The Early Modern Philosophy Calendar
This website is maintained by Stephen H. Daniel
at Texas A&M University as a service to scholars working in the history of early modern philosophy.
It brings together information about calls for papers, event schedules, and contacts about presentations,
conferences, and seminars dealing with research in late 16th, 17th, and 18th century philosophy.
To have an event listed, send the appropriate information to Steve Daniel (email@example.com). Events posted on various mailing lists and websites (e.g., philosop, philos, MWSeminar, Facebook Early Modern Philosophy Resources, Montreal EM Roundtable, philevents) are incorporated into this page. If no deadline is listed for calls for papers, that means either that the deadline has passed or presentations were by invitation only.
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September 24-25, 2016
Conference: Kant, Rights, and the State
Merton College, University of Oxford
Kant’s Doctrine of Right has been paid relatively little attention in philosophical literature. However, interest in Kant’s political thought has been growing in recent years, and numerous Kantian answers to problems in contemporary political philosophy have been offered. Nevertheless, literature is still in a nascent stage of development. This conference will contribute to the renewed interest in Kant’s political philosophy by turning scholarly attention to the Doctrine of Right. The papers presented will focus in particular on the themes of ‘rights’ and ‘the state.’ Both themes lie at the heart of Kant’s political thought and have special relevance to contemporary debates in political philosophy. The presentations and discussions will consider a variety of Kantian solutions to those contemporary debates. The conference will follow a read-ahead format. There will be short presentations followed by lengthy discussions. To register, please contact Luke Davies.
- Ralf Bader (Oxford): ‘Kant and the Problem of Assurance’; commentator James Messina (UCSD)
- Louis-Phillippe Hodgson (York, Toronto): 'Kantian Right and Ideal Justice' (York); Luke J. Davies (Oxford)
- Alice Pinheiro Walla (Bayreuth): ‘Kant on Territorial Rights’; commentator Jakob Huber (LSE)
- Andrea Sangiovanni (King’s, London): ‘Against Dignity’; commentator Irina Schumski (Warwick)
- Thomas Sinclair (Oxford): ‘The Power of Public Positions: Official Roles in Kantian Legitimacy’; commentator Stefano Lo Re (St Andrews)
- Jacob Weinrib (Queen’s, Kingston): ‘The Right and Duty of Sovereignty: Kant’s Theory of Public Right’; commentator Sandy Steel (Oxford)
- Ariel Zylberman (UCLA): ‘The Organic Unity of the State: Kant on Life, Rights and the State’; commentator Philipp-Alexander Hirsch (Göttingen)
Contact: Luke Davies.
September 30, 2016
Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable
Chris Martin (Wisconsin, Green Bay): Spinoza on Acosmism (or Causation)
Loyola University Chicago
Crown Center for the Humanities, Room 530, 1001 W Loyola Ave
Contact: Kristen Irwin.
October 1, 2016
Sanders Prize in Early Modern Philosophy
The Sanders Prize in the History of Early Modern Philosophy is a biennial essay competition open to scholars who are within 15 years of receiving a Ph.D. or students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible, and should direct inquiries to Donald Rutherford, co-editor of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy. The award for the prizewinning essay is $10,000. Winning essays will be published in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy.
Submitted essays must present original research in the history of early modern philosophy, interpreted broadly as the period that begins roughly with Descartes and his contemporaries and ends with Kant. The core of the subject matter is philosophy and its history, though philosophy in this period was much broader than today and included a great deal of what currently belongs to the natural sciences, theology, and politics. Essays should be between 7,500 and 15,000 words. Since winning essays will appear in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, submissions must not be under review elsewhere. To be eligible for this year’s prize, submissions must be received, electronically, by October 1, 2016. Refereeing will be blind; authors should omit remarks and references that might disclose their identities. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail. The winner will be determined by a committee appointed by Donald Rutherford and Daniel Garber, the co-editors of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy and will be announced by the end of November. (The editors reserve the right to extend the deadline, if no essay is chosen.) At the author’s request, the editors will simultaneously consider entries in the prize competition as submissions for publication in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy independently of the prize.
Submissions and inquiries should be directed to Donald Rutherford, co-editor of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy.
October 6, 2016
University of Melbourne Thursday Seminars
Speaker: Ruth Boeker (Melbourne)
Time & Topic: 4:15 & TBA
Dept of Philosophy, Old Physics Bldg
G16 (Jim Potter Room)
Contact: Andrew Inkpin.
October 13-15, 2016
7th Quebec Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy/7e Séminaire québécois en philosophie moderne
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, and Musée Québécois de culture populaire
Thursday, Oct. 13, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Pierre-Boucher Hall, room 2002; chair Syliane Malinowski-Charles (UQTR)
1:45-2:00 Reception of partcipants and opening of the seminar
2:00-3:00 Alix Grumelier (Nantes): "Descartes et la vérité instituée"
3:00-4:00 Martin Lin (Rutgers): "Spinoza’s Monism : Modes, Inherence, and Predication"
4:30-6:000 Mogens Laerke (ENS Lyon, CNRS): "Leibniz et la critique du cogito"
Friday, Oct. 14, Musée Québécois de culture populaire, Salle du Conseil, 200 Laviolette; chair Rodolfo Garau (U Pennsylvania, MPIWG)
9:00-9:15 Reception of participants
9:15-10:15 Mathias Slavov (U Jyväskylä, Finland): “Identifying Newtonian and Non/Anti-Newtonian Elements in Hume”
10:20-11:20 Pascal Taranto (Aix-Marseille): "Philosopher avec Newton et contre lui au siècle des Lumières"
11:25-12:25 Ramona Winter (Humboldt U Berlin/Yale): “David Hume on Sympathy and Personal Persistence”
1:30-2:30 Vincent Jullien (Nantes): "Comment penser l’irruption des indivisibles?"
2:30-3:30 Melissa Frankel: “Knowledge, Sensation, and Occasionalism”
5:00-6:30 Donald Rutherford (UC San Diego): “Sapientia est Scientia Felicitatis: The Foundations of Leibniz’s Perfectionism”
Saturday, Oct. 15, Musée Québécois de culture populaire, Salle du Conseil, 200 Laviolette; chair Ashley J. Bohrer (Hamilton Coll)
8:45-9:45 Gil Morejon (DePaul): “The Will of God and the Extraordinary Damned: Grace and Volition in Leibniz, Malebranche, and Arnauld”
9:50-10:50 Kristen A. Irwin (Loyola Chicago): “The Role of Moral Knowledge in Bayle’s Arguments for Toleration”
11:00-12:00 Curtis Sommerlatte (Concordia U): “Kant’s Arguments for the Empirical Synthesis of Reproduction in Imagination”
Papers available at the Working Papers of the Quebec Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy.
Contacts: Rodolfo Garau and Syliane Malinowski-Charles.
October 14-15, 2016
Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: "Affectivity"
Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University
Múzeum körút 4
Invited Speakers: Ursula Renz (Alpen-Adria U Klagenfurt) and Lin Hui (Fudan U Shanghai)
We are pleased to announce the first meeting of the Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy which is intended as the first edition of a yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working on the field of early modern philosophy (ca. from 1600 to 1781). The aim is to foster collaboration among researchers working in different traditions and institutional contexts. We welcome abstracts for papers on any topic relevant to affectivity, broadly conceived, in early modern philosophy. Proposals are particularly welcome that draw on resources from multiple different traditions (e.g. French and Anglo-Saxon). Presentations should be in English and aim at approximately 40 minutes. Please send an abstract of maximum 400 words, prepared for blind review. The body of the email should include the author’s details (name, position affiliation, contact details, title of the abstract). The deadline for abstract submissions is 1 August 2016. Applicants will receive a response regarding their submission by 1 September 2016. There are no fees for registration. Attendance is free and most welcome. However, no financial support can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation. Submissions and inquiries should be sent to Olivér István Tóth.
October 21-22, 2016
Workshop: Kant, Maria von Herbert, and Early Modern Women Philosophers
Institute of Philosophy, University of Klagenfurt
K 0.01 (Stiftungssall, Servicegebäude)
The Third Carinthian EMP-Kant Workshop focusses on the role of women philosophers in the early modern period until Kant, thereby drawing attention to the Herbert circle in Klagenfurt, where, as K. L. Fernow once wrote enthusiastically to Reinhold, also the women were 'Selbstdenkerinnen', i.e., autonomous thinkers. The women Fernow was referring to were the von Dreer sisters and Maria von Herbert (1769-1803) who today is known for a singular exchange of letters with Immanuel Kant. It is only until relatively recently that her letters have inspired a lively philosophical debate in the English-written literature on Kant, while German-speaking scholars have been focussing on the role of the Herbert circle in the history of Enlightenment. The Third Carinthian Workshop wishes to encourage a philosophical exchange centred on the figure of Maria von Herbert, but it also welcomes submissions on other women philosophers of the period. Prospective participants are invited to send a note of interest and an abstract of 250 to 500 words to Ursula Renz no later than August 10. The selection will be made with respect to coherence with the topic of the workshop. Keynote Speakers: Rae Langton (Cambridge) & Martha Bolton (Rutgers); confirmed speaker: Bernhard Ritter (Klagenfurt)
Contact: Ursula Renz.
October 21-23, 2016
Midwestern Study Group of the North American Kant Society
3:30-5:30 Hannah Ginsborg (UC Berkeley), TBA
9:15-10:15 Richard Creek (Western), “Rethinking Kant’s Proof in the Anticipations”
10:15-11:15 Colin McLear (Nebraska), “Kant on the Parity of Inner & Outer Sense”
11:30-12:30 Tyke Nunez (Washington), “Are Kant’s and Frege’s Conceptions of Logic at root the Same?”
2:00-3:00 Ryan Kemp (Wheaton), “Reviving the No-Bad-Action Problem in Kant’s Ethics”
3:00-4:00 Nataliya Palatnik (Harvard), “The Ideal of the Highest Good and the Objectivity of Moral Judgment"
4:30-6:00 Author-meets-critics, chair G. Anthony Bruno (McGill); Author: Nicholas F. Stang (Toronto), Kant’s Modal Metaphysics; critics: Kris McDaniel (Syracuse), James Van Cleve (U Southern California)
9:00-10:00 Noam Hoffer (Indiana, Bloomington), “Dialectical Illusion in the Only Possible Argument”
10:15-11:15 Colin McQuillan (St. Mary’s), “Kant on the Science of Aesthetics and the Critique of Taste”
11:15-12:15 aron Wells (Notre Dame), “Mechanical Inexplicability and Intensive Magnitudes in Kant's Critique of Judgment” (nominee for the Markus Herz prize)
Contact: Corey Dyck and Emily Carson.
October 24, 2016
Trinity College Dublin Colloquium
David Berman (TCD): "Hume’s theological-philosophical lying and monistic naturalism in ‘Of Miracles’"
Trinity College Dublin
5:00 p.m., Arts Bldg, Room 5012
Contact: James Miller.
October 24-26, 2016
Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science
From Natural History to Science: the Emergence of Experimental Philosophy
Institute for Research in the Humanities, Seminar Room
University of Bucharest, 1 Dimitrie Brandza Street
The sixth edition of the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of historians and philosophers interested in the interplay between theory and experimental practices in the 16th–18th centuries, with a special focus on the emergence of experimental philosophy. We invite papers on the history of natural history, early modern experimental practices and forms of experimental methodology, as well as papers investigating the philosophical and methodological discussions surrounding the emergence of experimental philosophy.
• Iordan Avramov (Bulgarian Acad Sci)
• Andreas Blanck (Paderborn/Bard College-Berlin)
• Arianna Borrelli (Tech U Berlin)
• Florike Egmont (Leiden)
• Mordechai Feingold (California Inst Tech)
• Raphaele Garrod (Cambridge)
• Friedrich Steinle (Tech U Berlin)
The Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science is organized by Dana Jalobeanu and the team of the project From natural history to science: the emergence of experimental philosophy and will represent the final conference of this five-year project. Abstracts no longer than 500 words should be sent by 15 July to Doina-Cristina Rusu.
Contact: Doina-Cristina Rusu.
November 3, 2016
Workshop: Early Modern Perception
Department of Philosophy
Room 0.06, Janskerkhof 13
What is it to perceive something? How is taste different from touch? Can instruments such as sticks or microscopes extend our senses? Issues about perception are at the heart of many Early Modern philosophical debates. They drive puzzles about what we can know, how we experience, what exists, as well as moral considerations about how we relate to others. We invite abstracts for 20-minute talks/papers on any topic related to perception in early modern philosophy. Talks can be given either in person or virtually. Submit your anonymized abstract here by October 11, 2016. Decision by mid-October.
Contact: Chris Meyns.
November 3, 2016
The Genesis of the Idea of System in German Philosophy
University of Montreal
9.00-10.00 Christian Leduc (Montréal): "Is there a system in Leibniz?"
10.00-11.00 Nigel DeSouza (Ottawa): "Herder and Schulphilosophie"
11.30-12.30 Karin de Boer (KU Leuven): "Kant's notion of a metaphysical system"
14.00-15.00 Adam Westra (Montréal): "‘Supersensible nature’: natural and moral systematicity in the second Critique"
15.00-16.00 Gesa Wellmann (KU Leuven) "On the necessity of a foundation: Reinhold's interpretation of Kant's system of pure reason"
16.30-17.30 Angelica Nuzzo (City U New York): "The Form of Philosophy: System and Method in Kant, Fichte, and Hegel"
Contact: Christian Leduc.
November 3-5, 2016
Halle Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Keynote speakers: Stefanie Buchenau (Paris) and Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest)
The seminar aims at bringing together scholars working on topics in early modern philosophy, covering roughly the period from Bacon and Montaigne to Kant. There are no restrictions as to subject matters though we are particularly interested in papers on pre-Kantian philosophy. Papers can be read in English or German and should be prepared for around 40 minutes reading time. Please send abstracts of around 500 words to Falk Wunderlich. Deadline: 1 August 2016. There will also be a conference fee of 30 €.
Contacts: Katerina Mihaylova and Falk Wunderlich.
November 4-6, 2016
Workshop: Early Modern Works by and about Women: Genre and Method
Montreal, QC, Canada
This interdisciplinary workshop aims to bring together scholars working on one or both of the following:
• questions concerned with the methods of women writing in the Renaissance and Early Modern period, and of men writing pro-woman works at the same time: the use of argument, evidence, literary, theological and philosophical authority, exempla, rhetorical devices, intellectual exchange, and methodological approaches (e.g. skeptical, on the basis of natural philosophy, fantastical)
• questions concerned with the genre that women chose for their work and that men chose for articulating pro-woman positions, whether poetry, polemical treatise, dialogue, or epistolary forms
We would like to build an exchange among scholars working in different traditions and different disciplines (e.g. philosophy, literature, history, religious studies) in order to enrich our contributions to our different disciplinary fields. Call for proposals: We are inviting proposals for scholarly papers (which may be works in progress), but also expressions of interest in participating in panel discussions on themes pertinent to the questions of the conference, in particular:
• source materials (manuscript sources, early editions, archival collections)--how to identify them, how to gain access to them, and how to interpret them
• transcription and translation
• the use of the digital humanities in generating research questions, responding to them, and disseminating results
• methods, genre and evidence in early modern literature, science, and philosophy
Proposals should be approximately 200 words and should be submitted no later than March 31, 2016. The languages of the conference will be French and English, but we encourage submissions from scholars working on figures who wrote in other languages as well.
Contact: Marguerite Deslauriers.
November 4-6, 2016
Leibniz Society of North America: The Leibniz-Caroline-Clarke (Newton) Correspondence
University of Houston
Classroom and Business Bldg, room 118
Friday, 4 November
1:00-1:30: Welcome, coffee
1:30-2:00: Gregory Brown (U Houston): "Some Background to the Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence"
2:00-5:15: Session 1, Chair: Mark Kulstad (Rice)
2:00-3:30: Julia Joráti (Ohio State): "The Contingency of the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles"; commentator: Martha Bolton (Rutgers)
3:45-5:15: Owen Pikkert (Toronto): "Leibniz's arguments from the PSR to the PII"; commentator: Stephen Puryear (North Carolina State)
Saturday, 5 November
9:30-12:45: Session 2 Chair: Donald Rutherford (UC San Diego)
9:30-11:00: Martin Lin (Rutgers): "The Modal Status of the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles in the Correspondence with Clarke"; commentator: Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra (Oriel Coll, Oxford)
11:15-12:45: Jack Davidson (Texas Luthern University): "The Divided Mind—Leibniz & Clarke on Intellect, Will, & Free Choice"; commentator: Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory)
2:00-5:15: Session 3 Chair: Katherine Dunlop (Texas, Austin)
2:00-3:30: Leonardo Ruiz Gómez (U Panamericana, México), "On the relation between the Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles and the Principle of Sufficient Reason in the Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence"; commentator: Evelyn Vargas (U Nac de La Plata, Argentina)
3:45-5:15: Paul Lodge (Mansfield C, Oxford): "Leibniz on the Grounds for the Principle of Sufficient Reason in the Correspondence with Clarke"; commentator: John Whipple (Illinois, Chicago)
5:30-6:30: LSNA Business Meeting
Sunday, 6 November
9:30-12:45: Session 4 Chair: Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory)
9:30-11:00: Geoffrey Gorham (Macalester): "Space-Time Parallelism in the Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence: Vacuums Beyond and Within the World"; commentator: Brandon Look (Kentucky)
11:15-12:45: Gregory Brown (U Houston): "Did Samuel Clarke really disavow action at a distance in his correspondence with Leibniz?: Newton, Clarke, and Bentley on gravitation and action at a distance"; commentator: Samuel Levey (Dartmouth)
Contact: Gregory Brown.
November 5, 2016
Conference on Leibniz: Legacy and Impact
Manchester Metropolitan University
Keynote address: Nicholas Jolley (California, Irvine)
This conference aims to celebrate the legacy and impact of the universal genius Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716). Leibniz was a polymath who made significant contributions to many fields of learning, among them philosophy, science, mathematics, law, and the study of history and languages. But which of his innovations had the greatest impact in the years that followed? And how have his ideas shaped these disciplines today? These are the questions that will be the focus of this conference. The organizers invite papers that address these questions head on, and seek to show the extent and depth of Leibniz's legacy and impact.
Abstracts for papers on these themes are welcomed. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length (those that exceed the word limit will not be considered) and prepared for blind review. Please include your name, affiliation and contact details in the body of your email. Abstracts in Microsoft Word or PDF format should be submitted to Lloyd Strickland by midnight on Sunday 28 February 2016. Decisions on submissions will be relayed no later than Sunday 13 March 2016. Papers selected for presentation at the conference should be of a length suitable for delivery in 40 minutes, i.e. 4500 - 5000 words.
Contacts: Lloyd Strickland and Julia Weckend.
November 6-8, 2016
Spinoza Stories: Pantheists, Spinozists, Jews, and the Formation of German Idealism
Martin Buber Society
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Pantheism Controversy was composes of a series of discussions and polemics that took place in Germany towards the end of the 18th century, and whose common denominator was the relationship between philosophy and religion. These discussions generated wildly varying pictures of the thinker whose works sparked the dispute: Baruch Spinoza. These varied pictures-- pantheist, atheist, kabbalist, philosophical hero, and dead dog of philosophy--allowed the actors in the dispute to define and configure their own viewpoints.
This conference will take these images of Spinoza as its point of departure. By disentangling and exploring them, we will open a neglected point of access to the controversy and its crucial significance for the development of German philosophy and Modern Judaism. The battle over Spinoza's dead body is less about what Spinoza "really said" than about thinkers trying to find their own voice in a time of intellectual effervescence. Whether loved or hated, rejected or appropriated, Spinoza appeared as a figure every major German thinker had to come to terms with. Their attempts generated images of Spinoza which continue to shape philosophy and religious thought.
We hope to receive a wide variety of papers, but are particularly interested in those that treat one or more of the figures involved in the controversy, and the role Spinoza and Judaism played in their development. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes in length. We would discussions to be at the center of the conference, and papers should be written in a way that stimulates debate. Therefore, we request participants to refrain from delivering already concluded investigations and to instead present works in progress. In addition to conventional research papers, the conference will include reading sessions and learning groups. Topics could include:
• Studies of the dramatis personae. Mendelssohn, Jacobi, and Lessing's battle over Spinoza
• Spinoza and the overcoming of traditional religiosity through the religion of Reason
• Interpretation of pantheism and atheism in the Pantheist Controversy
• German readings of Spinozism and kabbalah
• Spinoza as the entry into philosophy; Judaism as the entry into religion
• Judaism and pantheism
• Perceptions of Spinoza: atheist, pantheist, Jew, philosophical hero
• Anti-Judaism and idealism
• Beyond German idealism: pre-1848 (Heine, Hess, Marx); Zionism, critical theory
Please submit abstracts (max. 300 words) and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is June 20, 2016. Authors will be notified regardind acceptance of their contribution by August 1, 2016. Applicants are expected to arrange for their own funding for conference participation. Accepted submissions will be considered for publication in a conference volume.
Contacts: José María Sánchez de León and Dustin Atlas.
November 11-12, 2016
NYU Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy: The Imagination
New York University
Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South
New York, NY
Friday, Nov. 11
9:00-10:00 Check-in and Continental Breakfast
10:00-12:00 Susan James (Birkbeck, U London): "Spinoza's Imagined Freedom"; commentator: Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser)
2:00-4:00 Donald Ainslie (Toronto): "Reason and Imagination in Hume's Theory of Identity"; commentator: Tito Magri (U Rome, La Sapienza)
4:30-6:30 Stefanie Grüne (Potsdam): "Kant on Imagination and Intuition"; commentator: Clinton Tolley (U California San Diego)
Saturday, Nov. 12
9:00-10:00 Continental Breakfast
10:00-12:00 Ulrich Schlösser (Tübingen): "J.G. Fichte on the Power of Imagination, Idealism, and Reality"; commentator: Michelle Kosch (Cornell)
2:00-4:00 Jonathan Lear (Chicago): "Reason, Imagination, and Method in Freudian Psychoanalysis"; commentator: Linda Brakel (Michigan)
4:30-6:30 Michael Martin (U College, London/U California, Berkeley): "Betwixt Feeling and Thinking: Two-Level Accounts of Experience"; commentator: Amy Kind (Claremont McKenna Coll)
Registration is now open.
Contact: Don Garrett.
November 11-13, 2016
Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy
Conference: Scottish Philosophy and Reformed Theology
Cooper Conference Room
Friday, Nov. 11
3:00-4:00 David Fergusson (Edinburgh) and Mark Elliot (St Andrews): "The History of Scottish Theology Project: an introduction and outline"
4:30-5:30 Whitney Gamble (Providence Christian Coll, Pasadena, CA): "The Theology of the Westminster Confession of Faith"
Saturday, Nov. 12
9:00-10:15 John Slotemaker (Fairfield U, CT): "John Mair as Theologian"
10:30-11:30 Martin Dotterweich (King U, TN): "Habit and Belief in the Early Scottish Reformation"
1:00-2:15 Euan Cameron (Union Theo Sem): "The Theology of John Knox and Andrew Melville"
4:30-5:30 C. Jan Swearingen (Texas A&M): “George Buchanan, Humanist: Christian Stoicism and the Scottish Reformation” 3:45-5:00 David Mullan (Cape Breton U, Nova Scotia): “The Emergence of Federalism in Early Modern Scotland” Sunday, Nov. 13
8:45-9:45 Gregor Bloch (Marburg): "The Theology of Francis Hutcheson"
10:00-11:00 Jennifer Keefe (Wisconsin, Parkside): "A British Idealist Conception of Religion"
11:00-12:00 Paul Molnar (St. John’s U, NY): "A Theological Biography of T F Torrance"
November 18, 2016
Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable
Stuart Warner (Roosevelt U): Descartes’ Discourse
Auditorium Bldg and Goodman Center, 430 S. Michigan Avenue
Contact: Kristen Irwin.
November 24-25, 2016
Colloque International: "Fortune de la philosophie cartésienne au Brésil"
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Campus du Solbosch, avenue Paul Héger
1050 - Bruxelles, Belgique
La philosophie cartésienne dépasse largement les limites de la philosophie européenne. En tenant compte de la scène scientifique brésilienne, l'objectif de ce colloque est de stimuler le débat sur les interprétations philosophiques du cartésianisme dont l'influence dans la démarche philosophique est aujourd'hui indéniable, y compris au Brésil. Une attention toute particulière sera portée aux notions de méthode, de métaphysique et de principes cartésiens. Ces notions fondamentales et leurs interprétations influencent profondément la pensée philosophique occidentale. Il convient ainsi de savoir dans quelle mesure cette influence est présente dans le développement philosophique au Brésil afin de comprendre quels sont les "usages" brésiliens de Descartes. Quels sont donc les croisements, parallèles, points d'accord et de désaccord? La démarche du colloque se propose dès lors d'interroger et de questionner les éléments cartésiens qui donnent ou qui ne donnent pas lieu à une (ré) appropriation par les philosophes au Brésil.
Cette investigation présente une conséquence inéluctable sur notre conception de la philosophie cartésienne de manière générale. Ce colloque invite à se réinterroger, à partir de la réception de la philosophie cartésienne au Brésil, sur le statut de l'interprétation cartésienne en Occident. C'est en conséquence ce regard philosophique croisé qui nous intéresse et que nous souhaitons aborder. Axes thématiques: À titre indicatif, et sans être exhaustifs, nous retenons quelques axes:
1. Descartes et les fondements de la science
2. La métaphysique de Descartes en débat
3. Les passions et la morale cartésienne
4. L'héritage cartésien au Brésil
Modalités de soumission: Les propositions de communications peuvent être présentées en français ou en anglais. Les propositions (d'environ 600 à 900 mots) seront anonymes et envoyées en fichier joint à email@example.com pour le 02 avril 2016. Le nom, l'affiliation et une brève présentation bio-bibliographie seront précisés dans le corps de l'e-mail. Les décisions du comité scientifique seront communiquées aux auteurs le 02 mai 2016. Les textes complets des communications seront à envoyer au plus tard le 30 octobre 2016 à l'adresse électronique firstname.lastname@example.org pour que tous les intéressés puissent y avoir accès avant les communications orales. Cette procédure permet d'alimenter les discussions et commentaires à la suite de chaque communication.
Contacts: email@example.com, Jaime Derenne, or Mariana de Almeida Campos.
November 25-27, 2016
Pedro Hurtado de Mendoza (1578-1641): System, Sources and Influence
Faculty of Theology, University of South Bohemia
Kněžská 8, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
The Basque Jesuit thinker Pedro Hurtado de Mendoza (1578-1641), unlike his older contemporary Francisco Suárez, is today an almost unknown author of philosophical and theological works. Yet he stands at the beginning of a tradition of philosophical and theological textbook writing that provided educational background to philosophers and theologians throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Historians have so far neglected this tradition or gave it only a superficial look, perhaps assuming that the claim “if you see one of these textbooks, you have seen them all” is true. This assumption, however, needs to be reexamined. It has been shown, for instance, that Hurtado held, within the scholasticism of the time, original views on several topics such as universals and beings of reason. The question, then, remains whether Hurtado’s views were unusual in other areas as well, in logic, natural philosophy, psychology, ethics, political philosophy, and theology, and what the value of his innovations was, if any. In order to determine an answer to this question it is necessary to start with careful analyses of particular passages from his work. The goal of this conference is to provide a forum for presentation of the results of such analyses. These results may then serve as the first step in establishing the proper place of Hurtado and his work in a broader historical and systematic context. The search for this context includes identification of Hurtado’s sources, comparison of his views to views of previous scholastic authors (Aquinas, Scotus, Ockham, Suarez, etc.), tracing of his influence or non-influence in later scholastic (Arriaga, Poinsot, Mastri, Izquierdo, etc.) and non-scholastic (Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, etc.) authors. The goal of this conference is to take an in-depth look at Hurtado, one of the first authors in the Baroque philosophy textbook tradition that provided the background not just for scholastic but also for non-scholastic thought of the time.
Confirmed speakers: Ulrich Leinsle, Thomas Marschler, Sydney Penner, Jacob Schmutz, Daniel Schwartz, Bernd Roling
Conference language: English. Submissions are invited from researchers of all levels, including Ph.D. students, and on any aspect of the conference theme. To submit, please email an abstract (maximum 600 words) to Daniel Heider. In a separate file the email should contain the author’s brief CV including name, position, affiliation, selection of publications and contact details. The deadline for abstract submission is 20th July 2016. There is no conference fee. Moreover, the organizers will cover the speakers' accommodation costs. The scheduled length of lectures is 40 minutes including approx. 10 minutes for discussion.
Contacts: Daniel Heider (South Bohemia/Czech Acad Sci), Daniel Novotný (South Bohemia), or Lukáš Novák (South Bohemia/Charles University Prague).
November 26, 2016
Hume Workshop: Hume on Miracles
Oxford Brookes University
Speaker: David Berman (Trinity College, Dublin)
Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted to Dan O'Brien by September 23rd, 2016. Decisions will be made by September 30th. Presentations along with discussion will be limited to one hour.
Contact: Dan O'Brien.
November 30-December 2, 2016
Thomas More and Erasmus Conference
University of Leuven
In the year 1516, two crucial texts for the cultural history of the West saw the light: Thomas More’s Utopia and Desiderius Erasmus’s Novum Instrumentum. Both of these works dealt freely with authoritative sources of western civilization and opened new pathways of thought on the eve of invasive religious and political changes. Lectio (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) and the University of Leuven, in collaboration with its RefoRC-partners the Johannes a Lasco Library Emden and the Europäische Melanchthon Akademie Bretten as well as other partners, will mark the 500th birthday of both foundational texts by this conference. The university city of Leuven is a most appropriate place to have this conference organized, since it was intimately involved in the genesis and the history of both works.
The conference will be devoted to studying not only the reception and influence of Utopia and the Novum Instrumentum in (early) modern times, but also their precursors in classical antiquity, the patristic period, and the middle ages. By bringing together international scholars working in philosophy, theology, intellectual history, art history, history of science and historical linguistics, the conference will thus lead to a better understanding of how More and Erasmus used their sources, and will address the more encompassing question of how these two authors, through their own ideas and their use of authoritative texts, have contributed to the rise of modern western thought.
Papers may be given in English or French and the presentation should take 20 minutes. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words (along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information) to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be given by the end of March 2016.
Invited speakers are Gillian Clark (Bristol), Henk Jan De Jonge (Leiden), Günter Frank (Europäische Melanchthon Akad), Brad Gregory (Notre Dame) and Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, London).
Contact: Erik De Bom.
December 12-13, 2016
Conference: Kant's A-Deduction
University of Leuven
Institute of Philosophy, Kardinaal Mercierplein 2
The Institute of Philosophy at the University of Leuven invites submissions for a conference dedicated to Kant’s A-Deduction. For various reasons, many commentators tend to overlook the A-Deduction in favor of the 1787 edition. In contrast to that trend, this conference aims to interpret and assess Kant’s A-Deduction on its own terms and shed light on important insights that are pivotal to the Critique of Pure Reason as a whole. Papers focusing on any aspect of the A-Deduction are welcome. Themes of papers may include, but are not limited to: the argumentative structure of the A-Deduction, key concepts of the A-Deduction, the roles of the various faculties, the historical context of the A-Deduction (especially in view of Kant’s relationship to his contemporaries), and the fate of the A-Deduction (e.g. its reappraisal in the Opus postumum).
Confirmed speakers: Manfred Baum (Wuppertal), Corey W. Dyck (Western Ontario), Giuseppe Motta (Graz), Alexandra Newton (Illinois)
The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, young researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion. Abstracts (between 400 and 800 words) should be sent no later than September 15, 2016 in MSWord as attachment to: email@example.com. Notification of acceptance by September 30, 2016. Abstracts have to be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information should be included in the body of the e-mail.
Contact: Henny Blomme.
January 4-7, 2017
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street
Program submission deadline: February 15, 2016
January 20, 2016
Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable
Alex Silverman (U Chicago): Spinoza
Auditorium Bldg and Goodman Center, 430 S. Michigan Avenue
Contact: Kristen Irwin.
February 1-3, 2017
International Berkeley Conference on The Querist
University of Lyon
George Berkeley (1685-1753) contributed to a wide range of academic disciplines; from philosophy and metaphysics to mathematics and empirical psychology; from theology to political economy and monetary policy. We are now inviting distinguished scholars to a conference focusing on The Querist. Anyone interested to participate in the conference should send an abstract to one of the organizers before August 31st 2016. The conference is organized by Roselyne Dégremont, Bertil Belfrage, and Daniel Carey. For further information, please contact one of the organizers. Scholars attending the conference are welcome to receive a copy of Belfrage’s new edition of The Querist, or of Roselyne Dégremont’s French translation.
February 18-19, 2017
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Groningen
This Seminar aims to bring together advanced students and established scholars working on early modern philosophy (broadly conceived, ranging from the later scholastics to Kant). The intention is to come to a workshop-type of collaboration in order to stimulate scholarly exchange in our field. The Dutch Seminar is part of the activities of the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought based at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen, and of the OZSW Study Group in Early Modern Philosophy. The language of presentation and discussion is English. Please note that this year the Seminar takes place during the weekend (Saturday 18th February whole day, Sunday 19th February until 1pm).
Invited speakers: Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard), Emily Thomas (Groningen/Durham)
Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture (on any topic relevant to early modern philosophy) to Andrea Sangiacomo by October 15, 2016. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a .docx file (please do not use pdf format). The author’s name and contact information (name, affiliation, email and professional status – doctoral student; postdoc; lecturer; etc.) should also be specified in your e-mail message. The abstracts will be peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the outcome of the review by December 20. We will do our best to send the reviewers’ reports to all participants in order to provide useful feedback on the abstracts. There are no registration fees. Attendance is free and all listeners are welcome. No financial help, however, can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.
Contact: Andrea Sangiacomo.
February 18, 2017
Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Nevada, Reno
Invited speaker: Jacqueline Taylor (U San Francisco): "Soldier, Sailor: The Significance of Character Types in Early Modern Texts." The deadline for abstract submissions was July 15, 2016. The program for the seminar will be announced by early October 2016.
In conjunction with the Seminar, Helen Hattab (U Houston) will be presenting a colloquium talk to the UN-Reno Department of Philosophy on the afternoon of Friday 17 February 2017. This event is free and open to the public, and all those traveling to Reno for the Seminar are welcome to attend.
Contacts: Jason Fisette or Mary Domski.
February 24-25, 2017
Conference: Conceptions of Experience in the German Enlightenment between Wolff and Kant
Institute of Philosophy, Room N
University of Leuven
Kardinaal Mercierplein 2
Keynote speakers: Christian Leduc (Montréal), Arnaud Pelletier (Brussels), Anne-Lise Rey (Lille), Udo Thiel (Graz)
The purpose of this conference is to analyze the various conceptions of experience at play in eighteenth-century German philosophy between Leibniz's death in 1716 and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. During this period, the classical Aristotelian definition of experience as cognition of singulars–-to some extent still present in Wolff–-became confronted with the Baconian and Newtonian accounts of empirical knowledge. In the decades before the mid-century, the views of Locke and Hume, as well as French sensualism and materialism, complicated the prevailing German perspective on experience even more: the notion of empirical or ‘historical’ knowledge became linked to experiment and observation, investigations into perception and sensation took center stage, and ‘inner experience’ grew into a widely discussed topic.
The Berlin Academy, through the prize-essay contests it organized and the writings of its members, importantly contributed to the dissemination of Newtonianism and empiricism. Yet while most philosophers acknowledged the fundamental role of experience, they tried to accomodate the modern notions of experience to a view of cognition and science influenced by Wolffian metaphysics. The question as to the contribution of foundational metaphysical principles and empirical data to scientific knowledge was much discussed, as was the relationship between inner and outer experience, experience and thought, experience and judgment, experience and facts, experience and perception, experience and experiment, and perception and apperception.
Challenging the historiographical opposition between empiricism and rationalism, the conference aims to explore the often ambivalent or fluid conceptions of experience at work in these debates, as well their influence on disciplines such as psychology and aesthetics. Whereas all contributions relevant to these topics are welcome, we are particularly interested in contributions on the conceptions of experience elaborated by members of the Berlin Academy and by participants in the contests initiated by this institution. The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, junior researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion.
Abstracts (of no more than 500 words) should be sent in MSWord as attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 15, 2016. Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the e-mail. Notification of acceptance by November 15, 2016.
Contacts: Karin de Boer and Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet.
March 10-12, 2017
Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy
Conference: Science in the Scottish Enlightenment
Cooper Conference Room
The philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment was marked by a distinctive ambition--to extend the observational methods of science to study of the human as well as the physical world. The pursuit of this ambition led to many innovative studies of mind and metaphysics, as well as morality, aesthetics and politics. It also led to an investigation of the methods themselves, and the conception of ‘science’ that underlay them. This conference aims to explore many of these important topics, both philosophically and historically. Submissions are invited on any aspect of this general theme. Abstracts of 300-500 words should be sent as email attachments to email@example.com by Nov 1st, 2016, with author details in the accompanying email only. Decisions will be advised by early December. Registration will open in January 2017.
This conference is associated with research for the Scottish Philosphy in the 18th century Volume 2 edited by James Harris (St Andrews) and Aaron Garrett (Boston U). This volume is part of the 5-volume, multi-authored History of Scottish Philosophy (General editor Gordon Graham) published by Oxford University Press. The first two volumes were published to coincide with the CSSP spring conference 2015, a volume devoted to Scottish philosophy in the 17th century is due to be published in 2017, and a fifth volume on Scottish philosophy in the Renaissance is currently under discussion.
March 13-14, 2017
Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: Philosophy of/and Education
University of Oxford, Mansfield College
Speakers: Karen Detlefson (Pennsylvania) and Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser)
The educational reforms of the early modern period had a substantial impact on philosophy, not only through the ways in which future philosophers were educated--for instance, Descartes's education in the new Jesuit paradigm--but also in informing philosophical discussion about learning and education, including about just in what learning consists, who is capable of learning, the best methods of learning, educational institutions, tools for both theoretical and moral education, and other topics. This seminar aims to encourage discussions around this largely unexplored central philosophical theme of the period.
Abstracts for papers should be concerned with topics that are connected with the philosophical reflection on the nature of education or the relationship between philosophy and education (both broadly construed) in the early modern period (roughly 1600-1800). The organizers are particularly interested to receive papers that focus upon thinkers and works that are less commonly discussed. However, we hope that those whose work is concerned with more canonical figures or works should not feel deterred from submitting.
Please send an abstract of approx. two sides double-spaced for a reading/presentation time of approx. 40 minutes no later than December 1, 2016. Please send submissions, which should include name and contact details on a cover sheet only, to Paul Lodge.
Contact: Paul Lodge.
April 6-8, 2017
British Society for the History of Philosophy
University of Sheffield
Keynote speakers: Angie Hobbs (Sheffield), Luc Foisneau (EHESS, Paris), Dina Emundts (Konstanz)
The BSHP invites scholars to submit symposium and individual paper proposals for its general conference. Symposia and individual papers are invited on any topic and any period of the history of philosophy. Proposals for either symposia (3-4 thematically related presentations) or individual presentations (approximately 25-30 minutes) are welcome. Symposium submissions are especially encouraged. Proposal Submission Deadline: 1 October 2016; decision by 1 December 2016. Submissions should be sent as an email attachment (in Word) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals for symposia should include:
- Title of symposium
- Symposium summary statement (maximum 500 words)
- Titles and abstracts of papers (maximum 500 words for each paper)
- Address of each participant, including e-mail, phone, and institution
- Name and email of symposium organizer, who will serve as contact person
Proposals for papers should include:
- name and address and email of the participant
- title and abstract of the paper (maximum 500 words)
Contact: Jeremy Dunham.
April 10-11, 2017
Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Key note speakers: Beth Lord (Aberdeen) and Peter Millican (Oxford)
The SSEMP VIII is the 8th edition of a yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working in Early Modern Philosophy. The aim is to foster scholarly exchange among the different generations of academics in the UK and to strengthen international collaboration. We welcome abstracts on any topic in pre-Kantian early modern philosophy (broadly defined, ranging from late Renaissance philosophy to the Enlightenment). We particularly encourage proposals that consider early modern philosophy in relation to other related disciplines, such as theology, intellectual history and/or the history of science. Presentations should be in English and approximately 30-35 minutes in reading length. We make an effort to assure a reasonable gender balance.
The SSEMP awards a Graduate Student Essay Prize which this year, like in previous years, is funded by the British Society for the History of Philosophy. The prize includes an invitation to present the essay at the SSEMP and a bursary of £200 towards travel and accommodation. The bursary cannot be used for any other purpose. Submissions to the essay competition should include: (1) Name, affiliation, name and email of supervisor, and personal contact information; (2) the complete essay (max. 6000 words, including notes). Everything should be gathered in a single pdf or word file. Deadline for submissions is 15 December 2016. They should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke on email@example.com. Those who wish to submit a proposal both as a complete text for the essay competition and as a short abstract for the regular program are free to do so.
Abstracts for the regular program (approx. 300 words, abstract and contact information in a single pdf or word file) should be sent to Mogens Lærke. Graduate students submitting to the regular program should include contact information for one referee (typically the supervisor).
Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 December 2016. Due to very high numbers of submissions we can no longer undertake to respond individually to all of them. Applicants who have not been contacted within one month by 15 January should consider their submission declined. Please note that the SSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation for speakers.
Contacts: Mogens Laerke and Pauline Phemister.
April 28-30, 2017
Multilateral Kant Colloquium
Martin Luther University
The theme of the colloquium is: Kant und seine Kritiker – Kant and his critics – Kant et ses critiques. Papers may include discussions of any aspect of Kant’s philosophy and its critique from Kant’s time to the present. The Multilateral Colloquium involves approximately fifty five participants, about 15 of them will be invited presentations. The official languagues are German, English, and French; however, participants can choose to present their papers in Portuguese, Spanish, or Italian, provided a version in one of the official languages is available, too. Due to the traditionally multilateral dimension of the Kant Colloquium and its origin, the selection committee is particularly interested in submissions from participants working in South America, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.
The selection committee is an international group of Kant-scholars and is chaired by Professor Heiner F. Klemme (MLU). The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2016. Notices of acceptance will be issued by December 1, 2016. Please send all papers electronically to Antonino Falduto. Submissions should be prepared for blind review and be limited to 4400 words, including footnotes and references (longer submissions will not be considered). Please send your file in PDF format, include an abstract of a maximum of 400 words, and a word count at the end of the paper. Contact information should be sent in a separate Word or RTF file. Presentations cannot exceed 50 minutes (30-35 minutes reading time, followed by 15-20 minutes of discussion). There will be conference fee of € 30.
Contact: Falk Wunderlich.
May 19-20, 2017
International Colloquium: Enlightenment and Freedom of Speech
Keynote speakers: Ian Carter (Pavia) and Ulrich Lehner (Marquette)
We are pleased to announce a call for abstracts for our forthcoming colloquium, dedicated to studying the idea that we should have a freedom to voice and otherwise express our thoughts, its origins, problems, critiques and justifications, from the angle of the history of philosophy, history of ideas, and contemporary political philosophy. The abstracts should be of maximum 500 words and relate to any of the following, or connected topics:
• The concept of and arguments for (and against) the freedom of speech formulated by the early modern and Enlightenment thinkers, and their philosophical origins (second scholasticism, re-discovery of the Stoics and Epicureans, Reformation, Cartesianism, Spinozism etc.) and historical context (e.g. religious persecutions, censorship and the adoption of constitutions in the USA, Poland and France). The distinction, and congruence, between freedom of speech and 'freedom of the pen'.
• The relationship of freedom of speech and secular state. In particular: is freedom of speech even compatible with secularism? Could unregulated freedom of speech hinder the realisation of the secular state by allowing people to express opinions that are based on their 'particular' religious world-views instead of purely 'universal' rationality? What are the justifications for this Enlightenment distinction?
• The above questions are related to the question about the limits for the freedom of speech. Is the state ever entitled to limit people's freedom to express ideas, for example, in order to prevent the manipulation of people's opinions and emotions, or so-called hate-speech? If so, what are the minimum universal (or perhaps context-specific) rational standards that we can demand from public expression?
The submitted abstracts will undergo a peer-review and applicants will be informed whether their abstract has been accepted a month after the submission deadline. Each invited participant will have 30 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion. If you are interested in presenting at the colloquium, we encourage you to submit your abstract (preferably in .doc, .docx or .pdf format), with a short note including information about your contact details and academic affiliation, by 31st January 2017, to one of the organisers:
• Dr. Anna Tomaszewska
• Dr. Hasse Hämäläinen
• Dr. Damian Barnat
If you would like to participate in the colloquium without presenting a paper, please send your expression of interest to the organisers by 1st March 2017. Contact: Hasse Hämäläinen.
30 May-1 June 2017
Int'l Soc for Intellectual History Conference: The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity
American University in Bulgaria
Balkanski Academic Center
Keynotes: Wayne Hudson (Tasmania), Michael Hunter (Birkbeck, U London), Jonathan Israel (Inst Adv Study Princeton), & Lyndal Roper (Oxford)
The collapse of the communist bloc in 1989 put an end to processes of political identification based mainly, if not exclusively, on “strong” political ideologies. Accordingly, the past three decades have witnessed a rediscovery of the role of non-political factors (i.e. religion, culture, ethnicity, etc.) in shaping socio-political communities. These political and cultural phenomena also influenced academia, leading to a revaluation of “religion qua religion” as a legitimate and independent area of inquiry, as well as to a reassessment of its impact on socio-cultural, economic and political dynamics in the making of the modern world.
The relationship between religious belief and modernity has been interpreted in different ways by intellectual historians. Some historiographical currents argue that modern secular societies developed thanks to the gradual emergence of such ideas as “reasonableness”, “natural religion” and “toleration” among certain religious movements of reform and renewal from the Late Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Other sections of historiography maintain that the making of modernity was produced by a process of secularization, which benefited from the spread of intellectual and cultural currents that, in the Age of Enlightenment, held essentially atheistic and materialistic ideas in philosophy and republican, democratic views in politics. Still others have seen modernity as emerging both from and against a religious, and specifically Christian, worldview, given that the rethinking of several religious concepts, texts and institutions since the Renaissance eventually had secularizing consequences.
The relationship between ideas and political, economic and socio-cultural contexts also plays a significant role in the ongoing historiographical debate on religion and modernity. The twentieth century saw the opposition between the reductionist approach of social-scientific positivism, which considered ideas, including religious ideas, as mere epiphenomena produced by socio-economic factors, and a view of ideas as able to influence or even determine social and political dynamics. Nevertheless, in recent decades a growing number of historians have adopted a methodological approach that pays great attention to the historical conditions and intellectual contexts of philosophical and religious discourses. According to this approach, ideas play a prominent role as constitutive elements of historical periods, both in themselves and in interacting with social, economic, cultural and political factors.
At present, when controversial political issues are bringing renewed attention to the significance of religion at a global level, a deeper understanding of how the rethinking of religion and religious belief contributed to the making of the modern world may help to elaborate new theoretical frameworks for addressing current issues. Thus, “The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity” aims to explore the historical, contextual, and methodological issues that intellectual history should take into account when examining the interactions between religious belief and philosophical, political and scientific concepts.
Call for Papers: Proposals for 20-minute individual papers are welcome. Proposals for panels, consisting of three 20-minute papers, are also welcome. Both are due no later than 31 December 2016, using the online submission form. Paper and panel proposals are welcome both from ISIH members and scholars who are not members of the Society. The language of the conference is English: all speakers are supposed to deliver their papers in English. Papers and panels may concentrate on any period, region, tradition or discipline relevant to the conference theme. The range of potential subjects of investigation is extremely broad, and may include, but is not limited to:
• the contribution of the rediscovery and rethinking of ancient religious beliefs and traditions to the making of modernity
• innovations in religious belief and theological doctrine since the High Middle Ages, with a focus on their role in shaping the modern world
• the religious dimensions of Renaissance thought, culture and art
• the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation in intellectual history
• the religious dimensions of the Scientific Revolution
• modern biblical hermeneutics and its impact on the modern mind
• the relationship between the Enlightenment and religion
• reason and revelation in natural religion, rational theology, physico-theology, skepticism, fideism, etc.
• discussing and rethinking traditional religious beliefs (e.g. belief in providence, miracles, prophecy, Messianism, millenarianism, the devil, the hell, exorcism, magic, mystical experience, etc.)
• atheism, deism, skepticism and irreligion
• the role of religious belief in the Age of Revolution
• the impact of religious concerns and concepts on legal and political theory
• religious toleration and religious freedom
• rethinking the rights, position and role of religious minorities in the making of modernity
• the consideration of Judaism and Islam in modern western culture
• interactions between western civilization and Eastern cultures, with a focus on religious matters
• religion in philosophical, sociological and historiographical discourses on modernity and post-modernity
Website and detailed info sheet.
Contact: Diego Lucci.
June 15-17, 2017
Conference: Teaching the New Science: the role of Academia during the Scientific Revolution
Department of History of Philosophy, University of Groningen
Oude Boteringestraat 52
Groningen, The Netherlands
The new scientific worldview emerged during the seventeenth century has been often considered as radically opposed to the Aristotelian-Scholastic philosophy that dominated universities at the time. Recent scholarship has significantly nuanced this picture by revealing the intricate osmosis between the Academic world and the new frontiers of natural philosophy. Textbooks and university courses are privileged laboratories to study the dissemination of ideas, the emergences of new methods, the evolution of controversies and the shaping of new scientific paradigms.
Confirmed invited speakers:
• Christian Leduc (Montréal)
• Roger Ariew (South Florida)
• Klaas van Berkel (Groningen)
• Patricia Easton (Claremont Graduate)
• Helen Hattab (Houston)
• Sophie Roux (ENS Paris)
• Tad Schmaltz (Michigan, Ann Arbor)
This conference aims to bring together scholars working on different facets of the history and circulation of scientific ideas within and around the seventeenth century academic milieu. We welcome abstracts for papers on topics related to the conference theme. Possible topics for paper presentation include: controversies in the academic milieu; canonical and non canonical figures in the history of science and philosophy; experimental practices, laboratories and scientific societies; science and religion issues in the university context; textbooks and philosophical debates; teaching practices and the new science; women in academia. Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture to Dr. Andrea Sangiacomo by February 1, 2017. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a doc or docx file (please don’t use pdf format). The author’s name and contact information (name, affiliation, email and professional status – doctoral student; postdoc; lecturer; etc.) should also be specified in your e-mail message. Information on accommodations and travel can be found on the conference website.
Contact: Andrea Sangiacomo.
July 17-21, 2017
International Hume Society Conference
We invite papers in all areas of Hume studies but especially welcome submissions bearing some relation to the conference themes:
• Hume and Berkeley
• Hume on time and its significance
• Hume on human differences (including differences of sex, race, nation, ethnicity, and between humans and animals)
Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words) and should be submitted with an Abstract (200 words). All self-references should be deleted for anonymous review. Papers and Abstracts must be submitted in English. Papers should not have been published by the date of the conference. Authors may submit their papers as either MS Word documents or in rich text format (RTF). Submissions should be sent to http://www.humesociety.org/ conferences/cmgr/. Hume Society Young Scholar Awards are given to qualifying graduate students whose papers are accepted through the normal anonymous review process. Deadline for Submissions: November 1, 2016. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding paper submissions.
Conference: History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS)
University of Groningen
Contact: Helen Hattab