The Early Modern Philosophy Calendar

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

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

Announced and Revised Events (recent postings listed first)

Upcoming Submission Deadline Dates

February 20-23, 2019
American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting
Westin Downtown Denver
1672 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO
Friday, February 22
    12:30-2:30  When Laws Corrupt: Montesquieu's Alternative Methodology for Understanding Corruption; chair Mark Jensen (Air Force Acad)
        Speaker Mario Ivan Juarez Garcia (Arizona); commentators Stanislaus Husi (Wisconsin, Milwaukee) and Stuart D. Warner (Roosevelt U)
    3:40-4:40  Phil of Religion: Grace and Immateriality
        Tyler Hanck (Illinois, Chicago): "Locke on God's Immortality"; commentator George Dicker (Coll Brockport, SUNY); chair Rebecca Copenhaver (Lewis & Clark)
    7:30-10:10  Soc German Idealism & Romanticism: On Melissa Merritt's Kant on Reflection and Virtue; chair Keren Gorodeisky (Auburn)
        Critics: Francey Russell (Yale), Colin McLear (Nebraska, Lincoln), Davis Sussman (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
    Approx 9:15-10:10  Indian Philosophy & Religion
        David Tostenson (Fort Hayes St U): “Descartes and the Buddha on the Self: Room for Reconciliation?"
Saturday, February 23
    11:40-2:40  Soc German Idealism & Romanticism, chair Rick Anthonoy Furtak (Colorado Coll)
        Janum Sethi (Michigan): “Kant on Concepts, Common Sense and the Systematicity of Nature”
        Allen Speight (Boston U): “Appreciation, Engagement and the Problem of Interpretation"
        Clinton Tolley (UC San Diego): “Post-Kantianism on the Social and the Pleasureable in the Sensus Communis"
    11:40-2:40  Soc Study Early Modern Women: Early Modern Women and MLK, chair Jill Graper Hernandez (UT San Antonio)
        Jonathan Lee (Colorado Coll): “'To Give a Voice to the Voiceless': Contesting Materialism(s) in Anne Conway and Martin Luther King, Jr."
        Timothy Yenter (U Mississippi): "“Levels of Love: Norris, Astell, Masham, and King on the Possibility of Loving Thy Neighbor"
        Dwight Lewis (South Florida): "The Importance of Early Modern Philosophy to MLK's Thought"
        Pablo Iturrieta (Ind Sch): “Catherine of Siena and Dr. Martin Luther King on Church-State Relations"
        Aminah Hasan-Birdwell (Furman U): “The Perils of Sovereignty: Elizabeth of Bohemia’s Reading of Machiavelli's The Prince"
        Jill Graper Hernandez (U Texas, San Antonio): “From a Mount of Despair to a Stone of Hope: Phillis Wheatley as Early Modern Philosopher"
    11:40-2:40  N.A. Spinoza Society: Knowledge and Happiness, chair Kristin Primus (UC Berkeley)
        Don Garrett (New York U): “Panpsychism, Spinoza’s Way”
        Sanem Soyarslan (North Carolina St): “Spinoza’s Account of Blessedness Explored through an Aristotelian Lens”
        John Grey (Michigan St): “Spinoza’s Case against Introspective Self-Knowledge"

February 22-24, 2019
Conference: Kant and Poverty
Ruhr University
Bochum, Germany
February 22
    6.00-7.30  Karen Stohr (Georgetown): “Beneficence and Indifference”
February 23
    10.00-11.30  Katrin Flikschuh (London Sch Economics): tba
    11.30-1.00  Martin Sticker (Bristol): “Emergencies and True Needs”
    2.30-4.00  Rafeeq Hasan (Amherst C): “Need and Necessity in Kant’s Doctrine of Right
    4.00-5.30  Alice Pinheiro Walla (U Bayreuth): “Global Poverty and Territorial Rights: A Kantian Argument for Global Redistribution”
    6.00-7.30  Violetta Igneski (McMaster): “Responding to global poverty: individual and collective duty-bearers”
February 24
    9.00-10.30  Corinna Mieth (Ruhr U Bochum)/Garrath Williams (Lancaster): "Poverty, Dignity and Essential Ends"
    10.30-12.00  Joel Klein (Fed U Rio Grande do Norte): “The institutional limits of poverty from the perspective of Kantian political philosophy: thinking with Kant beyond Kant”
    1.30-3.00  Ariel Zylberman (U Albany): "Material Independence in Kant"
Contacts: Corinna Mieth and Martin Sticker.

February 25, 2019
Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop
Melissa Merritt (New South Wales): "Kant and Psychological Monism"
Robbins Library, Emerson Hall 211, 5:00-6:30; reception 6:30-7:00
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Contact: Jeff McDonough.

February 28, 2018
Yves Charles Zarka (U Paris Descartes): "Hobbes: Teologia e politica"
Interviene Gianenrico Paganini (U Studi del Piemonte Orientale)
U Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Aula Valent, Malcanton-Marcorà
Venice, Italy

March 2-3, 2019
NYC Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy: Freedom and Evil
Department of Philosophy, Fordham University
Lincoln Center Campus
Lowenstein 12th Floor Lounge
New York, NY
Saturday, Mar. 2
    9:30-9:45 Coffee
    9:45-11:00 Aaron Garrett (Boston U: "Mastery, Masterlessness, and the Duties of Slaves"
    11:00-12:00 Julia Borcherding (NYU/Cambridge): "Fancies and Illusions: Cavendish and du Châtelet on the Liberating Power of the Imagination"
    2:00-3:00 Paul Rateau (U Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne): “Is Evil a Reality or an Appearance for Leibniz?”
    3:00-4:00 Matthew Wurst (Toronto): "Why it is Contingent that Leibniz's God Chooses the Best"
    4:30-5:45 Robert Adams (Rutgers): “From Melanchthon to Schleiermacher: The Changing Shape of the Problem”
Sunday, Mar. 3
    9:30-10:00 Coffee
    10:00-11:00 Jerilyn Tinio (Ohio State): "Descartes's Privation Theory of Natural Change"
    11:00-12:00 Andrea Bianchi (U Cattolica Sacro Cuore): "The Revival of Early Christian Theodicy? A Dutch Arminian response to Bayle's Objections"
    2:00-3:00 Todd Ryan (Trinity C): "Malebranche's General Laws Theodicy in Hutcheson's Inquiry"
    3:00-4:00 Richard Fincham (American U Cairo): "Free Will, Theodicy, and the Genesis of the Critique of Pure Reason"
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Contact: Ciaran Coyle.

March 8-10, 2019
Tolerance, Sociability and Solidarity in Scottish Philosophy
Université de Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland
    Societies are kept together by different kinds of glue. Self-interested factors such as the fear of leaving society, and the awareness of various benefits of living with others may play their roles. Yet there are also other factors, such as forms of natural sociability, benevolence and sympathy, solidarity with other members of society, and tolerance with respect to different opinions and values. Sometimes religion is considered helpful for keeping societies together, sometimes it is presented as the very cause of division. The nature, potential and limits of tolerance, sociability, solidarity and the role of religion were discussed by many philosophers in the Scottish tradition, and in particular in the Scottish Enlightenment. We invite paper proposals that explore the roles of these notions in Scottish philosophy.
    Proposals of not more than 400 words should be sent by email attachment to by November 1, 2018. Decisions will be notified by November 30, 2018. We are also pleased to announce the Gordon Graham Prize in Scottish Philosophy. The winner of this prize will receive financial support including registration, travel, and lodging to attend the 2019 ISSP conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. The winner’s paper will also be published in the Journal of Scottish Philosophy. The runner-up will be invited to the conference and published in the Journal of Scottish Philosophy. Please submit complete papers of not more than 5,000 words by November 1st, 2018 to
Contacts: James Foster (U Sioux Falls), Giovanni Gellera (Lausanne), and Christian Maurer (Lausanne)

March 14, 2019
Spinoza à Paris 8 Lecture: Maria Luisa de la Cámara (U Castilla-La Mancha): "Spinoza tragique"
Room and time TBA
Université Paris 8
Paris, France
Contact: Jack Setter.

March 19, 2019
NY/NJ Research Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Paul Lodge (Oxford U)
7:30-9:30 p.m.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th St
New Bdlg Rm 8.63.24
New York, NY
Contact: Enrique Chavez-Arvizo.

March 21, 2019
Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop
Michael A. Rosenthal (U Washington): tbc
Room tbc, 3:00-5:00
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Contact: Clare Carlisle.

March 23-24, 2019
Recasting the Treatise, Volume Two
Herford College, Oxford
Oxford, UK
    This will be the second workshop of a series focusing on the contrasts and differences between David Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature and his later philosophical works that descended from it. The first workshop was held in Budapest in March 2018, and focused on topics from Treatise Book 1, the Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, and relevant essays. This workshop will be devoted to Treatise Book 2, the Four Dissertations of 1757 (notably the “Dissertation on the Passions”), and relevant essays. The third workshop, provisionally planned to be held in Budapest in September 2019, will be focused on Treatise Book 3, the Enquiry on the Principles of Morals, and relevant essays. Invited members include: Kate Abramson, Miren Boehm, Don Garrett, Lorenzo Greco, James Harris, Jane McIntyre, Jennifer Marusic, Amyas Merivale, Dan O’Brien, Katarina Paxman, Hsueh Qu, Jacqueline Taylor, and Margaret Watkins.
    At this stage we are inviting extended abstracts of about 1,000 words for the second workshop. The deadline for submission is 31 Dec. 2018. Please send your abstracts to organizers Peter Millican and Tamás Demeter.
Contacts: Peter Millican (Oxford) and Tamás Demeter (Budapest)

March 25, 2019
Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop
Paul Lodge (Oxford): "Leibniz on Vital Principles and Plastic Natures"
3:00-4:30; reception 4:30-5:00
Robbins Library, Emerson Hall 211
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

March 27, 2019
NY/NJ Research Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Karolina Hübner (Toronto)
7:30-9:30 p.m.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th St
New Bldg Rm. 8.63.24
New York, NY
Contact: Enrique Chavez-Arvizo.

March 28, 2019
Spinoza à Paris 8 Lecture: Frédéric Lordon (CNRS): "Spinoza: La Condition anarchique"
Room and time TBA
Université Paris 8
Paris, France
Jack Setter.

March 29, 2019
"Dissenso ed eterodossia nel pensiero ebraico"
Intervengono: Omero Proietti, Lea Campos Boralevi, Stefano Visentine Giovanni Licata
U Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Aula Valent, Malcanton-Marcorà
Venice, Italy

March 29, 2019
King's History of Philosophy Seminar
Eric Watkins (UC San Diego): On Kant
Small Committee Room, Strand Campus, King’s College
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
London, UK
Contact: Clare Carlisle.

April 1-3, 2019
Berkeleian Minds: Will and Understanding
York University
Humanities Research Centre
York, UK
Monday, April 1
    6:30pm   Tom Jones (St Andrews): "Writing a Philosopher's Life: The Case of George Berkeley" (Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Bldg (Ground Floor)
Tuesday, April 2
    9:00  Welcome and Registration
    9:45  Tom Stoneham (York): Welcoming Remarks
    10:00  Marc A. Hight (Hampden-Sydney C.): "Berkeley's Simple Insight on Mind"
    11:00  Manuel Fasko (Zurich): "George Berkeley and the Inevitability of Speaking Metaphorically"
    12:15  Ofra D. Sherefkin (Hebrew U Jerusalem) "Mind and Time in Berkeley"
    2:45  Samuel C. Rickless (UC San Diego): "Berkeley's Windowed Monads"
    4:00  Artem Besedin (Lomonosov Moscow St U): "Human Mind from the Third-Person Point of View"
    5:00  Peter West (Trinity C Dublin)): "Knowing Me, Knowing You: Berkeley on Self-Knowledge and Other Spirits"
    6:00  Reception (Dept of Philosophy)
Wednesday, April 3
    9:30  Stephen H. Daniel (Texas A&M): "Berkeley on Why God Must Be an Infinite Mind"
    10:30  David Bartha (Central European U): "Berkeley on Archetypes and the Divine Mind"
    11:45  Alberto Oya (U Girona): "Berkeley on God"
    2:15  Richard Brook (Bloomsburg U): "Berkeley and the Phenomenology of Action"
    3:15  Órla Slattery (Mary Immaculate C, U Limerick): "Constitutive Volition and the Case of the Molyneux Subject"
    4:30  James Petrik (Ohio U): "Berkeley's Argument for the Sui Generity of Ideas"
    5:30  Conference Ends
Contact: John Blechl.

April 3, 2019
NY/NJ Research Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Domenica Romagni (Colorado St U)
7:30-9:30 p.m.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th St
New Bldg Rm. 8.63.24
New York, NY
Contact: Enrique Chavez-Arvizo.

April 5-6, 2019
Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley
Trinity College Dublin
Long Room Hub Neill Lecture Theatre
Dublin, Ireland
Friday, April 5
    9:00-9:10  Welcome
    9:10-10:00  Christine Gerrard (Oxford): "What the Dublin women of the ‘Triumfeminate’ did with John Locke"
    10:10-11:00  Ian Leask (Dublin City U): ""From Hypatia to Serena: John Toland's Women
    11:30-12:20  Marta Szymanska-Lewoszewska (Ind sch, Poland): "Berkeley and Previous Bishops of Cloyne on Education as Means of Conversion"
    15:00-15:50  Samuel Rickless (UC San Diego): "Berkeley’s Main Criticism of Shaftesbury and Hutcheson"
    16:10-17:00  Ruth Boeker (U Coll Dublin): "Francis Hutcheson on Liberty and Self-Mastery"
    17:10-18:00  Kate Davison (History, Sheffield): ""Plainly of Considerable Moment in Human Society": Francis Hutcheson and Eighteenth-Century Philosophies of Laughter"
    18:30-20:30  Reception, Trinity City Hotel; contact Takaharu Oda
Saturday, April 6
    9:00-9:50  Kenneth Pearce (Trinity C Dublin): "Peter Browne on the Metaphysics of Knowledge"
    10:00-10:50  Jacob Schmutz (Paris-Sorbonne): "John Austin SJ (1717-84), the First Irish Catholic Cartesian?"
    11:30-12:20  Manuel Fasko (Zürich) & Peter West (Trinity C Dublin): "The Irish Context of Berkeley’s "Resemblance Thesis""
    14:30-15:20  Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney C): "Poverty and Prosperity: The Irish School of Political Economics"
    16:00-16:50  Eric Schliesser (Pol Sci, U Amsterdam): "The Wilson-Garber Debate on Berkeley on Corpuscles Reconsidered in Light of Toland and Clark on the Role of God's Order in Science"
    17:00-17:50  Lisa Downing (Philosophy, Ohio St): "Boyle's Powers"
Participants and attendees may also be interested in attending "Berkeleian Minds: Will and Understanding," a conference to be held at York University 2 and 3 April 2019.
Contact: Kenny Pearce.

April 8-12, 2019
Workshop: Kant on Political Change: Theoretical Grounds and Global Implications
Université catholique de Louvain
Mons, Belgium
     The unique format of the Joint Sessions makes them an excellent forum for substantive discussion and collaboration for scholars from across the world, and at all stages of their career. The five-day event consists of around 30 closed Workshops, each with 15–20 participants. Topics of discussion are precisely defined, and only scholars working in that particular field, with a paper or research document for discussion, are invited to participate. Participants may attend only one Workshop, and must stay for the duration. Such intensive collaboration results in thorough critiques of the new research presented, and, often, in research groups being formed to take that work forward towards publication.
Workshop Details. You will need a paper title, an abstract (maximum 300 words) and between 3 and 8 keywords. Deadline: 3 December 2018.
Contact: Sorin Baiasu.

April 10, 2019
NY/NJ Research Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Julia Borcherding (Cambridge/NYU)
7:30-9:30 p.m.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th St
New Bldg Rm. 8.63.24
New York, NY
Contact: Enrique Chavez-Arvizo.

April 11, 2019
Spinoza à Paris 8 Lecture: Pedro Lomba (U Complutense de Madrid): "Une athéologie du politique: Lecture schmittienne de l'anti-cartésianisme de Spinoza"
Room and time TBA
Université Paris 8
Paris, France
Jack Setter.

April 12-13, 2019
Varieties of Unity in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands
    The issue of unity is an important topic both in scholastic and mainstream early modern philosophy. One set of questions centres on the idea that unity was supposed to be an essential feature of substances. But how are the parts of a composite—parts like matter and form—united? And how are composite substances distinguished from mere aggregates? Accidents and modes are also supposed to be united in some sense with their hosts: what accounts for the unity of a substance with its accidents? A different set of questions arose from the distinction between the material and the immaterial: human souls or minds were regarded as simple or indivisible, but matter as inherently composite and divisible. This distinction was important for the view that the human soul or mind is immortal – on account of its indivisibility. How should we understand these differences and how did various philosophers argue for them? How are mind and body united in a human being? And can material entities have any sort of real unity, especially on a mechanistic conception?
    We propose a two-day conference on these and related questions in scholastic and non-scholastic thinkers in the 16th-17th century. One goal of the conference is to develop a deeper understanding of scholastic thought in this period, and its relationship to what we ordinarily think of as early modern thinkers.Speakers include Jeff McDonough (Harvard), Shane Duarte (Notre Dame), Helen Hattab (U Houston), Calvin Normore (UCLA), and Marleen Rozemond (Toronto). Submissions: Please submit blinded abstracts of 1-2 pages to Brian Embry before January 10, 2019.
Contact: Brian Embry.

April 15, 2019
Luca Bianchi (U Studi di Milano): "'Non dovete Filosofare senza l’appoggio di qualche grande auttore': il ‘principio di autorità’, gli aristotelici e Galileo"
Interviene: Marco Sgarbi (U Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
U Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Aula Valent, Malcanton-Marcorà
Venice, Italy

April 17-20, 2019
American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting
Westin Bayshore
1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, BC
Wednesday, April 17
    1:00-4:00  17th & 18th Century Philosophy
        Melanie Tate (U Washington): "“Considering Oneself as Part of a Whole in Descartes’ Philosophy”; commentator Kristopher Phillips (Southern Utah); chair Montgomery Link (Suffolk)
        Evan Thomas (Ohio State): "“Animals and Cartesian Consciousness: The Debate Between Pardies and Dilly”; commentator Eric Stencil (Utah Valley); chair James Crippen (Cal St Fullerton)
        Daniel Collette (Marquette): “Women’s Autonomy in Jacqueline Pascal”; commentator Sandrine Bergès (Bilkent U); chair Owen Anderson (Arizona State)
    4:00-6:00  Kant
        Uygar Abaci (Penn State): “Kant’s Amodalism about Noumena and Freedom”; commentator Colin Mclear (Nebraska, Lincoln); chair R. Brian Tracz (UC San Diego)
        Thomas Land (Victoria): “The Importance of Faculty Psychology in Kant”; commentator Addison Ellis (Illinois, Urbanna/ Champaign); chair Scott Edgar (Saint Mary's U)
    6:00-8:00  N.A. Kant Society

    6:00-9:00  Descartes Society; chair Amy Schmitter (Alberta)

            Author: Stephen I. Wagner (College of St Benedict & St. John’s U)

            Lex Newman (Utah) and C. P. Ragland (Saint Louis U):Book Symposium: Stephen I. Wagner, <i>Squaring the Circle in Descartes’ Meditations: The Strong Validation of Reason</i>

            Michaela Manson (Toronto): “On Irresolution: Descartes and the Sceptical Challenge of Apraxia”

Thursday, April 18
    9:00-12:00  New Approaches to the Early Modern Survey; chair Susan Mills (MacEwan U)
        Kathleen Creel (Pittsburgh): "Early Modern Correspondences"
        Charles Goldhaber (Pittsburgh): “How and Why to Include Practical Philosophy in Early Modern Survey”
        Ruth Boeker (University College Dublin): “Introducing Students to Early Modern Debates about Personal Identity”
    1:00-4:00  Memorial Session for Eileen O'Neill; chair Marcy Lascano (Kansas)
                                                          4:00-6:00  17th and 18th Century Philosophy
                      6:00-8:00  Society for Idealism and Romanticism: Space in Kant
                      6:00-9:00  Center for New Narratives in Philosophy; chair Marcy Lascano (Kansas)
        Sympathy in Theory and Practice: The Moral and Political Philosophy of Sophie de Grouchy and Her Interlocutors
                               8:00-10:00  North American Spinoza Society
                      8:00-10:00  Society Hist Political Philosophy: Eros, Politics and Philosophy: Bacon and Nietzsche
                  Friday, April 19
    9:00-12:00  Kant
             4:00-6:00  17th and 18th Century Philosophy
                      7:00-9:00  North American Kant Society, chair Lucy Allais (Witwatersrand/UC San Diego)
        On Marcus Willascheck's Kant on the Sources of Metaphysics: The Dialectic of Pure Reason; critics Andrew Chignell (Princeton) & Paul Guyer (Brown)
    7:00-9:00  Society Study Early Modern Women, chair Jill Graper Hernandez (UT San Antonio)
                                                      Saturday, April 20
    9:00-12:00  The Philosophy of Emilie du Châtelet, chair Emily Thomas (Durham)
                                        4:00-6:00  Kant
                      4:00-6:00  Herder
             4:00-6:00  Hong Kong Kant Soc: Kant's Moral Philosophy and Its Political Application, chair Jonathan Jacobs (Grad Ctr CUNY)
                               7:00-9:00  Society Study Early Modern Women, chair Jill Graper Hernandez (UT San Antonio)
                                                          4:00-6:00  Hong Kong Kant Soc: Pluralism in Kant's Metaphysics and Theory of Religion; chair Chong-Kuf Lau (Chinese U Hong Kong)
                                        4:00-6:00  North American spinoza Society; chair Kristin Primus
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April 22-24, 2019
Kant and the Ethics of Enlightenment: Historical Roots and Contemporary Relevance
Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University
Institute for the Humanities
Kaliningrad, Russia
    The Kant-Readings International Conference has taken place in Kaliningrad every five years since 1974. The 2019 conference aims at investigating the ethical conceptions of the Enlightenment from the perspective of Kant’s philosophy. Enlightenment ethics focused on traditionally important notions for human beings, such as happiness and moral goodness, and influenced not only their epoch but the following centuries. In spite of the fact that all these doctrines were founded on different moral concepts like moral sense, reason, or God, they equally searched for a justification of duty and of the possibility of moral motivation. Moreover they raised the question of the relation between morality and politics, education, and coercion: What, if any, are the common features that characterise ethical doctrines during the Enlightenment? Are there sufficiently similar features in the various ethical doctrines of Kant’s day that would warrant the title of ‘Enlightenment ethics’? It is not less important to understand the ethical content and significance of the Enlightenment project itself and to answer the question of whether the project of enlightenment still can be rationally defended.
    Kant’s ethics directly relates to the various conceptions of enlightenment put forward by his immediate predecessors in Germany, Great Britain, and France, such as Wolff, Rousseau, Shaftesbury, Hutcheson, Hume, and others. We are interested in understanding the moral aims of the Enlightenment, and the role of Kant’s philosophy in how the enlightenment project extends beyond its initial epoch. How has Kant’s moral philosophy been received and criticised, and how has it influenced the evolution of enlightenment thought in other countries, especially in Russia? To what extent can Kant’s philosophy be fruitful for thinking about ethics and enlightenment in our time? What can Kantian philosophy offer to address the current and prospective challenges, produced by technological advancement? The conference will be structured into the following sections:
    1.  History of Enlightenment Ethics
    2.  Enlightenment and Kantian Ethics in Russian Thought
    3.  Enlightenment Ethics and Aesthetics in Correlation
    4.  Kant’s Ethics in Neo-Kantianism
    5.  Enlightenment, Politics, and Education
    6.  Science, Technology, and Enlightenment Ethics
    7.  Kant and Radical Enlightenment (section organized by The Contemporary Kantian Philosophy Project, directed by Robert Hanna)
Hanna writes: By “radical enlightenment,” we mean any epistemic, metaphysical, metaphilosophical, aesthetic, scientific, moral, social, or political interpretation of Kant’s injunction to “dare to know,” or “dare to think for oneself” (Sapere aude!), that is more progressive — or “further left” — than classical Hobbesian or Millian liberalism, or contemporary neoliberalism. The theme of this section comprehends any topic in Kant’s or Kantian philosophy that explores its positive or negative relationship to radical enlightenment in this sense, with a special interest in exploring the implications and/or significance of that topic for contemporary issues.
    The conference languages are Russian, English, and German. Please send abstracts (300-350 words)--addressing one of the seven sections above-- in one of the conference languages to
Contact: Nina A. Dmitrieva

April 24-26, 2019
British Society for the History of Philosophy: Annual Conference
King's College London
Strand Campus
London, UK
Wednesday 24 April (Small Committee Room)
    11:30-12:00  JD Lyonhart (Cambridge): "Wrangling about hInnate Ideas?" Reflections upon Locke and Cudworth"
    12:00-12:30  David Bartha (Central European U): "Locke, Berkeley and Malebranche on divine nature"
    12:30-1:00  Jon W. Thompson (King's C London): "Individuation, Identity, and Resurrection in Thomas Jackson and John Locke"
    3:30-4:00  Paola Romero (London Sch Econ): "Kant and Hobbes on Political Conflict"
    4:00-4:30  Meghan Robison (Montclair St): "Mother Lords and the Power of Preserving Life in Hobbes' Leviathan"
    4:30-5:00  Giovanni Gellera (Lausanne): "Sympathy for Hobbes: A Scottish Calvinist Reception of Hobbes in the Manuscript of James Dundas's Idea Philosophiae Moralis
        River Room: 5:30-6:00  Peter West (Trinity C Dublin): "John Sergeant as a Precursor to Berkeley's Anti- Scepticism"
        Council Room: 5:30-6:00  John Callahan (King's C London): "The Boundary of Pure Reason"         River Room: 6:00-6:30  Akos Sivado (Hungarian Acad Sci): "An Atomism of Biblical Proportions: The Reconciliation of Scriptural and Natural Knowledge in Sir William Petty's Natural Philosophy"
        Council Room: 6:00-6:30  Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge): "Kant's Broad Conception of Science"
        River Room: 6:30-7:00  George tomlinson (Brunel U): "Marx and the Philosophical Concept of Life"
        Council Room: 6:30-7:00  Alix Cohen (Edinburgh): "Kant's Account of hte Epistemic Role of the Feeling of Reason's Need"
Thursday 25 April
    9:45-11:00  Susan James (Birkbeck C London): Early Modern Philosophy Plenary (Great Hall)
    11:30-12:00  Maria Vittoria Comancchi (U Ca' Foscari Venezia): "From Aristotle to Plato: Yehudah Abarbanel's Concept of Love in the Late Fifteenth-Century Neoplatonic Debate" (Council Room)
    12:00-12:30  Pärttyli Rinne (Acad Kantianna, Kant Baltic Fed U): "Kant and the System of Love of Human Beings" (Council Room)     12:30-1:000  Jill Graper Hernandez (U Texas San Antonio): "Lisbon, Redux: Early Modern Women and the Problem of (Natural) Evil"
    4:45-6:45  British Platonism and Aesthetics in the 17th-18th Centuries; organizer Douglas Hedley (Cambridge) [Small Committee Room]
        4:45-5:15  Cecilia Muratori (Warwick): "'Out of the Darkness, through the Fire, into the Light': Dionysius Andreas Freher and the International Legacy of Jacob Bohme"
        5:15-5:45  Christian Hengstermann (Munster): "Spinoza Kabbalisticus: Henry More and the English and German Pantheism Controversies"
        5:45-6:15  Adrian Mihai (Cambridge): "Cudworth's 'Pleasing Horrour' and Kant's 'das Erhabene': A Missing Link to Early German Romanticism"
        6:15-6:45  Endre Szécsényi (Aberdeen/ELTE U Budapest): "Lord Shaftedbury's Case: The Problem with Neo-Platonic Aesthetics"
Friday 26 April
    11:30-12:00  Giada Margiotto (Neuchâtel): "Judgment and Volition in Early Modern England: King, Clarke, Collins" (Council Room)
    12:00-12:30  Ruth Boeker (Univ Coll Dublin): "Thomas Reid on Promises, Social Operations, and Liberty" (Council Room)
    12:30-1:00  Peter Hartl (Hungarian Acad Sci): "Hume, early modern atheism and the art of theological lying" (Council Room)
    3:30-4:00  Martin Lenz (Groningen): "Biased Beliefs: Spinoza on the Interaction of Ideas" (River Room)
    4:00-4:30  Beth Lord (Aberdeen): "Spinoza on the theological-political significance of architectural design" (River Room)
        4:30-5:00  Martin Pickup (Oxford): "The Infinity of Leibniz's Infinite Analysis Account of Contingency" (River Room)
        4:30-5:00  Bartosz Zukowski (U Lodz, Poland): "Secondary Qualities--Primary Issue: Gradual Subjectivization of Sense Perception and Two Patterns of Early Modern Idealism" (Council Room)
        5:30-6:00  Aaron Wells (Notre Dame): "Explanation in Du Châtelet's Institutions de Physique" (Council Room)
        5:30-6:00  Bob Stern (Sheffield): "Human Evil and Divine Grace in Luther and Kant" (River Room)
        6:00-6:30  Qiu Lin (Duke): "Émile Du Châtelet's Views on Space" (Council Room)
        6:00-6:30  Irina Schumski (Tübingen): "Kant's Moral Principles in Circumstances of Evil" (River Room)
        6:30-7:00  Monica Solomon (Southern California): "Du Châtelet's Philosophy of Time" (Council Room)
        6:30-7:00  Anastasia Berg (Cambridge): "Evil and the Problem of Moral Self-Knowledge" (River Room)
        7:00-7:30  Andrea Reichenberger (Paderborn): "Émilie Du Châtelet on Galileo's Law of Free Fall" (Council Room)
        7:00-7:30  Martin Sticker (Bristol) and Joe Sanders (Durham): "Beyond the Duty/Self-Love Dichotomy" (River Room)
Contact: Katharine O'Reilly.

April 25, 2019
Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop
Delphine Antoine-Mahut (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon): "Descartes in the Pantheon: The Editorial Work of Claude Clerselier"
3:00-4:30; reception 4:30-5:00
Robbins Library, Emerson Hall 211
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

April 26-27, 2019
Francisco Suárez: Predecessors and Successors
Loyola University Water Tower Campus
Beane Hall Ballroom, Lewis Tower
Chicago, IL
This two-day international conference gathers scholars from around the globe to explore the ways in which Suárez both revives elements of scholasticism, and prefigures modern philosophers, in his metaphysics and philosophy of mind. Confirmed participants include Brian Embry (Groningen), Helen Hattab (Houston), Sydney Penner (Asbury), Kara Richardson (Syracuse), Tad Schmaltz (Michigan), and Christopher Shields (Notre Dame).
    If you expect to attend, please click this link and fill out the small form. The conference budget also includes a modest fund for graduate students and under-resourced philosophers who would like to attend, but lack institutional funding for their travel and/or accommodations for the conference. To apply, please fill out the relevant fields in the above link. Please apply for funding no later than December 31, 2018. Funding decisions will be emailed out by February 4, 2019. For any questions, please email
Contacts: Peter Hartman.

April 27, 2019
Northern California Early Modern Philosophy Workshop
Lilli Alanen (Uppsala/Helsinki): title TBA
Dennes Room (234 Moses Hall), UC Berkeley, 1pm-4pm
The paper will be circulated ahead of time, so RSVP to Kristin Primus before April 14.

May 3-4, 2019
Early Modern--Saint Louis Seminar
Downtown St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
Submissions are welcome on any aspect of Modern Philosophy, roughly understood as the period from Montaigne through Mill. Submissions on British philosophy after Hume are particularly encouraged. Please prepare 300-500 word abstracts for anonymous review and submit them through Easy Chair. Papers should be suitable for a 25 minute presentation, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by February 18.
Julie Walsh (Wellesley Coll) will be facilitating a panel on the topics of race, gender, and disability in early modern philosophy. Submissions that treat these topics will be given special consideration for that panel. David Landy (San Francisco St) will give the keynote presentation, “Kant, Inferentialism, and the Question of Perception.” Annemarie Butler (Iowa State), Tim Black (CSU Northridge), and Alison Peterman (Rochester) will present a panel on Locke, Hume, and Shepherd on body and externality.
Contact: Richard Fry.

May 8-10, 2019
Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of St Andrews
St Andrews, Scotland
Keynote speakers: Teresa Bejan (Oxford), Craig Smith (Glasgow), Udo Thiel (Graz)
    SSEMP is an international workshop that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working in the field of Early Modern Philosophy. SSEMP welcomes papers on any topic in early modern philosophy (broadly defined to mean pre-Kantian philosophy ranging from late Renaissance philosophy to the early Enlightenment). We particularly encourage proposals which consider early modern philosophy in relation to related disciplines, such as theology, the history of literature, intellectual history and the history of science. SSEMP is conceived as a forum where established academics, early career researchers, and advanced PhD students can meet. We make an effort to assure a reasonable gender balance.
    Abstracts for the regular program (approx. 300 words plus 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 January 2019. Due to very high numbers of submissions we cannot undertake to respond individually to all of them. Applicants who have not been contacted by 15 February should consider their submission declined.
    The SSEMP awards a Graduate Student Essay Prize which this year, as 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 £300 toward 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 January 2019. They should be sent to Mogens Lærke. 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. Plese noe thatthe SSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation for speakers.
Contacts: James Harris and Mogens Lærke.

May 9-11, 2019
“The great protector of wits”: D’Holbach 1789-2019
Göttingen, Germany
    230 years after his death, Baron Paul Henri Thiry d’Holbach (1723-1789) continues to be a challenging figure of the European Enlightenment. Not only was he a materialistic philosopher, a champion of anticlericalism, the author of the monumental Système de la nature known as “the Bible of atheists,” an idéologue, a popularizer of the natural sciences and a prolific contributor of the Encyclopédie, but he also played a fundamental role as an organizer of culture. All over Europe, d’Holbach was known as the “maître d’hôtel” of philosophy (in the words of the abbé Galiani), and as “the great protector of wits, and the Sçavans who are no wits” (in those of Laurence Sterne). Throughout his life, d’Holbach made constant efforts to create intellectual networks, to support cultural transfers, and to promote the dissemination of radical religious and political ideas. The most famous aspect of this effort is the Salon of Rue Royale. Yet, this is not the only interesting aspect of his cultural agenda. His correspondence reveals not only an extensive cosmopolitan network of friends, but also his commitment as a social mediator as well as a facilitator of the circulation of texts and ideas. D’Holbach was also a translator, and a very special one. As a German native speaker, he translated into French and popularized a variety of German works on chemistry and geology. Moreover, his acquaintance with the English language and British culture allowed him to translate a number of philosophical and irreligious English writings. As recent scholarship has shown, most of these translations are rife with interpolation, manipulation and fictions of authority. The figures of translator, author and editor overlap in d’Holbach. Indeed, he was also an editor of a number of clandestine books, promoting their circulations and while creating new strategies of anonymity and pseudonymity. Finally, d’Holbach contributed financially to the diffusion of the philosophes’ ideas, supporting not only Diderot and the Encyclopédie but also other authors and works. If we look to intellectual networks, to cultural transfer, cosmopolitism, collective authorship, the making of public opinion and philosophical propaganda as key concepts in the understanding of the Enlightenment, d’Holbach emerges as a figure emblematic of the age.
We invite papers in all aspects of Holbach’s thought, intellectual biography and cultural activity. Topics of interest include (but are not restricted to):
    - D’Holbach’s philosophical, religious, moral and political thought
    - D’Holbach as a scientist and a popularizer of the natural sciences
    - D’Holbach as a translator and as an editor: practices of (re)writing (plagiarism, omission, addition, interpolation, juxtaposition); strategies of authoriality (anonymity, pseudonymity, allonimity)
    - The Salon of Rue Royale, the coterie
    - D’Holbach and the Encyclopédie
    - The transfer of knowledge in d’Holbach’s circle: networks, correspondences, journals
    - D’Holbach as a mediator of (transnational) culture
    - D’Holbach and clandestinity: production and circulation of clandestine manuscripts, clandestine circulation of books, connections with editors
    - D’Holbach as a financial supporter of the Enlightenment
    - D’Holbach’s ancient and modern sources
    - Critics, fortune and reception
The official languages of the conference will be both English and French. Invited speakers:
    Nicholas Cronk (Oxford)
    Alan Charles Kors (Pennsylvania)
    Mladen Kozul (Montana)
    Tony La Vopa (North Carolina)
    Brunello Lotti (Udine)
    Emilio Mazza (IULM, Milano)
    Alain Sandrier (Caen Normandie)
    Maria Susana Seguin (Paul-Valéry Montpellier/ENS Lyon)
    Ann Thomson (European U Institute, Florence)
We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations in either French or English. To apply please submit an abstract (no more than 300 words) along with a one-page CV to the conference organizer (Laura Nicoli) no later than 30 October 2018. Please make submissions in either MS Word or in PDF format. Accepted proposals will be notified no later than 15 December 2018. Graduate students and unwaged early career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply and funds towards defraying the costs of travel and attendance may be available upon application. Please contact the conference organizers with any questions.
Contact: Laura Nicoli.

May 13-14, 2019
Transformations of Wisdom in Early Modern and Enlightenment Philosophy
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Bruxelles, Belgium
It is often argued that the notion of wisdom--whether related to the Greek or to the monotheistic traditions--has gradually disappeared from the philosophical horizon as modern science pushed back the Aristotelian paradigm. However, the very word sapientia does not disappear from the philosophical discourse and finds new translations–-as shows the German Weltweisheit. Kant suspects that modern science has not dismissed but deliberately and vainly ignored the question of wisdom: "Nach Weisheit frägt niemand, weil die die Wissenschaft, die ein Werkzeug der Eitelkeit ist, sehr ins Enge bringt" (Reflection 1652). The conference aims at clarifying where and how the question of wisdom has maintained in 17th- and 18th-century philosophies. The variety of answers and perspectives will have to be addressed, regarding in particular the relation of wisdom to science(s), to theory and practice, to happiness and good life, to divine wisdom, and also to sacred history and the history of philosophy.
    Proposals on Enlightenment and 18th-century philosophy will be particularly - but not exclusively - welcome. Abstracts of original contributions (about 400-600 words), prepared for a multiple blind review, should be sent in Word format, as attachment to Arnaud Pelletier by January 20, 2019. The author’s name and affiliation should be included in the body of the e-mail. Notification of acceptance should be given by February 1, 2019. Meals and accommodation (3 hotel nights from 12 to 15 May 2019) will be covered by the conference organization. Travel expenses cannot be covered. Invited speakers: Maria Rosa Antognazza (King’s College London), Alberto Frigo (Università degli Studi di Milano), Luc Langlois (U Laval, Québec), Laurence Renault (Paris Sorbonne), Donald Rutherford (U California, San Diego), Mathieu Terrier (CNRS Paris).
Contact: Arnaud Pelletier.

May 16, 2019
Spinoza à Paris 8 Lecture: Henri Atlan (EHESS): "Spinoza et la biologie contemporaine"
Room and time TBA
Université Paris 8
Paris, France
Jack Setter.

May 17-19, 2019
Leibniz Society of North America
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Papers on any aspect of Leibniz’s philosophy will be considered (including his reception and his various correspondences, e.g. with female philosophers) 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 December 31, 2018. Authors will be notified by January 15, 2019 of the program committee’s decision.
Contact: Ursula Goldenbaum.

May 20-21, 2019
Ancient and Early Modern Stoic (Meta)physics
Dutch Research School of Philosophy
Utrecht, The Netherlands
The influence of Stoic thought on Early Modern authors has largely been analysed in the field of moral philosophy. Its influence in other domains of philosophy, however, has been relatively neglected, while at the same time generally accepted as crucial for the development of early modern thought. This OZSW workshop is devoted to Stoic physics and metaphysics. It aims to bring together scholars of both Ancient and Early Modern philosophy to study Stoic (meta)physics both in its ancient articulation and its early modern reception. In order to do so, the workshop will feature both paper presentations and readings of primary texts. Invited speakers: Keimpe Algra (Utrecht), Frederik Bakker (Nijmegen), Peter Barker (Oklahoma), Carla Rita Palmerino (Nijmegen), Jan Papy (Leuven).
    If you would like to present a paper, please send a 300-word abstract to both organisers by January 15th. If you would like to attend, please register by April 30th (or earlier if you have to make travel arrangements). Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Please note, however, that we are unable to offer financial support for travel or accommodation.
Contacts: Albert Joosse and Doina-Cristina Rusu.

May 20-30, 2019
Institute for the History of Philosophy Summer Seminar: Leibniz's Philosophy of Law
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
IHP Summer Seminars are designed to bring together a group of faculty scholars specializing in specific areas of the history of philosophy for seminars focused around a shared reading list. Ten participants and the two co-directors meet in two mornings sessions over the course of two four-day weeks for discussions based upon close readings. The afternoons are free for reading and preparing. The Emory Library has collected Leibniz literature since the time of Leroy E. Loemker and also holds the original of Robert Mulvaney’s dissertation on Leibniz’ philosophy of law, defended at Emory in 1965. The IHP seminar format eschews the delivery of conference-style papers in favor of open, group-based engagement. In so doing, the IHP seeks to foster conversations that will inform future scholarly work. See past seminars.
    The 2019 readings will focus on Leibniz’s Philosophy of Law, an area that has not been in the focus of Anglo-American Leibniz scholarship so far. Our central texts will include Leibniz’s Elementa juris naturalis, the Nova methodus, and the Theodicée. We will use translations if possible, and also texts in their original language. Fortunately, we recently got translations of the Nova methodus. The Akademieedition will be available in our seminar space. In addition, our discussions will take into account texts of philosophers that were of particular impact on Leibniz’s thinking about natural right, law, and on his concept of justice, especially of Grotius, Hobbes, Spinoza, and Plato.
    The Institute is pleased to provide room, board, and travel expenses for all participants accepted to the seminar. Guests will be housed in The New Marriott Courtyard Decatur, in downtown Decatur, Georgia, a couple of miles from Emory's campus. Decatur is a vibrant town with several restaurants and bars, all within walking distance from the hotel. The hotel is also close to a MARTA stop, Atlanta's public train service. Participants will thus have access to other parts of Atlanta, including the airport. A free shuttle is commuting between hotel and campus.
    The weekend between the two seminar weeks is free for private activities; participants can visit the Martin Luther King Center, go hiking in the mountains of North Georgia or try kayaking in Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta. Atlanta has a world class symphony orchestra and also great Blues clubs. These activities are supposed to support the socializing among the participating scholars.
    Interested scholars should send a cover letter, addressing the relevance of the topic of Leibniz philosophy of law to their current and/or future scholarly work, and a CV to Professor Ursula Goldenbaum at her email address below. We would like to encourage especially younger scholars to apply. The deadline for applications is December 31st, 2018 with decisions announced by January 15th, 2019.
Contacts: Ursula Goldenbaum and Daniel Garber.

May 22, 2019
Steven Nadler (Wisconsin-Madison): "Malebranche and Miracles"
Interviene: Matteo Favaretti Camposampiero (U Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
U Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Aula Valent, Malcanton-Marcorà
Venice, Italy

May 23-24, 2019
Leuven Kant Conference 2019: Kant's Transcendental Dialectic
University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
    The upcoming edition of the Leuven Kant Conference differs from preceding ones in two respects. We will not make a distinction between keynote speakers and participants selected on the basis of their abstracts, and we intend the conference to provide a space for open exchange between established scholars, early career researchers, and PhD students. Moreover, the conference will be devoted to a specific topic: Kant’s Transcendental Dialectic.
    Kant famously claimed in a letter to Garve that he was awoken from his dogmatic slumber by his identification of the antinomy of pure reason, which he took to represent ‘the scandal of the ostensible contradiction of reason with itself’. In this sense, the Critique of Pure Reason can be said to owe its impetus to the critique of metaphysics carried out in Transcendental Dialectic, more specifically, its analysis of the ‘natural and unavoidable illusion’ that emerges in attempts to obtain a priori knowledge of the soul, the world as such, and God. However, the section was all-but ignored by many early commentators. Following in the wake of the monographs by Wood, Ameriks, and Grier, more recent studies provide valuably focused accounts of specific parts and aspects of the text. However, they often do not connect Kant’s various claims in the Dialectic and tend to ignore the systematic place of the Dialectic in Kant’s theoretical philosophy.
    We invite proposals on any aspect of the Transcendental Dialectic of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Given the wide scope of this division of the work, we do not plan to include papers on the Dialectic chapters of the second and third Critiques, the reception of Kant’s Dialectic by post-Kantians, or the notion of dialectic in philosophers other than Kant. Topics may include (but are not limited to):
    • The arguments in the Transcendental Dialectic
    • Kant’s notion of dialectic in general
    • The aim and nature of Kant’s engagement with former metaphysics in the Transcendental Dialectic
    • Kant’s interlocutors and the immediate historical context of the Transcendental Dialectic
    • The unity or disunity of the Transcendental Dialectic’s chapters: the Paralogisms, Antinomies and Ideal
    • Transcendental illusion
    • Kant’s account of phenomena and noumena in relation to the Transcendental Dialectic
    • Kant’s conception of the ideas of reason
    • The relation between the Appendix and the main part of the Transcendental Dialectic
    • The relation between Kant’s pre-critical works and the Transcendental Dialectic
    Abstracts (no more than 500 words) should be sent in word format, as attachment, to the Leuven Conference no later than January 14, 2019. Abstracts, including the title, should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the email. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion. We offer limited travel grants to PhD students without funding of their own. Notification of acceptance by February 10, 2019.
Contact: Karin de Boer.

May 29-30, 2019
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Groningen, Faculty of Philosophy
Groningen, Netherlands
    The DSEMP brings together advanced students and established scholars to discuss the latest work in early modern philosophy, broadly conceived. The language of presentation and discussion is English. Keynote speakers: Katherin Brading (Duke) and Marleen Rozemond (Toronto).
    Submission guidelines: We welcome abstracts prepared for peer review on any topic related to early modern philosophy, broadly understood (roughly the period 1500–1800 CE). We are especially interested in presentations that discuss philosophical issues or works that have received less sustained scholarly attention, including, but not limited to: non-canonical authors and traditions, anonymous texts, and methodological reflections on doing Early Modern philosophy. Please submit abstracts (400 words max.) to our EasyChair page (first time users will be asked to register with EasyChair). Deadline for abstract submission: 10 January 2019 (11.59 pm – Amsterdam time). Decisions will follow by the end of March. We will send reviewers’ reports with useful feedback on abstracts to all who wish to receive this. Attendance is free and all are welcome, especially students. No financial assistance can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.
Contact: Laura Georgescu.

June 5-7, 2019
Responses to Newton: The impact of the mathematical-experimental paradigm on natural philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysics (1687–1800)
Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
Invited Speakers: Thomas Ahnert (Edinburgh), Mary Domski (U New Mexico), Lisa Downing (Ohio State), Philippe Hamou (U Paris Nanterre), Christian Leduc (U Montréal), Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet (Bucharest)
    The aim of the conference is to take steps towards a balanced and comprehensive account of the multi-faceted effects of Newton’s work on disciplines such as natural philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysics during the late seventeenth- and eighteenth century. Existing research on this topic tends to focus on the ways in which the mathematical-experimental methodology represented by Newton conquered Europe. Challenging this approach, the conference seeks to address the full spectrum of responses to Newton, responses ranging from emulations and appropriations to incisive modifications, distortions, and contestations. Accordingly, the conference seeks to broaden the scope of existing research by addressing non-canonical and canonical philosophers and movements alike. Contributions that deal with historiographical questions and problems are particularly welcome.
    Abstracts (of no more than 500 words) should be sent in word format, as attachment, to newton2019@kuleuven. be. Abstracts, including the title (submitted no later than Feb. 1, 2019), should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the email. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion. Notification of acceptance by March 1, 2019.
Contact: Karin de Boer.

June 6-7, 2019
Finnish-Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland
In a joint effort by philosophers in Finland and Hungary, the Seminar was founded to promote international cooperation among scholars of seventeenth and eighteenth-century philosophy. We invite prospective participants to send an anonymized abstract of about 500 words in .pdf format on any topic in early modern philosophy to no later than March 1. Please indicate your name, university affiliation, and the title of your paper in the body of your email message. Completed papers should aim at a reading time of 40 minutes or less. Note that FHSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation. Invited speaker: Alison Simmons (Harvard).
Contact: Vili Lähteenmäki.

June 6-7, 2019
Conference: Hobbes's Political Thought
Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università di Roma La Sapienza
Villa Mirafiori, Via Carlo Fea, 2
Rome, Italy
Keynote lectures: Stefano Petrucciani (Roma La Sapienza) and Yves Charles Zarka (Sorbonne Paris Descartes U).
    We invite papers on any aspect of Hobbes’s philosophy relevant to his political thought for presentation and discussion during the Second International Conference Thomas Hobbes organized by the Hobbes Scholars International Association. Papers 20 minutes + discussion; English, Italian and French. If you would like to present a paper, please send a short abstract (no more than 500 words) by the 5th January 2019 to Liang Pang, scientific secretary of the Hobbes Scholars International Association. We will inform you of the result of the selection by the 10th February 2019. If your contribution is accepted, you will have to send the complete paper by the 15th April 2019.
    Registration for conference: Member of the association-100€/120$/90£; non member-130€/160$/120£; Student-50€/60$/45£.
Contact: Liang Pang.

June 17-20, 2019
International Conference: Women in Modern Philosophy
Rio de Janeiro State University - UERJ
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Rio de Janeiro is a national center of Early Modern Philosophy (above all, at the UERJ and UFRJ), one of the more developed areas of research in philosophy in our country. All Brazilian researchers who confirmed participation in the meeting are heirs of that school of reading the history of philosophy with a method of conceptual analysis, with deep respect to the letter of the historical text. It would be a great joy and could also be an occasion for us to begin an exchange and network on Early Moderh Philosophy’s research also with a regard to the possibilities of rewriting the canon. The meeting is already on its preliminary arrangements. Works on the thoughts of Elisabeth of Bohemia, Margareth Cavendish, Catharine Trotter Cockburn, The two “Sophies”, Cristina of Sweden, Anne Conway, Émilie Du Châtelet, among other women, are expected. Topic areas:
    • Cartesian Account of Will
    • Judgment and Will in the Seventeenth Century
    • The Role of Letters in Early Modern Philosophy
    • The Nature of Mind
    • The Relation of Mind and Body
    • Questions on Infinite and Finite
    • Education, Fixation and Rewriting the Canon in the History of Early Modern Philosophy
Keynote speakers:
    • Ruth Hagengruber – Paderborn University
    • Marilena Chauí – Universiy of São Paulo
    • Lisa Shapiro – Simon Fraser University
    • Ulysses Pinheiro – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
    • Sabbrina Ebbersmeyer – University of Copenhagen
    • Lia Levy – Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
    • Sarah Hutton – York University
We invite whoever is interested in taking part of it to submit a lecture proposal (related to the topic of the conference) including a title, an abstract (minimum 300 words, maximum 500 words), 5 keywords summarizing it, and a resume to: The deadline for submissions is the 10th February 2019. Lectures will be each 30 minutes long and will be followed by an 10 minutes talk. Lectures can be given either in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
Contact: Katarina Peixoto.

June 20, 2019
Spinoza à Paris 8 Lecture: Antonio Negri: "Quelques réflexions sur la peur chez Spinoza"
Room and time TBA
Université Paris 8
Paris, France
Jack Setter.

July 22-26, 2019
Hume Society Conference
University of Nevada
Department of Philosophy
Reno, NV
We invite papers in all areas of Hume studies but especially welcome submissions bearing some relation to the conference themes:
    faith and testimony
    Hume and democratic theory
    Hume and genealogical explanations
    Hume and idealism
Plenary speakers include: Peter Kail (Oxford), Véronique Munoz-Dardé (Univ Coll London/U California, Berkeley), and Andre Willis (Brown). Panel discussion on Hume and Mary Shepherd includes: Deborah Boyle (C Charleston), Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers), and Don Garrett (New York U). Author Meets Critics panel on Hume, Passion, and Action (Oxford UP, 2018) by Elizabeth Radcliffe.
    Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words) and should be submitted with an Abstract (200 words) no later than November 1, 2018. All self-references should be deleted for anonymous review. Papers and Abstracts must be submitted in English. Papers should not have been published by the date of the conference. Authors may submit their papers as either MS Word documents or in rich text format (RTF) at this address.
Contacts: Lorne Falkenstein (Western U), Jason Fisette (U Nevada, Reno), Alison McIntyre (Wellesley C), and Christopher Williams (U Nevada, Reno).

July 29-31, 2019
John Locke Conference
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland
The aim of the second official conference of the John Locke Society (JLS) is to foster interactions among Locke scholars from different disciplines and encourage the development of new scholarship on Locke’s works. Abstracts (of no more than 750 words) on any topic pertaining to Locke are due by December 31, 2018 and can be sent to the John Locke Conference. Final papers should be no longer than 5000 words. The full program will be made available in February 2019. Further information regarding the conference, accommodation options, and other practical matters will be available at that time.
Keynote speakers: Hannah Dawson (King's College London) and Philippe Hamou (U Paris Nanterre)
Contact: Shelley Weinberg.

August 6-9, 2019
International Kant Congress: The court of Reason
University of Oslo, Faculty of Law and Domus Nova
Oslo, Norway
     The idea of reason being its own judge is not only pivotal to a proper understanding of Kant’s philosophy, but can also shed light on the burgeoning fields of meta-philosophy and philosophical methodology. The International Kant Congress 2019 will have a special emphasis on Kant’s methodology, his account of conceptual critique, and the relevance of his ideas to current issues in especially political philosophy and the philosophy of law. There will also be additional sections dedicated to a wide range of topics in Kant’s philosophy. The Congress languages are English, German, and French. Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2018. Keynote speakers:
    Karl Ameriks
    Beatrice Longuenesse
    Onora O'Neill
    Monique Castillo
    Mirella Capozzi
    R. Lanier Anderson
    Katrin Flikschuh
    Andrew Chignell
    Andrea Esser
    Mario Caimi
    Alessandro Pinzani
    Marcus Willaschek
    Arthur Ripstein
    Klaus Düsing
    Michael Friedman
    Please submit a full paper, consisting of a maximum of 20.000 characters (spaces, footnotes and references included) as well as an abstract consisting of around 1.000 characters (spaces included) to Papers can be written in any of the Congress languages and address any of the 18 thematic sections listed below and should clearly state which section(s) the author finds most fitting. The paper must be suitable for anonymous review. Hence, they must not contain any references to previous works by the author or to any other element that might reveal the author's identity. The paper must be submitted as a PDF file. Selected papers will be allotted a slot of 30 minutes, including Q&A. Authors will be notified of the review outcome in February 2019. Participation in the Congress is also possible without submission of a paper. Thematic sections:
    Kant's Pre-Critical Philosophy
    Metaphilosophy and Philosophical Methodology
    Epistemology and Logic
    Philosophy of Science and Nature
    Ethics and Moral Philosophy
    Legal and Political Philosophy
    Philosophy of History and Culture
    Philosophy of Education
    Anthropology and Psychology
    Religion and Theology
    Kant and German Idealism
    Kant and Neo-Kantianism
    Kant and Phenomenology
    Kant and Non-Western Philosophy
    Enlightenment and Reason in the Public Sphere
Contact: Lina Tosterud.