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

September 2, 2016
Farewell symposium for Piet Steenbakkers on Spinoza
Utrecht University, Academiegebouw, Kanunnikenzaal
Domplein (entry via the main entrance of the Academiegebouw, next to the Cathedral Church, or via the back entrance, Achter de Dom)
Utrecht, The Netherlands
    9:30  Welcome with coffee and tea
    10:00  Opening of the symposium
    10:15-11:00  Steve Nadler (Wisconsin): TBA
    11:00-11:45  Jacqueline Lagrée (Rennes): TBA
    11:45-12:30  Susan James (Birkbeck): TBA
    13:30-14:15  Pierre-François Moreau (Lyon): TBA
    14:15-15:00  Pina Totaro (ILIESI-CNR Rome): TBA
Change location to Lutherse Kerk, Hamburgerstraat 9
    15:30-16:15  Piet Steenbakkers (Utrecht): 'Spinoza, de legenden voorbij' ['Spinoza, beyond the legends' translation available]

September 5-6, 2016
UK Kant Society Conference: Kant, Normativity, and Naturalism
University of Southampton
Southhampton, UK
September 5
    9:00-9:45  Registration, Coffee & Tea
    10:00-10:55  Session 1, parallel talks
        Janelle Dewitt (Indiana): ‘Humanizing Feeling and Desire: The Rational Structures of Emotion’
        Jim O’Shea (U College Dublin): ‘Kant on Rules, Normativity, and Nature: A Blow or a Gift to the Naturalist?’
        Pavel Reichl (Essex): ‘Is Organic Matter Natural? Norm and Nature in Kant’s Account of Teleology’
    11:00-11:55  Session 2, parallel talks
        Paula Satne (Durham): ‘Kantian Emotions, Imperfect Duties, and the Cultivation of Character’
        Paul Abela (Acadia U): ‘Judgement, Logic and the Shape of Experience: Kant’s In-house Naturalism’
        Reed Winegar (Fordham): ‘Kant on Intuitive Understanding and Things in Themselves’
    12:15-13:10  Session 3, parallel talks
        Sasha Mudd (Southampton): ‘Both the Law and The Good: Rethinking the Ground of Kant's Ethics’
        Eylem Özaltun (Koc U): ‘Two Unlikely Allies: Kant and Anscombe on Self-Thought’
        Hope Sample (Ohio State): ‘Synthesis and the Unity of the Pure Intuition of Time’
    14:00-14:55  Session 4, parallel talks
        Nataliya Palatnik (Harvard): ‘Kant’s “Newtonian” Transformation in Moral Philosophy’
        Bianca Ancillotti (Humboldt): ‘Kant’s Legal Metaphor and the Tradition of Ancient Skepticism’
        Jessica Leach (Sheffield): ‘The Necessity of Necessity’
    15:00-15:55  Session 5, parallel talks
        Taylan Susam (Bogaziçi): ‘Weakness and Resoluteness of Will’
        Saniye Vatansever (Bilkent): ‘A Kantian Approach to the Modal Status of Empirical Laws’
        Marialena Karampatsou (Humboldt): ‘“Order of Nature” and Idealism in Kant’s Transcendental Deduction’
    16:15-17:45  Marcus Willaschek (Goethe U): ‘Freedom as a Postulate’
September 5
    9:00-9:30  Coffee & Tea
    9:30-10:25  Session 1, parallel talks
        Ryan Wines (Bernadottegymnasiet): ‘Rawls and Kant’s Alleged Moral Naturalism’
        Andrew Stephenson (Humboldt): ‘Kant’s Rationalist Solution to Berkeley’s Empiricist Puzzle’
        Michael Oberst (Humboldt): ‘Kant and Crusius on Causal Activity’
    10:30-11:25  Session 2, parallel talks
        Stefano Bacin (U San Raffaele): ‘Was Kant Ever a Moral Sentimentalist? The Limits of the Impact of Sentimentalism on Kant’s Moral Philosophy’
        Robert Watt (Oxford): ‘Kant’s Transcendental Deduction, Non- Conceptualism, and the Fitness-for-Purpose Objection’
        Jakob Huber (London Sch Economics): ‘A Task Set to Humanity: Disjunctive Community and the Ends of Kant’s Cosmopolitanism’
    12:00-13:30  Hannah Ginsborg (UC Berkeley): ‘Why Must We Presuppose the Systematicity of Nature?’
    2:30-3:25  Session 3, parallel talks
        Michael Walschots (St. Andrews): ‘Kant and Consequentialism in Context: the Reviews of H.A. Pistorius’
        Andrew Cooper (Bonn): ‘Was Kant a Defeatist about Biology?’
        Marie Newhouse (Surrey): ‘Moved to Obey: The Penal Law as a Rational Requirement’
    3:30-4:25  Session 4, parallel talks
        Lucas Thorpe (Bogaziçi): ‘Impulses, Inclinations and Maxims: A Kantian Alternative to Belief-Desire Psychology’
        Katharina Kraus (Freiburg): ‘A Normative Theory of Science: Kant and the Principle of Systematicity’
        Martin Sticker (Göttingen): ‘Kant’s Case against Heterosexual Marriage’
    4:45-5:40  Session 5, parallel talks
        Xintong Wei (St. Andrews): ‘Kant on Friendship’
        Thomas Moore (Brown): ‘Kant's Deduction of the Sublime’
        Louise Chapman (Kings C London): ‘We Don’t Need no Noumena? Rational Self-cultivation in Kant’
Registration ends 21 August.
Contacts: Becky Holdorph or Sasha Mudd.

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.

September 21-22, 2016
Conference: European Hobbes Society
KU Leuven, Institute of Philosophy
Leuven, Belgium
Tuesday September 20
    19:00  Informal dinner
Wednesday September 21
    09.00-09.30  Welcome with coffee, tea, and pastries
    09.30-10.30  Patricia Springborg (HU Berlin/Bozen): "Hobbes on War and Peace and the 'Security Dilemma'"; comment Eva Odzuck (Erlangen)
    10.40-11.40  Alissa MacMillan (Antwerp): "Why, whence, and what will it do to me? On science, religion, and human psychology in Hobbes"; comment Robin Douglass (King’s College, London)
    12.00-13.00  Luc Foisneau (EHESS, Paris): "Hobbes on Majority Rule"; comment Arnauld Milanese (Lyon)
    14:30-15.30  Robin Douglass (King's College, London): "Hobbes on Representation and Soveignty"; comment TBA
    15.40-16.40  Deborah Baumgold (Oregon): "Leviathan as Bricolage: Part I on Reason, Passions, and the Will"
    16.45-17.30  EHS General Meeting
Thursday September 22
    09.15-10.15  Laurens van Apeldoorn (Leiden): "Hobbes on sovereignty and property in De Cive"; comment Patricia Springborg (HU Berlin/Bozen)
    10.30-11.30  Eva Odzuck (Erlangen): "Hobbes' Leviathan: A guidebook for sovereigns?"; comment Signy Gutnick Allen (Queen Mary’s, London)
    11.40-12.40  Peter Schröder (University College London): "Trust and Fear in Hobbes and Locke"' comment Johan Olsthoorn (KU Leuven)
    14.15-15.15  Agostino Lupoli (Pavia): "Hobbes and Kant on Science and Politics"; comment Laurens van Apeldoorn (Leiden)
    15.30–16:30  S. A. Lloyd (Southern California): tba
Attendance at the conference is free but registration is required. Please email Johan Olsthoorn to register or for any further information.
Contact: Robin Douglass.

September 24-25, 2016
Conference: Kant, Rights, and the State
Merton College, University of Oxford
Oxford, UK
Kant’s Doctrine of Right has been paid relatively little attention in philosophical literature. However, interest in Kant’s political thought has been growing in recent years, and numerous Kantian answers to problems in contemporary political philosophy have been offered. Nevertheless, literature is still in a nascent stage of development. This conference will contribute to the renewed interest in Kant’s political philosophy by turning scholarly attention to the Doctrine of Right. The papers presented will focus in particular on the themes of ‘rights’ and ‘the state.’ Both themes lie at the heart of Kant’s political thought and have special relevance to contemporary debates in political philosophy. The presentations and discussions will consider a variety of Kantian solutions to those contemporary debates. The conference will follow a read-ahead format. There will be short presentations followed by lengthy discussions. To register, please contact Luke Davies.
Speakers include:
     -   Ralf Bader (Oxford): ‘Kant and the Problem of Assurance’
     -   Louis-Phillippe Hodgson (York, Toronto): TBA
     -   Alice Pinheiro Walla (Bayreuth): ‘Kant on Territorial Rights’
     -   Andrea Sangiovanni (King’s, London): ‘Dignity, Second-Personal Authority and the Idea of Moral Equality’
     -   Thomas Sinclair (Oxford): ‘The Power of Public Positions: Official Roles in Kantian Legitimacy’
     -   Jacob Weinrib (Queen’s, Kingston): ‘The Right and Duty of Sovereignty: Kant’s Theory of Public Right’
     -   Ariel Zylberman (UCLA): ‘The Organic Unity of the State: Kant on Life, Rights and the State’
     -   Luke J. Davies (Oxford)
     -   Philipp-Alexander Hirsch (Göttingen)
     -   Jakob Huber (LSE)
     -   Stefano Lo Re (St Andrews)
     -   James Messina (UCSD)
     -   Irina Schumski (Warwick)
     -   Sandy Steel (Oxford)
Contact: Luke Davies.

September 30, 2016
Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable
Chris Martin (Wisconsin, Green Bay): Spinoza on Acosmism (or Causation)
Loyola University Chicago
Crown Center for the Humanities, Room 530, 1001 W Loyola Ave
Chicago, IL
Contact: Kristen Irwin.

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

October 6, 2016
University of Melbourne Thursday Seminars
Speaker: Ruth Boeker (Melbourne)
Time & Topic: 4:15 & TBA
Dept of Philosophy, Old Physics Bldg
G16 (Jim Potter Room)
Melbourne, Australia
Contact: Andrew Inkpin.

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

October 13-15, 2016
7th Quebec Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy/7e Séminaire québécois en philosophie moderne
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Anglophone keynote speaker: Donald Rutherford (U California, San Diego); Francophone keynote speaker: Mogens Laerke (ENS Lyon - CNRS)
The Quebec seminar in early modern philosophy is a bilingual annual conference in the history of early modern philosophy (roughly, the period from Montaigne to Kant). Its specific aim is to foster the exchange of ideas among scholars of early modern philosophy from French and English language, particularly from Canada, the United States, and Europe. Papers on any topic in the history of early modern philosophy are welcome for presentation at the Quebec Seminar. The reading time should be approximately 45 minutes. In addition, those having presented a paper at the Seminar will be able to publish their contribution (or another) in a new online journal dedicated to EMP, the Working Papers of the Quebec Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy. Please submit an abstract of 500 to 750 words (1 to 1.5 page, single-spaced) no later than August 15, 2016 to Syliane Malinowski-Charles and Rodolfo Garau. Travel expenses are at participant’s charge. NB: People submitting an abstract in English are expected to be able to follow the papers that will be presented in French (and conversely).
Contacts: Rodolfo Garau and Syliane Malinowski-Charles.

October 14-15, 2016
Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: "Affectivity"
Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University
Múzeum körút 4
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.

October 21-22, 2016
Workshop: Kant, Maria von Herbert, and Early Modern Women Philosophers
Institute of Philosophy, University of Klagenfurt
K 0.01 (Stiftungssall, Servicegebäude)
Universitätsstr. 65-67
Klagenfurt, Austria
The Third Carinthian EMP-Kant Workshop focusses on the role of women philosophers in the early modern period until Kant, thereby drawing attention to the Herbert circle in Klagenfurt, where, as K. L. Fernow once wrote enthusiastically to Reinhold, also the women were 'Selbstdenkerinnen', i.e., autonomous thinkers. The women Fernow was referring to were the von Dreer sisters and Maria von Herbert (1769-1803) who today is known for a singular exchange of letters with Immanuel Kant. It is only until relatively recently that her letters have inspired a lively philosophical debate in the English-written literature on Kant, while German-speaking scholars have been focussing on the role of the Herbert circle in the history of Enlightenment. The Third Carinthian Workshop wishes to encourage a philosophical exchange centred on the figure of Maria von Herbert, but it also welcomes submissions on other women philosophers of the period. Prospective participants are invited to send a note of interest and an abstract of 250 to 500 words to Ursula Renz no later than August 10. The selection will be made with respect to coherence with the topic of the workshop. Keynote Speakers: Rae Langton (Cambridge) & Martha Bolton (Rutgers); confirmed speaker: Bernhard Ritter (Klagenfurt)
Contact: Ursula Renz.

October 21-23, 2016
Midwestern Study Group of the North American Kant Society
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec
Oct. 21
    3:30-5:30  Hannah Ginsborg (UC Berkeley), TBA
Oct. 22
    9:15-10:15  Richard Creek (Western), “Rethinking Kant’s Proof in the Anticipations”
    10:15-11:15  Colin McLear (Nebraska), “Kant on the Parity of Inner & Outer Sense”
    11:30-12:30  Tyke Nunez (Washington), “Are Kant’s and Frege’s Conceptions of Logic at root the Same?”
    2:00-3:00  Ryan Kemp (Wheaton), “Reviving the No-Bad-Action Problem in Kant’s Ethics”
    3:00-4:00  Nataliya Palatnik (Harvard), “The Ideal of the Highest Good and the Objectivity of Moral Judgment"
    4:30-6:00  Author-meets-critics, chair G. Anthony Bruno (McGill); Author: Nicholas F. Stang (Toronto), Kant’s Modal Metaphysics; critics: Kris McDaniel (Syracuse), James Van Cleve (U Southern California)
Oct. 23
    9:00-10:00  Noam Hoffer (Indiana, Bloomington), “Dialectical Illusion in the Only Possible Argument”
    10:15-11:15  Colin McQuillan (St. Mary’s), “Kant on the Science of Aesthetics and the Critique of Taste”
    11:15-12:15  aron Wells (Notre Dame), “Mechanical Inexplicability and Intensive Magnitudes in Kant's Critique of Judgment” (nominee for the Markus Herz prize)
Contact: Corey Dyck and Emily Carson.

October 24-26, 2016
Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science
From Natural History to Science: the Emergence of Experimental Philosophy
Institute for Research in the Humanities, Seminar Room
University of Bucharest, 1 Dimitrie Brandza Street
Bucharest, Hungary
The sixth edition of the Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of historians and philosophers interested in the interplay between theory and experimental practices in the 16th–18th centuries, with a special focus on the emergence of experimental philosophy. We invite papers on the history of natural history, early modern experimental practices and forms of experimental methodology, as well as papers investigating the philosophical and methodological discussions surrounding the emergence of experimental philosophy.
    •  Iordan Avramov (Bulgarian Acad Sci)
    •  Andreas Blanck (Paderborn/Bard College-Berlin)
    •  Arianna Borrelli (Tech U Berlin)
    •  Florike Egmont (Leiden)
    •  Mordechai Feingold (California Inst Tech)
    •  Raphaele Garrod (Cambridge)
    •  Friedrich Steinle (Tech U Berlin)
The Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science is organized by Dana Jalobeanu and the team of the project From natural history to science: the emergence of experimental philosophy and will represent the final conference of this five-year project. Abstracts no longer than 500 words should be sent by 15 July to Doina-Cristina Rusu.
Contact: Doina-Cristina Rusu.

November 3-5, 2016
Halle Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
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 6-8, 2016
Spinoza Stories: Pantheists, Spinozists, Jews, and the Formation of German Idealism
Martin Buber Society
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel
The Pantheism Controversy was composes of a series of discussions and polemics that took place in Germany towards the end of the 18th century, and whose common denominator was the relationship between philosophy and religion. These discussions generated wildly varying pictures of the thinker whose works sparked the dispute: Baruch Spinoza. These varied pictures-- pantheist, atheist, kabbalist, philosophical hero, and dead dog of philosophy--allowed the actors in the dispute to define and configure their own viewpoints.
    This conference will take these images of Spinoza as its point of departure. By disentangling and exploring them, we will open a neglected point of access to the controversy and its crucial significance for the development of German philosophy and Modern Judaism. The battle over Spinoza's dead body is less about what Spinoza "really said" than about thinkers trying to find their own voice in a time of intellectual effervescence. Whether loved or hated, rejected or appropriated, Spinoza appeared as a figure every major German thinker had to come to terms with. Their attempts generated images of Spinoza which continue to shape philosophy and religious thought.
    We hope to receive a wide variety of papers, but are particularly interested in those that treat one or more of the figures involved in the controversy, and the role Spinoza and Judaism played in their development. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes in length. We would discussions to be at the center of the conference, and papers should be written in a way that stimulates debate. Therefore, we request participants to refrain from delivering already concluded investigations and to instead present works in progress. In addition to conventional research papers, the conference will include reading sessions and learning groups. Topics could include:
    •  Studies of the dramatis personae. Mendelssohn, Jacobi, and Lessing's battle over Spinoza
    •  Spinoza and the overcoming of traditional religiosity through the religion of Reason
    •  Interpretation of pantheism and atheism in the Pantheist Controversy
    •  German readings of Spinozism and kabbalah
    •  Spinoza as the entry into philosophy; Judaism as the entry into religion
    •  Judaism and pantheism
    •  Perceptions of Spinoza: atheist, pantheist, Jew, philosophical hero
    •  Anti-Judaism and idealism
    •  Beyond German idealism: pre-1848 (Heine, Hess, Marx); Zionism, critical theory
Please submit abstracts (max. 300 words) and queries to The deadline for submissions is June 20, 2016. Authors will be notified regardind acceptance of their contribution by August 1, 2016. Applicants are expected to arrange for their own funding for conference participation. Accepted submissions will be considered for publication in a conference volume.
Contacts: José María Sánchez de León and Dustin Atlas.

November 11-12, 2016
NYU Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy: The Imagination
New York University
Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South
New York, NY
Friday, Nov. 11
    9:00-10:00  Check-in and Continental Breakfast
    10:00-12:00  Susan James (Birkbeck, U London): "Spinoza"; commentator: Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser)
    2:00-4:00  Donald Ainslie (Toronto): "Hume"; commentator: Tito Magri (U Rome, La Sapienza)
    4:30-6:30  Stefanie Grüne (Potsdam): "Kant"; commentator: Clinton Tolley (U California San Diego)
Saturday, Nov. 12
    9:00-10:00  Continental Breakfast
    10:00-12:00  Ulrich Schlösser (Tübingen): "Fichte"; commentator: Michelle Kosch (Cornell)
    2:00-4:00  Jonathan Lear (Chicago): "Freud"; commentator: Linda Brakel (Michigan)
    4:30-6:30  Michael Martin (U College, London/U California, Berkeley): "Contemporary Philosophy in Relation to History"; commentator: Amy Kind (Claremont McKenna Coll)
Registration not open yet. It will open in September.
Contact: Don Garrett.

November 18, 2016
Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable
Stuart Warner (Roosevelt U): Descartes’ Discourse
Roosevelt University
Auditorium Bldg and Goodman Center, 430 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
Contact: Kristen Irwin.

November 24-25, 2016
Colloque International: "Fortune de la philosophie cartésienne au Brésil"
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Campus du Solbosch, avenue Paul Héger
1050 - Bruxelles, Belgique
La philosophie cartésienne dépasse largement les limites de la philosophie européenne. En tenant compte de la scène scientifique brésilienne, l'objectif de ce colloque est de stimuler le débat sur les interprétations philosophiques du cartésianisme dont l'influence dans la démarche philosophique est aujourd'hui indéniable, y compris au Brésil. Une attention toute particulière sera portée aux notions de méthode, de métaphysique et de principes cartésiens. Ces notions fondamentales et leurs interprétations influencent profondément la pensée philosophique occidentale. Il convient ainsi de savoir dans quelle mesure cette influence est présente dans le développement philosophique au Brésil afin de comprendre quels sont les "usages" brésiliens de Descartes. Quels sont donc les croisements, parallèles, points d'accord et de désaccord? La démarche du colloque se propose dès lors d'interroger et de questionner les éléments cartésiens qui donnent ou qui ne donnent pas lieu à une (ré) appropriation par les philosophes au Brésil.
    Cette investigation présente une conséquence inéluctable sur notre conception de la philosophie cartésienne de manière générale. Ce colloque invite à se réinterroger, à partir de la réception de la philosophie cartésienne au Brésil, sur le statut de l'interprétation cartésienne en Occident. C'est en conséquence ce regard philosophique croisé qui nous intéresse et que nous souhaitons aborder. Axes thématiques: À titre indicatif, et sans être exhaustifs, nous retenons quelques axes:
    1. Descartes et les fondements de la science
    2. La métaphysique de Descartes en débat
    3. Les passions et la morale cartésienne
    4. L'héritage cartésien au Brésil
Modalités de soumission: Les propositions de communications peuvent être présentées en français ou en anglais. Les propositions (d'environ 600 à 900 mots) seront anonymes et envoyées en fichier joint à 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 26, 2016
Hume Workshop: Hume on Miracles
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, UK
Speaker: David Berman (Trinity College, Dublin)
Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted to Dan O'Brien by September 23rd, 2016. Decisions will be made by September 30th. Presentations along with discussion will be limited to one hour.
Contact: Dan O'Brien.

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

December 12-13, 2016
Conference: Kant's A-Deduction
University of Leuven
Institute of Philosophy, Kardinaal Mercierplein 2
Leuven, Belgium
The Institute of Philosophy at the University of Leuven invites submissions for a conference dedicated to Kant’s A-Deduction. For various reasons, many commentators tend to overlook the A-Deduction in favor of the 1787 edition. In contrast to that trend, this conference aims to interpret and assess Kant’s A-Deduction on its own terms and shed light on important insights that are pivotal to the Critique of Pure Reason as a whole. Papers focusing on any aspect of the A-Deduction are welcome. Themes of papers may include, but are not limited to: the argumentative structure of the A-Deduction, key concepts of the A-Deduction, the roles of the various faculties, the historical context of the A-Deduction (especially in view of Kant’s relationship to his contemporaries), and the fate of the A-Deduction (e.g. its reappraisal in the Opus postumum).
Confirmed speakers: Manfred Baum (Wuppertal), Corey W. Dyck (Western Ontario), Giuseppe Motta (Graz), Alexandra Newton (Illinois)
    The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, young researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion. Abstracts (between 400 and 800 words) should be sent no later than September 15, 2016 in MSWord as attachment to: Notification of acceptance by September 30, 2016. Abstracts have to be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information should be included in the body of the e-mail.
Contact: Henny Blomme.

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

January 20, 2016
Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable
Alex Silverman (U Chicago): Spinoza
Roosevelt University
Auditorium Bldg and Goodman Center, 430 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
Contact: Kristen Irwin.

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 18-19, 2017
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands
This Seminar aims to bring together advanced students and established scholars working on early modern philosophy (broadly conceived, ranging from the later scholastics to Kant). The intention is to come to a workshop-type of collaboration in order to stimulate scholarly exchange in our field. The Dutch Seminar is part of the activities of the Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought based at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen, and of the OZSW Study Group in Early Modern Philosophy. The language of presentation and discussion is English. Please note that this year the Seminar takes place during the weekend (Saturday 18th February whole day, Sunday 19th February until 1pm).
    Invited speakers: Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard), Emily Thomas (Groningen/Durham)
    Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture (on any topic relevant to early modern philosophy) to Andrea Sangiacomo by October 15, 2016. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a .docx file (please do not use pdf format). The author’s name and contact information (name, affiliation, email and professional status – doctoral student; postdoc; lecturer; etc.) should also be specified in your e-mail message. The abstracts will be peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the outcome of the review by December 20. We will do our best to send the reviewers’ reports to all participants in order to provide useful feedback on the abstracts. There are no registration fees. Attendance is free and all listeners are welcome. No financial help, however, can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.
Contact: Andrea Sangiacomo.

February 18, 2017
Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada
    Invited speaker: Jacqueline Taylor (U San Francisco): "Soldier, Sailor: The Significance of Character Types in Early Modern Texts." The deadline for abstract submissions was July 15, 2016. The program for the seminar will be announced by early October 2016.
    In conjunction with the Seminar, Helen Hattab (U Houston) will be presenting a colloquium talk to the UN-Reno Department of Philosophy on the afternoon of Friday 17 February 2017. This event is free and open to the public, and all those traveling to Reno for the Seminar are welcome to attend.
Contacts: Jason Fisette or Mary Domski.

February 24-25, 2017
Conference: Conceptions of Experience in the German Enlightenment between Wolff and Kant
Institute of Philosophy, Room N
University of Leuven
Kardinaal Mercierplein 2
Leuven, Belgium
Keynote speakers: Christian Leduc (Montréal), Arnaud Pelletier (Brussels), Anne-Lise Rey (Lille), Udo Thiel (Graz)
    The purpose of this conference is to analyze the various conceptions of experience at play in eighteenth-century German philosophy between Leibniz's death in 1716 and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. During this period, the classical Aristotelian definition of experience as cognition of singulars–-to some extent still present in Wolff–-became confronted with the Baconian and Newtonian accounts of empirical knowledge. In the decades before the mid-century, the views of Locke and Hume, as well as French sensualism and materialism, complicated the prevailing German perspective on experience even more: the notion of empirical or ‘historical’ knowledge became linked to experiment and observation, investigations into perception and sensation took center stage, and ‘inner experience’ grew into a widely discussed topic.
    The Berlin Academy, through the prize-essay contests it organized and the writings of its members, importantly contributed to the dissemination of Newtonianism and empiricism. Yet while most philosophers acknowledged the fundamental role of experience, they tried to accomodate the modern notions of experience to a view of cognition and science influenced by Wolffian metaphysics. The question as to the contribution of foundational metaphysical principles and empirical data to scientific knowledge was much discussed, as was the relationship between inner and outer experience, experience and thought, experience and judgment, experience and facts, experience and perception, experience and experiment, and perception and apperception.
    Challenging the historiographical opposition between empiricism and rationalism, the conference aims to explore the often ambivalent or fluid conceptions of experience at work in these debates, as well their influence on disciplines such as psychology and aesthetics. Whereas all contributions relevant to these topics are welcome, we are particularly interested in contributions on the conceptions of experience elaborated by members of the Berlin Academy and by participants in the contests initiated by this institution. The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, junior researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion.
    Abstracts (of no more than 500 words) should be sent in MSWord as attachment to no later than October 15, 2016. Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the e-mail. Notification of acceptance by November 15, 2016.
Contacts: Karin de Boer and Tinca Prunea-Bretonnet.

March 13-14, 2017
Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: Philosophy of/and Education
University of Oxford, Mansfield College
Mansfield Road
Oxford, UK
Speakers: Karen Detlefson (Pennsylvania) and Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser)
    The educational reforms of the early modern period had a substantial impact on philosophy, not only through the ways in which future philosophers were educated--for instance, Descartes's education in the new Jesuit paradigm--but also in informing philosophical discussion about learning and education, including about just in what learning consists, who is capable of learning, the best methods of learning, educational institutions, tools for both theoretical and moral education, and other topics. This seminar aims to encourage discussions around this largely unexplored central philosophical theme of the period.
    Abstracts for papers should be concerned with topics that are connected with the philosophical reflection on the nature of education or the relationship between philosophy and education (both broadly construed) in the early modern period (roughly 1600-1800). The organizers are particularly interested to receive papers that focus upon thinkers and works that are less commonly discussed. However, we hope that those whose work is concerned with more canonical figures or works should not feel deterred from submitting.
    Please send an abstract of approx. two sides double-spaced for a reading/presentation time of approx. 40 minutes no later than December 1, 2016. Please send submissions, which should include name and contact details on a cover sheet only, to Paul Lodge.
Contact: Paul Lodge.

March 31, 2017
Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable
Miren Boehn (Wisconsin, Milwaukee): TBA
University of Illinois, Chicago
Chicago, IL
Contact: Kristen Irwin.

April 6-8, 2017
British Society for the History of Philosophy
University of Sheffield
Diamond Bldg
Sheffield, UK
Keynote speakers: Angie Hobbs (Sheffield), Luc Foisneau (EHESS, Paris), Dina Emundts (Konstanz)
The BSHP invites scholars to submit symposium and individual paper proposals for its general conference. Symposia and individual papers are invited on any topic and any period of the history of philosophy. Proposals for either symposia (3-4 thematically related presentations) or individual presentations (approximately 25-30 minutes) are welcome. Symposium submissions are especially encouraged. Proposal Submission Deadline: 1 October 2016; decision by 1 December 2016. Submissions should be sent as an email attachment (in Word) to:
Proposals for symposia should include:
    -  Title of symposium
    -  Symposium summary statement (maximum 500 words)
    -  Titles and abstracts of papers (maximum 500 words for each paper)
    -  Address of each participant, including e-mail, phone, and institution
    -  Name and email of symposium organizer, who will serve as contact person
Proposals for papers should include:
    -  name and address and email of the participant
    -  title and abstract of the paper (maximum 500 words)
Contact: Jeremy Dunham.

April 21, 2017
Chicago Modern Philosophy Roundtable
Molly Sturdevant (St. Xavier) on Spinoza
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Contact: Kristen Irwin.

April 28-30, 2017
Multilateral Kant Colloquium
Martin Luther University
Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
The theme of the colloquium is: Kant und seine Kritiker – Kant and his critics – Kant et ses critiques. Papers may include discussions of any aspect of Kant’s philosophy and its critique from Kant’s time to the present. The Multilateral Colloquium involves approximately fifty five participants, about 15 of them will be invited presentations. The official languagues are German, English, and French; however, participants can choose to present their papers in Portuguese, Spanish, or Italian, provided a version in one of the official languages is available, too. Due to the traditionally multilateral dimension of the Kant Colloquium and its origin, the selection committee is particularly interested in submissions from participants working in South America, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.
    The selection committee is an international group of Kant-scholars and is chaired by Professor Heiner F. Klemme (MLU). The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2016. Notices of acceptance will be issued by December 1, 2016. Please send all papers electronically to Antonino Falduto. Submissions should be prepared for blind review and be limited to 4400 words, including footnotes and references (longer submissions will not be considered). Please send your file in PDF format, include an abstract of a maximum of 400 words, and a word count at the end of the paper. Contact information should be sent in a separate Word or RTF file. Presentations cannot exceed 50 minutes (30-35 minutes reading time, followed by 15-20 minutes of discussion). There will be conference fee of € 30.
Contact: Falk Wunderlich.

30 May-1 June 2017
Int'l Soc for Intellectual History Conference: The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity
American University in Bulgaria
Balkanski Academic Center
Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Keynotes: Wayne Hudson (Tasmania), Michael Hunter (Birkbeck, U London), Jonathan Israel (Inst Adv Study Princeton), & Lyndal Roper (Oxford)
The collapse of the communist bloc in 1989 put an end to processes of political identification based mainly, if not exclusively, on “strong” political ideologies. Accordingly, the past three decades have witnessed a rediscovery of the role of non-political factors (i.e. religion, culture, ethnicity, etc.) in shaping socio-political communities. These political and cultural phenomena also influenced academia, leading to a revaluation of “religion qua religion” as a legitimate and independent area of inquiry, as well as to a reassessment of its impact on socio-cultural, economic and political dynamics in the making of the modern world.
    The relationship between religious belief and modernity has been interpreted in different ways by intellectual historians. Some historiographical currents argue that modern secular societies developed thanks to the gradual emergence of such ideas as “reasonableness”, “natural religion” and “toleration” among certain religious movements of reform and renewal from the Late Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Other sections of historiography maintain that the making of modernity was produced by a process of secularization, which benefited from the spread of intellectual and cultural currents that, in the Age of Enlightenment, held essentially atheistic and materialistic ideas in philosophy and republican, democratic views in politics. Still others have seen modernity as emerging both from and against a religious, and specifically Christian, worldview, given that the rethinking of several religious concepts, texts and institutions since the Renaissance eventually had secularizing consequences.
    The relationship between ideas and political, economic and socio-cultural contexts also plays a significant role in the ongoing historiographical debate on religion and modernity. The twentieth century saw the opposition between the reductionist approach of social-scientific positivism, which considered ideas, including religious ideas, as mere epiphenomena produced by socio-economic factors, and a view of ideas as able to influence or even determine social and political dynamics. Nevertheless, in recent decades a growing number of historians have adopted a methodological approach that pays great attention to the historical conditions and intellectual contexts of philosophical and religious discourses. According to this approach, ideas play a prominent role as constitutive elements of historical periods, both in themselves and in interacting with social, economic, cultural and political factors.
    At present, when controversial political issues are bringing renewed attention to the significance of religion at a global level, a deeper understanding of how the rethinking of religion and religious belief contributed to the making of the modern world may help to elaborate new theoretical frameworks for addressing current issues. Thus, “The Rethinking of Religious Belief in the Making of Modernity” aims to explore the historical, contextual, and methodological issues that intellectual history should take into account when examining the interactions between religious belief and philosophical, political and scientific concepts.
    Call for Papers: Proposals for 20-minute individual papers are welcome. Proposals for panels, consisting of three 20-minute papers, are also welcome. Both are due no later than 31 December 2016, using the online submission form. Paper and panel proposals are welcome both from ISIH members and scholars who are not members of the Society. The language of the conference is English: all speakers are supposed to deliver their papers in English. Papers and panels may concentrate on any period, region, tradition or discipline relevant to the conference theme. The range of potential subjects of investigation is extremely broad, and may include, but is not limited to:
    •  the contribution of the rediscovery and rethinking of ancient religious beliefs and traditions to the making of modernity
    •  innovations in religious belief and theological doctrine since the High Middle Ages, with a focus on their role in shaping the modern world
    •  the religious dimensions of Renaissance thought, culture and art
    •  the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation in intellectual history
    •  the religious dimensions of the Scientific Revolution
    •  modern biblical hermeneutics and its impact on the modern mind
    •  the relationship between the Enlightenment and religion
    •  reason and revelation in natural religion, rational theology, physico-theology, skepticism, fideism, etc.
    •  discussing and rethinking traditional religious beliefs (e.g. belief in providence, miracles, prophecy, Messianism, millenarianism, the devil, the hell, exorcism, magic, mystical experience, etc.)
    •  atheism, deism, skepticism and irreligion
    •  the role of religious belief in the Age of Revolution
    •  the impact of religious concerns and concepts on legal and political theory
    •  religious toleration and religious freedom
    •  rethinking the rights, position and role of religious minorities in the making of modernity
    •  the consideration of Judaism and Islam in modern western culture
    •  interactions between western civilization and Eastern cultures, with a focus on religious matters
    •  religion in philosophical, sociological and historiographical discourses on modernity and post-modernity
Website and detailed info sheet.
Contact: Diego Lucci.

July 17-21, 2017
International Hume Society Conference
Providence, RI
We invite papers in all areas of Hume studies but especially welcome submissions bearing some relation to the conference themes:
    •  Hume and Berkeley
    •  Hume on time and its significance
    •  Hume on human differences (including differences of sex, race, nation, ethnicity, and between humans and animals)
Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words) and should be submitted with an Abstract (200 words). All self-references should be deleted for anonymous review. Papers and Abstracts must be submitted in English. Papers should not have been published by the date of the conference. Authors may submit their papers as either MS Word documents or in rich text format (RTF). Submissions should be sent to conferences/cmgr/. Hume Society Young Scholar Awards are given to qualifying graduate students whose papers are accepted through the normal anonymous review process. Deadline for Submissions: November 1, 2016. Please email for questions regarding paper submissions.

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.

June 2018
Conference: Berkeley and His Contemporaries
Newport, RI
Contacts: Keota Fields, Bertil Belfrage, or Nancy Kendrick.

July 2018
Conference: History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS)
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands
Contact: Helen Hattab