South Central Seminar in the History of Early Modern Philosophy

University of Texas, San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
October 23-24, 2009

The eleventh annual meeting of the South Central Seminar in the History of Early Modern Philosophy will be held Friday-Saturday, October 23-24, 2009, at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Like similar seminars in other parts of the country, the South Central Seminar is an informal group designed to foster interaction among scholars working on topics in the history of early modern philosophy.

Schedule of Events

Click on paper title for abstract and photo of presenter.

Friday, October 23

3:00   Francesca di Poppa, Texas Tech University
           “Thomas Hobbes and the Inscrutable God”

4:00   Cathay Liu, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
          “Descartes’ Priority of Geometry over Algebra”

5:00    Andreea Mihali, Wilfrid Laurier University
           “Cartesian Freedom”

7:30   Dinner

Saturday, October 24

9:00     Alison Peterman, Northwestern University
            “On Spinoza’s Alleged Explanatory Physicalism”

10:00   Uygar Abaci, University of Pennsylvania
            “Leibniz and Kant on the Syntheticity of Existential Propositions”

11:00   T. J. Kasperbauer, Texas A&M University
            “Substance, Will, and Spirit in Berkeley”

12:00   Lunch

2:00     Matthew McAndrew, Emory University
            “Baumgarten’s Theory of Cognitive Perfection”

3:00     Miren Boehm, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
            “Vivacity, Reality and Justification in Hume’s Account of Causal Reasoning in the Treatise

4:00     Jason R. Fisette, New School for Social Research
            “Old Naturalism in Hume’s ‘New Creation’: The Analogy of Moral Values to Secondary Qualities Reconsidered”

Saturday evening is free for visiting San Antonio’s famed Riverwalk.

All sessions will be held on the campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio in Room 1.208 of the Main Building (click for campus map). Although there is no registration fee for the seminar, we ask that you register for the seminar and indicate your intention to attend the seminar dinner by contacting either

Jill Hernandez
Department of Philosophy and Classics
University of Texas at San Antonio
Phone: 210-458-5352


Steve Daniel
Department of Philosophy
Texas A&M University
Phone: 979-845-5619 or 979-846-4649

Accommodations are available at the Staybridge Suites near La Cantera, on the north side of Loop 1604 at Chase Hill Blvd, about 1/2 mile from the building where we will meet, for $85/night (1 or 2 persons). To receive this reduced rate, call the hotel directly (210-691-3443) no later than October 1 and tell them you are making a reservation for one of the UTSA Philosophy (code PHI) block rooms. Rooms in this block include your choice of one or two queen beds.

There is no shuttle to and from the hotel from the San Antonio airport, but taxis are available for the 20-minute trip for about $30. Depending on arrival times, you might be able to arrange to join other participants for a taxi or van trip to the hotel or campus. To coordinate such plans, contact Jill Hernandez. A hotel shuttle is available for participants to and from the Business Building on campus. Participants should plan to arrive in time for the beginning of the seminar on Friday at 3:00.