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 (email@example.com). 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.
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September 24, 2018
NY/NJ Research Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Antonia LoLordo (Virginia): "Philosophy and its History: Gassendi and the Early Moderns" (especially Cudworth)
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th Street, New Building, Room 8.63.24
New York, NY
In this talk, Antonia tells us, she will ask and try to answer a couple different questions about philosophy and its history as seen from the point of view of the 17th century. Why do they spend so much time interpreting historical texts? How do their philosophical views govern their interpretations? How do they conceive of the relationship between philosophy and its history? And how (if at all) does this inform how we should think about the relationship between philosophy and its history? Contact: Enrique Chávez-Arvizo.
September 24-25, 2018
Storie Dell'Etica (Histories of Ethics)
Sapienza Università di Roma
Aula XII, Villa Mirafiori, Via Carlo Fea 2
24 settembre; Chair Emilio D’Orazio (Politeia)
9.30-10.00 Piergiorgio Donatelli (Sapienza): Introduction: "La storia dell’etica tra filosofia e storia della filosofia"
10.00-10.50 Eugenio Lecaldano (Sapienza): "La reciproca influenza tra etica filosofica e ricerca storiografica illustrata con la cronologia e i momenti della presenza di David Hume nelle storie dell'etica"
11.10-12.00 Beatrice Centi (Parma): "Etica del sentimento e etica dell'intelletto: una distinzione possibile? Husserl, Scheler e l’etica kantiana"
12.00-12.50 Maurizio Mori (Torino): "Il contributo della bioetica alla storia dell’etica"
14.30-15.20 Sarin Marchetti (Sapienza): "Storia e anti-teoria morale: una prospettiva pragmatista"
15.40-16.30 Stefano Bacin (Milano): "'Non secundum virtutes sed secundum officia': la storia dell’etica e lo statuto della filosofia morale moderna"
16.30-17.20 Arianna Fermani (Macerata): "Quale autonomia dell’etica in Aristotele?"
17.40-18.30 Emidio Spinelli (Sapienza): "Una morale senza dogmi: l’agire quotidiano dello scettico"
9.30-10.20 Laura Boella (Milano): "'Tutte le etiche moderne culminano in un’etica della personalità': il pensiero morale di Agnes Heller tra 'gettare la scala' e la tradizione come 'stampella'”
10.20-11.10 Luca Fonnesu (Pavia): "Parole e concetti morali"
11.30-12.20 Roberto Mordacci (Vita-Salute San Raffaele): "La genealogia come metodo di analisi filosofica in etica"
12.20-13.00 Piergiorgio Donatelli (Sapienza): "Storie e modelli dell’etica"
Contact: Piergiorgio Donatelli.
September 27-28, 2018
Workshop: Agency in Early Modern Philosophy
UCD School of Philosophy
National University of Ireland
Thursday, 27 September
National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square East, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
9:30-11:00 Julie Walsh (Wellesley C): "Gabrielle Suchon, Freedom, and the Neutral Life”; commentator Katherine O’Donnell (U Coll Dublin)
11:15-12:45 Nicholas Vallone (Wisconsin-Madison): “Cartesian Agency: Persons, Volitions, and Actions in Descartes' Philosophy”; commentator Vili Lähteenmäki (Helsinki)
2:30-4:00 Stefan Storrie (Ind Sch): “On the reasons for Locke’s second edition change of mind about human action and freedom”; commentator Daniel Carey (NUI Galway)
4:15-5:45 Jacqueline Broad (Monash): “Selfhood and Self-government in Women’s Devotional Writings of the Early Modern Period”; commentator Ruth Boeker (U Coll Dublin)
Friday, 28 September
School of Philosophy, D522 Agnes Cuming Seminar Room, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin
9:30-11:00 Daniel Schneider (Haifa): “Spinoza, Borges and Frankfurt cases: A Necessitarian theory of Agency”; commentator Jack Stetter (Paris 8)
11:15-12:45 Jonathan Head (Keele): “Anne Conway and Henry More on Divine and Human Freedom”; commentator Alissa MacMillan (Antwerp)
2:15-3:45 Matthew Leisinger (Cambridge): “The Role of Desire in Cudworth’s Account of Human Agency”; commentator Raffaella Santi (Urbino Carlo Bo)
4:00-5:30 Patricia Sheridan (Guelph): “Agency, Virtue, and Fitness in the Moral Philosophies of Damaris Masham and Catharine Trotter Cockburn”; commentator Kenneth Pearce (Trinity C Dublin)
Saturday, 29 September: Sightseeing in Dublin
During the workshop prospective PhD students will have an opportunity to meet prospective PhD supervisors and will be invited to an information session about the Irish Research Council postgraduate scholarship scheme, which covers tuition fees and living expenses for up to four years. International candidates from outside the European Union are eligible to apply. The UCD School of Philosophy has had a good success rate with this scheme in past years and we offer detailed mentoring during the application process to help prospective PhD candidates. For more information about the stipends and Philosophy at University College Dublin, please consult the Stipends page.
Contact: Ruth Boeker
September 27-30, 2018
Vocalising the Ineffable: Language and Creativity in Nicholas of Cusa
Thursday, 27 Sept
20:00 Organisationsteam: Short introduction/Kurze Einführung
Friday, 28 Sept
9:00-10:00 Antoni Smist: "Murus absurditatis: Two interpretations of Cusanus’ paradoxical utterances about God"
10:15-11:15 Luca Burzelli: "Cusanus’ Linguistic Development Regarding the Essence of God"
11:15-12:15 Marcus Döller: "Metaphysik als Sprachphilosophie des Unaussprechlichen"
14:30-15:30 Greta Venturelli: "'Ego sum qui sum': Die Onto-Theologie des Wortes: von der Offenbarung zu der 'polygonalen Sprache' bei Nikolaus von Kues und Vincenzo Gioberti"
15:30-16:30 Coban Menkveld: "Die Konjekturalität der Sprache bei Nikolaus von Kues und die Methoden der jüdischen Schriftauslegung nach Friedrich Weinreb: Eine vergleichende Analyse"
16:45-17:45 Johanna Hueck: "Sprache und soziale Teilhabe bei Nikolaus von Kues"
17:45-18:45 Discussion: Next Cusanus conference/Diskussion: Nächste Cusanus-Konferenz
Saturday, 29 Sept
9:00-10:00 Florian Telsnig: "Was zu sagen ist: Die Rede vom Unsagbaren bei Nikolaus von Kues"
10:15-11:15 Valentina Zaffino: "Platonism and Hermetism in the Preaching of Nicholas of Cusa: Rethinking an Ancient Creative Language"
11:15-12:15 Thomas Seissl: "Was heißt hier aristotelica secta? Zu den aristotelischen Voraussetzungen im Substanzbegriff von Cusanus’ De non aliud"
14:30 Susann Kabisch: "Positionen im Sprach-Raum: Die volkssprachlichen Text-Tafeln der Legationsreise und die Inszenierung von De visione Dei"
16:00 City tour/Stadtführung
20:00 Public evening/Öffentlicher kultureller Abend im Literaturhaus St. Jakobi (Moderation: Andreas Hetzel, Susann Kabisch); Juliane Link: Lesung; Christoph Schomann: Installation
Sunday, 30 Sept
9:00-10:00 Elisa Destefanis: "Cusanus und die Kunst der Renaissance: die Figur P von De coniecturis in dem mathematischen und malerischen Werk von Piero della Francesca"
10:15-11:15 10:15 Witalij Morosow: "'Teufelskraft' und das Problem der Kreativität in den Predigten des Nikolaus von Kues"
11:15-12:15 Organisationsteam: Final words/Schlusswort
Contacts: Christian Kny, Johanna Hueck.
September 29-October 1, 2018
Early Modern Workshop
Robbins Library, Emerson Hall, 2nd fl
Saturday, September 29
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast & Coffee
9:00-10:30 Sabine van Enckevort (Groningen): “Real and Apparent Things: Peter Auriol's Alignment of the Object of Illusions and Veridical Perception”; commentator Anik Waldo (Sydney)
11:00-12:300 Ariane Schneck (HU Berlin): "Descartes on Freedom and the Ability to Do Otherwise"; commentator Martin Lenz (Groningen)
2:00-3:30 Robbie Matyasi (Toronto): “Revisiting Spinoza’s essentialism”; commentator Sebastian Bender (HU Berlin)
4:00-5:30 Christian Henkel (Groningen): “Contextualising Cordemoy's Occasionalism: A Project of Deconstruction and Reconstruction”; commentator Marleen Rozemond (Toronto)
Sunday, September 30
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast & Coffee
9:00-10:30 Doug Blue (Harvard): “Instrumentalism about Finite Number in Leibniz”
11:00-12:30 Robert Mason (Toronto): "Leibniz's Infinite Analysis Account of Contingency"; commentator Jeff McDonough (Harvard)
2:00-3:30 Dominic Dimech (Sydney): "Hume's Relative Ideas"; commnentator Doina Rusu (Groningen)
4:00-5:30 Elena Gordon (Sydney): “Hume on the capabilities of children and the emergence of fictions”; commentator Donald Ainslie (Toronto)
Monday, October 1 (Early Modern History Workshop)
5:15-7:15 Lodi Nauta (Groningen): "The Critique of Scholastic Language in Renaissance Humanism and Early-Modern Philosophy"
Contact: Jeffrey McDonough. (If you would like to attend, please RSVP by Sept. 17.)
October 3, 2018
NY/NJ Research Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Luis Ramos-Alarcón (Mexico): TBA
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th Street, New Building, Room 8.63.24
New York, NY
Contact: Enrique Chávez-Arvizo.
October 3-4, 2018
Nicolas de Cues: Penseur de la Grande Région
Metz, France, and Luxembourg
Mercredi 3 Octobre
Institut européen d'écologie (Metz, France), 1, rue des Récollets
09:30-10:00 Marie-Anne Vannier (UL, IUF): "Redécouvrir Nicolas de Cues qui a marqué la Grande Région"
10:00-10:30 Harald Schwaetzer (Cusanus HS): "Nicolas de Cues, pionnier de l’Europe. Képler et ses suites. Science et spiritualité"
11:00-11:30 Kirstin Zeyer (Cusanus HS): "Nicolas de Cues et les Pays Bas: La grande Légation"
11:30-12:00 Tilman Borsche (Cusanus HS/U Hildesheim): "L’Église cachée, comme réalité unificatrice de l’Europe à la fin du Moyen Âge d’après Nicolas de Cues, De concordantia catholica"
14:30-15:00 Jean-Claude Lagarrigue (ERMR, Strasbourg): "Concordance régionale, discordances nationales: pourquoi Nicolas de Cues ne fait-il pas partie de la Deutsche Mystik?"
15:00-15:30 Hubert Vallet (Theologische Fakultät Trier): "Nicolas de Cues, précurseur de l’unité de la Grande Région"
16:00-16:30 Enrico Peroli (U Chieti): "Nicolas de Cues en Italie"
16:30-17:00 Maud Corrieras (Paris IV): "Nicolas de Cues, un bibliophile et un chercheur de la vérité"
17:00-17:30 Jean Devriendt (ERMR, Strasbourg): "Nicolas de Cues ou la mise en place d’une géographie culturelle"
17:30-18:00 Christian Trottmann (CESR-CNRS): "L’apport théologique de Nicolas de Cues"
Jeudi 4 octobre
Luxembourg School of Religion & Society, 52, rue Jules Wilhelm, Luxembourg
10:00-10:30 Jean Ehret (Luxembourg Sch Rel Soc): "La nouvelle situation du fait religieux dans la société à Luxembourg: une relecture à partir de Nicolas de Cues"
10:30-11:00 Inigo Bocken (Titus Brandsma Inst Nimègue): "Philosophie et art: Une région au cœur de l’Europe au XV° siècle"
11:15-11:45 Matthias Vollet (Kueser Akad Bernkastel-Kues): "Nicolas de Cues et la France"
11:45-12:15 Gianluca Cuozzo (Turin): "Nicolas de Cues, Marcil Ficin et Sandro Botticelli"
14:30-15:00 Tom Müller (Cusanus Inst Trier): "Nicolas de Cues et Luxembourg"
15:00-15:30 Daniel Laliberté (LSRS): "L’apport catéchétique de Nicolas de Cues à la Grande Région"
16:00-16:30 Andrea Fiamma (Chieti): "Nicolas de Cues de Cologne à Paris"
16:30-17:00 Wolfgang Christian Schneider (Cusanus HS/U Hildesheim): "L’influence du penseur de la Grande Région à travers la diffusion de son oeuvre"
Contacts: Marie-Anne Vannier, Harald Schwaetzer.
October 4-6, 2018
Geman Women Intellectuals 1700-1830: Philosophers, Literates, and Scientists
Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists
Invited speakers: Katherine Goodman (Brown) and Karen Green (Melbourne).
The Center for the History of Women Philosophers at Paderborn University, Germany invites contributions to an interdisciplinary workshop, organised by Ruth Hagengruber in cooperation with Karen Green, of the University of Melbourne, Australia, whose chapter on women’s political thought in Europe “From Hanover and Leipzig to Russia” in A History of Women’s Political Thought in Europe, 1700-1800 (Cambridge, 2014), serves to introduce the topic.
In particular, the workshop on the history of women philosophers and intellectuals of the 18th century (1700-1830) will focus on the following areas: the philosophical, scientific, literary productions, written within the enlightenment tradition and beyond, whose main figures are, but not limited to, Luise Kulmus Gottsched (1713-1762), Johanna Charlotte Unzer (1725-1782), Elise Reimarius (1735-1805), Anne Louise Germaine de Stael (1766-1817), and Dorothea Schlözer (1770-1825). Contributions that refer to philosophical relevant correspondences or translations are also welcome as well as papers on scholars such as Dorothea Erxleben (1715-1762) or Catherine the Great’s reflections on law (1729-1796). Special attention will be paid to the reception and literary function of ancient women in that period such as Sappho, Diotima, the women Pythagoreans and others.
Early submission deadline: 18 August 2018; second submission deadline: 2 September. Please submit abstracts (200-300 words) and direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Responses to submissions will be sent by Friday, 31 August 2018.
Contact: Ruth Hagengruber.
October 8-9, 2018
Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: Natural Right and Natural Emotions
Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University
Faculty of Humanities, Múzeum krt. 4/a first floor, Room: “Dékáni kistanácsterem”
Monday, Oct. 8
10:00-11:00 Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann (Freie-U Berlin): "Is there any Space for Emotions within Natural Law?"
11:20-12:00 Szilárd Tattay (Pázmány Péter Cath U): "Francisco Suárez and Modern Rationalist Natural Law Theories"
12:00-12:40 Stefan Leicht (Tübingen): "Hugo Grotius on natural right and religious emotions"
14:00-14:40 Heikki Haara (Helsinki): "Pufendorf on the Natural Inclination to Self-Preservation and the Natural Right of Self-Preservation"
14:40-15:20 Ádám Smrcz (Eötvös Loránd U/Hungarian Acad Sci): "How Philosophy (Re)embraced Laughter in Early Modernity"
15:20-16:00 József Simon (Szeged): "Shame, Common Wealth and Religion in Miklós Bethlen’s (1642-1714) Thought"
17:00 Optional guided tour on the Jewish and Muslim inhabitants of Buda castle in the early modern period"
20:00 Conference dinner (Építész Pince Étterem, 1088 Budapest, Ötpacsirta utca 2.)
Tuesday, Oct. 9
10:00-10:40 Gábor Boros (Eötvös Loránd U): "Which Nature? Which Right? Which Emotions? A Pufendorfian Treatment of Spinoza’s Borderline Case"
10:40-11:20 Mariangela Priarolo (U “Ca’ Foscari”-Venice): "Love and Order. Malebranche and the Feeling of Natural Law"
11:40-12:40 Paolo Santangelo (U “Sapienza”-Roma): "Natural right and Love-emotions in Early Modern China"
12:40 Closing Remarks
Optional: 18:00 Presentation of W. Schmitt-Biggemann’s Gott, versuchsweise (mostly in German); Venue: Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church (1088 Budapest, Reviczky u. 4.)
20:00 concert: Lukács Miklós (cimbalom) trio: “Cimbiosis”; Venue: Budapest Music Center (1098 Budapest, Mátyás u. 8.)
Registration for the conference is free and most welcome. The optional guided tour costs 20€/person and registration by 1 October is mandatory. Inquiries should be sent to Olivér István Tóth.
October 9, 2018
Lorne-apalooza: A Fest for Lorne Falkenstein on the occasion of his retirement
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introductory Remarks
9:15-10:00 Tom Lennon (Western, emeritus): “Schopenhauer and Fatalism”
10:00-10:45 Scott Stapleford (St. Thomas): “Was Berkeley an Extracranialist?”
11:00-11:45 Giovanni Grandi (UBC Okanagan): “John Fearn and Mary Shepherd: A Nineteenth-Century Debate on Scottish Philosophy”
11:45-12:30 Nick Nash (Western): “Digital Text Collation Applied to Samuel Clarke’s The Being and Attributes of God”
2:00-2:45 Aaron Garrett (Boston U): “Hume’s Observation”
2:45-3:30 Katharina Paxman (Brigham Young): “Humean Belief and the Social Construction of Gender”
3:30-4:15 Maite Cruz (Boston U): “Simultaneity and Endurance in Hume’s Theory of Time”
4:30-5:15 Donald Baxter (UConn): “Steadfast Objects and Coexistence: A Reply to Falkenstein”
5:15-6:00 Patricia Kitcher (Columbia): “Cognizing Objects in Space”
6:00-6:15 Closing Remarks
Contact: Corey Dyck.
October 12-14, 2018
Leibniz Society of North America/Société d’études leibniziennes de langue française Congress
Université de Montréal
Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, 3150 Jean Brillant, C-3061
Vendredi/Friday. 12 Oct.
9h00-9h50 Arthur Dony (Liège): "L’ontologie leibnizienne des relations: essai de relecture systématique"
9h50-10h40 Douglas Blue (Harvard): "Instrumentalism about Infinite Numbers in Leibniz"
11h00-12h15 David Rabouin (Paris 7 Diderot): "Mathématiques et réduction aux identiques chez Leibniz"; comment Anne-Lise Rey (Lille)
14h00-14h50 Marine Picon (ENS de Lyon): "Nisi ipse intellectus: expérience et intellection dans la doctrine leibnizienne du savoir"
14h50-15h40 Evelyn Vargas (La Plata): "Much Ado about Nothing: Leibniz on the Cognitive Role of Fictions"
16h00-17h15 Marleen Rozemond (Toronto): "Leibniz on internal action and why mills can’t think"; comment Paul Rateau (Paris 1)
Samedi/Saturday, 13 Oct.
9h00-9h50 Julia Jorati (Ohio State): "Close Cousins: Leibniz and Clarke on Freedom"
9h50-10h40 Robert Mason (Toronto): "Leibniz’s Infinite Analysis Theory of Contingency"
11h00-12h15 Raphaële Andrault (ENS de Lyon): "Leibniz and the Functionalist Representation of Pain"; comment Donald Rutherford (UC San Diego)
14h00-14h50 Arnaud Lalanne (U Bordeaux-Montaigne): "Monades physicalisées: la lecture de la théorie de la substance leibnizienne par Wolff"
14h50-15h30 Guillaume Coissard (ENS de Lyon): "Monades physicalisées: la lecture de la théorie de la substance leibnizienne par Wolff"
16h20-17h30 Richard Arthur (McMaster): "Les monades comme constituants des corps"; comment Brandon Look (Kentucky)
17h30-19h30 LSNA Business Meeting/Assemblée générale de la SELLF
Dimanche/Sunday, 14 oct.
9h00-9h50 Éric Marquer (Paris 1): "Art de penser et art de parler: Leibniz et la doctrine des particules"
9h50-10h40 Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory): "How Modern is Leibniz’s Philosophy of Law?"
11h00-11h50 Laurence Bouquiaux (Liège): "La quadripartition de la force dans le Specimen dynamicum"
11h50-12h40 Daniel Garber (Princeton): “What Leibniz Learned in 1695?”
Contact: Christian Leduc.
October 17, 2018
NY/NJ Research Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Jessica Gordon-Roth (Minnesota): TBA
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th Street, New Building, Room 8.63.24
New York, NY
Contact: Enrique Chávez-Arvizo.
October 19, 2018
Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable
Saja Parvizian (UIC) & Joe Gottlieb (Texas Tech): “Descartes’ God is a Deceiver (and that’s OK!)”
Universty of Illinois, Chicago
Contact: Kristen Irwin.
October 19-21, 2018
Workshop on the Work of George Berkeley
University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee
Friday, Oct 19
3:30-5:30 Samuel Rickless (UC San Diego): "Berkeley's Criticisms of Shaftesbury and Hutcheson" (Curtin Hall 175)
Saturday, Oct 20
9:00-10:15 Kenneth Pearce (Trinity C Dublin): "Berkeley’s Theory of Language"; commentator Keota Fields (U Massachusetts, Dartmouth)
10:15-11:30 Manuel Fasko (Zurich): "Representation, Resemblance and the Scope of George Berkeley’s Likeness Principle"; commentator Michael Jacovides (Purdue)
11:45-1:00 Scott Harkema (Ohio St): "Berkeley on Newtonian Matter": commentator Ed Slowik (Winona St)
2:00-3:15 Geoffrey Gorham (Macalester C): "Berkeley and the American Samuel Johnson"; commentator Benjamin Hill (Western)
3:15-4:30 Seth Bordner (Alabama): "Master or Apprentice? A New Reading of Berkeley’s (In)famous Argument"; commentator Sophie Cote (New York U)
4:45-6:00 Melissa Frankel (Carleton): "Berkeley as anti-sceptical philosopher: how Berkeley relates to our knowledge of objects"; commentator Lisa Downing (Ohio St)
7:00 Workshop Dinner
Sunday, Oct 21
9:00-10:15 Graham Clay / Michael Rauschenbach (Notre Dame): "Why Wasn’t Berkeley a Panpsychist?"; commentator Ericka Tucker (Marquette)
10:15-11:30 Takaharu Oda (Trinity C Dublin): "Berkeley’s View of Voluntary Physical Motion"; commentator Jennifer Keefe (Wisconsin-Parkside)
11:45-1:00 Peter West (Trinity C Dublin): "'First Knowledge' and Anti-Scepticism"; commentator Chloe Armstrong (Lawrence U)
Contact: Margaret Atherton.
October 25-26, 2018
Galen and the Early Moderns
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Along with Hippocrates, Galen was the most celebrated physician of antiquity. Among ancient physicians, he was also the one who exerted the most persisting influence not only on western medical thought and practice but also on western culture and philosophy in general. In spite of their early medieval oblivion caused mainly by linguistic barriers, in the eleventh century Galen’s works began to circulate again in Europe through Arabic mediation. As soon as Latin translations made in Italy and Spain became available, Galen entered the canon of natural philosophy, medicine, and anatomy. This medieval and late-medieval revival of the Galenic tradition lasted throughout the early modern era up to the eighteenth century at least.
However, Galen’s influence was not limited to the medical field. Although his theories and practices certainly represented a mandatory reference for early modern anatomy, physiology, and therapeutics, Galen also contributed to orient the interpretation of Aristotle’s natural philosophy. In particular, his De usu partium was a reference work for any confrontation with the Aristotelian biological treatises. The famous "Epode" inserted as an appendix to this work strongly supported the theologically-oriented reading of Aristotle’s physics. Furthermore, the finalistic account of organic structures offered by De usu partium was an inspiring source for the eighteenth-century development of Teleology as an autonomous philosophical discipline.
So far, studies on Galen’s modern revival have focused mainly on the post-medieval period and the Renaissance. Frequent attention was paid especially to Galen’s presence in the medicine and physiology of the sixteenth century. The reasons for this emphasis are perfectly understandable, since the sixteenth-century edition of the Opera had the indeniable effect of reviving the interest in this author among both the medical and the philosophical communities.
On the other hand, this privileged focus on the sixteenth century may easily result in overlooking the long-term effect of Galen’s rediscovery, which in fact did not cease to exert its powerful influence both on medicine and philosophy during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Galen’s theories appear to be mentioned, endorsed, discussed or even fought in the works of first-rank scientists and philosophers such as Boyle, Cudworth, Malebranche, and Leibniz-–just to name the best known ones. A still open question, for instance, concerns the extent to which Descartes’ physiology and especially his sketch of embriology might contain some implicit reference to Galen’s work as their polemical target.
In light of these considerations, the Venice conference aims to broaden the study of Galen’s reception in the early modern philosophy of nature, teleology, physiology, medicine, and philosophy of medicine by investigating his presence from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. We therefore invite submissions on all aspects of the early modern reception of Galen’s scientific and philosophical works. Proposals on iconographical or iconological issues related to the early modern Galenic tradition will also be considered.
Keynote speakers: Raphaële Andrault (ENS Lyon), Dennis DesChene (Washington U St Louis), Guido Giglioni (Warburg Inst), Hiro Hirai (Radboud U).
Call for abstracts: Please submit your proposal (max. 1,000 words) as a Word or PDF attachment to Matteo Favaretti . Submission deadline:
15 March 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent by the end of April. We will cover both accommodation and travel costs for speakers, provided that they travel in economy class and buy their tickets at least one month before the conference. Conference attendance is free. There are no registration fees.
Contact: Matteo Favaretti.
October 26-27, 2018
Midwest Study Group of the North American Kant Society
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Keynote: Desmond Hogan (Princeton)
Submissions should be prepared for blind review. Please send contact information in a separate document, indicating whether you are a graduate student. Presentation time is limited to 25 minutes and submissions that exceed 20 pages (double-spaced, regular margins) will not be considered. The selection committee welcomes contributions on all topics of Kantian scholarship (both contemporary and historically-oriented), including discussions of Kant’s immediate predecessors and successors. We especially encourage submissions from individuals of groups underrepresented in philosophy and Kant scholarship in particular. The best graduate student paper will receive a $200 stipend and be eligible for the Markus Herz Prize awarded by NAKS. Papers already presented at other NAKS study groups or meetings are not eligible for submission. Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing (though this is not required in order to submit a paper). The deadline for submissions is June 30th, 2018. Papers should be submitted electronically (in .pdf or .docx format) to the Program Committee Chair, Corey W. Dyck.
Contact: Corey W. Dyck.
October 29-31, 2018
Anton Wilhelm Amo: an African philosopher in Early Modern Europe
Oct. 29-30, Monday-Tuesday: Location: Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung (IZEA, Franckeplatz 1, Haus 54, Halle)
Oct. 29, Monday
17:45-18:15 Welcome and introduction
18:15-19:45 Paulin J. Hountondji (Nat U Benin/Pres Nat Coun Education, Benin): "How African is Anton Wilhelm Amo?"
Oct. 30, Tuesday
09:00-10:00 Jacob Mabe (Berlin): "Die philosophischen Prinzipien der Geschichtsschreibung nach Anton Wilhelm Amo"
10:00-11:00 Dag Herbjørnsrud (Ctr Global & Comp Hist Ideas, Oslo): "The Philosophy of Africa and the European Response: Reconstructing a Global and Comparative Perspective"
11:30-12:30 Dwight Lewis (Emory/South Florida): "From Lost to Found: Amo's De Iure Maurorum in Europa"
14:00-15:00 Sonja Brentjes (Max-Planck-Inst Berlin) / Rana Brentjes (Goldsmiths, U London): "Anti-colonialism and humanism: Burchard Brentjes and Anton Wilhelm Amo"
15:00-16:00 Monika Firla (AfriTüDe Geschichtswerkstatt, Stuttgart): "A.W. Amo als Praktischer Philosoph in Deutschland und Axim Break"
16:30-17:30 Andreij Krause (Martin-Luther-U Halle-Wittenberg): "Anton Wilhelm Amo und die traditionelle Logik: Sätze, Schlüsse und Argumentationen"
17:30-18:30 Stephen Menn (Humboldt U Berlin): "Amo’s theory of intentions and the problem of mind-body causality"
Oct. 31, Wednesday: Location: Ludwig-Wucherer-Straße 2 (Steintor-Campus), Hörsaal IV
09:00-10:00 Justin E.H. Smith (Paris 7-Denis Diderot): "Amo's Apatheia: A Critical Examination of His Sources"
10:00-11:00 Falk Wunderlich (Martin-Luther-U Halle-Wittenberg): "Amo and the theory of physical influx"
11:30-12:30 Corey W. Dyck (Western University): "Amo and the Neglected Path of Wolffianism"
12:30-13:30 Paola Rumore (U Studi di Torino): "Amo’s philosophical contexts in Halle and Wittenberg"
Contact: Dwight Lewis.
November 7, 2018
NY/NJ Research Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Shelley Weinberg (Illinois): TBA
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th Street, New Building, Room 8.63.24
New York, NY
Contact: Enrique Chávez-Arvizo.
November 9-10, 2018
NYU Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy: "Philosophy's Uses of Its History"
New York University
Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South
New York, NY
Friday, Nov 9
9:00-10:00 Check-in and Continental Breakfast
10:00-12:00 Antonia LoLordo (Virginia): "Pierre Gassendi"; response Monte Johnson (UC San Diego)
2:00-4:00 Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers): "Mary Shepherd"; response Keota Fields (U Mass Dartmouth)
4:30-6:30 Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame): "Kant to Hegel"; response Colin Marshall (U Washington)
Saturday, Nov 10
9:00-10:00 Continental Breakfast
10:00-12:00 Jessica Berry (Georgia St): "Friedrich Nietzsche"; response Christa Acampora (Hunter C)
2:00-4:00 Hans Sluga (UC Berkeley): "Martin Heidegger"; response Taylor Carman (Barnard C/Columbia U)
4:30-6:30 Jesse Prinz (Grad Ctr/CUNY): "Contemporary Philosophy in Relation to Its History"; response Karl Schafer (UC Irvine)
Contacts: Don Garrett, Anja Jauernig, Béatrice Longuenesse, John Richardson.
November 15-17, 2018
The Exercise of Judgment in the Early Modern Period
University of Klagenfurt
The aim of this conference is to discuss the concept and to examine the role of the exercise of judgment in the early modern period within and across the fields of literature, philosophy and history from 1500 to 1800. There are several open slots. Upon request, we can pay for travel and accommodation costs for a few participants. Prospective participants are invited to send a note of interest, indicating the field to which their talk belongs, and an abstract of 250 to 500 words to Andrea Cattaneo by August 15. The selection will be made with respect to coherence with the topic of the workshop. Please also indicate if you depend on funding for your trip. Confirmed speakers:
• Andrea Esser, University of Jena
• Hanjo Glock, University of Zurich
• Katrin Keller, Austrian Academy of Sciences
• Dorothea Nolde, University of Vienna
• Michaela Rehm, University of Bielefeld
• Johannes Rössler, University of Warwick
• Lothar Schilling, University of Augsburg
• Steffen Schneider, University of Graz
• Rudolf Schüssler, University of Bayreuth
• Anita Traninger, Free University of Berlin
• Christian Windler, University of Bern
Contact: Ursula Renz.
November 16-18, 2018
Workshop: Mechanics and matter theory in the Enlightenment
We hereby invite applications for up to three subsidized places in the workshop. The only eligible applicants are doctoral candidates and junior scholars no more than three years from PhD. Paid expenses cover reasonable travel fare, accommodation, and meals on site. The language of the workshop will be English. The workshop themes cover collision theory, 1700 to 1750; metaphysics of body in 18th-century Germany and France; the epistemic status of laws of motion; and the explanatory scope of mechanics ca. 1800. Primary figures include Christian Wolff, Émilie Du Châtelet, Jean d’Alembert, Leonhard Euler, Immanuel Kant, and Joseph-Louis Lagrange. A complete application must include a cover letter; a current CV; and a research statement (1,200 words max.) explaining (i) the applicant’s relevant qualifications, e.g. foreign language command, training in philosophy or history of science; and (ii) how attending the workshop would benefit their research, whether current or proximate. To apply, send the above materials (as a single PDF file) to Marius Stan. In the subject line, please enter “Duke workshop application.” The deadline for applications is 30 May 2018.
Contacts: Katherine Brading (Duke) and Marius Stan (Boston College).
November 22-23, 2018
Hobbes and Gender: Workshop and Special Issue of Hobbes Studies
Contributions to the workshop will be considered for a special issue of Hobbes Studies, on the same theme, to be published in spring 2020. The guest editors for the special issue are Eva Odzuck (Friedrich-Alexander U Erlangen-Nürnberg) and Alexandra Chadwick (Groningen). The workshop will include two keynote speeches from Sharon Lloyd (Southern California) and Susanne Sreedhar (Boston U). Papers may approach the topic from a variety of angles including, for example:
• Critiques of Hobbes’s arguments from feminist perspectives
• Insights from Hobbes’s philosophy for current debates about gender
• The place of women in Hobbes’s political argument
• Body, materialism and human nature in Hobbes
Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to Alexandra Chadwick and Eva Odzuck by 5 September 2018. We can provide financial assistance for travel and accommodation expenses due to a grant from the Free State of Bavaria (Promotion of Equal Opportunities for Women in Research and Teaching, FFL). After the workshop, the guest editors will select papers for possible publication in Hobbes Studies. Selected papers should be no longer than 8,000 words (incl. notes and bibliography) and should be with the editors by 31 May 2019. These will then be sent out to external reviewers, and the final decisions for publication in Hobbes Studies will be made on the basis of their reports.
Questions should be directed to the guest editors.
November 22-23, 2018
Women and Radical Thought: From the Renaissance to the Early Modern Era
In recent years the scholarship on the so-called radical enlightenment has flourished, developed and brought to light many texts, traditions and ways of communication that were hitherto unknown or barely studied (e.g. Paganini, Jacob, Laursen 2018). Meanwhile, the term “Radical Enlightenment” itself came under scrutiny and its meaning and legitimacy became contested (e.g. Israel and Mulsow (ed.) 2014; Ducheyne (ed.) 2017). One matter, however, is virtually absent from the current discussions: women’s participation in and contributions to radical circles and thought. One may actually ask: Where are the female radicals? The workshop takes up this question and will explore new ways of answering it by following the twofold aim:
(1) to critically investigate and re-assess the historiographical conception of “radical enlightenment” in relation to women’s writings: What would count as radical thought from a female perspective of the period?
(2) to make visible radical and subversive thought of women from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.
• Frederik Stjernfeld (Aalborg)
• Susanna Seguin (Paris)
• Ana Rodrigues (Paderborn)
• Sarah Hutton (York)
• Gianni Paganini (Vercelli)
• Inger Leemans (Amsterdam)
• Lena Halldenius (Lund)
• Juliane Engelhardt (Copenhagen)
• Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (Copenhagen)
• Christian Benne (Copenhagen)
• Martin Fog Arndal (Copenhagen)
Contacts: Sabrina Ebbersmeyer and Gianni Paganini.
December 15, 2018
Oxford Brookes International Hume Workshop: Hume and the Self
Oxford Brookes University
Keynote: Anik Waldow (Sydney)
Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted to Dan O'Brien by September 21st. Decisions will be made by September 28th. Presentations along with discussion will be limited to one hour.
January 7-10, 2019
American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting
Sheraton New York Time Square
811 7th Avenue, 53rd Street
New York, NY
Monday, Jan. 7
11:00-12:00 Colloquium: Ecology
Oli Stephano (Vassar): “Human Power and Ecological Flourishing: Refiguring Right and Advantage with Spinoza”; commentator Hadley Cooney (Wisconsin, Madison); chair Raffaella De Rosa (Rutgers U Newark)
11:00-1:00 Symposium: Hume’s Purely Practical Response to Philosophical Skepticism
Nathan Sasser (Greenville Tech Coll); commentators Anne Jacobson (Oxford) and Chris Lorkowski (Ashford U); chair Aaron Wilson (South Texas C)
11:00-1:00 Symposium: Women Philosophers, 1600-1900: A Workshop
Kristin Gjesdal (Temple) and Elizabeth Goodnick (Metropolitan St U); chair Lydia Moland (Colby C)
1:00-3:00 Kant; chair Gerad Gentry (Yale)
Bowen Chan (Toronto): “The Idea of Freedom: The Phenomenal Priority of Reason’s Power Before its Law”; commentator Daniel Dal Monte (Temple)
Noam Hoffer (Bar-Ilan): “The Critique of the Power of Judgement as the ‘True Apology’ to Leibniz’s Pre- Established Harmony”: commentator Curtis Sommerlatte (Union Coll)
1:00-3:00 Author Meets Critics: Michael Jacovides, Locke’s Image of the World; chair Antonia LoLordo (U Virginia)
Critics: Robert Pasnau (Colorado Boulder) and Kathryn Tabb (Columbia); reply Michael Jacovides (Purdue)
Tuesday, Jan. 8
9:00-12:00 Descartes Society: TBD
9:00-12:00 New Narratives and the Misrepresentation of Philosophy's Past; chair Marcy Lasano (Kansas)
Amber Griffioen (Konstanz): “The Naked Truth: Why Philosophy Should Reclaim Medieval Mysticism”
Christia Mercer (Columbia): “Alternative Facts: How Descartes Became Our Father (When He Isn’t)”
Andrew Janiak (Duke): “Early Modern Erasure: How Émilie Du Châtelet Was Written Out of the Canon”
Commentator Alison Simmons (Harvard)
12:00-2:00 International Berkeley Society; chair Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton C Massachusetts)
Manuel Fasko (Zurich): “De Actio: A Historical Argument for a Composite Reading of Berkeley’s Notion of Action”
Todd DeRose (Ohio State): “Semantic Compositionality and Berkeley’s Divine Language Argument”
Jonathan Vadja (SUNY Buffalo): “Berkeley’s Concrete General Ideas and the Problem of Universals”
12:00-2:00 Hong Kong Kant Society: Mysticism and Classical German Philosophy, chair Eric S. Nelson (Hong Kong U Sci/Tech)
David Chai (Chinese U Hong Kong): “Herder’s Mystical Aesthetics”
Stephen R. Palmquist (Hong Kong Baptist): “The Moral Grounding of Kant’s Critical Mysticism”
Gregory S. Moss (Chinese U Hong Kong): “Hegel’s Rationalization of Mysticism: From Eleusis to the Science of Logic”
12:00-2:00 Hume Society: Hume on Politeness and Passions; chair Allison Kuklok (St. Michael's C)
Alison McIntyre (Wellesley C): “Hume vs. Malebranche (and Hutcheson) on Whether Passions Represent their Objects”
Jason Fisette (Nevada, Reno): “Politeness and the Common Good in Hume’s Political Philosophy”
12:00-2:00 North American Spinoza Soc: Spinoza on Goodness, Freedom, and the State; chair Andrew Youpa (Southern Illinois)
Michael LeBuffe (Otago)
Steven Nadler (Wisconsin–Madison)
Sanem Soyarslan (North Carolina St)
5:15-7:15 Leibniz Soc North Amer: Leibniz's Rhetorical Strategies
John Whipple (Illinois, Chicago): “Leibniz’s Exoteric and Esoteric Philosophies”
Commentator Julia Borcherding (New York U)
7:30-10:30 International Hobbes Society; chair Rosamond Rhodes (Mount Sinai Sch Medicine)
Nicola Marcucci (École Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales): “Anthropology and Recognition in Hobbes’s Leviathan"
Marcus Adams (U Albany SUNY): “Hobbes’s Conceptualism”
Paul Garofalo (U Southern California): “Obligation and Liberty in Hobbes”
Wendell Stephenson (Fresno City Coll): “Sovereign Power the Same”
Jan Narveson (Waterloo): “The Idea of a State of Nature in Hobbes and in Moral Theory"
7:30-10:30 Society for Phil of Emotion: Emotions and Cooperation; chair Cecilea Mun (Ind Sch)
Daniel R. Herbert (Sheffield): "Kant and the Philosophy of Hope"
7:30-10:30 North American Kant Soc: Kant and Constitutivism; chair Jordan MacKenzie (New York U)
Andrews Reath (UC Riverside): “Kant’s Moral Constitutivism”; commentator Brian Tracz (UC San Diego)
Carla Bagnoli (U Modena/Reggio Emilia, Italy): “Construction, Description, and Responsibility”; commentator Dennis Kalde (Munich)
Konstantin Pollock (U South Carolina): “Constitutivism, Normativity, and the Legacy of Natural Right in Kant’s Theory of Rational Agency”; commentator Sasha Mudd (U Alberto Hurtado, Chile)
7:30-10:30 Soc Hist Pol Phil: Conscience, Religion, and Art in Modern Thought; chair Martin Sitte (Ind Sch)
Gabrielle Stanton (Tulane): “Lions, Tygers, Pole-cats, and Foxes: Conscience and Punishment in Locke’s State of Nature”
Samuel Stoner (Assumption Coll): “Lessing and Kant on the History of Religion”
Aaron Halper (Catholic U America): “Quarreling Over Art: Kant’s Antinomy of Aesthetic Judgment"
Wednesday, Jan. 9
9:00-11:00 Kantian Ethics; chair Adam Etinson (St Andrews)
Leonard Feldblyum (Brown): “Untangling Motivation, Desire, and Action in Kant’s Empirical Psychology”; commentator Rosalind Chaplin (UC San Diego)
Michael Gregory (South Carolina): “Fashionable Morality: Kant and Social Virtues”; commentator Daniel Mendez (Boston U)
9:00-11:00 Symposium: Mary Shepherd’s Philosophy of Mind; chair Don Garrett (New York U)
Martha Bolton (Rutgers)
Deborah Boyle (Coll Charleston)
Commentator Keota Fields (Massachusetts, Dartmouth)
7:00-10:00 International Hobbes Association, Session II; chair Michael Byron (Kent St)
Rebeccah Leiby (Boston U): “Hobbes’s Patriarchalism”
P. K. Pokker (U Calicut, India): “Thomas Hobbes and Methodological Shift in Social Philosophy”
Emilio Sergio (U Calabria): “Hobbes’s War against Boyle and Wallis”
Meghan Robison (Montclair St): “Mother Lords and the Power of Preserving Life in Hobbes’s Leviathan” Joel van Fossen (Boston U): “‘Birth Follows the Belly’: A Reinterpretation of Natural Maternal Dominion in Hobbes”
7:00-10:00 N Amer Kant Soc: Kant's Political Philosophy; chair Reed Winegar (Fordham)
Kate Moran (Brandeis): “Kant on Dependence and Passive Citizenship”; commentator Samuel Stoner (Assumption Coll)
Jeppe von Platz (U Richmond): “The Relation Between Private and Public Right in Kant’s Doctrine of Right”; commentator James Messina (UC San Diego)
Alice Pinheiro Walla (U Bayreuth Germany): “What Is a Right? A Kantian Account”; commentator Adam Shmidt (Boston U)
Thursday, Jan. 10
9:00-11:00 Culture as the Unifying Ground of Kant’s Critique of Judgment; chair Eileen Sweeney (Boston Coll)
Sabina Bremner (Columbia)
Commentators John Kaag (Massachusetts, Lowell) and Melissa Zinkin (SUNY Binghamton)
9:00-11:00 Symposium: Locke, God, and the Natural World; chair Patrick Connolly (Lehigh)
Geoff Gorham (Macalester Coll)
Stewart Duncan (U Florida)
Commentator Jessica Gordon-Roth (U Minnesota)
9:00-11:00 Moral Feeling & Moral Self-Awareness: The Phenomenological Role of Respect in Kant's Moral Psychology: chair Jennifer Uleman (SUNY Purchase)
Tanner Hammond (Boston U)
Commentators: Catherine Smith (Iona Coll) & Benjamin Vilhauer (City Coll New York, CUNY)
11:30-1:30 Spinoza; chair Sophie Cote (New York U)
Joe Stratmann (UC San Diego): “Kant and the Seductive Path to Spinozism”; commentator Reza Hadisi (Hamilton Coll)
Matthew Homan (Christopher Newport U): “Spinoza’s Methodology Is Not Anti-Cartesian”; commentator Andrew Youpa (Southern Illinois)
11:30-1:30 Kant’s Organic Republic: Judging Property Purposively; chair Carlos Pereira di Salvo (U Pennsylvania)
Aaron Jaffe (Juilliard School)
Commentators Daniel Addison (CUNY) & Daniel MacDougall (CUNY City Tech)
11:30-1:30 Kant's Truthmaker Noumenalism; chair Kimberly Brewer (Cornell)
Damian Melamedoff (Toronto)
Commentators: Sylvia Pauw (U Amsterdam/Ghent) & Tim Jankowiak (Towson U)
January 17-19, 2018
Conference: "The Self: Object of Beliefs and Passions: Hume and Contemporary Readings"
Paris Nanterre University
At the end of the first book of his Treatise of Human Nature (1739), Hume wrote, "when I enter most intimately into what I call myself, I always stumble on some particular perception or other, of heat or cold, light or shade, love or hatred, pain or pleasure. I never can catch myself at any time without a perception, and never can observe any thing but the perception." This remark has since been much discussed, and continues today to fuel the debate around the concept of self. Since Thomas Reid, the idea that there is no such thing as a "substantial" self and the arguments underlying it, have been subjected to intense scrutiny and criticisms. Reid (1785) considered the doctrine incompatible with the mere possibility of free will, or thought itself, as both presupposes a thinking being that can acknowledge itself as itself. T. Penelhum (1955) or W. Fang (1984) question the strict opposition between difference and identity that is at the basis of the Humean indictment against the substantialist notion of self.
The debate around Hume's doctrine is also an exegetical one. Hume, as we tend to forget, developed further in the Treatise (in Book II, on the Passions) a positive theory of the self, which seems to contradict the sceptical approach of Book I. This positive dimension of the Humean thesis has been the subject of divergent interpretations, both in terms of determining how to understand it in itself (as evidenced for example by the dispute between J.I. Biro (1979) and J.L. McIntyre (1979) or more recently in the readings of F. Brahami (2001), G. Strawson (2011) or E. Le Jallé (2014)) as to its relation to the negative thesis of the first book (see W.L. Robinson 1974, M. Malherbe 2001, A. Carlson 2009).
Finally, the excerpt from the Treatise has become, if not the master formula, at least one of the leading slogans of what is now called the 'no self theory', according to which nothing like the self exists, a doctrine variously defended by philosophers like D. Parfit (1984), D.C. Dennett (1986), or T. Metzinger (2003). In many ways the opposition between realism and antirealism, on the issue of the self, structures the contemporary debates in contemporary philosophy of mind. It is central for issues such as personal identity (Do we persist over time, and under which conditions? What determines the number of people at a given time? What kind of things are we?), self-knowledge (Are there different forms of self-knowledge? and if so, what are they, and should one be preferred over another? What types of first-person knowledge are immune to error through misidentification? ), or unity of the mind (to what extent is it legitimate to believe in the unity of mental contents? What is the cause of this unity? What is self-consciousness? and how does it relate to consciousness in general?). This conference has therefore two main objectives:
• A first day will be devoted to the discussion of Hume's thesis in exegetical terms, in order to better understand it not only in the context of the first book, but also within the general economy of the work
• In a second day, we will try to grasp the role and forms that the Humean heritage takes in contemporary debates on the self, but also how a fresh look at Hume's text could open up new avenues within these discussions
Submission Guidelines: abstracts can be submitted in English or French and should include a title and not exceed 1500 words. Abstracts must be anonymized and sent to the organizers c/o Alexandre Charrier by 1 November 2018. Replies will be sent on 15 November 2018. Other organizers are Claire Etchegaray and Philippe Hamou (both Paris Nanterre).
February 15-16, 2019
The Unfinished Synthesis: Kant’s Opus Postumum
LMU Munich & IHS Munich School of Philosophy
Featured Speakers: Dina Emundts (FU Berlin), Bryan Hall (St. John’s U), Günter Zöller (LMU Munich)
In the last decades, Kant researchers have developed an increasing interest in both Kant’s writings of the critical period outside of the three Critiques and for the post-critical development of his thought. Understanding the Opus Postumum--the last, unaccomplished project the Philosopher of Königsberg worked on during several years at the end of his life--plays an important role here, as it serves to identify both the foundational role of the three Critiques for other philosophical inquiries, as well as to understand the unity of a philosophical system that Kant had tried to establish. In this sense, the (i>Opus Postumum can serve as a ground to identify the relation between Kant’s transcendental philosophy, his natural philosophy, practical philosophy, philosophy of religion, metaphysics and his broader epistemology.
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the ways in which Kant adapts, transforms and integrates his previous ideas into a more comprehensive and unified outline of philosophy. We are interested in understanding Kant’s new approach to natural philosophy, his re-evaluation of the scope and limits of transcendental philosophy, the unity of his system, and the transformation of earlier ideas. The conference aims at providing a space for fruitful exchanges between established scholars, junior researchers and PhD students. Presentation time (except keynote speakers) will be approx. 30 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion. Abstracts of ca. 500 words are to be send to Ansgar Lyssy; deadline 30 September 2018; notification of acceptancee31 October.
Contact: Ansgar Lyssy.
February 20-23, 2019
American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting
Westin Downtown Denver
1672 Lawrence Street
Descartes Society Session: We will accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. The session will be 2-3 hours in length. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the meeting--limited to only one of the three division meetings--is August 1, 2018. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of an abstract of 500 words. Papers should have a reading time of about 30 minutes. Panel discussion proposals should include a description of the topic to be discussed, and abstracts of the panelists’ presentations. Author Meets Critics proposals should include the author’s description of the book to be discussed and the names of 2 or 3 people who will serve as critics. Send your proposal as an email attachment to Steve Wagner, the representative of the session for the Central Division meeting.
North American Spinoza Society: invites submissions of paper abstracts on any topic in Spinoza's philosophy. Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words by Sept 20, 2018 to Karolina Hubner.
March 8-10, 2019
Tolerance, Sociability and Solidarity in Scottish Philosophy
Université de Lausanne
Societies are kept together by different kinds of glue. Self-interested factors such as the fear of leaving society, and the awareness of various benefits of living with others may play their roles. Yet there are also other factors, such as forms of natural sociability, benevolence and sympathy, solidarity with other members of society, and tolerance with respect to different opinions and values. Sometimes religion is considered helpful for keeping societies together, sometimes it is presented as the very cause of division. The nature, potential and limits of tolerance, sociability, solidarity and the role of religion were discussed by many philosophers in the Scottish tradition, and in particular in the Scottish Enlightenment. We invite paper proposals that explore the roles of these notions in Scottish philosophy.
Proposals of not more than 400 words should be sent by email attachment to email@example.com by November 1, 2018. Decisions will be notified by November 30, 2018. We are also pleased to announce the Gordon Graham Prize in Scottish Philosophy. The winner of this prize will receive financial support including registration, travel, and lodging to attend the 2019 ISSP conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. The winner’s paper will also be published in the Journal of Scottish Philosophy. The runner-up will be invited to the conference and published in the Journal of Scottish Philosophy. Please submit complete papers of not more than 5,000 words by November 1st, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contacts: James Foster (U Sioux Falls), Giovanni Gellera (Lausanne), and Christian Maurer (Lausanne)
March 23-24, 2019
Recasting the Treatise, Volume Two
Herford College, Oxford
This will be the second workshop of a series focusing on the contrasts and differences between David Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature and his later philosophical works that descended from it. The first workshop was held in Budapest in March 2018, and focused on topics from Treatise Book 1, the Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, and relevant essays. This workshop will be devoted to Treatise Book 2, the Four Dissertations of 1757 (notably the “Dissertation on the Passions”), and relevant essays. The third workshop, provisionally planned to be held in Budapest in September 2019, will be focused on Treatise Book 3, the Enquiry on the Principles of Morals, and relevant essays. Invited members include: Kate Abramson, Miren Boehm, Don Garrett, Lorenzo Greco, James Harris, Jane McIntyre, Jennifer Marusic, Amyas Merivale, Dan O’Brien, Katarina Paxman, Hsueh Qu, Jacqueline Taylor, and Margaret Watkins.
At this stage we are inviting extended abstracts of about 1,000 words for the second workshop. The deadline for submission is 31 Dec. 2018. Please send your abstracts to organizers Peter Millican and Tamás Demeter.
Contacts: Peter Millican (Oxford) and Tamás Demeter (Budapest)
April 2-3, 2019
Berkeleian Minds: Will and Understanding
Humanities Research Centre
Abstracts are due by December 1, 2018. Maximum 1 page submission. Please include your name and affiliation. Please email submissions to John Blechl.There will be an evening reception on April 1. We are allowing a full day (April 4) to travel from York to Dublin for the "Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley" conference on April 5-6. Travel information, accommodation, and more details to follow closer to the conference.
Contact: John Blechl.
April 5-6, 2019
Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley
Trinity College Dublin
Long Room Hub Neill Lecture Theatre
George Berkeley’s Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710) and Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713) are standard texts in the philosophy curricula of most European and American universities. No other Irish philosopher, and no other work of Berkeley’s, has achieved this ‘canonical’ status. However, there was a vibrant philosophical scene in Ireland in Berkeley’s lifetime, to which Berkeley was far from the only contributor. Studying this broader Irish philosophical discussion will improve our understanding of Berkeley and also of early modern philosophy more generally.
The Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley conference will include general exploration of the intellectual culture of early modern Ireland as well as examination of specific thinkers with significant connections to Ireland active during Berkeley’s lifetime (1685–1753). Such figures include Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh (1615–1691); Robert Boyle (1627–1691); Michael Moore (c. 1639-1726); William King (1650–1729); William Molyneux (1656–1698); Edward Synge (1659–1741); Jonathan Swift (1667–1745); John Toland (1670–1722); Peter Browne (d. 1735); and Francis Hutcheson (1694–1746). Invited speakers include:
• Lisa Downing (Philosophy, Ohio St)
• Eric Schliesser (Pol Sci, U Amsterdam)
• Kate Davison (History, Sheffield)
Approximately nine additional papers will be selected by anonymous review of submitted abstracts. We welcome abstracts from scholars in any discipline addressing one or more of the following issues:
• The Irish context of Berkeley’s philosophy
• The philosophical work of other Irish thinkers active during Berkeley’s lifetime
• The reception within Ireland of other philosophical figures, ideas, and movements
• The reception of Irish philosophy outside Ireland
Particular preference will be given to papers that address figures and/or topics outside the currently recognized philosophical ‘canon’, including the work of early modern women. Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication as part of the Mind Occasional Series, Oxford University Press. Paper sessions will be 50 minutes in length, including discussion. Papers should therefore have a reading time of 30-40 minutes. Abstracts should be submitted by email to Kenny Pearce by 15 October 2018 and should be about 750 words in length, in PDF or MS Word format and should be prepared for anonymous review. Please include the words “IPAB Submission” in the subject line, and include your full name, institutional affiliation, and academic rank in the body of your email. Scholars wishing to be considered for travel bursaries should also include a description of the travel funds (if any) available to them from other sources. We expect to make decisions by December 2018 and will notify all submitters by email. For complete details and abstract submission instructions, please visit: http://www.tcd.ie/Philosophy/events/IPAB/. Participants and attendees may also be interested in attending "Berkeleian Minds: Will and Understanding," a conference to be held at York University 2 and 3 April 2019.
Contact: John Blechl.
April 17-20, 2019
American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting
1601 Bayshore Drive
Deadline for submissions: Sept. 1, 2018
Descartes Society Session: We will accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. The session
will be 2-3 hours in length. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the meeting--limited to only one of the three division meetings--is August 1,
2018. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of an abstract of 500 words. Papers should have a reading time of about 30 minutes. Panel
discussion proposals should include a description of the topic to be discussed, and abstracts of the panelists’ presentations. Author Meets Critics proposals
should include the author’s description of the book to be discussed and the names of 2 or 3 people who will serve as critics. Send your proposal as an email
attachment to John Carriero, the representative of the session for the Pacific Division meeting.
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women session: The content of the session is broadly construed, and submissions that focus on, invoke, forward, challenge, and/or engage with philosophical scholarship of early modern women are welcome. Contributions from graduate students are encouraged, and one paper slot is reserved for graduate student work. There will be sufficient time for audience feedback on each paper, and our session will emphasize dialogue among participants and session attendees. Questions can be directed to the session organizer, Jill Hernandez by Oct 1, 2018.
The APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy (CTP) and the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) invite proposals for a session on new approaches to teaching early modern survey courses. This session will be held at the Teaching Hub at the 2019 Pacific Division meeting. With an aim of sharing and inspiring teaching that rethinks the standard canon that students typically encounter in early modern philosophy courses, we are seeking a variety of presentations on interesting or innovative approaches to teaching the early modern survey in ways that incorporate lesser-known philosophers and texts of the period. Specific ideas about course content are especially encouraged. As well, discussions about pedagogical approaches to that content are also welcome at this session. Presentations should be 20 minutes in length. Approximately 20 minutes of additional time will be available to each presenter for activities and/or discussion with the audience. We appreciate proposals that are creative and interactive. Submissions: Proposals of no more than 500 words, prepared for anonymous review, should be sent to Susan Mills. Since we are interested in ensuring representation of a range of voices and teaching experiences and welcome submissions from those who have taught in various types of educational institutions, please include in your proposal a brief account of your experiences with non-standard approaches to early modern philosophy. Supporting material, such as syllabi, handouts, or a CV, may also be included in addition to your proposal submission. Deadline for proposals: Sept. 15, 2018; notification to presenters: Oct. 1.
April 24-26, 2019
British Society for the History of Philosophy: Annual Conference
King's College London
Call for Papers: proposals for individual papers and for papers organized in themed symposia are invited on any period and aspect of the history of philosophy. In line with the BSHP’s commitment to broadening the canon, proposals on currently under-represented philosophical traditions, periods and authors are especially welcome. All proposals must be anonymized for blind peer-review.
Individual papers: please send an abstract of MAX 500 words (in Word format) for a paper suitable for a 30 minute slot (20 mins for the paper, 10 mins for Q&A) to Katharine O'Reilly. Symposia: please send a proposal of MAX 500 words (in Word format) for a symposium of 3-4 papers (each paper suitable for a 30 minutes slot) with abstracts of MAX 300 words for each paper to Katharine O'Reilly. Please also submit, in a separate document, the email address and institution of each participant, and the name and email of the symposium organizer who will serve as contact person. Deadline: Monday 10 September 2018. Please note: all conference participants, including accepted speakers, must be BSHP members. For information on the BSHP and how to join please visit our website.
As signatories of the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme, the BSHP will take steps to ensure gender balance among speakers and participants. As for all BSHP events, some funding is available for childcare. If you require childcare in order to attend the conference please contact Katharine O'Reilly. Up to 10 bursaries of £100 will be available for speakers who are graduate students/ unwaged members.
Contact: Katharine O'Reilly.
May 9-11, 2019
“The great protector of wits”: D’Holbach 1789-2019
230 years after his death, Baron Paul Henri Thiry d’Holbach (1723-1789) continues to be a challenging figure of the European Enlightenment. Not only was he a materialistic philosopher, a champion of anticlericalism, the author of the monumental Système de la nature known as “the Bible of atheists,” an idéologue, a popularizer of the natural sciences and a prolific contributor of the Encyclopédie, but he also played a fundamental role as an organizer of culture. All over Europe, d’Holbach was known as the “maître d’hôtel” of philosophy (in the words of the abbé Galiani), and as “the great protector of wits, and the Sçavans who are no wits” (in those of Laurence Sterne). Throughout his life, d’Holbach made constant efforts to create intellectual networks, to support cultural transfers, and to promote the dissemination of radical religious and political ideas. The most famous aspect of this effort is the Salon of Rue Royale. Yet, this is not the only interesting aspect of his cultural agenda. His correspondence reveals not only an extensive cosmopolitan network of friends, but also his commitment as a social mediator as well as a facilitator of the circulation of texts and ideas. D’Holbach was also a translator, and a very special one. As a German native speaker, he translated into French and popularized a variety of German works on chemistry and geology. Moreover, his acquaintance with the English language and British culture allowed him to translate a number of philosophical and irreligious English writings. As recent scholarship has shown, most of these translations are rife with interpolation, manipulation and fictions of authority. The figures of translator, author and editor overlap in d’Holbach. Indeed, he was also an editor of a number of clandestine books, promoting their circulations and while creating new strategies of anonymity and pseudonymity. Finally, d’Holbach contributed financially to the diffusion of the philosophes’ ideas, supporting not only Diderot and the Encyclopédie but also other authors and works. If we look to intellectual networks, to cultural transfer, cosmopolitism, collective authorship, the making of public opinion and philosophical propaganda as key concepts in the understanding of the Enlightenment, d’Holbach emerges as a figure emblematic of the age.
We invite papers in all aspects of Holbach’s thought, intellectual biography and cultural activity. Topics of interest include (but are not restricted to):
- D’Holbach’s philosophical, religious, moral and political thought
- D’Holbach as a scientist and a popularizer of the natural sciences
- D’Holbach as a translator and as an editor: practices of (re)writing (plagiarism, omission, addition, interpolation, juxtaposition); strategies of authoriality (anonymity, pseudonymity, allonimity)
- The Salon of Rue Royale, the coterie
- D’Holbach and the Encyclopédie
- The transfer of knowledge in d’Holbach’s circle: networks, correspondences, journals
- D’Holbach as a mediator of (transnational) culture
- D’Holbach and clandestinity: production and circulation of clandestine manuscripts, clandestine circulation of books, connections with editors
- D’Holbach as a financial supporter of the Enlightenment
- D’Holbach’s ancient and modern sources
- Critics, fortune and reception
The official languages of the conference will be both English and French. Invited speakers:
Nicholas Cronk (Oxford)
Alan Charles Kors (Pennsylvania)
Mladen Kozul (Montana)
Tony La Vopa (North Carolina)
Brunello Lotti (Udine)
Emilio Mazza (IULM, Milano)
Alain Sandrier (Caen Normandie)
Maria Susana Seguin (Paul-Valéry Montpellier/ENS Lyon)
Ann Thomson (European U Institute, Florence)
We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations in either French or English. To apply please submit an abstract (no more than 300 words) along with a one-page CV to the conference organizer (Laura Nicoli) no later than 30 October 2018. Please make submissions in either MS Word or in PDF format. Accepted proposals will be notified no later than 15 December 2018. Graduate students and unwaged early career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply and funds towards defraying the costs of travel and attendance may be available upon application. Please contact the conference organizers with any questions.
Contact: Laura Nicoli.
May 17-19, 2019
Leibniz Society of North America
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 about 500 words, prepared for blind review. They should be submitted – as attachments to emails in either Microsoft Word or PDF format – to Ursula Goldenbaum. The deadline for the receipt of submissions is November 15th, 2018. Authors will be notified by December 15th, 2018 of the program committee’s decision.
Contact: Ursula Goldenbaum.
May 20-30, 2019
Institute for the History of Philosophy Summer Seminar: Leibniz's Philosophy of Law
IHP Summer Seminars are designed to bring together a group of faculty scholars specializing in specific areas of the history of philosophy for seminars focused around a shared reading list. Ten participants and the two co-directors meet in two mornings sessions over the course of two four-day weeks for discussions based upon close readings. The afternoons are free for reading and preparing. The Emory Library has collected Leibniz literature since the time of Leroy E. Loemker and also holds the original of Robert Mulvaney’s dissertation on Leibniz’ philosophy of law, defended at Emory in 1965. The IHP seminar format eschews the delivery of conference-style papers in favor of open, group-based engagement. In so doing, the IHP seeks to foster conversations that will inform future scholarly work. See past seminars.
The 2019 readings will focus on Leibniz’s Philosophy of Law, an area that has not been in the focus of Anglo-American Leibniz scholarship so far. Our central texts will include Leibniz’s Elementa juris naturalis, the Nova methodus, and the Theodicée. We will use translations if possible, and also texts in their original language. Fortunately, we recently got translations of the Nova methodus. The Akademieedition will be available in our seminar space. In addition, our discussions will take into account texts of philosophers that were of particular impact on Leibniz’s thinking about natural right, law, and on his concept of justice, especially of Grotius, Hobbes, Spinoza, and Plato.
The Institute is pleased to provide room, board, and travel expenses for all participants accepted to the seminar. Guests will be housed in The New Marriott Courtyard Decatur, in downtown Decatur, Georgia, a couple of miles from Emory's campus. Decatur is a vibrant town with several restaurants and bars, all within walking distance from the hotel. The hotel is also close to a MARTA stop, Atlanta's public train service. Participants will thus have access to other parts of Atlanta, including the airport. A free shuttle is commuting between hotel and campus.
The weekend between the two seminar weeks is free for private activities; participants can visit the Martin Luther King Center, go hiking in the mountains of North Georgia or try kayaking in Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta. Atlanta has a world class symphony orchestra and also great Blues clubs. These activities are supposed to support the socializing among the participating scholars.
Interested scholars should send a cover letter, addressing the relevance of the topic of Leibniz philosophy of law to their current and/or future scholarly work, and a CV to Professor Ursula Goldenbaum at her email address below. We would like to encourage especially younger scholars to apply. The deadline for applications is December 31st, 2018 with decisions announced by January 15th, 2019.
Contacts: Ursula Goldenbaum and Daniel Garber.
May 23-24, 2019
Leuven Kant Conference 2019: Kant's Transcendental Dialectic
University of Leuven
The upcoming edition of the Leuven Kant Conference differs from preceding ones in two respects. We will not make a distinction between keynote speakers and participants selected on the basis of their abstracts, and we intend the conference to provide a space for open exchange between established scholars, early career researchers, and PhD students. Moreover, the conference will be devoted to a specific topic: Kant’s Transcendental Dialectic.
Kant famously claimed in a letter to Garve that he was awoken from his dogmatic slumber by his identification of the antinomy of pure reason, which he took to represent ‘the scandal of the ostensible contradiction of reason with itself’. In this sense, the Critique of Pure Reason can be said to owe its impetus to the critique of metaphysics carried out in Transcendental Dialectic, more specifically, its analysis of the ‘natural and unavoidable illusion’ that emerges in attempts to obtain a priori knowledge of the soul, the world as such, and God. However, the section was all-but ignored by many early commentators. Following in the wake of the monographs by Wood, Ameriks, and Grier, more recent studies provide valuably focused accounts of specific parts and aspects of the text. However, they often do not connect Kant’s various claims in the Dialectic and tend to ignore the systematic place of the Dialectic in Kant’s theoretical philosophy.
We invite proposals on any aspect of the Transcendental Dialectic of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Given the wide scope of this division of the work, we do not plan to include papers on the Dialectic chapters of the second and third Critiques, the reception of Kant’s Dialectic by post-Kantians, or the notion of dialectic in philosophers other than Kant. Topics may include (but are not limited to):
• The arguments in the Transcendental Dialectic
• Kant’s notion of dialectic in general
• The aim and nature of Kant’s engagement with former metaphysics in the Transcendental Dialectic
• Kant’s interlocutors and the immediate historical context of the Transcendental Dialectic
• The unity or disunity of the Transcendental Dialectic’s chapters: the Paralogisms, Antinomies and Ideal
• Transcendental illusion
• Kant’s account of phenomena and noumena in relation to the Transcendental Dialectic
• Kant’s conception of the ideas of reason
• The relation between the Appendix and the main part of the Transcendental Dialectic
• The relation between Kant’s pre-critical works and the Transcendental Dialectic
Abstracts (no more than 500 words) should be sent in word format, as attachment, to the Leuven Conference no later than January 14, 2019. Abstracts, including the title, should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the email. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion. We offer limited travel grants to PhD students without funding of their own. Notification of acceptance by February 10, 2019.
Contact: Karin de Boer.
July 22-26, 2019
Hume Society Conference
University of Nevada
Department of Philosophy
We invite papers in all areas of Hume studies but especially welcome submissions bearing some relation to the conference themes:
faith and testimony
Hume and democratic theory
Hume and genealogical explanations
Hume and idealism
Plenary speakers include: Peter Kail (Oxford), Véronique Munoz-Dardé (Univ Coll London/U California, Berkeley), and Andre Willis (Brown). Panel discussion on Hume and Mary Shepherd includes: Deborah Boyle (C Charleston), Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers), and Don Garrett (New York U). Author Meets Critics panel on Hume, Passion, and Action (Oxford UP, 2018) by Elizabeth Radcliffe.
Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words) and should be submitted with an Abstract (200 words) no later than November 1, 2018. 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) at this address.
Contacts: Lorne Falkenstein (Western U), Jason Fisette (U Nevada, Reno), Alison McIntyre (Wellesley C), and Christopher Williams (U Nevada, Reno).
August 6-9, 2019
International Kant Congress: The court of Reason
University of Oslo, Faculty of Law and Domus Nova
The idea of reason being its own judge is not only pivotal to a proper understanding of Kant’s philosophy, but can also shed light on the burgeoning fields of meta-philosophy and philosophical methodology. The International Kant Congress 2019 will have a special emphasis on Kant’s methodology, his account of conceptual critique, and the relevance of his ideas to current issues in especially political philosophy and the philosophy of law. There will also be additional sections dedicated to a wide range of topics in Kant’s philosophy. The Congress languages are English, German, and French. Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2018. Keynote speakers:
R. Lanier Anderson
Please submit a full paper, consisting of a maximum of 20.000 characters (spaces, footnotes and references included) as well as an abstract consisting of around 1.000 characters (spaces included) to email@example.com. Papers can be written in any of the Congress languages and address any of the 18 thematic sections listed below and should clearly state which section(s) the author finds most fitting. The paper must be suitable for anonymous review. Hence, they must not contain any references to previous works by the author or to any other element that might reveal the author's identity. The paper must be submitted as a PDF file. Selected papers will be allotted a slot of 30 minutes, including Q&A. Authors will be notified of the review outcome in February 2019. Participation in the Congress is also possible without submission of a paper. Thematic sections:
Kant's Pre-Critical Philosophy
Metaphilosophy and Philosophical Methodology
Epistemology and Logic
Philosophy of Science and Nature
Ethics and Moral Philosophy
Legal and Political Philosophy
Philosophy of History and Culture
Philosophy of Education
Anthropology and Psychology
Religion and Theology
Kant and German Idealism
Kant and Neo-Kantianism
Kant and Phenomenology
Kant and Non-Western Philosophy
Enlightenment and Reason in the Public Sphere
Contact: Lina Tosterud.