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 (email@example.com). Events posted on various mailing lists (e.g., philosop, philos, MWSeminar) are incorporated into this page. If no deadline is listed for calls for papers, that means either that the deadline has passed or that presentations were by invitation only.
May 13-15, 2013
New England Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy
Faculty Room, Connecticut Hall
New Haven, CT
May 13, Monday
1:30 Visit to the Beinecke Library to view its collection of early modern philosophical books and manuscripts
3:00 Susanne Sreedhar (Boston U): "Samuel von Pufendorf on Gender and the Family: Revisiting the Debates over Feminism and Early Modern Contract Theory"
5:00 Lilli Alanen (Uppsala): "Self-Awareness and Cognitive Agency in Descartes's Meditations"
May 14, Tuesday
9:00 Justin Steinberg (Brooklyn C.): "Two Puzzles Concerning Spinoza's Conception of Belief"
11:00 Julia Borchering (Yale): "The Marble's Veins: Locke and Leibniz on Innate Ideas"
2:30 Richard Glauser (Neuchâtel): "Volition and Last Judgment in Locke and Van Limborch"
4:30 Susan Songsuk Hahn (MIT): "Kant on the Blind Justice of Aesthetic Verdicts"
May 15, Wednesday
9:00 Paul Russell (British Columbia): "Hume's Skepticism and the Problem of Atheism"
11:00 Alan Nelson (North Carolina, Chapel Hill): "Spinoza on Self-Knowledge"
2:00 Visit to the Beinecke Library
To be included in the conference banquet on Tuesday night (free), please register no later than April 30.
Contact: Kenneth P. Winkler.
May 14-15, 2013
Colloquium on Race and the Enlightenment
May 14, Tuesday, Everest Lounge
1:30-2:45 Robert Bernasconi (Penn State): "Kolb as Source for Buffon, Rousseau and Kant"
2:45-4:00 Charles W. Mills (Northwestern): "Kant and Race Redux"
May 15, Wednesday, PBK Room, Schaffer Library
10:00-11:30 Workshop with speakers
1:30-2:45 Andrew Curran (Wesleyan): "Buffon and Proto-Raciology"
1:30-2:45 Bernard Boxill (Narth Carolina, Chapel Hill): "Sympathy, Resemblance and Race in the Enlightenment"
Contact: Felmon Davis.
May 15-16, 2013
Craiova Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy: "Between Continuity and Transformation: Leibniz on Substance and Substantial Forms"
New Europe College
Str. Plantelor 21
Wednesday, May 15
16:00-17:00 Roger Ariew and Lucio Mare (South Florida): "Substance, Being, and the Individual in Leibniz’s Philosophy, 1663-1686"
17:00-18:00 Andreas Blank (Paderborn): "Presumption and Leibniz's Metaphysics of Action, 1678-1680"
18:00-19:00 Richard Arthur (McMaster): "Substantial forms, points of view, and the relativity of motion"
Thursday, May 16
10:00-11:00 Stefano Di Bella (SNS Pisa): "Hylomorphism without Matter? Transtemporal Sameness and the Rehabilitation of Substantial Forms in Leibniz’s Theory of Substance"
11:30-12:30 Enrico Pasini (Torino): "Essential differences"
12:30-13:30 Pauline Phemister (Edinburgh): "Animals, Plants and Seeds in Leibniz's Philosophy"
16:00-17:00 Adrian Nita (Craiova, Romania): "Substance, unity and identity in early Leibniz’s work"
17:00-18:00 Markku Roinila (Helsinki): "Affects and Activity in Leibniz's 'De Affectibus"
18:00-19:00 Daniel Garber (Princeton): "Monads on my Mind"
Contact: Adrian Nita.
May 16-17, 2013
Conference: "Philosophical Accounts of Action 1500-2000"
University of London
Chancellor's Hall, Senate House
Thursday, May 16
10:00-11:15 Tom Pink (King's College London): "Suarez and Hobbes on Action and Volition"
11:15-12:30 Tom Stoneham (York): "Motion and Action between Descartes and Locke"
13:30-14:45 Tito Magri (Sapienza, Rome): "Taking Actions First"
14:45-16:00 Arto Laitinen (Jyväskylä), Erasmus Mayr (Queen's College, Oxford), Constantine Sandis (Oxford Brookes): Kant and Hegel on Action in Ethics
16:30-17:45 Maria Alvarez (King's College London): "Reid on Agency"
Friday, May 17
10:00-11:15 Giuseppina D'Oro (Keele): "Collingwood on the Everyday and Philosophical Sense of ‘Action'"
11:15-12:30 Jonathan Dancy (Texas, Austin): "Prichard on Causing a Change"
13:30-14:45 Julia Tanney (Kent): "Subtracting My Arm's Going Up from My Raising My Arm: Wittgenstein, Ryle, et al. on the 'Thickness' of Action"
14:45-16:00 Roger Teichmann (St Hilda's, Oxford): "The Voluntary and the Involuntary: Themes from Anscombe"
16:30-17:30 John Hyman (Queen's College, Oxford): "Davidson v. Anscombe"
Registration is required. To register please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Philosophical Accounts 16-17 May 2013” as the subject header. In the message please state in the following format:
• 1. Surname, Forename
• 2. Your fees category
• £10 UOL & Oxford Brookes current staff/students of philosophy & Institute of Philosophy individual members
• £20 staff/students of other philosophy depts
• £40 standard
• 3. Any affiliation (current staff and students should state department and/or course)
All fees will be taken at the conference venue and you will only be contacted in advance if there is a query with your registration.
Contact: Institute of Philosophy.
May 16-17, 2013
Conference: "The Radical Enlightenment: The Big Picture and Its Details"
Universitaire Stichting, Egmontstraat 11
May 16, Thursday
9:00-10:00 (Room A) Jonathan I. Israel (Inst Adv Study, Princeton): "Radical Enlightenment: Monism and the Rise of Modern Democratic Republicanism"
10:00-11:00 (Room A) Wiep van Bunge (Erasmus U Rotterdam): "The Waning of the Radical Enlightenment in the Dutch Republic"
11:15-12:15 (Room A) Else Walravens (Free U Brussels): "The Radicality of Johann Christian Edelmann: A Synthesis of Progressive Enlightenment, Pluralism and Spiritualism"
2:00-3:30 Parallel Session I
2:00-2:30 (Room A) Anya Topolski: "Tzedekah: The True Religion of Spinoza’s Tractatus"
2:00-2:30 (Room B) Ultán Gillen: "Radical Enlightenment and Revolution in 1790s Ireland: The Ideas of Theobald Wolfe Tone"
2:30-3:00 (Room A) Jetze Touber: "The Temple of Jerusalem in Picture and Detail: Biblical Antiquarianism and the Construction of Radical Enlightenment in the Dutch Republic, 1670-1700"
2:30-3:00 (Room B) Sonja Lavaert: "Radical Enlightenment, Enlightened Subversion, and the Reversal of Spinoza"
3:00-3:30 (Room A) Ian Leask: "John Toland’s Origines Judaicae: Speaking for Spinoza?"
3:00-3:30 (Room B) Julio Seoane-Pinilla: "The Transgressive Enlightenment: The Critique of the Present and the Sadeian Order"
3:30-5:00 Parallel Session II
3:30-4:00 (Room A) Falk Wunderlich: "Late Enlightenment Materialism in Germany: The Case of Christoph Meiners and Michael Hißmann"
3:30-4:00 (Room B) Vasiliki Grigoropoulou: "Radical Consciousness in Spinoza and the Case of C. Pamblekis in Greece"
4:00-4:30 (Room A) Paola Rumore: "Between Spinozism and Materialism: Buddeus’ Place in the Early German Enlightenment"
4:00-4:30 (Room B) George N. Vlahakis: Modern Greek Enlightenment: Radical Enlightenment per se"
4:30-5:00 (Room A) Arnaud Pelletier: "How much Radicality can the Enlightenment tolerate? The Case of Gabriel Wagner (Realis de Vienna) Reconsidered"
4:30-5:00 (Room B) Nastassja Pugliese: "Hume and Spinoza on Imagination: Evaluating Ruptures in the Enlightenment"
5:15-6:45 Parallel Session III
3:30-4:00 (Room A) Scott Henkel: "The Radical Enlightenment and Direct Democracy in the Haitian Revolution"
3:30-4:00 (Room B) Rosa Ricci: "The inner-light and the Process of Religious Rationalization in the Dutch Collegiants"
4:00-4:30 (Room A) Emiliano Acosta: "Multitude, Prophets and Philosophers, Public Opinion and State: Deconstructing and Resituating Spinoza’s Radical Political Thought in the Context of Today’s Crisis of Democracy"
4:00-4:30 (Room B) R. Jagersma and G.W.H. Dijkstra: "The unknown Printer of Spinoza finally identified"
4:30-5:00 (Room A) David James: "The German Idealist Response to the Radical Enlightenment and its Influence: From Fichte to the Frankfurt School"
4:30-5:00 (Room B) Patricia Cuoto: "The Role of Jan Hendrik Glazemaker in Spinoza’s Network of Radical Thinkers"
May 17, Friday
9:00-10:00 (F. Cattier Room) Winfried Schröder (Philipps U Marburg): "De Sade: Heir of the Radical Enlightenment?"
10:00-11:00 (F. Cattier Room) Beth Lord (Aberdeen): "What does Spinoza mean by equality in the Theological- Political Treatise?
2:00-3:30 Parallel Session IV
11:15-11:45 (F. Cattier Room) Marc Van den Bossche: "Marked Subjectivities, Or the View from Somewhere"
11:15-11:45 (Room D) Devin Vartija: "Enlightenment Discourses of Natural Equality and Racial Classification"
11:45-12:15 (F. Cattier Room) Charles Devellennes: "Radical Atheism: Jean Meslier in Context"
11:45-12:15 (Room D) Frederik Stjernfelt: "The Emergence of the 'Radical Enlightenment' in Humanist Scholarship"
2:00-3:00 (F. Cattier Room) Eric Schliesser (Ghent): "Spinoza and Enlightenment: Anti-Mathematics"
3:00-4:00 Parallel Session V
3:00-3:30 (F. Cattier Room) Eric Palmer: "Less Radical Enlightenment: A Christian Wing of the French Enlightenment"
3:00-3:30 (Room D) Laura A. Macor: "Friedrich Hölderlin and the Secret Order of the Illuminati: History of a Missed Chance"
3:30-4:00 (F. Cattier Room) Anthony DeSantis: "The Counter Enlightenment: The Big Picture and its Details"
3:30-4:00 (Room D) J.P.T. Geerlings: "Joining the Radical Enlightenment: Johann Konrad Franz von Hatzfeld and the Importance of Belonging"
3:00-4:00 Parallel Session VI
4:15-4:45 (F. Cattier Room) Fabien Chareix: "Christiaan Huygens’s Cosmotheoros: A Dialogue between Science and Religion"
4:15-4:45 (Room D) Marie-Frédérique Pellegrin: "Radicalism and Feminism: The Case of Poulain de la Barre"
4:45-5:15 (F. Cattier Room) Alissa MacMillan: "Exorcising Demons: Critiques of Religion from Hobbes and Bekker"
4:45-5:15 (Room D) Clorinda Donato: "Esoteric Reason and Occult Science: Seamless Pursuits in the Work and Networks of Raimondo di Sangro, The Prince of San Severo"
Contact: Steffen Ducheyne.
May 16-18, 2013
Conference: "Modern Influence in Contemporary Philosophy: Present Problems in a Past Light"
American University of Beirut
Auditorum A, West Hall
Thursday, May 16
1:00-2:30 Thomas Holden (California, Santa Barbara): "Hobbes on the Function of Evaluative Speech"
3:00-4:30 Keota Fields (Massachusetts, Dartmouth): "Berkeley’s Externalism: How Meaning, Normativity, and Anti-Reductionism Shape Idealism and Immaterialism"
5:00-6:30 Galen Strawson (Reading/Texas, Austin): "Locke on Personal Identity"
Friday, May 17
10:30-12:00 Lucas Thorpe (Bogaziçi): TBA
12:00-1:30 Jeff Edwards (Stony Brook): "Squire Allworthy’s Inclinations and Acting from Duty: The Problem of Moral Worth in Kant’s Criticism of Sentimentalist Ethics"
3:30-5:00 Kenneth Westphal (East Anglia/Bielefeld): "Autonomy, Freedom and Embodiment: Hegel’s Critique of Contemporary Biologism"
Saturday, May 18
10:30-12:00 Daniel Selcer (Duquesne): "The Ontology of the Multitude in Hobbes and Spinoza"
12:30-2:00 Daniel W. Smith (Purdue): "What Does It Mean to Be Leibnizian Today?"
May 17-18, 2013
Conference: Spinoza and Nietzsche in Dialogue
Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London
Room B01, Clore Management Centre
Friday 17 May
10.30-12.00 Moira Gatens (Sydney) and Paul Patton (New South Wales): "The Exemplar in Spinoza and Nietzsche"
14.00-15.30 Donald Rutherford (UC San Diego): "Perfectionism in Spinoza and Nietzsche"
15.30-17.00 Hannah Grosse Wiesmann (Humboldt, Berlin): "Spinoza's Conatus and Nietzsche's Will to Power: Self-Preservation vs. Increase of Power?"
Saturday 18 May
10.30-12.00 Martin Saar (J. W. Goethe, Frankfurt): "Another Radical Enlightenment? Spinoza and Nietzsche on Power and Knowledge"
14.00-15.30 Alexander Douglas (King's College London) and Christoph Schuringa (Birkbeck, London): "Spinoza and Nietzsche On Valuing"
16.00-18.00 Round Table Discussion
Contact: Alexander Douglas.
May 18, 2013
Séminaire Descartes: Tad Schmaltz's Descartes on Causation, 2nd ed. (Oxford UP 2012)
École normale supérieure, 45 rue d’Ulm, salle Dussane
Élodie Cassan (Ac. Créteil): "La Causalité Cartésiene"
Avec la participation de Frédéric De Buzon (Strasbourg), Vincent Carraud (Paris-Sorbonne), Daniel Garber (Princeton), et Steven Nadler (Wisconsin, Madison)
Response: Tad Schmaltz (Michigan)
Tad Schmaltz (Michigan): "Les lois et l’ordre: Malebranche, Berkeley, Hume"
Contact: Sophie Roux.
May 19-21, 2013
Atlantic Canada-Israel Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Theme: Reason, Freedom, and the Passions in Descartes and Spinoza
Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Spinoza Center; and Tel Aviv University, Gilman Bldg.
May 19, Sunday, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Upper Hall
10:30-11:30 Lilli Alanen (Uppsala): "Affects and Ideas in Spinoza’s Therapy of the Passions"
11:30-12:30 Ericka Tucker (California State Polytechnic): "Emotion and Reason in Spinoza’s Social Theory"
13:30-14:30 Yakir Levin (Ben–Gurion, Negev): "The Unity and Coherence of Spinoza’s Account of Freedom, Reason, and the Passions"
14:30-15:30 Julie R. Klein (Villanova): "Intellection and Freedom"
16:00-17:00 Noa Naaman-Zauderer (Tel Aviv): "Self–Experience and the Imago Dei Doctrine in Descartes and Spinoza"
17:00-18:00 Jonathan Fine (Columbia): "Becoming Like God: Freedom of the Will in Descartes"
May 20, Monday, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Upper Hall
10:30-11:30 John Cottingham (Reading): "The Passions: Help or Hindrance to the Good Life?"
11:30-12:30 Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser): "Descartes and Spinoza on the Primitive Passions: Why So Different?"
13:30-14:30 Amihud Gilead (Haifa): "Spinoza on Passions, Reason, and Freedom"
14:30-15:30 John Grey (Boston U): "Spinoza on Reason, Freedom, and the Composition of the Body"
16:00-17:00 Tom Vinci (Dalhousie/Tel Aviv): "Descartes vs. Kant on Reason and Representation"
17:00-18:00 Elliot Samuel Paul (Barnard, Columbia U): "Reason as the Faculty of Modal Cognition: Descartes on Certainty and Doubt"
May 21, Tuesday, Tel Aviv University, Gilman Bldg Room 496
10:30-11:30 Michael Della Rocca (Yale): "Spinoza’s Causal Theory of Action: Inexplicability in, and of, Action"
11:30-12:30 Ohad Nachtomy (Bar-Ilan): "Agency and Necessity in Spinoza"
13:30-14:30 Omri Boehm (New School for Social Research): "Freedom, Générosité, and the Cogito: Cartesian Self-Constitution Reconsidered"
14:30-15:30 Saja Parvizian (Illinois, Chicago): "Cartesian Generosity Reconsidered"
16:00-17:00 Yitzhak Y. Melamed (Johns Hopkins): "Spinoza’s Amor Dei Intellectualis"
17:00-18:00 Yirmiyahu Yovel (Hebrew U Jerusalem/New School): "Reason and Beatitude: Self-Love in Humans and in God"
Contacts: Noa Naaman-Zauderer and Tom Vinci.
May 21, 2013
Oxford Brookes International Hume Conference: Why Hume Matters
Ashmolean Museum, Headley Lecture Theatre
10.15-10.30 Dan O’Brien: ‘Welcome and Introduction'
10.30-11.45 Angela Coventry & Emilio Mazza (Portland / Milan): ‘Humean Eyes (One particular Shade of Blue)’
12.00-13.15 Richard Fry (Georgetown): ‘Hume’s Naturalistic Mind'
14.45-16.00 Elijah Millgram (Utah): ‘Living with Nihilism'
16.15-17.30 Jackie Taylor (San Francisco): ‘Hume’s Enlightenment Legacy'
Contact: Daniel O'Brien.
May 22-24, 2013
Venice Lectures: "Spinoza as Moral Philosopher" by Steven Nadler (Wisconsin, Madison)
University Ca’ Foscari Venice
Aula Baratto, Ca’ Foscari, Dorsoduro 3246
May 22: Good and Evil
May 23: The Motivations of Virtue
May 24: Benevolence, or The Lives of Others
Contact: Matteo Favaretti.
May 23-24, 2013
Conference: "Aristotelian Natural Philosophy in the Early Modern Period"
Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts
Palais des Académies, 1 rue Ducale
Thursday, May 23
10:00–10:30 Opening: Maarten Van Dyck & Lucian Petrescu (Ghent)
10:30–11:30 Paul Richard Blum (Loyola, Maryland): "Aristotelian natural philosophy in Ficino"
11:45–12:45 Daniel Andersson (Oxford/Babes-Bolyai, Cluj) : TBA
14:30–15:20 José Higuera (Inst Estudis Medievals, U Autònoma Barcelona): "Lullian 'atomism' and the problem of continuum: a logical and geometrical explanation of the constitution of the bodies"
15:20–16:10 Zornitsa Radeva (Freiburg): "Reading Averroes' De substantia orbis in Renaissance Padua: two examples"
16:30–17:20 Joseph Zapeda (St. Mary's, California): "Descartes the arch-Aristotelian: The Theory of Place and Space"
Friday, May 24
10:00-11:00 Helen Hattab (Houston): "Alteration or Generation? Late Aristotelian Accounts of the Substantial Form"
11:20-12:10 Fabrizio Baldassarri (Parma): "Harvey, Descartes et le rôle de la philosophie naturelle d’Aristote dans la découverte de la circulation"
12:10-13:00 Benjamin Goldberg (East Tennessee State): "William Harvey, Humanism, and Eclectic Aristotelianism"
14:30–15:30 Dániel Schmal (Peter Pázmány Catholic U, Budapest): "The Problem of Memory in Descartes and Late Scholasticism"
15:30-16:20 Lucio Mare (South Florida): "Sed Magis Amicus Aristoteles: Leibniz’ Early Attempt at a Reformed Physics of the Novatores"
16:40–17:40 Roger Ariew (South Florida): "Fromondus’ Treatise on the Comet of 1618 and 'De Cometis' from his Meteorology"
Contact: Lucian Petrescu.
May 24, 2013
Symposium: Thinking through Spinoza
Queen Mary, University of London
Arts 2 Building, room 3.20
10.00-10.15 Caroline Williams (QMUL): Opening Remarks: Thinking, through Spinoza
10.15-11.30 Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht): "Vital materialism: Spinoza after Deleuze"
11.45-12.30 Beth Lord (Aberdeen): "Spinoza's concept of equality"
12.30-1.15 Peg Rawes (UCL): "Spinoza's Geometric Ecologies"
2.15-3.00 Filippo del Lucchese (Brunel)z: "Jura communia as anima imperii: the symptomatic relationship between law and conflict in Spinoza"
3.00-3.45 Simon O'Sullivan (Goldsmiths): "Spinoza and the Production of Subjectivity (or, the Three Kinds of Knowledge, and the Passage Between)"
4.00-5.15 Moira Gatens (Sydney): "Spinoza and Art"
5.15-6.30 Caroline Williams (QMUL): Closing Remarks
Contact: Caroline Williams.
May 30, 2013
Séminaire Descartes: Descartes et Montaigne: Nouvelles Interprétations
École normale supérieure, 45 rue d’Ulm, salle de Résistants
14:00-15:30 Ian Maclean (All Souls College, Oxford): "Les degrés de certitude chez Montaigne, Bacon et Descartes"
16:00-18:30 Montaigne Studies (printemps 2013): Descartes et Montaigne
Interventions de Jean-Charles Darmon (ENS) et Bernard Sève (Lille 3)
Avec la participation de Philippe Desan (Chicago), Thierry Gontier (Lyon 3), Gianni Paganini (Vercelli), Nicola Panichi (Urbino), et Mariafranca Spallanzani (Bologne)
Contact: Denis Kambouchner
May 30, 2013
Symposium: "The Social and Political Thought of Mary Wollstonecraft"
Birkbeck College, University of London
Malet Street, Main Building, Room B36
Mary Wollstonecraft is by any accounts a remarkable and versatile thinker. Long appreciated as an inspirational and visionary feminist, she was also a noted historian, travel writer, educator, novelist and activist. Only recently, however, is she being rediscovered as an important and innovative philosopher in her own right, and one who deserves to be studied and understood not only as a product of her time, or through the canon of male writers who influenced her, but firmly on her own terms. The papers in this symposium explore Wollstonecraft’s ideas both in relation to other female writers of the period and as providing valuable insights into issues of contemporary political relevance such as the nature of rights and the accommodation of cultural diversity.
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome
9:10 - 10:00 Sandrine Berges (Bilkent): "Mary Wollstonecraft and Sophie de Grouchy"
10:00 - 10:50 Martina Reuter (Jyväskylä): "Wollstonecraft’s Critique of Rousseau"
11:20 - 12:10 Alan Coffee (King’s College London): "Cultural Diversity and the Virtuous Republic"
12:10 - 13:00 Lena Halldenius (Lund): "Wollstonecraft and Representation"
14:30 - 15:30 Susan James (Birkbeck College London): "Wollstonecraft and Rights"
15:50 - 16:20 Barbara Taylor (Queen Mary, London): "Wollstonecraft and Modern Philosophy"
16:20 - 16:50 Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, London): "Wollstonecraft and Republicanism"
16:50 Closing Remarks
Contact: Julia Eisner
May 30-31, 2013
Leuven Kant Conference
Catholic University of Leuven
Huis Bethlehem, Schapenstraat 34
9.35-11.00 Stephen Palmquist (Hong Kong Baptist): "The Necessity of Historical Faith as a Prudent Receptacle for Milking the Kantian Cow"; respondent: Geert van Eekert (Antwerp)
11.20-12.50 Parallel Session 1: Moral Progress and Education
11.20-12.05 Liesbet Vanhaute (Antwerp): "How to be Good: Kant's Views on Moral Progress"
12.05-12.50 Martin Sticker (St. Andrews): "Educating the Common Agent: Kant on the Varieties of Moral Education"
11.20-12.50 Parallel Session 2: Two Sources of Knowledge
11.20-12.05 Colin McQuillan (St. Mary's, San Antonio): "Is the Distinction between Sensible and Intellectual Cognition Logical, Real, or Transcendental?"
12.05-12.50 Henny Blomme (Edinburgh): "The Asymmetrical Foundation of Transcendental Idealism and Empirical Realism in Kant's Critique of Pure Reason"
14.00-17.30 Parallel Session 3: Kant on Faith and Hope
14.00-14.45 Jonathan Head (Keele): "Radical Evil: Descriptive or Prescriptive?"
14.45-15.30 Juan A. Bonaccini (Recife, Brazil): "Kant on Belief and the Status of Miracles"
15.30-16.15 Dennis Vanden Auweele (KU Leuven): "Kant's Christology without Jesus"
16.45-17.30 Edward Kanterian (Kent): "To What Extent was Kant a Panentheist?"
14:00-17:30 Parallel Session 4: Kant on Science and Nature
14.00-14.45 David Zapero (Paris I): "The Distinction between Reason and Nature in Kant's Practical Philosophy"
14.45-15.30 Gabriele Gava (Frankfurt, Main): "Kant's Definition of Science in the Architectonic of Pure Reason and the Essential Ends of Reason"
15.30-16.15 Arnaud Pelletier (KU Leuven): "Reassessing Kant as a Natural Scientist"
16.45-17.30 Robert C. Clewis (Munich): "Did Kant's Lectures on Physical Geography Reflect the Critical Philosophy?"
17.30-19.00 Jennifer Mensch (Penn State): "System and Organism in the Critique of Pure Reason"; respondent: Liesbet Vanhaute (Antwerp)
10.00-12.45 Parallel Session 5: Lessons from the Third Critique
10.00-10.45 Kristi Sweet (Texas A&M): "Reflection and the Future of Theoretical Philosophy"
10.45-11.30 Bart Vandenabeele (Ghent): "Aesthetic Ideas and the Sublime in Art"
12.00-12.45 Andrea Rehberg (Ankara): "The Coherence of the Universal"
10.00-12.45 Parallel Session 6: The Reach of the Understanding: Critique of Pure Reason
10.00-10.45 Courtney Fugate (Beirut): "The Link Between Reason and Nature in Baumgarten and Kant"
10.45-11.30 Thomas Land (Cambridge): "Perception, Concepts, and Spatial Repre-sentation in Kant"
12.00-12.45 Karin de Boer (KU Leuven): "Kant's Account of the Schematism of Pure Concepts and his Critique of Wolffian Metaphysics"
14.00-15.30 Parallel Session 7: The Spontaneous-Autonomous Self
14.00-14.45 Osvaldo Ottaviani (Pisa): "The Kantian Cogito: Existence and the 'I think'"
14.45-15.30 Ryan Wines (KU Leuven): "Kant on the Analyticity of Hypothetical Imperatives"
14.00-15.30 Parallel Session 8: The Reach of the Understanding: Critique of Judgment
14.00-14.45 Simon Truwant (KU Leuven): "Kant's Transcendental Topology"
14.45-15.30 Cody Staton (KU Leuven): "Unconditional Understanding: Kant and §§76-77 of the Critique of Judgment"
16.00-17.30 Avery Goldman (DePaul): TBA; respondent: Simon Truwant (KU Leuven)
The conference diner on Thursday night, including drinks, is 40 euro. Please register at the conference website and indicate whether you want to join the dinner before May 20. Payments can be made while registrating at the conference (cash only).
Contacts: Arnaud Pelletier and Karin de Boer.
May 31-June 2, 2013
North American Kant Society Biannual Conference
Sage School of Philosophy, 232 East Avenue
Scheduled speakers: Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame), Stephen Engstrom (Pittsburgh), Rachel Zuckert (Northwestern), Michael Friedman (Stanford).
Call for Papers: papers are welcome in any area of Kant’s philosophy, or on themes related to his philosophy. Please identify the area under which you wish your paper to be considered (theoretical, practical, etc.). Papers should not exceed 20 minutes reading time (approx. 3000 words). Papers will be blind reviewed, and so please keep identifying information on a separate page. We especially encourage graduate student submissions. If you are a graduate student, please identify yourself as such in the identifying information page. A $200 travel award will be provided for the best graduate paper and this paper will be considered for the annual Markus Herz Prize. Submissions should be sent as attachments (doc, docx, pdf) to the Cornell NAKS Conference no later than January 1, 2013.
Contact: Andrew Chignell.
June 5-7, 2013
Conference: "The Importance of Learning: Liberal Education in Historical Perspective"
Wednesday, June 5
2:15-2:30 (101 McCormick) Daniel Garber (Princeton): Welcoming Address
2:30-4:00 (101 McCormick) Anthony Grafton (Princeton): "The Humanities and Their Ecology at the Present Time"
4:30-5:00 (105 Chancellor Green) Emma Wilson (Illinois): "Petrus Ramus: Champion of the Revival of Classical Pragmatism in Liberal Education in Early Modern Europe"
5:00-5:30 (105 Chancellor Green) James A. T. Lancaster (Warburg Institute): "Francis Bacon: The Advancement of Learning and the Superstitious Mind"
5:30-6:00 (105 Chancellor Green) Michael Carhart (Old Dominion): "Historia Literaria as Western Civ.: The Humanist origins of a perennial course in the modern curriculum"
Thursday, June 6
9:00-9:45 (105 Chancellor Green) Laura Kotevska (Sydney): "Ancients vs. Moderns: Arnauld as Belletrist and Reformist"
9:45-10:30 (105 Chancellor Green) Stephen Gaukroger (Sydney): "The rise of a medical 'science of man’ as a replacement for metaphysics and theology with the closure of universities in the French Revolutionary period"
11:00-11:30 (010 East Pine) Mihnea Dobre (Bucharest): "Theory and experimentation in the new philosophy: the case of Cartesianism"
11:30-12:00 (010 East Pine) Mogens Laerke (ENS Lyon): "Partners in Invention: Leibniz and Encyclopedic Education"
12:00-12:30 (010 East Pine) Anik Waldow (Sydney): "The Artifice of Human Nature: Hume, Rousseau, Herder"
2:00-3:30 (101 McCormick) Howard Hotson (Oxford): "Homo economicus versus Homo sapiens sapiens: Intellectual History and the Defence of Academic Values"
5:45-7:15 (101 McCormick) William Clark (UCLA): title TBA
Friday, June 7
9:00-9:30 (111 East Pine) Constance Blackwell (Warburg Institute): "Order, History and Progress in the Arts and Sciences in Zabarella, Keckermann and Morhof: Some Renaissance Roots of an Enlightenment Idea"
9:30-10:00 (111 East Pine) Anton Matytsin (Pennsylvania): "Anti-Skeptical Pedagogy in the Early Enlightenment"
10:00-10:30 (111 East Pine) Varad Mehta (George Washington): "Sparta and the Education of the Eighteenth Century"
10:30-11:00 (111 East Pine) Patrick Frierson (Whitman): "The Double Problem of Liberal Education in Kant, Rousseau, and Montessori"
11:30-12:00 (111 East Pine) Hilary Stroh (Kansas): "Not the Scholar but the Gentleman: The Breadth of Liberal Education in early-modern England"
12:00-12:30 (111 East Pine) Richard A. Strier)(Chicago): "Punishment versus Prudence: The Tempest and the Humanist Tradition"
12:00-12:30 (111 East Pine) Giuliana Di Biase (G. d’Annunzio): "The idea of liberal education in John Locke’s Some Thoughts concerning Education"
Contact: James A. T. Lancaster.
June 12-15, 2013
Lectures by Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers): "Ideas of Substance and the Identity of a Substance in Early Modern Philosophy"
Along with the proliferation of theories about the elements that constitute a substance in post-scholastic early modern philosophy, there is an increasing interest in explaining the persistence of a substance. Different theories of the internal structure of a substance go hand in hand with different accounts of the substance-accident dependence relation and both influence accounts of how it is that a substance endures when its accidents change. Complicating these issues is a tendency among early moderns to hold that there are both simple substances, which include no other substances, and compound ‘substances’, where animals and other living things are compounds. Discussion will center on accounts of these issues urged by Descartes, Arnauld, Locke and Leibniz with attention to connections among them.
Wednesday, June 12, HU main building, Unter den Linden 6, room 3119
9:30-12:30 "Descartes on thought as principal attribute of an individual substance"
14:30-17:30 "Descartes and Locke on substance and the substance-mode relation"
Thursday, June 13, Topoi building, Hannoversche Straße 6, room 1.03
9:30-12:30 "Defense of Locke’s general account of identity against familiar objections"
14:30-17:30 "Locke on persons, personal identity and agency"
Friday, June 14, Topoi building, Hannoversche Straße 6, room 1.03
9:30-12:30 "Leibniz on change in the monad"
Saturday, June 15, Topoi building, Hannoversche Straße 6, room 1.03
9:30-12:30 "Leibniz’s two accounts of the identity of a substance (1698-1704)"
If you like to attend, please register by e-mail with Christian Barth or Vili Lahteenmaki. Attendance requires pre-reading of texts provided by Martha Brandt Bolton. The texts will be disseminated by e-mail.
June 13-14, 2013
Conference: Hugo Grotius's Ordinum Pietas (1613) and Its Early Reception
Peace Palace Library
The Hague, Netherlands
In 2013 it will be four hundred years ago that Hugo Grotius published his Ordinum Pietas, a book that on publication provoked more repercussions than any of his other works. Under the auspices of the Grotiana Foundation, this symposium will include papers that focus on the (early) seventeenth-century reception of Ordinum Pietas and Grotius’ views expressed in it.
Thursday, June 13
14:45-15:30 Edwin Rabbie (The Hague): Introduction
15:30-16:15 Silke-Petra Bergjan (Zürich): "Church Fathers and Church Politics in the Ordinum Pietas"
16:30-17:15 Charles D. Gunnoe (Aquinas College, Michigan): "The Evolution of Erastianism: Grotius's Engagement with Erastus"
17:15-18:00 Harm-Jan van Dam (Vrije U Amsterdam): "Improving upon the Ordinum Pietas? Grotius’ unpublished Tractatus de iure magistratuum (1614)"
18:00-19:00 B.W.W. De Gaay Fortman (Utrecht): [On the actuality of Grotius' views on Church and State]
Friday, June 14
9:30-10:15 Michael Becker (Heidelberg): "The Reception of Hugo Grotius’s Ordinum Pietas in Heidelberg
10:15-11:00 Hugh Dunthorne (Swansea): "History, Theology and Tolerance: Grotius and His English Contemporaries"
11:15-12:00 Charles W.A. Prior (Hull): "‘The Highest Powers': Grotius and the Internationalisation of Church and State"
12:00-12:45 Dirk Pfeifer (Leiden): "The Legacy of Grotius’s Ordinum Pietas in the Determination of an Arminian Identity"
12:45-13:30 Matthijs de Blois (Utrecht): "Grotius and the (Ana-)Baptists on Church and State"
13:30-14:00 Closing Remarks
Contact: Hans Blom.
June 18, 2013
Workshop: Themes from Groundwork III
King's College London
605 Philosophy Building, 12:00-17:00
John Callanan (King’s College London): "Kant and the Explanation of Morality"
Joe Saunders (Sheffield): "From Reason to Freedom to Autonomy: A Defence of Korsgaard’s Groundwork III"
Robert Stern (Sheffield): "Kant’s Argument for Freedom in Groundwork III"
Martin Sticker (St Andrews): "How can Common Human Reason confirm the Correctness of the Deduction in Groundwork III?"
Papers will be distributed beforehand.
Contact: Joe Saunders.
June 18-20, 2013
Colloque international Leibniz-Diderot
Tuesday, June 18
10:00-10:50 Josiane Boulad-Ayoub (UQAM, Montreal): "Les partis pris matérialistes de Diderot dans l'article Leibnitzianisme"
10:50-11:40 Graeme Hunter (Ottawa): "Diderot and Leibniz: A Materialist Rapprochement"
12:10-13:00 Mitia Rioux-Beaulne (Ottawa): "'Laissez là vos individus': Diderot et Leibniz devant le bien-fondé des phénomènes"
14:30-15:20 Mogens Laerke (CERPHI): "Leibniz et Diderot: Les Lumières, l'éclectisme, et la pensée audacieuse et modérée"
15:20-16:10 Barbara de Negroni (Lycée Blanqui, Saint-Ouen): "Encyclopédies et totalisations du savoir?"
16:40-17:30 Arnaud Pelletier (Leuven): "La notion d'ordre chez Leibniz et Diderot"
17:30-18:20 Paul Rateau (Paris 1): "La question de l'optimisme dans l'Encyclopédie"
Wednesday, June 19
9:20-10:10 Christian Leduc (Montréal): "L'analogie leibnizienne dans le débat entre Diderot et Maupertuis"
10:10-11:00 Anne-Lise Rey (Lille 1): "Philosophie expérimentale et philosophie rationnelle: quels choix méthodologiques pour penser le vivant?"
11:30-12:20 Sophie Audidière (Dijon): "Diderot et la statue de Leibniz sculptée par Fontenelle"
12:20-13:10 Ansgar Lyssy (Montreal): "Human equality? On the spinozist and leibnizian origins of Diderot's conception of natural rights"
14:30-15:20 François Duchesneau (Montreal): "Diderot et le couple leibnizien monade-corps organique"
15:20-16:10 François Pépin (CERPHI): "Diderot et Leibniz face la chimie du vivant"
16:40-17:30 Justin Smith (Concordia-Paris 7): "Was Diderot a Leibnizian? The Problem of Parthenogenesis"
Thursday, June 20
9:20-10:10 Daniel Dumouchel (Montreal): "Diderot et les petites perceptions esthétiques"
10:10-11:00 Claire Fauvergue (Nagoya): "Conscience et perception chez Leibniz et Diderot"
11:30-12:20 Cécile Alvarez (Nanterre, Paris Ouest): "Leibniz dans le Salon de 1767: interpréter la 'bouffée métaphysique'"
12:20-13:10 Marine Picon (CERPHI): "Diderot et les 'Méditations rationnelles' de Leibniz: hasards et fortunes d'un détournement"
Contact: Christian Leduc.
June 27-28, 2013
Workshop: Kant and the Lawfulness of Nature
University of Edinburgh
Room 7.01 Dugald Stewart Building
Thursday, June 27
2:00-3:30 Eric Watkins (California, San Diego): "What is, for Kant, a law of nature?"; commentator Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge)
3:45-5:15 Peter McLaughlin (Heidelberg): "Regulative principles and empirical laws"; commentator: Catherine Wilson (York)
5:15-6:45 Michael Friedman (Stanford): "Natural laws and natural necessity"; commentator: Marius Stan (Boston Coll)
Friday, June 28
9:30-11:00 Konstantin Pollok (South Carolina): "‘The understanding prescribes laws to nature’: Spontaneity, legislation, and Kant’s transcendental hylomorphism"; commentator: Michela Massimi (Edinburgh)
11:12:45 Andrew Chignell (Cornell): "Can Kantian Laws be Broken? The Question of Empirical Miracles"; commentator: Alix Cohen (York)
Contact: James Collin.
June 27-28, 2013
Conference: Humean Readings
This conference will consist of morning and afternoon sessions devoted to examining the many subjects dealt with in the philosophical work of David Hume, from both a historical and a more strictly philosophical point of view. Papers in English are therefore invited in the many fields of Hume’s philosophy.
Invited speakers include: Jacqueline Taylor (San Francisco), Dan O’Brien (Oxford Brookes), James Harris (St Andrews).
Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. Presentation along with discussion will be limited to about one hour. Abstracts should be submitted to Alessio Vaccari no later than May 15th; decisions will be announced by May 20th. Please enclose a short c.v.
Contact: Alessio Vaccari.
June 28-29, 2013
Workshop: "'Beauty Is Valid Only for Human Beings': Kant's Aesthetics in the Critique of Judgement"
Workshop speaker: Eckart Förster (Johns Hopkins)
Senatssaal V 1001; 10:00-12:00, 14:00-18:00
This workshop will center primarily on questions regarding Kant’s theory of beauty in the Critique of Judgement. In addition to reading and discussing articles by Eckart Förster on this topic, we will dicuss the following issues:
• The Analysis of Beauty
• Why is there a Dialectic in the Critique of Judgment?
• Genius and Aesthetic Ideas
• Beauty as a Symbol
• Why is the Critique of Taste transformed in a Critique of Judgement?
Eckart Förster will also give a lecture the evening before the workshop, June 27, 18:00-20:00. (Workshop-languages will be German and English.)
Registration is free, but we request that you register ahead of time (by June 10, 2013), as space is limited. To register, contact Dina Emundts.
Contact: Dina Emundts.
July 3-6, 2013
Conference: Scotland, Europe and Empire in the Age of Adam Smith and Beyond
University of Paris, Sorbonne
Centre Roland Mousnier–UMR 8596 CNRS
Wednesday, July 3
The conference will kick off on Wednesday 3 July with a plenary lecture by Emma Rothschild (Harvard) on “Overseas at Home: France and Scotland in the Eighteenth Century.” This will be followed by three days of concurrent panels, a plenary lecture by Amartya Sen (Harvard) [topic TBA], and a concluding plenary lecture by Michael Biziou (Nice) on “Kant and Smith as Critics of Hume’s Theory of Justice: Property, Poverty and Redistribution of Wealth.” There will also be a concert by the Sorbonne Scholars (Thursday); a visit to Le Musée Carnavalet-- the museum of the history of Paris--followed by a buffet (Friday); and a conference dinner at Paris’s oldest restaurant, the famous Le Procope (Saturday). Thanks to generous support from the Sorbonne, all of this will be included in the comprehensive registration fee of €135 (€110 for graduate students, retirees, and guests).
Contacts: Jean-François Dunyach and Remy Debes.
July 5-8, 2013
Conference: Kant on Animals
Sponsor: University of Witwatersrand; location: Protea Hotel, Kruger Park Gate
Johannesburg, South Africa
This conference will be the first one devoted solely to the topic of the status of non-human animals within Kant’s philosophy. The conference will explore the place of animals in Kant’s Pre-Critical and Critical writings, and with regard to Kant’s epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and natural science. Topics to be examined will include duties to animals, the role of animals in Kant's biology, and the contrast with animals in Kant's anthropology.
Confirmed speakers: John Callanan (King's C London), Steve Naragon (Manchester), Jon Garthoff (Tennessee, Knoxville), Sacha Golob (King's C London), Ina Goy (Concordia), Patrick Kain (Purdue), Thaddeus Metz (Johannesburg), Colin McClear (Cornell), Nick Stang (Florida), Sergio Tenenbaum (Toronto), Clinton Tolley (California, San Diego), Jennifer Uleman (Purchase C), Helga Varden (Illinois), Eric Watkins (California, San Diego), Andrew Chignell (Cornell).
Call for Papers: Papers, suitable for presentation in 30 minutes, should be sent to Lucy Allais no later than March 31, 2013.
Contact: Lucy Allais.
July 5-10, 2013
Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: "The Losers of the Scientific Revolution"
Invited speakers: Igor Agostini (Salento), Stefano Di Bella (SNS Pisa), Daniel Garber (Princeton), Sophie Roux (Grenoble), Emanuela Scribano (Ca'Foscari Venezia)
History is written by the victors--but not when it comes to the Scientific Revolution. Revisionist historiographies in the post-Kuhnian tradition have often championed the losers. Questioning the traditional accounts (Whiggish or Marxist), recent narratives of the scientific revolution have drastically altered the portraits of the relevant actors, parties and currents of thought, while also questioning the categories and concepts formerly used to tell the story of the emergence (or "origins") of modern science. However, not all the traditional historiographical categories have been replaced: narratives in terms of "winners" and "losers" still prevail. Meanwhile, intellectual historians have begun to ask a number of questions relative to these categories, such as:
- What historiographical assumptions underwrite our decision that a thinker, an idea or a theory are to be numbered among the winning or the losing camp? Do these roles change with the specific perspective we adopt?
- What kinds of interaction do we take the winners and the losers to have been engaged in--battles between diverging worldviews or debates based on at least some shared presuppositions? polemical clashes or confrontations issuing in modified positions on either side?
- What kinds of context (intellectual, social, religious, political, institutional, material) can best account for the fate of ideas or theories and their winner or loser status?
Our seminar invites reflection on such (and related) issues and investigation of particular cases that may illuminate them. It aims to do so by using the vantage point of the losers (variously defined), which may be the more profitable in trying to understand what exactly is going on when "you win some, you lose some."
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 Losers of the Scientific Revolution,” 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.
The Seminar will take place in Bran, a small mountain resort near Brasov, in Transylvania. It will be hosted in a small, friendly Bed and Breakfast (single or double rooms). The participation fee is 150 EUR for faculty and 90 EUR for students (covering accommodation with breakfast). 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 April 20 to Vlad Alexandrescu, Sorana Corneanu, and Dana Jalobeanu.
July 7-8, 2013
Conference: "Philosophy in the Age of Euler: Science and Enlightenment"
University of Ghent
Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences
Keynote speakers: Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory) and Brandon Look (Kentucky)
This workshop aims to bring together research on the sources, reception, and contents of Euler's philosophy. We welcome abstracts on any aspect of Euler's philosophy, including his physics and theology as well as Euler's interlocutors (e.g., Newton, Leibniz, Maupertuis, Wolff, D'Alembert, etc.) and his reception (e.g., Kant).
Send your abstract (max. 250 words), prepared for blind review, and an information sheet with your name, contact information, institutional affiliation and status, and the title to Eric Schliesser no later than April 1, 2013.
Contact: Eric Schliesser.
July 14, 2013
Aristotelian Society-Mind Association Joint Session
University of Exeter
Business School, Streatham Campus
5:30-6:30 Sarah Patterson (Birkbeck): "Descartes on Nature, Habit and the Corporeal World"
6:30-7:30 John Cottingham (Reading): "Descartes and Darwin: Reflections on the Sixth Meditation"
The Joint Session will be meeting at the University of Exeter 12-14 July 2013.
Contact: Christine Hauskeller.
July 18-20, 2013
Conference: "'Reading Between the Lines': Leo Strauss and the History of Early Modern Philosophy"
Thursday, July 18; Great Hall, 19:00
Lothar Kreimendahl (Mannheim): "Kants Philosophie vor dem Hintergrund der europäischen Aufklärung und den Traditionen ihrer Erforschung"
Friday, July 19, Marburg Archives
9.00-9.30 Winfried Schröder (Philipps, Marburg): Introduction to Leo Strauss's Hermeneutics
9.30-10.15 Thomas Meyer (München): "How to Write Exoteric and Esoteric Philosophy? Leo Strauss's Journey from Spinoza via Maimonides to Xenophon, Aristophanes, and Plato
10.15-11.00 Adrian Blau (Kings College London): "The Irrelevance of (Straussian) Hermeneutics"
11.30-13.30 Dietrich Schotte (Philipps, Marburg): "Apologia Straussii"
15.00-15.45 Gianni Paganini (Vercelli): "The Art of Rewriting. Hobbes's Search for the "first cause or causes"
15.45-16.30 Aloysius Martinich (Texas): "Leo Strauss's Olympian Interpretation of Thomas Hobbes"
17.00-17.45 Edwin Curley (Michigan): Reading between the Lines in the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus
17.45-18.30 John Christian Laursen (California, Riverside): "Spinoza and the Morality of Writing between the Lines, or, to Put it another Way, Lying"
Saturday, July 20, Marburg Archives
10.00-11:00 Jonathan Israel (Princeton): "Leo Strauss, Spinoza and the Radical Enlightenment"
11.00-12.00 Tristan Dagron (ENS Lyon): "John Toland on the Art of Writing"
12.00-13.00 Antony McKenna (St Étienne): "Pierre Bayle and the red herring"
14.30 Excursion to Kirchhain, Leo Strauss' birthplace
Contact: Winfried Schröder.
July 22-27, 2013
International Hume Society Conference
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
We invite papers in all areas of Hume studies but especially welcome submissions related to the conference themes: Skepticism and Sentiment, Hume and the Ancients and Moderns, Justice and Society. 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 must be submitted in English, but those selected may be presented in the author’s language of choice. Papers should not have been published by the date of the conference. Authors may submit their papers to the Hume Society Conference Manager website 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 anonymous review process. Deadline for Submissions: November 1, 2012.
July 29-August 1, 2013
St Andrews/Stirling Kant Reading Party: Kant and Adam Smith on Respect and Honor
Burn House in Angus
The location of the Reading Party, Burn House, is approximately one hour away from St Andrews and offers excellent opportunities for hiking, and many other leisure activities. The theme of the reading party will be honor and respect in Kant and Smith. We will examine how Kant and Smith understand respect for the law/ respect for general rules, and explore links between their treatment of respect and their views on honor. In doing so we will discuss texts from Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments, Kant’s Second Critique, The Metaphysics of Morals, and Lectures on Ethics. The number of participants is limited to 25.
Postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts of not more than 500 words for talks related to our theme. The deadline for the call for papers is the 1st of June. The abstracts should be prepared for blind review and sent to Martin Sticker.
Contact: Leonard Randall.
August 19-22, 2013
International Berkeley Conference: The 300th Anniversary of the Publication of Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous
Collegium Maius, Jagiellonian University
Presenters and topics:
• Bertil Belfrage (Lund): "A New Approach to Berkeley's Three Dialogues"
• Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers): "Berkeley on the Autonomous Epistemic Authority of Immediate Present Perception"
• Wolfgang Breidert (Karlsruhe): "Immaterialism and Illusionism: Berkeley in Poetry-A Continuation"
• Richard Brook (Bloomsburg, PA): "Berkeley and the Primary Qualities: Idealization vs. Abstraction"
• Stephen Daniel (Texas A&M): "Berkeley and Locke on Substance and Personal Identity"
• Georges Dicker (SUNY Brockport): "Reply to my Critics"
• Mykolas Drunga (Vytautas Magnus, Lithuania): "Is 'The Fiction of Our Brain' Just 'A False Imaginary Glare'?"
• Keota Fields (Massachusetts, Dartmouth): "Berkeley's Master Argument Reconsidered"
• Daniel Flage (James Madison): "On Knowing Berkeley's Minds"
• Adam Grzeliński (Nicolaus Copernicus): "Berkeley's Immediate Perception and the Theory of Minima Sensibilia"
• James Hill (Prague): "The Notion of Spirit in Berkeley's Three Dialogues"
• Roomet Jakapi (Tartu): "On the Creation of Plants in a Desert"
• Milowit Kuniński (Jagiellonian, Kraków): "Is the Passivity of Perception the Proper Justification of Berkeley's Immaterialism?"
• George Pappas (Ohio State): "Berkeley's Immaterialism and Competitive Advantage"
• Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): "Berkeley's Rejection of the Bundle Theory of the Self"
• Kenneth L. Pearce (Southern California): "How Berkeley's Gardener Knows His Cherry Tree"
• Arnaud Pelletier (Catholic U, Leuven): "Berkeley's Notion of the Possible in the Three Dialogues"
• Luc Peterschmitt (Lille): "Berkeley's Apologetical Concept of Nature in the Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous"
• Timothy Quandt (California State, Fullerton): "Making (Non) Sense of Future Rewards? Berkeley's Criterion of Meaning in the Second Dialogue Between Hylas and Philonous"
• Katia Saporiti (Zürich): "Abstract Ideas in Berkeley's Three Dialogues"
• Przemysław Spryszak (Jagiellonian, Kraków): "Berkeley on Certainty: A Dilemma"
• Tom Stoneham (York): "Mediate Perception and Knowledge of the Physical World"
• Piotr Szałek (Catholic U, Lublin, Poland): "Berkeley's Pragmatism"
• Marta Szymańska-Lewoszewska (Jagiellonian, Kraków): "The Nature of Berkeley's Propositions on Morality in 1713"
• Anna Tomaszewska (Jagiellonian, Kraków): "Berkeley and McDowell on Perceptual Experience"
• Bartosz Żukowski (Lodz): "The Alleged Realism of Berkeley's Philosophy"
Contacts: Bertil Belfrage and Milowit Kuniński.
August 28-30, 2013
September 10, 2013
September 26, 2013
September 26-28, 2013
Conférencier invité Anglophone: Tad Schmaltz (Michigan); Conférencière invitée francophone: Marilena Chaui (São Paulo)
September 27-28, 2013 [note date change]
October 18-20, 2013
October 19, 2013
November 4, 2013
November 21-22, 2013
December 27-30, 2013
December 27-30, 2013
March 14-16, 2014
March 21-22, 2014
April 4-6, 2014
July 22-26, 2014
UK Kant Society Conference: Kant's Philosophy of Religion
Keynote speakers: Pamela Sue Anderson (Oxford) and Paul Guyer (Brown).
Papers are invited from academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students on any aspect of Kant's philosophy. While papers in all areas of Kant's philosophy are welcome, we encourage the submission of abstracts dealing specifically with Kant's philosophy of religion. If you are interested in giving a presentation, please email two files to Alberto Vanzo: one including your name and affiliation, and a second one with an abstract of 800-1200 words excluding any self-identifying information. Deadline: 15 May 2013. We aim to announce which papers have been accepted by 1st June.
Contact: Rory Phillips.
Conference: "Contra Aristotelem: Philosophy and Science in Early Modern Europe"
University of West Bohemia
Education and Research Library
Pilsen, Czech Republic
Aristotelianism has survived Voltaire, Comte and Wittgenstein as well. This conference aims to highlight this resilience and to point out how Aristotelianism was criticized, modified or glorified in the history of the European thought. It is interdisciplinary: presentations from the areas of the history of philosophy, history of science or intellectual and cultural history are welcomed. All the presentations should be connected to the reception, modification, or criticism of Aristotelianism (as well as Platonism or other ancient traditions) in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Enlightenment.
Papers and registration should be submitted to email@example.com no later than 10 August. The conference program will be published 20 August. The official languages of the conference are English, Czech, and Slovak.
Contact: Petra Klímová.
Texas A&M Early Modern Philosophy Colloquium
Texas A&M University
YMCA 401, 3:45-5:30
College Station, TX
Lisa Downing (Ohio State): title TBA
**Note: Participants in the South Central Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (see below, Sept. 27-28) who attend this colloquium will have their meals accommodations paid for by the Texas A&M Early Modern Philosophy Initiative.**
Contact: Steve Daniel.
Québec Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy / Séminaire québécois en philosophie moderne
Université de Sherbrooke, Bishop’s University, and North Hatley, QC (Hovey Manor)
Sherbrooke and North Hatley, Québec
Anglophone keynote speaker: Tad Schmaltz (Michigan); Francophone keynote speaker: Marilena Chaui (São Paulo)
The Quebec seminar in early modern philosophy is a bilingual annual conference in the history of early modern philosophy (roughly, the period from Descartes 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. Reading time should be approximately 45 minutes. The meetings will take place on the first day at the Université de Sherbrooke and at Bishop’s University, and henceforth at the Hovey Manor in North Hatley, a village 30 minutes away from Sherbrooke (where participants are invited to reserve their accommodation at the negotiated conference rates before July 15, 2013). In addition, an online publication of their contributions in the 2nd issue of the Working Papers of the Quebec Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will be proposed to those having presented a paper at the Seminar.
Call for Papers: please submit an abstract of 500 to 750 words (1 to 1,5 page, single-spaced) to Syliane Malinowski-Charles no later than Monday, March 18, 2013. Proposals will be evaluated anonymously by an ad hoc committee. People submitting an abstract in English are expected to be able to follow the papers that will be presented in French. All persons submitting a paper agree to participate to the conference if they are accepted even if all expenses end up being at their charge. Once the program is established, additional funding will be applied for that may enable the organizing committee to cover part of the travel or staying fees. However, this funding, if obtained, will only be confirmed sometime in June or July.
A reception with snacks will be held after Tad Schmaltz’s presentation at Bishop’s University on Sept. 26, and lunch will be provided free on Sept. 27, 2013.
Le séminaire québécois en philosophie moderne est un colloque annuel bilingue en histoire de la philosophie moderne (couvrant, approximativement, la période allant de Descartes à Kant) qui vise à favoriser l'échange intellectuel entre spécialistes francophones et anglophones de la philosophie moderne, particulièrement ceux provenant du Canada, des États-Unis et d'Europe. Nous invitons des propositions de communication portant sur tous les aspects de l'histoire de la philosophie moderne. La durée des présentations sera d'environ 45 minutes. Les rencontres se tiendront le premier jour à l’Université de Sherbrooke et à l’Université Bishop’s, et par la suite au Manoir Hovey à North Hatley, un village situé à environ une demie-heure de Sherbrooke (où les participants sont invités à prendre une réservation au tarif négocié pour le colloque avant le 15 juillet 2013). De plus, les personnes retenues pour le programme du Séminaire se verront offrir de publier en ligne leur contribution dans le 2e volume des Cahiers du Séminaire québécois en philosophie moderne.
Appel à contributions: veuillez soumettre un résumé de votre proposition de présentation d’1 à 1,5 page à simple interligne (500-750 mots) à Syliane Malinowski-Charles avant le lundi 18 mars 2013. Les propositions seront évaluées anonymement par un comité ad hoc. Toute personne qui soumet une proposition accepte par le fait même de prendre part au colloque même si tous les frais de voyage et de séjour s’avèrent être à sa charge. Néanmoins, une fois le programme établi, une demande de financement supplémentaire sera déposée qui permettra peut-être de couvrir une partie des frais des participants. Ce financement ne pourra toutefois être confirmé qu’au mois de juin ou de juillet 2013.
Une réception avec quelques bouchées se tiendra autour de la conférence de Tad Schmaltz le 26 septembre à l’Université Bishop’s, et le repas du 27 à midi sera offert gracieusement aux participants.
Contacts: Syliane Malinowski-Charles (Québec à Trois-Rivières) and Sébastien Charles (Sherbrooke).
South Central Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Call for papers: abstracts for the fifteenth annual meeting of the South Central Seminar (500 words max, including notes) on any topic in early (pre-Kantian) philosophy should be sent to Stephen Daniel no later than August 10, 2013. Completed papers should take no more than 35 minutes reading time. All seminar presenters will have their accommodations and meals paid for by the Texas A&M Early Modern Philosophy Initiative.
Invited speaker: Lisa Downing (Ohio State).
**Note: All participants in the seminar who come the day before to attend the additional colloquium presentation by Lisa Downing (see above, Sept. 26) will have their meals and accommodations paid for as well.**
Contact: Steve Daniel.
Conference: Leibniz Society of North America
New Haven, CT
Call for papers: Papers on any aspect of Leibniz's philosophy will be considered and should have a reading time of approximately 45 minutes. Submissions should take the form of abstracts of 800 words or less, and should be submitted, prepared for blind review, as email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org, in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. The deadline for the receipt of submissions is July 1, 2013 [note date change]. Authors will be notified by July 31, 2013 of the program committee's decision.
Contacts: Tom Feeney, Julia Borcherding, or Matt Leisinger.
Workshop: Hobbes and Spinoza
University of Pittsburgh
10:00am - 6:30pm
Center for Philosophy of Science, 817 Cathedral of Learning
Call for Participants. In the last decade many claims have been made to the effect that Spinoza is the father of modernity, particularly of liberal democracy. It is further claimed that the new visions and practices of the sciences, especially natural philosophy, supported this approach to understanding the world. Yet it seems that Thomas Hobbes, a materialist and mechanist, preceded and articulated many similar views. Hobbes published theories about the nature of natural philosophy, about explanations by causes, about method and how scientific knowledge is gained, about the science of government, and about the relations between science and religion. This workshop will discuss in detail the relations between Hobbes and Spinoza, while acknowledging and exploring the different projects that each had.
The organizers believe that a workshop should primarily be a forum for discussion. No papers will be delivered. Discussion sessions, divided by theme, will each have a coordinator who will provide 5 minutes of opening remarks. The sessions will be as follows:
(1) The Nature of Philosophy: The parts of philosophy and their relation to one another. In particular, the scope of natural philosophy, the nature of causality, and its relation to ethics and politics. Hobbes’ Elementa project and its relation to the project of the Ethics. Where do the TTP and the TP fit in?
(2) Philosophical Method: Analysis and synthesis in Hobbes, and the role of definitions. Relations between Hobbes’ method and the geometrical method of the Ethics. Again, how do the TTP and the TP fit in?
(3) The Idea of a Science of Politics: What that means, in different ways, for Hobbes and Spinoza. For Hobbes the state begins when we leave the state of nature. Do we ever leave the state of nature according to Spinoza?
(4) Naturalism: Naturalism in Hobbes and Spinoza, similarities and differences. Is Spinoza’s call for realism in politics in the opening chapter of the TP directed against Hobbes?
(5) Religion: What roles does religion play in the politics of Hobbes and of Spinoza? How do they each use Biblical interpretation?
Texts for discussion will be identified and circulated. The number of participants will be limited in order to facilitate discussion. We have funds to pay for a hotel for two nights per participant, as well as a workshop dinner, but there is no money to pay for transportation. If you wish to attend the workshop, please write a short, one-page statement explaining why the topic is important to you, and send it along with your CV to Peter Machamer. Graduate students working on relevant topics are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by April 15, 2013. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by June 1.
Contact: Peter Machamer.
Colóquio Internacional: "Atomismo e imagética (até ao século XIX)" / "Atomism and Imagery (Up to the 19th Century)"
Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Lisbon
Invited speakers: Christoph Lüthy (Radboud) e Antonio Clericuzio (Cassino)
Quem quiser apresentar um trabalho neste evento científico, queira fazer o favor de enviar o título da sua comunicação e um brevíssimo resumo, até ao dia 8 de Abril, para Lídia Queiroz. As comunicações podem ser em inglês, francês ou português e para 20m de apresentação (seguidos de 10m de discussão). Os autores serão notificados sobre a aceitação dos respectivos abstracts até ao dia 30 de Abril.
Contact: Lídia Queiroz.
Conference: 300 Years of Christian Wolff's German Logic: Sources, Significance and Reception
Catholic University of Leuven
Higher Institute of Philosophy
Kardinaal Mercierplein 2
Confirmed speakers: Stefanie Buchenau (Paris Saint Denis), Matteo Favaretti (Ca’Foscari Venezia), Christian Leduc (Montréal), Brandon Look (Kentucky), Clemens Schwaiger (Benediktbeuern), Robert Theis (Luxembourg)
The KU Leuven Institute of Philosophy invites submissions for a conference to mark the 300th anniversary of the first publication of Wolff’s so called ‘German Logic’ in 1713. Wolff’s first philosophy book is one of the most popular and most discussed books in eighteenth century German philosophy and in European philosophy at large. The conference aims at investigating the historical and philosophical significance of the work from the perspectives of (1) its sources (especially through the references to Leibniz, Jungius and Descartes), (2) its role and meaning within the Wolffian corpus (especially as regards the “logic of concepts,” the relation of logics to other disciplines, the analysis of the “powers of the understanding” or the relation of the ‘German Logic’ to its various translations), and (3) its reception (especially by Hoffmann, Baumgarten and Kant, but also by Lambert, Eberhard, Gottsched, Meier and Mendelssohn).
The text of Wolff’s Vernünfftige Gedancken von den Kräfften des menschlichen Verstandes und ihrem richtigen Gebrauche in Erkäntniß der Wahrheit is accessible online.
Presentation time will be 60 minutes (including discussion). Working languages of the conference are English and German, but authors will have to provide an English version of their paper for the publication of the proceedings. Abstracts (between 500 and 700 words), prepared for blind review, should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format as attachment to email@example.com before July 14, 2013. 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 will be given by the end of July 2013.
Contact: Arnaud Pelletier.
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Marriott Waterfront Hotel
Call for papers: Paper submissions are accepted through the APA website. Go to the Paper Submissions Guidelines page for more information and to access the online paper submission system. While online submissions are strongly preferred, it is also possible to submit a paper by mail; instructions for all submissions are detailed on the Paper Submissions Guidelines page. All paper submissions must be received by February 15, 2013. In addition to the usual categories of paper, the Eastern Division offers the William James Prize, awarded to the best submitted paper in traditional American philosophy by a graduate student or recent Ph.D.
Refereeing is done in the spring, and authors are informed by May or early June whether their papers have been accepted. The full program is published, in print and online, in September. Volunteers to serve as commentators and chairs are most welcome. A special website, like the one used in 2012, will be opened up for this purpose in March; look for another message with more details at that time. More information on the meeting and the conference hotels will be made available in the summer. One early note: suites will be available at exceptionally low rates (starting at $159), and regular room rates will be lower than at each of the last two Eastern Division meetings.
Contact: Richard Bett.
International Hobbes Association Sessions (at APA Eastern Division Meeting)
Marriott Waterfront Hotel
The International Hobbes Association will sponsore two sessions at the APA Eastern Division meeting: an author meets critics discussion of Larry May’s Limiting Leviathan: Hobbes on Law and International Affairs, and a panel of submitted papers. Abstracts for presentations (no more than 400 words) or expressions of willingness to serve as a critic/commentator (including CV) should be sent to Rosamond Rhodes no later than May 31. Papers selected for presentation will be strongly considered for publication in Hobbes Studies.
Workshop: Religion in the Scottish Enlightenment
Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy
Princeon Theological Seminary
Erdman Conference Center
A common perception of the Enlightenment holds that it played a key intellectual role in initiating a decline in religious belief and adherence across Europe, and Hume’s Dialogues concerning Natural Religion are widely regarded as a seminal text in this connection. Yet Hume was in a minority. Many of the leaders of the Scottish Enlightenment were Christian ministers, and their explorations in philosophy and the ‘science of human nature’ were intended to advance ‘true religion’, a concept that Hume himself employs.
The purpose of this conference is to explore historically and critically the relation between ‘science’ and ‘religion’ in the Scottish Enlightenment, both in general and in relation to the writings of major figures of the period – Hume, Reid, Smith, Ferguson, Kames and Campbell, for example. Its further aim is to relate these issues to contemporary explorations in the philosophical psychology of religion.
Paper proposals are invited. Abstracts of not more than 500 words and should be sent to CSSP by October 1, 2013. Decisions will be advised by November 1, 2013.
Contact: Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy.
Conference: "Sentiment and Reason in Early Modern Ethics"
State University of New York, Buffalo
Dept of Philosophy
Keynote speakers: Rachel Cohon (SUNY Albany), Kate Abramson (Indiana, Bloomington), Geoffrey Sayre-McCord (North Carolina, Chapell Hill)
A call for papers is forthcoming. In addition to the three invited papers, probably five submitted papers will be included on the program.
Contact: Lewis Powell.
Conference: Berkeley and the Three Dialogues
Trinity College Dublin
Long Room Hub
Keynote speakers: Lisa Downing (Ohio St), John Russell Roberts (Florida St), Tom Stoneham (York)
Abstracts of papers on any aspect of Berkeley’s Three Dialogues are invited. Accepted papers may be eligible for selection for a projected Cambridge University Press volume on the Three Dialogues. Prospective participants who would like to present a paper at the conference should write to Vasilis Politis by June 30th 2013, with a 1200 word abstract of their paper prepared for blind review (also indicating whether they would like to be included for consideration in the volume).
Contact: Vasilis Politis.
International Hume Society Conference
Portland State University
We invite papers in all areas of Hume studies but especially welcome submissions related to the conference themes: Hume and Language, Hume's Enlightenment Legacy, Hume and His Critics. 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 to the Hume Society Conference Manager website 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 anonymous review process. Deadline for Submissions: November 1, 2013. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding paper submissions.
Contact: Angela Coventry.
September 10, 2013
September 26, 2013
September 26-28, 2013
Conférencier invité Anglophone: Tad Schmaltz (Michigan); Conférencière invitée francophone: Marilena Chaui (São Paulo)
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