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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Events posted on various mailing lists and websites (e.g., philosop, philos, MWSeminar, Facebook Early Modern Philosophy Resources, Montreal EM Roundtable, philevents) are incorporated into this page. If no deadline is listed for calls for papers, that means either that the deadline has passed or presentations were by invitation only.
|Announced and Revised Events (recent postings listed first)
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December 12-13, 2016
Conference: Kant's A-Deduction
University of Leuven
Institute of Philosophy, Kardinaal Mercierplein 2
The Institute of Philosophy at the University of Leuven invites submissions for a conference dedicated to Kant’s A-Deduction. For various reasons, many commentators tend to overlook the A-Deduction in favor of the 1787 edition. In contrast to that trend, this conference aims to interpret and assess Kant’s A-Deduction on its own terms and shed light on important insights that are pivotal to the Critique of Pure Reason as a whole. Papers focusing on any aspect of the A-Deduction are welcome. Themes of papers may include, but are not limited to: the argumentative structure of the A-Deduction, key concepts of the A-Deduction, the roles of the various faculties, the historical context of the A-Deduction (especially in view of Kant’s relationship to his contemporaries), and the fate of the A-Deduction (e.g. its reappraisal in the Opus postumum).
Confirmed speakers: Manfred Baum (Wuppertal), Corey W. Dyck (Western Ontario), Giuseppe Motta (Graz), Alexandra Newton (Illinois)
The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, young researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion. Abstracts (between 400 and 800 words) should be sent no later than September 15, 2016 in MSWord as attachment to: email@example.com. Notification of acceptance by September 30, 2016. Abstracts have to be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information should be included in the body of the e-mail.
Contact: Henny Blomme.
January 4-7, 2017
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street
Program submission deadline: February 15, 2016
January 20, 2016
Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable
Alex Silverman (U Chicago): Spinoza
Auditorium Bldg and Goodman Center, 430 S. Michigan Avenue
Contact: Kristen Irwin.
February 1-3, 2017
International Berkeley Conference on The Querist
University of Lyon
George Berkeley (1685-1753) contributed to a wide range of academic disciplines; from philosophy and metaphysics to mathematics and empirical psychology; from theology to political economy and monetary policy. We are now inviting distinguished scholars to a conference focusing on The Querist. Anyone interested to participate in the conference should send an abstract to one of the organizers before August 31st 2016. The conference is organized by Roselyne Dégremont, Bertil Belfrage, and Daniel Carey. For further information, please contact one of the organizers. Scholars attending the conference are welcome to receive a copy of Belfrage’s new edition of The Querist, or of Roselyne Dégremont’s French translation.
February 18-19, 2017
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Groningen
This Seminar aims to bring together advanced students and established scholars working on early modern philosophy (broadly conceived, ranging from the later scholastics to Kant). The intention is to come to a workshop-type of collaboration in order to stimulate scholarly exchange in our field. The Dutch Seminar is part of the activities of the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought based at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen, and of the OZSW Study Group in Early Modern Philosophy. The language of presentation and discussion is English. Please note that this year the Seminar takes place during the weekend (Saturday 18th February whole day, Sunday 19th February until 1pm).
Invited speakers: Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard), Emily Thomas (Groningen/Durham)
Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture (on any topic relevant to early modern philosophy) to Andrea Sangiacomo by October 15, 2016. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a .docx file (please do not use pdf format). The author’s name and contact information (name, affiliation, email and professional status – doctoral student; postdoc; lecturer; etc.) should also be specified in your e-mail message. The abstracts will be peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the outcome of the review by December 20. We will do our best to send the reviewers’ reports to all participants in order to provide useful feedback on the abstracts. There are no registration fees. Attendance is free and all listeners are welcome. No financial help, however, can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.
Contact: Andrea Sangiacomo.
February 18, 2017
Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Nevada, Reno
Invited speaker: Jacqueline Taylor (U San Francisco): "Soldier, Sailor: The Significance of Character Types in Early Modern Texts." The deadline for abstract submissions was July 15, 2016. The program for the seminar will be announced by early October 2016.
In conjunction with the Seminar, Helen Hattab (U Houston) will be presenting a colloquium talk to the UN-Reno Department of Philosophy on the afternoon of Friday 17 February 2017. This event is free and open to the public, and all those traveling to Reno for the Seminar are welcome to attend.
Contacts: Jason Fisette or Mary Domski.
February 24-25, 2017
Conference: Conceptions of Experience in the German Enlightenment between Wolff and Kant
Institute of Philosophy, Room N
University of Leuven
Kardinaal Mercierplein 2
Keynote speakers: Christian Leduc (Montréal), Arnaud Pelletier (Brussels), Anne-Lise Rey (Lille), Udo Thiel (Graz)
The purpose of this conference is to analyze the various conceptions of experience at play in eighteenth-century German philosophy between Leibniz's death in 1716 and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. During this period, the classical Aristotelian definition of experience as cognition of singulars–-to some extent still present in Wolff–-became confronted with the Baconian and Newtonian accounts of empirical knowledge. In the decades before the mid-century, the views of Locke and Hume, as well as French sensualism and materialism, complicated the prevailing German perspective on experience even more: the notion of empirical or ‘historical’ knowledge became linked to experiment and observation, investigations into perception and sensation took center stage, and ‘inner experience’ grew into a widely discussed topic.
The Berlin Academy, through the prize-essay contests it organized and the writings of its members, importantly contributed to the dissemination of Newtonianism and empiricism. Yet while most philosophers acknowledged the fundamental role of experience, they tried to accomodate the modern notions of experience to a view of cognition and science influenced by Wolffian metaphysics. The question as to the contribution of foundational metaphysical principles and empirical data to scientific knowledge was much discussed, as was the relationship between inner and outer experience, experience and thought, experience and judgment, experience and facts, experience and perception, experience and experiment, and perception and apperception.
Challenging the historiographical opposition between empiricism and rationalism, the conference aims to explore the often ambivalent or fluid conceptions of experience at work in these debates, as well their influence on disciplines such as psychology and aesthetics. Whereas all contributions relevant to these topics are welcome, we are particularly interested in contributions on the conceptions of experience elaborated by members of the Berlin Academy and by participants in the contests initiated by this institution. The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, junior researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion.
Abstracts (of no more than 500 words) should be sent in MSWord as attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 15, 2016. Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the e-mail. Notification of acceptance by November 15, 2016.
Contacts: Karin de Boer and Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet.
March 10-12, 2017
Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy
Conference: Science in the Scottish Enlightenment
Cooper Conference Room
The philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment was marked by a distinctive ambition--to extend the observational methods of science to study of the human as well as the physical world. The pursuit of this ambition led to many innovative studies of mind and metaphysics, as well as morality, aesthetics and politics. It also led to an investigation of the methods themselves, and the conception of ‘science’ that underlay them. This conference aims to explore many of these important topics, both philosophically and historically. Submissions are invited on any aspect of this general theme. Abstracts of 300-500 words should be sent as email attachments to email@example.com by Nov 1st, 2016, with author details in the accompanying email only. Decisions will be advised by early December. Registration will open in January 2017.
This conference is associated with research for the Scottish Philosphy in the 18th century Volume 2 edited by James Harris (St Andrews) and Aaron Garrett (Boston U). This volume is part of the 5-volume, multi-authored History of Scottish Philosophy (General editor Gordon Graham) published by Oxford University Press. The first two volumes were published to coincide with the CSSP spring conference 2015, a volume devoted to Scottish philosophy in the 17th century is due to be published in 2017, and a fifth volume on Scottish philosophy in the Renaissance is currently under discussion.
March 13-14, 2017
Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: Philosophy of/and Education
University of Oxford, Mansfield College
Speakers: Karen Detlefson (Pennsylvania) and Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser)
The educational reforms of the early modern period had a substantial impact on philosophy, not only through the ways in which future philosophers were educated--for instance, Descartes's education in the new Jesuit paradigm--but also in informing philosophical discussion about learning and education, including about just in what learning consists, who is capable of learning, the best methods of learning, educational institutions, tools for both theoretical and moral education, and other topics. This seminar aims to encourage discussions around this largely unexplored central philosophical theme of the period.
Abstracts for papers should be concerned with topics that are connected with the philosophical reflection on the nature of education or the relationship between philosophy and education (both broadly construed) in the early modern period (roughly 1600-1800). The organizers are particularly interested to receive papers that focus upon thinkers and works that are less commonly discussed. However, we hope that those whose work is concerned with more canonical figures or works should not feel deterred from submitting.
Please send an abstract of approx. two sides double-spaced for a reading/presentation time of approx. 40 minutes no later than December 1, 2016. Please send submissions, which should include name and contact details on a cover sheet only, to Paul Lodge.
Contact: Paul Lodge.
April 6-8, 2017
British Society for the History of Philosophy
University of Sheffield
Keynote speakers: Angie Hobbs (Sheffield), Luc Foisneau (EHESS, Paris), Dina Emundts (Konstanz)
The BSHP invites scholars to submit symposium and individual paper proposals for its general conference. Symposia and individual papers are invited on any topic and any period of the history of philosophy. Proposals for either symposia (3-4 thematically related presentations) or individual presentations (approximately 25-30 minutes) are welcome. Symposium submissions are especially encouraged. Proposal Submission Deadline: 1 October 2016; decision by 1 December 2016. Submissions should be sent as an email attachment (in Word) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals for symposia should include:
- Title of symposium
- Symposium summary statement (maximum 500 words)
- Titles and abstracts of papers (maximum 500 words for each paper)
- Address of each participant, including e-mail, phone, and institution
- Name and email of symposium organizer, who will serve as contact person
Proposals for papers should include:
- name and address and email of the participant
- title and abstract of the paper (maximum 500 words)
Contact: Jeremy Dunham.
April 10-11, 2017
Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Key note speakers: Beth Lord (Aberdeen) and Peter Millican (Oxford)
The SSEMP VIII is the 8th edition of a yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working in Early Modern Philosophy. The aim is to foster scholarly exchange among the different generations of academics in the UK and to strengthen international collaboration. We welcome abstracts on any topic in pre-Kantian early modern philosophy (broadly defined, ranging from late Renaissance philosophy to the Enlightenment). We particularly encourage proposals that consider early modern philosophy in relation to other related disciplines, such as theology, intellectual history and/or the history of science. Presentations should be in English and approximately 30-35 minutes in reading length. We make an effort to assure a reasonable gender balance.
The SSEMP awards a Graduate Student Essay Prize which this year, like in previous years, is funded by the British Society for the History of Philosophy. The prize includes an invitation to present the essay at the SSEMP and a bursary of £200 towards travel and accommodation. The bursary cannot be used for any other purpose. Submissions to the essay competition should include: (1) Name, affiliation, name and email of supervisor, and personal contact information; (2) the complete essay (max. 6000 words, including notes). Everything should be gathered in a single pdf or word file. Deadline for submissions is 15 December 2016. They should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke on email@example.com. Those who wish to submit a proposal both as a complete text for the essay competition and as a short abstract for the regular program are free to do so.
Abstracts for the regular program (approx. 300 words, abstract and contact information in a single pdf or word file) should be sent to Mogens Lærke. Graduate students submitting to the regular program should include contact information for one referee (typically the supervisor).
Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 December 2016. Due to very high numbers of submissions we can no longer undertake to respond individually to all of them. Applicants who have not been contacted within one month by 15 January should consider their submission declined. Please note that the SSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation for speakers.
Contacts: Mogens Laerke and Pauline Phemister.
April 28-30, 2017
Multilateral Kant Colloquium
Martin Luther University
The theme of the colloquium is: Kant und seine Kritiker – Kant and his critics – Kant et ses critiques. Papers may include discussions of any aspect of Kant’s philosophy and its critique from Kant’s time to the present. The Multilateral Colloquium involves approximately fifty five participants, about 15 of them will be invited presentations. The official languagues are German, English, and French; however, participants can choose to present their papers in Portuguese, Spanish, or Italian, provided a version in one of the official languages is available, too. Due to the traditionally multilateral dimension of the Kant Colloquium and its origin, the selection committee is particularly interested in submissions from participants working in South America, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.
The selection committee is an international group of Kant-scholars and is chaired by Professor Heiner F. Klemme (MLU). The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2016. Notices of acceptance will be issued by December 1, 2016. Please send all papers electronically to Antonino Falduto. Submissions should be prepared for blind review and be limited to 4400 words, including footnotes and references (longer submissions will not be considered). Please send your file in PDF format, include an abstract of a maximum of 400 words, and a word count at the end of the paper. Contact information should be sent in a separate Word or RTF file. Presentations cannot exceed 50 minutes (30-35 minutes reading time, followed by 15-20 minutes of discussion). There will be conference fee of € 30.
Contact: Falk Wunderlich.
May 19-20, 2017
International Colloquium: Enlightenment and Freedom of Speech
Keynote speakers: Ian Carter (Pavia) and Ulrich Lehner (Marquette)
We are pleased to announce a call for abstracts for our forthcoming colloquium, dedicated to studying the idea that we should have a freedom to voice and otherwise express our thoughts, its origins, problems, critiques and justifications, from the angle of the history of philosophy, history of ideas, and contemporary political philosophy. The abstracts should be of maximum 500 words and relate to any of the following, or connected topics:
• The concept of and arguments for (and against) the freedom of speech formulated by the early modern and Enlightenment thinkers, and their philosophical origins (second scholasticism, re-discovery of the Stoics and Epicureans, Reformation, Cartesianism, Spinozism etc.) and historical context (e.g. religious persecutions, censorship and the adoption of constitutions in the USA, Poland and France). The distinction, and congruence, between freedom of speech and 'freedom of the pen'.
• The relationship of freedom of speech and secular state. In particular: is freedom of speech even compatible with secularism? Could unregulated freedom of speech hinder the realisation of the secular state by allowing people to express opinions that are based on their 'particular' religious world-views instead of purely 'universal' rationality? What are the justifications for this Enlightenment distinction?
• The above questions are related to the question about the limits for the freedom of speech. Is the state ever entitled to limit people's freedom to express ideas, for example, in order to prevent the manipulation of people's opinions and emotions, or so-called hate-speech? If so, what are the minimum universal (or perhaps context-specific) rational standards that we can demand from public expression?
The submitted abstracts will undergo a peer-review and applicants will be informed whether their abstract has been accepted a month after the submission deadline. Each invited participant will have 30 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion. If you are interested in presenting at the colloquium, we encourage you to submit your abstract (preferably in .doc, .docx or .pdf format), with a short note including information about your contact details and academic affiliation, by 31st January 2017, to one of the organisers:
• Dr. Anna Tomaszewska
• Dr. Hasse Hämäläinen
• Dr. Damian Barnat
If you would like to participate in the colloquium without presenting a paper, please send your expression of interest to the organisers by 1st March 2017. Contact: Hasse Hämäläinen.
30 May-1 June 2017
Int'l Soc for Intellectual History Conference: The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity
American University in Bulgaria
Balkanski Academic Center
Keynotes: Wayne Hudson (Tasmania), Michael Hunter (Birkbeck, U London), Jonathan Israel (Inst Adv Study Princeton), & Lyndal Roper (Oxford)
The collapse of the communist bloc in 1989 put an end to processes of political identification based mainly, if not exclusively, on “strong” political ideologies. Accordingly, the past three decades have witnessed a rediscovery of the role of non-political factors (i.e. religion, culture, ethnicity, etc.) in shaping socio-political communities. These political and cultural phenomena also influenced academia, leading to a revaluation of “religion qua religion” as a legitimate and independent area of inquiry, as well as to a reassessment of its impact on socio-cultural, economic and political dynamics in the making of the modern world.
The relationship between religious belief and modernity has been interpreted in different ways by intellectual historians. Some historiographical currents argue that modern secular societies developed thanks to the gradual emergence of such ideas as “reasonableness”, “natural religion” and “toleration” among certain religious movements of reform and renewal from the Late Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Other sections of historiography maintain that the making of modernity was produced by a process of secularization, which benefited from the spread of intellectual and cultural currents that, in the Age of Enlightenment, held essentially atheistic and materialistic ideas in philosophy and republican, democratic views in politics. Still others have seen modernity as emerging both from and against a religious, and specifically Christian, worldview, given that the rethinking of several religious concepts, texts and institutions since the Renaissance eventually had secularizing consequences.
The relationship between ideas and political, economic and socio-cultural contexts also plays a significant role in the ongoing historiographical debate on religion and modernity. The twentieth century saw the opposition between the reductionist approach of social-scientific positivism, which considered ideas, including religious ideas, as mere epiphenomena produced by socio-economic factors, and a view of ideas as able to influence or even determine social and political dynamics. Nevertheless, in recent decades a growing number of historians have adopted a methodological approach that pays great attention to the historical conditions and intellectual contexts of philosophical and religious discourses. According to this approach, ideas play a prominent role as constitutive elements of historical periods, both in themselves and in interacting with social, economic, cultural and political factors.
At present, when controversial political issues are bringing renewed attention to the significance of religion at a global level, a deeper understanding of how the rethinking of religion and religious belief contributed to the making of the modern world may help to elaborate new theoretical frameworks for addressing current issues. Thus, “The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity” aims to explore the historical, contextual, and methodological issues that intellectual history should take into account when examining the interactions between religious belief and philosophical, political and scientific concepts.
Call for Papers: Proposals for 20-minute individual papers are welcome. Proposals for panels, consisting of three 20-minute papers, are also welcome. Both are due no later than 31 December 2016, using the online submission form. Paper and panel proposals are welcome both from ISIH members and scholars who are not members of the Society. The language of the conference is English: all speakers are supposed to deliver their papers in English. Papers and panels may concentrate on any period, region, tradition or discipline relevant to the conference theme. The range of potential subjects of investigation is extremely broad, and may include, but is not limited to:
• the contribution of the rediscovery and rethinking of ancient religious beliefs and traditions to the making of modernity
• innovations in religious belief and theological doctrine since the High Middle Ages, with a focus on their role in shaping the modern world
• the religious dimensions of Renaissance thought, culture and art
• the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation in intellectual history
• the religious dimensions of the Scientific Revolution
• modern biblical hermeneutics and its impact on the modern mind
• the relationship between the Enlightenment and religion
• reason and revelation in natural religion, rational theology, physico-theology, skepticism, fideism, etc.
• discussing and rethinking traditional religious beliefs (e.g. belief in providence, miracles, prophecy, Messianism, millenarianism, the devil, the hell, exorcism, magic, mystical experience, etc.)
• atheism, deism, skepticism and irreligion
• the role of religious belief in the Age of Revolution
• the impact of religious concerns and concepts on legal and political theory
• religious toleration and religious freedom
• rethinking the rights, position and role of religious minorities in the making of modernity
• the consideration of Judaism and Islam in modern western culture
• interactions between western civilization and Eastern cultures, with a focus on religious matters
• religion in philosophical, sociological and historiographical discourses on modernity and post-modernity
Website and detailed info sheet.
Contact: Diego Lucci.
June 15-17, 2017
Conference: Teaching the New Science: the role of Academia during the Scientific Revolution
Department of History of Philosophy, University of Groningen
Oude Boteringestraat 52
Groningen, The Netherlands
The new scientific worldview emerged during the seventeenth century has been often considered as radically opposed to the Aristotelian-Scholastic philosophy that dominated universities at the time. Recent scholarship has significantly nuanced this picture by revealing the intricate osmosis between the Academic world and the new frontiers of natural philosophy. Textbooks and university courses are privileged laboratories to study the dissemination of ideas, the emergences of new methods, the evolution of controversies and the shaping of new scientific paradigms.
Confirmed invited speakers:
• Christian Leduc (Montréal)
• Roger Ariew (South Florida)
• Klaas van Berkel (Groningen)
• Patricia Easton (Claremont Graduate)
• Helen Hattab (Houston)
• Sophie Roux (ENS Paris)
• Tad Schmaltz (Michigan, Ann Arbor)
This conference aims to bring together scholars working on different facets of the history and circulation of scientific ideas within and around the seventeenth century academic milieu. We welcome abstracts for papers on topics related to the conference theme. Possible topics for paper presentation include: controversies in the academic milieu; canonical and non canonical figures in the history of science and philosophy; experimental practices, laboratories and scientific societies; science and religion issues in the university context; textbooks and philosophical debates; teaching practices and the new science; women in academia. Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture to Dr. Andrea Sangiacomo by February 1, 2017. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a doc or docx file (please don’t use pdf format). The author’s name and contact information (name, affiliation, email and professional status – doctoral student; postdoc; lecturer; etc.) should also be specified in your e-mail message. Information on accommodations and travel can be found on the conference website.
Contact: Andrea Sangiacomo.
July 17-21, 2017
International Hume Society Conference
We invite papers in all areas of Hume studies but especially welcome submissions bearing some relation to the conference themes:
• Hume and Berkeley
• Hume on time and its significance
• Hume on human differences (including differences of sex, race, nation, ethnicity, and between humans and animals)
Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words) and should be submitted with an Abstract (200 words). All self-references should be deleted for anonymous review. Papers and Abstracts must be submitted in English. Papers should not have been published by the date of the conference. Authors may submit their papers as either MS Word documents or in rich text format (RTF). Submissions should be sent to http://www.humesociety.org/ conferences/cmgr/. Hume Society Young Scholar Awards are given to qualifying graduate students whose papers are accepted through the normal anonymous review process. Deadline for Submissions: November 1, 2016. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding paper submissions.
Conference: History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS)
University of Groningen
Contact: Helen Hattab