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

November 26, 2015
SciencesPo Political Theory Seminar: Charlotte Epstein (Sydney): "Theorizing Agency in Hobbes’s Wake: The Rational Actor, the Self, or the Speaking Subject?"
Grande Salle, Ecole Doctorale, 3rd floor, 199 bd. Saint Germain
5:00-7:00 pm
Paris, France
Contact: Tom Theuns.

November 26, 2015
Modern Philosophy Seminar: Daniel Schwartz (Hebrew U): "The Ethics of Electoral Bribing: Suarez and some other Late-Scholastics"
University of Western Ontario, Stevenson Hall 1145
5:30-6:30 pm
London, Ontario
Contact: Corey Dyck.

November 26-27, 2015
Conference: Explorations in Baroque Philosophy
Faculty of Theology, University of South Bohemia, Classroom no. 3 (ground floor)
Knĕžská 8, České Budějovice, 37001
Czech Republic
November 26
    14.00-14.10  Daniel Heider: Conference Opening
    14.10-15.00  Idoya Zorroza: "Anthropology of Dominion in Francisco de Vitoria"
    15.00-15.50  Miroslav Hanke: "Prolegomena to the Study of the Late Scholastic Insolubilia: Debate"
    16.10-17.00  Manuel Lázaro Pulido: "Catholic Optimism in front of Baroque Pain: Jerónimo Osório’s Paraphrasis in Job"
    17.00-17.50  David González Ginocchio: "Reasons and Actions in Suárez"
November 27
    10.00-10.50  Daniel Heider: "Suárez on Sound and Hearing"
    10.50-11.40  Agustín Echavarría: "Divine Will and Possible Worlds"
    14.00-14.50  Tomáš Machula: "Rodrigo Arriaga on Virtues"
    14.50-15.40  Lukáš Novák: "Hylomorphism in Baroque Scotism"
    16.00-16.50  Daniel Dominik Novotný: "Izquierdo on Universals: A Way Beyond Realism and Nominalism?"
Contact: Daniel Heider.

November 28, 2015
Workshop: Hume and the Social
Oxford Brookes University
Clerici Bldg, Boardroom 1
Oxford, UK
    10-11  Max Hayward (Columbia): "Prudence as Social"
    11-12  Hsueh Qu (Singapore): "Hume’s Self as a Bundle of Perceptions"
    12-1  Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere): "Is Human Nature Essentially Social for Hume?"
    2-3  Lorenzo Greco (Oxford): "Hume on Conscience and Self-Consciousness"
    3-4  Ethan Chambers (Cardiff): "Hume’s Epistemology and the Virtues"
    4.15-5.30  Rico Vitz (Azusa): "Character, Culture, and the Limits of Humean Virtue"
Contact: Dan O'Brien.

December 4, 2015
Mini-Hobbes Workshop
European Hobbes Society, Low Countries
Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
    11:00-12:00  Laurens van Apeldoorn (Leiden)
    12:00-13:00  Alissa MacMillan (Antwerp)
    13:00-14:00  Matthew Hoye (Maastricht)
    14:00-15:00  Johan Olsthoorn (Leuven)
    15:00-16:00  TBA
    16:00-17:00  TBA
Anyone interested in presenting work-in-progress at this informal mini-workshop should e-mail a short abstract to Johan Olsthoorn by November 4. The workshop will have the same format as usual: after a brief introduction by the author (5-10 minutes), we will discuss the pre-circulated paper for about 50-55 minutes. Papers are pre-circulated ideally a week in advance. High quality feedback is guaranteed. Lunch etc. will be provided, but please note that we are not able to offer any other forms of financial support.
Contact: Johan Olsthoorn.

December 10, 2015
Spinoza à Paris 8: Chantal Jaquet: "Spinoza et les transclasses"
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.

December 10, 2015
Modern Philosophy Seminar: Nick Nash (Western Ontario): "Anthony Collins and David Hume on Miracles and the Grounds of the Christian Religion"
University of Western Ontario, Stevenson Hall 1145
5:30-6:30 pm
London, Ontario
Contact: Corey Dyck.

December 12, 2015
Séminaire Descartes: Dictionnaire des philosophes français du XVIIe siècle, ed. Luc Foisneau
École normale supérieure, salle Paul Langevin
29 Rue d'Ulm
9 h 30 à 13 h 00
Paris, France
Interventions de:
    Igor Agostini (Lecce)
    Laurence Renault (Paris-Sorbonne)
    Mariafranca Spallanzani (Bologne)
    Theo Verbeek (Utrecht)
Réponses de Luc Foisneau (CNRS-EHESS) et des contributeurs
Modérateur: Denis Kambouchner (Paris-Sorbonne)

December 16-17, 2015
Conference: Rethinking the Enlightenment
Deakin University, Burwood Campus
BCC Building (fronting Burwood Hwy)
Melbourne, Australia
Wednesday, December 16
    9:15-10:15  Dennis Rasmussen (Tufts): “Recovering the Pragmatic Enlightenment”
          10:30-11:15  Kirme: “The Role of Scepticism and Empiricism in Shaping Enlightenment Thought”
          10:30-11:15  Sandra Field: “Public Worship and the Constitution of God's Power”
          10:30-11:15  Sipowicz, “Kant and the Form of Community”
          11:15-12:00  Derek Allan, “Goya and the Dark Side of the Enlightenment”
          11:15-12:00  Vardoulakis, “Freedom and the Rarity of Virtue: Spinoza’s Agonistic Politics”
          11:15-12:00  Vinogradovs, “Kant on Enlightened Pedagogy”
    12:45-1:45  Peter Anstey (Sydney): “Principled Enlightenment”
          2:00-2:45  Laurence Simmons, “Smith’s Dream and Webber’s Spectator”
          2:00-2:45  McBain, “A Low History of the Liberty of the Press: Grub Street’s Contribution to Free Press Ideology in the Early 1700s”
          2:00-2:45  Younis, “What is Enlightenment (Aufklärung)? (Between Kant, Foucault and Modernity)”
    2:45-3:45  Marguerite La Caze (Queensland): “Emotional enlightenment: Kant on love and the beautiful”
          4:00-4:45  Mical, “Hegel, Landscape, and Madness”
          4:00-4:45  M. Lloyd, “Reason and Rationality within the ‘Enlightenment of Sensibility’”
          4:00-4:45  Ruth Boeker, “Conceptions of Agency in Scottish Enlightenment Philosophy”
          4:45-5:30  Sharpe, “Voltaire contra Pangloss: The View from Micromégas to Candide”
          4:45-5:30  Alexander Naraniecki (Griffith): “The Dark side of Popper’s Defence of the Enlightenment”
          4:45-5:30  Lisa Ievers (Georgetown): “Hume’s Affected Scepticism”
Thursday, December 17
          9:15-10:00  Lowdin, “Hegel and the Critique of the Enlightenment in the Phenomenology
          9:15-10:00  Brown, “Enlightenment Women”
    10:15-11:15  Genevieve Lloyd (New South Wales): “The Enlightenment: Signifier of ‘Western Values’?”
          11:30-12:30  Rory Jeffs, “What is the Enlightenment Problem? On the Philosophical Responses and Deepening of the Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns”
          11:30-12:30  Mandalios, “Rethinking the Enlightenment”
    1:15-2:15  Karen Green (Melbourne): “Enlightenment Faith?”
          2:30-3:30  Banki, “The Neo-Liberal University and the Enlightenment Ideal of Bildung”
          2:30-3:30  Mark Manolopoulos (Swinburne U Tech): “An Answer to the Question: What is Radical Neo-Enlightenment?”
    3:45-4:45  Geoff Boucher (Deakin): “Towards a Post-Metaphysical Humanism?”
Contacts: Matthew Sharpe or Geoffrey Boucher.

January 6-9, 2016
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC
Program submission deadline: February 15, 2015
Wednesday, January 6
    12:30-2:30  Kant, Consent, and the Politics of Food
        Chair: Steven Starke (South Florida)
        Yi Deng (North Georgia College): “Kant’s Publicity Principle As Dynamic Consent”
        Commentators: Kate Padgett Walsh (Iowa State), Jeff Sebo (U North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
    3:00-6:00  Thomas Hobbes and Science
        Chair: Shane D. Courtland (Minnesota, Duluth)
        Marcus P. Adams (U Albany–SUNY): “Hobbes on the Laws of Nature”
        Meghan Robison (New School for Social Research): “Hobbes and the New Science”
        Emilio Sergio (U Calabria): “A Struggling Decade (1655–1665): Hobbes and the New Language of Physics”
        José Médina (ENS Lyon): “How to Give Sense to Hobbes’s Claim that ‘Civil Philosophy is Demonstrable"
    6:30-9:30  Women Do History of Philosophy: Recent Scholarship
        Chair: Nancy Bauer (Tufts)
        Elizabeth Robinson (Nazareth College)
        Lorraine Besser (Middlebury College)
        Julie Walsh (Wellesley College)
        Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College)
Thursday, January 7
    9:00-12:00  International Berkeley Society: Berkeley and Descartes, Sensation and Time
        Chair: Stephen H. Daniel (Texas A&M)
        Speaker: Melissa Frankel (Carlton): “Descartes and Berkeley on Sensory Perception”
                Commentator: Genevieve Migely (Cornell College, Iowa)
        Speaker: Nathan Sheff (Connecticut): “Berkeley’s Dilemma for Temporal Absolutists”
                Commentator: Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam)
    2:00-5:00  Women Figures in Early Modern Political Philosophy
        Chair: Louise Daoust (Pennsylvania)
        Speaker: Alice Sowaal (San Francisco State)
        Speaker: Natalie Nenadic (Kentucky)
                Commentator: Julie Klein (Villanova)
    2:00-5:00  German Philosophy
        Chair: Rachel Falkenstern (Temple)
        4:00-5:00 Chris Jones (American U Beirut): "Kant's Criticism of Leibniz on the Two Sources of Knowledge"
        Commentator: Timothy Jankowiak (Towson State)
    5:15-7:15  Leibniz Society of North America
        Chair: Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory)
        Speaker: Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard): "Leibniz on Infinite Analysis: Provable, Decidable, Contingent"
        Commentator: Thomas Feeney (U St Thomas)
    5:15-7:15  Society for the History of Political Philosophy: Kant to Nietzsche
        Chair: Jason Tipton (St John's College)
        Speaker: Aaron Halper (Catholic U America): “Kant on Art and Vanity”
    7:30-10:30  International Hobbes Association
        Chair: Rosamond Rhodes (Icahn Sch Medicine Mount Sinai)
        Speaker: Michael Byron (Kent State): “Submissions and Subjection in Leviathan
        Speaker: Eleanor Curran (Kent): “Reclaiming the Rights of the Hobbesian Subject”
        Speaker: Luciano Venezia (Nat U Quilmes): “Hobbes on Legal Authority and Political Obligation”
    7:30-10:30  North American Kant Society: Kant on the Crooked Wood of Humanity
        Chair: Pablo Muchnik (Emerson College)
        Speaker: Laura Papish (George Washington): “Kant on Self-Deception, Rationalization, and the Hell of Self-Cognition”
        Speaker: James DiCenso (Toronto): “The Crooked Wood of Humanity and Kant’s Ideal Ethical Community”
        Speaker: Howard Williams (Aberystwyth): “Kant’s Unsociable-Sociability in Hegel and Marx”
Friday, January 8
    9:00-11:00  Hume
        Chair: Kristen Primus (Georgetown)
        Speaker: Brandon Boesch (South Carolina): “The Common Cause Account of the Intentionality of Hume’s Indirect Passions”
                Commentator: Katie Paxman (Brigham Young)
        Speaker: Ryan Pollock (Pennsylvania State): “Reforming Immediate Agreeability: Hume’s Portrait of Military Heroism”
                Commentator: Richard Dees (Rochester)
    9:00-11:00  Kant's Formulation of the Universal Law
        Chair: Jennifer Uleman (SUNY Purchase)
        Speaker: Pauline Kleingeld (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
                Commentators: Robert Louden (Southern Maine), Julian Wuerth (Vanderbilt)
    11:15-1:15  Hume Society: Hume's Conception of Space in Historical Context
        Chair: Jason Fisette (Nevada, Reno)
        Speaker: Alan Nelson (North Carolina, Chapel Hill): “A Feature of Hume’s Theory of Ideas”
        Speaker: Graciela de Pierris (Stanford): “Hume and Kant on Space and Infinite Divisibility”
    1:30-4:30  Kant's Logic and Aesthetics
        Chair: Curtis Sommerlatte (Indiana)
        Speaker: Huaping Lu-Adler (Georgetown): “From Self-Cognition to Self-Legislation: Kant on the Relation between Human Understanding and Logic”
                Commentator: Daniel Addison (Hunter College)
        Speaker: Tung-Ying Wu (Missouri): “Anomalous Refutation of Idealism”
                Commentator: Georges Dicker (Brockport–SUNY)
        Speaker: Matthew Coate (Stony Brook): “On Ugliness, or the Radical Lack of Purpose; A Kantian Account of Negative Aesthetic Judgment”
                Commentator: Thomas Teufel (Baruch College/Graduate Center–CUNY)
    1:30-4:30  Author Meets Critics: Michael Gill, Humean Moral Pluralism
        Chair: Lisa Levers (Auburn)
        Critics: Don Garrett (NYU), Kate Abramson (Indiana), Rachel Cohon (Albany, SUNY)
        Author: Michael Gill (Arizona)
    7:00-10:00  International Hobbes Association: The Mortality of Hobbesian Civil Society
        Chair: Jan Narveson (Waterloo, Canada)
        Speaker: Eric Ritter (Vanderbilt): “The State of Nature and Civil Society”
        Speaker: Elizabeth Lanphier (Vanderbilt): “The Body and Health in Leviathan: A Rhetorical Metaphor and a Logical Liability”
    7:00-10:00  North American Kant Society: New Perspectives on Kant's Psychology
        Chair: Laura Papish (George Washington)
        Speaker: Corey Dyck (Western Ontario): “Rational and Empirical Psychology in Kant’s Silent Decade”
                Commentator: Patricia Kitcher (Columbia)
        Speaker: Patrick Frierson (Whitman College): “Kantian Feeling: Empirical Psychology, Transcendental Critique, and Phenomenology”
                Commentator: Jeanine Grenberg (St Olaf College)
    7:00-10:00  Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
        Chair: Bonnie Kent (U California, Irvine)
        Speaker: Helen Hattab (U Houston): “Formal Unity in Early Modern Aristotelianism”
    7:00-10:00  American Association for the Philosophic Study of Society: Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue
        Chair: Jennifer Bake (College of Charleston)
        Speaker: Chris Surprenant (New Orleans): “Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue”
                Commentators: Larry Krasnoff (Charleston), Charles Johnson (Molinari Institute), Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam)
Saturday, January 9
    9:00-11:00  Kant's Political Philosophy
        Chair: Sidney Axinn (South Florida)
        Speaker: Nicolas Frank (Virginia): “‘Provisional’ Right or No Right at All?”
                Commentator: Mark Pickering (Lynn)
        Speaker: Suzanne Love (Pittsburgh): “Communal Ownership and Kant’s Theory of Right”
                Commentator: Vasile Munteanu (Southern Nevada)
    9:00-11:00  Society for Modern Philosophy: Teaching Modern Philosophy
        Chair: Lewis Powell (Buffalo, SUNY)
        Speakers: Eugene Marshall (Florida International), Kirsten Walsh (Inst Research Humanities, Bucharest)
    11:15-1:15  Kantian Perspectives of Ethics
        Chair: Alan H. Goldman (Independent Scholar)
        Speaker: Grant Rozeboom (Stanford)
                Commentators: Norma Arpaly (Brown), Serene Khader (CUNY–Brooklyn College)
    1:30-4:30  The Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish
        Chair: Hilary Kornblith (Massachusetts, Amherst)
        Speakers: Karen Detlefsen (Pennsylvania), Eileen O’Neill (Massachusetts, Amherst), David Cunning (Iowa)
Contacts: Meeting Organizer.

January 9, 2016
Séminaire Descartes: Roger Ariew, Descartes and the First Cartesians
École normale supérieure, salle Paul Langevin
29 Rue d'Ulm
9 h 30 à 13 h 00
Paris, France
Présentation par Paola Nicolas (Paris 1). Interventions de:
    Vincent Carraud (Paris-Sorbonne)
    Martine Pécharman (CNRS)
    Sophie Roux (ENS)
    Tad Schmaltz (Michigan)
Réponses de Roger Ariew (South Florida)
Modérateur: Frédéric de Buzon (Strasbourg)

**Cancelled**: January 11-14, 2016:
Due to the prospect of violence in Jerusalem, the conference has been postponed until at least April. A decision will be made in January about that. In the meantime, contact presenters for copies of their abstracts.
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"
    Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton C MA): "Berkeley and Locke on Passive Obedience and the Social Contract"
    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.

January 14, 2016, 2016
Modern Philosophy Seminar: Brigitte Sassen (McMaster): "Feeling and Common Sense in Kant's Aesthetics"
University of Western Ontario, Stevenson Hall 1145
5:30-6:30 pm
London, Ontario
Contact: Corey Dyck.

January 21-22, 2016, 2016
Workshop: "Manipulating Flora: Gardens as Laboratories in the Renaissance and Early Modern Europe"
University of Bucharest
Institute for Research in the Humanities
Bucharest, Romania
Invited speakers:
    •  Antonio Clericuzio (Roma Tre)
    •  Florike Egmond (Leiden)
    •  Alette Fleischer (Amsterdam)
    •  Hiro Hirai (Radboud U Nijmegen)
    •  Cesare Pastorino (TU Berlin)
    •  Doina-Cristina Rusu (Bucharest)
Although plants are pivotal in the understanding of nature because of their position between inert matter and living bodies, botany played a minor role during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It was often subsidiary to medicine (generally used for therapeutics) or immersed in the demanding labour of natural collecting. Yet botanical practice developed alongside the rise of early modern philosophy and science, as a subject of lively debates and controversies, collections and dissemination, alchemical investigations, experimental collaborations, and philosophical revolutions. Particularly, experiments with plants were significant in seventeenth century Europe, since they concerned the manipulation of various processes such as generation, vegetation, and growth, all of which reshaped the Aristotelian approach into a new systematization of nature. These practices involved a wide range of men and women-- botanists, alchemists, physicians, natural philosophers, and natural magicians--whose work aimed at serving various purposes. Botany therefore developed as a central subject for disseminating knowledge and collecting information regarding the natural world, manipulating hidden qualities, providing remedies for diseases, and completing the mechanization of natural philosophy.
    Botany plays an overlooked role in shaping early modernity. Because philosophers, scholars, experimenters, physicians and botanists moved between public horti botanici and (secret or) private gardens, this workshop seeks original contributions exploring the connection between experiments with plants and the emergence of modern science and philosophy. Our focus will be on the influences of experimentation with plants in natural philosophy, but also in the development of particular sciences. Wide-ranging contributions discussing the art(s) of experimentation with plants, or exploring the collaborative dimension of the processes of botanical (and physiological) knowledge are welcome, as long as they help to reveal the significant status of manipulating nature through botanical studies.
    Researchers from various areas are invited to submit proposals by the 15th of October including the author's name, affiliation, a short CV, and contact information (email address), the paper title (15-word maximum), an abstract (250-word maximum), and a short bibliography (up to 5 works). Submit proposals to
Contacts: Fabrizio Baldassarri and Oana Matei.

January 28, 2016
Modern Philosophy Seminar: Thomas Land (Ryerson): TBA
University of Western Ontario, Stevenson Hall 1145
5:30-6:30 pm
London, Ontario
Contact: Corey Dyck.

January 28-29, 2016
Congress of Modern Philosophy: 300th Anniversary of Leibniz's Death
Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla
Puebla, Mexico
Invited speakers: Alejandro Herrera Ibáñez (UNAM), Juan A. Nicolás (Granada), Leonardo Ruiz Gómez (U Panamericana)
Abstracts of 300-500 words (in English or Spanish) should be on some aspect of modern philosophy, especially the philosophy of Leibniz. Submissions should be prepared for blind review by sending two files--(1) speaker's full name, university or institute affiliation, paper title, email and surface mail; (2) paper title, abstract, and paper references--to Roberto Casales-Garcia no later than October 20, 2015. Selections for the program will be announced on November 16, 2015. Paper presentations are limited to 20 minutes. Speakers must send the final versions of their papers for publication in a volume of conference proceedings no later than February 12, 2016. Final papers should:
    •  be 2000-5000 words (excluding footnotes and references)
    •  be in a .doc format unless specific symbols require use of pdf
    •  use the Chicago Manual of Style quotation form
    •  refer to primary sources according to the canonical version of every author
    •  include at the end a table of abbreviations
    •  include the paper title, author name, university or institute affiliation, email address, main text, references
Contact: Roberto Casales-Garcia.

January 29, 2016
Spinoza à Paris 8: Catherine Malabou: "Spinoza et la question du symbolique"
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.

February 11, 2016
Modern Philosophy Seminar: Maite Cruz Tleugabulova (Boston U): "Hume on the Origin of the Idea of Time"
University of Western Ontario, Stevenson Hall 1145
5:30-6:30 pm
London, Ontario
Contact: Corey Dyck.

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
Program submission deadline: June 1, 2015

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 itself from descriptive positivism and celebratory Whiggism and has begun to take account of the various contexts of historical writings, creatively combining methods of the humanities and the social sciences with knowledge of the sciences. Historiography of science, however, still lacks evaluation and interpretation of its own history. In other words, the history of historiography of science has not been written yet. General overviews of the origins of history of science 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 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 11-13, 2016
Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy Conference: "Scottish Philosophy before the Enlightenment"
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, NJ
Opening plenary: Marilyn McCord Adams (Rutgers): "Reflecting on Duns Scotus"
The period of the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century is undoubtedly the jewel in Scottish philosophy’s crown. All the leading figures of this period, however, were educated in universities with a long history in which philosophy played a significant part and were all well versed in the history of philosophy. Moreover, research has shown increasingly that Scottish Enlightenment philosophy had deep intellectual roots in the centuries that preceded it. This conference aims both to build on and to encourage recent developments that aim to explore the content and significance of Scottish philosophy before the Enlightenment. Proposals are invited for:
    •  Papers that explore both prominent figures and philosophical themes that shaped Scottish intellectual debate before the Enlightenment (e.g., John Mair, the Logic curriculum, Cartesianism, Reformation theology)
    •  Papers that explore philosophical sources and themes from earlier centuries in the Scottish philosophers of the 18th and 19th centuries (e.g., Plato, Aristotle, the rejection of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Natural Law)
Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be sent as email attachments to by November 30th 2015. Author identification should appear in the accompanying email only. Two ‘George Elder Davie’ awards are available for graduate student presenters. These are limited to Masters and PhD students and cover the cost of lodging and meals during the conference, with up to $500 towards travel. They are allocated by competition on the basis of paper proposals, and students should indicate their interest in being considered in the accompanying email. Decisions will be advised by mid-December. Financial assistance will be provided for graduate student presenters.

March 14-15, 2016
Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Mansfield College, Oxford University
Oxford, UK
Invited Speakers: Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers) and Christia Mercer (Columbia)
Abstracts for papers on any topic in early modern philosophy (roughly, the period from 1600-1800) are welcomed. Please note: the organizers particularly welcome papers that are concerned with figures and/or topics that have not received perennial attention from historians of philosophy. Send an abstract of approx. 2 sides double-spaced for a reading/presentation time of approx. 40 mins. Submissions (including name and contact details on a cover sheet only) should be sent to Paul Lodge no later than 1 December.

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 18, 2016
Workshop: The Body in Spinoza's Philosophy
University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Institute of Philosophy, Room N
Leuven, Belgium
Invited speaker: Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen): "Spinoza's Account of Agreement in Nature: From Physics to Politics"
    According to one of his final letters to Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, Spinoza still had "not had the opportunity to arrange in due order anything" on the subject of physics by the time of his death in 1677. Although his physics is incomplete, the concept of the body as it appears in the so-called Physical Digression of Part 2 of the Ethics is one of Spinoza's most radical, but also one of his most underdeveloped, concepts. However, Spinoza uses the term 'body' to refer to a variety of types of individuals, but it is not clear that he always uses the term in entirely the same way throughout his oeuvre. In the Ethics, he mentions the so-called simplest bodies and composite bodies, and in his political writings he refers to 'the body of the state'. Additionally, the facies totius universi, which Spinoza mentions in a letter to Schuller, is often characterized as the infinitely expansive body of the universe. 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. We welcome proposals that deal with the concept of body in Spinoza's philosophy in any respect. Topics may include:
    •  Influences on Spinoza's theory of body (from anatomy, physics, physiology, political theory, etc.)
    •  Spinoza's understanding of the relationship between physics, anatomy and/or physiology
    •  A comparison of Spinoza's various accounts of the body
    •  Spinoza's conception of the form of the body as a "union of bodies" or as a "proportion of motion and rest"
    •  The distinction between living and non-living things in Spinoza's philosophy
    •  Spinoza's theory of political bodies
    •  Spinoza's concept of the facies totius universi
    •  The role of the body in Spinoza's ethical philosophy
Please send a 300-word abstract in .doc or .docx format to by 30 November 2015. Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author's name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation should be included in the body of the e-mail. Presentations will be 25 minutes in length, and will be followed by 20 minutes of discussion. Submitters will be notified by 18 December 2015 of acceptance or rejection.
Contact: Sean Winkler.

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
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. Invited speakers include:
    •  Sarah Hutton (Aberystwyth)
    •  Jacqueline Broad (Monash)
    •  Susan James (Birkbeck)
    •  Andrew Janiak (Duke)
    •  Karen Detlefsen (Pennsylvania)
    •  David Cunning (Iowa)
    •  Deborah Boyle (Charleston)
    •  Tom Stoneham (York)
    •  Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn)
    •  Mirjam de Baar (Groningen)
Call for Papers: Submissions are invited from any discipline, and from researchers of all levels (including PhD students). Submissions are welcome on any aspect of the conference theme. To submit for the conference, please email an abstract (maximum 800 words) to the conference organiser, Emily Thomas. The abstract should be anonymised for blind review, and the email should contain the author’s details (name, affiliation, contact details). The deadline for abstract submission is 20th October 2015.
    Immediately after this 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
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
Program submission deadline: September 1, 2015.

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 8-9, 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 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 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 29-May 1, 2016
Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop: "Lessons from, and for, Philosophy's History"
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
This workshop aims to bring together up to seven scholars whose papers-in-progress on Spinoza and/or Leibniz will be shared in advance among participants to stimulate productive discussion and feedback. This year, the workshop will feature three invited speakers: Michael Della Rocca (Yale), Emily Grosholz (Penn State), and Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers). We are seeking participants to present papers on the philosophy of either Spinoza or Leibniz (or both). Consult the workshop website for a description of this year's theme. If you are interested in participating as a presenter, please submit an abstract of 500-800 words, prepared for double-blind review, as MSWord attachments to Debra Nails by November 9, 2015. The author's name, paper title, affiliation, and contact information should be included in the body of the email. Accepted presenters will have their lodging paid for by Michigan State University. A contribution toward travel expenses may also be available to accepted presenters who do not have permanent academic affiliations.
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 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 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.

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.
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 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 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 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>/a> (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.

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 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