The Early Modern Philosophy Calendar

This website is maintained by Stephen H. Daniel at Texas A&M University as a service to scholars working in the history of early modern philosophy. It brings together information about calls for papers, event schedules, and contacts about presentations, conferences, and seminars dealing with research in late 16th, 17th, and 18th century philosophy.

To have an event listed, send the appropriate information to Steve Daniel ( Events posted on various mailing lists and websites (e.g., philosop, philos, MWSeminar, Facebook Early Modern Philosophy Resources, Montreal EM Roundtable, philevents) are incorporated into this page. If no deadline is listed for calls for papers, that means either that the deadline has passed or presentations were by invitation only.

Announced and Revised Events (recent postings listed first)
Upcoming Submission Deadline Dates

June 23, 2017
Workshop: Ancient Wisdom in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy
On Ancient Wisdom in the Age of the New Science: Histories of Philosophy in England c. 1640–1700 by Dmitri Levitin
Room 101, The Clore Building, Birkbeck College
Oxford, UK
    11.15-11.30  Introduction
    11.30-12.30  Richard Serjeantson (Trinity C Cambridge): "The history of philosophy and the history of science: some implications of Levitin’s Ancient Wisdom"
    1.15-2.15  Jill Kraye (Warburg Institute): "England, the continent and late humanism"
    2.15-3.15  Stephen Gaukroger (Sydney): "Some thoughts on experimental natural philosophy, metaphysics, and history"
    3.45-4.15  Dmitri Levitin (All Souls Oxford): "Replies"
    4.15-4.45  Closing Discussion
Contact: Dmitri Levitin.

June 27-28, 2017
Conference: Benjamin and Leibniz: On Expression
Goldsmiths, University of London
Richard Hoggart Building
London, UK
27 June, RHB 342
    10.15-10.30  Introduction and Welcome
    10.30-11.00  Dennis Johannssen (Brown): ‘Diminution in Leibniz and Benjamin’
    11.00-11.30  Laurynas Adomaitis (SNS Pisa): ‘Cryptographic Expression in Leibniz: Poetic Aspects’
    11.50-12.50  Valerie Debuiche (U d’Aix-Marseille): ‘What is Leibniz’s Expression?’
    14.00-14.30  Audrey Borowski (Oxford): ‘Leibniz and Deleuze on Expression and Paradox’
    14.30-15.00  Javier Toscano (TU-Chemnitz): ‘Violence as expression: Leibnizian sources on Benjamin’s Towards a Critique of Violence’
    15.30-17.00  Peter Fenves (Northwestern U): ‘Benjamin with Leibniz’
28 June, RHB 142
    10.30-11.00  Josh Alvizu (Washington & Lee U/Hollins U): ‘Montage Monadology: Leibniz, Benjamin, Modernity’
    11.00-11.30  Noa Levin (CRMEP, Kingston U): ‘Deviations and Continuity in Walter Benjamin’s Construction of History’
    11.50-12.40  Paula Schwebel (Ryerson): ‘Expressionist Anti-Kantianism: Experience as Language’
    12.50-13.40  Lucie Kim-Chi Mercier (CRMEP, Kingston U): ‘The Point of Indifference: Benjamin, Leibniz and (Anti-)Method’
    15.00-16.30  Workshop: Expression and Style in Leibniz and Benjamin, led by Christopher Law (Goldsmiths); Texts Under Discussion
    16.30-17.00  Conclusions and Final Remarks
Contact: Noa Levin

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.
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)
Contact: Orsan Oyman.

July 17-21, 2017
International Hume Society Conference
Providence, RI
Monday, July 17
    12:00-1:30  Hume and Berkeley (IBES 130)
        12:00-12:30  Lorne Falkenstein (Western)
        12:30-1:00  Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers)
        1:00-1:30  Becko Copenhaver (Lewis and Clark)
    Parallel Sessions 1-2: 2:00-3:00
        Philip Reed (Canisius C): "Hume on the Rarity of Virtue"; commentator Lorraine Besser-Jones (Middlebury C); chair Robert Miner (Baylor)
        M. Skjonsberg (London Sch Econ/Pol Sci): "Party Systems of Thought"; commentator Marc Hanvelt (Carleton); chair Esha Senchaudhuri (Amer Acad Arts/Sci)
    Parallel Sessions 3-4: 3:30-4:30
        Wilson Underkuffler (South Florida), "Doctrine of Infinite Divisibility"; commentator Stephanie Rocknack (Hartwick C); chair Eric v.d. Luft (Gegensatz Press)
        Katharina Paxman (Brigham Young) and Kristen Blair (student): "Minds of Women"; commentator Julie Walsh (Wellesley); chair Richard Fry (Southern Illinois Edwardsville)
    5:00-6:30  Ken Winkler (Yale): TBD (IBES 130)
Tuesday, July 18
    Parallel Sessions 5-6: 9:00-10:00
        Pedro Faria (Fed U Minas Gerais): "Moral Differences, Language, and Context"; commentator Miriam McCormick (Richmond); chair Max Hayward (Columbia/Bowling Green)
        Jonathan Cottrell (Wayne State): "Copying, Representation, Sympathy: A Puzzle"; commentator David Landy (San Francisco St); chair TBD
    Parallel Sessions 7-8: 10:30-11:30
        Lilli Alanen (Uppsala): "Sympathy"; commentator Alexis Glenn (Brown); chair Anik Waldow
        Kelly Martin (Tulane): "Dialogue with a Skeptic: Hume's Fourth Essay on Happiness"; commentator Abraham Anderson (Sarah Lawrence); chair Dario Perinetti (Quebec, Montreal)
    Parallel Sessions 9-10: 1:30-2:30
        Tom Holden (UC Santa Barbara): "Philo's Divine Attributes"; commentator Emily Kelahan (Illinois Wesleyan); chair James Harris (St. Andrews)
        Juan Samuels Santos Castro (Pont U Javeriana): "Pleasure and Action in Moral Psychology: A Genetic Account"; commentator Spiros Tegos (Crete); chair David Haack (New Sch Soc Res)
    Parallel Sessions 11-12: 3:00-4:00
        Anthony Edwin Pitson (Stirling): "Humanity and the Foundation of Morals"; commentator Jennifer Welchmann (Alberta); chair Rafael Fernandes (St U Campinas)
        Maité C. Tleugabulova (Boston U): "Inseparability of Perception of Succession"; commentator Annemarie Butler (Iowa St); chair Donald Ainslie (Toronto)
    Parallel Book Panels: 4:30-6:00
        BOOK PANEL 1: James Harris (St Andrews), Hume: An Intellectural Biography; critics James Moore (Concordia) and Dario Perinetti (Quebec, Montreal)
        BOOK PANEL 2: Donald Ainslie (University of Toronto), Hume's True Scepticism; critics Anik Waldow (Sydney) and Hseuh Qu (Nat U Singapore)
Wednesday, July 19
    Excursion to Whitehall (Berkeley's Residence in Newport): transportation and bag lunch included in Excursion Fee
Thursday, July 20
    Parallel Sessions 13-14: 9:00-10:00
        Lewis Powell (Buffalo SUNY): "Reistic Theory of Belief"; commentator Liz Goodnick (Metropolitan St Denver); chair Peter Fosl (Transylvania)
        Krista Rodkey (Valparaiso): "History: Origins, Artifice and Historical Imagingation"; commentator Lorne Falkenstein (Western); chair Mikko Tolonen (Helsinki)
    Parallel Sessions 15-16: 10:30-11:30
        Mark Spencer (Brock): "Was Hume a Plagiarist?: A Submission from his History of England"; commentator Andrew Sabl (Yale); chair Dennis Rasmussen (Tufts)
        Nathan Sasser (South Carolina): "Practical Response to Skepticism"; commentator Corliss Swain (St. Olaf); chair Hsueh Qu (Nat U Singapore)
    Mentoring Session 12:00-1:00
    Parallel Sessions 17-18: 1:30-2:30
        Rachel Cohon (Albany, SUNY): "Disapproval and Resentment: Two Aspects of the Moral Sentiments in Hume and Adam Smith"; commentator Lauren Kopajtic (Harvard); chair Angela Calvo de Saavedra (Pont U Javeriana
        Manuel Vasquez Villavicencio (Quebec, Montreal): "Curiosity and the origin of the sceptical crisis in Treatise 1.4.7"; commentator Don Garrett (New York U); chair Lisa Ievers (Georgetown)
    Parallel Sessions 19-20: 3:00-4:00
        Don Baxter (Connecticut): "Bradley, Hume and Identity in Difference"; commentator Michael Della Rocca (Yale); chair TBD
        Dobin Choi (Towson): "No Dilemma of Taste: Hume's Natural Standard of Taste"; commentator Tina Baceski (Rockhurst U); chair Max Grober (Austin C)
    4:30-6:00  Naomi Zack (Oregon): Title TBD
Friday, July 21
    Parallel Sessions 21-22: 9:00-10:00
        Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere, Finland) and Todd Ryan (Trinity C): "Hume on Possible Duration without Possible Parts," and Todd Ryan and Jani Hakkarainen, "Hume on Time and Steadfast Unchanging Objects"; commentators Elena Gordon (Sydney) and Richard Fry (S. Illinois Edwardsville); chair TBD
        Dominic Dimech (Sydney): "Relative Ideas and the Veil of Perception"; commentator Miren Boehm (Wisconsin, Milwaukee); chair TBD
    Parallel Sessions 23-24: 10:30-11:30
        Margaret Watkins (St Vincent C): "Hume's Supersitious Heterosexism"; commentator Jeff Ramsey (Smith C); chair TBD
        Benjamin Nelson (Connecticut): "Presuppositions and Diminishing Assurance in Hume's 'Of scepticism with regard to reason'"; commentator Saul Traiger (Occidental C); chair TBD
    Parallel Sessions 25-26: 1:30-2:30
        Wade Robinson (Rochester Inst Tech): "Skepticism and Causal Relations"; commentator Tim Black (Cal St Northridge); chair Karann Durland (Austin C)
        Getty Lustlia (Boston U): "'The Sovereigns of the Empire of Conversation': Hume on Women"; commentator Amy Schmitter (Alberta); chair TBD
    Parallel Sessions 27-28: 3:30-4:30
        Erin Frykholm (Kansas): "Hume (and Butler) against Universal Benevolence"; commentator Alison McIntyre (Wellesley); chair Aino Lahdenrata (Jyvaskyla)
        Dan Kervick (Ind Schola): "Fear and the Sensation of Fear in Hume's Treatise"; commentator Mark Collier (Minnesota, Morris); chair TBD
Contacts: Keota Fields, Aaron Garrett, Jennifer Marusic, Andre C. Willis

July 23-28, 2017
Libori Summer School: “Émilie Du Châtelet: Matter, Bodies, Forces, Motion”
Paderborn University
Paderborn, Germany
    This summer school (which will be held in English) focuses on some of the chapters from Du Châtelet’s Institutions de physique (1740/42) within the context of the scientific thinking of her time. In the early 18th century, the Dutch physicist Willem Jacob 's Gravesande, at Leiden University, performed a number of experiments wherein he dropped balls of different mass on soft clay, finding that if the heights from which the balls fell were inversely proportional to their masses, the indentations made by the balls would be the same. He concluded that the measure of the force of the impact on the clay is given by the weight times the velocity squared and that, in the case under consideration, equal forces are produced if the velocities squared are inversely as the masses. Gravesande communicated his results on the impact of falling weights to Émilie du Châtelet. In her Institutions de physique (1740/42), du Châtelet combined the practical observations of Gravesande with the Leibnizian idea of living forces to show that the energy of a moving object is proportional to the square of its velocity: “Maintenant, enfin, il y avait une justification forte pour considérer mv2 comme une définition féconde de l'énergie.”
    The Libori Summer School on Émilie Du Châtelet aims to take a closer look on the complexities and interrelations between metaphysical reasoning, mathematical demonstrative methodology, and experimental philosophy beyond the outdated empiricism-rationalism scheme, focusing on the conceptual foundations and formations of theories of motion. This development can be best understood as emancipation from Cartesianism, Newtonianism, and Leibnizianism. Émilie Du Châtelet played a key role in this foundational change. Encouraged by the reception of Newton’s Principia in France after 1730 by Voltaire and Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis and the experimental results obtained by Willem Jacob 's Gravesande, Du Châtelet constructed an advanced interpretation of Galileo’s experimental results in terms of early Leibnizian notions which were independent from Leibniz’ later metaphysics after 1680.
    As the number of participants is limited to 15 for each course, please e-mail a one page letter of motivation and a brief curriculum vitae to and cross copy this message to andrea Reicheberger no later than July 15th, 2017.
A certificate of participation will be presented to participants in the closing ceremony. Participation is free. Transport and lodgings have to be organized individually by the attendees. Please bear in mind, however, that the holiday season in Paderborn starts at the end of July. Therefore, we highly recommend to book rooms as soon as possible.
Contact: Ruth Hagengruber and Andrea Reichenberger.

July 24-27, 2017
St Andrews Kant Reading Party
Edzell, Scotland
     It is commonly argued that Kantian ethics and Utilitarianism (whose most rigorous formulation is arguably to be found in the work of Henry Sidgwick) are incompatible and even opposed to each other. However, it has also been argued that the two views are actually quite similar, both in form and in upshot, and some philosophers have gone as far as to claim (i) that they are largely compatible and/or (ii) that by combining the two an even stronger ethical system could be developed. The debate over the relation between Kantian ethics and utilitarian philosophy is still alive and well, waiting for new insights and new creative contributions. This year there will be up to six discussion sessions (all texts will be made available), as well as up to four paper sessions.
     Participation Fees: Staff members: £150; students: £75. The fee covers accommodation and full board at the Burn House, as well as transportation from St Andrews to the Burn House and back. Invited speakers will be waived the entire participation fee. If you would like to attend but child care duties make it difficult, please get in contact with
Lucas Sierra Vélez. We will do our best to meet your requests, and we hope to be able to provide financial support.     Registration: Since the number of places is limited, the registration process is divided in two steps: 1) Informal registration: send an e-mail including name, affiliation, and a brief expression of interest to Lucas Sierra Vélez by the 25th of June. 2) Payment: selected participants will be given instructions on how to make the online fee payment.
     Postgraduate students are invited to send anonymised abstracts of no longer than 750 words, as well as a separate cover sheet including name, position, institutional affiliation, and e-mail address to Kristina Kersa by the 25th of June. Abstracts will be selected by blind review, and applicants will be notified by the 30th of June. Papers should be suitable for a presentation of 40 minutes, and should attempt to clarify the relations between Kant’s ethics and Sidgwick’s Utilitarianism, or at least between Kantian ethics and Utilitarianism more generally. Preference will be given to papers addressing topics from the following list:
    •  The nature of action, practical reason and morality
    •  The nature of human agency and human motivation
    •  The relation between maxims/motives/intentions and consequences
    •  The Kantian idea of ‘practical love’ and its relation to utilitarian benevolence
    •  The moral standing of non-human animals
    •  The axiological, practical and moral significance of happiness
    •  The nature of happiness
    •  The meaning and varieties of ‘hedonism’
    •  The Kantian highest good and its relation to the idea of a maximally happy world
    •  The idea of ‘deserving happiness’
    •  The dualism of practical reason (morality vs egoism)
    •  The question of the ultimate/supreme good
    •  The meaning of the term ‘good’ and the varieties of goodness
    •  The notions of intrinsic value and unconditional value
    •  The concepts of ‘dignity’ and ‘respect’
    •  The distinction between ‘harming someone’ and ‘wronging someone’
    •  Ideal theory vs non-ideal theory
    •  Self-regarding and other-regarding duties
Contact: Lucas Sierra Vélez.

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: Abstracts should be sent to
Contact: Lic Carlos Masias Vergara.

August 2-4, 2017
Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Dalhousie University
Marion McCain Bldg, Room 1130
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Wednesday, August 2
    9:30-11:00  Andrea Mihali (Wilfrid Laurier): "Descartes' Theory of Mind: Insights from his Mathematical Practice"
    11:10-12:40  Anat Schechtman (Wisconsin, Madison): "Descartes on the Infinite and Indefinite: a Reappraisal"
    1:40-3:10  David Scott (Victoria): TBA
    3:20-4:50  Gil Shalev (Memorial U Newfoundland): "Anselm and Descartes' Ontological Arguments for God's existence: reconsidering the Similarities and Differences"
Thursday, August 3
    9:30-11:00  Tom Vinci (Dalhousie): "Descartes on Sensibility and the Intellect"
    11:10-12:40  Raffaella DeRosa (Rutgers, Newark): "Descartes and the Curious Case of the Origin of Sensory Ideas"
    1:40-3:10  Christopher Martin (Wisconsin, Green Bay): "Individuum, Existat and Potentia: Spinoza's Recipe for Finite Particulars"
    3:20-4:50  Matt Wurst (Toronto): "Leibniz on God, Creation and Striving Possibles"
    7:00 p.m.  Dinner at Tom Vinci's
Friday, August 4
    9:30-11:00  Mark Pickering (Lynn U): "Kant, Phenomenalism and Unperceived Objects"
    11:10-12:40  Suma Rajiva (Memorial U Newfoundland): "De Nobis Ipsis Silemus: Bacon and Kant in the Court of Reason"
    3:00-4:20  Julia Jorati (Ohio State): "Du Châtelet on Freedom, Self-Motion and Moral Necessity"
    4:30-5:50  Dwight Lewis (South Florida): "Anton Vilhelm Amo: His Narrative and Philosophy"

    7:00 p.m.  Conference Banquet
August 5: Sightseeing
Contact: Thomas Vinci.

August 11, 2017
Spinoza's Artes
University of Sydney
Madsen Building F09, CCANESA Boardroom, Eastern Avenue
Sydney, Australia
Spinoza has long exerted a profound influence on the arts. Goethe, the Shelleys, and George Eliot acknowledged the inspirational force of Spinoza’s philosophy. On the other hand, philosophers have all but dismissed Spinoza’s views on art. Why does Spinoza fascinate artists at the same time as his view of art is neglected by philosophy? This Conference will explore the influence of Spinoza on literature, music, poetry, and theatre along with the role these arts play in the art of living well. Speakers include:
    Amy Cimini (U California, San Diego)
    Moira Gatens (U Sydney)
    Jonathan Israel (Princeton)
    Susan James (Birkbeck C London)
    Anthony Uhlmann (Western Sydney U)
This conference is free but registration is essential. Only those who have registered will be admitted. To register please go to
Contact: Inja Stracenski.

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

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.
Contact: María de Paz

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

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; 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.
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 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.
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 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)
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 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.
Contact: Julia Jorati.

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

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

October 26-27, 2017
Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: Personal identity, self-interpretation
Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University, Muzeum krt. 4/i
Budapest, Hungary
Keynote Speaker: Udo THIEL (Karl Franzens U, Graz)
    We are pleased to announce the second meeting of the Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy which is intended as the second edition of a yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working on the field of early modern philosophy (ca. from 1600 to 1781). The aim is to foster collaboration among researchers working in different traditions and institutional contexts. We welcome abstracts for papers on any topic relevant to personal identity and self-interpretation, broadly conceived, in early modern philosophy. Proposals are particularly welcome that draw on resources from multiple different traditions (e.g. French and Anglo-Saxon). Presentations should be in English and aim at approximately 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.
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.
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)
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.

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

December 13-15, 2017
David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies: Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment
Griffith University and the University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia
Keynote speakers: Deidre Lynch (Harvard), Jan Golinski (New Hampshire), Georgia Cowart (Case Western Reserve), Sujit Sivasundaram (Cambridge)
    We look forward to receiving proposals for papers or panels on any aspect of the long eighteenth century related to the theme ‘Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment’, broadly conceived as referring to the plurality of Enlightenments as well as the ideas and uses of nature which they endorsed, and the spaces in which they developed. The deadline for submission of 250-word abstracts (maximum) for 20-minute papers and panels (comprising three papers) is 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 Participants must be current members of the ANZSECS. To join, go to ANZSECS.
Contacts: Lisa O'Connell and Peter Denney.

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

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

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

July 24-28, 2018
International Hume Society Conference
Budapest, Hungary
Themes: Hume on the Continent (Reception and Influence), Hume Historian and Economist, Hume's "Projects" (Aims and Motivations)
    Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words) and should be submitted with an Abstract (200 words). All self-references should be deleted for anonymous review. Papers and Abstracts must be submitted in English. Papers should not have been published by the date of the conference. Authors may submit their papers as either MS Word documents or in rich text format (RTF). Submissions should be sent to 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