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

April 29, 2016
Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop
Ken Winkler (Yale): "Locke and the Scope of Sensitive Knowledge"
Robinson Hall 106
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Cambridge, MA
Contact: Jeffrey McDonough.

April 29-May 1, 2016
Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop: "Lessons from, and for, Philosophy's History"
Michigan State University
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigamme Room
East Lansing, MI
Friday, April 29
    2:15-3:30  Galen Barry (Old Dominion) & James Darcy (Virginia): "Hyperintensionality: A Spinoza Case Study"
    3:30-5:00  Michael Della Rocca (Yale): "The Elusiveness of the One and the Many in Spinoza: Substance, Attribute, and Mode"
Saturday, April 30
    9:00-10:15  Kyle Driggers (UNC Chapel Hill): "The Status of Spinoza’s Ineffable Attributes"
    10:15-11:30  Austen Haynes (Boston U): "Leibniz's Twofold Account of Natural Kinds: A Defense of Species Realism Against Locke"
    1:00-2:15  Christopher Frugé (Houston): "Shared Parts and Political Authority: Groups as Individuals in Spinoza"
    2:15-3:30  Sebastian Bender (Rice): "Leibniz’s Rationalist Account of Persistence"
    3:30-5:00  Emily Grosholz (Penn State): "Motion, Function, Action: What Spinoza and Leibniz Can Teach Contemporary Philosophy of Biology"
Sunday, May 1
    9:00-10:15  Julia Jorati (Ohio State): "Leibnizian Bondage and Contemporary Philosophy of Action"
    10:15-11:30  Justin Steinberg (CUNY Brooklyn): "Spinoza and the Politics of Hope and Fear"
    11:30-12:00  John Grey (Michigan State): Concluding Discussion
Registration for this event is free and open to all. All participants will receive copies of workshop papers before the event. Email John Grey to register.
Contact: John Grey.

May 5-6, 2016
Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of St. Andrews
St. Andrews, Scotland
Thursday, 5 May
    9.00-9.15  Welcome and Coffee
    9.15-10.00  Maximilian Jaede (St. Andrews): "Hobbes’s Critique of Natural Sociability Reconsidered     10.00-10.45  Tim Stuart-Buttle (Cambridge): "Locke on the “Two Provinces of Knowledge     11.00-11.45  Matthew Leisinger (Yale): "Cudworth’s Moral Vision     11.45-12.30  Chris Meyns (Cambridge/U College London): "Henry More against Monopsychism"
    14.00-15.00  Sylvana Tomaselli (Cambridge): "Women and Political Philosophy in Les siècles de la femme"
    15.30-16.15  Alex Silverman (Chicago): "The Disappearance of “Substance”: A Textual Oddity in Spinoza’s Corpus"
    16.15-17.00  Alexander Douglas (Heythrop Coll/St. Andrews): "Spinoza and Money"
    17.15-18.00  Takaharu Oda (Groningen): "Berkeley’s Arguable Concurrentism" (SSEMP Essay Prize winner)
Friday, 6 May
    9.45-10.30  Mara van der Lugt (Göttingen): "Pain, Pessimism and the Problem of Evil in Pierre Bayle’s Dictionnaire (1696)"
    10.30-11.15  Christopher Noble (Villanova): "Leibniz on Knowledge and Action in Essais de théodicée §403"
    11.30-12.30  Matthew Daniel Eddy (Durham): "Children, Science, and the Graphic Foundations of Reason, 1760-1800"
    14.00-14.45  Alessio Vaccari (Sapienza, Rome): "Hume on Resentment, Justice, and the Origins of Society"
    14.45-15.30  Sonia Boussange-Andrei (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne): "On Adam Ferguson’s Critique of Adam Smith’s Theory of Sympathy"
    16.00-16.45  Jeremy Dunham (Sheffield): "Condillac on the Acquisition of Cognitive Habits"
    16.45-17.30  Jared Holley (Chicago): "Refined Epicureanism and Rousseau’s Political Thought"
Contacts: Mogens Lærke and James Harris.

May 10-11, 2016
Early Modern Experimental Philosophy, Metaphysics, and Religion
Institute of Advanced Studies Seminar Room, Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry, UK
Tuesday, 10 May
    10:10-10:15  Welcome
    10:15-11:30  Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest): "Francis Bacon’s ‘Perceptive’ Instruments"
    11:45-13:00  Tom Sorell (Warwick): "Experience in Hobbes' Science of Politics"
    14:00-15:15  Dmitri Levitin (Oxford): "Metaphysics, Natural Philosophy, and the Soul: Rethinking Kenelm Digby’s Philosophical Project"
    15:30-16:45  Peter Anstey (Sydney): "Experimental Philosophy and Corpuscular Philosophy"
    17:00-18:15  Keith Allen (York): "Cavendish on Colour and Experimental Philosophy"
    18:45  Dinner at Radcliffe
Wednesday, 11 May
    9:00-10:15  Philippe Hamou (Paris-Ouest Nanterre): "John Locke and the Experimental Philosophy of the Human Mind"
    10:30-11:45  Koen Vermeir (Paris-Diderot): "Magnetic Theology"
    12:00-13:15  Elliot Rossiter (Concordia U): "From Natural Philosophy to Natural Religion: Teleology and the Theologia Rationalis"
    14:15-15:30  Alberto Vanzo (Warwick): "Experimental Philosophy and Religion in Seventeenth-Century Italy"
    15:45-17:00  Catherine Wilson (York): "What was Behind the Rejection of Hypotheses in Newtonian Science?
Contact: Albert Vanzo.

May 11, 2016
CUNY Colloquium: Elliot Paul (Barnard/Columbia): "Clarity First: Descartes (and Stoics) on Clear and Distinct Perception"
Graduate Center, Rooms 9204/9205, City University of New York
4:15-6:15 p.m.
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

May 11, 2016
Brooklyn College Late Antique-Medieval-Early Modern Faculty Working Group
Jessica Gordon-Roth (Lehman College): "Locke on the Diachronic Identity of Persons and Substances"; response Andrew Arlig (Brooklyn College)
6:00 p.m.
Costas Library (2405 Boylan Hall)
Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, NY

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
Edward Herbert of Cherbury (1582-1648) on Reason, Religion and Toleration
University of York
Humanities Research Centre, Berrick Saul Bldg.
Heslington, 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.
Friday, 13 May
    11:00-12:30  Justin Champion (Royal Holloway London): "‘De Religione Gentilium’: The First Enlightenment History of Religion, 1645-1711"
    13:30-14:30  Dunstan Roberts (Cambridge): "Edward Herbert’s Libraries in London and at Montgomery Castle"
    14:45-16:15  Adam Smrcz (Eötvös Loránd U): "The 'Membra Veritatus' and Their Discontents"
    16:20-17:30  Anne-Marie Miller Blaise (Paris 3 Sorbonne): "‘Open to Most Men’: John Donne and Edward Herbert’s Renegotiations of Salvation"
    18:30-19:30  "Celebrating the life and work of Edward Herbert, an evening of lute music, poetry, rare books and biograph" (Helen Atkinson playing from Cherbury's Lute Book) Saturday, 14 May
    10:00-11:00       11:30-12:30  Adam Grzelinski (Nicolaus Copernicus U, Toruń): "Locke’s Reading of Herbert’s De Veritate and His Critique of Common Notions"
    13:30-14:00  Eleanor Hardy (Oxford): "‘May We Not Be Deceived, and Think We Know/Ourselves for Dead?’: Grief, Uncertainty, and Epistemological Dialogue in Edward Herbert’s Elegy for Prince Henry"
    14:00-14:30  Sarah Hutton (York): "Herbert and Ancient Virtue"
    14:45-16:15  Richard Serjeantson (Cambridge): "Edward Herbert: Pagan Apologist?"
    16:30-17:30  Roundtable discussion (all speakers plus Tom Stoneham and Kevin Killeen)
Contact: Nick Courtney.

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.
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
Connecticut Hall, 2nd floor, Faculty Room
New Haven, CT
Tuesday, May 17
    1:30-2:30  Viewing of early modern philosophical books and manuscripts from the Beinecke Library (International Room, Sterling Memorial Library)
    3:00-4:30  Brian Embry (Toronto): "Descartes on Free Will and Moral Possibility"
    5:00-6:30  Lucy Allais (UC San Diego): "Kant's Racism"
Wednesday, May 18
    9:00-10:30  Sanem Soyarslan (North Carolina St): "Spinoza's Critique of Humility in the Ethics"
    11:00-12:30  Scott Harkema (Mississippi): "Berkeley on Self-Awareness: Introspection and the Causal Maxim"
    2:30-4:00  Julia Jorati (Ohio State): "Leibniz's Dispositions"
    4:30-6:00  Alison McIntyre (Wellesley): "Hume's Opponents at Treatise are Malebranche and Hutcheson: Passions Could not Misrepresent their Objects"
    7:00 pm  Banquet at the Omni Hotel
Thursday, May 19
    9:00-10:30  Nicholas Vallone (Wisconsin, Madison): "Lambert's Gendered Epistemology"
    11:00-12:30  Louis Loeb (Michigan, Ann Arbor): "Causal Inference, the External World, and Religious Belief in the Treatise and First Enquiry: How Hume’s Anti-Cartesianism Leads him to Make Concessions to Reid and Rationalism"
Registration for the conference, including the May 18 banquet, is free. To register, contact Kenneth P. Winkler. A small block of rooms at the Omni Hotel, which is a short walk from the Yale campus, has been reserved for conference-goers at a reduced rate. To reserve a room, visit the Omni's website. The conference rate will not be available after April 15.
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 20-22, 2016
Workshops in the History of Philosophy at Princeton
Princeton University
Marx 201
Princeton, NJ
Friday, May 20
    Franco-American Atelier in Early Modern Philosophy (I)
        9:30-10:15  Domenica Romagni (Princeton): “Descartes' Audition: A Sonic Test Case for Cartesian Sense Perception”
        10:15-11:00  Ruidan She (Paris I): “The Excess of the Passions and Its Challenge to the Cartesian Will”
        11:15-12:00  Paola Nicolas (Paris I): "Are we conscious of all our perceptions? The relation between advertantia and perceptio in Late Scholasticism"
        12:00-12:45  Mélanie Zappulla (ENS Paris, Princeton): "Augustine and Spinoza on the Vita Beata"
    Franco-American Atelier in Early Modern Philosophy (II)
        1:30-2:15  Maxime Jacqueline (ENS Lyon): "Cause de soi et nécessité dans le "De summa rerum" de Leibniz"
        2:15-3:00  Alejandro Naranjo Sandoval (Princeton): "Saving Truth from Arbitrariness: Leibniz on Names, Definitions, and their Meaning"
        3:00-3:45  Erin Islo (Princeton): “What's Natural About Spinoza's Natural Laws?”
        4:00-4:45  Gabriel Alban Zapata (ENS Lyon): "Perspective in Descartes: from the Treatise on Light to the Dioptrics"
        4:45-5:30  Marco Storni (ENS Paris): "Newton versus Descartes: The Controversy over the Earth's Shape"
        5:30-6:15  Ange Pottin (ENS Paris): "Descartes' ambiguous mathematism"
        6:15-7:00  Tarek Dika (Michigan): "Enumeration and the Construction of Problems in Descartes's Regulae"
Saturday, May 21
    Seventh Annual Princeton-Penn-Columbia Graduate Conference in the History of Modern Philosophy
        10:00–10:30  Coffee in the Tower Room (1879 Hall)
        10:30–11:45  Jerilyn Tinio (Ohio State): “The Mind’s Figurative Force: On the Compatibility of Mind-Body Interaction and Descartes’s Principle of the Conservation of Motion”
        12:00–1:15  Emily Kress (Yale): “Occurrent States and the Problem of Counterfeit Belief in Hume’s Treatise
        1:15–2:15  Lunch in the Tower Room
        2:15–3:30  Thomas Moore (Brown): “Kant’s Deduction of the Sublime”
        3:45–5:00  Daniel Moerner (Yale): “Spinoza’s Inferentialism”
        5:00–5:30  Tea in the Tower Room
        5:30–7:00  Keynote Lecture: Edwin Curley (Michigan): “On Charitable Interpretation”
Sunday, May 22
    Franco-American Atelier in Early Modern Philosophy (III)
        9:30-10:15  Raphael Krut-Landau (Princeton): “Bento's thoughtcrimes”
        10:15-11:00  Sean Winkler (ENS Lyon): "What can a mind do? Mind-body parallelism and mind-body univocity in Spinoza"
        11:15-12:00  Deniz Dagci (Princeton/Rutgers): “Consciousness of the Eternity of the Mind: Some Puzzles from Ethics Part V”
    Spinoza on Politics and Religion: A Workshop to Celebrate the Publication of E.M. Curley’s The Collected Works of Spinoza, Vol. II
        1:00-1:45  Steven Nadler (Wisconsin, Madison): "Spinoza on the Divinity of Scripture"
        1:45-2:30  Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins): “Spinoza, Paul, and the Belief in 'Christus secundum spiritum'"
        2:30-3:15  Anthony Grafton (Princeton): "Translating Spinoza"
        3:30-4:15  Mogens Laerke (CNRS Lyon): “Spinoza on 'jus circa sacra'”
        4:15-5:00  Russell Leo (Princeton): "Spinoza's Jesus and the Nadere Reformatie"
        5:00-5:45  Martin Lin (Rutgers): “What is Faith?”
        5:45-6:15  Edwin Curley (Michigan): Response
Contact: Daniel Garber

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
Pinni B4141 (Philosophy Seminar Room, Central Campus)
Tampere, Finland
Thursday, May 26
    10.15-11.00  Vili Lähteenmäki (Helsinki): "Self-Relations in Descartes"
    11.00-11.45  Claudia Matteini (Turin): "The Concept of Lumen Natural in Descartes"
    12.00-12.45  Oliver Istvan Toth (Eotvos Lorand U): "Is There a Unified Notion of Consciousness/Conscientia in Spinoza?"
    14.00-14.45  Steph Marston (Birkbeck C): "Knowing and Philosophizing with Spinoza"
    14.45-15.30  Markku Roinila (Helsinki): "Leibnizian Cogito"
    16.00-16.45  Reed Winegar (Fordham): "God’s Understanding in Kant’s Antinomy of Teleology"
Friday, May 27
    09.30-10.15  Jan Forsman (Tampere): "Madness and Dream as Reasons for Doubt in Descartes"
    10.15-11.00  Jonathan Shaheen (Ghent): "Cavendish on Accidents: Identification and Reduction Strategies"
    11.15-12.00  Martin Pickup (Oxford): "The Infinity of Analysis and Leibniz’s Problems of Proof"
    13.15-14.00  Artem Besedin (Lomonosov Moscow State): "Berkeley on Free Will and Accountability in Alciphron VII"
    14.00-14.45  Matias Slavov (Jyväskylä): "Hume, the Laws of Physics,and the Tacit Assumption of Mechanism"
    15.15-16.00  Bryan Hall (St. John's U): "A Kantian Answer to Aenesidemus: Appropriating Kant’s Doctrine of Self-Positing in the Opus Postumum"
Contact: 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.

May 30- June 15, 2016
Hopkins Summer Course: Descartes
Paris/Lyon, France
An intensive introduction to the thought of Descartes. Participants will read closely Descartes' Meditations and Principles, as well as selections from his other works and correspondence. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and is equivalent to a regular, semester-long course (3 credits). The program will be taught by Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins) and feature guest lectures by leading Descartes scholars. It will include a visit to the Sorbonne and other areas of Paris associated with Descartes' biography.
Application deadline: March 1
Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
Contact: Johns Hopkins Office of Study Abroad.

June 1-3, 2016
Exploring the Philosophy of Émilie du Châtelet
Columbia University
Heyman Center for the Humanities
New York, NY
June 1
    9:30-9:45  Introduction
    9:45-10:45  Marguerite Deslauriers (McGill): “Aspects of Aristotle in du Châtelet’s Dissertation sur la nature et la propogation du feu
    11:00-12:00  Lisa Downing (Ohio State): "“A Metaphysics for Newton--Lockean or Leibnizian?”
    12:00-1:00  Mary Terrall (UCLA): “Reading in the Margins of Emilie du Châtelet's Translation of Newton”
    2:00-3:00  Sarah Hutton (York): “Madame du Châtelet--The Italian Dimension”
    3:15-4:15  Katherine Brading (Notre Dame): “Du Châtelet on Scientific Methodology”
    4:40-5:40  Karen Detlefsen (Pennsylvania): “Émilie du Châtelet and the Vis Viva Controversy”
    5:45-6:45  Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn): “Emilie du Châtelet--Renovator of Metaphysics”
June 2
    9:45-10:45  Marius Stan (Boston Coll): “The science of du Chatelet’s Institutions and its Grounding”
    11:00-12:00  Anne-Lise Rey (CNRS U Lille): “The conception of Matter in the Institutions de Physique
    12:00-1:00  Andrea Reichenberger (Ruhr-U Bochum): “Émilie Du Châtelet's Foundation of Physics in the Light of the Principle of Least Action”
    2:30-3:30  Marij van Strien (Wuppertal): “Between Leibniz and Laplace: Du Châtelet on Determinism and the Law of Continuity”
    3:45-4:45  Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam): something on gravity
    5:00-6:00  Katherine Dunlop (Texas, Austin): “Du Châtelet on the Varieties of Force”
June 3
    10:00-11:00  Andrew Janiak (Duke): “Du Chatelet and the Virtue of Systematicity”
    11:15-12:15  Marcy Lascano (Cal State Long Beach): “Emilie du Châtelet on God, Freedom, and Happiness”
    12:30-1:30  Matthew Jones (Columbia): “From Sociability to Vis-Viva: Emilie Du Châtelet on Social and Natural Order”
    1:30-2:30  Luch at Heyman Center, Panel Discussion
Contact: Christia Mercer.

June 2-3, 2016
Leuven Kant Conference
KU Leuven
Huis Bethlehem, Schapenstraat 34
Leuven, Belgium
Thursday, June 2
    9:00-9:30  Registration & Coffee
    9:30-9:40  Karin de Boer (Leuven): Welcome
    9:40-11:10  Eric Watkins (U Cal San Diego): "Kant on the Cognition of Freedom"
        11:30-12:15  Simon R. Gurofsky (Chicago): "Kant on making the appearances into things-in-themselves"
        11:30-12:15  Jonas Indregard (Oslo): "What is the ‘Gradual Reformation in the Mode of Sense’? A causal powers reading of empirical character in Kant"
        12:15-13:00  Bryan Hall (St. John's U): "A Kantian answer to Aenesidemus: Appropriating Kant’s doctrine of self-positing in the ‘Opus Postumum’"
        12:15-13:00  Geert Van Eekert (Antwerp): "Kant’s thesis of innate and universal evil: Theoretical certainty, or part of Kant’s ethical ascetics?"
        14:00-14:45  Mihaela Vatavu (KU Leuven): "Kant’s indebtedness to Wolff’s psychological account of judgment in ‘The False Subtlety’"
        14:00-14:45  Tom Bailey (John Cabot U Rome): "From a good will to the formulas: Kant’s argument in the second section of the Groundwork"
        14:45-15:30  Elise Frketich (KU Leuven): "Kant and Wolff on induction and the mathematical method"
        14:45-15:30  Marília Espírito-Santo (Indiana): "Kant on the circle in the Groundwork: A new approach"
        15:30-16:15  Tinca Prunea (Bucharest/ CERPHI, ENS Lyon): "Between Maupertuis and Wolff: Kant on cosmology and metaphysics in the 1750’s"
        15:30-16:15  Halla Kim (Nebraska, Omaha): "Between Groundwork III and the Critique of Practical Reason: Continuities and discontinuities in Kant’s ‘practical deduction’"
        16:45-17:30  Karin de Boer (KU Leuven): "Kant’s criticism of Wolffian metaphysics in ‘Dreams of a Spirit-Seer’"
        16:45-17:30  Martin Brecher (Mannheim/Bonn): "Inner duties of right and perfect duties of virtue: Kant’s account of perfect duties to oneself in the Metaphysics of Morals"
    17:30-19:00  Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge): "Aesthetics and science in Kant"
Friday, June 3
    9:30-10:00  Coffee
        10:00-10:45  James Messina (Wisconsin-Madison): "Where the laws of physics (and geometry) lie: Kant’s critique of the Newtonians in Prolegomena §38"
        10:00-10:45  Thimo Heisenberg (Columbia): "The moral turn in Kant’s conception of universal history"
        10:45-11:30  Henny Blomme (KU Leuven): "Why does Kant need a pre-categorical determination of matter in the Metaphysical Foundations?
        10:45-11:30  Luca Timponelli (Turin): "Weltbeschauer or Weltbürger? On an ambiguity in Kant’s cosmopolitan conception of philosophy"
        12:00-12:45  Stephen Howard (Kingston U): "‘Force’ and the relation of the Critique to the Metaphysical Foundations"
        12:00-12:45  Paola Romero (London Sch Economics): "What is the problem of politics for Kant?"
        14:00-14:45  Ansgar Lyssy (LMU Munich): "Is there such a thing as transcendental anthropology?"
        14:00-14:45  Uri Eran (Indiana): "The trouble with happiness: Kant’s purification of the moral incentive"
        14:45-15:30  Farshid Baghai (Villanova): "Kant’s system of the epigenesis of pure reason"
        14:45-15:30  Ryan Wines (Bernadottegymnasiet, Stockholm): "Respect for law and Kant’s causal account of moral self-consciousness"
    16:00-17:30  Robert Louden (Southern Maine): "Total transformation: Why Kant did not give up on education"
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 6-9, 2016
Masterclass with Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins) on Spinoza’s Cogitata metaphysica
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Lyon, France
This intensive four-day masterclass will be taught in English by one of the most prominent Anglo-American Spinoza scholars today, Professor Yitzhak Melamed from Johns Hopkins University, in collaboration with Mogens Lærke, researcher at the CNRS (IHRIM, UMR 5317, ENS de Lyon). The class will be entirely dedicated to the reading of Spinoza’s Cogitata metaphysica. The Cogitata Metaphysica, the appendix to Spinoza’s 1663 book on Descartes’ Principles of Philosophy is a text whose precise nature is still unclear after more than 350 years of scholarship. The nature of this text and specifically the question whether it represents Spinoza’s views at the time of its composition will stand at the center of this course. We will read closely the text in three languages (Latin, English, and French) and attempt to reconstruct Spinoza’s arguments and the philosophical conversations exhibited in the text.
    The masterclass is open to doctoral students, up to a maximum of 10. We accept applicants from both ENS de Lyon and other institutions, including abroad. The class can also be validated as a course for master students (M2) at the ENS de Lyon. Some prior knowledge of Spinoza’s philosophy is desirable. Active command of English is indispensable.
    Applicants should send a one-page letter of motivation to Mogens Lærke by April 1st 2016. Attendance is free, but inscription and/or acceptance of proposal is mandatory. Please note that there are no funds available to cover cost of travel or lodging for non-local participants. The event is organized as a collaboration between the Institut d'histoire des représentations et des idées dans les modernités (IHRIM, UMR 5317) at the ENS de Lyon, and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
Contact: Mogens Lærke.

June 7-9, 2016
École thématique: Historiographie de la philosophie: histoire, méthodes, pratiques
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Lyon, France
Mardi 7 Juin
    10h00-10h15  Bienvenue     10h15-11h15  Leçon I: Antony McKenna (St. Étienne): "Pierre Bayle, historien de la philosophie ancienne et moderne"
    11h30–12h30  Leçon II: Mogens Lærke (CNRS, IHRIM): "Leibniz cartographe de la République des lettres"
    14h00–15h00  Atelier I: Arnaud Milanese (ENS de Lyon): "Théorie et usages de l’histoire de la philosophie chez Francis Bacon"
    15h00-16h00  Atelier II: Luc Foisneau (CNRS, EHESS), Elisabeth Dutartre-Michaut(EHESS), et Christian Bachelier (EHESS): "Acteurs et réseaux du savoir: le Dictionnaire des philosophes français du XVIIe siècle"
    16h30-18h00  Gregorio Piaia (Padoue): "Origine et évolution de 'l'histoire générale' de la philosophie (XVIe-XVIIIe siècles): Modèles et méthodes"
Mercredi 8 Juin
    10h00-11h00  Leçon III: Anne-Lise Rey (Lille I): "L'Article 'Newtonianisme' de l'Encyclopédie"
    11h30-12h30  Leçon IV: Delphine Antoine-Mahut (ENS de Lyon): "Victor Cousin et Descartes: le mariage du spiritualisme et de la philosophie universitaire française au XIXe siècle"
    14h00-15h00  Atelier III: David Wittmann (LabEx COMOD, IHRIM): "Les clivages de l'école hégélienne: un exemple du caractère essentiellement contesté des doctrines philosophiques"
    15h00-16h00  Atelier IV: Ayse Yuva (Lorraine): "La publication du Manuel de Tennemann par Cousin: historicisation et délimitation de la philosophie"
    16h30-18h00  Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins): "Secularism as Ideology: The Case of Contemporary Interpretations of Spinoza as Atheist"
Jeudi 9 Juin
    10h00-11h00  Leçon V: Wolf Feuerhahn (CNRS, EHESS): "Peut-on sortir de ‘l'histoire indigène’ de la philosophie? Quelques propositions historicistes"
    11h30-12h30  Leçon VI: Sophie Roux (ENS Rue d’Ulm): "Un historien de la philosophie a-t-il quelque chose à apprendre des études de controverses en histoire des sciences?"
    14h00-15h00  Atelier V: Giuseppe Bianco (Irphil, CEFRES): "Existences et vérités: Oppositions structurantes dans l'histoire de l'historiographie française de la philosophie"
    15h00-16h00  Atelier VI: Marie Fisler (LabEx COMOD, IHRIM): "Comment classer des idées? Initiation à l'approche arborescente: Une classification de quelques textes politiques"
    16h30-18h00  Pierre-François Moreau (ENS de Lyon): "Histoire, structure, contexte"
Contact: Mogens Lærke ou à Raphaële Andrault

June 16-17, 2016
The Long Quarrel: ancients and moderns in the eighteenth century
University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Keynote speakers: Larry Norman (Chicago) and Iain McDaniel (Sussex)
That eighteenth-century thought was strongly oriented towards the ancient world is beyond dispute. Classical models played a central role in art and literature, in political thought, and in many other fields. What is less clear, however, is how eighteenth-century authors exactly perceived the relation between the ancient world and the present. The Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns was the start of a debate on the nature of this relation that continued throughout the eighteenth century. This debate was not merely academic: it was of crucial importance for the way eighteenth-century Europeans defined their cultural identity. This conference aims to explore the debate about the relation between ancients and moderns in the long eighteenth century-–the period starting with the fierce polemics of the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns and ending with the appeal to ancient values in the Atlantic Revolutions and Constant’s defence of the liberty of the moderns. Eighteenth-century authors’ definitions of modernity usually involved explicit social contrasts with the ancient world. How did the significant cultural differences that contemporaries perceived between the ancient and the modern world affect their use of classical models and parallels? And how did historical comparisons between the ancient and the modern world facilitate the rise of new perspectives on history and society in the eighteenth century? Preferably, contributions to this conference do not just describe the use of one or more classical examples, but address how the dynamic of ancients and moderns affected modes of conceptualisation and argumentation. The geographical scope is broad: contributions may discuss developments in various European countries, and also in the Americas. We invite scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds to propose papers on topics such as:
    •  the influence of the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns on eighteenth-century debates
    •  the role of ideas about ancients and moderns in the rise of the new concept of society
    •  conceptualisations of the relation between ancients and moderns in fields such as political thought, aesthetics and philosophy
    •  views on the role of ancient virtues in a modern, commercial society
    •  eighteenth-century notions of historical and cultural difference
    •  the influence of ideas about ancients and moderns on the definition of cultural identities
Of course, this list of topics is not exhaustive. Other papers within the thematic scope of the conference are very welcome. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. Please email abstracts of no more than 500 words to by 15 March 2016. Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by 5 April 2016. We intend to publish the papers in an edited volume. For further questions please contact the conveners at:
Contacts: Wyger Velema (History, Amsterdam), Eleá de la Porte (History, Amsterdam), Jacques Bos (Philosophy, Amsterdam).

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 29 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 U 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.
Contact: Steffen Ducheyne.

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.
Contact: Thomas Vinci.

July 7, 2016
Early Modern Laws of Nature: Secular and Divine
Oxford University
Theology Lecture Room, Gibson Building
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road
Oxford, UK
Keynote speakers: Sophie Roux (Grenoble), Eric Watkins (U California San Diego)
This one-day workshop will examine the theological debates that influenced the birth and development of the notion of laws of nature from the sixteenth century until the critical Kant. It is widely accepted that the laws of nature were born as a theological justification of the order found in nature by sixteenth and seventeenth centuries natural philosophers and theologians. It is also widely recognised, however, that by the mid-eighteenth century the laws of nature were assumed to guide and explain the workings of the natural world without any reference to the divine. The laws of nature, therefore, moved from being essentially tied in their beginnings to the nature of God, to becoming a secular concept by the midst of the so called scientific revolution. The goal of this event will be to uncover the philosophical and theological concepts at stake both at the birth and later development of the laws of nature, seeking a greater understanding of the transition from being a theological notion to becoming a non-theological notion.
    The workshop is co-organised by the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, Oxford U (Ignacio Silva) and the Faculty of Philosophy, U Groningen (Andrea Sangiacomo). The workshop offers up-to five slots for shorter presentations. Please send your paper proposal (of not more than 500 words) to Ignacio Silva with the subject: “Workshop: Early Modern Laws of Nature: Secular and Divine” no later than 30 April 2016. The organisers expect to receive papers ranging from issues surrounding the theological underpinnings of the laws of nature in the philosophies of nature of sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Cartesian and Scholastic understandings of the laws of nature, and to secular discourses on the laws of nature by the mid-eighteenth century. Participation at the workshop is free of charge (with prior registration sent to Ignacio Silva, and a small number of travel bursaries (in particular to UK and Dutch scholars) are available for those who wish to attend the discussions.
Contacts: Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen), Ignacio Silva (Oxford).

July 12-16, 2016
Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: "The Architecture of Reason: Laws, Axioms and Principles in early modern thought"
Catholic Institute/Batthyaneum Library
Alba-Iulia, Romania
Day 1 (Mathematics), Day 2 (Metaphysics & Theology), Day 3 (Logic & the Arts of Thinking), Day 4 (Physics & Moral Philosophy)
Invited speakers: Peter Anstey (IRH-ICUB & Sydney), Catalin Avramescu (Bucharest), Alexander Baumgarten (UBB Cluj), Delphine Bellis (Radboud, Nijmegen), Elodie Cassan (ENS-Lyon), Sorin Costreie (Bucharest), Daniel Garber (Princeton), Philippe Hamou (Paris Ouest), Niccolo Guicciardini (Bergamo), Rob Iliffe (Oxford), David Marshall Miller (Iowa State), Richard Serjeantson (Cambridge).
The Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy is an international annual meeting of scholars interested in various aspects of early modern thought. The aim of the seminar is to create a stimulating environment for discussing papers and ideas. It includes workshops in the morning and presentations of papers in the afternoon, where participants can present work in progress. While the morning sessions will focus on the theme of the seminar, the afternoon sessions seek to give participants an opportunity to discuss their own special interests with an open and sympathetic audience of students and scholars with broad interests in early modern thought. Throughout we try to maintain a balance between the high scholarly level and the informal friendly spirit of a colloquium. We invite applications for contributions (from researchers) and for attendance (from students). If you want to contribute a paper, please send a CV and a one-page abstract, and if you want to attend, a CV and a letter of intent – by May 12 to
    Alba-Iulia is a town in the center of Transylvania, about 450 km from Bucharest. It is easily reachable by train from Bucharest or Cluj-Napoca. Cluj-Napoca is the nearest city with an international airport. Most of the seminar group will go to Alba-Iulia from Bucharest, on July 11 and will return to Bucharest on July 16, in the evening (by bus). More on the Batthyaneum here.
    Accommodation and transportation: Participants are expected to cover their costs of accommodation in Alba-Iulia (within the range of 20-60 Euro/night according to whether they want a single room or a room to share). There will be a small participation fee (60 Euro/senior, 30 Euro/student) to cover for the coffee breaks and some of our meals together. The organizers will cover transportation by bus to/from Alba Iulia and two common dinners. Information about hotels will be distributed directly to participants.

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 5-6, 2016
UK Kant Society Conference: Kant, Normativity, and Naturalism
University of Southampton
Southhampton, UK
How should we understand normativity and its relation to the natural world? Is it true that the scientific representation of nature ultimately has no room for normative phenomena? How, if at all, can such phenomena be ‘naturalized’? Do they need to be? The dominant terms in which these problems continue to be framed owe an enormous debt to Kant. This conference aims to explore the problem of normativity and naturalism in Kant’s own work, to probe Kant’s legacy in shaping current approaches to the problem, and to envision afresh the contribution his thought may yet make. The conference welcomes papers on all themes related to Kant’s philosophy, and in particular hopes to foster debate on the above.
Keynote Speakers: Hannah Ginsborg (U California, Berkeley), Marcus Willaschek (Goethe U), Kenneth Westphal (Bogaziçi)
Call for Papers: papers are invited from academics and postgraduate students on any aspect of Kant's philosophy, though submissions dealing specifically with the conference theme are encouraged. If you are interested in giving a presentation, please complete this form and send an abstract of 800-1,000 words, excluding any self-identifying information, to Rachel Jones. Submission deadline: 1st of June. We aim to announce which papers have been accepted by 21st of June.
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Contact: Rachel Jones, the UKKS Local Conference Convenors, Sasha Mudd and Lucas Thorpe, or the UKKS Conference Convenor, Alberto Vanzo.

September 15-17, 2016
Symposium of the Swiss Philosophical Society: "Philosophy and Its History: A Contemporary Debate"
University of Geneva
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 1, 2016
Sanders Prize in Early Modern Philosophy
The Sanders Prize in the History of Early Modern Philosophy is a biennial essay competition open to scholars who are within 15 years of receiving a Ph.D. or students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program. Independent scholars may also be eligible, and should direct inquiries to Donald Rutherford, co-editor of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy. The award for the prizewinning essay is $10,000. Winning essays will be published in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy.
    Submitted essays must present original research in the history of early modern philosophy, interpreted broadly as the period that begins roughly with Descartes and his contemporaries and ends with Kant. The core of the subject matter is philosophy and its history, though philosophy in this period was much broader than today and included a great deal of what currently belongs to the natural sciences, theology, and politics. Essays should be between 7,500 and 15,000 words. Since winning essays will appear in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy, submissions must not be under review elsewhere. To be eligible for this year’s prize, submissions must be received, electronically, by October 1, 2016. Refereeing will be blind; authors should omit remarks and references that might disclose their identities. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail. The winner will be determined by a committee appointed by Donald Rutherford and Daniel Garber, the co-editors of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy and will be announced by the end of November. (The editors reserve the right to extend the deadline, if no essay is chosen.) At the author’s request, the editors will simultaneously consider entries in the prize competition as submissions for publication in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy independently of the prize.
    Submissions and inquiries should be directed to Donald Rutherford, co-editor of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy.

October 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
Múzeum körút 4
Budapest, Hungary
Invited Speakers: Ursula Renz (Alpen-Adria U Klagenfurt) and Lin Hui (Fudan U Shanghai)
We are pleased to announce the first meeting of the Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy which is intended as the first edition of a yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working on the field of early modern philosophy (ca. from 1600 to 1781). The aim is to foster collaboration among researchers working in different traditions and institutional contexts. We welcome abstracts for papers on any topic relevant to affectivity, broadly conceived, in early modern philosophy. Proposals are particularly welcome that draw on resources from multiple different traditions (e.g. French and Anglo-Saxon). Presentations should be in English and aim at approximately 40 minutes. Please send an abstract of maximum 400 words, prepared for blind review. The body of the email should include the author’s details (name, position affiliation, contact details, title of the abstract). The deadline for abstract submissions is 1 August 2016. Applicants will receive a response regarding their submission by 1 September 2016. There are no fees for registration. Attendance is free and most welcome. However, no financial support can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation. Submissions and inquiries should be sent to Olivér István Tóth.

November 3-5, 2016
Halle Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Halle, Germany
Keynote speakers: Stefanie Buchenau (Paris) and Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest)
The seminar aims at bringing together scholars working on topics in early modern philosophy, covering roughly the period from Bacon and Montaigne to Kant. There are no restrictions as to subject matters though we are particularly interested in papers on pre-Kantian philosophy. Papers can be read in English or German and should be prepared for around 40 minutes reading time. Please send abstracts of around 500 words to Falk Wunderlich. Deadline: 1 August 2016. There will also be a conference fee of 30 €.
Contacts: Katerina Mihaylova and Falk Wunderlich.

November 4-6, 2016
Workshop: Early Modern Works by and about Women: Genre and Method
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 4-6, 2016
Leibniz Society of North America: The Leibniz-Caroline-Clarke (Newton) Correspondence
University of Houston
Houston, TX
This year marks the 300th anniversary of Leibniz’s death, which occurred on 14 November 1716. During the last year of his life, Leibniz was engaged in his famous correspondence with Samuel Clarke. Clarke had become the front man for the Newtonian cause after Leibniz’s erstwhile friend and follower in Hanover, the newly crowned Princes of Wales, Caroline of Ansbach, showed him a letter she had received from Leibniz in mid-November 1715, a letter in which Leibniz attacked English philosophy in general, and Newtonian philosophy in particular, for contributing to the decline of natural religion in England. When Caroline transmitted Clarke’s first response to Leibniz in her letter of 6 December 1715, the year-long debate, ending only with Leibniz’s death, was officially joined. It ranged over a myriad of issues, among others, the nature of space and time, God and God’s activity in the world and God’s relation to space, miracles, gravity and action at a distance, force, atomism and the possibility of a void, the principle of sufficient reason, the principle of the identity of indiscernibles. Many of these issues reflected methodological differences between Leibniz and the Newtonians in their approaches to natural philosophy; but in an effort to appeal to Caroline’s religious sensibilities, Leibniz strove to keep the debate focused on what he saw as the corrosive effects of Newtonian philosophy on natural religion and its tendency to detract, as Leibniz saw it, from the wisdom God.
    In light of the importance of Leibniz’s correspondence with Clarke during the last year of his life, the organizers of the 10th annual conference of the LSNA are particularly interested in papers dealing with some aspect of the personal, political, scientific, and philosophical dimensions of the correspondence, as well as with Leibniz’s responses to the Newtonians in general. Discussions of Clarke’s philosophical and theological works in relation to Leibniz and Newton would also be welcome. Please submit abstracts in Word format to Gregory Brown by 15 August 2016.
Contact: Gregory Brown.

November 5, 2016
Conference on Leibniz: Legacy and Impact
Manchester Metropolitan University
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 Lloyd Strickland by midnight on Sunday 28 February 2016. Decisions on submissions will be relayed no later than Sunday 13 March 2016. Papers selected for presentation at the conference should be of a length suitable for delivery in 40 minutes, i.e. 4500 - 5000 words.
Contacts: Lloyd Strickland and Julia Weckend.

November 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 24-25, 2016
Colloque International: "Fortune de la philosophie cartésienne au Brésil"
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Campus du Solbosch, avenue Paul Héger
1050 - Bruxelles, Belgique
La philosophie cartésienne dépasse largement les limites de la philosophie européenne. En tenant compte de la scène scientifique brésilienne, l'objectif de ce colloque est de stimuler le débat sur les interprétations philosophiques du cartésianisme dont l'influence dans la démarche philosophique est aujourd'hui indéniable, y compris au Brésil. Une attention toute particulière sera portée aux notions de méthode, de métaphysique et de principes cartésiens. Ces notions fondamentales et leurs interprétations influencent profondément la pensée philosophique occidentale. Il convient ainsi de savoir dans quelle mesure cette influence est présente dans le développement philosophique au Brésil afin de comprendre quels sont les "usages" brésiliens de Descartes. Quels sont donc les croisements, parallèles, points d'accord et de désaccord? La démarche du colloque se propose dès lors d'interroger et de questionner les éléments cartésiens qui donnent ou qui ne donnent pas lieu à une (ré) appropriation par les philosophes au Brésil.
    Cette investigation présente une conséquence inéluctable sur notre conception de la philosophie cartésienne de manière générale. Ce colloque invite à se réinterroger, à partir de la réception de la philosophie cartésienne au Brésil, sur le statut de l'interprétation cartésienne en Occident. C'est en conséquence ce regard philosophique croisé qui nous intéresse et que nous souhaitons aborder. Axes thématiques: À titre indicatif, et sans être exhaustifs, nous retenons quelques axes:
    1. Descartes et les fondements de la science
    2. La métaphysique de Descartes en débat
    3. Les passions et la morale cartésienne
    4. L'héritage cartésien au Brésil
Modalités de soumission: Les propositions de communications peuvent être présentées en français ou en anglais. Les propositions (d'environ 600 à 900 mots) seront anonymes et envoyées en fichier joint à pour le 02 avril 2016. Le nom, l'affiliation et une brève présentation bio-bibliographie seront précisés dans le corps de l'e-mail. Les décisions du comité scientifique seront communiquées aux auteurs le 02 mai 2016. Les textes complets des communications seront à envoyer au plus tard le 30 octobre 2016 à l'adresse électronique pour que tous les intéressés puissent y avoir accès avant les communications orales. Cette procédure permet d'alimenter les discussions et commentaires à la suite de chaque communication.
Contacts:, Jaime Derenne, or Mariana de Almeida Campos.

November 25-27, 2016
Pedro Hurtado de Mendoza (1578-1641): System, Sources and Influence
Faculty of Theology, University of South Bohemia
Kněžská 8, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
The Basque Jesuit thinker Pedro Hurtado de Mendoza (1578-1641), unlike his older contemporary Francisco Suárez, is today an almost unknown author of philosophical and theological works. Yet he stands at the beginning of a tradition of philosophical and theological textbook writing that provided educational background to philosophers and theologians throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Historians have so far neglected this tradition or gave it only a superficial look, perhaps assuming that the claim “if you see one of these textbooks, you have seen them all” is true. This assumption, however, needs to be reexamined. It has been shown, for instance, that Hurtado held, within the scholasticism of the time, original views on several topics such as universals and beings of reason. The question, then, remains whether Hurtado’s views were unusual in other areas as well, in logic, natural philosophy, psychology, ethics, political philosophy, and theology, and what the value of his innovations was, if any. In order to determine an answer to this question it is necessary to start with careful analyses of particular passages from his work. The goal of this conference is to provide a forum for presentation of the results of such analyses. These results may then serve as the first step in establishing the proper place of Hurtado and his work in a broader historical and systematic context. The search for this context includes identification of Hurtado’s sources, comparison of his views to views of previous scholastic authors (Aquinas, Scotus, Ockham, Suarez, etc.), tracing of his influence or non-influence in later scholastic (Arriaga, Poinsot, Mastri, Izquierdo, etc.) and non-scholastic (Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, etc.) authors. The goal of this conference is to take an in-depth look at Hurtado, one of the first authors in the Baroque philosophy textbook tradition that provided the background not just for scholastic but also for non-scholastic thought of the time.
    Confirmed speakers: Ulrich Leinsle, Thomas Marschler, Sydney Penner, Jacob Schmutz, Daniel Schwartz, Bernd Roling
Conference language: English. Submissions are invited from researchers of all levels, including Ph.D. students, and on any aspect of the conference theme. To submit, please email an abstract (maximum 600 words) to Daniel Heider. In a separate file the email should contain the author’s brief CV including name, position, affiliation, selection of publications and contact details. The deadline for abstract submission is 20th July 2016. There is no conference fee. Moreover, the organizers will cover the speakers' accommodation costs. The scheduled length of lectures is 40 minutes including approx. 10 minutes for discussion.
Contacts: Daniel Heider (South Bohemia/Czech Acad Sci), Daniel Novotný (South Bohemia), or Lukáš Novák (South Bohemia/Charles University Prague).

November 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

February 1-3, 2017
International Berkeley Conference on The Querist
University of Lyon
Lyon, France
George Berkeley (1685-1753) contributed to a wide range of academic disciplines; from philosophy and metaphysics to mathematics and empirical psychology; from theology to political economy and monetary policy. We are now inviting distinguished scholars to a conference focusing on The Querist. Anyone interested to participate in the conference should send an abstract to one of the organizers before August 31st 2016. The conference is organized by Roselyne Dégremont, Bertil Belfrage, and Daniel Carey. For further information, please contact one of the organizers. Scholars attending the conference are welcome to receive a copy of Belfrage’s new edition of The Querist, or of Roselyne Dégremont’s French translation.

February 18, 2017
Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada
Invited speaker: Jacqueline Taylor (U San Francisco). Papers on any subject in early modern (pre-Kantian) philosophy are welcome for presentation at the Southwest Seminar. Reading times should not exceed 40 minutes. Abstracts of no more than 750 words should be emailed to Mary Domski by Friday 15 July 2015. Abstracts should be prepared for blind review and sent in either .doc or .rtf format. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your abstract within a week, please resubmit or contact Mary. The program for the Southwest Seminar will be announced by early October 2016.
    In conjunction with the Seminar, Helen Hattab (U Houston) will be presenting a colloquium talk to the UN-Reno Department of Philosophy on the afternoon of Friday 17 February 2017. This event is free and open to the public, and all those traveling to Reno for the Seminar are welcome to attend.
Contacts: Jason Fisette or Mary Domski.

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.