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.

June 24-28, 2019
Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: The Eclectic Scientific Revolution
Bran, Romania
Day 1 (25 June)
    09:30-10:30 Reading group: (In)Finite Divisibility of Matter: Charleton, Newton, Cavendish, Digby (Ovidiu Babes & Haley Brennan & Claudia Dumitru & Grigore Vida)
    11:00-12:30 Reading group: (In)Finite Divisibility of Matter: Charleton, Newton, Cavendish, Digby (Babes, Brennan, Dumitru, Vida)
    15:30-16:00 Alessandro Nannini, From Christ the Physician to the Christian Physician: Medical Theology and Theological Medicine in Early Modern Germany
    16:00-16:30 Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet, Galen vs. Cicero: What Model for Enlightened Eclectic Philosophy?
    16:45-17:15 Oana Matei, “In Service of Public Good”: Bacon and Maupertuis on the Production and Administration of Knowledge
    17:15-17:45 Alex Liciu, Francis Bacon and Robert Hooke on the Transmutation of Species
    18:00-18:30 Dan Garber, Margaret Cavendish among the Baconians
Day 2 (26 June)
    09:30-10:30 Reading group: Cartesian Cosmology (Mihnea Dobre & Dan Garber & Scott Mandelbrote & Matteo Valleriani)
    11:00-12:30 Reading group: Cartesian Cosmology (Dobre, Garber, Mandelbrote, Valleriani)
    15:30-16:00 Babes, Roberval on the Principles of the Heavens
    16:00-16:30 Sorana Corneanu, Logical Eclecticism: Nicolas Poisson’s Commentaire ou remarques sur la Methode de Rene Descartes (1670)
    16:45-17:15 Iovan Drehe, Ramus and Practical Mathematics in Proclean tradition
    17:15-17:45 Grigore Vida, Newton’s “Preface” to the Principia and Proclus’ Commentary on the First Book of Euclid’s Elements
    18:00-18:30 Pietro Omodeo, Cesare Cremonini on the Heavens: Ontological Problems of Preclassical Celestial Physics
Day 3 (27 June)
    09:30-10:30 Reading group: Nature (with)out God (Pietro Omodeo & Rodolfo Garau)
    11:00-12:30 Reading group: Nature (with)out God (Omodeo & Garau)
    15:30-16:00 Matheus Moteiro, From the Unchangeable Sky to the New Stars: Generation and Corruption of Celestial Bodies in Early Modern Philosophy
    16:00-16:30 Dana Jalobeanu, Eclectic Interpretations of the Historical Past: Fables, Cosmology and the Timaean Tradition
    16:45-17:15 Stefano Gulizia, The Copernicus of the Scandinavian Clerici Vagantes: Heliocentric Debates and Early Modern Natural Philosophy across the Baltic Region
    17:15-17:45 Bogdan Deznan, Identity and Difference in the Godhead: Henry More and Ralph Cudworth
    18:00-18:30 Andreas Blank, Eclecticism as Problem-Solving in Nicolaus Taurellus’s Natural Philosophy
Contact: Matei Oana.

July 5, 2019
The Concept of Human Nature in Early Modern Philosophy, Anthropology and Medicine
Paris-Sorbonne, Maison de la Recherche, 28, rue Serpente, 75006 Paris, salle D 040
Paris, France
    The recent historiography of philosophy and of the sciences displays a growing interest in the dialogue between philosophy and medicine. New attempts are made to overcome the tendency toward the “atomization” of the early modern period and to inquire into longue-durée processes between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. The present workshop takes into account these recent historiographical perspectives in order to explore concepts of human nature and conceptual changes occurring between the late Medieval period and 1800. It examines how the young discipline of anthropology, which was constituted within the disciplinary fields of philosophy, medicine, theology, ethics and natural law during the 16thand 17thcenturies – was further developed and critically discussed between 1670 and 1800. These conceptual changes in anthropology occur within a epistemological shift towards empiricism, around 1700, manifest in the flourishing of the sciences of life, ethnology, natural history, and triggered by new scientific practices and the encounter with non-European cultures. This shift in turn shaped the interpretation of the relationship between nature and history in a more general sense. Within Enlightenment anthropology, a domain combining sciences of life, natural and cultural history, the natural history of man, and the history of humankind, the focus was on the history of the human species as such, and the aim was to explore the civilization process from prehistory to the current day. In this context, questions concerning human upright posture or the natural basis of inner-worldly actions (as well as the interior motives and exterior circumstances determining such actions) arouse. They were discussed not only through the comparison of humans to other living entities and their geographical distribution on earth, but also in the context of a debate on human diversity, race, history and geography. In addition, geology and ethnography (studies of volcanism or of the Chinese people’s history) broke the biblical chronology, which led to new conjectures on the presumed age of the earth and of humanity. These articulations between geographical spaces and historical times, between the present and the past, in turn influenced the concepts of history and the history of humanity as they emerged in the later Enlightenment, and they shaped the historical consciousness of proto-globalised societies in the early modern era. This international workshop will provide us with an opportunity to inquire into the relationship between philosophy and medicine and related disciplines such as physiology, anatomy, psychology, aesthetics, history, geography within the Early modern period and to discuss individual and collective projects on these topics.
    9h15  Accueil
    9h30-10h30  Corey Dyck (Western Ontario): "Wolff on Human Nature and Anthropology"
    10h30-11h30  Stefanie Buchenau (Paris 8): "Kant’s Dialogue with Platner in the Anthropology"
    11h45-12h45  Márcio Suzuki (São Paulo, Brésil): "Vital sense and woman sensibility in 18th-century Medicine and Anthropology"
    14h30-15h30  Ansgar Lyssy (Munich): "Human Origins and the Absence of Paradise in Early Modern Thought"
    16h45-17h30  Simone De Angelis (Graz): "Nature and History in Late Eighteenth Century Anthropological Thought"
    17h30  Final discussion
Contact: Simone De Angelis.

July 8-11, 2019
Kant and the Systematicity of the Sciences
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Institut für Philosophie
Eisenhauer-Saal, IG Farben-Haus
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    What defines science? In what way is scientific knowledge different from other kinds of knowledge? These questions, which are often seen as central to philosophy of science, do not have obvious answers. Is it the way in which claims are justified in science that characterizes scientific knowledge? Or is it the way in which its theories are ordered and relate to one another? Or again, is it the method through which knowledge is achieved that defines what science is? Kant had a straightforward answer to these questions: what is fundamental in science and what distinguishes science from other forms of knowledge is its systematic nature. Is this claim a historical extravagance, an unnecessary demand for a “procrustean bed” (Schopenhauer) or a baroque architecture into which scientific knowledge has to be moulded? Or are these Kantian assumptions defensible and valuable even today?
    The conference will be devoted to four main topics of discussion. First, the historical context: How did Kant depart from earlier views about systematicity, as well as from competing notions of what distinguishes scientific knowledge? What historical contexts and problems could have made it plausible to come up with novel ideas about the nature of science? Second, the general notion of systematicity: How should we understand the constituent elements of his concept of systematicity, such as “idea” and “schema”, “unity” and “completeness”? What is the status of claims of systematicity? And what is the function of systematicity in general? Third, application of the general notion: How did Kant employ the notion in his thinking about particular disciplines, such as cosmology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, anthropology, or history? How flexibly does he adapt the notion and the requirements of systematicity in his accounts of the structure and limits of the special sciences? Fourth, current relevance: How do Kant’s views compare to current views about the nature of the sciences?
Registration deadline: July 7, 2019, 11:00 p.m. CET. List of Speakers:
    • Stefano Bacin (Milan)
    • Henny Blomme (Leuven)
    • Gabriele Gava (Goethe U Frankfurt)
    • Paul Guyer (Brown)
    • Paul Hoyningen-Huene (Hannover)
    • Katharina Kraus (Notre Dame)
    • Michael Bennett McNulty (Minnesota)
    • Jennifer Mensch (Sydney)
    • Konstantin Pollok (South Carolina)
    • Thomas Sturm (UA Barcelona)
    • Hein van den Berg (Amsterdam)
    • Achim Vesper (Frankfurt)
    • Eric Watkins (UC San Diego)
    • Lea Ypi (London Sch Econ)
Contact: Gabriele Gava.

July 10-12, 2019
Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Dalhousie University
1130 McCain Bldg, 6135 University Ave.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Wednesday, July 10
    10:00-11:20  Robert Mason (Toronto): “The Structure of Leibnizean Possible Worlds”
    11:35-1:00  Jack Stetter (Loyola, New Orleans): “François Lamy’s Cartesian Refutation of Spinoza’s Ethics
    2:00-3:20  Kyle Driggers (Barnard C, Columbia): “The Unity of Substance and Attribute in Spinoza”
    3:35-5:00  Jacob Adler (Arkansas): “Spinoza and Medical Epistemology”
Thursday, July 11
    10:00-11:20  Tom Vinci (Dalhousie U): "Two Rules of Truth and the Cartesian Circle"
    11:35-1:00  Andreea Mihali (Wilfrid Laurier): “Looking at Descartes Through the History of Art”
    2:00-3:20  Jerilyn Tinio (Ohio St): "Descartes's Privation Theory of Natural Change"
    3:35-5:00  Michael Walschots (Trent U): “Kant and Smith on Achtung for the Law and Moral Recognition Respect”
Friday, July 12
    10:00-11:20  Hope Sample (Grand Valley St.): "Anne Conway's Presentism"
    11:35-1:00  Matthew Leisinger (Emmanuel C Cambridge): "Cudworth on Freewill"
    2:00-3:20  Chloe Armstrong (Lawrence U): "Fact, Fiction and Philosophy: Margaret Cavendish's Blazing World"
    3:35-5:30  Andrew Janiak (Duke): "Newtonian Gravity and du Châtelet's Metaphysics"
    7:00  Conference Banquet (Location TBA)
Saturday, July 13
Sightseeing in Nova Scotia with the group.
Contact: Tom Vinci.

July 10-12, 2019
Nuevas lecturas de la filosofía política de Kant / New readings of Kant’s Political Philosophy
Philosophy Institute, School of Humanities, University of Buenos Aires (UBA)
Aula 452, Puan 480, CABA 1426, Argentina
July 10
    9-10: Luke Davies (LSE / KANTINSA): “Kant on civil self-sufficiency”. Discute / discussion: Gabriela Rodríguez Rial (UBA-CONICET)
    10-11:15: Tom Bailey (LSE / KANTINSA): “The structure of Kant’s three authorities in the Doctrine of Right”
    11:15-12:15: Gonzalo Bustamante Kuschel (U Adolfo Ibáñez): “Kant, Hobbes, and Rhetoric: via Lucretius”. Discute / discussion: Julia Rabanal (UBA)
    12:30-13:15: Paola Romero (LSE / KANTINSA / RIKEPS): “Human nature, the Will, and the roots of conflict in Kant and Hobbes”
    14:30-15:30: Juan Iosa (UNC-CONICET): “Autonomía moral, autonomía personal y derechos humanos en Carlos Nino”. Discute: Facundo García Valverde (UBA-CONICET)
July 11 (Centro Cultural de la Ciencia, Godoy Cruz 2270, 4to piso, Biblioteca)
    Faviola Rivera Castro (UNAM / RIKEPS): “Kant on religion and politics”
    Macarena Marey (UBA-CONICET / KANTINSA / RIKEPS): “Religion and the political in Kant”
    Maria Borges (UFSC/ KANTINSA): “Enlightenment and Religion in Kant”
    Noelia Eva Quiroga (UBA): “Origen y función de la comunidad ética en Kant”
July 12 (SADAF, Bulnes 642)
    10:15-11: Monique Hulshof (UniCamp / RIKEPS): “The collective dimension of Kant’s conception of self-legislation”
    11:15-12:15 María Julia Bertomeu (CONICET / RIKEPS): “Pobreza y propiedad, cara y cruz de la misma moneda”. Discute / discussion: Héctor Arrese Igor (UNLP-CONICET)
    12:15-13:15: Daniel Peres (UFBa / RIKEPS): “Sobre o juízo político em Kant”. Discute / discussion: Anabella Di Pego (UNLP-CONICET)
Registration required (no later than July 5, 3:00 p.m.)

July 22-26, 2019
Hume Society Conference
University of Nevada, Reno
Department of Philosophy
Reno, NV
Monday, July 22
    11:30-3:30  Registration
    12:00-3:00  Mentoring Workshop, coordinator Katie Paxman (Brigham Young), Jones Ctr Atrium
    3:30-5:00  Véronique Munoz-Dardé (Univ Coll London/U Cal Berkeley), Wheeler/Relay Room, Whitney Peak Hotel
    5:00-7:00  Opening Remarks & Reception, Mt. Rose Room, Whitney Peak Hotel
Tuesday, July 23, Joe Crowley Student Union
    8:30-9:00  Coffee, Theatre (3rd fl)
    9:00-10:30  Elizabeth Radcliffe (Coll William & Mary), Hume, Passion, and Action; critics Donald Ainslie (Toronto), Katie Paxman (Brigham Young), Amy Schmitter (Alberta); Theatre (3rd fl)
    11:00-12:15  David Landy (San Francisco St): “Memory and Imagination in Hume’s Treatise”; commentator Annmarie Butler (Iowa St), Glick Ballrm A (4th fl)
    11:00-12:15  Nir Ben-Moshe (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): “Hume’s General Point of View: A Two-Stage Approach”; commentator Zaccheus Harmon (Illinois, Chicago), Glick Ballrm B (4th fl)
    1:45-3:00  Kevin Busch (Davidson C): “Hume on the Genealogy and Limits of Thought”; commentator Tim Black (Cal St Northridge), Glick Ballrm A
    1:45-3:00  Enrico Galvagni (Trento): “Hume on Pride, Vanity, and Society”; commentator Philip Reed (Canisius C), Glick Ballrm B
    3:30-4:45  Hsueh Qu (Nat U Singapore): “Predication and Hume’s Conceivability Principle”; commentator Lewis Powell (SUNY Buffalo): Glick Ballrm A
    3:30-4:45  Danielle Charette (U Chicago): “Public Credit and the Sinews of War: Machiavelli and Hume’s Political Discourses”; commentator Giovanni Grandi (U British Columbia), Glick Ballrm B
    7:00  Optional Excursion: Baseball (Reno Aces vs. Tacoma Rainiers): meet in Whitney Peak Hotel Lobby (6:30 pm)
Wednesday, July 24, Davidson Mathematics and Science Center
    8:30-9:00  Coffee, 1st fl
    9:00-10:30  Andre Willis (Brown), Rm 110
    11:00-12:15  Jason Collins (Cal Santa Barbara): “Epistemology as a Subset of Morality in Hume’s Philosophy”; commentator Dominic Dimech (Sydney), Rm 103
    11:00-12:15  Alexis Glenn (Brown): “Toward a Humean Sense of Piety”; commentator Margaret Watkins (Saint Vincent C), Rm 105
    1:45-3:00  Nathan Sasser (Furman): “Why Hume Believes in the Duration and Self-Identity of Changeless Objects”; commentator Bridger Ehli (Yale), Rm 103
    1:45-3:00  Åsa Carlson (U Gävle, Stockholm U): “Structure and Feeling in Hume’s Accounts of the Indirect Passions”; commentator Jane McIntyre (Cleveland St), Rm 105
    3:30-4:45  Richard Fry (Southern Illinois, Edwardsville): “Circularity in Hume’s ‘Of the Pride and Humility of Animals’”; commentator Angela Calvo de Saavedra (Pont U Javeriana), Rm 103
    3:30-4:45  Byoungjae Kim (Durham U): “Sympathy and Reflection: The Antecedents of Conservatism in Hume’s Philosophy"; commentator Mark G. Spencer (Brock U), Rm 105
Thursday, July 25, Joe Crowley Student Union
    8:30-9:00  Coffee, Theatre (3rd fl)
    9:00-10:30  Panel on Hume and Mary Shepherd: Martha Bolton (Rutgers), Deborah Boyle (C Charleston), Don Garrett (NYU); Theatre 3rd fl
    10:45-12:00  Gabriel Watts (Oxford): “A ‘Conquest’ Conception of Hume’s Experimental Science of Man”; commentator Rick McCarty (Eastern Carolina), Glick Ballrm A
    10:45-12:00  Mark Collier (Minnesota, Morris): “A Humean Approach to the Boundaries of Morality”; commentator Ian Cruise (North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Glick Ballrm B
    1:00  Lake Tahoe Excursion (beach, cruise, Shakespeare play): RSVP when registering
Friday, July 26, Joe Crowley Student Union
    8:30-9:00  Coffee, Glick Ballrms
    9:00-10:15  Elena Gordon (Sydney): “Hume on the Capabilities of Children and the Emergence of Fictions”; commentator Saul Traiger (Occidental C), Glick Ballrm A
    9:00-10:15  Michael Jacovides (Purdue): “British Anti-Catholicism and Hume’s Essay on Miracles”; commentator Todd Ryan (Trinity C), Glick Ballrm B
    10:45-12:00  Ariel Melamedoff (New York U): “Atomistic Time and Simultaneous Causation in Hume’s Treatise”; commentator Stefanie Rocknak (Hartwick C), Glick Ballrm A
    10:45-12:00  Katie Paxman (Brigham Young) and Tarik LaCour (Utah Valley): “Religion Founded in Skepticism: Understanding Hume’s Dialogues through the Lens of the Treatise”; commentator Liz Goodnick (Metro St U Denver), Glick Ballrm B
    12:00-1:45  Business Meeting Luncheon (free lunch for those who RSVP at registration), Great Room (4th fl)
    1:45-3:00  Jonathan Cottrell (Wayne State): “What is Humean Reasoning?”; commentator Charles Goldhaber (Pittsburgh), Glick Ballrm A
    1:45-3:00  Yuhei Yoshioka (Tokyo): “Hume on Motivation: Reason, Passion, and the Imagination”; commentator Juan Samuel Santos Castro (Pont U Javeriana), Glick Ballrm B
    3:30-5:00  Peter Kail (St. Peter's, Oxford), Theatre 3rd fl
    7:00  Conference Banquet: Nevada Museum of Art, Nightingale Sky Room and Plaza
Call for Chair Volunteers: If you would like to chair a session, please contact Lorne Falkenstein (Western U). We will add chairs’ names to the final version of program.
Note: We will be providing complimentary coffee, tea, and light refreshments prior to the morning sessions and during the scheduled coffee breaks. You will be on your own for lunch, for which there are several possibilities on campus. (More details on these lunch venues will be provided in your conference registration packet when you arrive.)
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
Metsätalo building (Fabianinkatu 39)
Helsinki, Finland
Monday, July 29
    9:00: Qiu Lin (Duke): "Locke's Simple Idea of Space: Three Problems and Three Proposed Solutions"; commentator Ruth Boeker (U C Dublin)
    10:45: Geoffrey Gorham (Macalester C): "Locke and Presentism"; commentator Justin Broackes (Brown)
    13:15: Hannah Carnegy (Stanford): "Self-Ownership and the Right to Exclude: A Lockean Problem for Contemporary Libertarians"; commentator Douglas Casson (St Olaf C)
    15:00: Masanori Kashiwazaki (Tokyo U Foreign Studies): "Locke on Citizenship: Participation, Law of Nature and Political Membership"; commentator Punsara Amarasinghe (Scuola Sup U Sant'Anna di Pisa)
    16:30: Hannah Dawson (King’s C): "Locke on Natural Law"
Tuesday, July 30
    9:00: David Wörner (Zurich): "Monsters, Changelings, and Real Essences"; commentator Valtteri Viljanen (Turku)
    10:45: Simon Beck (Western Cape): "'Let any one reflect upon himself': Locke's Personal Identity Thought-Experiments"; commentator Tito Magri (Sapienza U Roma)
    13:15: Ákos Tussay (Pázmány Péter Catholic U): "Locke’s Filmer Critique Revisited: The Literary Device of the First Treatise"; commentator Mónica García-Salmones Rovira (Helsinki)
    15:00: Matthew Priselac (Oklahoma): "Language and Ideas of Modes and Substances"; commentator Nathan Rockwood (Brigham Young)
    16:30: Valentina Zaffino (Pontifical Lateran U): "Innate Ideas and the Foundation of Religion: The Correspondence of John Locke and Damaris Masham"; commentator Benjamin Hill (Western U)
Wednesday, July 31
    9:00: John P. Wright (Central Michigan): "John Locke and His Successors on Voluntary and Involuntary Habits"; commentator Kathryn Tabb (Columbia)
    10:45: Brian Ventura (U Philippines Visayas): "Checking Locke's Prerogative Power: Bringing the Public Back In"; commentator Kiyoshi Shimokawa (Gakushuin U)
    13:15: Céline Bouillot (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne): "Lockean Monetary Policies and Social Conflict"; commentator Canpu Chen (U Paris 8)
    15:00: Philippe Hamou (U Paris Nanterre): "Ideas as Pictures"
Participation to the conference is free of charge and everyone is warmly welcome, but registration is required. We kindly ask you to register through this link, no later than June 10. If you have any questions regarding the conference, please address them to the John Locke Conference.
Contact: Shelley Weinberg.

July 30-August 3, 2019
St Andrews Kant Reading Pary: Kant and Leibniz on the Ontological Argument
The Burn, Scotland (30 July-02 August) and the University of St Andrews (03 August)
    The St Andrews Kant Reading Party is an annual academic retreat in the Scottish Highlands aimed at bringing together scholars of various career stages to discuss the works of Immanuel Kant and another prominent philosopher. The theme of this year’s edition is Kant and Leibniz on the Ontological Argument, the argument to the conclusion that God exists. We will focus on the relation between Leibniz’ and Kant’s treatments of the ontological argument, with an eye towards a better understanding of their modal commitments as being central to their general metaphysics.
    The event involves a combination of group discussion sessions based on pre-circulated key readings from Kant and Leibniz chaired by faculty members and paper sessions in which graduate students and early-career researches have the opportunity to present their work on the topic of the Reading Party. For those who are interested there will be an opportunity to join a half-day hike.
Workshop at the University of St Andrews (03 August). On the day following the Reading Party at the Burn, there will be a one-day workshop at the University of St Andrews, which gives all participants of the Reading Party the opportunity to present on their work-in-progress. We will open the workshop with Dr Uygar Abaci (Penn State) presenting on his most up to date take on Kant’s refutation of the ontological argument, which provides the core of his reading of Kantian modality offered in his new book Kant’s Revolutionary Theory of Modality (Oxford UP, 2019).
    Theme: The concept of metaphysical modality (i.e. what is really possible, actual, or necessary) and the puzzle of our knowledge of it are traditional topics in philosophy that have recently experienced a resurgence of interest. The Leibnizian treatment of modal notions is usually understood as grounded in logic, while Kant’s novel notion of real modality is taken to be grounded in extra-logical “transcendental” metaphysics. However, it is far from settled how radical the differences between the two thinkers are. The innovative ideas of Kant and Leibniz on matters modal are best exhibited through their respective treatments of the ontological argument. Does Kant’s view on existence constitute an essential break with the rationalist position embodied by Leibniz, or is it rather a development thereof? Is there a more nuanced position in Leibniz that introduces a notion of existence closer to Kant’s? What grounds Kant’s real modality and supports the rejection of the ontological argument in his mature philosophy? Our aim is to provide a forum for the discussion and debate on a range of issues related to the ontological argument as it was understood by Leibniz and Kant. We invite paper presentations that are by no means restricted to a historical perspective. Kant’s objection to the ontological argument draws attention to a major theme discussed in contemporary (post-Kripkean) epistemology of metaphysical possibility, namely, the unreliable connection between conceivability and real possibility. We encourage contributions that make progress in integrating aspects of the modal theories of Kant and Leibniz with contemporary sub-disciplines, such as metaphysics and epistemology.
    Topics: We invite registration for participation, with or without abstract submission, from all interested parties. Topics for group discussion sessions and for paper presentations include, but are not limited to:
    1. The classical version of the ontological argument and its restatement in the early modern period by Descartes; Leibniz’ modal criticism of the Cartesian ontological argument;
    2. Leibniz’ ontological arguments; Ontological arguments in Wolff and Baumgarten;
    3. Leibniz’ multiple conceptions of existence: Is there a transitional position towards Kant’s modal theory and Kant’s views on existence in Leibniz?
    4. Kant’s pre-Critical vs. Critical treatment of the ontological argument in light of his general theory of modality;
    5. Kant’s mature modal theory in the Critique of Pure Reason and his rejection of the ontological argument: What account of synthetic judgment a priori supports and explains Kant’s notion of real modality?
    6. Kant’s moral proof of God’s existence: What is its metaphysical and epistemic status?
    7. The discussion of Kant’s and/or Leibniz’ theory of modality as being central to their general metaphysics and philosophical projects;
    8. The work of another philosopher on the ontological argument in relation to Kant and/or Leibniz;
    9. The relation between Kant’s theory of real modality and contemporary treatments of metaphysical modalities and the epistemology thereof.
    Abstract Submission: Abstracts, max. 500 words in length and formatted for blind review (including the title of the paper but excluding any identifying information), should be emailed to Kristina Kersa no later than the 25th of June. If you would like to attend but child care duties make it difficult, please don’t hesitate to contact us about it, as we may be able to provide assistance.
Contacts: Kristina Kersa or Geertje Bol.

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
    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
    Jill Vance Buroker
    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.

August 11-12, 2019
United Kingdom Kant Society Conference: Problems of Kant’s Philosophy
University of Bristol, School of Arts
43 Woodland Road
Bristol, UK
Sunday, August 11
    9:00-9:20  Registration
    9:20-9:30  Welcome
        9:30-10:15  Lizzy Ventham (Trinity C Dublin): “Morality without Categoricity”; chair Robin Dillon (Lehigh); Room G.01
        9:30-10:15  Max Edwards (UCSD): “Kant on pure vs schematized categories”; Room G.10
        10:15-11:00  Wim Dubbink (Tilburg): “Rethinking the Purity of Moral Motivation”; chair Robin Dillon (Lehigh); Room G.01
        10:15-11:00  Claudi Brink (UCSD): "Kant on the Metaphysics of the Understanding"; Room G.10
        11:15-12:00  Claire Field (St Andrews) & Stefano Lo Re (St Andrews): “The Moral Worth of Actions Contrary to Duty”; Room G.01
        11:15-12:00  Anna Frammartino Wilks (Acadia U): “What Kant’s law of reason entails for the moral and legal status of robotic persons”; Room G.10
        12:00-12:45  John Walsh (MLU Halle-Wittenberg): “Achtung! Kant’s Account of Respect Reconsidered”; Room G.01
        12:00-12:45  Umut Eldem (Istanbul Esenyurt U): “Reflexive Judgements and AI”; Room G.10
    13:30-14:00  Annual General Meeting
    14:00-15:30  Alix Cohen (Edinburgh): "A Kantian Defence of Epistemic Autonomy"
        15:45-16:30  Andy Stephenson (Southampton): “Existence, Modality, and Imagination in Kant”; Room G.01
        15:45-16:30  Richard Evans (Deep Mind Technologies): “Machine Apperception via Kant”; Room G.10
        16:30-17:15  Natalia Albizu (FU Berlin): “Kaestner, Critic of Kant”; Room G.01
        16:30-17:15  Daniel Wenz (Aachen): “Kant and explainable AI”; Room G.10
    17:30-18:30  Andy Stephenson (Southampton): “The Oxford Handbook of Kant”
    18:30-19:30  Howard Williams (Cardiff): “The Philosopher in Kant's Cosmopolitan Ideal”
Monday, August 12
        9:00-9:45  Eze Paez (U Minho, Braga): “A Kantian Ethics of Paradise Engineering”; Room G.01
        9:00-9:45  Anita Leirfall (Bergen): “Kant on the perception of forces (powers)”; Room G.10
        9:45-10:30  Santiago Sanchez Borboa (Arizona): “No Reversal in Kant’s Foundational Moral Works”; Room G.01
        9:45-10:30  Joanna Burch-Brown (Bristol): “Practical Synthesis and Moral Creativity”; Room G.10
        10:45-11:30  Joe Slater (Glasgow): “No, Kant Isn’t Too Demanding. He’s Just Wrong”; Room G.01
        10:45-11:30  David Hyder (Ottawa): “Kant and Einstein on the Causal Order of Time”; Room G.10
        11:30-12:15  Robert Watt (Cambridge): “Did Bergson refute Kant’s theory of freedom?”; Room G.01
        11:30-12:15  Kiyoshi Chiba (Waseda, Tokyo): “Secondary Quality Analogy and Response-Dependence: How Realistic can Transcendental Idealism be?”; Room G.10
        12:15-13:00  Walter Veit (Bristol): “Kant as an Error Theorist“; Room G.01
        12:15-13:00  Nicholas Dunn (McGill): “Kant on the Significance of Reflecting Judgement”; Room G.10
    14:15-15:45  Kate Moran (Brandeis) and Jens Timmermann (St Andrews): “Forgiveness as Beneficence: A Practical Theory”
        16:00-16:45  Jonathan Webber (Cardiff): “Existentialism is a Kantian Humanism”; Room G.01
        16:00-16:45  Christian Mueller (Halle-Wittenberg): “Kant’s unreasonable reasoning”; Room G.10
        16:45-17:30  Martin Sticker (Bristol) & Joe Saunders (Durham): “Why we go wrong?”; Room G.01
        16:45-17:30  James Andow (U East Anglia): “Can Kant solve the trade-off problem?”; Room G.10
The Analysis Trust has provided funding for a limited number of postgraduate bursaries that subsidize part of the costs of postgraduate students to attend the event. Contact for more information about these bursaries.
Conference Registration.
Contact: Martin Sticker.

August 12-16, 2019
Artic Circle Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: Thick Selves in Early Modern Metaphysics
Kilpisjärvi Biological Station, University of Helsinki
Kilpisjärvi, Finland
In the scholarship of early modern philosophy two aspects of selfhood, a simple enduring entity and a moral and political agent, are often discussed separately. We are seeking contributions that treat these levels as mutually implicating and discuss one or several early modern philosophers on how psychological, bodily, and societal aspects together are constitutive of selfhood. The emphasis is, however, metaphysical. The presentations should address questions of the following type in relation to one or more early modern philosopher:
    • How exactly a core self, a mere subject of thought, can be seen as increasing into an embodied subject fit for emotions and sensations and ultimately for socially embedded moral agency?
    • What are the aspects or phenomena, other than a core self, that enter into the constitution of a thick self and how they integrate in or build on the core self?
    • What makes a moral agent structured enough so as to qualify as a single continuing individual self and varied enough to accommodate moral and political agency?
We have two open slots. We invite prospective participants to send a (max) two-page abstract of an about 50-minute presentation to arctic no later than April 30th. We appreciate abstracts that articulate clearly the main arguments and historical background of the proposed presentation. We will be able to cover all travel costs within Finland (Helsinki-Kilpisjärvi-Helsinki) as well as accommodation with full board at the workshop venue, the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of University of Helsinki. The (very) remote location makes for unique surroundings for intensive academic discussion offering few modern day distractions. Outside the workshop program the participants will have the possibility of climbing on the top of the Saana fell, experiencing the northern wilderness, and taking a swim in the cold mountain lake from the sauna. Confirmed speakers:
    • Donald Ainslie (Toronto)
    • Jacqueline Broad (Monash)
    • Deborah Brown (Queensland)
    • Jan Forsman (Tampere)
    • Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere)
    • Vili Lähteenmäki (Helsinki)
    • Calvin Normore (UCLA)
    • Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki)
    • Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser)
    • Valtteri Viljanen (Turku)
Contact: Vili Lähteenmäki.

August 21-22, 2019
Nordic Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy
Dept of Philosophy, Linguistics, and Theory of Science
Olof Wijksgatan 6
University of Gothenburg
Göthenburg, Sweden
This is the second cfa for the 12th NWEMP. Please send a title and a short abstract (around 250 words) on any topic in early modern philosophy to Frans Svensson, no later than June 1st (yes, I have extended the deadline with one month!). Each session will be one hour (40-45 minutes talk, and 15-20 minutes for discussion). Depending on the number of abstracts that I receive, I may have to make a selection. But I will make sure that everyone will be notified no later than June 15th. Please extend this invitation to persons you believe might be interested in attending.

September 9-11, 2019
European Society for Early Modern Philosophy: "Freedom of Expression, Conscience, and Thought in Modern Philosophy"
Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione
Bologna, Italy
What does Libertas philosophandi mean for us today? Libertas philosophandi is at the center of the 17th-and 18th-century European debate on the status and role of both science and philosophy, with respect to theological and religious authorities. From Spinoza to Bayle, from Locke to Voltaire, from Wolff to Kant, Libertas philosophandi became one of the central issues in philosophy to be put in act and defended. Therefore, it assumed a paradigmatic value in various fields of inquiry, from scientific culture to social history, from utopian political movements to religious reforms, from the birth of public opinion to the defense of human rights. We invite paper submissions from researchers of all levels, including Ph.D. students, on any aspect of the conference’s theme. The topics are: Thought and Expression; Gender and Identity; Theology and Science. Deadline for submissions is passed. Scholars who plan to attend the conference should already be registered.
Contact: Mariafranca Spallanzani.

September 17-18, 2019
Kant on the Foundations of Mathematics and Cosmology: What Legacy for German Idealism and Beyond?
Department of Philosophy, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
Invited speakers: Claus Beisbart (Bern), Fabian Burt (Frankfurt), Cinzia Ferrini (Trieste), Gideon Freudenthal (Tel Aviv), Ian Proops (Texas, Austin), Lisa Shabel (Ohio St), Thomas Sturn (UAB Barcelona)
The conference is organized in the frawework of the ERC project PROTEUS "Paradoxes and Metaphors of Time in Early Universe(s)" and is meant to explore the foundations of Kant’s cosmology and mathematics, their legacy for German idealism and beyond, including current debates in philosophy of science and cosmology. Full program and practical information will be available in June at the conference website. Registration is required by August 31. Contact conference organizers Silvia De Bianchi or Federico Viglione to register.

October 30-November 1, 2019
Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science: "The Emergence of Mathematical Physics in the Context of Experimental Philosophy"
IRH-ICUB & Department of Theoretical Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy
University of Bucharest
1 Dimitrie Brandza Street; 204 Splaiul Independentei
Bucharest, Romania
    As we all know, early modern science came to the world dressed up in mathematical vestments. Much has been said about the shape and colours of these clothes. Traditional grand narratives of the “mathematization of nature” or “mechanization of the world picture” have gradually dissolved into more fine-grained and localized historiographical categories such as “forms of mathematization”, “artisanal knowledge” or “experimental practices”. However, in all these framings, questions about how natural philosophy became amenable to mathematical treatment are still central to understanding the emergence of modern science. The eighth edition of the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science aims to explore the diversity in methods, scopes, shapes and colours of some of the—well-known, and less well-known—projects of mathematization. It will focus, more precisely, on mathematical forms which have an experimental component. We aim to bring together scholars coming from different disciplines, thus cutting across the established divisions and traditional temporal delimitations.
    Speakers include Philip Beeley (Oxford), Robert Goulding (Notre Dame), Andrew Janiak (Duke), Sébastien Maronne (Toulouse), Carla Rita Palmerino (Radboud U Nijmegen), J. B. Shank (U Minnesota), and Friedrich Steinle (Tech U Berlin).
We invite submissions for presentations of ca. 40 minutes on any topic related to early modern projects of mathematization (roughly speaking, 16th–18th centuries). Please send an abstract of max. 500 words by June 30 to Ovidiu Babes.

November 1-2, 2019
Bucharest Graudate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy
Department of Theoretical Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy & IRH-ICUB
University of Bucharest
1 Dimitrie Brandza Street; 204 Splaiul Independentei
Bucharest, Romania
We invite graduate students to submit abstracts on any topic related to Early Modern Philosophy to Maria Daniela by July 15. The proposals should not exceed 500 words and should be prepared for blind review. Each presentation will be given 40 mins (25 mins talk and 15 mins Q&A). The organizing committee will notify authors of its decision by September 1st. There is no participation fee. However, we do not cover travelling and accommodation expenses. Presentations by Andrew Janiak (Duke), Carla Rita Palmerino (Radboud U Nijmegen), and Friedrich Steinle (Technical U Berlin). Our event is preceded by the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science: The Emergence of Mathematical Physics in the Context of Experimental Philosophy (30 October-1 November).
Contact: Maria Daniela.

November 25-27, 2019
Australasian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
For this conference, we seek papers on those early modern concepts, theories, or figures that transformed standard ways of thinking in the period, or that changed the form and nature of philosophy itself. The panel themes are (1) Women and Power; (2) Metaphysics, Science and Religion; and (3) State and Secularism, and papers fitting those themes are encouraged. Papers on other topics relating to the broad theme of Transformations in Early Modern Philosophy are also welcome. (The deadline for proposal submissions has passed.) Speakers include Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser), Marguerite Deslauriers (McGill), John Carriero (UCLA), Calvin Normore (UCLA), and Margaret Schabas (U British Columbia). An optional extended stay from November 28th through to December 1st is planned for the island of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island or colloquially, “Straddie”).
Contact: Deborah Brown.

January 8-11, 2020
American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA

International Hobbes Association
You are invited to submit an abstract for a paper presentation. Papers selected for presentation will also be considered for publication in Hobbes Studies. By June 15, 2019, please electronically submit your abstract (400 word maximum) using this Google Form. Contact: Michael Byron.

Descartes Society
Any topic within the broad area of Cartesian thought. We will accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of an abstract of 500 words. Papers should have a reading time of about 30 minutes. The session will be 2-3 hours in length. Panel discussion proposals should include a description of the topic to be discussed, and abstracts of the panelists’ presentations. Author Meets Critics proposals should include the author’s description of the book to be discussed and the names of 2 or 3 people who will serve as critics. Send your proposal as an email attachment to Dan Garber no later than July 15, 2019. Please submit a proposal to only one of the three (Eastern, Central, Pacific) sessions.

February 26-29, 2020
American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting
The Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe
Chicago, IL

Descartes Society
Any topic within the broad area of Cartesian thought. We will accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of an abstract of 500 words. Papers should have a reading time of about 30 minutes. The session will be 2-3 hours in length. Panel discussion proposals should include a description of the topic to be discussed, and abstracts of the panelists’ presentations. Author Meets Critics proposals should include the author’s description of the book to be discussed and the names of 2 or 3 people who will serve as critics. Send your proposal as an email attachment to Steve Wagner no later than August 1, 2019. Please submit a proposal to only one of the three (Eastern, Central, Pacific) sessions.

April 1-2, 2020
Gournay philosophe / Gournay philosopher
Université Jean Moulin-Lyon
Lyon, France
Writer, translator, publisher, linguist, critic, literary theorist, Marie le Jars de Gournay (1565–1645) is already recognized as a woman of letters. She is usually associated with philosophy through her association with Montaigne, who referred to her as his adopted daughter, or fille d’alliance, and entrusted her with the posthumous publication of his Essays. The aim of this conference is to consider Marie le Jars de Gournay as a philosopher in her own right. A broader aim of this symposium is to contribute to the recovery of a philosophical matrimoine (female philosophical heritage), which the standard philosophical canon still largely obscures, especially in France. Questions to be addressed include:
    • What are de Gournay’s philosophical influences?
    • Can we identify Gournay’s own philosophy?
    • What are the anthropological, moral, social, and political issues of her feminism?
Proposals for contributions should include a title and a 200 word summary to be sent as an attachment (word or PDF) to M.-F. Pellegrin before September 15, 2019.
Organiser: M.-F. Pellegrin. Comité scientifique: P. Desan, S. Ebbersmeyer, E. Ferrari, I. Garnier, T. Gontier, R. Hagengruber, S. Hutton, M.-F. Pellegrin, L. Shapiro. A selection of the papers will be published in the Springer series Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences (Eds. R. Hagengruber, G. Paganini, M. E. Waithe).
Contact: Sarah Hutton.

April 8-12, 2020
American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting
San Francisco, CA

Descartes Society
Any topic within the broad area of Cartesian thought. We will accept proposals for individual papers, panel discussions on a single topic, or Author Meets Critics sessions. A proposal for an individual paper should consist of an abstract of 500 words. Papers should have a reading time of about 30 minutes. The session will be 2-3 hours in length. Panel discussion proposals should include a description of the topic to be discussed, and abstracts of the panelists’ presentations. Author Meets Critics proposals should include the author’s description of the book to be discussed and the names of 2 or 3 people who will serve as critics. Send your proposal as an email attachment to John Carriero no later than August 1, 2019. Please submit a proposal to only one of the three (Eastern, Central, Pacific) sessions.

June 4-7, 2020
"Religion and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Scotland"
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, NJ
A decade after its memorable 2010 conference on 'The Science of Mind and Body in the Scottish Enlightenment', ECSSS returns to Princeton Theological Seminary for a conference focused on religion and Enlightenment. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers (or 90-minute panels or round tables) on any aspect of this topic, including approaches that are philosophical, historical, theological, literary, scientific or medical, social or political. Papers on other aspects of eighteenth-century Scottish thought and culture are also welcome, as are papers on connections (especially religious and philosophical) between Scotland and North America.
Plenary addresses will be delivered by Martha McGill (Warwick), author of Ghosts in Enlightenment Scotland (2019), speaking on bodies, selves, and the supernatural in Enlightenment Scotland, and Simon Grote (Wellesley C), author of The Emergence of Modern Aesthetic Theory: Religion and Morality in Enlightenment Germany and Scotland (2017), speaking on the theological contexts of Scottish and other Enlightenment aesthetic theories. The conference will again feature a Saturday afternoon excursion to the spectacular Grounds for Sculpture, followed by a conference dinner at the Princeton Theological Seminary, where Gordon Graham, now Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at PTS, will receive ECSSS's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Please email a title and one-page description of your proposed three- or four-speaker panel or round table, or your proposed 20-minute paper, along with a one-page cv, by 15 December 2019 to Richard B. Sher, ECSSS Exec. Secretary.

June 23-26, 2020
13th Biennial Congress of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science
Lingnan University
Hong Kong
HOPOS is devoted to promoting scholarly research on the history of the philosophy of science. We construe this subject broadly, to include topics in the history of related disciplines and in all historical periods, studied through diverse methodologies. HOPOS 2020 is thus open to scholarly work on the history of philosophy of science from any disciplinary perspective. To encourage scholarly exchange that speaks to the cultural and temporal reach of HOPOS, the HOPOS 2020 Program Committee especially encourages submissions that take up philosophical themes that cross different cultures and time periods. Keynote speakers: Hsiang-lin Lei (Acad Sinica, Taiwan) and Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist (Gothenburg, Sweden). The conference language is English.
Contact: Marcus Adams.