The Early Modern Philosophy Calendar
This website is maintained by Stephen H. Daniel
at Texas A&M University as a service to scholars working in the history of early modern philosophy.
It brings together information about calls for papers, event schedules, and contacts about presentations,
conferences, and seminars dealing with research in late 16th, 17th, and 18th century philosophy.
To have an event listed, send the appropriate information to Steve Daniel (firstname.lastname@example.org). Events posted on various mailing lists and websites (e.g., philosop, philos, MWSeminar, Facebook Early Modern Philosophy Resources, Montreal EM Roundtable, philevents) are incorporated into this page. If no deadline is listed for calls for papers, that means either that the deadline has passed or presentations were by invitation only.
|Announced and Revised Events (recent postings listed first)
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August 1-4, 2016
Conference: Reason, Difference, and Toleration in Early Modern Europe
Confirmed UK speakers: Sarah Hutton, Beth Lord, Tom Stoneham. This conference is organised by Prof Tom Stoneham (York) and Prof Takefumi Toda (Kyoto) as the first venture in building an Anglo-Japanese Research Network in Early Modern Philosophy, and as such has received financial support from charitable foundations promoting Anglo-Japanese relations. We have limited funds (£750 travel plus four nights accommodation) to support up to two further UK-based speakers to attend this conference. Those interested in this opportunity should email Tom Stoneham with a one-page CV and a 300 word abstract by the 16th May, putting the phrase 'Kyoto Conference' in the Subject line.
Contact: Tom Stoneham.
August 5-6, 2016
Personal Identity in the History of Philosophy
Newman College, 887 Swanston St
University of Melbourne
Parkville, VIC, Australia
Friday, 8 July
9:30-11:00 Deborah Brown (Queensland): “Persons and Things”; commentator Allison Sherman (Monash)
11:15-12:45 Matthew Leisinger (Yale): “Cudworth on Personality”; commentator Jacqueline Broad (Monash)
2:30-4:00 Kathryn Tabb (Columbia): “Mad Persons: Personal Identity, Mental Hygiene, and the Association of Ideas in Locke”; commentator Bruce Langtry (Melbourne)
4:15-5:45 Udo Thiel (Graz): “Between Locke and Leibniz: Charles Bonnet on Self-consciousness and Personal Identity”; commentator Peter Anstey (Sydney)
Saturday, 9 July
9:30-11:00 Ruth Boeker (Melbourne): “Shaftesbury and Hume on the Self, Character and Humanity”; commentator: Karen Green (Melbourne)
11:15-12:45 Howard Durcharme (Akron): “Personal Identity and Moral Identity of Persons in Samuel Clarke”; commentator: Michael Olson (Macquarie)
2:30-4:00 Tamar Levanon (Bar Ilan): “The Neglected Impact of Thomas Reid’s Analysis of Self”; commentator: Patrick Stokes (Deakin)
4:15-5:45 Simone Gubler (Texas): “A Case for Self-Decreation”; commentator Artem Bourov (Melbourne)
Registration is free, but essential. To register, please visit our registration page. Places for lunch are limited and require additional registration. Tickets for lunch will be allocated on a first come first served basis and on the basis of research interests (email organizer, if applicable). Please inform the organizer of dietary restrictions. Vegetarian options will be available. Early registration is recommended. Registration for lunch closes 25 July 2016.
Contact: Ruth Boeker.
August 7-9, 2016
Kant Multilateral Colloquium
"Kant on Violence, Revolution, and Progress: Historical, Political, and Metaphysical Themes"
Sunday, August 7
15:30-17:45 Session 1A: History and Violence: session chair Jennifer Uleman (Purchase Coll, SUNY)
15:30-16:15 Matthew C. Altman (Central Washington U), “The Limits of Kant’s Cosmopolitanism: Theory, Practice, and the Crisis in Syria”
16:15-17:00 Marita Rainsborough (Hamburg), “Projecting the Future: Kant, Foucault, and Mbembe on Critique, Violence, and Progress in History and Politics”
17:00-17:45 Zachary Calhoun (independent scholar), “Kant’s Other Peace”
15:30-17:45 Session 1B: History and Democracy: session chair Anna-Maria C. Bartsch (Ludwig-Maximilians U München)
15:30-16:15 Luigi Caranti (Catania), “Kant’s Criticism of Democracy
16:15-17:00 Ileana Beade (U Nac Rosario, CONICET, Argentina), “Some Remarks on Kant’s Concept of an A Priori History”
Monday, August 8
9:00-9:15 Welcome: Bernard J. Firestone, Dean, Hofstra Arts and Sciences
9:15-12:00 Session 2A: Political Revolution: session chair Nicholas Tampio (Fordham)
9:15-10:00 Günter Zöller (Munich), “(R)evolution: Kant on Human Progress”
10:00-10:45 Adrian Switzer (Missouri, Kansas City), “The Possible Past; the Necessary Future: Kant on Cosmopolitan History and the Right to Revolution”
10:45-11:30 Soledad García Ferrer (U Complutense de Madrid), “Revolutionary Happiness”
11:30-12:15 Paulo Jesus (Lisbon), “‘Evolution Instead of Revolution’ Toward the Kingdom of Ends: On Kant’s Political History as Epigenetic Process”
9:15-12:00 Session 2B: Theoretical Revolution: session chair Joël Madore (Memorial U Newfoundland)
9:15-10:00 Angelo Cicatello (Palermo), “The Spherical Shape of Reason: Theoretical Implications in Kant’s Cosmopolitan Right"
10:00-10:45 Edgar Valdez (Seton Hall), “Kant’s Mathematics and Our Epistemic Condition”
10:45-11:30 Silvia Altmann (U Fed Rio Grande Sul, Brazil), “The Fourth Paralogism, Reflexion 6312, and the Transcendental Grounds of Representations”
11:30-12:15 Dietmar Heidemann (Luxembourg), “Kant’s Discovery of Realism and the Progress of Metaphysics”
14:00-15:45 Paul Guyer (Brown): “Kant vs. Mendelssohn on Progress”; intro Robert Louden (Southern Maine)
16:00-18:15 Session 3A: Religious Progress: session chair Terry F. Godlove (Hofstra)
16:00-16:45 Francesco Valerio Tommasi (Sapienza U Rome), “Kant’s Anti-Semitism: On the Question of the ‘Return of Israel’”
16:45-17:30 Andree Hahmann (Pennsylvania), “Progress in Heaven”
17:30-18:15 Natalia Lerussi (Buenos Aires), “Unsociable Sociability, Human Nature, and Evil”
16:00-18:15 Session 3B: Moral Progress: session chair Frank M. Kirkland (Hunter College)
16:00-16:45 José Luis Fernández (Temple), “Kant’s Vision of Hope, Happiness, and History”
16:45-17:30 Fernando Silva (Lisbon), “‘Eine andere Welt vor uns’: On the Concept of Imagination in Kant’s Lectures on Anthropology”
17:30-18:15 Monique Hulshof (UNICAMP, Brazil), “Enlightenment and Progress: The Link between Moral Autonomy and the Public Use of Reason”
Tuesday, August 9
9:00-12:00 Session 4A: Moral Progress: session chair Pablo Muchnik (Emerson College)
9:00-9:45 Maria Borges (Fed U Santa Catarina), "Progress as a Cure for Evil”
9:45-10:30 Adriana Veríssimo Serrão (Lisbon), “The Problem of a Moral Education for our Species Has No Solution”
10:30-11:15 Gualtiero Lorini (Lisbon), “Kant on Capital Punishment: Right and Ethics”
9:00-12:00 Session 4B: Political Progress: session chair Krista Thomason (Swarthmore College)
9:00-9:45 Joel Klein (Fed U Rio Grande do Norte), “‘Be Ye Wise as Serpents and Guileless as Doves’: The Relation between Prudence and Morality in Kant’s Political Philosophy”
9:45-10:30 Alyssa R. Bernstein (Ohio U), “Kant on Revolution, Inalienable Rights, and the Grounds and Limits of Political Obligation”
10:30-11:15 Ana Marta González (Navarra, Spain), “The Pending Revolution: Kant as a Moral Revolutionary”
11:15-12:00 Efraín Lazos (U Nac Autó México), “On moral exceptionality: violence, equality and dignity from Kant”
13:00-15:15 Session 5A: The Role of Synthesis in Kant's Theoretical Philosophy: session chair Abraham Anderson (Sarah Lawrence Coll)
13:00-13:45 Anselmo Aportone (Rome, Tor Vergata), “Harmony and Violence in the Synthesis”
13:45-14:30 Zeljko Loparic (St U Campinas, Pont Cath U Paraná), "Kant’s Paradigm Shift in Philosophical Semantics"
14:30-15:15 Jacinto Rivera de Rosales (UNED, Spain), “The Transcendental Subject and the Copernican Revolution”
13:00-15:15 Session 5B: Author Meets Critics: session chair Thomas Teufel (Baruch College, CUNY)
Frederick R. Rauscher (Michigan State), Naturalism and Realism in Kant’s Ethics (Cambridge UP 2015)
Critic: Konstantin Pollok (South Carolina)
Critic: Jochen Bojanowski (Illinois, Urbana--Champaign)
15:30-16:00 Presentation of the Marie Curie Alumnia Assoc and 2018 Multilateral Colloquium Plans (Luigi Caranti)
16:00 Outing into Manhattan
Contacts: Robert Louden and Terry Godlove.
August 18-19, 2016
Reconciling Ancient and Modern Philosophies of History and Historiography
Room 261, Senate House
10:00-10:30 Welcome/Registration/Tea & Coffee
10:30-10:40 Aaron Turner (Royal Holloway, U London): Introduction
10:40-11:25 Alexander Meeus (Mannheim): ‘Epistemic Virtues and the Philosophy of Science: A Performative Approach to the Methodology of Ancient Historians’
11:25-12:10 Peter van Nuffelen (Ghent): ‘Language, Reality, Signs: A Late Antique Christian "Regime de Representation"’
12:10-13:10 Katherine Clarke (Oxford); ‘Minding the Gap: Mimetic Imperfection and the Historiographical Enterprise’
14:00-14:45 Salvatore Tufano (Sapienza U Rome): ‘Walter Benjamin as a Reader of Greek Historiography: The Closed Circle?’
14:45-15:30 Lisa Hau (Glasgow): ‘Pathos with a Point: Reflections on ‘Sensationalist’ Narratives of Violence in Hellenistic Historiography in the Light of 21st Century Historiography and Journalism’
15:30-16:15 Olivier Gengler (Heidelberg Acad Sci/U Tubingen): ‘Agathias’ Histories and Historiography: Ancient and Modern’
16:35-17:35 Aviezer Tucker (Harvard): ‘The Arché of Historiography’
10:00-10:45 Jacqueline Klooster & Inger Kuin (Groningen): ‘Writing a Crisis: The Meta-History of Narrating Political Events’
10:45-11:30 Aaron Turner (Royal Holloway, U London): ‘Retrospective Determinism and Periclean Pronoia: Thucydides, Arthur Danto, and the Ideal Chronicler’
11:30-12:30 Jonas Grethlein (Heidelberg): ‘The Universal in the Particular: A Core Dilemma of Historicism in Antiquity’
13:30-14:15 Lydia Spielberg (Radboud): ‘Documentary Fantasies in Livy’s Trial of the Scipios’
14:15-15:00 Hamutal Minkowich (UCL): ‘Mythistoria in 2016?’
15:20-16:20 Neville Morley (Bristol): ‘Thucydides and the Historiography of the Future’
16:20-16:40 Closing remarks
Conference Fee: £45 (includes lunches and refreshments)
Contact: Aaron Turner.
September 2, 2016
Farewell symposium for Piet Steenbakkers on Spinoza
Utrecht University, Academiegebouw, Kanunnikenzaal
Domplein (entry via the main entrance of the Academiegebouw, next to the Cathedral Church, or via the back entrance, Achter de Dom)
Utrecht, The Netherlands
9:30 Welcome with coffee and tea
10:00 Opening of the symposium
10:15-11:00 Steve Nadler (Wisconsin): TBA
11:00-11:45 Jacqueline Lagrée (Rennes): TBA
11:45-12:30 Susan James (Birkbeck): TBA
13:30-14:15 Pierre-François Moreau (Lyon): TBA
14:15-15:00 Pina Totaro (ILIESI-CNR Rome): TBA
Change location to Lutherse Kerk, Hamburgerstraat 9
15:30-16:15 Piet Steenbakkers (Utrecht): 'Spinoza, de legenden voorbij' ['Spinoza, beyond the legends' translation available]
September 5-6, 2016
UK Kant Society Conference: Kant, Normativity, and Naturalism
University of Southampton
How should we understand normativity and its relation to the natural world? Is it true that the scientific representation of nature ultimately has no room for normative phenomena? How, if at all, can such phenomena be ‘naturalized’? Do they need to be? The dominant terms in which these problems continue to be framed owe an enormous debt to Kant. This conference aims to explore the problem of normativity and naturalism in Kant’s own work, to probe Kant’s legacy in shaping current approaches to the problem, and to envision afresh the contribution his thought may yet make. The conference welcomes papers on all themes related to Kant’s philosophy, and in particular hopes to foster debate on the above.
Keynote Speakers: Hannah Ginsborg (U California, Berkeley), Marcus Willaschek (Goethe U), Kenneth Westphal (Bogaziçi)
Call for Papers: papers are invited from academics and postgraduate students on any aspect of Kant's philosophy, though submissions dealing specifically with the conference theme are encouraged. If you are interested in giving a presentation, please complete this form and send an abstract of 800-1,000 words, excluding any self-identifying information, to Rachel Jones. Submission deadline: 1st of June. We aim to announce which papers have been accepted by 21st of June.
Contacts: Rachel Jones, the UKKS Local Conference Convenors, Sasha Mudd and Lucas Thorpe, or the UKKS Conference Convenor, Alberto Vanzo.
September 15-17, 2016
Symposium of the Swiss Philosophical Society: "Philosophy and Its History: A Contemporary Debate"
University of Geneva
Since the end of the 1980s, the relation of philosophy to its own history features prominently in the discussions concerning the nature and method of philosophy. What can philosophy do with its history? as Gianni Vattimo asked in 1989 in his book bearing the same title. Influenced by continental philosophers like Foucault or Collingwood, a so-called “relativist” position emerged from the works of Alain de Libera and Kurt Flasch, in opposition to a ‘continuist’ position (Claude Panaccio, Pascal Engel) having its source in great figures from the analytic tradition like Peter Strawson, Donald Davidson, or Michael Dummett. These debates stimulated and renewed the interest of the philosophical community for metaphilosophical and methodological questions. The 2016 Symposium of the Swiss Philosophical Society will go further in this direction, bringing history back to the forefront of the philosophical scene. Attendants will be expected to discuss the relation of philosophy with its history from one of the following points of view: 1) in contemporary philosophy (20th and 21st century), in the continental and/or analytic tradition; 2) in ancient, medieval, and modern philosophies; 2) from a metaphilosophical perspective, offering thereby a contribution to what one might call after Brentano the “philosophy of the history of philosophy”. Questions like the following could be addressed: is philosophizing possible without doing history of philosophy at the same time? What are the methodological alternatives available to historians of philosophy? What are the different orientations in history of philosophy? Are there specific developments or breaks in the ways of doing history of philosophy? What impacts do have these different approaches to history of philosophy on the very concept of philosophy? Send abstracts (<600 words) to Janette Friedrich no later than January 31, 2016.
Contacts: Janette Friedrich, Laurent Cesalli, or Hamid Taieb.
September 21-22, 2016
Conference: European Hobbes Society
KU Leuven, Institute of Philosophy
Tuesday September 20
19:00 Informal dinner
Wednesday September 21
09.00-09.30 Welcome with coffee, tea, and pastries
09.30-10.30 Patricia Springborg (HU Berlin/Bozen): "Hobbes on War and Peace and the 'Security Dilemma'"; comment Eva Odzuck (Erlangen)
10.40-11.40 Alissa MacMillan (Antwerp): "Why, whence, and what will it do to me? On science, religion, and human psychology in Hobbes"; comment Robin Douglass (King’s College, London)
12.00-13.00 Luc Foisneau (EHESS, Paris): "Hobbes on Majority Rule"; comment Arnauld Milanese (Lyon)
14:30-15.30 Robin Douglass (King's College, London): "Hobbes on Representation and Soveignty"; comment TBA
15.40-16.40 Deborah Baumgold (Oregon): "Leviathan as Bricolage: Part I on Reason, Passions, and the Will"
16.45-17.30 EHS General Meeting
Thursday September 22
09.15-10.15 Laurens van Apeldoorn (Leiden): "Hobbes on sovereignty and property in De Cive"; comment Patricia Springborg (HU Berlin/Bozen)
10.30-11.30 "Hobbes' Leviathan: A guidebook for sovereigns?"; comment Signy Gutnick Allen (Queen Mary’s, London)
11.40-12.40 Peter Schröder (University College London): "Trust and Fear in Hobbes and Locke"' comment Johan Olsthoorn (KU Leuven)
14.15-15.15 Agostino Lupoli (Pavia): "Hobbes and Kant on Science and Politics"; comment Laurens van Apeldoorn (Leiden)
15.30–16:30 S. A. Lloyd (Southern California): tba
Attendance at the conference is free but registration is required. Please email Johan Olsthoorn to register or for any further information. Contact: Robin Douglass.
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’
- Louis-Phillippe Hodgson (York, Toronto): TBA
- Alice Pinheiro Walla (Bayreuth): ‘Kant on Territorial Rights’
- Andrea Sangiovanni (King’s, London): ‘Dignity, Second-Personal Authority and the Idea of Moral Equality’
- Thomas Sinclair (Oxford): ‘The Power of Public Positions: Official Roles in Kantian Legitimacy’
- Jacob Weinrib (Queen’s, Kingston): ‘The Right and Duty of Sovereignty: Kant’s Theory of Public Right’
- Ariel Zylberman (UCLA): ‘The Organic Unity of the State: Kant on Life, Rights and the State’
- Luke J. Davies (Oxford)
- Philipp-Alexander Hirsch (Göttingen)
- Jakob Huber (LSE)
- Stefano Lo Re (St Andrews)
- James Messina (UCSD)
- Irina Schumski (Warwick)
- Sandy Steel (Oxford)
Contact: Luke Davies.
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 13-15, 2016
7th Quebec Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy/7e Séminaire québécois en philosophie moderne
Anglophone keynote speaker: Donald Rutherford (U California, San Diego); Francophone keynote speaker: Mogens Laerke (ENS Lyon - CNRS)
The Quebec seminar in early modern philosophy is a bilingual annual conference in the history of early modern philosophy (roughly, the period from Montaigne to Kant). Its specific aim is to foster the exchange of ideas among scholars of early modern philosophy from French and English language, particularly from Canada, the United States, and Europe. Papers on any topic in the history of early modern philosophy are welcome for presentation at the Quebec Seminar. The reading time should be approximately 45 minutes. In addition, those having presented a paper at the Seminar will be able to publish their contribution (or another) in a new online journal dedicated to EMP, the Working Papers of the Quebec Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy. Please submit an abstract of 500 to 750 words (1 to 1.5 page, single-spaced) no later than August 15, 2016 to Syliane Malinowski-Charles and Rodolfo Garau. Travel expenses are at participant’s charge. NB: People submitting an abstract in English are expected to be able to follow the papers that will be presented in French (and conversely).
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 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 3-5, 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
This year marks the 300th anniversary of Leibniz’s death, which occurred on 14 November 1716. During the last year of his life, Leibniz was engaged in his famous correspondence with Samuel Clarke. Clarke had become the front man for the Newtonian cause after Leibniz’s erstwhile friend and follower in Hanover, the newly crowned Princes of Wales, Caroline of Ansbach, showed him a letter she had received from Leibniz in mid-November 1715, a letter in which Leibniz attacked English philosophy in general, and Newtonian philosophy in particular, for contributing to the decline of natural religion in England. When Caroline transmitted Clarke’s first response to Leibniz in her letter of 6 December 1715, the year-long debate, ending only with Leibniz’s death, was officially joined. It ranged over a myriad of issues, among others, the nature of space and time, God and God’s activity in the world and God’s relation to space, miracles, gravity and action at a distance, force, atomism and the possibility of a void, the principle of sufficient reason, the principle of the identity of indiscernibles. Many of these issues reflected methodological differences between Leibniz and the Newtonians in their approaches to natural philosophy; but in an effort to appeal to Caroline’s religious sensibilities, Leibniz strove to keep the debate focused on what he saw as the corrosive effects of Newtonian philosophy on natural religion and its tendency to detract, as Leibniz saw it, from the wisdom God.
In light of the importance of Leibniz’s correspondence with Clarke during the last year of his life, the organizers of the 10th annual conference of the LSNA are particularly interested in papers dealing with some aspect of the personal, political, scientific, and philosophical dimensions of the correspondence, as well as with Leibniz’s responses to the Newtonians in general. Discussions of Clarke’s philosophical and theological works in relation to Leibniz and Newton would also be welcome. Please submit abstracts in Word format to Gregory Brown by 15 August 2016.
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 email@example.com. 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"; commentator: Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser)
2:00-4:00 Donald Ainslie (Toronto): "Hume"; commentator: Tito Magri (U Rome, La Sapienza)
4:30-6:30 Stefanie Grüne (Potsdam): "Kant"; commentator: Clinton Tolley (U California San Diego)
Saturday, Nov. 12
9:00-10:00 Continental Breakfast
10:00-12:00 Ulrich Schlösser (Tübingen): "Fichte"; commentator: Michelle Kosch (Cornell)
2:00-4:00 Jonathan Lear (Chicago): "Freud"; commentator: Linda Brakel (Michigan)
4:30-6:30 Michael Martin (U College, London/U California, Berkeley): "Contemporary Philosophy in Relation to History"; commentator: Amy Kind (Claremont McKenna Coll)
Registration not open yet. It will open in September.
Contact: Don Garrett.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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."
Papers on any subject in early modern (pre-Kantian) philosophy are welcome for presentation at the Southwest Seminar. Reading times should not exceed 40 minutes. Abstracts of no more than 750 words should be emailed to Mary Domski by Friday 15 July 2015. Abstracts should be prepared for blind review and sent in either .doc or .rtf format. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your abstract within a week, please resubmit or contact Mary. The program for the Southwest 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.
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: email@example.com.
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 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.
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.
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.