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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May 28-29, 2018
Finnish-Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Central European University, Budapest
Monday, 28 May
10.00 Anna Ortín Nadal (Edinburgh): "Descartes’ Criterion for the Distinction Between Primary and Secondary Qualities"
11.15 Saja Parvizian (UIC): "Descartes on the Problem of Knowledge Preservation"
14.00 Robert Matyasi (Toronto): "Spinoza on Objective Being and Modality"
15.15 Barnaby R. Hutchins (Ghent/Alpen-Adria): "Spinoza and the Attributes: The Standpoint Interpretation"
16.30 Banafsheh Beizaei (NYU): "Conception and the Role of the Insofar in Spinoza’s Ethics"
Tuesday, 29 May
10.00 Thomas Feeney (U Saint Thomas, Minnesota): "Leibniz’s Ideal Monism, or What It Takes to be a Substance"
11.15 Julia Borcherding (NYU): "Nothing Is Simply One Thing: Re-Examining Anne Conway’s Metaphysics of Substance"
14.00 Charles T. Wolfe (IAS CEU/Ghent): "Locke and Projects for Naturalizing the Mind in the 18th Century"
15.15 Umrao Sethi (Lehman College, CUNY): "Mind-Dependence in Berkeley and the Problem of Perception"
16.30 Andrew Ward (York): "How Sceptical is Hume’s Theory of Personal Identity?"
For more information, go to fhsemp.wordpress.com.
Contact: Mike Griffin.
May 29, 2018
Felix Waldmann (Christ’s College, Cambridge): ‘David Hume and diplomacy, 1746-1769’
Radcliffe Humanities Building, Seminar Room, 3rd floor
This talk will discuss Hume’s career as an aide-de-camp and diplomat, c. 1746-1769; it will focus particularly on Dr Waldmann’s recovery of several new biographical sources from this period of Hume’s life, and it will examine how Hume’s diplomatic activities may have informed his historical writing, political thought, and authorial persona.
Contact: Dan O'Brien.
May 30, 2018
Hobbes Studies Essay Competition
Hobbes Studies is pleased to invite submissions for the 2018 Hobbes Studies Essay Competition. Submissions should treat the philosophical, political, historical, literary, religious, or scientific aspects of the thought of Thomas Hobbes and be no more than 10,000 words. Essays are invited from researchers in any field who are currently enrolled in postgraduate study or completed their PhD no earlier than 3rd March 2013. Submissions must be received by 30 May 2018. The judges reserve the right not to make an award.
All submissions should be uploaded to the journal's Editorial Manager website. When submitting your manuscript for consideration, please note in the comments box that you desire to be considered for the 2018 competition (immediately before uploading the files), and include your CV. Submissions must follow Hobbes Studies submission guidelines. For questions, please email the Assistant Editor. Essays must not have been previously published or simultaneously submitted for consideration elsewhere. Submissions will be considered for publication in a forthcoming issue of Hobbes Studies. The competition submission selected by the Editorial Board will be published in Hobbes Studies, awarded €350, and receive a year’s subscription. The 2017 prize winning essay was ‘"A State of Lesser Hope": The Servant in Hobbes's Natural Commonwealth’ by Caleb Miller, which will be published in the Autumn issue of Hobbes Studies. To download a copy of the competition advertisement, please click here. Contact: Marcus Adams.
May 30-31, 2018
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Wednesday, 30 May
8:30-9:00 Welcome and registration
9:00-10:00 Karin de Boer (KU Leuven): "Kant’s Inquiries into a New Touchstone for Metaphysical Truth"
10:45-11:30 Hadley Marie Cooney (Wisconsin, Madison): "Cavendish and Descartes on Animal Consciousness"
11:30-12:15 Botond Csuka (Eötvös Loránd): “'Gentle' and 'Gross' Exercises: Aesthetic Experience and Well- Being in Addison’s Essays"
12:15-1:00 Alan Nelson (North Carolina, Chapel Hill): "Locke on Ideas of Reflection, Inner Sense, and the Historical Plain Method"
2:15-3:00 Anna Markwart (Nicolaus Copernicus, Torun): "Sophie de Grouchy and Adam Smith: Education for Sympathy"
3:00-3:45 Stephen Evensen (Biola): "Reading Kant Through Grotius: Is the Categorical Imperative Substantive or Procedural?"
3:45-4:30 Stephen Howard (KU Leuven): "Physical and Psychological Forces in Wolff, Baumgarten, and Kant"
4:45-5:00 Nathan Porter (Utah): "Spinoza’s Theodicy" (via Skype)
5:15-6:00 Nastassja Pugliese (São Paulo): "Substance and Individuation in Anne Conway as a Critique to Spinoza"
6:00-6:45 Adam Harmer (California, Riverside): "Anthony Collins on Texture and Structural Emergence"
Thursday, 31 May
9:00-9:45 Iulia Mihai (Ghent): "Du Châtelet on the Principle of Continuity, Change and Process"
9:45-10:30 Scott Harkema (Ohio State): "On the Role of Illusion in Du Chatelet’s Theory of Happiness"
10:45-11:30 Boris Demarest (Amsterdam): "Soul as Nature: the Naturalist Animism of Van Helmont and Stahl"
11:30-1:00 Christia Mercer (Columbia): "Descartes’ Demons and Debts, or Why We Should Work on Women in the History of Philosophy"
Contacts: Chris Meyns and Andrea Sangiacomo.
May 31-June 1, 2018
Leuven Kant Conference
University of Leuven
Huis Bethlehem, Schapenstraat 34
Thursday, May 31
9.00-9.30 Registration and coffee
9.30-9.40 Karin de Boer (Leuven): Welcome
9.40-11.10 Mario Caimi (Buenos Aires): "Kant's Deduction of the Ideas of Reason and his Critical Conception of Metaphysics"; respondent Pavel Reichl (Essex)
11.30-13.00 Parallel Session 1: The Problem of Space (Auditorium Wolfspoort)
11.30-12:15 Natalia Albizu (Freie U Berlin): "Orientation and the Properties of Space: An Interpretation of the Argument from Incongruent Counterparts"
12.15-13.00 Aljosja Kravanja (Ljubljana): "Two Kantian Models of Construction"
11.30-13.00 Parallel Session 2: The Categorical Imperative (Raadzaal)
11.30-12.15 Marília Espirito-Santo (Sao Paulo, ind sch): "Kant on the Formulas of the Categorical Imperative: A New Approach"
12.15-13.00 Ido Geiger (Ben-Gurion U Negev): "The Second Formula of the Categorical Imperative and the End of Moral Action"
14.00-16.15 Parallel Session 3: Substance, Causality, and Force (Dijlezall)
14.00-14.45 Gaston Robert (King's C London): "Logical Grounds, Real Causes and the Explanation of Change in Kant's ‘Nova Dilucidatio’"
14.45-15.30 Stephen Howard (KU Leuven): "Kant’s Critical Appropriation of Wolff’s and Baumgarten’s Metaphysical Concepts of Force"
15.30-16:15 James Messina (Wisconsin, Madison): "Kant on the Pure Category of Substance: Will the Real Substances Please Stand Up?"
16.45-17.30 Jessica Williams (South Florida): "Kant and the Science of Empirical Schematism"
14.00-16.15 Parallel Session 4: Issues in Ethics (Raadzaal)
14.00-14.45 Ryan Wines (Stockholm, ind sch): "The Definition of the Will and the Metaphysics of Morals in Groundwork II
14.45-15.30 Marijana Vujosevic (Leiden): "Kant’s Account of Moral Weakness"
15.30-16:15 Lu Chao (KU Leuven): "Reconstructing Kant's Argument for 'The Human Being is by Nature Evil'"
16.45-17.30 Fernando Moledo (Buenos Aires/CONICET): "Grounding Human Dignity: The Teleological Argument"
17.30-19.00 Alix Cohen (Edinburgh): "Kant on Emotion"; respondent Simon Truwant (KU Leuven) (Auditorium Wolfspoort)
19.15 Conference Dinner: Terra (Frederik Lintsstraat 5)
Friday, June 1
10.00-12.45 Parallel Session 5: Teleology (Dijlezall)
10.00-10.45 Andrew Cooper (U C London): "A Critical Method for Natural History: The Development of Kant’s Teleological Principle"
10.45-11.30 Noam Hoffer (Bar-Ilan U, Ramat Gan, Israel): "The Critique of the Power of Judgement as the ‘True Apology’ for Leibniz’s Pre-Established Harmony"
12.00-12.45 Manja Kisner (Ludwig-Maximilians-U München): "The Meaning and Limits of the Discursive Understanding in the Third Critique"
10.00-12.45 Parallel Session 6: Feeling (Raadzaal)
10.00-10.45 Tanner Hammond (Boston U): "Moral Feeling and Moral Self-Awareness: The Phenomenological Role of Respect in Kant's Moral Psychology"
10.45-11.30 Janum Sethi (Michigan): "Two Feelings in the Beautiful: Kant on the Structure of Judgments of Beauty"
12.00-12.45 Igor Cveijc (Belgrade): "The Phenomenological Structure of the Feeling of Pleasure and Displeasure"
14.00-15:30 Parallel Session 7: The Elusive Ground of Kant's System (Dijlezall)
14.00-14.45 Sabina Bremner (Columbia): "‘Nothing More Than the Feeling of an Existence’: The Variable Status of Transcendental Apperception"
14.45-15.30 Kristi Sweet (Texas A&M): "‘Life’ and the Relation of Freedom and Nature in Kant’s System"
14.00-15.30 Parallel Session 8: Rebellion and Conflict (Raadzaal)
14.00-14.45 Paola Romero (London Sch Econ): "Kant and Political Conflict"
14.45-15.30 Jason Yonover (Johns Hopkins): "Kant on Rebellion and Sovereignty"
16.00-17.30 Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern): "The Momentary Inhibition and Outpouring of the Vital Powers: Kant on the Dynamic Sublime"; respondent Kristi Sweet (Texas A&M) (Auditorium Wolfspoort)
The conference fee (including coffee and lunch breaks) is € 10 for both days (without conference dinner) or € 55 (with conference dinner). Registration is free for KU Leuven students and staff members. Please register at the conference website and indicate whether you want to join the dinner (before May 24). Recent posts can also be read the Facebbok page.
Contact: Karin de Boer.
May 31-June 2, 2018
Québec Seminar in Modern Philosophy
University of Québec, Trois-Rivières
Thursday, May 31 (Pierre-Boucher Hall, room 2002)
1:30-1:40 Welcoming of participants and opening of the seminar
1:40-2:40 Oberto Marrama (UQTR-Groningen): "Spinoza on memory and reason"
3:30-4:30 Martha Bolton (Rutgers): "Shepherd on the objects of sense perception and belief in their continued existence"
Friday, June 1 (Ringuet Hall, room 2103)
8:50-9:50 Grant Havers (Trinity Western): "Was Spinoza a Machiavellian?"
9:50-10:50 Blanche Gramusset (ENS): "Théocratie et autarcie chez Spinoza: de l'amour de Dieu à la haine de l'autre"
11:10-12:10 Marcos Gleizer (U Est Río de Janeiro): "Spinoza et le problème de l’explication téléologique de l’action humaine"
1:45-2:45 Graeme Hunter (U Ottawa): "Descartes and Education: Deschooling in the Discourse on Method"
2:45-3:45 Mitia Rioux-Beaulne (U Ottawa): "Les plans de l'histoire et leurs usages: des parcours singuliers de savants à la trajectoire de l'esprit humain (Fontenelle)"
4:05-5:05 Adam Westra (U Ottawa): "Kant et les transformations critiques du symbolisme mystico-religieux"
Saturday, June 2 (Pierre-Boucher Hall, room 2103)
9:30-10:30 Aurélien Chukurian (U Montréal): "Les fondements cartésiens de la tolérance: charité, foi, et générosité"
10:30-11:30 Sacha Zilber Kontic (U São Paulo et Paris I): "L'expérience et le 'mal visible' chez Malebranche"
Contacts: Syliane Malinowski-Charles and Alexandre Rouette.
June 1, 2018
Nouvelles recherches sur le cartésianisme et la philosophie moderne: Descartes' Metaphysics
Interventions de Igor Agostini (Lecce), Tamás Pavlovits (Szeged), Bruno Pinchard (Lyon 3). Réponses de Dan Arbib (ENS). Modérateur: Jean-Pascal Anfray.
14h00 à 17h30, U Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Contact: Martine Pécharman.
June 1-2, 2018
Francisco Suárez (1548–1617): Jesuits and Complexities of Modernity
Universidad Loyola Andalucía
Francisco Suárez, S.J. (1548–1617) is recognized as a philosopher, theologian, and jurist who had a significant cultural impact in the development of modernity. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death, our symposium will study the work of Suárez and other Jesuits of his time in the context of diverse traditions that came together in Europe between the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance and early modernity. June 1
9:00-10:00: Fr. Casey Beaumier SJ, Dir Inst Adv Jesuit Stud (Boston C), and Juan Antonio Senent-de Frutos, Dir Dept Human Filos (U Loyola Andalucía): Institutional Opening
10:00-11:30 Metaphysics: moderator Giannina Burlando
Giuseppe Capriati: “The debate on the definition of the cause in Jesuit scholasticism from Toledo to Suárez”
Giancarlo Colaccico: “Metaphysics, science of principles: Francisco Suárez in the Early Jesuit debate about causality”
Daniel Heider: “Suárez’s Metaphysics of Cognitive Acts”
Sydney Penner: “Suárez on Substantial Forms”
Matthew Vale: “Suárez, ens nominaliter, and Narratives of Modern Metaphysics”
12:00-13:20 Law, Religion, and Society: moderator Ignacio Sepúlveda del Ríor
Robert Fastiggi: “Francisco Suárez, Religious Freedom, and International Law”
Aaron Pidel: "Suarez on Religion and Religious Pluralism"
Elizabeth Terry-Roisin: “Two types of nobility: Francisco Suárez’s parecer in support of Morisco nobleman Don Pedro de Granada Venegas’s application to the Order of Alcántara”
Julio Söchting: “Encarnación y subsistencia en las Disputaciones Metafísicas de Francisco Suárez”
Elisabeth Kincaid: “Settling Law: Suarez's Theory of Custom for Contemporary Contexts”
15:00-16:50 Political Theories: moderator Francisco Baciero
Luis Carlos (10´) Amezúa Amezúa: “Francisco Suárez y la posibilidad de intervención pública en asuntos sociales”
Liam De los Reyes: “Beyond Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism: Recovering the Spiritual and the Temporal Via Francisco Suárez”
Pablo Font Oporto: "Entrega del poder al gobernante y esclavitud voluntaria de la comunidad política en F. Suárez”
Pilar Pena Búa: “F. Suárez y la propaganda político-apocalíptica en la Inglaterra de Jacobo I: El libro V de la Defensio Fidei: El anticristo”
Ángel Poncela: “Fuentes orientales de la metafísica de Francisco Suárez”
Szilárd Tattay: “Francisco Suárez: Absolutist or Constitutionalist?”
10:00-11:30 Psychology: moderator: Manuel López Casquete de Prado
Giannina Burlando: “El sí mismo desde Suárez y el valor moral de los hábitos”
Simone Guidi: “The Separated Soul: Suárez’s De Anima and a Jesuit Debate”
P. Oliveira Silva & J. Rebalde: "A propósito de divergencias doctrinales sobre la naturaleza del compuesto humano en dos comentarios al De anima de Aristóteles: anónimo de Coímbra y Francisco Suárez"
Nicolas M. Vivalda: “Francisco Suárez y una moderna noción de prudencia”
9:15-10:30 Legacy: moderator José María Margenat SJ
Jean-Paul Coujou: “Suárez y Rousseau: ¿Qué alienación para qué libertad?”
Catherine Sims Kuiper: “Suárez and Locke on Rights and Alienability: A Critical Conversation”
Leopoldo Prieto: "El pensamiento político de Suárez en el De opere sex dierum y sus nexos con Filmer y Locke”
Lorenzo Rustighi: “La imposible teología política: gobierno y justicia en Francisco Suárez"
Ilaria Acquaviva: “F. Suárez’s Metaphysics as a science and the educational legislation of the Society of Jesus”
10:40-12:00 Works Research Groups. Jesuit Thought and Tradition: Philosophy, Law, Ethics, and Politics. Moderator: Juan Antonio Senent de Frutos
Jacob Schmutz: “Suárez y el concepto de dependencia”
Ignacio Sepúlveda: “El Bien Común desde la mirada Jesuita"
Eduardo Ibáñez: “Francisco Suárez y los derechos humanos. Corrientes historiográficas y perspectivas críticas actuales”
Manuel López Casquete: “La ley natural en F. Suárez: exaltación de la libertad”
Francisco T. Baciero: "Natural law in Suárez (and in Locke)”
12:20-13:40 Works Research Groups. Jesuit Thought and Tradition: Historical Science, Texts and Thought. Moderator: Manuel López Casquete de Prado
José Mª Margenat, SJ. "Francisco Suárez en 80 años de la revista Archivo Teológico Granadino"
Pablo Pérez Espigares: "La singularidad ontológica de la metafísica de Suárez”
Andrés Oyola: “Memoria del trabajo de transcripción y traducción del tratado De Beatitudine de Suárez”
Adolfo Hamer: “Trabajo intelectual y publicaciones: Las obras y proyectos de Francisco Suárez SJ a través de su correspondencia personal”
Fernando Betancourt: "Proyección universitaria de la Compañía de Jesús en Colombia (s. XVII - XVIII)"
17:00-18:00 Guided Visit to San Luis de los Franceses Church: Old Noviciate of the Society of Jesus (c. XVII-XVIII), Fr. Guillermo Rodríguez-Izquierdo, SJ.
Selected papers will be published after the symposium either in a dedicated volume (Boston College Symposia on Jesuit Studies Series at Brill) or in the Journal of Jesuit Studies.
Contacts: Juan Antonio Senent de Frutos and Robert Aleksander Maryks.
June 4-5, 2018
Substance in Early Modern Scholasticism
University of Groningen
Van Swinderen Huys, Glazen Zaal, Oude Boteringestraat 19
9:00-10:30 Sydney Penner (Asbury U): ‘Suárez on Substantial Form’
10:45-12:15 Michal Glowala (Wroclaw U): ‘Substances, Powers, and Agent Causality in a Jesuit-Dominican Debate’
1:15-2:45 Tad Schmaltz (Michigan): ‘Scholastic Quantity: Extension, Impenetrability, and Integral Parts’
3:00-4:30 Stefan Heßbrüggen (Higher Sch Economics, Moscow): ‘Growing Substance: “Intussumption” in the Late Sixteenth Century’
9:00-10:30 Marleen Rozemond (Toronto): ‘Descartes’s Conception of Substance in Scholastic Context’
10:40-12:10 Brian Embry (Groningen): ‘Substantial Union in Descartes and Early Modern Jesuits’
1:10-2:40 Stephan Schmid (Hamburg): ‘Suárez’s Theory of Matter’
2:50-4:20 Giuseppe Capriati (Paris-Sorbonne/Salento): ‘The Double Principle of Individuation of Material Substances in Early Modern Scholasticism’
4:30-6:00 Dominik Perler (Humboldt U Berlin): ‘Can We Know Substances? A Puzzle for Early Modern Aristotelians’
Contact: Brian Embry.
June 4-7, 2018
Spinoza Society of Canada
Desiring and Knowing in Spinoza: Bodies, Cognition, and Power
In conjunction with the 2018 Annual Congress of the Canadian Philosophical Association
Université du Québec à Montréal
The symposium will focus on intersections between Spinoza’s theory of human emotions and his theory of knowledge. We invite any and all submissions that fall under this banner. Abstracts must be no more than 500 words, in ODF/Word, RTF, or PDF format. Texts must be prepared for blind review, with all personal details removed. Paper title, author name and affiliation details should be sent separately (preferably in the body of the email). Submission email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: April 1, 2018.
Keynotes: Syliane Malinowski-Charles (UQTR), Hasana Sharp (McGill)
Appel à propositions: La Société canadienne d’études sur Spinoza: Désir et connaissance chez Spinoza: corps, cognition et puissance
Le symposium sera consacré à l’analyse des points de jonction entre la théorie des affects et des passions humaines de Spinoza, et sa théorie de la connaissance. Nous vous invitons à soumettre vos propositions pour des communications liées à ce sujet. Les propositions ne doivent pas dépasser 500 mots et doivent être rédigées en format ODF/Word, RTF ou PDF. Les soumissions feront l’objet d’une évaluation en aveugle par les pairs. Veuillez donc, s’il vous plaît, soumettre vos textes sans aucun renseignement permettant de vous identifier, en envoyant votre nom, le titre de votre présentation et votre affiliation universitaire ou collégiale séparément (de préférence dans le corps du courriel). Adresse courriel pour les soumissions: email@example.com. Date limite de soumission: le 1 avril 2018.
Conférencières invitées: Syliane Malinowski-Charles (UQTR), Hasana Sharp (McGill)
Contact: Oberto Marrama.
June 7, 2018
London Spinoza Circle Seminar
Beth Lord (Aberdeen): "Spinoza and the Art of Reasoning"
3:00-5:00 p.m., Birkbeck College
Room 629 Main Bldg, Malet St (entrance from Torrington St)
For Spinoza, the fiction writer, the artist, and the prophet are skilled at imagining and engaging others in imaginative visions, but the architect is skilled at rational thinking. The architect has less in common with artists than she does with exemplars of reasoning such as the "free man” of Ethics Part IV. Like the free man, the architect deals in adequate ideas: she deduces properties and relations from the essences of geometrical figures, and understands what follows from those properties and relations. She knows how a structure will relate to its human inhabitants, and what physical and social relations it enables. In this sense, the architect’s purpose and “art” is to develop possibilities for human flourishing from geometrical understanding.
This is also the task of the Ethics: Spinoza works from definitions and axioms, in the style of Euclid, to develop propositions that reveal our ethical potentialities. At times, he takes specific geometrical concepts to be foundational for metaphysical, ethical, and political claims. Spinoza appears to believe that designing buildings, relationships, and polities for human flourishing begins in geometry. Yet the nature of the transition from geometry to flourishing is not very clear, and the grounding for such a transition is not well understood. In this paper I will argue that for Spinoza, being highly rational involves practising the “art” of deducing positive human outcomes from geometrical understanding. I will argue that this is indeed an art that involves interpretation, judgment, and design, which can be performed better or worse. This suggests that both the architect and the philosopher are artists of reasoning and designers of structures that augment human relations, and that the best religious and political leaders can be artists in this sense too.
Contact: Clare Carlisle.
June 7-8, 2018
Conference: Kant and Moral Demandingness
University of Southampton
Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus
The conference brings together Kantians and non-Kantians working on questions of demandingness, moral obligation, supererogation and related issues. Attendance is free, but please email Brian McElwee to register. Speakers include:
• Robert Stern (Sheffield): ’How Much Does Morality Require of Us? Singer, Kant and Løgstrup’
• Martin Sticker (Trinity C Dublin): ‘The Hell of Self-Cognition: Kant, Moral Overdemandingness and Imperfect Duties to Self’
• Alice Pinheiro Walla (Bayreuth): 'Kant and the Wisdom of Oedipus'
• Lucas Thorpe (Bogazici): TBC
• Joe Saunders (Leeds): 'Love and the Fact of Reason'
• Christopher Macleod (Lancaster): 'Mill, Morality and Malleability'
• Charlotte Newey (Warwick): 'Changing the Subject(s): A Response to Expert Disagreement about the Effectiveness of Aid'
• Brian McElwee (Southampton): 'Moralism and Other Perfectionist Vices'
Respondents include: Lizzy Ventham (Southampton), Joe Slater (St Andrews), Lukas Naegeli (Zurich), Gözde Yildirim (Bogaziçi), and Zübeyde Karadag-Thorpe (Hacettepe).
The conference is organised a part of the joint Bogaziçi-Southampton Newton-Katip Çelebi project “Agency and Autonomy: Kant and the Normative Foundations of Republican Self-Government,” run by Lucas Thorpe (Bogaziçi) and Andrew Stephenson (Southampton). It is also generously supported by the Southampton Ethics Centre.
Contact: Brian McElwee.
June 8, 2018
Lecture: Daniel Garber (Princeton): "Something Old, Something New: The Idea of a Philosophia Novantiqua in Early Modern Europe"
Heyendaalseweg 141, Room EOS 01.320 (Elinor Ostrom Bldg)
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Contact: Lyke de Vries.
June 9, 2018
Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury Society Annual Symposium: Hobbes and Sovereignty
The Old Bell Hotel. Abbey Row
10.00-10.10 Opening, Introduction
10.10-11.10 Sir Noel Malcolm (Oxford): "Hobbes and the Thirty Years’ War"
11.30-12.30 Signy Gutnick-Allen (London Sch Econ): "Hobbes on Sovereignty and the Risks of International Law"
14.00-15.00 Tom Sorell: "The Strains of Sovereignty"
15.20-16.20 Jonathan Rée (Warwick): "Beating Back Ghosts"
16.20-16.30 Concluding Remarks
Contact: Hobbes of Malmesbury Society.
June 11, 2018
London Spinoza Circle Seminar
Michael Della Rocca (Yale): “Perseverence, Power, and Eternity: Purely Positive Essence in Spinoza”
3:00-5:00 p.m., Birkbeck College
Room 101, 30 Russell Square
The alignment of affirmation, essence, and the absence of negation is evident very early on in Spinoza’s Ethics, in the definition of God. In this paper, I seek to show how the purely positive character of essence is a feature not only of God’s essence but also, in some way, of the essences of things in general. I will also argue that appreciating the roles that the conception of essence as purely positive plays in Spinoza’s conatus doctrine offers us a new way into and a new way of defending a reading of Spinoza according to which modes – things that are dependent on God – do not really exist. By endorsing in this new way such an extreme interpretation, I aim to provide new insight into the third kind of knowledge and the eternity of the mind, for Spinoza.
Contact: Clare Carlisle.
June 11-12, 2018
21st Century Challenges to the History of 18th Century Musical Aesthetics
University of Turin
Keynote speakers: Vanessa Agnew, Suzanne Aspden, Philip Bohlman, Tomas McAuley
The last forty years of scholarly research on the Eighteenth century and on the Enlightenment have deeply modified, enriched and maybe also confused our understanding of that century, softening the disciplinary boundaries and bringing social, gender, economic issues to the fore. The studies on the ‘radical Enlightenment’ (from M. C. Jacob to J. Israel), on the literary underground of the Eighteenth century and on the circulation of books and knowledge (from R. Darnton to R. B. Sher), studies on the ‘national Enlightenments’, on exploration, pre-colonialism, natural collections, the public, sensibility, the self, the ‘science of man’, have all broadened our perspective on that crucial century not only about European, but about Global History as well. What impact, if any, have these studies had (or could these studies have) on the history and study of XVIIIth Century Musical Aesthetics? Is it still possible to pursue the study of XVIIIth Century Musical Aesthetics as if it were a separate, independent, autonomous realm? This International conference wishes to tackle these issues, in order to build a more complex and varied picture of XVIIIth Century Musical Aesthetics and to further a fruitful dialogue between musicologists and eighteenth century scholars coming from other disciplinary perspectives.
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. The official language of the Conference will be English and only proposals in English will be accepted. Please email abstracts of no more than 500 words to Maria Semi by the 30th of July 2017. The abstract (pdf. format) should not contain the name of or personal references to the name of the proponent, as the proposals will be blind reviewed. Please communicate all the personal details in the email. Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by the 30th of September. We will not be able to provide financial support to intervening students and scholars, but there won’t be any conference fee.
Contact: Maria Semi.
June 13, 2018
Workshop: Luther as Philosopher
University of Leeds
Boardroom, IDEA Centre, 17 Blenheim Terrace
The workshop will focus on The Bondage of the Will, and cover the section WA 661-699, where Luther criticises Erasmus's argument for free will/choice (Rupp/Watson trans. 169-219). The session will be run as a reading group.
Contact: Robert A. Stern.
June 13-16, 2018
Conference: Berkeley in Context
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Wednesday, June 13
09:30-9:45 Opening of the Conference: Chair Bertil Belfrage; Welcome to Newport: Nancy Kendrick
Session One: Chair Stephen Daniel
09:45-10:30 Bertil Belfrage (Lund): “Berkeley’s Analysis of ‘The Nominal Essence of the Soul’”
10:30-11:15 Adam Grzelinski (Nicolaus Copernicus U): “The Conception of Knowledge in the Notebooks: Berkeley’s References to the Fourth Book of Locke’s Essay”
11:30-12:15 Artem Besedin (Moscow St): “To what is the Manuscript Introduction an Introduction?”
Session Two: Chair Martha Brandt Bolton
14:00 Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton C): “Berkeley and Astell on Passive Obedience and Locke’s Social Contract”
14:45 Marta Szymanska-Lewoszewska (Nicolaus Copernicus U): “Berkeley’s Early Concept of Toleration in the Irish Context”
15:45 Daniel Carey (National U Ireland Galway): “Swift, Berkeley and Irish Currency”
16:30 Manuel Fasko (Zurich): “The Hostile Bishops? Reassessing the Relationship between the Bishops of Cloyne and Cork”
17:15 Wine Reception (Redwood Library)
Thursday, June 14
Session Three: Chair Melissa Frankel
09:00 Jennifer Marušic (Brandeis): “Moral Motivation in Alciphron III and Berkeley’s Contemporaries”
09:45 Pascal Taranto (Nantes): “Berkeley and Browne on Divine Analogy”
10:45 Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney C): “Moving Our Legs Ourselves: How Berkeley Does Not Differ From Malebranche”
Session Four: Chair Pascal Taranto
13:30 Luc Peterschmitt (Paris Quest Nanterre): “How did Berkeley read Newton?”
14:15 A. David Kline (U North Florida): “Berkeley, Newtonian Forces and Underdetermination of Theory by Data”
15:15 Ofra Shefi (Hebrew U Jerusalem): “Berkeley’s Will: Power vs. Forces in Newton, Berkeley and Hume”
16:00 Scott Harkema (Ohio St): “Berkeley on the Newtonian Concept of Matter”
17:15 Wine Reception (Norman Bird Sanctuary)
Friday, June 15
Session Five: Chair Georges Dicker
09:00 Stephen H. Daniel (Texas A&M): “The Role of the Mind in Determining Berkeley’s Un-Lockean Characterization of Ideas”
09:45 Patrick Connolly (Lehigh U): “Locke, Berkeley, and the Nature of Ideas”
10:45 Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers): “Berkeley and Shepherd on Sensible Objects”
Session Six: Chair Adam Grzelinski
13:30 Keota Fields (U Massachusetts Dartmouth): “Berkeley and Shepherd on Visual Perception: Mental Atomism vs. Mental Holism”
14:15 Genevieve Migely (Cornell C Iowa): “The Logic of Sense Perception for Berkeley and Shepherd”
15:15 Melissa Frankel (Carlton U): “Materialism and Scepticism: Locke, Berkeley, and Shepherd on the External World”
16:00nbsp; Wine Reception (Whitehall Museum House)
Saturday, June 16
Session Seven: Chair Genevieve Migely
09:00 Jessica Gordon-Roth (U Minnesota): “What We Learn from Tracing Reid’s ‘Brave Officer Objection’ Back to Berkeley and Beyond”
09:45 Peter West (Trinity C Dublin): “Berkeley, Reid and the ‘Way of Ideas’”
10:45 Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki):“Berkeley’s Debt to Descartes: The New Theory of Vision and the Critique of ‘geometric optics’”
Session Eight: Chair George Pappas
13:30 Tim Quandt (Sacramento City C): “Berkeley, Johnson, and the Problem of Idealist Theodicy”
14:15 Richard Brook (Bloomsburg U): “Berkeley, Samuel Johnson, and Divine Causality”
15:00 Conference Farewell
Registration: $25, payable at the conference. Abstracts will be posted on the IBS website. To get from either Logan airport or Green airport to Newport, use Really Robin’s Transport shuttle service. A discounted rate is available for all the conference attendees: $125 from Logan to Newport; $85 from Green to Newport. This cost can be shared by two or more travelers. Robin will try to group people together who will be arriving at roughly the same time, so please make your reservation with her as soon as possible. From Logan, the drive to Newport is approximately 90 minutes; from Green, it is approximately 60 minutes. Be sure to indicate that you are attending the “Wheaton College conference in Newport.” Otherwise, you will not get the discounted rate. Be sure to include your phone number and email contact. There is no conference hotel, so you should book a room at a local inn or hotel.
Contacts: Bertil Belfrage, Keota Fields, or Nancy Kendrick.
June 13-16, 2018
International Society for Neoplatonic Studies
Panel: "Platonising Heresy in the Early Modern Period: The Case of Origen's Revival"
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
The panel welcomes abstracts on Origen’s theology and its relationship with Platonic philosophy; Platonic, Origenist, and Christian metaphysics or Origen’s influence on the relationship between Platonism and Christianity. We also would like to restrict the analysis to the Early Modern period, broadly conceived (roughly 1500-1700). Abstracts should be max 1 page long and are due by 21st of February. Accepted papers will be notified by 26th of February. Papers may be presented in English, Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, or Italian. It is recommended that those delivering papers in languages other than English provide printed copies to their audience at the conference. Please send your abstracts to both panel coordinators, Giovanni Tortoriello and Andrea Bianchi.
Contact: Andrea Bianchi.
June 14, 2018
Séminaire Spinoza à Paris 8
Toni Negri: «Quelques réflexions sur la peur chez Spinoza»
Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis, Salle J103
Contacts: Charles Ramond and Jack Stetter.
June 14-15, 2018
Berlin-Hamburg Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy
Topoi Building (Mitte), Room 1.03
Humboldt University Berlin
Thursday, June 14
9:30-9:45 Ariane Schneck (Hamburg) & Sebastian Bender (HU Berlin): Introduction
9:45-11:00 Brian Embry (Groningen): "Carving the Beast of Reality"
11:15-12:30 Matthew Wurst (Toronto): "Malebranche on the Ability to Do Otherwise"
14:00-15.15 Julia Borcherding (NYU): "Nothing Is Simply One Thing: Re-Examining Anne Conway’s Metaphysics of Substance"
15:30-16:45 José María Sánchez de León (Hamburg): "Spinoza’s Order of Philosophizing"
17:00-18:15 Catherine Wilson (York): "Why were Early Modern Philosophers so drawn to Determinism?"
Friday, June 15
9:15-10:30 Alejandro Naranjo Sandoval (Princeton): "Leibniz’s Account of Sensation: Intellectualizing the Appearances"
10:45-12:00 Anik Waldow (Sydney): "Locke on Habit and Experience in the Formation of the Self"
13:30-14:45 Sukjae Lee (Seoul National): "Berkeley on Kinesthetic Sensations
15:15-16:30 Ruth Boeker (University C Dublin): "Hume and Reid on Promises, Social Operations, and Liberty"
16:45-18:00 Martin Lin (Rutgers): "Metaphysical Rationalism in Spinoza"
Contacts: Sebastien Bender and Ariane Schneck.
June 14-16, 2018
Franco-American Workshop in Modern Philosophy
University of Michigan
3222 Angell Hall, 435 South State St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Thursday, June 14
14:15-15:15 Vincent Darveau-St.-Pierre (ENS Lyon): “More than Moral Certainty? A Few Remarks on an Ambiguous Expression in Descartes”
15:30-16:30 Jack Stetter (Paris-VIII): “Spinoza and Judaism in the French Context"
16:45-17:45 Chloe Armstrong (Lawrence): “Fact and Fiction: Cavendish’s Description of a New World”
Friday, June 15
10:00-11:00 Damien Lacroux (Paris-I): “From Cartesian Neurophysiology to Current Experimental Neurophysiology: Homologies and Method of Translation”
11:15-12:15 Hadley Cooney (Wisconsin-Madison): “Cavendish and Descartes on Animal Consciousness”
14:00-15:00 Marco Storni (ENS Paris): “Early Eighteenth Century Cartesian Epistemologies”
15:15-16:15 Thibault Geisler (EUI, Florence): “Les convulsionnaires de Saint-Médard: Power of the Imagination and Social Contagion”
16:30-17:30 Tobias Flattery (Notre Dame): “Worlds Apart, Causal Independence, and Existential Independence in Leibniz’s Metaphysics"
Saturday, June 16, 10:00-13:00
Round Table, Séminaire Descartes: On Steven Nadler’s and Ben Nadler's Heretics!: The Wonderous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy (Princeton, 2017). Interventions of Edwin Curley (Michigan-Ann Arbor), Mogens Laerke (CNRS), Martine Pécharman (CNRS) and Samuel Newlands (Notre Dame). Responses by Steven Nadler (Wisconsin-Madison). Moderator: Tad Schmaltz.
Contact: Tad Schmaltz.
June 20, 2018
Kant and Racism: Munich Workshop with Lucy Allais
LMU Munich, Munich Centre for Ethics, Room M-210
Kant is considered to be one of the paradigmatic philosophers of enlightenment, moral rationalism and human dignity. However, in some of his lesser known works, he also develops a theory of race, according to which the white race comes out on top and "[t]he yellow Indians do have a meager talent. The Negroes are far below them, and at the lowest point are a part of the American people". Many of his lecture notes are abundant with racist remarks and in his Groundwork he complains about South Sea Islanders who supposedly all let their talents rust (IV:423.9-10).
Kant was not simply a child of his time who could not have known any better. His views on race were challenged by alternative and at least less racist approaches, but Kant saw it necessary (and thought it was possible) to stick to his own theory of race. In his 1788 article On the use of teleological principles in philosophy, Kant reacted critically to Georg Forster's non-hierarchical account of race. Moreover, while people like Forster became active in fighting racism and slavery, Kant until very late in his life, failed to even condemn the practice of slavery in his writings. There is now a lively scholarly debate on Kant's racism and on how Kant contributed to specifically modern and (pseudo-)scientistic forms of racism. Whilst some scholars point out that there is evidence that Kant renounced his earlier views on race in the 1790s, others argue that Kant did not change his racist views even in the light of his developed conception of moral equality and autonomy. Most recently, Lucy Allais has proposed that Kant's views on race are instructive objects of study for a deeper understanding of the structure of racism. The presentations address exegetical questions, discuss systematic implications of Kant's views on race for his philosophy as well as discuss whether and how Kant's philosophy can help us understand racism. To register, please email André Grable.
10:15-11:00 Lucy Allais (Wits/San Diego): Introduction
11:15-12:00 Darla Migan (Vanderbilt/FU Berlin): "Orienting Imagination: Sensus Communis, Self-Deceit, and Racism"
12:00-12:45 Jeremy Hovda (KU Leuven/Bochum): "The Development of Kant’s Race Theory (Without Second Thoughts):
15:00-15:45 Ansgar Lyssy (LMU Munich): "Kant on the Unity of the Human Species"
16:00-16:45 Micol Bez (ENS Paris): "Race and Order: Anti-Racism as a Chaotic Practice"
16:45-17:30 Alice Pinheiro Walla (Bayreuth): "Kant and Judaism"
Contacts:André Grahle, Martin Sticker, and Rebecca Gutwald.
June 20-22, 2018
Christian Wolffs Deutsche Metaphysik / Christian Wolff's German Metaphysics
Christian-Wolff-Haus (Große Märkerstraße 10, Halle) (Wednesday)
Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung (IZEA, Franckeplatz 1, Haus 54, Halle) (Thursday and Friday)
Wednesday, 20 June; Venue: Christian-Wolff-Haus (Große Märkerstraße 10)
14:00-15:00 Kristina Engelhard (TU Dortmund): "Inductive Elements in Christian Wolffs German Metaphysics"
15:00-16:00 Corey W. Dyck (Western): "Wolff on the Concepts of Ontology"
16:30-17:30 Eric Watkins (U C San Diego): "Kant’s Conception of Traditional Metaphysics"
17:30-18:30 Giuseppe Motta (Graz): "Die Grundprinzipien der Ontologie und die Bestimmung der Begriffe der Modalität in der Deutschen Metaphysik von Christian Wolff"
Thursday, 21 June; Venue: IZEA, Franckeplatz 1, Haus 54
09:00-10:00 Emanuele Cafagna (Chieti): "Der Ursprung der Wahrheit. Wolffs Demonstration vom Satz des zureichenden Grundes in der Deutschen Metaphysik"
10:00-11:00 Falk Wunderlich (Halle): "Wolff on simple substances"
11:30-12:30 Nabeel Hamid (U Pennsylvania): "The Role of Cosmology in Wolff’s Psychology"
14:00-15:00 Christian Leduc (U Montréal): "Wolff and the Origin of General Cosmology"
15:00-16:00 Udo Thiel (Graz): "Wolffs Begriff der Person"
16:30-17:30 Karin de Boer (Leuven): "Wolff, Kant, and the possibility of purely rational thoughts about God"
17:30-18:30 Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (Bucharest): "Providence and Mechanism"
19:00 Book panel: Kant and His German Contemporaries, eds. Corey W. Dyck and Falk Wunderlich (Cambridge UP 2018); Er „brachte Licht und Ordnung in die Welt“. Christian Wolff. Eine Biographie, Hans-Joachim Kertscher, forthcoming.
Friday, 22 June; Venue: IZEA, Franckeplatz 1, Haus 54
09:00-10:00 Clemens Schwaiger (Benediktbeuern): "Wolffs Deutsche Metaphysik und die Thomasianer Gundling und Budde"
10:00-11:00 Paola Rumore (Torino): "Buddeus’s role in Wolff’s revision of the first edition of the German Metaphysics"
11:30-12:30 Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero (Ca' Foscari Venice): "Infinite Regress and Wolff's Alleged Spinozism"
Contact: Falk Wunderlich.
June 23, 2018
Workshop: Kant and his Predecessors
Ludwig Maximilian U
10:15-11:15 Robert Louden (Southern Maine): “Eine neue Schule für eine neue Zeit: Basedow und das Philanthropinum”
11:30-12:30 Laura Anna Macor (U Studi di Firenze): “Die Bestimmung des Menschen. Kant und seine Quellen”
14:00-15:00 Anik Waldow (Sydney): “How to Study the Human Being? Reflections on Kant’s Anthropology”
15:15-16:15 Dieter Schönecker/Maja Schepelmann (Siegen): “Die lateinischen Begriffe in Kants Tugendlehre”
16:45-17:45 Henny Blomme (KU Leuven): “A Kantian System of Modern Interpretations of Space”
18:00-19:00 Ansgar Lyssy (LMU Munich): “Kant on the Explanatory Limits of Natural History”
Contact: Ansgar Lyssy.
June 25-29, 2018
Intensive Seminar on Teaching New Narratives in Early Modern Philosophy
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
In this intensive weeklong seminar, we will work through a range of primary source materials by non-canonical authors, both women and men, to be included in a new teaching anthology (edited by Shapiro and Lascano) with an eye to interpreting texts, identifying philosophical themes within those texts, and devising creative ways to incorporate those texts into courses that can serve a range of purposes within the philosophical curriculum. A familiarity with the standard early modern canon will be presupposed.
The intensive seminar responds to at least two issues facing the teaching of early modern philosophy. First, the familiar canon of seven philosophers (Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant) has become a bit ossified. While the integration of the history of science has helped to revitalize and introduce some new figures into early modern philosophy, it has not helped us address a second issue: the need to do a better job of incorporating women philosophers into the history of philosophy, and in particular into the history of early modern philosophy. To address these issues, and especially the second one, it helps to attend to an array of lesser known, yet still quite influential, philosophers of the period, both men and women.
Over the past several years, interest in European women philosophers of the early modern period has intensified rapidly. Yet while there is a lot of interest, there are also many challenges. For one, it is often challenging to delve into texts with which one is unfamiliar without a body of philosophical secondary literature to serve as a guide. Equally, women of the period often write in an array of genres, further complicating the interpretive work. Furthermore, even if one has found one's way with these texts, women philosophers often take familiar themes in unfamiliar directions, and it can be a challenge to rethink the standard early modern philosophy course so as to include women thinkers as philosophers in their own right. Looking in detail not only at women thinkers but also at a range of non-canonical men is helpful because the themes that often engaged women thinkers were of interest not only to other (male) non-canonical philosophers as well, but also to the more familiar canonical figures. In addition, it is worth noting that most of the philosophers of the period wrote in a variety of genres, not just the women.
Directors: Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser U) and Marcy Lascano (Cal St Long Beach). Marguerite Deslauriers (McGill) will provide additional instructional support. Application deadline: Feb. 1, 2018. Applications should be sent to new_ firstname.lastname@example.org" and include the following:
Contact information for two references
Letter of application (preferably 2-3 pages, and no longer than 4 pages) explaining your own background and research interests, your interest in the seminar, and your prior teaching experience and approaches to teaching early modern philosophy
Eligibility Criteria: We invite applications from philosophers at various stages of their career from advanced ABD PhD candidates to mid-career faculty. We expect that the majority of selected participants will have prior experience teaching a course in early modern philosophy. Thus, while not required, such experience is desirable. Stipend: Individuals selected to participate in this intensive seminar will receive shared housing (a private room in a townhouse, with linens provided and a shared modestly equipped kitchen) at Simon Fraser University from 24-30 June, as well as reimbursement for other expenses up to approximately CAD 1700, consistent with SFU policy (to include economy class airfare, transportation to/from airports and a per diem at the official rate). Notification Date: March 1, 2018. We expect to be able to accept up to 16 applicants for this intensive seminar. Accept or decline Offer by March 8, 2018.
Contact: Haley Brennan (Simon Fraser U).
June 28-July 4, 2018
Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy and Science
Bran, near Brasov, Transylvania, Romania
Invited speakers: Arianna Borrelli (TU, Berlin), Antonio Clericuzio (Roma Tre), Daniel Garber (Princeton), Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest), Arnaud Pelletier (Bruxelles), Koen Vermeir (Paris).
The Bucharest-Princeton Seminar is an annual interdisciplinary meeting of scholars and students of early modern thought. Its aim is to create a stimulating environment for discussing papers and ideas through formal and informal discussions, reading-groups and round tables. Morning sessions are organized as reading groups, while the afternoon sessions give participants an opportunity to discuss their own special interests with an open and sympathetic audience of students and scholars with broad interests in early modern philosophy and early modern science. Texts for the reading groups are distributed one month in advance. There is no pre-established theme, but we are looking for contributions emphasizing the interplay between early modern philosophy and the “sciences” of the seventeenth century.
We will travel together from Bucharest to Bran by bus. Participants are expected to arrive in Bucharest on June 27 and leave on July 5. In Bran, the group will be accommodated together, in Villa Andra (single and double rooms, some shared bathrooms). For more information concerning the venue, accommodation and costs, please contact Dana Jalobeanu.
Please send your proposal (CV, letter of intention and a short description of your project) by April 30, 2018 to Dana Jalobeanu. If you want to present a paper, add an abstract (max 500 words); if you want to propose a reading group, send a 1000 words description (including the proposed bibliography).
June 29, 2018
Workshop: 'Education, Prejudice and Bias in Locke's Conduct of the Understanding'
Department of Philosophy, University of York
Sally Baldwin Buildings, Block A
Schedule: coffee from 10.30, start at 11.00, lunch at 13.00, finish at 16.00. Workshop dinner at 19.00. Participants:
Kieth Allen (York)
Robert Davis (Glasgow)
Vili Lähteenmäki (Helsinki)
Luisa Simonutti (Italian National Council for Scientific Research, Milan)
Tom Stoneham (York)
Elisabeth Thorson (York)
We are using Hackett's edition of Locke's Conduct (ed. Grant and Tarco). Each participant will provide a 10-minute response to the text.
Contact: Elisabeth Thorson.
June 29-30, 2018
Kant's Legal Theory and Global justice
University of Bayreuth
Department of Philosophy, Room S 6 (Building GW II)
9:30 Coffee and registration 10:00-11:15 Marie Newhouse (Surrey): “Actions on Lawbreaking Maxims”; commentary Ruhi Demiray (Seigen)
11:30-12:45 Tim Waligore (Pace, New York): “Kant’s Legal Theory and Climate Justice”
14:00-15:15 Nuria Sanchez Madrid (Complutense U Madrid): "A Contemporary Account of the Kantian Demos"
15:30-16:45 Thomas Mertens (Radboud): “Money, money, money: Some reflections on Kant and Money”
17:00-18:15 Alice Pinheiro Walla (Bayreuth): “Kant on money, trade and the international legal order”
10:00-11:15 Alessandro Pinzani (Santa Catarina): "The Mystery of Poverty: Can a Metaphysics of Morals Explain Empirical Reality?" Commentary: Gualtiero Lorini (TU Berlin)
11:30-12:45 Sofie C. Møller (Frankfurt): “Kant on political obligation”
14:00-15:15 Aravind Ganesh (Luxemburg/Amsterdam): “Wirtbarkeit: Cosmopolitan Right and Innkeeping”
15:30-16:45 Ewa Wyrebska-Ðermanovic (Lodz): “World Republic, State of States or League of Nations? Kant’s Global Order Revisited”
17:00-18:15 Lewis Wang (Oxford): "No Duties of Global Distributive Justice: A Kantian Theory"
To register, please send a message to email@example.com by 1 June 2018. Registration is free of charge.
contact: Alice Pinheiro Walla.
July 1-2, 2018
Netherlands-Israel Spinoza Seminar
University of Haifa
Spinoza is often viewed through two distinct lenses. There is a Jewish Spinoza, the heretical critic of the Torah, and an opponent to the rabbis. This Spinoza is seen as a thinker seeped in the writings of Crescas, Maimonides, and Gersonides, and often thought of as the father to both the Haskalah and to secular Judaism. There is also a Dutch Spinoza, a freethinking member of the Amsterdam circle. This Spinoza, is seen as learned in Descartes and Hobbes, and as a philosopher of the Dutch Golden Age. Surrounded by a milieu of Liberal Protestant Christians, scientists, and doctors this Spinoza is embraced in the Netherlands today as a symbol of toleration, democracy, and liberalism.
The two Spinoza’s are jarringly brought together at Spinoza’s “burial site.” Spinoza’s bones rest somewhere within the yard of the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) of The Hague, near a memorial (partially provided by the Haifa Spinozaem) inscribed with the Hebrew word “???” (your people).
Today, in both Israel and in the Netherlands, Spinoza is treated as a national heritage. In both countries the philosopher is honored with street names, stamps, and artworks. His name is invoked in the political discourse of both countries, and in both Israel and in the Netherlands, Spinoza is offered as an example of national genius.
The Netherlands-Israel Spinoza Seminar explores the Jewish and Dutch Spinoza together. The inaugural seminar shall be held this year at the University of Haifa, and will focus upon Spinoza’s TTP and its reception. Participants will have the opportunity to visit the “Klefman copy” of the Tractatus Theologico Politicus, which features five annotations written in Spinoza’s own hand (and which constitute the core of the Adnotationes ad Tractatum theologico-politicum included in all modern editions of the TTP.) Speakers:
Henri Krop (Erasmus): “The Tractatus theologico-politicus and the Dutch: Its predecessors and critics”
Elhanan Yakira (Hebrew): “Spinoza and the Religious”
Noa Lahav (Haifa): “Spinoza's TTP and Jewish-Israeli Identity"
Piet Steenbakkers (Utrecht): “Models, Human and Divine, in Spinoza’s Ethics and Theological-Political Treatise”
Yehuda Halper (Bar-Ilan): “Second Temple Politics and the Composition of the Bible according to Spinoza”
Jo Van Cauter (Leiden): “Popular Enlightenment, a Dutch perspective”
Mark Malkovich (Hebrew University): “Spinoza’s use of Rhetoric in the Ethics and in the TTP"
Atsuko Fukuoka (University of Tokyo): “The Tractatus theologico-politicus and Dutch Debates on the Church-State Relationship”
Yoram Stein (Leiden University): “Spinoza and the Problem of Context, or, How to Interpret Spinoza Spinozistically”
Registration is free, but must made in advance.
Contact: Daniel Schneider.
July 1-6, 2018
Expanding the Canon: Transitions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy
There has been much discussion in academia regarding the lack of diversity and inclusiveness at Anglo-American and European institutions of higher education. This problem is particularly dire in the discipline of Philosophy, especially when compared with other disciplines in the Humanities. At the same time, there is some reason to believe that one reason for low retention and hiring rates of underrepresented groups is the presence of certain biases in the discipline – biases that may be shaped, in part, through the way the history of philosophy in Western academia is conceptualized by scholars and taught to students.
Indeed, much of what drives many intuitions and assessments about what counts as “philosophical”, which philosophical figures, traditions, and problems are “worth” discussing, and what constitutes the “proper” way of doing philosophy has to do with the kinds of philosophy one encounters and the historical philosophical narrative with which one is typically presented in academic contexts. Unfortunately, the traditional Western narrative both displays and perpetuates strong implicit (and sometimes explicit) biases in terms of gender, ethnicity, ability, geography, and religion, to name just a few. It is a narrative divided into epochs that are themselves often the result of a Western reframing in later periods.
This workshop aims to discuss ways of expanding and revising the historical philosophical canon and the way it is taught in the university. Scholars from other disciplines will also be called upon to discuss how various forms of interdisciplinary engagement may enrich the historical philosophical enterprise. Not only does the medieval ambience of Castle Neuhaus, one of South Tyrol’s oldest inhabited castles, present the perfect space for discussions in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, its unique history and intimate surroundings help create the atmosphere of both a scholarly conclave and a safe academic space. Daytime sessions will involve participant presentations on relevant topics, as well as interdisciplinary approaches, while the evenings will be organized into smaller roundtables and group brainstorming sessions, as well as dramatic readings and other activities.
We invite abstracts of 300-500 words for presentations on topics relevant to the workshop theme. Submissions from graduate students and non-tenured scholars are especially welcome, and works-in-progress are encouraged. Possible thematic areas include (but are not limited to):
• Research on particular neglected figures/groups/movements/texts
• Geographic, cultural, and/or temporal (dis)continuity/fluidity between medieval and early modern ideas
• Meta-philosophical treatments of the (dis)value of comparative philosophy
• Critical discussions of the traditional epochal divisions in the history of philosophy
• Post-colonial critiques of approaches in/to the history of philosophy
• nbsp;Didactic strategies for expanding the philosophical canon in university or school teaching
• The role of history of philosophy in creating a more diverse/open/just discipline
• Interdisciplinary approaches to the history of philosophy
Accepted speakers will be provided with full room and board (including all meals) at Castle Neuhaus for the duration of the workshop, as well as transportation between the airport/train station and Castle Neuhaus. Limited travel stipends may be available. If interested in applying for a travel stipend, please include an additional short letter of motivation demonstrating your special interest in the workshop and your financial need. Participants should be prepared to be in attendance for the entire workshop. Please submit abstracts, contact information (including institutional affiliation, if applicable), and letters of motivation no later than May 20, 2018, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions will be made by May 31.
Contacts: Amber Griffioen (Konstanz) and Marius Backmann (Konstanz).
July 2-7, 2018
Summer School on The Foundations of Geometry in Historical Perspective
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences
Leibniz Hall (1st floor)
The School deals with a selection of topics in the history of geometry, philosophy of geometry, and the history and contemporary perspectives on the foundations of geometry. The school is open to PhD students writing a dissertation in any of the related fields, as well as to Master students in their final years who have a strong interest in the discipline, and post-doctoral researchers who have obtained their PhD no more than five years ago and whose main field of research are the history and the foundations of geometry. The six days of the School are dedicated to an intensive series of lectures and discussions on various aspects of the history of the foundations of geometry given by leading experts in the field.
A trip to Dresden will be arranged for all participants on Thursday, July 5, to visit the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments) in the Zwinger Palace. The organizers of the School will take care of the accommodation of all the participants in Leipzig, of the morning and afternoon tea/coffee breaks as well as lunches during the days of the School. Applications must be submitted electronically no later than April 2, 2018. The outcome of hte evaluation process will be communicated no later than April 25, 2018.
Speakers: Andrew Arana (Paris Sorbonne), Vincenzo De Risi (CNRS), Jeremy Gray (Open U), Gerhard Heinzmann (Archives Poincaré), Jürgen Jost (MPI for Math in Sci), Victory Panbuccian (Arizona St)
July 9-12, 2018
History of Philosophy of Science 2018
University of Groningnen, The Netherlands
Keynote speakers: Karen Detlefsen (U Penn) and Martin Kusch (Vienna)
HOPOS is devoted to promoting serious, scholarly research on the history of the philosophy of science. We construe this subject broadly, to include topics in the history of related disciplines and in all historical periods, studied through diverse methodologies. We aim to promote historical work in a variety of ways, but especially through encouraging exchange among scholars through meetings, publications, and electronic media. The conference language is English.
Contact: Carla Rita Palmerino.
July 11-14, 2018
Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Marian McCain Building, Rm 1142, 6135 University Ave.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Wednesday, July 11
10:00 am-11:10 Matt Leisinger (Yale): “Locke and the Possibility of Self-Control”
11:20-12:30 Francesca di Poppa (Texas Tech): “Why Women ‘necessarily give way to men’: Spinoza and the Ontology of Pregnancy”
1:30-2:40 Annemarie Butler (Iowa St): “Why Hume does not believe that his Mind has External Existence”
2:50-4:00 Jeff Edwards (SUNY Stony Brook) “Sentimental Journeys and Anti-Sentimentalist Sentiments: some considerations on Kant, Hutcheson and Rousseau”
4:10-5:20 Rudmer Bijlsma (Lausanne): “Conjectural History as a Republican Tool: Jean Jacques Rousseau and Adam Ferguson”
7:00pm Barbecue at Tom Vinci’s: 2717 Gladstone St., Apt 607 (Cell: 902 880 8919)
Thursday, July 12
8:30 am-9:50 Noa Naaman-Zauderer (Tel Aviv): "Leibniz’s Account of Freedom and Moral Therapy in the Nouveaux Essais"
10:00-11:10 David Scott (Victoria): “Descartes as Metaphysical Freedom Fighter: A Selective History of His Reception in Twentieth Century Metaphysics”
11:20-12:30 Suma Rajiva and Grant Spraggett (Memorial U Newfoundland): “Kant’s Account of Freedom and Mechanism: Anatomist or Painter?”
1:30-2:40 Stephen Puryear (North Carolina St): “ Leibniz’s Borrowed-Reality Argument for Simple Substances”
2:50-4:00 Thomas Feeney (U St Thomas, Minnesota): “Leibniz’s Ideal Monism”
4:10-5:20 Jen Nguyen (Harvard): “Leibniz on Place"
Friday, July 13
10:00 am-11:10 Scott Harkema (Ohio St): “The Role of Illusion in Du Châtelet’s Theory of Happiness”
11:20-12:30 Julie Walsh (Wellesley): “All about Eve: Malebranche on Women"
1:30-2:40 Tom Vinci (Dalhousie): “Two Rules of Truth in Cartesian Epistemology”
2:50-4:00 Adi Efal (Lille 3: Charles de Gaulle): “The Place of Analysis in Methodological Proceedings According to Clauberg, Descartes, and Ramus”
4:00-5:20 Saja Parvizion (Illinois, Chicago): “Descartes on the Problem of Knowledge Preservation”
Saturday, July 12
The final day of the seminar is for sightseeing. Halifax is a beautiful port city, and July-August is temperate with generally fair weather. For more information on Halifax, visit Destination Halifax.
Contact: Tom Vinci.
July 16-18, 2018
John Locke Workshop
Monday, July 16
9:00-10:15 Sean Silver (Michigan): “What is John Locke’s Idea of Complexity?”; commentator Kathryn Tabb (Columbia)
10:15-11:30 Shigeyuki Aoki (U Aizu), “The Development of Analogy in Locke’s Philosophy”; commentator Matt Priselac (Oklahoma)
12:00-1:15 Anat Schechtman (Wisconsin, Madison): “Locke on Infinity as Quantity”; commentator Benjamin Hill (Western)
2:15-3:30 Martin Lenz (Groningen): “Locke’s Life-World: The Teleological Role of Secondary Qualities”; commentator Vili Lähteenmäki (Helsinki)
3:30-5:15 Lisa Downing (Ohio State): “Qualities, Powers, and Bare Powers in Locke”
Tuesday, July 17
9:00-10:15 James Harris (St. Andrews): “The title of King William made good: Two Treatises of Government and the Glorious Revolution”: commentator Patrick Connolly (Lehigh)
10:15-11:30 Hina Nazar (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): “Locke and Rousseau on Educating for Freedom”; commentator Shelley Weinberg (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
12:00-1:15 Giuliana Di Biase (U “G. d’Annunzio”): “Locke’s Coercive Morality”; commentator Daniel Layman (Davidson C)
2:15-3:30 Kiyoshi Shimokawa (Gakushuin U): “Locke on Toleration and the Harm Principle”; commentator Luisa Simonutti (Inst Hist Modern Philos Scientific Thought)
3:30-4:45 Ed Curley (Michigan): “Locke on Religious Toleration”; commentator Doug Casson (St. Olaf)
Wednesday, July 18
9:00-10:15 Emily Kelahan (Illinois Wesleyan): “Locke and Hume on Miracles, Testimony, and Probability”; commentator David Owen (Arizona)
10:15-11:30 Elisabeth Thorsson (York): “Revisiting Locke’s Thinking Matter: A Third Way?”; commentator Matt Leisinger (Yale)
12:00-1:15 Diego Lucci (American U Bulgaria/U Hamburg): “Consciousness, Personal Identity, and Repentance in John Locke’s Views on Salvation”; commentator Ruth Boeker (U College Dublin)
2:45-4:30 Edwin McCann (Southern California): TBA
Contact: Jessica Gordon-Roth.
July 20-21, 2018
“Dignity and the Kingdom of Ends”: Conference on Kant’s notion of dignity and its practical implications
University of Bayreuth, Germany
Adam Cureton (Tennessee)
Marcus Du¨well (Utrecht)
Thomas E. Hill Jr (North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Sarah Holtman (Minnesota)
Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen)
Corinna Mieth (Ruhr U Bochum)
Onora O’Neill (Cambridge)
Dietmar von der Pfordten (Göttingen)
Alice Pinheiro Walla (Bayreuth)
Jan-Willem van der Rijt (Bayreuth)
Oliver Sensen (Tulane)
Jeremy Waldron (New York U Law Sch)
To attend the conference, please register at email@example.com before July 10. Conference fee: € 25 (including lunches).
For further information about the conference contact the organiser at Jan-Willem van der Rijt.
July 23-27, 2018
International Hume Society Conference
Institute of Philosophy, Research Centre for the Humanities
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 4. Tóth Kálmán st.
Monday, 23 July
12:45-13:00 Opening Remarks
13:00-14:30 Marina Frasca-Spada (Cambridge): plenary lecture
15:00-16:30 Panel discussion: Passions and Morals: Rachel Cohon (U Albany, SUNY), Tito Magri (Sapienza U Rome), Amy Schmitter (Alberta)
17:00-18:00 Parallel Sessions
Pedro Faria (Cambridge): “Justice, Economic Activity and the Reframing of Hume’s Social Theory, 1740-1752”; commentator Ferenc Horcher (Hungarian Acad Sci)
Sarah Paquette (Portland St): “Belief Revisions in the Context of Hume’s Treatise and Contemporary Psychology”; commentator Katharina Paxman (Brigham Young)
Tuesday, 24 July
9:00-10:30 Dan Zahavi (Copenhagen): plenary lecture
11:00-12:00 Parallel Sessions
Nathan Sasser (Greenville Tech Coll): “The Vulgar Belief in Body is Defeasibly Justified”; commentator Yongguang Nong (Edinburgh)
Mikko Tolonen (Helsinki) and Ville Vaara (Helsinki): “A Quantitative Approach to Royalist and Whig Sources in Hume’s History of England”; commentator Mark Towsey (Liverpool)
13:30-14:30 Parallel Sessions
Alexis Glenn (Brown): “Hume’s History as Virtuous Hermeneutics: Toward a Humean Sense of Piety”; commentator Gregory Todd (Ind Sch)
Dan Kervick (Ind Sch): “Hume Against the Geometers: Extension and Geometry in Hume’s Treatise”; commentator Donald Baxter (Connecticut)
15:00-16:30 Panel discussion: Hume's Projects: James Harris (St Andrews), Hsueh Qu (Nat U Singapore), Jacqueline Taylor (U San Francisco)
17:00-18:00 Parallel Sessions
Jason Fisette (Nevada, Reno): “Politeness and the Common Good in Hume’s Political Philosophy”; commentator Manuel Vasquez Villavicencio (Québec, Montréal/CIRST)
Todd Ryan (Trinity C): “Philo’s Second Circumstance: Malebranche and the General Law Theodicy in Hume’s Dialogues; commentator Lewis Powell (Buffalo, SUNY)
Wednesday, 25 July
9:00-10:30 Author Meets Critics
Author: Dennis Rasmussen (Tufts): The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought; critics Michael Gill (Arizona) and John Scott (UC Davis)
11:00-12:00 Parallel Sessions
Lorenzo Greco (Oxford): “Varieties of Humean Virtue Ethics”; commentator Jennifer Welchman (Alberta)
Tom Pye (King’s Coll Cambridge): “Hume, Montesquieu, and English History”; commentator Marc Hanvelt (Carleton)
13:30-15:00 Andrew Sabl (Yale): plenary lecture
15:30-17:00 Parallel Sessions
Laura Nicolí (Lichtenberg Kolleg): “The Line and the Circle: the Natural History of Religion and the French”; commentator Andre Willis (Brown)
Dan O’Brien (Oxford Brookes): “Hume and Virtue Epistemology”; commentator Ann Levey (Calgary)
17:30-18:30 Parallel Sessions
Bowen Chan (Toronto): “Scepticism, Custom, and Hume: Philosophy’s Place in Common Life”; commentator Karánn Durland (Austin Coll)
Getty Lustila (Brown): “Enthusiasm and Modesty in Hume’s History”; commentator Liz Goodnick (Metro St U)
Thursday, 26 July
9:00-10:30 Panel discussion: Mind and World: Kate Abramson (Indiana, Bloomington), Stefanie Rocknak (Hartwick C), Anik Waldow (Sydney)
11:00-12:00 Parallel Sessions
Lorraine Besser (Middlebury Coll): “A Humean Theory of Compassion”; commentator Esther Kroeker (Antwerp)
Naohito Mori (Kochi U): “On Whether the Tudor Government was an ‘Absolute Monarchy’: Reconsidering Hume’s View of the Rise of the Civilized Society”; commentator Max Skjonsberg (York)
13:30-14:30 Parallel Sessions
Peter Millican (Oxford): “Hume’s Decisive Turn Away from Egoism”; commentator John P. Wright (Central Michigan)
Wade Robison (Rochester Inst Tech): “Hume, Descartes, and Adam: Hume’s Project”; commentator Karen Valihora (York)
Friday, 27 July
9:00-10:00 Parallel Sessions
Alison McIntyre (Wellesley Coll): “Does Anger Represent Its Object as Evil? Hume vs. Malebranche and Hutcheson at T 184.108.40.206”; commentator Angela Calvo de Saavedra (Pont U Javeriana)
Ryu Susato (Keio U): “‘Barometer of the Nation’: Hume’s View of Usury and Interest in the History of England”; commentator Spiros Tegos (U Crete)
10:30-11:30 Parallel Sessions
Keith Hankins (Chapman) and John Thrasher (Monash): “The Puzzle of Hume’s Politics”; commentator William Lemmens (Antwerp)
Christopher Williams (Nevada, Reno): “Absent Matters of Fact”; commentator Ruth Weintraub (Tel-Aviv)
13:00-14:00 Parallel Sessions
Wendel de Holanda Pereira Campelo (Fed U Minas Gerais): “Hume’s Principle concerning the Existence of Mind-Independent Objects”; commentator Benjamin Nelson (Connecticut)
Amyas Merivale (Oxford): “The Integrity of Hume’s Four Dissertations”; commentator Jane McIntyre (Cleveland St)
Contact: Tamas Demeter, Hungarian Acad Sci.
July 30-Aug 3, 2018
Émilie Du Châtelet between Leibniz and Kant: The Eberhard-Kant Controversy
Libori Summer School
Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists
University of Paderborn
After the study of space and time in Du Châtelet’s “Between Leibniz and Newton” we are now moving on to explore the field “Du Châtelet Between Leibniz and Kant”. Our first approach will focus on Eberhard’s quotation from Du Châtelet’s Institutions physiques. In the famous Kant-Eberhard controversy, we learn not only that Eberhard traces Kant’s roots back to Leibnizian philosophy and its outstanding interpreters, such as Du Châtelet. With his quotation, Eberhard marks Du Châtelet as a cornerstone of the Leibniz interpretation during that time. This judgement has many interesting implications and allows an analogy between Kant and Du Châtelet, both of them as inspired interpreters of Leibniz. Eberhard tries to prove that Kant’s ideas were not as “original” as he had claimed. If Kant’s ideas can be tied back to Leibniz-Wolff’ian philosophy, is this also true for Du Châtelet? If this is an invalid claim for an adequate understanding of Kant, is it consequently also inadequate for Du Châtelet?
In what sense is Du Châtelet an intermediary between Leibniz and Kant? What conclusions can be drawn from this for the future research on Kant and Du Châtelet? Can Kant’s claim that his philosophy differs from Leibniz concerning his interpretation of phenomena, the knowledge of their origin and essence, be detected in Du Châtelet’s philosophy, too? Questions that have turned up in previous debates are once again becoming virulent. How close is Du Châtelet to the philosophy of Leibniz or the ideas of Wolff, and how near is Kant to the ideas of Du Châtelet?
Contact: Ruth Hagengruber.
August 3, 2018
Contemporary and Historical Perspectives on Spinoza and Culture
Manchester Metropolitan University
Recent scholarship on Spinoza has produced a wealth of excellent material covering all aspects of Spinoza’s philosophy. Important studies, for instance, have further developed Spinoza’s physics (Peterman), metaphysics (Viljanen), epistemology (Lenz), politics (Lordon), and theory of language (Laerke). Likewise, various recent works have brought Spinoza’s thought into dialogue with certain key topics of our time such as equality (Lord), ecology (Sharp), and ideology (Read). And yet given this burgeoning of Spinoza studies across many different keys, there has been little work carried out on Spinoza’s relation to culture and cultural theory. This conference aims to contribute to this underdeveloped aspect of Spinoza studies by providing a space of discussion for the various potential and actual relations between Spinoza and Spinozism, and culture and cultural theory.
The organisers seek to take the Spinoza-culture relation in the broadest possible sense, inviting contributions from traditional historians of philosophy, as well as more interdisciplinary scholars working at the juncture of Spinoza’s philosophy and the humanities, arts, and social sciences. As well as this the organisers seek contributions that address Spinozism (understood as the influence of Spinoza’s philosophy on contemporary philosophical positions) and its relation to recent or historical cultural theory (such a study, for instance, might develop the influence of Spinoza’s philosophy in Gilles Deleuze’s treatment of Francis Bacon, or the role that Spinoza’s philosophy plays in ‘new materialist’ treatments of literature and the arts).
The working language of the conference will be English but global and comparative perspectives are warmly encouraged. Contributions are welcomed to address, but are not limited to:
• Spinoza's biblical hermeneutics
• Spinoza and biblical narrative
• Uses of Spinoza's philosophy/Spinozism for culture/cultural theory
• Uses of Spinoza's philosophy/Spinozism in culture/cultural theory
• Spinozistic readings of literature, theatre, art, and any related aspect of contemporary or historical culture
• Spinoza's use of the classical poets
• Spinoza's uses/philosophy-of fiction (political/literary/biblical)
• Spinoza and language
• Spinoza and writing
• Spinoza and aesthetics
• The cultural-historical context of Spinoza's philosophy
Please submit abstracts (max. 500 words), along with a brief author bio, to Christopher Thomas by 1st May 2018. Enquiries can also be sent to the same address.
Contact: Christopher Thomas.
August 22-25, 2018
European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference
University of Hamburg
The proposal for a section on “Kant on Political Change: Global Challenges” submitted by the Kantian Political Thought Standing Group (convenors: Howard Williams and Sorin Baiasu) was accepted and the section was provisionally allocated 8 panels. We invite paper and panel proposals on the theme of the Section and on the various topics suggested for the Panels. The deadline for the submission of paper and panel proposals is 15 February 2018. Paper proposals (title, a 500-word abstract and 3-8 keywords) can be submitted here. Panel proposals (title, 3-8 keywords, 500-word abstract and 4-5 paper proposals) can be submitted here. Please note: To submit a paper or panel proposal, you need to be a member of the ECPR. Joining is free and easy: complete the online form here and click "Submit." Also: once a member, please join the Kantian Standing Group: again, it is free and easy: after you login, click on MyECPR (top right) and select 'My Groups'; click on the 'Renew Membership' button corresponding to the Kantian Standing Group.
Section Abstract: Change plays a significant role in Kant’s thinking, particularly in his political writings. Written in a context in which important political and, more generally, social changes took place, Kant’s work approaches the issue of political change both directly (for instance, by advocating reform and rejecting revolution or by examining the process of historical change) and indirectly (e.g., by considerations on the relation between theory and practice in politics, or on peace and conflict). What critics usually point to is not the lack of an account of change in Kant’s thought, but the lack of significance that change seems to be given from the perspective of Kant’s account of the a priori, necessary and unchangeable structures through which he thinks we are in interaction with the world. These structures appear as unchanging, since they are conditions which make possible for us the perception of change and, more generally, the experience of the world.
We organised a very successful Section on “Kant on Political Change” for the 2017 ECPR General Conference in Oslo. The Section attracted considerable interest and included 10 Panels. These examined some of the difficulties which seemed to follow from Kant’s view of change. For instance, Kant’s account of the a priori structures of interaction with the world or, in short, his account of pure reason (whether theoretical or practical, moral-political) seems in contradiction with his attempt to discuss the “The History of Pure Reason”; if pure reason consists of a priori structures which make possible our cognition of the world and of its natural and moral laws, then there can be no history of pure reason. Moreover, in his account of political revolution, Kant acknowledges it as a historical phenomenon, but dismisses it as not legitimate from a normative point of view. As a radical change in a society, a revolution is a focal point for a discussion of political change and, yet, Kant seems to reject it not only as unable to achieve what it sets out to do, but also as clearly detrimental to that aim. Furthermore, Kant’s account of the transition from the state of nature to a juridical condition acknowledges the provisional character of rights in the state of nature, but also enjoins us to leave the state of nature and move towards a juridical condition. And, yet, the provisional character of many of our rights can be easily observed as an enduring feature of our social and political existence. What is more, Kant’s comments on cosmopolitanism and the closed commercial state indicate that a similar tension can be found at work in Kant’s discussion of the relations between states. More generally perhaps, Kant offers priority to ideal theory and then seems to find it difficult to account for the clear significance of non-ideal theorising. As a result, in many instances in the literature, the debate between ideal and non-ideal theory has worked with a shared assumption that Kant’s and other Kantian theories are idealised and focus on the necessity of the laws they consider, to the detriment of the contingent, and non-ideal circumstances in which we actually live our lives. (* The current debate between ideal and non-ideal theory has its origins in the work of Rawls, who draws the distinction in A Theory of Justice (1971); a particularly strong emphasis in the debate is on contingency and the way in which Kant’s account fails to consider seriously the particularity, provisionality and circumstantial nature of our situations and condition. For recent discussions as part of this debate, see papers by Sorin Baiasu, John Horton, Rainer Forst, Peter Jones, Susan Mendus, Glen Newey and Albert Weale (2016).
The overall aim of the 2017 section, which was precisely to demonstrate, against some of the objections mentioned above, the significance of political change in Kant’s corpus, was fully achieved. For the 2018 General Conference in Hamburg we would like to make a step forward and examine the way in which Kant’s account of political change and in particular of the standards of political change is mobilised in his work in order to deal with some of today’s global challenges. We anticipate each Panel will focus on one such global challenge. Topics may include: ethics and cosmopolitanism; environment and duties regarding nature; democratisation; welfare and the gap between rich and poor; education and learning; peace and conflict; the status of women; science and technology. Several Kantians have already expressed interest in organising Panels: Sorin Baiasu (Keele, UK), Avery Goldman (De Paul, USA), Christoph Hanisch (Ohio, USA), Jakub Szczepanski (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland), Alice Pinheiro Walla (Bayreuth, Germany), Howard Williams (Cardiff, UK), Rafal Wonicki (Warsaw University, Poland).
Contact: Sorin Baiasu.
September 6-7, 2018
United Kingdom Kant Society Conference: The Nature of Freedom and the Freedom of Nature
The conference will bring together contemporary research into the various aspects of freedom and nature in Kant’s philosophy including: its significance for contemporary philosophy; the context and/or reception of Kant’s account of freedom and/or nature; the importance of freedom and/or nature for other aspects of Kant’s philosophy. The separation of freedom and nature is one of the most distinctive elements of Kant’s mature philosophy. In the 3rd Critique Kant describes freedom and nature as belonging to different domains, any connection between them is limited to the power of judgment that cannot produce constitutive knowledge of its objects. The relation between freedom and nature is essential for understanding Kant’s broader philosophical projects including (but not limited to): aesthetic and teleological judgments, political philosophy, philosophy of science, metaphysics, and anthropology. Moreover, the differences between the structure and orientation of critical idealism and contemporary philosophy has produced a variety of interpretations. On the one hand, a sympathetic interpretation of Kant’s philosophy might argue for the need to return to Kantian foundations as a way of clarifying issues in contemporary philosophy. Alternatively, these different foundations could be considered as justification for insurmountable differences between critical idealism and contemporary philosophy.
Invited/keynote Speakers: Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge), Katerina Deligiorgi (Sussex), Desmond Hogan (Princeton) & Clive Cazeaux (Cardiff Metropolitan)
We welcome submissions from any topic relating to Kant’s philosophy, but here are some suggested topics:
The relationship between freedom and nature in Kant’s philosophy: The compatibility or incompatibility of Kant’s account of freedom and nature, the role of judgment for freedom and nature, the significance of freedom and nature for other aspects of Kant’s philosophy
The relationship between freedom and nature in Kant’s philosophy: The compatibility or incompatibility of Kant’s account of freedom and nature, the role of judgment for freedom and nature, the significance of freedom and nature for other aspects of Kant’s philosophy
The emergence of Kant’s conception of freedom and nature: The relation between Kant’s critical and pre-critical philosophy; the influence of Kant’s predecessors on his philosophy; the scientific, historical, and political context of Kant’s philosophy
The impact of Kant’s account of freedom and nature: Kant’s and Post-Kantian/Neo-Kantian philosophy, Romanticism and Enlightenment philosophy, the reception of transcendental idealism.
Kant and contemporary philosophy: The compatibility of Kant’s account of freedom and nature in contemporary philosophy, Kant and the philosophy of science, Kant and political philosophy
Submissions: Please submit proposals of no more than 800 words by April 1st, 2018. Please upload submissions as a pdf attachment and ensure submissions are anonymous. In addition, please complete this form (submissions will not be considered unless this is completed). We aim to notify applicants of reviewer’s decisions by May 31st, 2018.
Contact: Andrew Jones.
September 17-18, 2018
Conference: Humans and Nature
Northwestern Italian Philosophy Consortium
Submissions are invited that engage with the philosophical question of naturalism, in particular with the attempts, and refusals of a naturalistic explanation of the human realm from antiquity to the mid 19th-Century. Both the metaphysical and the methodological meaning of naturalism will be taken into account; special attention will be paid to its materialistic developments, to the criticisms of supernaturalistic issues, and of teleological investigations. The invited presenters include Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (Copenhagen), Ann Thomson (European U Inst Florence), and Stéphane Toussaint (CNRS-LEM-PSL, Paris). Invited speakers will give plenary lectures and discuss the presentations of the PhD students in their section. Papers can be in English or French, and should not exceed 30 minutes presentation time (and followed by approximately 20 minutes of discussion).
Graduate students (Master, PhD students and those who have defended their doctoral thesis not earlier than 2016) can submit proposals for papers of approximately 30 minutes. The submission deadline is June 15th, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by July 1st, 2016. Please send the following to Paula Rumore in .doc(x), .rtf, or .pdf format:
a cover letter containing the following information: (a) author’s name (b) institutional affiliation (c) contact information, (d) title of the paper
title and a detailed abstract (in English or French, one page in length) of the paper.
This should be prepared for blind refereeing, i.e. showing no information identifying the author or the author’s institutional affiliation.
Participants will be offered accommodation in the Collegio Giasone del Maino in Pavia (via Luino, 4). Travel expenses cannot be covered. No registration fees are required. Conference organizers: Carla Casagrande (Pavia), Gianni Paganini (Piemonte orientale), Paola Rumore (Torino).
September 27-28, 2018
Workshop: Agency in Early Modern Philosophy
University College Dublin School of Philosophy
Keynote speaker: Jacqueline Broad (Monash)
This workshop aims to bring together scholars who work on agency in early modern philosophy from a variety of different perspectives, including but not restricted to moral, social, political, cultural, metaphysical and phenomenological approaches to agency. It aims to to rethink existing narratives about agency and early modern philosophy and to rediscover the works of relatively widely neglected philosophers, and women philosophers in particular. We invite submissions of abstracts on any topic related to the theme of the workshop. We particularly welcome contributions on figures whose contributions to debates about agency have not received perennial attention and contributions that approach the debates from innovative questions. Possible topics include the following:
• Agency and liberty
• Agency and human nature
• Agency and education
• Agency and class, race, and gender
• Agency and slavery
• Agency and society
• Agency and the role of passions and reason in social interaction
• Character and character development
• Self-constitution, personhood, and personality
• The metaphysics and phenomenology of active powers and agency
Please submit abstracts of no more than 750 words in PDF format, prepared for blind review, by 31 May 2018 to easychair conference. We aim to communicate results no later than 15 July 2018. Papers should be about 40-45 minutes reading time. We aim to find commentators for all accepted papers and authors are asked to submit full versions of their papers no later than 15 August 2018. We can offer two stipends (of approximately € 100 each) for PhD students and/or early career scholars (up to five years after the completion of PhD) who do not have access to travel funding via their home institution. If you would like to be considered for the stipends, please send a copy of your CV to Ruth Boeker with the subject line “Stipends for Agency in EMP Workshop.” We will cover expenses for childcare for speakers and commentators travelling with children.
Following the workshop participants are invited to join us for a historical sightseeing tour in Dublin on Saturday 29 September 2018.
Contact: Ruth Boeker
September 27-30, 2018
Vocalising the Ineffable: Language and Creativity in Nicholas of Cusa
Thinking language with Nicholas of Cusa means being confronted with a tension: On the one hand, constantly addressing the limitations of language, he holds that more than just the absolute is ineffable. On the other hand, language is the mode of human articulation and communication-- despite its limitations, humans need to employ language if they want to communicate with other humans. According to Cusanus, humans deal with this situation creatively: in their attempts of approaching the ineffable by means of language, they employ creativity. For Cusanus, language is thus an object of investigation, an epistemological instrument of approaching God, the world, and humans, an interface of human interaction accessible through the senses, in short: a multi-faceted core area of human activity and creativity. This has consequences for research on Cusanus. Questions concerning language in a narrower sense and epistemological questions in a broader sense, questions regarding the approximation to god, questions regarding the structure and composition of texts, questions targeting the function of metaphors and images—satisfying answers to all these questions are barely possible without considering Cusanus’ notion of language. For that reason, we offer a roof for research on Cusanus from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines.
We want to give room to experiment not only regarding the content, but also regarding the form of contributions. “Conventional” talks followed by a discussion, panel or group discussions, joint text work, or something entirely different—we leave it up to you to decide about the appropriate form of contribution. Depending on the suggestions received, we will work out the program of the conference and, in case of it being useful, establish contact between contributors before the conference. If you are interested in contributing, please send an abstract (no more than 500 words), the desired format, and a short biography (name, academic status, research project(s)/interests) to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is December 31, 2017. The conference will be held in English and German. We will try to cover expenditures on traveling and accommodation. However, we cannot give any guarantees in this regard yet. We are looking forward to receiving a thematically and formally wide range of suggestions. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Contacts: Christian Kny, Johanna Hueck.
October 12-14, 2018
Leibniz Society of North America/Société d’études leibniziennes de langue française Congress
Université de Montréal
With this joint meeting, both Societies wish to gather scholars from their distinct linguistic communities for a better sharing of research. The Congress will be bilingual, so that half of all the papers will be in French, the other half in English. The Congress will begin early on Friday and end on Sunday at the latest at 3pm. Participants will be strongly encouraged to use Power Point presentations or printed manuscripts for their presentation to facilitate the discussion. Papers on any aspect of Leibniz’s philosophy will be considered and should have a reading time of approximately 45 minutes. Submissions should take the form of abstracts of 500 words or less, prepared for blind refereeing. They should be submitted, as attachments to emails in either Microsoft Word or PDF format, to email@example.com. The deadline for the receipt of submissions is December 31st, 2017. Authors will be notified by mid-January of the program committee’s decision.
Avec ce congrès commun, les deux Sociétés souhaitent rassembler des chercheurs des deux communautés linguistiques pour un meilleur partage de la recherche. Le congrès sera bilingue, de sorte que la moitié de toutes les communications seront en français, l’autre en anglais. Le congrès débutera le vendredi en matinée et se terminera le dimanche au plus tard à 15h. Les participants seront fortement encouragés à utiliser un support textuel (Power Point, long exemplier, etc.) afin de faciliter la discussion. Les propositions de communication portant sur tout aspect de la philosophie de Leibniz seront considérées et devront être prévues pour une durée de présentation d’environ 45 minutes. Les personnes intéressées doivent soumettre un résumé de 500 mots ou moins, préparé pour une évaluation anonyme et envoyé en pièce jointe (Word ou PDF) à firstname.lastname@example.org. La date limite de soumission des propositions est le 31 decembre 2017. Les auteurs seront avisés de la décision du comité d’évaluation d’ici la mi-janvier.
Contacts: François Duchesneau and Christian Leduc.
October 19-21, 2018
Workshop on the Work of George Berkeley
University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee
Keynote address: Samuel Rickless (U Cal San Diego)
Papers for a workshop on Berkeley should be submitted to Margaret Atherton no later than July 15. I would also like to hear from anyone interested in serving as a commentator, whether or not you submit a paper.
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.
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).
January 7-10, 2019
American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting
Sheraton New York Time Square
811 7th Avenue, 53rd Street
New York, NY
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 Dan Garber, the representative of the session for the Eastern Division meeting.
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.
April 17-20, 2019
American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting
1601 Bayshore Drive
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.
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 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.