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

January 23, 2018
Workshop: The Unknown Du Châtelet: Inedita from St. Petersburg
Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists
Paderborn University
O1.258, Warburger Str. 100
Paderborn, Germany
The Center History of Women Philosophers and Scientists recently acquired the Du Châtelet manuscripts contained in the Voltaire Collection of the Russian National Library at Saint Petersburg. In this workshop, the Center’s working group that focuses on the respective writings will give an introduction into new aspects of the Du Châtelet research arising from their insights into the manuscripts.
    4:00-4:15  Sarah Hutton (York): Welcome and commentaries
    4:15-5:30  Stefanie Ertz (Paderborn): "Some New Details from the Intellectual Biography of Mme Du Châtelet"
    5:30-6:45  Ana Rodrigues (Paderborn): “Du Châtelet on social order and the foundations of morals”
    6:45-8:00  George Vlahakis (Hellenic Open U Patras): “The 'Greek' Emilie and her role for the re-appearance of metaphysics in natural philosophy books during modern Greek Enlightenment”
Website.
Contact.


January 25, 2017
London Spinoza Circle
Christopher Thomas (Manchester Metropolitan): "Derivng Culture from Nature: Articulate and Inarticulate Bodies in Spinoza's Philosophy of Nature"
Birkbeck College Main Building, Room B04, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Malet Street Bloomsbury, London (entrance from Torrington Square)
Website.
Contacts: Clare Carlisle or John Heyderman.


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.
Friday, Jan. 26
    09:00-09:15  Opening remarks/coffee
    09.15–10.30  Antonio Clericuzio (Roma Tre): "Digby on the vegetation of plants"
    10.45–12:00  Justin Begley (Helsinki): "Kenelm Digby’s Vegetables and the Tripartite Soul"
    13.30–14.45  Andreas Blank (Alpen-Adria U Klagenfurt): "Digby and Common Notions in Early Modern Natural Philosophy"
    15.00–16.15  Lodi Nauta (Groningen): "Wresting Words from their Common meaning: Kenelm Digby on Knowledge and Language"
    16.30–17.45  Philip Beeley (Oxford): "Digby and the English Mathematicians"
Saturday, Jan. 27
    10.00–11.15  Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest): "On Bodies and their Orbs: Explaining Interactions"
    11.30–12.45  Han Thomas Adriaenssen (Groningen): "Digby on the Domain of Form"
    14.00–15.15  Laura Georgescu (Groningen): "Quantity in Digby’s natural philosophy"
    15.30–16.45  Martine Pécharman (Nat Ctr Scientific Research): "Digby on Quantity"
    17.00–18.15  Joe Moshenska (Cambridge): Concluding remarks
Website.
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 10, 2018
Nouvelles recherches sur le cartésianisme et la philosophie moderne: Leibniz's Metaphysics of Modality
Présentation par Lucian Petrescu (ULB). Interventions de Jean-Pascal Anfray (ENS), Stefano Di Bella (Milan), Martin Lin (Rutgers), Arnaud Pelletier (ULB). Réponses de Sebastian Bender (Humboldt-U Berlin). Modérateur : Frédéric de Buzon (Strasbourg).
9h30 à 13h00, ENS, 45 rue d’Ulm, salle Cavaillès
Paris, France
Contact: Martine Pécharman.


February 15, 2018
London Spinoza Circle
Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins): TBA
Birkbeck College, Dept of Politics, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Paul Hirst Room, 10 Gower Street, London
Contacts: Clare Carlisle or John Heyderman.


February 16, 2018
Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop
Lucia Oliveri (Münster/Rutgers): TBA
Harvard University
Robbins Library, Emerson Hall 211, 4:00-6:00
Cambridge, MA
Website.
Contact: Jeffrey McDonough.


February 21-24, 2018
American Philosophical Association Meeting, Central Division
Palmer House Hilton, 17 E Monroe Street
Chicago, IL
Wednesday, February 21
    3:00-6:00  Kant
        3:00-4:00  Janum Sethi (Michigan): "Kant on Self-Affection and Self-Consciousness"; commentator Katarina Kraus (Notre Dame); chair Nicolas Garcia Mills (Illinois, Chicago)
        4:00-5:00  Alexander Englert (Johns Hopkins): "Kantian Archetypes and Action"; commentator Noell Birondo (Wichita State); chair Abigail Bruxvoort (Northwestern)
        5:00-6:00  Hao Liang (Northwestern): "Autonomy, and Self-Formation (Bildung): A Reading of Kant’s Theory of Education"; commentator Krista Thomason (Swarthmore); chair Maria Mejia (Illinois, Chicago)
    6:00-8:00  Symposium: Christopher Martin (Wisconsin–Green Bay): "Individuum, Existentia, and Potentia: Spinoza’s Recipe for Particulars"; commentators Torin Doppelt (Queen's U) and Andrew Youpa (SIU Carbondale); chair Jean Axelrad Cahan (Nebraska, Lincoln)
    6:00-8:00  Symposium: Tyke Nunez (Washington U, St. Louis): "Kant’s Pure General Logic: Normativity, Constitutivity, and the Form of the Understanding"; commentators Colin McLear (Nebraska) and Michael Bennett McNulty (Minnesota)
    8:00-11:00  Descartes Society, chair Stephen I. Wagner (St. John's, Minnesota)
        8:00-9:00  Tarek Dika (Notre Dame): "Descartes’s Early Dualism in Regulae ad Directionem Ingenii "
        9:00-10:00  Jack Stetter (Paris 8): "Spinoza’s Account of Body-Body Causation in Cartesian Physics in the Principles of Cartesian Philosophy"
        10:00-11:00  Patrick Brissey (South Carolina): "Towards Descartes’s Scientific Method of Doubt: The Rhetoric of Les Météores"
    8:00-11:00  North American Spinoza Society, chairs Sarah Kizuk (Marquette) and Torin Doppelt (Queens)
        8:00-8:45  Nastassja Pugliese (São Paulo/Georgia): "Imagination as an Intellectual Tool: The Case of Spinoza and Ovid"
        8:45-9:30  Matthew Homan (Christopher Newport): “Spinoza and the Folk PSR"
        9:30-10:15  Jason Yonover (Yale): "Towards Descartes’s Scientific Method of Doubt: The Rhetoric of Les Météores"
        10:15-11:00  André Menezes Rocha (Québec, Trois Rivières): "La Méthode Expérimentale et les Définitions Réelles chez Spinoza"
    8:00-11:00  International Hobbes Association, chair Rosamond Rhodes (Icahn Sch Med Mount Sinai)
        8:00-8:25  Eleanor Curran (Kent Law Sch): “Hobbesian Sovereignty, the Rule of Law, and Rights of Subjects: Absolutism Undermined”
        8:25-8:50  Jan Narveson (Waterloo): “On the Hobbesian Dilemma”
        8:55-9:20  Daniel Collette (St. Norbert C): “Hobbes’s Rhetorical Science: Leviathan, Method, and Geometrical Subversion”
        9:20-9:45  Shane D. Courtland (West Virginia): “Prochoice Leviathan”
        9:50-10:15  Paul Garofalo (Southern California): "Comment on Kings: Sovereign’s Duties in Hobbes’s Leviathan
        10:20-11:00  Michael Byron (Kent State): Comments and Discussion
Thursday, February 22
    9:00-12:00  Soc German Idealism & Romanticism: On Michael Chaouli's Thinking with Kant's Critique of Judgment"; chair Keren Gorodeisky (Auburn)
        Critics: Katalin Makkai (Bard Berlin), Wiebke Deimling (Clark), Joseph Tinguely (South Dakota)
        Author's response: Michael Chaouli (Indiana)
    12:10-2:10  Symposium: Bryan Hall (St. John’s): "A Kantian Answer to Aenesidemus: Appropriating Kant’s Doctrine of Self-Positing in the Opus Posthumum; commentators Arsalan Memon (Lewis U) and James C. Hebbeler (Saint Joseph's U), chair: Zachary J. Joachim (Boston U)
    12:10-2:10  Aesthetics: Hume and Reid
        12:10-1:10  Stephanie Ross (U Missouri, St. Louis): “Are Humean Critics Real and Can We Find Them Amongst Us?”; commentator Madeline Martin-Seaver (Oklahoma); chair David T. Vessey (Grand Valley St)
        1:10-2:10  John Rosenbaum (Baylor): “Thomas Reid, Aesthetic Perception, and Literature”; commentator David Benjamin Johnson (Sch Art Inst Chicago); chair Nick Curry (Illinois, Chicago)
    12:10-2:10  Kant and Hegel on Understanding and Motivation
        12:10-1:10  Ansgar Lyssy (Ludwig-Maximilians-U, München): “The Leibnizian Roots of Hegel’s ‘Force and Understanding’”; commentator Tim Jankowiak (Towson U); chair Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame)
        1:10-2:10  Sean T. Murphy (Indiana): “Schopenhauer’s Criticisms of Kant’s Formulas of Humanity (FH) and Autonomy (FA)”; commentator Thomas Land (Ryerson); chair Sandra Shapshay (Indiana)
    4:00-5:20  Walter De Gruyter Stiftung Kant Lecture: Rolf-Peter Horstmann (Humboldt U Berlin): “On (Kantian) Tradition in Philosophy”; chair Sven Bernecker (UC Irvine)
    5:30-7:30 p.m.  Soc Hist Pol Phil: Political Psychology and Philosophical Rhetoric; chair Stuart Warner (Roosevelt)
        5:30-6:10  Alex Limanowski (Roosevelt): “Metaphor in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura
        6:10-6:50  Andrea Ray (Chicago): “Political Psychology in Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise
        6:50-7:30  Gabriella Stanton (Tulane): “Locke’s Appeal to Heaven”
    5:30-7:30 p.m.  North American Kant Soc Mary Gregor Lecture; chair Pablo Muchnik (Emerson C)
        Vadim Chaly (Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal U): "The Russian Kant”; commentator Susan Meld Shell (Boston C)
    7:40-10:40 p.m.  North American Spinoza Society: Vice and Virtue in Spinoza's Philosophy; chair Andrew Youpa (SIU Carbondale)
        7:40-8:25  Clayton Bohnet (Gonzaga): “The Temptations of Egoism and the Courtesy of Desire: An Essay on the Difference between Nobility and Ambition”
        8:25-9:10  Torin Doppelt (Queen’s U): “A Sadness Born of a Fact: A Study of Spinoza’s Humility”
        9:10-9:55  Christopher Martin (Wisconsin, Green Bay): “Spinoza on Virtuous and Vicious Essences”
        9:55-10:40  Sanem Soyarslan (North Carolina St): "Rethinking the Usefulness of Sad Passions as a Means Towards Virtue in Spinoza’s Ethics"
Friday, February 23
    1:00-4:00 p.m.  Hume
        1:00-2:00  Charles Goldhaber (Pittsburgh): “‘Melancholy,’ ‘Spleen’ and Other ‘Humours’ in the Conclusion to the Treatise’s First Book”; commentator Jonathan Cottrell (Wayne State); chair Timothy H. Pickavance (Biola U)
        2:00-3:00  Krista Rodkey (Hope C): “Property and Necessity: The Scope of Hume’s Justice”; commentator Elizabeth Goodnick (Metro St U Denver); chair Zaccheus Harmon (Illinois, Chicago)
        3:00-4:00  Nir Ben-Moshe (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): "Hume’s General Point of View: A Two-Stage Approach"; commentator Emily M. Kelahan (Illinois Wesleyan); chair Mark Nelson (Westmont C)
    7:00-10:00 p.m.  North American Spinoza Society, chair Andrew Youpa (SIU Carbondale)
        7:00-7:45  Lilli Alanen (Uppsala): "Spinoza on Passivity, Active Joy, and Love of God"
        7:45-8:30  John Carriero (UCLA): “Spinoza on Ends: Fantasy Physics and Our Self-Conception as Agents"
        8:30-9:15  Karolina Hübner (Toronto): "Spinoza’s Conceptual Barrier"
        9:15-10:00  Olli Koistinen (Turku): "On the Incomprehensibility of the Ethics"
    7:00-10:00 p.m.  Hume Society: Themes in Hume's Essays, chair Erin A. Frykholm (Kansas)
        Speakers: Tina Baceski (Rockhurst), Amy M. Schmitter (Alberta), Andre C. Willis (Brown)
Saturday, February 24
    9:00-12:00  Early Modern: Passions and Liberty
        9:00-10:00  Melanie Tate (U Washington): “Descartes on Hatred”; commentator Stephen I. Wagner (St. John’s University, Minnesota); chair Zhen Liang (DePaul)
        10:00-11:00  Christopher Bobier (UC Irvine): "Hobbes on the Passions"; commentator Rick Furtak (Colorado C); chair María de la Cruz Salvador Lopez (DePaul)
        11:00-12:00  Juan Garcia (Ohio State): “Leibniz, a Friend of Molinism”; commentator Benjamin Hill (Western Ontario); chair Gerad Gentry (South Carolina)
    12:10-2:10  North American Kant Society: Cultivating Virtue; chair Sally Sedgwick (Illinois, Chicago)
        12:10-12:50  Jeremy Schwartz (Texas Tech) & Krista Thomason (Swarthmore): "Active Sympathy, Passive Feelings: Rethinking Kant’s Duty to Cultivate Sympathy"
        12:50-1:30  Mavis Biss (Loyola Maryland): "Striving with Others: Friendship and Moral Self- Perfection"
        1:30-2:10  Anne Margaret Baxley (Washington U St. Louis): "Finding Happiness: Kant on the Rewards for Virtue”
    2:20-5:20  Spinoza
        2:20-3:20  Daniel Ferguson (Yale): "Spinoza on the Priority of Part to Whole": commentator Jack Stetter (Paris 8); chair Anat Schechtman (Wisconsin, Madison)
        3:20-4:20  Galen Barry (Iona): "A Puzzle about Inference in Spinoza"; commentator Leonardo Moauro (UC San Diego); chair Andrew Youpa (SIU Carbondale)
        4:20-5:20  Carolina Flores (Rutgers): "Spinoza’s Account of Self-Knowledge"; commentator Reza Hadisi (Illinois, Chicago), chair Edward Slowik (Winona St)
Website.


March 1, 2017
London Spinoza Circle
Daniel Whistler (Royal Holloway): TBA
Birkbeck College, Dept of Politics, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Paul Hirst Room, 10 Gower Street, London
Contacts: Clare Carlisle or John Heyderman.


March 2-4, 2018
Pacific Northwest/Western Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Speaker: Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser)
    As with other Seminars in Early Modern Philosophy, papers on any subject in early modern philosophy (roughly, the period from Montaigne to Kant) are welcome. We particularly encourage papers which suggest new or less frequently discussed topics, themes, and critical approaches to the history of modern philosophy, discuss and familiarize the group with new texts, or deploy an interdisciplinary approach. We welcome submissions from advanced graduate students. Submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed anonymously by a group of faculty from universities throughout the region. Reading time of papers should be approximately 45 minutes.
    Submissions: Please send an abstract of no more than 600 words by November 20, 2017. Abstracts should not contain identifying information, which should appear on a separate cover page. We prefer that abstracts be sent electronically by attachment in PDF format to Michael Rosenthal. Attendance is free and all are welcome. Please note that no financial assistance can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation. Details on the program and accommodations will be available in early January.
Website.
Contact: Michael Rosenthal.


March 7, 2018
OZSW Study Group in Early Modern Philosophy
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen
Oude Boteringestraat 52, room Beta
Groningen, The Netherlands
    13:30-14:30  Han van Ruler: “Descartes and the Philosophers: the Narrow and the Broad Descartes”
    14:45-15:45  Laura Georgescu: “On Divisibility and the Individuation of Bodies"
    16:00-17:00  Alexandra Chadwick: “Hobbes on reason and reality”
    17:15-18:15  Tzuchien Tho: “Leibniz’s a priori demonstration of vis viva and the structural foundations of physics”
Contact: Doina Rusu.


March 9-10 2018
Keele Jean-Jacques Rousseau Lecture/Conference
Conference Room, Claus Moser Research Centre
Keele University
Keele, UK
Friday, 9 March
    Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen): J.J. Rousseau Annual Lecture. Lecture preceded by wine reception starting at 5pm in the Claus Moser Foyer.
Saturday, 10 March
J.-J. Rousseau Annual Conference, 9:30am - 5:30pm, Conference Room, Claus Moser Research Centre. Speakers:
    Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen)
    Alyssa Bernstein (Ohio)
    Mark Timmons (Arizona)
    Jens Timmermann (St Andrews)
    Sorin Baiasu (Keele)
Papers will discuss several of Pauline Kleingeld's recent texts on the Catergorical Imperative. CALL FOR COMMENTATORS AND CHAIRPERSONS: If you would like to act as commentator for the papers given by Professors Bernstein, Timmons, Timmermann or Baiasu or would like to chair any of the sessions, please contact Sorin Baiasu. Some funding will be available for commentators and chairpersons.


March 9-11, 2018
The Scottish Tradition: Explaining its Rise, Understanding its Legacy
Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy Conference
Princeton Seminary
Princeton, NJ
Friday, March 9, Erdman Conference Center
    10.00-10.15  Gordon Graham (Princeton Theo Sem): Opening Welcome
    10.15-11.45  Panel: “Pre-Enlightenment Scottish Thought”: Anna Becker (Basel); Henrik Lagerlund (Western U); Christian Maurer (Lausanne); Chair Remy Debes, Cooper Conf Rm
    1.15-2.15 Concurrent Sessions I
        Max Skjönsberg (York/London Sch Economics): "Why Did Adam Ferguson Write a History of the Roman Republic?"; Cooper Conf Rm
        Justin Nong (Edinburgh): "Hume’s Two Versions of True Religion"; Clarke Lounge
        Giovanni Gellera (Lausanne): "On the 17th century Intellectual Roots of 18th century Scottish Philosophy"; Art Studio
        Richard Fry (Southern Illinois Edwardsville): "Smith and Hume on Animal Minds"; Adams House Living Rm
    2.30-3.30 Concurrent Sessions II
        Lauren Kopajtic (Columbia): "On the Authority of Adam Smith’s Impartial Spectator"; Cooper Conf Rm
        Jeffrey Bell (Southeastern Louisiana): "Creative Cultures and Coordination Problems"; Clarke Lounge
        Jeff Edwards (Stony Brook): "Scottish Philosophy and a European Tour"; Art Studio
    3.45-5.00  Rebecca Copenhaver (Lewis & Clark): "Direct Realism and Acquaintance in Reid"; Chair Gordon Graham, Cooper Conf Rm
Saturday, March 10
    8.00-8.45  Continental Breakfast, Mackay Campus Center
    9:00-9.45 Concurrent Sessions IIIa
        Deborah Boyle (Coll Charleston): "Mary Shepherd on Intuitive Beliefs"; Cooper Conf Rm
        Jane Slinn (Cambridge): "The Age of Opinion: A Reconsideration of David Hume’s Aesthetics"; Chair James Foster (Sioux Falls); Clarke Lounge
        Duane Clark (U Hawaii Maui): "Towards a Legacy of the Scottish Tradition: The Democratic Intellect in America"; Art Studio
    9:45-10.30 Concurrent Sessions IIIB
        Chris Shrock (Ohio Valley): "Reid and the Improvement of Knowledge"; Cooper Conf Rm
        Rui Romao (U Porto): "The Beauty of Analysis: Paradoxical Issues in Hutcheson’s Aesthetics"; Chair James Foster (Sioux Falls); Clarke Lounge
        David Peters (Glasgow): "Re-examining Reid’s Legacy and the Problem of its Significance in American Jurisprudence"; Art Studio
    10.45-12.00  Silvia Sebastiani (Inst Adv Studies/EHESS): "The Metaphysics of Matter: The Scientific Tools of Scottish Realism in Three Metaphors, c. 1789"; Chair James Harris; Cooper Conf Rm
    1.30-2.30 Concurrent Sessions IV, Seminary Library
        Spyridon Tegos (Crete): "Satire and (In)Civility in the Scottish Tradition"; Rm 0060
        Tim Stuart-Buttle (York): "The Ties that Bind: Rethinking Robert Wallace"; Rm 1060
        Esther Kroeker (Antwerp): "Hume’s second Enquiry in its Religious Context"; Rm 2060
        Eugene Heath (SUNY New Paltz): "Butler and Smith on Self-Love"; Rm 3060
    2.45-3.45 Concurrent Sessions V, Seminary Library
        Mark Collier (Minnesota, Morris): "Hume and Moral Disgust"; Rm 0060
        Michael Plato (Colorado Christian U): "Archibald Alexander and Scottish Common Sense at Princeton Seminary"; Rm 1060
        Dejan Simkovic (Notre Dame, Australia): "Is Monotheism an Option for Epistemologically Virtuous Humean Agents?" Rm 2060
        Mark Boespflug (Colorado, Boulder): "The Legacy of Common Sense in the Analytic Tradition"; Rm 3060
    4.00-5.30  Symposium: “The Scottish Philosophical Tradition”: Remy Debes (Memphis), Ryan Hanley (Marquette), James Harris (St Andrews); response by Gordon Graham (PTS); Chair James Foster (Sioux Falls)
    6.15  Reception and Conference Banquet, Mackay Main Lounge; presentation by James Foster (Sioux Falls) on the new Institute for the Study of Scottish Philosophy
Sunday, March 11
    8.00-8.30  Continental Breakfast, Erdman Conference Center
    9.30-10.30 Concurrent Sessions VI
        Michelle Schwarze (Wisconsin, Madison): "Hume and Smith on the Nature of Belief"; Cooper Conf Rm
        Nir Ben-Moshe (Illinois, Urbana Champaign): "The Legacy of Hume’s and Smith’s Moral Points of View"; Art Studio
    10.45-12.00  Plenary: Jennifer Keefe (Wisconsin, Parkside): TBA; Chair Gordon Graham (PTS); Cooper Conf Rm
Online Registration Now Open (will close on March 1)
Registation.
Contacts: James A. Harris and Remy Debes.
Website.


March 10, 2018
Nouvelles recherches sur le cartésianisme et la philosophie moderne: Condillac
Interventions de Jean-Christophe Bardout (Rennes 1), André Charrak (Paris 1), Anik Waldow (Sydney). Réponses de Jean-Claude Pariente (Clermont-Ferrand) et Martine Pécharman (CNRS) et des contributeurs du numéro. Modérateur: Denis Kambouchner (Paris 1).
9h30 à 13h00, ENS, 45 rue d’Ulm, salle Cavaillès
Paris, France
Contact: Martine Pécharman.


March 13-15, 2018
Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science: “Mathematical mixtures”: disciplines, epistemic genres and systems of practices in the (early) modern world
Bucharest, Romania
Invited speakers: Arianna Borrelli (Technical U Berlin), Hasok Chang ( Cambridge), David Marshall Miller (Iowa), Cesare Pastorino (Technical U Berlin), Friedrich Steinle (Technical U Berlin)
    The Colloquium will focus on the interplay between quantification, practice(s) and the emergence of new epistemic genres in the early modern period (broadly conceived). We are especially interested in the several ways in which debates on epistemic genres and disciplinary boundaries contributed to the shaping of new “forms of mathematization” from the 16th century to the 18th century (and beyond). One of our aims with this colloquium is to bring together scholars coming from different disciplines, thus cutting across the established divisions and traditional temporal delimitations. We invite papers coming from history of science, history of philosophy, philosophy of scientific practices, STS, &HPS etc., dealing with case studies coming from the 16th to the 18th century. We hope that methodological tolerance and historical diversity can improve our understanding of the wide diversity of “mathematical mixtures” which were so essential for the emergence of the modern sciences.
    To submit a proposal, please send a 500 word abstract and a short CV to Dana Jalobeanu by December 10; notification of acceptance by December 20. Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science is jointly organized by the Institute for Research in the Humanities, ICUB, and the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, as part of the research project The Emergence of Mathematical Physics in the Context of Experimental Philosophy (PNIII- P4-ID- PCE 2016-0228, 2017-2019). The Bucharest Colloquium is followed by the Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy (March 16-17); participants to the Colloquium are warmly invited to join the Graduate Conference as well.
Contact: Dana Jalobeanu.


March 15-16, 2018
Workshop: Recasting the Treatise
Budapest, Hungary
We are organizing a series of workshops with the title "Recasting the Treatise," focusing on the contrasts and differences between Hume's Treatise and his later philosophical works that descended from it. We are planning to hold three workshops, the eventual outcome of which is planned to be a collection of papers to be published by a suitable publisher. The locations, timings, and rough boundaries are as follows:
    •  First workshop, to be held in Budapest on the 15th-16th March 2018, will focus on topics from Treatise Book 1, the first Enquiry, and relevant essays.
    •  Second workshop, provisionally planned to be held in Oxford in September 2018, will be devoted to Treatise Book 2, the Four Dissertations of 1757 (notably the Dissertation on the Passions), and relevant essays.
    •  Third workshop, provisionally planned to be held in Budapest in the spring of 2019, will be focused on Treatise Book 3, the second Enquiry, and relevant essays.
This structure is not intended to be rigid, and proposals that draw connections between the various themes will also be welcome. Efforts will be made to provide financial support for accommodation and travel for those whose abstracts are accepted, but are unable to cover their costs.
    Organizers: Tamas Demeter (Budapest) and Peter Millican (Oxford). Invited participants include: Kate Abramson, Miren Boehm, Don Garrett, Lorenzo Greco, James Harris, Jennifer Marusic, Amyas Merivale, Dan O’Brien, Hsueh Qu, Jacqueline Taylor. At this stage we are inviting extended abstracts of about 1,000 words for the first workshop. The deadline for submission is 7th January 2018.
Website.
Contact: Tamas Demeter.


March 22, 2018
London Spinoza Circle
Alexander Douglas (St Andrews): TBA
Birkbeck College, Dept of Politics, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Paul Hirst Room, 10 Gower Street, London
Contacts: Clare Carlisle or John Heyderman.


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 31, 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 31, 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.


April 12-14, 2018
British Society for the History of Philosophy 2018: Habit in the History of Philosophy
University of Durham
Durham, UK
Keynote Speakers:
    Clare Carlisle (KCL)
    Sara Heinämaa (Jyväskylä)
    Karen Margrethe Nielsen (Oxford)
    Mark Wrathall (Oxford)
    John Sellars (Royal Holloway)
    Mark Sinclair (Roehampton)
Throughout the history of the discipline, philosophers have turned to habits in order to understand a very broad range of issues including, to name a few, education and ethics (the inculcation of the right habits for living well); psychology and the philosophy of mind (how habits of mind enable us to cognize the world as regular and ordered and to ascribe meaning to the world); epistemology (the role of mental habits in belief); the philosophy of action (are we responsible for actions that occur due to habitual processes?); and even in the philosophy of biology (what role do habitual or epigenetic processes play in heredity?). We invite scholars to submit symposium and individual paper proposals on topics related to habit from any period of the history of philosophy. We would like to include a broad spectrum of views on habit, and welcome papers on philosophers and/or areas of philosophy not traditionally represented.
    If the author wishes, revised versions of accepted papers will be considered for inclusion in the volume Habit and the History of Philosophy to be published by Routledge. Proposal submission Deadline: December 31st 2017. Decision by January 31st 2018. Submissions should be sent as an email attachment (in Word) to: Jeremy Dunham.
Proposals for symposia should include:
     - Title of symposium
     - Symposium summary statement (maximum 500 words)
     - Titles and abstracts of papers (maximum 500 words for each paper)
     - Address of each participant, including e-mail, phone, and institution
     - Name and email of symposium organizer, who will serve as contact person
Proposals for papers should include:
     - name and address and email of the participant
     - title and abstract of the paper (maximum 500 words)
Website.
Contacts: Jeremy Dunham (Durham) and Komarine Romdenh-Romluc (Sheffield)


April 13-14, 2018
History of Philosophy Society: Forms of Reason
St. Mary's University
Department of Philosophy
1 Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX
Keynote Speakers: Anne-Marie Schultz (Baylor) and Rocio Zambrana (Oregon)
    Reason has gone by many names (λóγος, ratio, raison, Vernunft, etc.) and has appeared in a variety of forms in the history of philosophy. Reason has been the determining ground of existence; the intelligibility of the world; the specific difference between humans and other animals; the ruling part of the soul; a cognitive faculty; an instrument of legitimation; and has played many other roles as well. The 4th annual meeting of the History of Philosophy Society will explore these roles by surveying the forms in which reason has appeared in the history of philosophy and the way its forms have been contested.
    Typically, HOPS submissions focus on a single author from a single period in the history of philosophy prior to the 20th century, but essays treating multiple authors will be considered. Submissions should be prepared for anonymous review with the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information on a separate title page. Papers should be no more than 40 minutes reading length. Please send submissions as an email attachment to historyofphilosophysociety@gmail.com no later than January 15, 2018.
Website.
Contact: Colin McQuillan.


April 13-14, 2018
The Principle of Sufficient Reason: Then and Now
Department of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University
515 W Hastings St, Vancouver
Canada
Speakers:
    Michael Della Rocca (Yale); commentator Eric Watkins (UC San Diego)
    Erica Shumener (Pittsburgh); commentator Kelly Trogdon (Virgian Tech)
    Sam Newlands (Notre Dame); commentator Dai Heide (Simanon Fraser)
    Kristin Primus (UC Berkeley); commentator Julia Borcherding (NYU)
    Agustin Rayo (MIT); commentator Tom Donaldson (Simon Fraser)
    Sara Bernstein (Notre Dame); commentator Holly Anderson (Simon Fraser)
    Martin Glazier (U Nac Auto Mexico); commentator Michael Raven (Victoria)
    Fatema Amijee (Simon Fraser); commentator Jack Spencer (MIT)
Website.
Contact: Fatima Amijee.


April 20-21, 2018
Early Modern--Saint Louis
Downtown St. Louis, MO
    Submissions are welcome on any aspect of Modern philosophy, roughly understood as the period from Montaigne through Mill.Submissions on British philosophy after Hume are particularly encouraged. Keynote presentation by Annemarie Butler (Iowa State University), "Locke and Hume on the Demonstrability of God's Existence." Panel on teaching Early Modern philosophy led by Julie Walsh (Wellesley College). Please submit anonymized, 300-500 word abstracts prepared for blind review through Easychair. Papers should ultimately be suitable for a 25 minute presentation, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. Deadline for submissions: January 25, 2018. Notifications of acceptance: February 18.
Contacts: Richard Fry and Krista Rodkey.
Website.


April 30-May 4, 2018
Master Class on the Philosophy of Hasdai Crescas
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
In this class, we shall read together texts from The Light of the Lord (Hebrew: Or Adonai), the anti-Aristotelian book by the famed Catalan Jewish philosopher, Rabbi Hasdai Crescas (c. 1340-1410/11). The Light was completed in Saragossa in 1410 and first printed in Ferrara in 1555. Topics discussed will include space, time, the vacuum, infinity, many worlds, determinism and choice, and the knowledge and love of God. Attention will be given to Crescas' relation to earlier medieval philosophers, such as Maimonides, Averroes, and Gersonides, and to later medieval and modern philosophers, including Spinoza. Crescas' theories will also be analyzed with regard to other representatives of the revolutionary "new physics" in 14th-century Europe, particularly Nicole Oresme. Knowledge of Hebrew is not mandatory. The class’ instructor, Warren Zev Harvey (Hebrew U Jerusalem, emeritus) is the leading world scholar of medieval Jewish Philosophy. Professor Harvey has been preparing a critical edition of Crescas’ main work, the Light of the Lord, for almost 40 years, and he has also translated into English significant parts of the book. The class will meet for five days (4 hours daily). A small number of grants will be available to cover lodging. For further information and to reserve a spot in the workshop, please contact Yitzhak Melamed.


May 4-5, 2018
Eastern Study Group of the North American Kant Society
Columbia University
New York, NY
Keynote speakers: Stephen Engstrom (Pittsburgh) and Paul Guyer (Brown)
Papers already read or accepted at other NAKS study groups or meetings may not be submitted. Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing. Submissions of detailed abstracts (1,000 words) or papers (no more than 5,000 words, including notes and references) should be prepared for blind review as PDF files and sent to Kate Moran no later than January 15, 2018. Please include a word count at the end of your abstract or paper. Please supply contact information in a separate file. If you are a graduate student, please indicate this in your contact information.
    The selection committee welcomes contributions on all topics of Kantian scholarship (contemporary or historically oriented), including discussions of Kant’s immediate predecessors and successors. Reading time is limited to 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of discussion. The best graduate student paper will receive a $200 stipend and be eligible for the Markus Herz Prize. Women, minorities, and graduate students are encouraged to submit.
    Papers already read or accepted at other NAKS study groups or meetings may not be submitted. Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing. Papers will be posted in the “members only” section of the NAKS website and circulated in advance among participants, who are expected to have read them at the time of the conference. ENAKS receives support from NAKS and host universities. Earlier programs are available on our website.
Contact: Kate Moran.


May 7-8, 2018
George Berkeley Conference
National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)
Mexico City
Keynote speakers: Stephen H. Daniel (Texas A&M), Samuel C. Rickless (UC San Diego), Tom Stoneham (York)
    We invite you to submit a proposal on Berkeley’s immaterialism focusing on epistemological, metaphysical, and ontological issues, as well as on aspects related to philosophy of mind, philosophy of mathematics, and philosophy of religion. Please send an abstract of no more than 400 words in PDF format to Alberto Luis López by 10 February 2018. Prepare submissions for blind review. Abstracts should not contain identifying information. Personal information (author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information) it must be sent on a separate file but in the same email. Proposals accepted will have a maximum reading time of 25 minutes.
Contact: Alberto Luis López.


May 12, 2018
Nouvelles recherches sur le cartésianisme et la philosophie moderne: Spinoza on Mind
Interventions de Daniel Garber (Princeton/IEA Paris), Denis Kambouchner (Paris 1), Olli Koistinen (Turku), Pierre-François Moreau (ENS Lyon). Réponses d’Ursula Renz (Klagenfurt). Modérateur: Mogens Lærke (ENS Lyons)
9h30 à 13h00, ENS, ENS de Lyon, 15 parvis René Descartes
Lyon, France
Contact: Martine Pécharman.


May 24-25, 2018
Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, Scotland
Keynote speakers: Martin Lenz (Groningen); Felicity Green (Edinburgh)
    The SSEMP IX is the 9th edition of a yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working in the field of Early Modern Philosophy. The aim is to foster scholarly exchange among the different generations of academics in the UK and to strengthen international collaboration. We welcome abstracts on any topic in pre-Kantian early modern philosophy (broadly defined, ranging from late Renaissance philosophy to the Enlightenment.) We particularly encourage proposals that consider early modern philosophy in relation to other related disciplines, such as theology, intellectual history and/or the history of science. Presentations should be in English and approximately 30-35 minutes in reading length. We make an effort to assure a reasonable gender balance.
    Abstracts for the regular program (approx. 300 words, abstract and contact information in a single pdf or word file) should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke. Graduate students submitting to the regular program should include contact information for one referee (typically the supervisor). Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2018. Due to very high numbers of submissions we can no longer undertake to respond individually to all of them. Applicants who have not been contacted within one month by 15 February should consider their submission declined.
    The SSEMP awards a Graduate Student Essay Prize which this year, like in previous years, is funded by the British Society for the History of Philosophy. The prize includes an invitation to present the essay at the SSEMP and a bursary of £200 towards travel and accommodation. The bursary cannot be used for any other purpose. Submissions to the essay competition should include: (1) Name, affiliation, name and email of supervisor, and personal contact information; (2) the complete essay (max. 6000 words, including notes). Everything should be gathered in a single pdf or word file. Deadline for submissions is 15 January 2018. They should be sent to Mogens Lærke. Those who wish to submit a proposal both as a complete text for the essay competition and as a short abstract for the regular program are free to do so.
    Please note that the SSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation for speakers. For further information about the SSEMP, see https://ssemp.wordpress.com/.
Contact: Mogens Lærke.


May 28-29, 2018
Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Central European University, Budapest
In a joint effort by philosophers in Finland and Hungary, the Seminar was founded to promote international cooperation among scholars of seventeenth and eighteenth-century philosophy. We invite prospective participants to send an abstract of about 500 words on any topic in early modern philosophy to Mike Griffin at fhsemp2018@gmail.com by 15 March 2018. Completed papers should aim at a reading time of 40 minutes or less. Please note that FHSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation.
    For more information, go to fhsemp.wordpress.com. Organizing and program committee: Mike Griffin (CEU), Vili Lähteenmäki (Helsinki), Judit Szalai (ELTE), and Valtteri Viljanen (Turku).
Contact: Vili Lähteenmäki.


May 30-31, 2018
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands
Invited speakers: Christia Mercer (Columbia) and Karin de Boer (KU Leuven)
The Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy brings together advanced students and established scholars to discuss the latest work in early modern philosophy, broadly conceived. Built on the success of the previous 2014–2017 editions, which gathered philosophers from all over the world, the Seminar offers workshop-style collaborations to stimulate scholarly exchange. The language of presentation and discussion is English. We welcome abstracts for talks on any topic related to early modern philosophy, broadly understood (roughly the period 1500–1800 CE). We are especially interested in presentations that discuss philosophical issues or works that have received less sustained scholarly attention, including, but not limited to: non canonical authors and traditions, anonymous texts, methodological reflections on doing Early Modern philosophy.
    Please submit abstracts (400 words max.) suitable for anonymous review in PDF to our EasyChair page. Deadline: 15 January 2018. Decisions will follow by early March. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed. We will send reviewers’ reports with useful feedback on abstracts to all who wish to receive this. Attendance is free and all are welcome, especially students. No financial assistance can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.
Website.
Contacts: Chris Meyns and Andrea Sangiacomo.


May 31-June 1, 2018
Leuven Kant Conference
University of Leuven
Schapenstraat 34
Leuven, Belgium
    The Institute of Philosophy of the University of Leuven invites submissions for the yearly Leuven Kant Conference. Papers are welcome on any aspect of Kant’s philosophy. The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, young researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion. Abstracts (no more than 500 words) should be sent in word format no later than January 14, 2018, as an attachment, to leuvenkantconference@kuleuven.be. Abstracts, including the title, should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the email. Notification of acceptance by February 10, 2018.
    Keynote speakers: Mario Caimi (Buenos Aires), Alix Cohen (Edinburgh), Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern)
Website.
Contact: Karin de Boer.


June 1, 2018
Nouvelles recherches sur le cartésianisme et la philosophie moderne: Descartes' Metaphysics
Interventions de Igor Agostini (Lecce), Tamás Pavlovits (Szeged), Bruno Pinchard (Lyon 3). Réponses de Dan Arbib (ENS). Modérateur: Jean-Pascal Anfray.
14h00 à 17h30, U Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Paris, France
Contact: Martine Pécharman.


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 4-5, 2018
Substance in Earrly Modern Scholasticism
University of Groningen
Room Gamma
Groningen, Netherlands
Confirmed speakers: Sydney Penner (Asbury U), Dominik Perler (Humboldt), Marleen Rozemond (Toronto), Tad Schmaltz (Michigan)
Recent scholarship on Francisco Suárez and others has shown that the study of early modern scholasticism is illuminating vis-à-vis the philosophical background of “canonical” early modern philosophy as well as being philosophically rewarding in its own right. As is well known, disagreements about substance figure centrally in early modern thought. To come to a better understanding of early modern scholasticism, an important but neglected movement in the history of philosophy, we invite abstracts on the theme of substance in early modern scholasticism (roughly 1500-1750). The aim of the conference is to investigate the extent to which early modern scholastics departed from or developed Aristotelian conceptions of substance, to learn more about the philosophical problems associated with Aristotelian conceptions, and to uncover ways in which early modern scholastics might have influenced, directly or otherwise, “canonical” philosophers such as Descartes, Leibniz, and Locke. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:
    •  The analysis of substance, accidents, and modes; Matter; Substantial and accidental form; Unity; The Origin of forms and preformation; Extension and Quanity; Individuation; The soul and its faculties
    •  Target philosophers (but not limited to the following), possibly in relation to other ancient, medieval, or early modern philosophers: Domingo de Soto, John Capreolus, Pedro da Fonseca, Luis de Molina, The Conimbricenses, Francisco Suárez, Gabriel Vázquez, Bartolomeo Mastri and Bonaventura Belluto, John Punch, Pedro Hurtado de Mendoza, Rodrigo de Arriaga, Sebastián Izquierdo, Francisco de Oviedo, Juan Caramuel Y Lobkowitz
    Please submit blinded abstracts of reasonable length to Brian Embry by February 1, 2018 with ‘CFP’ in the subject line. Final drafts should have a talk time of around 45 minutes.


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.
Website.
Contact: Maria Semi.


June 13-16, 2018
Conference: Berkeley in Context
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Newport, RI
We invite scholars to build up a picture of George Berkeley in his historical context by investigating his relation to other philosophers, including (but not limited to) Descartes, Astell, Malebranche, Shepherd, Locke, Hobbes, Collier, Shaftsbury, Johnson, and Newton. How were Berkeley’s positions influenced by his contemporaries? How did later thinkers use Berkeley’s philosophy to advance their own views? Consideration of any aspect of Berkeley’s philosophy--from metaphysics and moral philosophy to natural and social science--are welcome. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words by 1 December 2017 to one of the conference organizers below.
Contacts: Bertil Belfrage, Keota Fields, or Nancy Kendrick.


June 14-15, 2018
Berlin-Hamburg Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy
Humboldt University Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Keynote speakers: Martin Lin (Rutgers), Catherine Wilson (York/CUNY).
We invite abstracts of no more than 350 words on any topic in early modern philosophy (construed, roughly, as the period from Montaigne to Reid) for a newly established workshop co-organized by the philosophy departments of Humboldt University Berlin and Hamburg University (HU-UHH). The workshop aims to bring together established scholars, junior faculty, and advanced graduate students. The language of presentation and discussion is English. The reading time of the final papers should be 35-40 minutes, followed by 30-35 minutes of discussion. Deadline for abstract submissions is February 1, 2018; decisions will be made by March 15, 2018. Please submit documents in PDF format to hu.uhh.earlymodern@gmail.com. The abstract should be prepared for blind review (please provide your name, contact details, and institutional affiliation in a separate document). We will be able to provide some financial assistance to support travel expenses and accommodation (up to approximately 300 EUR). Details of the program will be available in April. Attendance is free and all are welcome. Any questions may be directed to hu.uhh.earlymodern@gmail.com.
Contacts: Sebastien Bender and Ariane Schneck.


June 25-29, 2018
Intensive Seminar on Teaching New Narratives in Early Modern Philosophy
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
    In this intensive weeklong seminar, we will work through a range of primary source materials by non-canonical authors, both women and men, to be included in a new teaching anthology (edited by Shapiro and Lascano) with an eye to interpreting texts, identifying philosophical themes within those texts, and devising creative ways to incorporate those texts into courses that can serve a range of purposes within the philosophical curriculum. A familiarity with the standard early modern canon will be presupposed.
The intensive seminar responds to at least two issues facing the teaching of early modern philosophy. First, the familiar canon of seven philosophers (Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant) has become a bit ossified. While the integration of the history of science has helped to revitalize and introduce some new figures into early modern philosophy, it has not helped us address a second issue: the need to do a better job of incorporating women philosophers into the history of philosophy, and in particular into the history of early modern philosophy. To address these issues, and especially the second one, it helps to attend to an array of lesser known, yet still quite influential, philosophers of the period, both men and women.
    Over the past several years, interest in European women philosophers of the early modern period has intensified rapidly. Yet while there is a lot of interest, there are also many challenges. For one, it is often challenging to delve into texts with which one is unfamiliar without a body of philosophical secondary literature to serve as a guide. Equally, women of the period often write in an array of genres, further complicating the interpretive work. Furthermore, even if one has found one's way with these texts, women philosophers often take familiar themes in unfamiliar directions, and it can be a challenge to rethink the standard early modern philosophy course so as to include women thinkers as philosophers in their own right. Looking in detail not only at women thinkers but also at a range of non-canonical men is helpful because the themes that often engaged women thinkers were of interest not only to other (male) non-canonical philosophers as well, but also to the more familiar canonical figures. In addition, it is worth noting that most of the philosophers of the period wrote in a variety of genres, not just the women.
    Directors: Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser U) and Marcy Lascano (Cal St Long Beach). Marguerite Deslauriers (McGill) will provide additional instructional support. Application deadline: Feb. 1, 2018. Applications should be sent to new_ narratives@sfu.ca" and include the following:
    Current CV
    Contact information for two references
    Letter of application (preferably 2-3 pages, and no longer than 4 pages) explaining your own background and research interests, your interest in the seminar, and your prior teaching experience and approaches to teaching early modern philosophy
Eligibility Criteria: We invite applications from philosophers at various stages of their career from advanced ABD PhD candidates to mid-career faculty. We expect that the majority of selected participants will have prior experience teaching a course in early modern philosophy. Thus, while not required, such experience is desirable. Stipend: Individuals selected to participate in this intensive seminar will receive shared housing (a private room in a townhouse, with linens provided and a shared modestly equipped kitchen) at Simon Fraser University from 24-30 June, as well as reimbursement for other expenses up to approximately CAD 1700, consistent with SFU policy (to include economy class airfare, transportation to/from airports and a per diem at the official rate). Notification Date: March 1, 2018. We expect to be able to accept up to 16 applicants for this intensive seminar. Accept or decline Offer by March 8, 2018.
Website.
Contact: Haley Brennan (Simon Fraser U).


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


July 9-12, 2018
History of Philosophy of Science 2018
Groningnen, The Netherlands
Keynote speakers: Karen Detlefsen (U Penn) and Martin Kusch (Vienna)
The conference language is English.
Website.
Contact: Marcus Adams.


July 11-14, 2018
Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Like similar seminars in other parts of the world, the Atlantic Canada Seminar is an informal group, formed to foster interaction among scholars of seventeenth and eighteenth century philosophy. Papers on any subject in early modern philosophy (roughly, the period from Montaigne up to Kant) are welcome. Reading times are approximately 50 minutes with 30 minutes for discussion. There are no concurrent sessions. A few speakers are invited, though most will be vetted through a selection process that includes external refereeing. Reports will usually be available to authors. We make space for some graduate students. (If you are a graduate student, please indicate.) Non-presenters are also welcome to attend and will be included in all our activities and listed on the program. No funding is provided (this also applies to invited speakers) but breakfasts, lunches and snacks are provided, and inexpensive accommodations in university-residence housing is available, in addition to a variety of hotel accommodations in the vicinity of the conference.
    The final day of the seminar is for sightseeing. Halifax is a beautiful port city, and July-August is temperate with generally fair weather. For more information on Halifax, visit Destination Halifax. The deadline for submitting abstracts (of approximately 750 words) is 1 March 2018. We will try to have the program available by May 1 2018. Information on accommodations and travel will be available at that time.
Contact: Tom Vinci.


July 16-18, 2018
John Locke Workshop
Mansfield College
Oxford University
Oxford, UK
Speakers: Lisa Downing (Ohio State) and Edwin McCann (Southern California)
The aim of the first official workshop of the John Locke Society is to foster interactions among Locke scholars from different disciplines and encourage the development of new scholarship on Locke’s works. Abstracts (of no more than 750 words) on any topic pertaining to Locke are due by November 15, 2017 and can be sent to Antonia LoLordo. Final papers should be no longer than 5000 words. The full program will be made available in January 2018. Further information regarding the workshop, accommodation options, and other practical matters will be available at that time.
Contact: Jessica Gordon-Roth.


July 23-27, 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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August 22-25, 2018
European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference
University of Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany
The proposal for a section on “Kant on Political Change: Global Challenges” submitted by the Kantian Political Thought Standing Group (convenors: Howard Williams and Sorin Baiasu) was accepted and the section was provisionally allocated 8 panels. We invite paper and panel proposals on the theme of the Section and on the various topics suggested for the Panels. The deadline for the submission of paper and panel proposals is 15 February 2018. Paper proposals (title, a 500-word abstract and 3-8 keywords) can be submitted here. Panel proposals (title, 3-8 keywords, 500-word abstract and 4-5 paper proposals) can be submitted here. Please note: To submit a paper or panel proposal, you need to be a member of the ECPR. Joining is free and easy: complete the online form here and click "Submit." Also: once a member, please join the Kantian Standing Group: again, it is free and easy: after you login, click on MyECPR (top right) and select 'My Groups'; click on the 'Renew Membership' button corresponding to the Kantian Standing Group.
    Section Abstract: Change plays a significant role in Kant’s thinking, particularly in his political writings. Written in a context in which important political and, more generally, social changes took place, Kant’s work approaches the issue of political change both directly (for instance, by advocating reform and rejecting revolution or by examining the process of historical change) and indirectly (e.g., by considerations on the relation between theory and practice in politics, or on peace and conflict). What critics usually point to is not the lack of an account of change in Kant’s thought, but the lack of significance that change seems to be given from the perspective of Kant’s account of the a priori, necessary and unchangeable structures through which he thinks we are in interaction with the world. These structures appear as unchanging, since they are conditions which make possible for us the perception of change and, more generally, the experience of the world.
    We organised a very successful Section on “Kant on Political Change” for the 2017 ECPR General Conference in Oslo. The Section attracted considerable interest and included 10 Panels. These examined some of the difficulties which seemed to follow from Kant’s view of change. For instance, Kant’s account of the a priori structures of interaction with the world or, in short, his account of pure reason (whether theoretical or practical, moral-political) seems in contradiction with his attempt to discuss the “The History of Pure Reason”; if pure reason consists of a priori structures which make possible our cognition of the world and of its natural and moral laws, then there can be no history of pure reason. Moreover, in his account of political revolution, Kant acknowledges it as a historical phenomenon, but dismisses it as not legitimate from a normative point of view. As a radical change in a society, a revolution is a focal point for a discussion of political change and, yet, Kant seems to reject it not only as unable to achieve what it sets out to do, but also as clearly detrimental to that aim. Furthermore, Kant’s account of the transition from the state of nature to a juridical condition acknowledges the provisional character of rights in the state of nature, but also enjoins us to leave the state of nature and move towards a juridical condition. And, yet, the provisional character of many of our rights can be easily observed as an enduring feature of our social and political existence. What is more, Kant’s comments on cosmopolitanism and the closed commercial state indicate that a similar tension can be found at work in Kant’s discussion of the relations between states. More generally perhaps, Kant offers priority to ideal theory and then seems to find it difficult to account for the clear significance of non-ideal theorising. As a result, in many instances in the literature, the debate between ideal and non-ideal theory has worked with a shared assumption that Kant’s and other Kantian theories are idealised and focus on the necessity of the laws they consider, to the detriment of the contingent, and non-ideal circumstances in which we actually live our lives. (* The current debate between ideal and non-ideal theory has its origins in the work of Rawls, who draws the distinction in A Theory of Justice (1971); a particularly strong emphasis in the debate is on contingency and the way in which Kant’s account fails to consider seriously the particularity, provisionality and circumstantial nature of our situations and condition. For recent discussions as part of this debate, see papers by Sorin Baiasu, John Horton, Rainer Forst, Peter Jones, Susan Mendus, Glen Newey and Albert Weale (2016).
    The overall aim of the 2017 section, which was precisely to demonstrate, against some of the objections mentioned above, the significance of political change in Kant’s corpus, was fully achieved. For the 2018 General Conference in Hamburg we would like to make a step forward and examine the way in which Kant’s account of political change and in particular of the standards of political change is mobilised in his work in order to deal with some of today’s global challenges. We anticipate each Panel will focus on one such global challenge. Topics may include: ethics and cosmopolitanism; environment and duties regarding nature; democratisation; welfare and the gap between rich and poor; education and learning; peace and conflict; the status of women; science and technology. Several Kantians have already expressed interest in organising Panels: Sorin Baiasu (Keele, UK), Avery Goldman (De Paul, USA), Christoph Hanisch (Ohio, USA), Jakub Szczepanski (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland), Alice Pinheiro Walla (Bayreuth, Germany), Howard Williams (Cardiff, UK), Rafal Wonicki (Warsaw University, Poland).
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Contact: Sorin Baiasu.


September 27-30, 2018
Vocalising the Ineffable: Language and Creativity in Nicholas of Cusa
Hildesheim, Germany
    Thinking language with Nicholas of Cusa means being confronted with a tension: On the one hand, constantly addressing the limitations of language, he holds that more than just the absolute is ineffable. On the other hand, language is the mode of human articulation and communication-- despite its limitations, humans need to employ language if they want to communicate with other humans. According to Cusanus, humans deal with this situation creatively: in their attempts of approaching the ineffable by means of language, they employ creativity. For Cusanus, language is thus an object of investigation, an epistemological instrument of approaching God, the world, and humans, an interface of human interaction accessible through the senses, in short: a multi-faceted core area of human activity and creativity. This has consequences for research on Cusanus. Questions concerning language in a narrower sense and epistemological questions in a broader sense, questions regarding the approximation to god, questions regarding the structure and composition of texts, questions targeting the function of metaphors and images—satisfying answers to all these questions are barely possible without considering Cusanus’ notion of language. For that reason, we offer a roof for research on Cusanus from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines.
     We want to give room to experiment not only regarding the content, but also regarding the form of contributions. “Conventional” talks followed by a discussion, panel or group discussions, joint text work, or something entirely different—we leave it up to you to decide about the appropriate form of contribution. Depending on the suggestions received, we will work out the program of the conference and, in case of it being useful, establish contact between contributors before the conference. If you are interested in contributing, please send an abstract (no more than 500 words), the desired format, and a short biography (name, academic status, research project(s)/interests) to: cusanus.scholars@posteo.de. Deadline is December 31, 2017. The conference will be held in English and German. We will try to cover expenditures on traveling and accommodation. However, we cannot give any guarantees in this regard yet. We are looking forward to receiving a thematically and formally wide range of suggestions. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Contacts: Christian Kny, Johanna Hueck.


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