The Early Modern Philosophy Calendar

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

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

Announced and Revised Events (recent postings listed first)
Upcoming Submission Deadline Dates

February 19, 2016
King's History of Philosophy Seminar
Sarah Hutton (York): TBA
Small Committee Room, King's College
London, UK
Contact: Clare Carlisle.

February 20, 2016
Experimental Philosophy Through History
10:00 a.m.-6:15 p.m.
New York University
New York, NY
Contemporary work in experimental philosophy investigates the relationship between empirical methods and philosophical questions. However, there is a rich history of thinking through the general issues surrounding armchair and experimental approaches to philosophy; for instance, such projects can be found in 19th century philosophy, early modern philosophy, and classical Chinese philosophy.
    10:00-11:00  Peter Anstey (Sydney); discussion Stephen Darwall (Yale)
    11:00-12:00  Scott Edgar (Saint Mary’s U); discussion John Richardson (New York U)
    2:00-3:00  Alex Klein (California State, Long Beach); discussion Henry Cowles (Yale)
    3:00-4:00  Hagop Sarkissian (Baruch, CUNY); discussion Stephen Angle (Wesleyan)
    4:15-5:15  Kathryn Tabb (Columbia); discussion Don Garrett (New York U)
    5:15-6:15  Alberto Vanzo (Warwick); discussion Alison McIntyre (Wellesley)
Contact: Kevin Tobia.

February 25, 2016
Modern Philosophy Seminar: Benjamin Hill (Western Ontario): "The Arguments for Occasionalism and the Case against Causal Powers: Metaphysical Lessons"
University of Western Ontario, Stevenson Hall 1145
5:30-6:30 pm
London, Ontario
Contact: Corey Dyck.

February 27, 2016
Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA
    9:30-10:30  Andreea Mihali (Wilfrid Laurier): “Self-Creation in Descartes”
    10:40-11:55  Maria Rosa Antognazza (King’s College London): “Philosophy and Science in Leibniz”
    1:15-2:15  Chloe Armstrong (Lawrence): “Necessitarianism in Leibniz’s Theodicy
    2:25-3:25  Christopher Fruge (U Houston): “Shared Parts and Political Authority: Groups as Individuals in Spinoza”
    4:00-5:00  Ericka Tucker (Marquette): “Flourishing without the Good: Hobbes on Eudaimonism”
    5:10-6:10  Jason Fisette (Nevada, Reno): “Hume’s Analogy of True Judgments in Colors and Morals”
In conjunction with the Seminar, Don Rutherford (UC San Diego) will be presenting a colloquium talk to the UC, Riverside Department of Philosophy on the afternoon of Friday 26 February 2015. This event is free and open to the public, and all those traveling to Riverside for the Seminar are welcome to attend.
Contact: Mary Domski.

March 2-5, 2016
APA Central Division Meeting
Palmer House
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL
Wednesday, March 2
    3:00-6:00  Kant's Moral Psychology
        3:00-4:00  Anastasia Artemyev Berg (Chicago): “Making Sense of Kant’s Moral Respect: A Case for Non-Pathological Feeling”; commentator Patrick R. Frierson (Whitman Coll); chair Michelle Kosch (Cornell)
        4:00-5:00  Catherine Mathie Smith (Cornell): “A Common Root for Arrogance and Self-degradation: Self-conceit in Kant’s Moral Theory”; commentator Iskra Fileva (Colorado–Boulder); chair Luca Oliva (Houston)
        5:00-6:00  Francey Russell (Chicago): “Kant on Self-Opacity and Self-Conceit”; commentator Ryan S. Kemp (Wheaton Coll); chair Daniel Smyth (Cornell)
    3:00-6:00  Early Modern Philosophy
        3:00-4:00  Matthew Homan (Christopher Newport): “Towards a More Concrete Interpretation of Spinoza’s Scientia Intuitiva”; commentator Sanem Soyarslan (North Carolina St); chair James Sikkema (McMaster)
        4:00-5:00  Nastassja Pugliese (Georgia): “Spinoza’s Argument for a Bodily Imagination”; commentator Christopher Martin (Wisconsin–Green Bay); chair David Benjamin Johnson (Northwestern)
        5:00-6:00  Eric Stencil (Utah Valley): “Arnauld on Divine Simplicity and God’s Practical Rationality”; commentator Monte L. Cook (Oklahoma); chair Georgette Sinkler (Illinois, Chicago)
Thursday, March 3
    9:00-12:00  North American Kant Society: Mary Gregor Lecture
        Claudio LaRocca (Genova): “Kant and the Problem of Conscience”; commentator Jens Timmerman (St Andrews); chair Pablo Muchnik (Emerson Coll)
    9:00-12:00  North American Spinoza Society: Spinoza's Politics
        9:00-9:30  Michael LeBuffe (Otago): “Reason and Religion in the Citizen of Spinoza’s State”
        9:30-10:00  Céline Hervet (Picardie-Jules Verne): “Councils, Syndics, Senate, and the Power of Speech in Spinoza’s Political Philosophy: A Naturalistic Source of Deliberative Democracy?”
        10:00-10:30  James Ong (High Point): “The Philosophical and Political Significance of Spinoza’s ‘Free People’”
        10:30-11:00  James Sikkema (McMaster): “Joining Forces: Towards a Virtual-Political Mereology in Spinoza”
        11:00-11:30  Sandra Field (Yale-NUS College): “Aristocracy and the Logic of Spinoza”
        11:30-12:00  Edwin Curley (Michigan): “On the Social Contract in Spinoza”
    12:10-2:10  Matthew J. Kisner (South Carolina): “Spinoza’s Activities”; commentator Michael LeBuffe (Otago); chair Julia Jorati (Ohio St)
    12:10-2:10  Kendy M. Hess (Holy Cross): “Does the Machine Need a Ghost? The Role of Phenomenal Consciousness in Kantian Moral Agency”; commentator Robert D. Rupert (Colorado–Boulder/Edinburgh); chair Olle Blomberg (Lund)
    2:20-5:20  Author Meets Critics: Donald Ainslie’s Hume’s True Skepticism. Chair: Michael Jacovides (Purdue). Critics:
        Miren Boehm (Wisconsin–Milwaukee)
        Jennifer Smalligan Marusic (Brandeis)
        Karl Schafer (Pittsburgh)
            Response: Donald Ainslie (Toronto)
    2:20-5:20  Kant's Political Philosophy
        2:20-3:20  Krista Thomason (Swarthmore): “Bloodguilt: Kant, Vengeance, and the Iron Necessity of Justice”; commentator Sarah Holtman (Minnesota–Twin Cities); chair Carlos Pereira Di Salvo (Northwestern)
        3:20-4:20  Tim Reed: “A Kantian Approch to Debt”; commentator Kate Moran (Brandeis/Friedrich Schiller U Jena); chair Lara Denis (Agnes Scott Coll)
        4:20-5:20  Andrew Israelsen (Purdue): “Is Right Realizable? Kant’s Rechtslehre and the Ethical Community”; commentator Peter Brickey LeQuire (Chicago); chair Ben Laurence (Chicago)
    5:30-7:30  Hume Society; chair Tina Baceski (Rockhurst)
      5:30-6:30  Miren Boehm (Wisconsin–Milwaukee): “Old and New Hume”
      6:30-7:30  Annemarie Butler (Iowa State): “How Social is Hume’s Epistemology?”
    5:30-7:30  Adam Smith Society: Smith's Moral Philosophy
      5:30-6:10  Jason Rosensweig (Chicago): “Men within the Breast: The Moral Psychology and Epistemology of Liberalism in the Theory of Moral Sentiments
      6:10-6:50  David M. Levy (George Mason) and Sandra Peart (Richmond): “Explaining Civilization: Hume vs. Smith”
      6:50-7:30  Sandra Peart (Richmond) and David M. Levy (George Mason): “Faction and the Warping of the Moral Imagination: When Trade Becomes a Zero Sum”
    7:40-10:40  Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy; chair Eileen Sweeney (Boston Coll)
      9:40-10:40  Sean Erwin (Barry U): “Spinoza’s Radicalizing of Machiavellian Republicanism in the Tractatus Politicus
    7:40-10:40  North American Kant Society: Julian Wuerth’s Kant on Mind, Action, and Ethics; chair Jens Timmerman (St Andrews). Critics:
        Alix Cohen (Edinburgh)
        Andrew Brook (Carleton)
            Response: Julian Wuerth (Vanderbilt)
Friday, March 4
    9:00-12:00  Spinoza
        9:00-10:00  Galen Barry (Virginia): “Spinoza and the Feeling of Freedom”; commentator John Grey (Michigan State); chair Charles M. Urban (College of Lake County)
        10:00-11:00  Peter Rosa (Loyola Chicago): “Intersubjectivity in Spinoza’s Summum Bonum”; commentator Jean Axelrad Cahan (Nebraska–Lincoln); chair Molly Sturdevant (Saint Xavier U)
        11:00-12:00  Torin Doppelt (Queen’s U): “Idle Material in Spinoza’s Ethics”; commentator Alex Silverman (Chicago); chair Blake D. Dutton (Loyola Chicago)
    9:00-12:00  De Gruyter Stiftung Kant Lecture; chair Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame)
        Onora O’Neill (Cambridge Emerita): “Kant on Indeterminacy, Judgment, and Interpretation”
    2:00-5:00  Early Modern Women Philosophers; chair Margaret Atherton (Wisconsin–Milwaukee)
        Marcy P. Lascano (California State, Long Beach)
        Christia Mercer (Columbia)
            Commentator: David R. Cunning (Iowa)
    2:00-5:00  Self-Consciousenss in Modern Philosophy; chair Stefan Schick (Regensburg-Illinois, Chicago)
        2:00-3:00  William F. Bristow (Wisconsin–Milwaukee)
        3:00-4:00  Patricia Kitcher (Columbia)
        4:00-5:00  Udo Thiel (Graz)
    2:00-5:00  Descartes
        2:00-3:00  Michael Szlachta (Toronto): “Body on Body Causation in Descartes”; commentator Anat Schechtman (Wisconsin–Madison); chair Russell Wahl (Idaho State)
        3:00-4:00  Patrick Brissey (Grand Canyon U): “The Form of Descartes’s Method of Doubt”; commentator Roger Florka (Ursinus Coll); chair Scott Ragland (Saint Louis U)
        4:00-5:00  Stephen I. Wagner (St. John’s U/Coll St. Benedict): “Reviving Gueroult’s Descartes”; commentator Amy M. Schmitter (Alberta); chair Joseph Anderson (Central Michigan)
Saturday, March 5
    9:00-12:00  Modern British Philosophy
        9:00-10:00  Lewis Powell (Buffalo–SUNY): “Reid vs. Hume on the Objects of Belief”; commentator Marina Folescu (Missouri); chair Kristen Irwin (Loyola Chicago)
        10:00-11:00  Aaron Wilson (Miami): “Hume on Our Impression of Necessary Connection: Representation or Mere Feeling?”; commentator David Owen (Arizona); chair Patrick Connolly (Iowa State)
        11:00-12:00  Getty Lustila (Boston U): “Bentham on the Place of Empathy in Morality”; commentator Kate Abramson (Indiana, Bloomington); chair Mark D. Collier (Minnesota, Morris)
    2:45-5:45  Spinoza's and Hobbes's Politics; chair John Whipple (Illinois-Chicago)
        Justin Steinberg (CUNY–Brooklyn College), “Spinoza and the Politics of Hope and Fear”
        Laurens van Apeldoorn (University College, Leiden U)
            Commentator: Ericka Tucker (Marquette)
    2:45-4:45  Lucy Allais (Witwatersrand/UC San Diego): “Kant’s Racism”; commentator Jameliah Shorter-Bourhanou (Georgia Coll & State U); chair Charles W. Mills (Northwestern)

March 3-4, 2016
Workshop: "Before Montucla: Historiography of Science in the Early Modern Era"
Interdisciplinary Centre for Science and Technology Studies
Bergische Universität
Wuppertal, Germany
Many new topics, approaches and research agendas have recently emerged in the historiography of science. The field has extricated it cience as a discipline usually go back to the end of the 19th century, but historiography of science is much older. Some scholars say that it began in classical antiquity, among pupils of Aristotle. Other authors argue that the discipline originated in the efforts of early modern scientists to convey legitimacy and nobility to their field. Still others argue that historiography of science arose in the Enlightenment in close relation to the study of the history of the human spirit. Every attempt to seriously study the history of the historiography of science must therefore start with finding out when the historiography of science emerged as a discipline with its own themes, specific methods, and supporting institutions. We assume that the historiography of science originated in the early modern period because "science" in the modern meaning of the word emerged at that time, and in order to be recognized as a producer of knowledge worth of knowing, it had to offer its impressive pedigree. Still, there are a lot of questions concerning the origins, aims, functions and methods used in the first outlines of the history of science.
    The current workshop wants to address these gaps in our knowledge. We welcome all contributions that relate to the history of historiography of science especially in the period from the Renaissance to the beginning of the 19th century. We want to examine how the perception of the history of science was influenced by philosophical assumptions, mainly by the philosophy of history: for example, did scientists and historians view the history of science as a linear accumulation of knowledge or as a cyclical process in which periods of blossom and barbarism alternated? We are interested in how the themes of contemporary general historiography, including chronology or biblical history, affected the outlines of the history of science. Did scientists and historians synchronize the history of science with the political and socio-economic events (as in Marxist historiography)? What factors were recognized as decisive in the development of science? Further, we are interested in the role of mythological and religious strategies in promoting particular points of view on the history of science. We are interested in nationalist, racist and religious prejudices that influenced different forms of interpretation of the history of science. We welcome papers that relate to the iconography of the historiography of science and various ways of graphical representations of and in the history of science. The literary strategies of early historians of science are an interesting problem as well. We want to discuss key concepts of the historical forms of the historiography of science: the changing ideas of scientific progress, of history, of science; emancipation from prejudices, tradition, cumulativism, etc. We are also interested in what scientists and historians expected of their historical overviews of the development of science, that is: what were the functions of the historiography of science? What kind of transformations can be seen, especially in the period from the 16th to the early 19th century? Who were the supposed (and real) addressees of such historical accounts. What was the public for which the outlines of the history of science had been prepared? And what effect and impact was expected?
    The workshop's ambit invites interdisciplinary collaboration. Proposals for papers from all who can contribute to the topic are therefore welcome. Special consideration will be given to proposals from young scholars. The language of the workshop will be English. Submissions must include a title, an abstract (1-2 pages) of a 20 minute presentation, and a short CV (maximum one page). Submissions should be sent to Volker Remmert no later than July 18, 2015. Contributors' overnight accommodation costs will be covered. Because funds are limited, please let us know well in advance if you will need support to cover travelling expenses.
Contacts: Volker Remmert or Daniel Špelda.

March 4, 2016
London Spinoza Circle
Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam): "Spinoza’s Ethics and the Hebrew Bible"
Paul Hirst Room, Politics Department, Birkbeck College, 10 Gower Street
London, UK
Time: 3:00-5:00
Contact: Alex Douglas.

March 4-5, 2016
The Clandestine and Heterodox Underground of Early Modern European Philosophy, 17th-18th Centuries
UCLA Dept of History
Royce Hall 314
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, March 4
    8:30  Morning Coffee and Registration (non-UC students/faculty $20)
    9:00    Barbara Fuchs (U California, Los Angeles): Welcome
        Margaret Jacob (UCLA), Gianni Paganini (U Piemonte Orientale), & John Christian Laursen (UC Riverside): Introductory Remarks
    9:15  First Session: Margaret Jacob (UCLA), chair
        9:15-10:00  Gianni Paganini (U Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli): "Renaissance Philosophy and Early Modern Clandestinity"
        10:00-10:45  Winfried Schröder (Philipps U Marburg): "Philosophy in the Underground: Possibilities and Limitations"
        11:00-11:45  John Marshall (Johns Hopkins): "Islam, Toleration, and the Enlightenment: Debated Manuscripts and Print Debates in the Early Enlightenment"
        11:45-12:30  Jeffrey D. Burson (Georgia Southern): "The Polyvalence of Heterodox Sources and Eighteenth-Century Religious Change"
    2:00  Second Session: Gianni Paganini (U Piemonte Orientale), chair
        2:00-2:45  Inger Leemans (Vrije U Amsterdam): "Passions and Desires in Dutch Clandestine Circles, 1670-1720"
        2:45-3:30  Karen Hollewand (Oxford): "Expert of the Obscene: Hadriaan Beverland and Sexual Manuscripts in the Late Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic"
        3:45-4:30  Rienk Vermij (Oklahoma): "The Politics of the Libertines: The Role of Manuscripts in Heterodox Movements in the Early Eighteenth-Century Dutch Republic"
        4:30-5:15  Whitney Mannies (UC Riverside): "Clandestine Language: The Style and Form of Radical Ideas"
        5:15  Reception
Saturday, March 5
    8:30  Morning Coffee and Registration
    9:00  Third Session: S. A. Lloyd (Southern California), chair
        9:00-9:45  Maria Susana Seguin (U Paul-Valéry Montpellier III): "Clandestine Philosophical Literature and Academic Circles"
        9:45-10:30  Jonathan Israel (Inst Adv Study Princeton): "The Clandestine Philosophical Literature as a Mirror of the Radical Enlightenment"
        10:45-11:30  Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (Københavns U): "The Role of Female Philosophers in the Radical Enlightenment"
        11:30-12:15  John Christian Laursen (UC Riverside): "The Fortuna of a Clandestine Manuscript: An 1822 Spanish Translation of the Examen critique of 1733"
        12:15-12::30  Closing discussion
Contact: Gianni Paganini

March 7, 2016
Presentation of the Society for Early Modern Philosophy at Yale
Carl Posey (Hebrew): TBA
Location: TBA, Yale University
New Haven, CT
Contact: Matthew Leisinger.

March 10, 2016
Modern Philosophy Seminar: G. Anthony Bruno (Toronto): "Skepticism as Summons: The Condition of the Possibility of a Transcendental Deduction"
University of Western Ontario, Stevenson Hall 1145
5:30-6:30 pm
London, Ontario
Contact: Corey Dyck.

March 11, 2016
Symposium on James Harris's Hume: An Intellectual Biography
William Robertson Wing Old Medical School
2:00-5:00 p.m.
4 Teviot Place, Edinburgh
Participants: Moritz Baumstark (Munich), James Harris (St Andrews), Catherine Jones (Aberdeen), Dario Perinetti (Montreal), and Mikko Tolonen (Helsinki)

March 11-13, 2016
Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy Conference: "Scottish Philosophy before the Enlightenment"
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, NJ
Friday, March 11
    1:15  Gordon Graham (Princeton Theo Sem): Opening Welcome (Cooper Conference Room)
        1:30-3:00  Concurrent Session Ia (Cooper Conference Room)
          1:30-2:15  Gregor Bloch (Marburg): "From John Simson to David Hume and Adam Smith: Scottish Theology Before the Enlightenment and Its Influences on the Enlightenment. A German Perspective"
          2:15-3:00  Nathan I. Sasser (South Carolina): "Seventeenth-Century Scotland and the Faith Hume Lost"
        1:30-3:00  Concurrent Session Ib (Art Studio)
          1:30-2:15  Giovanni Gellera (Glasgow): "French Descartes or British Bacon? The Reception of English Philosophers in the Scottish Universities (1650-1700)"
          2:15-3:00  Gordon Graham (Princeton Theo Sem): "The Aberdeen Doctors and the Cambridge Platonists"
    3:30-4:45  Marilyn McCord Adams (Rutgers Ctr Phil Religion): "Duns Scotus on the Dignity of Human Nature" (Cooper Conference Room)
Saturday, March 12 (all sessions in Cooper Conference Room)
    9:00-9:45  Getty L. Lustila (Boston U): "Is It Ever Proper to 'Slip the Cable'? Adam Smith on the Stoic Principle of Suicide"
    9:45-10:30  Colin Heydt (South Florida): "Back to Scholasticism? Hutcheson's Academic Writings"
    10:45-11:30  Alison McIntyre (Wellesley): "Fame and Truth: Malebranche and Hume"
    11:30-12:15  Aino Lahdenranta (Boston U): "Malebranche's Theory of Self-Approving Passions in Scottish Sentimentalism"
    1:30-2:15  Miren Boehm (Wisconsin, Milwaukee): "Hume on the Sublime Question of the Power and Efficacy of Causes"
    2:15-3:00  Chris Shrock (Oklahoma Sch Science Math): "Reid on Secondary Qualities and Scientific Discovery: An Application of Eighteenth-Century Newtonianism"
    3:15-4:30  Douglas McDermid (Trent): "Ferrier on Socrates, Self-Consciousness, and Moral Scepticism"
Sunday, March 13
        9:00-10:30  Concurrent Session IIa (Cooper Conference Room)
          9:00-9:45  Jeffrey Steele (South Florida): "What Reason Demands: John Duns Scotus on Right Reason, Moral Badness, and Moral Indifference"
          9:00-9:45  Christian Maurer (U Fribourg, Switzerland): "On Tolerance in 17th-Century Scottish Philosophy"
        9:00-10:30  Concurrent Session IIb (Art Studio)
          9:00-9:45  Sebastiano Gino (Torino): "Continuities and Transformations within the Scottish Medical Philosophy"
          9:00-9:45  Oliver Souan: "John Napier"
    10:45-11:30  C. Jan Swearingen (Texas A&M): "Reviling the Reformation: Buchanan in Retrospect"
    11:30-12:15  Giovanni Lista: "Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun and the jus gladii: A Radical Intervention in the Standing Army Controversy"

March 14, 2016
Scholastic and Early Modern Accounts of Causation
University of Groningen
Faculty of Philosophy, Room Gamma
Oude Boterigestraat 52
Groningen, Netherlands
The philosophical and scientific understanding of causation, especially concerning the natural world, underwent a dramatic transformation between the end of sixteenth century and the end of the eighteenth century. New approaches emerged and challenged the Aristotelian and Scholastic accounts, which nonetheless continue to exercise a significant influence and produce new developments. The aim of these meetings is to provide a forum to discuss and deepen the intricate debate on causality during the period. This is the first meeting of the workshop series "The early modern debate on causality: roots and perspectives."
    14.00-15.00  Can Laurens Loewe (KU Leuven): "Peter Auriol on the metaphysics of efficient causation"
    15.00-16.00  Han Thomas Adriaenssen (Groningen): "Mind-Body Interaction and sine qua non causation in Thirteenth-Century Franciscan Psychology"
    16.15-17.15  Jean-Pascal Anfray (ENS Paris): "Free agency without an agent? Suarez on the notion of a free cause"
    17.15-18.15  Doina-Cristina Rusu (Bucharest): Transforming Natural Bodies. Francis Bacon on Efficient and Formal Causes     18.15-18.30  Conclusions
Attendance is free, but registration is appreciated. To register, please send a message to Andrea Sangiacomo. This series is part of the activities of the NWO veni project “Occasionalism and the secularization of early modern science” led by Dr. Andrea Sangiacomo. The workshops are jointly organized with the OZSW Study Group in Early Modern Philosophy.
Contact: Andrea Sangiacomo.

March 14-15, 2016
Conference: Descartes and Ingenium
Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Sidgwick Hall, Newnham College, Cambridge University
Cambridge, UK
Speakers: Igor Agostini (Salento), Roger Ariew (S Florida), Michael Edwards (Cambridge), Dan Garber (Princeton), Raphaële Garrod (Cambridge), Emma Gilby (Cambridge), Denis Kambouchner (Sorbonne Paris 1), Richard Oosterhoff (Cambridge), Martine Pécharman (CNRS Paris), Lucian Petrescu (U libre Bruxelles), David Rabouin (Diderot Paris 7 CNRS), Sophie Roux (ENS ULM), Dennis Sepper (Dallas), Richard Serjeantson (Cambridge), Justin Smith (Diderot Paris 7), Theo Verbeek (Utrecht)
    A two-day conference which will explore the significance of the notion of ‘ingenium’ for Descartes and his circle, and place it in the context of contemporary pedagogy, erudition, philosophy, mathematics, and music. This event is part of the research project, "Genius Before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science," a five-year ERC funded project based at CRASSH.
Contacts: Richard Serjeantson and Raphaële Garrod.

March 14-15, 2016
Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Mansfield College, Oxford University
Oxford, UK
Monday March 14
    9.00-9.30  Registration and coffee
    9.30-10.30  Jeremy Dunham (Sheffield): "Condillac on the Acquisition of Cognitive Habits"
    10.30-11.30  Julia Bocherding (Yale): "Loving the Body, Loving the Soul: Conway’s Vitalist Critique of Cartesian and Morean Dualism"
    12.00-1.00  Christian Barth (Humboldt): "Leibniz on Apperception"
    2.30-3.30  Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers): "Mary Shepherd's Theory of Causal Necessity: The Metaphysics"
    3.30-4.30  Antonia LoLordo (Virginia): "'The Only Foundation for the Demonstrations of ... the Chymist': Natural Kinds in Mary Shepherd's Theory of Causation"
    5.00-6.00  Rafaella de Rosa (Rutgers, Newark): "Descartes and the Problematic Case of the Origin of Sensory Ideas"
Tuesday March 15
    9.00-9.30  Coffee
    9.30-10.30  Ursula Renz (Klagenfurt): "Shaftesbury’s Philosophy of Mind"
    10.30-11.30  Ruth Boeker (Melbourne): "Shaftesbury and Hume on the Self, Character, and Humanity"
    12.00-1.00  Olivia Bailey (Harvard): "Adam Smith’s Double Standard?"
    2.30-3.30  Stewart Duncan (Florida): "Hobbes on the Signification of Moral Language"
Preregistration is requested for number planning, but not essential. A small charge (not more than £5) may be made on the day in order to cover refreshment costs. Light lunch will be available for purchase in the College café both days. There will be a conference dinner on Monday 14th March at Mansfield College. Preregistration and prepayment for dinner IS ESSENTIAL (cost will be approx. £25). To register for the conference and/or dinner, please contact Paul Lodge.
Contact: Paul Lodge.

March 15-18, 2016
Master Class: The Nature and Status of Principles in Western Thought
University of Bucharest
Bucharest, Romania
    •  Eligibility: Graduate students and post-doctoral researchers
    •  Maximum attendance: 15 (selected by application)
    •  Organizers: Dana Jalobeanu (Director, IRH-UB) and Peter Anstey (Sydney U)
    •  Invited speakers: Vincenzo de Risi (Max Planck Inst Berlin) and Aza Goudriaan (Vrije U, Amsterdam)
The purpose of this interdisciplinary master class is to examine the nature and status of principles across a variety of disciplinary domains and a variety of historical periods. The concept of principles is almost ubiquitous in Western thought: it is used in philosophy, natural philosophy, ethics, art, mathematics, politics and theology. One only needs to cite some of the canonical works of early modern philosophy, natural philosophy or art to appreciate the centrality of the notion: for example, Descartes’ Principia philosophiae (1644), Newton’s Principia (1687) and Taylor’s New Principles of Linear Perspective (1719). Yet to date there are few if any systematic treatments of the subject. This master class will address the following questions in relation to classical, Hellenistic, Renaissance and early modern thought:
    •  Which disciplines appealed to principles?
    •  What sorts of principles did they deploy?
    •  How does one get epistemic access to these principles?
    •  And what roles did principles play in the period and discipline under scrutiny?
    •  How does the use of principles vary across disciplines and across historical periods?
    •  Is the principles concept stable or subject to change?
    •  Is there a typology of principles?
    •  What is the relation between principles, axioms, hypotheses and laws?
The master class will include lectures, reading groups and seminars, as well as more informal activities (tutorials, and discussions). The master class will be set within the interdisciplinary environment of the Institute of Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest. It aims to bring together up to fifteen post-docs and postgraduate students from different fields and willing to spend four days working together within the premises of the Institute, and under the supervision of experts in the field. The master class will also benefit from logistical support of CELFIS (Center for the Logic, History and Philosophy of Science), Faculty of Philosophy. Each student attending the master class will have the opportunity to give a twenty-minute presentation on the final day. Student contributions are voluntary.
    In order to apply for the master class send a CV (maximum 2 pages) and a short letter of intention to Dr Mihnea Dobre by
30 January 2016. The final list of participants will be announced on the website of the institute by 5 February 2016. There is no registration fee.
Contact: Mihnea Dobre.

March 16, 2016
Workshop: "Metaphysics in Modernity: Tradition and Innovation"
Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
Keynote: Olivier Boulnois (École pratique des hautes études, Paris/L’Institut catholique de Paris)
Modern metaphysics is often considered to be under constant pressure to re-invent itself, caught up in a never-ending process of revision and revolution. Renaissance Platonism, Cartesianism in its many flavours, Spinozism, Wolffianism, German Idealism, materialism, process metaphysics, descriptive metaphysics, modal metaphysics etc. look like so many attempts to start metaphysics from the scratch again. The many more or less idiosyncratic metaphysical systems of the 19th and 20th century--most of which are only known to experts--seem to complete the picture. In the last decades, however, scholarly research has also focused on the moment of continuity with the pre-modern metaphysical tradition which has shaped modern metaphysics as well. This has brought out important insights into large-scale continuities between classical ancient and medieval metaphysics on the one hand and modern metaphysics on the other, but also a better understanding of small-scale interaction between more traditional and more revisionist approaches to metaphysics within the different periods of modernity. Relevant examples are the complex relations and the interplay between Cartesianism, Spinozism and Wolffianism with late Scholasticism, between Kantianism and rationalistic metaphysics, the Neoplatonic roots of German Idealism, the connection between neo-Thomism and phenomenology, or the mutual influence of neo-Aristotelian and Thomistic movements on each other in current analytic metaphysics. The aim of the workshop is to acquire a better understanding of the interplay between tradition and innovation that drives modern metaphysics, both in general terms and in significant case studies. We invite short papers that deal with a topic in the fields specified above. Abstracts (max. 300 words) can be submitted to Henning Tegtmeyeruntil January 31.
Organizers: Henning Tegtmeyer and Andrea Robiglio (KU Leuven).

March 17, 2016
Spinoza à Paris 8: Bernard Pautrat: "Sur la Préface des Opera Posthuma"
18h à 20h en salle C008 (rdc. bât C)
Séminaire International et Interdisciplinaire de Recherches Spinozistes, 2015-2016
2 rue de la Liberté, 93 526 Saint-Denis Cedex
Métro ligne 13, Saint-Denis Université
Saint-Denis, France
Contact: Jack Stetter.

March 17, 2016
London Spinoza Circle
Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel U London): "Norms and Normativity in Spinoza"
Paul Hirst Room, Politics Department, Birkbeck College, 10 Gower Street
London, UK
Time: 3:30-5:00
Contact: Alex Douglas.

March 18, 2016
Workshop: The Body in Spinoza's Philosophy
University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Institute of Philosophy, Room N
Leuven, Belgium
    10:00-10:30  Greetings
    10:30-11:10  Filip Buyse (Paris 1 Panthéon/Sorbonne): “Galileo’s Influence on Spinoza’s Concepts of the Body”
    11:10-11:50  Sean Winkler (KU Leuven): “The Problem of the Persistence of Identity in Spinoza’s Account of the Body”
    11:50-12:30  Noa Shein (Ben-Gurion U Negev): “The Dual Aspect of Finite Bodies in Spinoza’s Metaphysics”
    1:30-2:10  Olivér István Tóth (Eötvös Loránd U): “Corporeality and Subjectivity in Spinoza’s Ethics: The Role of Imagination in Historical Perspective”
    2:10-2:50  Rudolf Bernet (KU Leuven): “Spinoza’s Phenomenology of Bodily Affections”
    3:00-3:40  Keith Green (East Tennessee State): “The Body’s Capabilities, in Ethics 5p39”
    3:40-4:20  Christopher Davidson (Arkansas, Little Rock): “Political Suicide: The Body of Spinoza’s Sovereign Has No Self-Preserving Conatus”
    4:40-6:10  Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen): "Spinoza's Account of Agreement in Nature: From Physics to Politics"; response Herman De Dijn (KU Leuven)
The aim of this workshop is to facilitate a dialogue between researchers working in different areas of Spinoza’s philosophy by examining, comparing and assessing Spinoza’s different accounts of the body in his metaphysical, physical, ethical and political writings. Registration for the workshop is free, but we ask that you fill out a registration form, which can be found on our website. Please fill it out and return it to us by email by 11 March 2016. The workshop dinner is €25 for speakers and €45 for non-speakers. Payment for the dinner is to be made in person on the day of the workshop. For any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the aforementioned email address.
Contact: Sean Winkler.

March 18, 2016
King's History of Philosophy Seminar
James Harris (St Andrews): TBA
Room 508, Dept of Philosophy, King's College
London, UK
Contact: Clare Carlisle.

March 19, 2016
Séminaire Descartes: Emanuela Scribano, Macchine con la mente: Fisiologia e metafisica tra Cartesio e Spinoza
École normale supérieure, salle Paul Langevin
29 Rue d'Ulm
9 h 30 à 13 h 00
Paris, France
Présentation par Angela Ferraro (Nantes-Rome 1). Interventions de:
    Raphaële Andrault (CNRS)
    André Charrak (Paris 1-UMR 5037)
    Denis Kambouchner (Paris 1)
Réponses d’Emanuela Scribano (Venise Ca’ Foscari)
Modératrice: Martine Pécharman (Maison Française d'Oxford)

March 21-23, 2016
Conference: Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, Religion and Science
University of Groningen
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, 9712 GK, Zittingzaal
Groningen, The Netherlands
During the early modern period (c. 1600-1800) women were involved in many debates that tangled together metaphysics, religion and science. The women included figures such as Margaret Cavendish, Emilie Du Châtelet, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, and Damaris Cudworth Masham. The debates surrounded issues such as atomism, determinism, motion, mind-body causation, mechanism, space, and natural laws. The conference program will consist of invited speakers and speakers drawn from an open call for papers. Monday 21 March
    9:00-10:00  Andrew Janiak (Duke): “Émilie Du Châtelet and the Metaphysics of Gravity”
    10:00-11:00  Karen Detlefsen (Pennsylvania): “Margaret Cavendish on Laws and Order”
    11:30-13:00  Susan James (Birkbeck, U London): “‘Mixt natures which I call hermaphroditical’: Margaret Cavendish on the natures of things”
    14:00-15:00  Frederique Janssen-Lauret (Nottingham): “Elisabeth as a naturalistic dualist”
    15:00-16:00  Katherine Brading (Notre Dame): “Du Chatelet and the problem of bodies”
    16:30-17:30  Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn): “Émilie du Châtelet’s Scientific Metaphysics and the Calculus of Reasoning”
Tuesday 22 March
    9:00-10:00  Deborah Boyle (Charleston): “Margaret Cavendish on the Eternity of the World”
    10:00-11:00  Emily Thomas (Groningen): “Anne Conway on the Identity of Creatures over Time”
    11:30-13:00  Jacqueline Broad (Monash): “Mary Astell’s Malebranchean Concept of the Self”
    14:00-15:00  David Cunning (Iowa): “Cavendish, Metaphysics, and God”
    15:00-16:00  Mirjam de Baar (Groningen): “Religion and Science: Anna Maria van Schurman and Antoinette Bourignon as contrasting examples”
    16:30-17:30  Aaron Wells (Notre Dame): “Du Chatelet on the fundamentality of change”
Wednesday 23 March
    9:00-10:00  Tom Stoneham (York): “Cavendish’s Argument for ‘infinite variety’ in Nature”
    10:00-11:00  Patricia Sheridan (Guelph): “Fitness and Function in Cockburn's Metaphysics”
    11:30-13:00  Sarah Hutton (York): “Goodness in Anne Conway’s metaphysics”
    Immediately after the conference, the annual Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will take place at Erasmus University Rotterdam, on 24-25 March. There are regular direct trains between Groningen and Rotterdam, so it would be easy to attend both conferences.
Contact: Emily Thomas.

March 24, 2016
Benny Goldberg (Florida)): "Margaret Cavendish on Universal Medicine and Disease"
Sarton Centre for History of Science
Faculty Library Meeting Room, Rozier 44
University of Ghent
Ghent, Belgium
Time: 4:00-6:00
Contact: Maarten Van Dyck.

March 24, 2016
Modern Philosophy Seminar: Doug Long (Western Ontario, History): "The Architecture of Jurisprudence: The Materials, Form, and Function of Jeremy Bentham's Legal System"
University of Western Ontario, Stevenson Hall 1145
5:30-6:30 pm
London, Ontario
Contact: Corey Dyck.

March 24-25, 2016
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Erasmus University
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Keynote speakers: Andrew Janiak (Duke) and Carla Rita Palmerino (Radboud)
This Seminar aims to bring together advanced students and scholars working on early modern philosophy (broadly conceived, ranging from the later scholastics to Kant). The language of presentation and discussion is English. Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture (on any topic relevant to early modern philosophy) to Andrea Sangiacomo by December 1. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a .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. The abstracts will be peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the outcome of the review by January 30.
    The Dutch Seminar will take place immediately after the conference on Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, Religion and Science organized by Emily Thomas at the University of Groningen. For those who are interested in contributing to both events, please note that direct trains between Rotterdam and Groningen take two and a half hours' travel.
Website. You might also join the Seminar Facebook group.
Contacts: Han van Ruler and Andrea Sangiacomo.

March 30-April 3, 2016
APA Pacific Division Meeting
The Westin St. Francis
335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, March 30
    1:00-4:00  Lucy Allais, Manifest Reality: Kant's Idealism and His Realism
        Chair: Henry E. Allison (UC San Diego/Boston U)
          R. Lanier Anderson (Stanford)
          Anil Gomes (Oxford)
          Karl Schafer (Pittsburgh)
          Lucy Allais (Witwatersrand/UC San Diego)
    1:00-4:00  Early Modern Theology
        1:00-2:00  Daniel Collette (South Florida): "Pascal on the Good Life: When Happiness Fails, Try Stoicism"; commentator Owen Anderson (Arizona State); chair Eric Michael Dale (Emerson Coll)
        2:00-3:00  Joseph Anderson (Central Michigan): "Leibniz on Spontaneity and Grace"; commentator Michael Fitzpatrick (Stanford); chair Brian Glenney (Gordon Coll)
        3:00-4:00  Joshua Kulmac Butler (Loyola Marymount): "A Kuhnian Critique of Hume on Miracles: Miracles and Paradigm-conflicting Scientific Anomalies"; commentator David Corner (Cal State Sacramento); chair Anthony Ferrucci (U Washington)
    4:00-6:00  Kant and Herder on Character and Human Nature
        4:00-5:00  Richard Booher (Cal State Fullerton): "Herder and the Principle of Harmonious Individuality"; commentator Scott Fennema (Yale); chair Jeffery Kinlaw (McMurry U)
        5:00-6:00  Tobias Fuchs (Brown): "Doing Right and Feeling Right: Cultivation of Character in Kant's Ethics"; commentator Richard Galvin (Texas Christian); chair Paul Tulipana (Stanford)
    4:00-6:00  North American Kant Society: Henry Alison, Kant's Transcendental Deduction
        Chair: Lucy Allais (Witwatersrand/UC San Diego)
          Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame)
          Paul Guyer (Brown)
          Henry E. Allison (UC San Diego/Boston U)
Thursday, March 31
    9:00-12:00  Stephen Palmquist's Comprehensive Commentary on Kant's "Religion Within the Bounds of Bare Reason"
        Chair: Robert Gressis (Cal State Northridge)
          Christina Drogalis (Santa Clara)
          Ronald Green (Dartmouth)
          Susan Shell (Boston Coll)
          Stephen Palmquist (Hong Kong Baptist U)
    1:00-4:00  Women in the History of Philosophy of Religion; chair Kristen Irwin (Loyola Chicago)
          Marcy Lascano (Cal State Long Beach): "17th Century Women on God's Existence and Nature"
          Jill Graper Hernandez (U Texas San Antonio): "Early Modern (Female) Theodicy, Almost Without Apology"
          Christina VanDyke (Calvin College): "Medieval Women Didn't Do Philosophy of Religion: So Why Am I Still Talking?"
          Commentator: Robert Pasnau (Colorado, Boulder)
    4:00-6:00  Berkeley as a Social Philosopher; chair Keota Fields (Massachusetts, Dartmouth)
          David Hilbert (Illinois, Chicago): "Berkeley's Political Metaphysics"
          Commentator: Margaret Atherton (Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
          Commentator: Kenneth Pearce (Valparaiso U)
    8:00-10:00 p.m.  Society for Modern Philosophy: Anonymous Modern Philosophy; chair Chris Meyns (Cambridge)
          Julia Joráti (Ohio State): "Early Modern Versus Medieval Anonymity"
          Sandra Lapointe (McMaster): "Rooting for the Underdogs"
          Alexander X. Douglas (Heythrop Coll): "The Cartesian Model of Anonymity and the Tractatus-Theologico Politicus"
Friday, April 1
    9:00-12:00  Spinoza's Metaphysics and Epistemology
        9:00-10:00  Matthew Homan (Christopher Newport U): "True Beings of Reason in Spinoza"; commentator Julia Joráti (Ohio State); chair Michael Goodman (Humboldt State)
        10:00-11:00  Norman Whitman (Rhodes Coll): "Finalism in Spinoza's Physics?"; commentator Zachary Biondi (UCLA); chair Graciela De Pierris (Stanford)
        11:00-12:00  Galen Barry (Old Dominion): "Spinoza and the Linguistic Nature of Impossibility"; commentator Martin Lin (Rutgers); chair Kristina Meshelski (Cal State Northridge)
    11:00-2:00  Poster Session
          Dane Muckler (Saint Louis U): "Are We Even Fooling Ourselves: Self-deception and Weakness of Will in Kant's Moral Philosophy"
    1:00-4:00  Kant's Theory of Concepts; chair Ralf Bader (Oxford)
          Colin McLear (Nebraska-Lincoln): "Concepts and Abilities"
          Thomas Land (Ryerson U): "Concepts as Representations of Synthetic Unity"
          Huaping Lu-Adler (Georgetown): "Kant on Abstraction in Concept Acquisition"
          Nick Stang (Toronto): "Kantian Concepts: Given, Made, Empirical, and A Priori"
    4:00-6:00  Scottish Enlightenment Ethics; chair C. Richard Booher (Cal State Fullerton)
        4:00-5:00  Marcus Weakley (Claremont Graduate U): "Ethics, Taste, and Transformation in the Work of David Hume"; commentator Giovanni Grandi (U British Columbia Okanagan)
        5:00-6:00  Albert Shin (Villanova): "Adam Smith on the Natural Authority of Conscience"; commentator Jon McHugh (Denison U)
    7:00-10:00  Hume Society: Hume's Moral Psychology
          Lorraine Besser (Middlebury Coll): "Bridging Gaps Between Hume's Moral Psychology and Contemporary Psychological Research"
          Rico Vitz (Azusa Pacific): "Character, Sympathy, and Culture"
          Katharina Paxman (Brigham Young): "Hume on the Cultivation of Disposition"
          Commentator: Emily Kelahan (Illinois Wesleyan)
    7:00-10:00  North American Kant Society: Nick Stang's Kant's Modal Metaphysics; chair Helga Varden (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
          Uygar Abaci (Richmond)
          Ralf Bader (Oxford)
          Andrew Chignell (Cornell)
          Tobias Rosefeldt (Humboldt U Berlin)
          Response: Nick Stang (Toronto)
Saturday, April 2
    1:00-4:00  Rousseau; chair Lori Watson (U San Diego)
          Fred Neuhouser (Barnard Coll)
          Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown)
          John Christman (Pennsylvania State)
          Chris Bertram (U Bristol)
    1:00-4:00  Kant: Intuition and Idealism
        1:00-2:00  Chen Liang (Illinois, Chicago): "Formal Intuition and the Pure Synthesis of Apprehension"; commentator Daniel Smith (Cornell); chair Rosalind Chaplin (UC San Diego)
        2:00-3:00  Jules Salomone (Grad Center CUNY): "Transcendental Idealism Revisited?"; commentator Peter Thielke (Pomona Coll); chair Brandon Look (Kentucky)
        3:00-4:00  James Messina (Wisconsin-Madison): "The Metaphysics of Kantian Intuitions: An Anti-Cartesian Interpretation"; commentator Colin Marshall (U Washington); chair Uygar Abaci (U Richmond)
    4:00-6:00  James A. Harris's Hume: An Intellectual Biography; chair Jacqueline Taylor (U San Francisco)
          David Raynor (Ottawa)
          John P. Wright (Central Michigan)
          Response: James A. Harris (St. Andrews)
    4:00-6:00  Cartesian Method and Its Relation to Social and Political Concerns
        4:00-5:00  Amy Schmitter (Alberta): "Cartesian Prejudice and Critique of Gender in Poulain de la Barre"; commentator Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser); chair Shoshana Brassfield (Frostburg State)
        5:00-6:00  Tarek Dika (Michigan): "Method, Habit, and the Unity of Scientia in Descartes's Regulae"; commentator Gideon Manning (Cal Inst Technology); chair Kristopher Phillips (Southern Utah)
    6:00-9:00  Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy: The Epistemic Turn and Its Pre-modern History; chair Jason Aleksander (St. Xavier U)
          Brian Copenhaver (UCLA): "A Turn in Logic after the Middle Ages: Epistemic or Psychological?"
          Robert Pasnau (Colorado, Boulder): "Why Modern Philosophy Turned Toward Epistemology"
          Response: Calvin Normore (UCLA)

April 4-7, 2016
International Berkeley Conference
Hebrew University
Jerusalem, Israel
    Bertil Belfrage (Lund): "George Berkeley's New Philosophy (after 1721)"
    Artem Besedin (Moscow State): "Scholastic and Cartesian Models of Intuition in Berkeley's Philosophy"
    Richard Brook (Bloomsburg): "Berkeley's De Motu"
    Matteo Bonifacio (Turin): "George Berkeley and the Way of Ideas"
    Meir Buzaglo (Hebrew U Jerusalem): "An Idealistic View on 'Disappearing' "
    Georges Dicker (SUNY Brockport): "Berkeley's Critique of Locke's Theory of Perception"
    Keota Fields (Massachusetts, Dartmouth): "Berkeley on Skepticism and Empirical Psychology"
    Adam Grzeliński (Nicolaus Copernicus): "Siris and Berkeley's Late Social Philosophy"
    Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney: "Berkeley's Strange Semi-Occasionalist Mystery"
    A. David Kline (North Florida): "Berkeley, Empirical Equivalence and Anti-Realism"
    Tali Leven (Open U Israel): "Ghost of Departed Quantity"
    Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): "Berkeley's Conception of Substance"
    Luc Peterschmitt (Lille): "How did Berkeley Read Newton?"
    Marc Pickering (Lynn U): "The Ideas in God's Mind"
    Timothy Quandt (Sacramento City C): "Berkeley's Vulgar Defense of Defect and Suffering"
    Michael Roubach (Hebrew U Jerusalem): "Berkeley and Husserl's Notion of Abstraction"
    Ofra Shefi (Hebrew U Jerusalem): "A Question of Reason: On Berkeley's Attitude to Teleology"
    Mark Steiner (Hebrew U Jerusalem): "Borrowings from Berkeley in Hume's Treatise of Human Nature"
    Piotr Szałek (Catholic U, Lublin, Poland): "Berkeley's Non-cognitivism"
    Bartosz Żukowski (Lodz): "Berkeley and Collier: A Case of Fortunate Coincidence"
    Marta Szymańska-Lewoszewska (Nicolaus Copernicus): "Unity, Diversity and Order: On Natural Religion in Berkeley's Works from 1730s to 1750s"
Contacts: Meir Buzaglo or Bertil Belfrage.

April 7, 2016
Spinoza à Paris 8: Dritan Karadaku: "Traduire l’éthique d’un philosophe: Sur la première traduction de Spinoza en Albanais"
18h à 20h en salle C008 (rdc. bât C)
Séminaire International et Interdisciplinaire de Recherches Spinozistes, 2015-2016
2 rue de la Liberté, 93 526 Saint-Denis Cedex
Métro ligne 13, Saint-Denis Université
Saint-Denis, France
Contact: Jack Stetter.

April 7, 2016
Modern Philosophy Seminar: Richard T. W. Arthur (McMaster): "On the Hegelian roots of Russell's critique of Leibniz"
University of Western Ontario, Stevenson Hall 1145
5:30-6:30 pm
London, Ontario
Contact: Corey Dyck.

April 7-8, 2016
Las pasiones en el Barroco: de la acedia escolástica a la melancolía moderna
Facultad de Filosofía, Universidad de Salamanca
Salamanca, Spain
El III Encuentro Internacional de Historia del Pensamiento fija su atención en la evolución conceptual de las pasiones de la mano de la melancolía. Se invita a investigadores, profesores, estudiantes de doctorado… a presentar propuestas de comunicaciones desde un punto de vista interdisciplinar dentro de la historia del pensamiento que signifiquen una contribución en torno a la temática del Encuentro: Las pasiones en el Barroco: de la acedia escolástica a la melancolía moderna. Las comunicaciones han de enviarse antes del 15 de febrero de 2016 (15-2-2016) a las siguientes direcciones electrónicas:; Las comunicaciones seleccionadas intervendrán en el encuentro. La duración de la exposición es de 15 minutos. Las comunicaciones se publicarán bien en monográfico de la editorial Eunsa, bien en la revista científica Philosophica salmanticensis.
Contact: Manuel Lázaro Pulido.

April 7-9, 2016
2016 Locke Workshop
CUNY Graduate Center
New York, NY
This year's Locke Workshop will feature panels of scholars discussing Locke's interactions with contemporary supporters and critics including: Damaris Cudworth, Catharine Trotter Cockburn, Stillingfleet, Sergeant, Malebranche, Norris, Mary Astell, and Edwards. Panelists will give short presentations, and then facilitate open discussions of Locke's philosophical thinking in light of his engagement with, or relationships to, his contemporaries. We hope that the panel discussions will reveal larger patterns regarding the character of Locke's philosophical thinking, in addition to providing insights regarding specific issues or questions within Locke scholarship.
Thursday, April 7
    9:30-12:00  Locke and Stillingfleet/Sergeant: Patrick Connolly (Iowa State), Han Adriaenssen (Groningen), Shelley Weinberg (Illinois-Urbana Champaign)
    1:30-3:00  Locke and Catharine Trotter Cockburn: Patricia Sheridan (Guelph) and Emily Thomas (Groningen)
    3:30-5:00  Locke and Damaris Cudworth: Jacqueline Broad (Monash) and Sarah Hutton (York)
Friday, April 8
    9:30-11:00  Locke and Malebranche/Norris/Astell: Julie Walsh (Wellesley) and Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton MA)
    11:30-1:00  Locke and Edwards: Victor Nuovo (Middlebury) and Antonia LoLordo (UVA)
    3:00  Depart from hotel for Morgan Library for 3:30 tour and presentation of Draft C of Locke's Essay
Saturday, April 9
    10:00-12:00  Discussion of themes/trends emerging from Locke Workshop and the future of Locke scholarship
Contact: Jessica Gordon-Roth.

April 8, 2016
Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History Conference: "God and the Philosophers in the seventeenth century"
Harvard University
CES Lower Level Conference Room
27 Kirkland St
Cambridge, MA
    9:00-10:00  Craig Martin (Oakland U): "Averroes, Averroism, and the New Sciences"
    10:00-11:00  Debora Shuger (UCLA): "Place and Presence: the metaphysics of the Eucharist on the threshold of modernity"
    11:15-12:15  Daniel Garber (Princeton): "Spinoza: God of the Philosophers and God of the Bible"
    1:00-2:00  Steven Nadler (Wisconsin, Madison): "Malebranche's Miracles"
    2:00-3:00  Lisa Downing (Ohio State): "Locke on the Possibility of Thinking Matter and the Impossibility of a Material God"
    3:00-4:00  Jeff McDonough (Harvard): "Spinoza on Personal Immortality"
    4:00-5:00  Reception
RSVP: Sign up for this event.
Contacts: Ann Blair, James Haskins.

April 8-9, 2016
Colloque: Le plaisir des modernes: Epicurisme et pensée morale de la Renaissance à nos jours
Institut d'Etudes Avancées et Ecole Normale Supérieure
Paris, France
8 avril (l'Institut d'Études Avancées/Hôtel de Lauzun, 17, quai d'Anjou)
    9:30-10:00  Introduction
    10:00-10:45  Fosca Mariani Zini (Lille): "Lorenzo Valla et la légitimité du plaisir"
    10:45-11:30  Michèle Rosellini (Lyon): "L'enjeu de la morale d'Epicure dans la diffusion du De rerum natura en France aux XVIe et XVIIe siècle"
    12:00-12:45  André Comte Sponville (Paris): "Montaigne et Epicure: Grandeur et limites de l'hédonisme"
    14:00-14:45  Anne Staquet (Mons): "Descartes adversaire d'une morale du plaisir?"
    14:45-15:30  Nicole Gengoux (Paris): "Plaisir et 'véritable piété': l'épicurisme renouvelé du Theophrastus redivivus"
    15:30-16:15  Jean-Charles Darmon (Versailles): "La Fontaine et 'l'ombre des plaisirs': la sagesse du Jardin à l'épreuve de la Fable"
    16:45-17:30  Martine Pécharman (Clermont Ferrand): "Les plaisirs des sens nous rendent heureux : la critique par Arnauld de l' 'épicurisme' de Malebranche"
    17:30-18:15  Maria Susana Seguin (Montpellier): "Être savant par plaisir: la réhabilitation de la 'libido sciendi' dans les écrits académiques au début du 18e siècle"
9 avril (l'Ecole Normale Supérieure, Salle Dussane, 45, rue d'Ulm)
    10:00-10:45  Christophe Martin (Paris): "Fontenelle et le calcul des plaisirs"
    10:45-11:30  Gianni Paganini (Vercelli/Rome): "Plaisir, inquiétude et passions morales chez Condillac"
    12:00-12:45  Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn): "Le calcul des plaisirs: Les idées morales d'Emilie du Châtelet"
    14:30-15:15  Alberto Postigliola (Naples): "Plaisir et utilité dans le poème Le Bonheur de Claude-Adrien Helvétius"
    15:15-16:00  Paolo Quintili (Rome): "Diderot et la quête du plaisir, entre épicurisme et stoïcisme: Encyclopédie, Essai sur les règnes de Claude et Néron"
    16:30-17:15  Guillaume Métayer (Paris): "Le Jardin d'Epicure d'Anatole France"
    17:15-18:00  Jean-Pierre Cléro (Paris): "L'évaluation utilitariste des plaisirs entre discussion et calcul"
    18:00  Table ronde: Un épicurisme, ou des épicurismes? Points de vue croisés sur le Jardin dans l'histoire
        Table ronde précédée d'une intervention de Marc Fumaroli, avec la participation de Antony McKenna, Jean-Charles Darmon, Gianni Paganini, Fréderic Brahami, André Comte Sponville
Contact: Gianni Paganini.

April 8-9, 2016
Conference: The Continuing Relevance of Leibniz
Franciscan University of Steubenville
1235 University Blvd.
Steubenville, Ohio
Plenary Speakers: Nicholas Rescher (Pittsburgh) and Alexander Pruss (Baylor)
The philosophers in the M.A. Philosophy Program at Franciscan University propose to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the death of Leibniz with a conference that explores the bearing of Leibniz on issues of philosophy that are being debated today. We want Leibniz to come alive as a philosopher and theologian who speaks to our philosophical and theological concerns. Those interested in presenting a 20-minute paper on any aspect of Leibniz’s relevance to the philosophical issues of our day should submit a 400-word abstract by February 20, 2016, to Josh Merlo. Graduate students are welcome to submit. Every one who submits an abstract will receive a decision from us within ten days of the submission. After the conference we will produce an issue of our philosophy journal Questiones Disputatae containing papers from the conference.
Contact: Josh Merlo.

April 9-10, 2016
Boston College Philosophy Graduate Conference: "Philosophy of the History of Philosophy"
Department of Philosophy, Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA
Speakers: Dan Garber (Princeton), Wolfgang Mann (Columbia), Eileen O'Neill (UMass Ahmerst), Claude Panaccio (U Québec à Montréal) / Patrick Byrne (Boston C.), Richard Kearney (Boston C.), Eileen Sweeney (Boston C.)
The conference will focus on the relation that philosophy has with its own history and will be divided into four sections, each dedicated to one of the four major philosophical epochs (ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary). It will be addressing, among others, the following questions: Why and for the sake of what do we practice the history of philosophy? Is it possible to do philosophy a-historically? Or to do the history of philosophy a-philosophically? When practicing the history of philosophy, where does history stop and where does philosophy begin? Do philosophical problems have continuity through history? How does a text, problem, or author become canonical? In how many ways do we deal with a specific author, problem, or epoch within the history of philosophy? What influence do different approaches to the history of philosophy have on the nature and task of philosophy today?
    We welcome submissions on any topic within the history of philosophy. We especially encourage papers that problematize, methodologically or in content, the way in which they treat the history of the discipline, addressing questions like: Why do I approach Greek philosophy philologically? Why do I reconstruct and evaluate arguments in medieval philosophy? Why do I think that the modern problem of mind is still relevant today? Why does hermeneutics link philosophy with its own history? Is contemporary philosophy’s aim to solve and/or clarify historical problems, or to create new problems?
    Please send submissions to by February 15, 2016. Papers should not exceed 3500 words, must include an abstract of no more than 150 words, and should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation. Please prepare papers for anonymous review, including a cover letter with your name, paper title, affiliation, contact information, and the section-epoch in which the paper is intended to be presented. Acceptances will be announced no later than March 15, 2016.
Contacts: Vicente Muñoz-Reja or Melissa Fitzpatrick.

April 10-11, 2016
Eastern Study Group, North American Kant Society
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Speakers: Paul Franks (Yale): TBA
; and Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge): TBA.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, December 31, 2015. Please send all papers electronically to the organizer, Oliver Thorndike. Submissions should be prepared for blind review and be limited to 5,000 words, including footnotes and references (longer submissions will not be considered). Please prepare your file in PDF format, include an abstract of a maximum of 300 words (abstracts without the accompanying submission will not be considered), and a word count at the end of the paper. Contact information should be sent in a separate Word file. Please indicate whether you are a graduate student in your separate World file.
    The selection committee welcomes contributions on all topics of Kantian scholarship (contemporary or historically oriented), including discussions of Kant’s immediate predecessors and successors. This year we would like to especially encourage submissions related to Kant’s Critique of the Power of Judgment. Reading time is limited to 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of discussion. The best graduate student paper will receive a $200 stipend and be eligible for the Markus Herz Prize. Women, minorities, and graduate students are encouraged to submit. Papers already read or accepted at other NAKS study groups or meetings may not be submitted. Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing. Selected papers are eligible to be considered for inclusion in the book series Rethinking Kant, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishers. Papers will be posted in the “members only” section of the NAKS website and circulated in advance among participants, who are expected to have read them at the time of the conference.
Contact: Oliver Thorndike.

April 12, 2016
Presentation of the Society for Early Modern Philosophy at Yale
Sarah Hutton (York): TBA
Location: TBA, Yale University
New Haven, CT
Contact: Matthew Leisinger.

April 14-16, 2016
Conference: Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy
European Society for Early Modern Philosophy and the British Society for the History of Philosophy
Birkbeck College London and Kings College London
London, UK
During the early modern period, upheavals in science, theology and politics prompted philosophers to grapple with two highly-charged questions. What are the limits of life? What are the possibilities of life? Pursuing the first, they probed the relation between life and death. What is it to be a living thing? What distinguishes life from death? In what sense, if any, do living things survive death? Exploring the second question, they turned their attention to the character of a truly human life. What is it for human beings (or particular kinds of human beings) to live well? What role does philosophy play in this process? Is living well an individual project, a political one, or both? Each of these themes has recently attracted renewed interest among historians of early modern philosophy, and the conference aims to explore them as broadly as possible. The program will be composed of invited speakers and speakers drawn from an open call for papers. Invited speakers include:
    •  Michael Moriarty (Cambridge)
    •  Martine Pécharman (ENS)
    •  Ursula Renz (Alpen-Adria-U Klagenfurt, Austria)
    •  Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser)
    •  Mariafranca Spallanzani (Bologna)
    •  Charles Wolfe (Gent)
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 800 words and anonymised for blind review) to Susan James no later than 30 November 2015. The heading of the email should be ‘ESEMP/BSHP abstract’ and the email should contain the author’s details (name, position, affiliation, contact details). Scholars who plan to attend the conference should register with Susan James by 7 March 2016 to give us an accurate idea of numbers. Further details about registration and funding will be posted in November.
Contact: Susan James.

April 15-16, 2016
Conference: The Book that Made Philosophy Modern: Descartes’s Treatise on Man, Philosophical, Scientific and Art Historical Perspectives
University of Wisconsin
212 University Club, 432 East Campus Mall
Madison, WI
    •  Susanna Berger (Princeton)
    •  Shira Brisman (Wisconsin, Madison)
    •  Harold Cook (Brown)
    •  Daniel Garber (Princeton)
    •  Gideon Manning (California Inst Tech)
    •  Tad Schmaltz (Michigan)
    •  Rebecca Wilkin (Pacific Lutheran)
Contact: Steven Nadler.

April 20, 2016
Presentation of the Society for Early Modern Philosophy at Yale
Alison McIntyre (Wellesley): TBA
Time TBA
Location: TBA, Yale University
New Haven, CT
Contact: Matthew Leisinger.

April 21-23, 2016
Kant Workshop for Ph.D. Students
Martin Luther University
Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Second International Workshop on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant for PhD students, hosted by the “Kant-Gesellschaft” in collaboration with “Aufklärung-Religion-Wissen,” organized by Heiner F. Klemme at Martin Luther U. The aim of the workshop is to encourage and to foster the exchange between doctoral students working Kant’s philosophy and established scholars. 30 minutes paper presentation followed by 30 minutes of discussion.
    Keynote speakers: Otfried Höffe (Tübingen), Dietmar Heidemann (Luxembourg), Kate Moran (Brandeis), Jens Timmermann (St Andrews).
    Application: Doctoral students working on a dissertation on Kant’s philosophy are encouraged to send an abstract (max. 750 words) and a short CV in German or English via email attachment (pdf format) to Prof. Dr. Heiner F. Klemme no later than 31 January 2016. Up to seven papers will be selected for presentation. Hotel costs will be covered, as well as travel expenses up to a limit of € 500. In addition, the workshop is open to all who are interested. Registration prior to the workshop required via email.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Heiner F. Klemme.

April 22, 2016
Oltenia Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy
"Fictions, Counterfactuals, and Possible Worlds in Early Modern Philosophy"
University of Craiova
Craiova, Romania
We will try to look at the fictions, possible worlds and counterfactuals as how are used in a number of different contexts, including the fictional 'worlds' of authors of fiction in the narrow sense, and to show the importance of these elaborations for Early Modern Philosophers. Conference languages: English, French. Keynote speaker: Justin Smith (Université Paris Diderot/Paris 7). Deadline for title, abstract and CV: March 20, 2016. Deadline for sending the full paper (in order to be published): September 20, 2016. The hotel and lunch (and at least a part of the transportation) will be supported by us.
Contact: Adrian Nita.

April 28-29, 2016
Carinthian Workshop on Topics from Early Modern Philosophy to Kant: "Models, Analogies, and Metaphors"
Alpen Adria University
Klagenfurt, Austria
Confirmed speakers:     •  Eric Schließer (Amsterdam U): "From Portable Planetarium to God: Does Success of Natural Science presuppose a Designer?"
    •  Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge): "Kant’s Method of Analogy"
    •  Thomas Hainscho (Alpen-Adria-U Klagenfurt): "Descartes on Machines as Models of Man"
    •  Ursula Renz (Klagenfurt): "Shaftesbury on the Human Mind as a Private System"
Prospective participants are invited to send a note of interest and an abstract of 250 to 500 words to Ursula Renz by March 10. The selection will be made with respect to coherence with the workshop topic.
Contact: Ursula Renz.

April 29-May 1, 2016
Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop: "Lessons from, and for, Philosophy's History"
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
The aims and purpose of the history of philosophy have recently been the subject of an important debate in the Journal of the History of Philosophy, centered on the interpretation of Spinoza. One of the issues arising from this discussion is the question of how our understanding of philosophy's history ought to be related to contemporary philosophical debates. This workshop is an effort to promote further discussion of this methodological issue, as well as to promote research that unifies inquiry into philosophy with inquiry into its history. With this goal in mind, the 2016 Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop at Michigan State University will feature papers that illuminate the significance of Spinoza and/or Leibniz for contemporary philosophy, or vice versa. What lessons can we learn from the works of historical authors, like Spinoza and Leibniz, which could be applied to philosophical debates unfolding today? And conversely, what lessons from contemporary philosophy could help us to better understand — or more carefully criticize — the thought of these historical figures?
    •  Michael Della Rocca (Yale): TBA
    •  Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers): TBA
    •  Emily Grosholz (Penn State): TBA
    •  Galen Barry (Old Dominion) & James Darcy (Virginia): "Hyperintensionality: A Spinoza Case Study"
    •  Sebastian Bender (Rice): "Leibniz’s Rationalist Account of Persistence"
    •  Kyle Driggers (UNC Chapel Hill): "The Status of Spinoza’s Ineffable Attributes"
    •  Christopher Frugé (Houston): "Shared Parts and Political Authority: Groups as Individuals in Spinoza"
    •  Austen Haynes (Boston U): "Locke and Leibniz on Species Classification"
    •  Julia Jorati (Ohio State): "Leibnizian Bondage and Contemporary Philosophy of Action"
    •  Justin Steinberg (CUNY Brooklyn): "Spinoza and the Politics of Hope and Fear"
Contact: John Grey.

May 5-6, 2016
Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of St. Andrews
St. Andrews, Scotland
Keynote speakers: Sylvana Tomaselli (Cambridge), Matthew Daniel Eddy (Durham)
The SSEMP IV is the seventh edition of a yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working in the field of 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, politics, intellectual history and/or the history of science. Presentations should be in English and approximately 45 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, as in previous years, is funded by the British Society for the History of Philosophy. The prize includes an invitation to present the essay at the SSEMP and a bursary of £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 January 2016. They should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke. Those who wish to submit a proposal both as a complete text for the essay competition and as a short abstract for the regular programme are free to do so.
    Abstracts for the regular programme (approx. 300 words, abstract and contact information in a single pdf or word file) should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke. Graduate students submitting to the regular program should include contact information for one referee (typically the supervisor.) The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 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 by 15 February should consider their submission declined. Please note that the SSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation for speakers.
Contact: Mogens Laerke.

May 13, 2016
Conference: The Scientific Berkeley
Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway (Building #214)
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA
The Irish Bishop George Berkeley is best known today for his immaterialism, but his opus includes a wide range of important and distinctive scientific efforts: his penetrating and still-cogent critique of Newton's calculus, his ground-breaking instrumentalist interpretation of Newton's forces, his more general views on the philosophy and methodology of science, and perhaps most original and influential of all, his psychological theory of vision. These and other aspects of Berkeley's scientific thought will be the focus of this workshop.
Presenters include: Margaret Atherton (Wisconsin, Milwaukee), Lisa Downing (Ohio State), Douglas Jesseph (South Florida), Kenneth Winkler (Yale).
Contact: Sean Greenberg.

May 13-14, 2016
Truth, Certainty and Toleration: a conference on Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury (1582-1648)
University of York
York, UK
Herbert of Cherbury is, today, an under-rated philosopher. However, his main work of philosophy, De veritate (1624) was an internationally influential book in its time, as were his writings on religion De religione laici (1645), and the posthumously published De religione gentilium (1663). A man of wide cultural interests, Herbert of Cherbury was abreast of philosophical developments of his day, in contact with Bacon, Hobbes, Descartes and Gassendi. The aim of this conference is to take a first step towards re-establishing Herbert’s reputation as a philosopher and to consider the best means of developing timely projects to make his philosophy accessible today.
Confirmed speakers: Justin Champion (Royal Holloway London), Adam Grzelinski (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń), Sarah Hutton (York), Richard Serjeantson (Cambridge), Adam Smrcz (Eötvös Loránd U)
Papers are invited on all aspects of Herbert’s activities, particularly those relating to his intellectual interests. Please send a title and 300 word abstract to Sarah Hutton by 14th March 2016. General enquiries about the conference should be sent to
Contacts: Sarah Hutton (York) and Tom Stoneham (York).

May 14, 2016
Séminaire Descartes: La Correspondance Leibniz - De Volder, ed. Paul Lodge (Oxford) et Anne-Lise Rey (Lille 1)
École normale supérieure, salle Paul Langevin
29 Rue d'Ulm
9 h 30 à 13 h 00
Paris, France
Interventions de:
    Frédéric de Buzon (Strasbourg)
    Michel Fichant (Paris-Sorbonne)
    Arnaud Pelletier (ULB)
Réponses de Paul Lodge (Oxford) et Anne-Lise Rey (Lille 1)
Modérateur: Jean-Pascal Anfray (ENS Paris)

May 14-15, 2016
Dublin Graduate Philosophy Conference: "Kant, Metaethics and Value"
The Long Room Hub
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland
Keynote Speakers: Ralf Bader (Oxford), Alice Pinheiro Walla (Trinity College Dublin)
This conference aims to explore questions on the subject of value as well as general metaethical questions surrounding Kant’s moral theory, broadly construed. We cordially invite graduate students and those who have recently submitted their PhD working in relevant or related fields to submit their work for presentation during the conference. The following is a non-exhaustive list of suggested topics:
    • nbsp;Moral Constructivist vs. Realist Interpretations of Kant’s Moral Theory
    • nbsp;Naturalist vs. Non-naturalist Interpretations of Kant’s Moral Theory
    • nbsp;Kant and Moral Psychology
    • nbsp;Kant and Moral Reasons
    • nbsp;Kant’s Moral Epistemology, and Epistemological issues within Kant’s Moral Theory
    • nbsp;Kant and the Source of Normativity
    • nbsp;Kant’s Conception of Value, and its metaethical bearings on Kant’s Moral Theory
    • nbsp;Kant’s Conception of Happiness and The Highest Good, and their relevance to his Moral Theory
    • nbsp;The metaethical relevance of Kant’s Transcendental Idealism to his Moral Theory
Papers should be suitable for a 30-minute presentation (around 3000-4000 words in length). Please submit an abstract of no more than 1000 words in .doc/.docx or .pdf format (omitting personal information), and an additional cover letter with the title of your paper, affiliation and contact details, to The deadline for submission is 16th January 2015.
Contact: Michael Lyons.

May 16-20, 2016
Summer Institute on Spinoza and German Idealism
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
Keynote Speakers: Eckart Förster (Johns Hopkins), Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins)
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the deep influence of Spinoza on German philosophy. From controversies over freedom and determinism in the time of Christian Wolff, through the Pantheismusstreit and the threat of nihilism in the time of Kant, to the reappraisal of Spinoza’s monism by the post-Kantian idealists, Spinoza and Spinozism—-sometimes an enemy, sometimes a guiding light—-have been intimately connected to major currents in modern German thought. To foster an interdisciplinary atmosphere, we invite applications from PhD students in philosophy, German studies, religion, history, and Judaic studies. The format of the institute will be a series of seminar-style discussions of primary texts, led by our keynote speakers. Readings will be distributed by PDF in advance of the meeting in Toronto. Topics to be studied may include:
    • nbsp;Spinoza, Jacobi, and the Pantheismusstreit
    • nbsp;Kant’s Critique of Spinoza
    • nbsp;Spinoza, Biblical Faith, and the ‘Religion of Reason’
    • nbsp;Maimon and the Rise of Spinozism in German Idealism
    • nbsp;Spinoza and Mendelssohn’s Morgenstunden
    • nbsp;Spinozistic Monism and Hegel’s Logic
    • nbsp;Spinoza’s Amor Dei Intellectualis and Intellectual Intuition
    • nbsp;The Jewish and Lutheran Background to German Reception of Spinoza
    • nbsp;The Influence Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise on 19th C. German Philosophy of Right
PhD students writing their dissertations on these or related topics are encouraged to apply by sending: (1) a 1-page (double-spaced) letter of interest explaining their research and how it fits with the theme of the institute, (2) a CV and (3) a sample of academic writing (no longer than 15 pages). Applications should be emailed to by 28 February 2016; decisions will be returned by 15 March 2016. Some funding for travel and accommodation may be available for accepted participants.
Contacts: Nick Stang and G. Anthony Bruno.

May 17-19, 2016
New England Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Invited speakers: Lucy Allais (UC San Diego) and Louis Loeb (Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Abstracts of papers on topics in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophy are invited for the annual conference of the New England Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy. Abstracts should be no longer than two pages; finished papers should have a presentation time of 45 minutes or less. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 15, 2016; authors will be notified by March 15 of the program committee's decision. Please send abstracts, preferably as e-mail attachments, to Kenneth P. Winkler.
Contact: Kenneth P. Winkler.

May 19, 2016
Spinoza à Paris 8: Bruno Latour: "Portrait de Spinoza en co-enquêteur du projet sur les modes d’existence (EME)"
18h à 20h en salle C008 (rdc. bât C)
Séminaire International et Interdisciplinaire de Recherches Spinozistes, 2015-2016
2 rue de la Liberté, 93 526 Saint-Denis Cedex
Métro ligne 13, Saint-Denis Université
Saint-Denis, France
Contact: Jack Stetter.

May 19, 2016
London Spinoza Circle
Alison Peterman (Rochester): "Two Approaches to Embodiment"
Paul Hirst Room, Politics Department, Birkbeck College, 10 Gower Street
London, UK
Time: 3:30-5:00
Contact: Alex Douglas.

May 19-20, 2016
Kanthropology: Kant's Anthropology and its Legacy
Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy Graduate Conference
Kingston University
London, UK
Keynote speakers: Lewis Gordon (Connecticut), Stella Sandford (Kingston)
    The Conference will focus on Immanuel Kant’s anthropological works and their legacy. The mainstream marginalization of Kant’s anthropological writings, in part due to their racist content, arguably makes philosophy ill-equipped to think some of today's most pressing concerns, notably with regard to ableism, racism, classism and sexism in philosophical discourse. As Robert Bernasconi has observed, ignoring the Kant of the Anthropology is ‘to diminish philosophy as an activity more generally.’
    Foucault demonstrates, in his use of Anthropology From a Pragmatic Point of View as a starting point for his foundational work The Order of Things, how Kant’s anthropological works have a central role in the history of knowledge production and ‘truth discourse.’ Furthermore, there are philosophical convictions embedded in the anthropology that are not developed elsewhere in Kant's work, such as an oscillation between the priority of the empirical and transcendental subject (beginning in his writings on the sublime Kant’s anthropological work suggests that the transcendental subject relies on an empirical one).
    While it is clear how Kant’s canonical works in philosophy inform his anthropological work, it is not clear how his anthropology informs his philosophy and to what extent his anthropology is integral to the rest of his thought. The 2016 CRMEP Graduate Conference aims at reconsidering these questions and opening a critical discussion on the anthropological legacy of Kant in contemporary thought.
    We invite papers from philosophy and other disciplines reacting to the following topics:
        * Critical ‘race’ theory and the Critical Philosophy of ‘race’
        * The place of anthropology in Kant's critical project
        * Anthropology, psychology and Foucault
        * The troubled legacy of Enlightenment philosophy with respect to its racial, colonial and gendered biases
        * Kant and Human Rights Discourse
        * Ontology contra anthropology
        * The empirical subject vs. the transcendental subject
        * Ideology and History in Kant
        * The idea of the 'canon' in Modern European Philosophy
        * Anti-humanism and/or Post-humanism
        * Existential anthropology and/or relational humanism
        * The philosophical elucidation of the struggle against everyday; ableism, racism, classism and sexism
        * A discussion of Kant’s allusion to what we would now call a 'performative subject' in his statement from the anthropology: 'the more civilized human beings are, the more they are actors.'
Please submit abstracts (300-word) via the online form available at no later than February 15.
The graduate conference shall be preceeded by a reading group in London focusing on Kant's anthropological writings and contemporary responses. A short series of public lectures on the theme shall take place in the run up to the conference.
Contact: Mijael Jiménez.

May 20-22, 2016
Conference: Enlightenment and Secularism
Jagiellonian University
Kraków, Poland
Invited speakers:
    Jocelyn Maclure (Laval): "Freedom of Conscience and Religion in the Secular Age"; and "Free Speech and Respect for Religion in Open Societies"
    Sorin Baiasu (Keele): "Kant’s Critique of Religion and the Fact of Moral Pluralism"
    Alice Pinheiro-Walla (Trinity C. Dublin): "Kant on Freedom of Thought"
    Graeme Smith (Chichester): "Talking to Ourselves: An Investigation into Christian Ethics Inherent in Secularism"
The aim of this project, ‘The Enlightenment Ideas of the Freedom of Thought and Conscience, and Contemporary Secularism,’ is to expand upon the scope of the research on Enlightenment undertaken in the project "Radical and Conservative Thinkers in the Enlightenment and the Making of Modernity" at Jagiellonian University in Kraków. This is to be achieved by engaging with new issues related to two key ideas: the idea of the freedom of thought and the idea of the freedom of conscience. We intend to trace the origin of these ideas back to the Enlightenment philosophy, beginning from Spinoza, to Locke, the English levellers, the English and Dutch freethinkers, the French philosophes, and the representatives of the German Enlightenment, such as M. Mendelssohn and I. Kant. Furthermore, we intend to bring into focus the relations between the aforementioned Enlightenment ideas and the philosophical context dominated by scholastic tradition in which they emerged. We also attempt to assess their relevance to the problems of contemporary society such as: the role of religion in the public sphere, secularism, tolerance, freedom to express one’s views (ethical, political, religious) in a multicultural society, and the limits of the freedom of speech in a democratic society.
    Call for abstracts (max. 500 words). Participants will have approximately 45 minutes for presentation and discussion. The submitted abstracts will undergo a peer-review, and the applicants will be informed about the acceptance of their abstract a month after the submission deadline. If you are interested in participating in the colloquium with a presentation, please submit your abstract (as a Word document), accompanied with a short note including information about your contact details, academic position and affiliation, by 5th February 2016, to one of the conference organizers/contacts below.
Contacts: Anna Tomaszewska, Hasse Hämäläinen, and Damian Barnat.

May 26, 2016
London Spinoza Circle
Martin Lin (Rutgers): TBA
Paul Hirst Room, Politics Department, Birkbeck College, 10 Gower Street
London, UK
Time: 3:30-5:00
Contact: Alex Douglas.

May 26-27, 2016
Nordic Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Tampere
Tampere, Finland
We invite you to submit an abstract for the 9th Nordic Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy. Abstracts on any topic in early modern philosophy (roughly from Descartes to Kant) of no more than 400 words may be submitted as a PDF or Word document to Jan Forsman by February 28, 2016. Please include your name, affiliation, and contact information in the body of the e-mail. Notification of decisions is expected by the end of March. In particular, we encourage submissions by young scholars from the Nordic countries. Maximum duration of the presentation is 30 min. There are about 12 slots available. Information on accommodation in Tampere can be requested from the organizers. Unfortunately we cannot cover travel or accommodation costs.
Contacts: Jan Forsman and Jani Hakkarainen.

May 27, 2016
King's History of Philosophy Seminar
Christopher Brooke (Cambridge): TBA
Small Committee Room, King's College
London, UK
Contact: Clare Carlisle.

June 2-3, 2016
Leuven Kant Conference
University of Leuven
Huis Bethlehem, Schapenstraat 34
Leuven, Belgium
Invited speakers: Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge), Robert Louden (Southern Maine), and Eric Watkins (UC San Diego)
The Institute of Philosophy of the University of Leuven invites submissions for the fourth Leuven Kant Conference. Papers are welcome on any aspect of Kant’s philosophy. The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, young researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion. Abstracts (<500 words) should be sent prepared for blind review and sent as an MSWord attachment to no later than January 5, 2016. 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 February 1, 2016.
Contact: Karin de Boer.

June 3-4, 2016
Colloque International Spinoza France/Etats-Unis
June 3: Université Paris 8
June 4: Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Séminaire International et Interdisciplinaire de Recherches Spinozistes, 2015-2016
Contact: Jack Stetter.

June 19-20, 2016
NYC Workshop in Jerusalem: "Infinity in Early Modern Philosophy"
Spinoza Center at Van Leer Institute
Jerusalem, Israel
Keynote Speakers: Maria Rosa Antognazza (King’s College London), Paul Guyer (Brown), Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins)
This year’s workshop will be dedicated to the topic of infinity in early modern philosophy. The workshop particularly welcomes treatments of the infinite’s role in mathematical, theological, scientific, metaphysical, political and aesthetic contexts during the early modern period (roughly, 1600-1800). The workshop aims to foster exchange and collaboration between both scholars and students of early modern philosophy. Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words (prepared for blind review) to no later than February 15th, 2016. The program will be made available in March 2016. Accepted submissions will also be considered for a planned edited volume. The conference will provide accommodations and meals for all speakers (but will not be able to cover other travel costs, such as airfare).
Contacts: Ohad Nachtomy (Bar-Ilan), Reed Winegar (Fordham/Freie U Berlin), and Pini Ifregan (Bar-Ilan).

June 22-25, 2016
Congress: International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
Keynote speakers: Karine Chemla (REHSEIS, CNRS, U Paris Diderot), and Thomas Uebel (Manchester)
HOPOS requests proposals for papers and for symposia to be presented at its next congress. Please upload a PDF of your paper or symposium proposal to the conference proposal website. Proposals for papers (prepared for anonymous review) should include a title and abstract (maximum 500 words). Proposals for symposia, consisting of three or four papers, should be prepared for anonymous review and include the symposium title, a symposium summary statement (maximum 500 words), titles and abstracts of the papers (maximum 500 words for each paper). Deadline: January 4, 2016. To submit a proposal, please upload a PDF of your paper or symposium proposal to the following website:
Proposals for papers should be prepared for anonymous review and should include title and abstract of the paper (maximum 500 words). Proposals for symposia should be prepared for anonymous review and should include: title of the symposium, symposium summary statement (maximum 500 words), titles and abstracts of the papers (maximum 500 words for each paper); a symposium should consist of 3 or 4 papers.
Program committee: Maarten van Dyck (Ghent), "Kant and Before" Subcommittee Chair; Karen Detlefsen (Pennsylvania), Andrea Falcon (Concordia), Sophie Roux (ENS Paris), Marius Stan (Boston Coll).
Contact for presentations on Kant and Before: Maarten van Dyck.

June 26-July 6, 2016
Summer Faculty Seminar on the German Protestant Reformation
Studienforum Berlin, Hauptstr. 74
Berlin-Friedenau, Germany
Tour of Berlin, Potsdam, Wittenberg, Torgau, Eisenach, Frankenahusen
Seminar activities (all in English) are planned for Berlin and the sites that played significant roles in the German Protestant Reformation, such as Wittenberg, Torgau (Luther and the Princes), the Wartburg Castle and Eisenach, Erfurt, and Bad Frankenhausen (site of the Peasants War, 1525). The focus of the Seminar begins with the history and initial issues characterizing the German Protestant Reformation and moves forward to its legacy, such as resistance movements within the Church to Nazi Germany and to Communist rule during the Cold War. Seminar participants will be supported by timely e-newsletters to permit adequate professional and logistical preparation for the lectures and site visits. Deadline for application: 31 March 2016. Seminar fee is EUR 2,085 (single room occupancy).
Contact: Hanns-Dieter Jacobsen.

June 27-28, 2016
Graduate Workshop: Kant on Following Rules
Humboldt University of Berlin
Berlin, Germany
In Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, human knowledge appears as the end result of a plurality of cognitive activities. Perception, synthesis, intuition, thought, and judgment are only some of the cognitive activities involved in human knowledge. In contemporary epistemology, such cognitive activities have often been understood as involving normative aspects, the spontaneous activity of conscious cognitive subjects and the active following of rules. However, as a reading of Kant, such a thesis is rather controversial: it is unclear whether and how a normative understanding of the various cognitive activities can be reconciled with the role of psychological deterministic processes in the genesis of human cognition. What is then the place of rule following in Kant’s overall picture? How are the normative aspects of the rule-governed activities of the different cognitive faculties to be specified? What are the law-giving grounds of the epistemic norms?
    This workshop will explore the controversial issue of normativity and rule-following in Kant’s theoretical philosophy. A special focus will be on his account of human knowledge and cognition. We invite submissions from graduate students working on relevant aspects of Kant’s philosophy. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
    • The clarification of the very notion of normativity which is at stake in Kant’s theoretical philosophy
    • Discussion of normative aspects which are (or which are not) involved in different cognitive faculties and processes according to Kant
    • Discussion of particular problems that arise with respect to normative aspects of human cognition
Keynote Speakers: Konstantin Pollok (USC), Clinton Tolley (UCSD)
If you are interested in giving a presentation, please send an extended abstract (max. 1500 words) which briefly summarizes the central theses and arguments of the presentation. The abstract should be based on papers suitable for presentation in 40-45 minutes and should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identifying details. The author’s name, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information should be included in the body of the e-mail. The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2016. A notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent by 14 March. Please direct submissions and queries to
Workshop Organizers: Bianca Ancillotti, Marialena Karampatsou, Xi Luo, Marco Santi.
Contact: Marco Santi.

July 5-6, 2016
Conference: "'Feeding on the nectar of the gods': Appropriations of Isaac Newton's Thought, ca. 1700-1750"
Vrije Universiteit
Brussels, Belgium
The conference theme is the diffusion of Newton’s thought during the first half of the eighteenth century across Europe. The seeming ease with which Newton’s ideas were diffused has long been described as self-evident. State-of-the-art research has, however, shown that the spread and success of Newton’s corpus was far from obvious. More particularly, it has been suggested that the successful diffusion of Newton’s ideas was not merely determined by the obvious merits of the scientific claims which Newton developed in his two major works, the Principia (first edition: 1687) and the Opticks (first edition: 1704), but also by local factors and contexts, such as inter alia: (a) already established scholarly and educationally dominant traditions or systems; (b) theological and religious fractions, sensibilities, and worldviews; and (c) metaphysical and methodological orientations. Seen from this perspective, if we want to fully understand the successful spread of Newton’s ideas, we need to take into account the multifarious ways in which his ideas were appropriated in order to meet local 'needs'. At the same time, we need to pinpoint the characteristics of those very ideas in virtue of which they could be successfully ‘exported’ to different intellectual and scientific hubs across Europe. The scientific committee welcomes presentations that contribute to our understanding of the spread of Newton’s thought across Europe from approximately 1700 to 1750.
    Call for Papers: Abstracts of approximately 500 words should be sent to the conference chair Prof. dr. Steffen Ducheyne by 24 April 2016. Decisions will be made shortly thereafter. There will be room for 12 contributed presentations (20-22 minutes for the actual presentation + 10-8 minutes for Q&A). Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously by the scientific committee according to the following criteria: 1. quality, 2. relevance to the conference theme, and 3. capacity to engender a diverse coverage of the diffusion of Newton’s thought.
    Keynote speakers:
        •  Marta Cavazza (Bologna)
        Tamás Demeter (Hungarian Acad Science)
        Steffen Ducheyne (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)         Mordechai Feingold (Caltech)         Niccoló Guicciardini (U Studi Bergamo) (sponsored by the Belgian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science)         Rob Iliffe (Oxford)         Scott Mandelbrote (Cambridge) The final programme will online by the end of April on the conference website.

July 6-9, 2016
Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Like similar seminars in other parts of the world, the Atlantic Canada Seminar is an informal group, formed to foster interaction among scholars of seventeenth and eighteenth century philosophy. Papers on any subject in early modern philosophy (roughly, the period from Montaigne up to Kant) are welcome. Reading times are approximately 50 minutes with 30 minutes for discussion. There are no concurrent sessions. A few speakers are invited, though most will be vetted through a selection process that includes external refereeing. Reports will usually be available to authors. We make space for some graduate students. (If you are a graduate student, please indicate.) Non-presenters are also welcome to attend and will be included in all our activities and listed on the program. We sometimes have chairs for our sessions; if you are interested in chairing in lieu of presenting, please let us know. No funding is provided (this also applies to invited speakers) but inexpensive accommodations in university residence housing is available, in addition to a variety of hotel accommodation in the vicinity of the conference.
    Halifax is a beautiful port city, and early July is temperate with generally fair weather. For more information on Halifax, visit its
website.     The deadline for submitting abstracts (of approximately 750 words) is 7 March 2016. We will try to have the program available by May 1 2016. Information on accommodations and travel will be available at that time.

July 18-23, 2016
International Leibniz Congress
G. W. Leibniz University
Hanover, Germany
The upcoming X International Leibniz Congress will take place in 2016, a year of several Leibniz-related anniversaries. In addition to the celebration of Leibniz’s 370th birthday, and the commemoration of the 300th anniversary of his death, the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Gesellschaft will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its foundation in Hanover. Furthermore, 2016 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Leibniz University Hanover, which has carried the name of the polymath since 2006. More events surrounding these anniversaries in the city of Hanover are being planned.
On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Leibniz’s death, the plans and activities from the last years of his life will be of special interest. Therefore it is natural to focus on the aftermath and timeliness of his ideas during the congress with the motto “ad felicitatem nostram alienamve,” emphasising Leibniz’s promotion of the “commune bonum” (common good). Since the last congress in 2011, much previously unreleased material from Leibniz’s literary estate has been made available to the research community, and naturally the edition will continue until 2016 and beyond, giving reason to expect that these texts will be central to many contributions to the congress. From a philosophical perspective, Leibniz’s concept of reason, which includes pragmatic aspects, will be of utmost interest, since the work towards practical goals cannot wait for a complete conceptual analysis. The division of reason into scientific reason and ethics is a problem of the modern age, which Leibniz tried to solve by the recovery of unity. Besides this main focus, the congress will be open for contributions concentrating on different areas of research on Leibniz.
The organizers would like to invite all interested scholars, experts and friends to take part in the congress! Announcement of papers is requested by November 14, 2015; of the accepted contributions a file or a reproducible paper copy (camera-ready, up to 10 pages) is required by March 31, 2016, since the contributions are to be available in a bound volume at the congress opening.

July 19-23, 2016
Hume Society Conference
University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia
Keynote speakers: Stephen Buckle (ACU), Alison Gopnik (Harvard), Shaun Nichols (Arizona), Christine Swanton (Auckland)
The Hume Society is pleased to announce its 43rd annual conference. We invite papers in all areas of Hume studies but especially welcome submissions bearing some relation to the conference themes:
    •  Hume and Moral Psychology
    •  Hume and Ancient and Early Modern Dialogues
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). Hume Society Young Scholar Awards are given to qualifying graduate students whose papers are accepted through the normal anonymous review process. Some financial support will be available to graduate student commentators and chairs. Deadline for submissions: November 14, 2015. Submissions should be sent to: Please email for questions regarding paper submissions.
Contact: Organizers: Eric Schliesser (Ghent), Michael Gill> (Arizona).

August 5-6, 2016
Personal Identity in the History of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia
Keynote speakers: Udo Thiel (Graz) and Jennifer Whiting (Pittsburgh)
This conference aims to bring together scholars who work on theories of personal identity in the history of philosophy or on the development of historical theories in contemporary philosophy. We invite submissions of abstracts on any topic related to the conference theme. We particularly welcome contributions on figures whose contributions to debates about the self or personal identity have not received perennial attention and contributions that approach the debates from innovative questions, including, but not restricted to the following: Why did some thinkers approach personal identity purely as a topic in metaphysics, while others acknowledged a moral dimension? What, if any reasons are there for distinguishing moral selves from human beings? What role do friends, family and society play in theories of personal identity?
Please submit abstracts of no more than 750 words, prepared for blind review, by 15 December 2015 to We aim to communicate results no later than 15 February 2016. Papers should be about 40-45 minutes reading time. We aim to find commentators for all accepted papers and authors are asked to submit their full papers no later than 1 June 2016.
Contact: Ruth Boeker.

August 7-9, 2016
Kant Multilateral Colloquium
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY
The theme of the meeting is: Kant on Violence, Revolution, and Progress: Historical, Political, and Metaphysical Themes. “Revolution” and “progress” are interpreted broadly, in order to include not only their historical or political meaning, but also Kant’s “Copernican Revolution” in metaphysics, science, aesthetics, religion, etc. The Multilateral Colloquium is an annual conference involving approximately forty participants from Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Germany. This is the first time the meeting will be hosted in a North American country, and in particular the first time it will be hosted in the USA. We welcome this development as part of the North American Kant Society’s efforts to build stronger relations with other Kant societies and scholars around the world. Participants from other countries may choose to present their work in their native language, provided an English version is available and circulated in advance. Each participating country will determine its own selection process.
    Instructions for US Participants: We welcome contributions from any aspect of Kantian scholarship, including discussions of Kant’s immediate predecessors and successors. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2016. Notices of acceptance will be issued by April 15th. Please send all papers electronically to Robert Louden. Submissions should be prepared for blind review and be limited to 4000 words, including footnotes and references (longer submissions will not be considered). Please prepare your file in PDF format, include an abstract of a maximum of 250 words, and a word count at the end of the paper. Contact information should be sent in a separate Word file. When pertinent, please indicate whether you are a graduate student in the body of the text. The best graduate student paper will receive a $200 stipend from NAKS. Women, minorities, and graduate students are encouraged to submit their work. Presentations cannot exceed 30-35 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of discussion. We encourage authors not to read their texts. All accepted papers will be avaliable in the members only section of the NAKS website, and participants in the conference are expected to read them in advance. Papers already presented at other NAKS study groups or meetings may not be submitted. Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing.
Contacts: Robert Louden and Terry Godlove.

September 15-17, 2016
Symposium of the Swiss Philosophical Society: "Philosophy and Its History: A Contemporary Debate"
University of Geneva
Geneva, Switzerland
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.

October 10-12, 2016
Conference on Berkeley's Querist
National University of Ireland
Galway, Ireland
Contacts: Daniel Carey and Bertil Belfrage.

October 14-15, 2016
Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: "Affectivity"
Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest, Hungary
Invited Speakers: Ursula Renz (Alpen-Adria U Klagenfurt) and Lin Hui (Fudan U Shanghai)

November 4-6, 2016
Workshop: Early Modern Works by and about Women: Genre and Method
McGill University
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 5, 2016
Conference on Leibniz: Legacy and Impact
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester, UK
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 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 11-12, 2016
NYU Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy: The Imagination
New York University
New York, NY
    Susan James (Birkbeck, U London): "Spinoza"; commentator: Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser)
    Donald Ainslie (Toronto): "Hume"; commentator: Tito Magri (U Rome, La Sapienza)
    Stefanie Grüne (Potsdam): "Kant"; commentator: Clinton Tolley (U California San Diego)
    Ulrich Schlösser (Tübingen): "Fichte"; commentator: Michelle Kosch (Cornell)
    Jonathan Lear (Chicago): "Freud"; commentator: Linda Brakel (Michigan)
    Michael Martin (U College, London/U California, Berkeley): "Contemporary Philosophy in Relation to History"; commentator: Amy Kind (Claremont McKenna Coll)
Contact: Don Garrett.

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), Lukáš Novák (South Bohemia/Charles University Prague).

November 30-December 2, 2016
Thomas More and Erasmus Conference
University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
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 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.

January 4-7, 2017
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD
Program submission deadline: February 15, 2016

July 17-21, 2017
International Hume Society Conference
Providence, RI
Submission deadline: Nov. 15, 2016

August 21-24, 2017
Conference: “Berkeley’s philosophy after the Principles and the Three Dialogues
Nicolaus Copernicus University
Toruń, Poland
Contacts: Adam Grzelinski or Bertil Belfrage.