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

April 28-29, 2017
Authority and Testimony in Early Modern Philosophy
St Norbert College
De Pere, Wisconsin
Keynote speakers: Kristen Irwin (Loyola U Chicago), Julie Klein (Villanova)
We welcome submissions for a conference on themes of authority and testimony in early modern philosophy. Broadly construed, relevant topics may include problems that arise in the shifting emphasis from Scholastic textual authority to accounts of philosophical testimony, the transition from Scholastic to modern conceptions of authority, differences between these two conceptions, or the challenges that emerge from these developments in epistemology, philosophy of religion, natural philosophy, or political philosophy. Submissions should be in the form of one-page abstracts prepared for blind review and sent to by February 14th.
Contacts: Daniel Collette or Steve Burgess.

April 28-30, 2017
Multilateral Kant Colloquium
Martin Luther University
Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
The theme of the colloquium is: Kant und seine Kritiker – Kant and his critics – Kant et ses critiques. Papers may include discussions of any aspect of Kant’s philosophy and its critique from Kant’s time to the present. The Multilateral Colloquium involves approximately fifty five participants, about 15 of them will be invited presentations. The official languagues are German, English, and French; however, participants can choose to present their papers in Portuguese, Spanish, or Italian, provided a version in one of the official languages is available, too. Due to the traditionally multilateral dimension of the Kant Colloquium and its origin, the selection committee is particularly interested in submissions from participants working in South America, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.
    The selection committee is an international group of Kant-scholars and is chaired by Professor Heiner F. Klemme (MLU). The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2016. Notices of acceptance will be issued by December 1, 2016. Please send all papers electronically to Antonino Falduto. Submissions should be prepared for blind review and be limited to 4400 words, including footnotes and references (longer submissions will not be considered). Please send your file in PDF format, include an abstract of a maximum of 400 words, and a word count at the end of the paper. Contact information should be sent in a separate Word or RTF file. Presentations cannot exceed 50 minutes (30-35 minutes reading time, followed by 15-20 minutes of discussion). There will be conference fee of € 30.
Contact: Falk Wunderlich.

May 5-7, 2017
Spinoza: Reason, Religion and Politics: The Relation between the Ethics and the Theological-Political Treatise
Princeton University
Marx 301
Princeton, NJ
Friday, May 5
    9:00-9:30  Coffee
    9:30-10:30  Piet Steenbakkers (Utrecht U): "Parallel Masterpieces: Intertextuality in Spinoza’s Ethica and Tractatus theologico-politicus
    10:30-11:30  Mogens Laerke (CNRS/ENS-Lyon): "Common Notions in Ethics and the TTP
    11:30-12:30  E.M. Curley (Michigan): "Laws of Nature in the Ethics and the TTP
    1:30-2:30  Emanuela Scribano (U Ca’Foscari, Venice): "Miracles and Finalism: From the TTP to the Ethics
    2:30-3:30  Kristin Primus (UC Berkeley): "On Certain Adventitious Ideas: Revelation and Intuition"
    4:00-5:00  Donald Rutherford (UC San Diego): "The Ethics of the Theological-Political Treatise
    5:00-6:00  Steven Nadler (Wisconsin, Madison): "The Ethics as a Theological-Political Treatise"
Saturday, May 6
    9:00-9:30  Coffee
    9:30-10:30  Jonathan Israel (Inst Adv Study, Princeton): "Where is the collective morality in Spinoza's ethics? Connecting Spinoza's Ethics Part Five to his Political Philosophy"
    10:30-11:30  Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen): "Is wonder a remedy against the passions? Spinoza’s struggling with Descartes’ legacy in the Theological-Political Treatise and in the Ethics
    11:30-12:30  Michael Rosenthal (U Washington): "Sovereign Decisions: The Will and the Law in the Ethics and the TTP
    1:30-2:30  Theo Verbeek (Utrecht): "Divine Law in the TTP and Ethics
    2:30-3:30  Oded Schechter (Hamburg): "Obedience and Revelation in the TTP and in Spinoza’s mature philosophy (Ethics and TP)
    4:00-5:00  Pina Totaro (ILIESI/U Rome “La Sapienza”): "Littera and Spiritus: On the Relationship between the Tractatus Theologico-politicus and the Ethics
    5:00-6:00  Julie Klein (Villanova): "Knowers and Learners: Spinozan Pedagogy"
Sunday, May 7
    9:30-10:00  Coffee
    10:00-11:00  Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins): "Spinoza’s ‘Atheism’"
    11:00-12:00  Daniel Garber (Princeton): "Spinoza’s Many Gods"
    12:00-1:00  Russ Leo (Princeton): "Thomas Hobbes, the English Restoration, and the International Audience for Spinoza’s Tractatus Theologico-Politicus"
Contact: Dan Garber.

May 12, 2017
Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop
Ohad Nachtomy (Bar-Ilan U): "On Living Mirrors and Mites: Leibniz’s Encounter with Pascal on Infinity and Living Things circa 1696"
4:00-5:30, Robbins Library, Emerson Hall second floor
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Contact: Jeff McDonough.

May 13-14, 2017
New York City Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy
Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, 12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY
May 13, Saturday
    10:00–11:00  Christia Mercer (Columbia): “Conway on Experience and Perfectibility”
    11:15-12:00  Melanie Tate (U Washington): “Descartes’ Account of Inner Excitations”
    12:00–12:25  Clare Moriarty (King’s College London): “Saving Berkeley’s Bacon”
    2:15-3:00  Zvi Biener (Cincinnati): “De Gravitatione Reconsidered: The Changing Role of Geometrical Definitions in Newton’s Metaphysics of Space”
    3:00–3:45  Christopher Noble (Villanova): “The Soul as Spiritual Automaton in Spinoza and Leibniz”
    4:00–4:45  Noa Naaman–Zauderer (Tel-Aviv U): “Leibniz’s Account of Freedom and Moral Therapy in the Nouveaux Essais
    4:45-5:45  Anja Jauernig (NYU): “The Labyrinth of the Continuum: Kant, Leibniz, and the Wolffians on the Composition of Matter”
May 14, Sunday
    9:30–10:30  François Duchesneau (Montréal): “Leibniz on Organic Body, Law, and Harmony”
    10:45–11:30  Alessandro Mulieri (KU Leuven): “From Defensor Pacis to Leviathan: An Analysis of Thomas Hobbes’ Marsilian Politics of Religion”
    11:30-12:15  Nir Ben-Moshe (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): “The Objectivity of Moral Judgment: David Hume’s and Adam Smith’s Moral Points of View”
    1:30–2:15  Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen): “Sine Qua Non Causation: The Legacy Of Occasionalism In Kant’s New Elucidation
    2:15-3:00  Farshid Baghai (Villanova): “The Systematic Unity of Reason in Kant’s Critical Philosophy”
Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus is located on the western side of Manhattan at 60th Street and Columbus Avenue, about two blocks from Columbus Circle at the southwest corner of Central Park.
Contacts: Ohad Nachtomy and Reed Winegar.

May 15-16, 2017
Ancient Philosophy in Early Modern Europe
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
    Scholars of ancient and early modern philosophy have much to discuss. Both groups study periods in which thinkers of diverse national backgrounds were joined by a lingua franca. The key figures of each period flourished inside and outside of academic institutions, as schoolmasters, courtiers, mystics, and politicians. The “philosophy” they did was not distinct from the natural sciences: debates about the nature of matter, forces, and qualities, about biological development or the structure of the heavens, are found interwoven with discussions of moral psychology and the organization of the state. Each field demands, in addition to wide-ranging philosophical expertise, philological acuteness and a broad training in the history, culture, and institutions of its period.
    What’s more, the major philosophical and scientific movements of early modern Europe defined themselves in relation to ancient thought. Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo built their astronomical systems against Ptolemy’s; Descartes devised his dynamics in opposition to the Scholastic philosophy he had learned in Jesuit colleges; Leibniz transmutes Aristotelian and Platonic ideas into a critique of the mechanical philosophy. Pierre Gassendi’s atomism draws deeply from Epicurus; Marcello Malpighi’s early career was spent polemicizing against Galenic medicine; Robert Boyle’s chemistry takes Aristotle’s to task, while Anne Conway and Henry More explicitly root their metaphysics in Plato and Plotinus. How were these figures read, understood, and put to use by the scientists and philosophers of early modern Europe?
    Finally, the trail of Greek thought to early modern Europe is not easy to track. To understand the scientific revolution, one must understand not only the ancient thinkers with whom the moderns quarrelled, but the history of their transmission through an enormous variety of cultural contexts. Ancient philosophy’s journey to early modern Europe, though one of the most important stories in the history of classical reception, is also one of the hardest to tell--it leads from the vast corpora of late antique commentary, through the theological schools of Edessa and Nisibis in Syria, through 'Abbasid Baghdad, the Jewish communities of Muslim Spain and medieval Provence, the Byzantine Empire and the universities of the Latin West, to the European hubs of the scientific revolution: Florence, Paris, London, Amsterdam. How did it reach them? With what augmentations and omissions, how presented or distorted, under what orthodoxies of interpretation?
    This conference brings together scholars of both periods to explore, through the presentation of case studies in the reception of ancient thought, the philosophical and methodological gains that can be made by interdisciplinary work on these questions.
Speakers include Peter Anstey (Sydney), David Bronstein (Georgetown), Daniel Garber (Princeton), Nicolas Lema Habash (Paris I Sorbonne), Laura Kotevska (Sydney), Christia Mercer (Columbia), Benjamin Morison (Princeton), Jessica Moss (New York U), Paolo Rossini (SNS Pisa), Riccardo Strobino (Tufts), Maude Vanhaelen (Warwick), and Tom Vinci (Dalhousie).
Contacts: Tom Davies and Erin Islo.

May 19, 2017
Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop
Piotr Szalek (Harvard/Catholic U Lublin, Poland): "Berkeley and American Pragmatism"
4:00-5:30, Robbins Library, Emerson Hall second floor
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Contact: Jeff McDonough.

May 19-20, 2017
International Colloquium: Enlightenment and Freedom of Speech
Jagiellonian University
Kraków, Poland
Keynote speakers: Ian Carter (Pavia) and Ulrich Lehner (Marquette)
We are pleased to announce a call for abstracts for our forthcoming colloquium, dedicated to studying the idea that we should have a freedom to voice and otherwise express our thoughts, its origins, problems, critiques and justifications, from the angle of the history of philosophy, history of ideas, and contemporary political philosophy. The abstracts should be of maximum 500 words and relate to any of the following, or connected topics:
    •  The concept of and arguments for (and against) the freedom of speech formulated by the early modern and Enlightenment thinkers, and their philosophical origins (second scholasticism, re-discovery of the Stoics and Epicureans, Reformation, Cartesianism, Spinozism etc.) and historical context (e.g. religious persecutions, censorship and the adoption of constitutions in the USA, Poland and France). The distinction, and congruence, between freedom of speech and 'freedom of the pen'.
    •  The relationship of freedom of speech and secular state. In particular: is freedom of speech even compatible with secularism? Could unregulated freedom of speech hinder the realisation of the secular state by allowing people to express opinions that are based on their 'particular' religious world-views instead of purely 'universal' rationality? What are the justifications for this Enlightenment distinction?
    •  The above questions are related to the question about the limits for the freedom of speech. Is the state ever entitled to limit people's freedom to express ideas, for example, in order to prevent the manipulation of people's opinions and emotions, or so-called hate-speech? If so, what are the minimum universal (or perhaps context-specific) rational standards that we can demand from public expression?
    The submitted abstracts will undergo a peer-review and applicants will be informed whether their abstract has been accepted a month after the submission deadline. Each invited participant will have 30 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion. If you are interested in presenting at the colloquium, we encourage you to submit your abstract (preferably in .doc, .docx or .pdf format), with a short note including information about your contact details and academic affiliation, by 31st January 2017, to one of the organisers:
    •  Dr. Anna Tomaszewska
    •  Dr. Hasse Hämäläinen
    •  Dr. Damian Barnat
If you would like to participate in the colloquium without presenting a paper, please send your expression of interest to the organisers by 1st March 2017.
Contact: Hasse Hämäläinen.

May 20, 2017
Princeton-Penn-Columbia Graduate Conference in the History of Philosophy
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
We invite graduate students to submit papers on any topic in medieval, early modern, and modern philosophy, including the history of continental philosophy. Papers should not exceed 4000 words (or 30 minutes presentation time). They should be prepared for blind review and sent as a PDF file to no later than March 25, 2017. In a separate PDF attachment, please include your name, academic affiliation, email address, telephone number, paper title, and an abstract of no more than 300 words. Notification of acceptance April 10, 2017.
Contacts: Claudia Dumitru or Alejandro Naranjo Sandoval.

May 24, 2017
Workshop: Lucy Allais' Manifest Reality: Kant's Idealism and his Realism
University of Manchester
Humanities Bridgeford street, G.34
Manchester, UK
    10.00-10.30  Coffee
    10.30-11.00  Lucy Allais (Witwatersrand/UC San Diego): ‘Precis of Manifest Reality’
    11.00-12.00  Anil Gomes (Oxford): ‘Allais on the Deduction’
    13.00-14.00  Jessica Leech (Kings College London: ‘Objects and Particulars’
    14.30-15.30  Fraser MacBride (Manchester): 'Kant, Categories and the Emergence of Analytic Philosophy'
    16/00-17.00  Lucy Allais (Witwatersrand/UC San Diego): 'The Compatibility of Kantian Determinism with the Open Future'
The workshop is free of charge but space is very strictly limited. To register emailJoel Smith
Contact: Joel Smith.

*May 25-27, 2017
Kant: Action, Knowledge, Belief
Dept of Philosophy, American U of Beirut

May 28-31, 2017 [exact date, time, and location TBA]
Spinoza Society of Canada, with the Canadian Philosophical Association
Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario
Keynotes: Shannon Dea (Waterloo) and Jon Miller (Queen's).
We invite submissions of abstracts of not more than 400 words from Canadian and international faculty, students, and independent scholars on Spinoza's political theories, philosophical anthropology, and his analyses of the role of superstition and religious customs in human societies. Submissions may be made in English or French and must be prepared for blind review. Deadline: April 15, 2017. Please attach abstracts in PDF or Word format with all personal information removed. Provide your name, affiliation, and the paper title separately in the body of the email. Successful applicants notified by May 1.
Contacts: Torin Doppelt or Oberto Maramma.

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

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

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

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

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

June 9, 2017
Conference: The Forgotten Manuscript of A.C. Crombie and A. Carugo on the Natural Philosophy of Galileo and Mersenne
Trinity College, Danson Room, Broad Street
Oxford, UK
    Recently, Dr. Filip Buyse has discovered in the archive of Trinity College in Oxford a typewritten manuscript by A.C. Crombie (1915-1996) and Prof. Dr. Em. A. Carugo on the natural philosophy of Galileo and Mersenne. In 1969, the influential author of Styles of Scientific Thinking in the European Tradition (Duckworth, 1994), together with his co-author, won the prestigious Galileo prize for the first version of this manuscript. Afterwards, the authors adapted their work profoundly and added new chapters as a result of a new research until Crombie’s death in 1996. Obviously, this unpublished work raises several questions which need to be addressed.
    The first question is whether this extensive work of more than 2000 pages - entitled “Galileo and Mersenne: Science, Nature and the Senses in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries“ - adds something new to Crombie’s and Carugo’s earlier work. Another question is whether the manuscript adds something new to other existing literature on Galileo and Mersenne. These and other questions will be addressed by some leading historians of science during the conference. All are welcome!
    Confirmed speakers include Peter Dear (Cornell), Peter Machamer (Pittsburgh), Peter Barker (Oklahoma), Robert Iliffe (Oxford), Chunglin Kwa (Amsterdam), and Filip Buyse (Oxford).
    Price: 25 GBP (payable at the entrance): lunch (in the College Hall of Trinity College) and coffee/tea included. The conference is free for students.
Contact: Filip A. A. Buyse.

June 15-17, 2017
Conference: Teaching the New Science: the role of Academia during the Scientific Revolution
Department of History of Philosophy, University of Groningen
Oude Boteringestraat 52
Groningen, The Netherlands
The new scientific worldview emerged during the seventeenth century has been often considered as radically opposed to the Aristotelian-Scholastic philosophy that dominated universities at the time. Recent scholarship has significantly nuanced this picture by revealing the intricate osmosis between the Academic world and the new frontiers of natural philosophy. Textbooks and university courses are privileged laboratories to study the dissemination of ideas, the emergences of new methods, the evolution of controversies and the shaping of new scientific paradigms.
Confirmed invited speakers:
    •  Christian Leduc (Montréal)
    •  Roger Ariew (South Florida)
    •  Klaas van Berkel (Groningen)
    •  Patricia Easton (Claremont Graduate)
    •  Helen Hattab (Houston)
    •  Sophie Roux (ENS Paris)
    •  Tad Schmaltz (Michigan, Ann Arbor)
This conference aims to bring together scholars working on different facets of the history and circulation of scientific ideas within and around the seventeenth century academic milieu. We welcome abstracts for papers on topics related to the conference theme. Possible topics for paper presentation include: controversies in the academic milieu; canonical and non canonical figures in the history of science and philosophy; experimental practices, laboratories and scientific societies; science and religion issues in the university context; textbooks and philosophical debates; teaching practices and the new science; women in academia. Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture to Dr. Andrea Sangiacomo by February 1, 2017. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a doc or docx file (please don’t use pdf format). The author’s name and contact information (name, affiliation, email and professional status – doctoral student; postdoc; lecturer; etc.) should also be specified in your e-mail message. Information on accommodations and travel can be found on the conference website.
Contact: Andrea Sangiacomo.

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

July 17-21, 2017
International Hume Society Conference
Providence, RI
We invite papers in all areas of Hume studies but especially welcome submissions bearing some relation to the conference themes:
    •  Hume and Berkeley
    •  Hume on time and its significance
    •  Hume on human differences (including differences of sex, race, nation, ethnicity, and between humans and animals)
Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words) and should be submitted with an Abstract (200 words). All self-references should be deleted for anonymous review. Papers and Abstracts must be submitted in English. Papers should not have been published by the date of the conference. Authors may submit their papers as either MS Word documents or in rich text format (RTF). Submissions should be sent to conferences/cmgr/. Hume Society Young Scholar Awards are given to qualifying graduate students whose papers are accepted through the normal anonymous review process. Deadline for Submissions: November 1, 2016. Please email for questions regarding paper submissions.

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
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Abstracts (750 words) due no later than March 15, 2017.
Contact: Thomas Vinci.

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

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

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 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.

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.

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