for blind review. They should be submitted, as an attachment to an email in either Microsoft Word or PDF format, to gwleibniz2017@gmail.com or directly to . The deadline for the receipt of submissions is April 15, 2017. Authors will be notified by May 15, 2017 of the program committee’s decision.
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Contact: Marleen Rozemond.


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)
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Contact: Roslyn Weiss.


October 20-22, 2017
Midwest Seminar in Modern Philosophy
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Papers on any aspect of early modern philosophy (up to and including Kant) will be considered and should have a reading time of approximately 45 minutes. Submissions should take the form of abstracts of 500–800 words, prepared for anonymous review. They should be submitted, as an attachment to an email in either Microsoft Word or PDF format, to johnson.5987@osu.edu. The deadline for the receipt of submissions is April 1, 2017. Authors will be notified by April 20, 2017 of the program committee’s decision.
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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 (Humboldt U Berlin), Daniel Garber (Princeton), Stephano Gulizia (independent scholar), 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. The masterclass format 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. The deadline for registration is 15 June 2017.


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 30 minutes. Please send an abstract of maximum 400 words, prepared for blind review. The body of the email should include the author’s details (name, position affiliation, contact details, title of the abstract). The deadline for abstract submissions is 1 August 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.
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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.
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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)
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Contact: Don Garrett.


November 17-18, 2017
South Central Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Hendrix College
Conway, Arkansas
We are pleased to announce that the eighteenth annual meeting of the South Central Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy at Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas (35 minutes from Little Rock). Abstracts (500 words maximum, including notes) on any topic in early modern (pre-Kantian) philosophy should be prepared for blind review and sent to Fred Ablondi no later than July 23, 2017. Authors will be notified by mid-August of the program committee’s decision. Completed papers should take no more than 35 minutes reading time. The conference will feature invited speaker Gideon Manning (Claremont). Dr. Manning will also be delivering a lecture sponsored by the Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy on the Hendrix campus on the evening of Thursday, November 16; those arriving early for the conference are welcome to attend. Conference presenters are responsible for their transportation and lodging. Information about discounted hotel rates will accompany the program.
Contact: Fred Ablondi.


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 1st August.
    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.
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Contacts: Lisa O'Connell and Peter Denney.


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


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