The Early Modern Philosophy Calendar

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

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

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

April 23, 2015
Séminaire Spinoza à Paris 8
Université Paris 8 (Vincennes Saint-Denis)
Métro Ligne 13, station ‘Saint-Denis Université’
Bâtiment C, salle C005
Saint-Denis, France
Time: 18h à 20H
Intervenant: Pina Totaro: "Études récentes sur les oeuvres posthumes de Spinoza"
Contact: Jack Stetter.

April 24-25, 2015
Meeting: Eastern Study Group of the North American Kant Society
Georgetown University
Washington, DC
Invited speakers: Henry Allison (UCSD/Boston U) and Tamar Shapiro (Stanford)
Submissions for the program are welcome on all topics of Kantian scholarship (contemporary or historically oriented), including discussions of Kant's immediate predecessors and successors. Papers should be prepared for blind review and limited to 5,000 words, including footnotes and references (longer submissions will not be considered). Papers should be submitted in PDF format no later than Thursday, January 15, 2015 to Oliver Thorndike. Please include an abstract of a maximum of 300 words and a word count at the end of the paper. Abstracts without the accompanying submission will not be considered. When pertinent, please indicate whether you are a graduate student in the body of the text. Contact information should be sent in a separate Word file. Reading time is limited to 30 minutes. The best graduate student paper will receive a $200 stipend and be eligible for the Markus Herz Prize. Women, minorities, and graduate students are encouraged to submit. Papers already read at other NAKS study groups or meetings may not be submitted. Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing. Selected papers are eligible to be considered for inclusion in the book series Rethinking Kant, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishers. Papers will be posted in the "members only" section of the NAKS website and circulated in advance among participants, who are expected to have read them at the time of the conference.
Contact: Oliver Thorndike.

May 1, 2015
Symposium: "Descartes and the Enlightenment"
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT W20-491
Cambridge, MA
    8:30  Bernhardt Trout (MIT):Introductory Remarks
    9:00-11:00  Panel I: Descartes and the Enlightenment
        Dalia Judovitz (Emory), Stuart Warner (Roosevelt), Mordechai Feingold (Cal Tech)
    11:30-1:30  Panel II: Descartes’ Revolution: Before and After
        Jorge Secada (Virginia), Svetozar Minkov (Roosevelt), Martin Sitte
    2:30-4:30  Panel III: The Legacy of Cartesianism: On Being Anti-Cartesian
        Terry Pinkard (Georgetown), Mark Blitz (Claremont McKenna), Daniel Doneson (MIT)     5:00-6:00  Steve Lenzner (Claremont McKenna): Discussion/Wrap-up
Contact: Daniel Doneson.

May 1, 2015
Workshop on Spinoza and Methodology: "Philosophical Superheroes? Spinoza and How to Do History of Philosophy"
Society for Early Modern Philosophy at Yale
Yale University
LC 103
New Haven, CT
    2:00-2:45  Dan Garber (Princeton): "Superheroes in the History of Philosophy: Spinoza, Super-Rationalist"
    3:00-3:45  Michael Della Roca (Yale): "Interpreting Spinoza: The Real is Rational"
    4:00-5:30  Response by Dan Garber / Discussion
Contacts: Matthew Leisinger or Julia Borcherding.

May 1-2, 2015
Conference: Hobbes and Spinoza in the 21st Century: Method, Morality, and Politics
Queen's University
McLaughlin Room, John Deutsch University Centre
Kingston, Ontario
Recent interest in Hobbes and Spinoza has tended to focus on their ideas in historical context. From this perspective, Hobbes is acknowledged to be an important influence on Spinoza, and both are key figures in the development of modern political philosophy and science. Yet many current moral and political thinkers overlook Hobbes and Spinoza, and the connection between them, thus losing out on a major source of insight for current moral and political issues. While some recent notable discussions of Hobbes and Spinoza have applied their methods and ideas to contemporary problems, we think that these discussions are deserving of both greater attention and continued development.
Friday, May 1
    10:00-11:00  Matthew Taylor (Queen's): TBA
    11:15-12:15  Jan Narveson (Waterloo): "The Social Contract Moral Theory of Hobbes"
    1:30-3:00  David Gauthier (Pittsburgh): "Authors and Actors"
    3:15-4:15  Justin Steinberg (CUNY): "Taming Fortuna: Spinoza on Statecraft"
    4:30-5:30  Hasana Sharp (McGill): "Spinoza and the New Politics of Nature: Virtue and Fortune Redux"
Saturday, May 2
    10:00-11:00  Torin Doppelt (Queen's): TBA
    11:15-12:15  Teresa Bejan (Toronto): TBA
    1:30-3:00  Edwin Curley (Michigan): "Spinoza's Contribution to Biblical Scholarship"
    3:15-4:15  Julie Cooper (Tel Aviv): "Hobbes and Spinoza after Hebraism"
    4:30-5:30  Jeffrey Collins (Queen's): TBA
Contacts: Torin Doppelt and Matthew Taylor.

May 1-2, 2015
Chambers Conference: "Kant on Introspection, Self-Consciousness, and Self-Knowledge"
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
Confirmed speakers include:
    •  Andrew Brook (Carleton)
    •  Andrew Chignell (Cornell)
    •  Anil Gomes (Oxford)
    •  Béatrice Longuenesse (NYU)
    •  Derk Pereboom (Cornell)
    •  Clinton Tolley (UC San Diego)
Call for papers on the conference topics (listed above) from both historical and contemporary approaches. Submissions should be prepared for blind review. Please include identifying information in a separate document. Reading time for papers is approximately 45 minutes. Submissions exceeding 25 pages are discouraged. Submission deadline: January 15th, 2015. Notification of acceptance by late February. Accepted submissions will receive a $500 stipend. Submissions should be sent to Colin McLear.
Contact: Colin McLear.

May 1-3, 2015
John Locke Workshop
University of Western Ontario
Stevenson Hall, Room 1145
London, Ontario
Friday, May 1
    9:00-10:15  Nathan Rockwood (Virginia Tech): "Locke on Scientific Knowledge"; commentator Andrew Janiak (Duke)
    10:45-12:00  Patrick Connolly (Iowa St): "Locke and the Methodology of Newton's Principia"; commentator Bill Harper (Western Ontario)
    1:45-3:00nbsp; Geoffrey Gorham (Macalester) and Ed Slowik (Winona St): "Locke on Temporal and Spatial Measures"; commentator Katherine Dunlop (UT Austin)
    3:30-5:00  Peter Anstey (Sydney): "Locke on Measurement"
Saturday, May 2
    10:00-11:15  Lex Newman (Utah): "Locke's Empiricism and His Mechanist Idea of Body"; commentator Antonia LoLordo (Virginia)
    11:45-1:00  Allison Kuklok (St. Michael’s): "Locke, Hume, and Causal Power in Bodies"; commentator Michael Jacovides (Purdue)
    2:45-4:00  Benjamin Hill (Western Ontario): “Natural Powers in Locke’s Philosophy of Science: A Contradiction?”; commentator Elliot Rossiter (Western Ontario)
    4:30-5:45  Margaret Atherton (Wisconsin, Milwaukee): “Locke and Berkeley on Real Knowledge”
Sunday, May 3
    9:00-10:15  Kathryn Tabb (Pittsburgh): "Locke's Mad Errors: Associated Ideas and the Ethics of Belief"; commentator Susanna Goodin (Wyoming)
    10:30-11:45  Jessica Gordon-Roth (CUNY): “Locke, Clarke, and Collins on the Possibility of Thinking Matter”; commentator William Uzgalis (Oregon State)
Contacts: Benjamin Hill and Jessica Gordon-Roth.

May 5-6, 2015
Brussels Seminar in Modern Philosophy: "Life and Living Beings in Early Modern Philosophy"
Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Bruxelles, Belgium
Tuesday, 5 May, session I: Bibliothèque du CIERL - 17, av. F. D. Roosevelt
    9:50-10:00  Arnauld Pelletier (ULB): Introduction
    10:00-11:00  Mogens Laerke (Lyon): "The Life of God: On Spinoza, Metaphysical Thoughts, part II, chap. 6"
    11:00-12:00  Justin Smith (Paris): "Race, genus, Geschlecht: Leibniz sur les séries de générations"
Tuesday, 5 May, session II: Bâtiment NA. Salle NA4.302 (1er étage), ULB - Campus du Solbosch
    14:00-14:50  Anna Maria Dieli (Rome): "The modernity of Leibniz’s conception of biological individuality"
    14:50-15:40  Ina Goy (Tübingen): "Kant’s views on preformation and epigenesis"
    16:10-17:00  Adam Ferner (Bordeaux): "Organic Individuality and Personal Identity in 17th Century Anglophone Philosophy"
    17:00-17:50  Bertrand Nouailles (Clermont-Ferrand): "Qu’est-ce qu’un monstre d’organe? La conception diderotienne de l’organisme"
Wednesday, 6 May, Bâtiment NA. Salle NA4.302 (1er étage), ULB - Campus du Solbosch
    9:10-10:00  Henny Blomme (Bruxelles): "Cudworth’s concept of ‘plastic nature’ and his philosophy of the living being"
    10:00-11:00  Charles Wolfe (Ghent): "Du débat Leibniz-Stahl au concept d'économie animale, 1708-1765"
    11:00-12:00  Paolo Pecere (Cassino): "Kant's second thoughts on vitalism and the limits of physiology"
    14:00-14:50  Fabrizio Baldassarri (Parma): "Life and Living Bodies in Descartes’ “Sciences of Life”. Generation, Individuality and Vital Functions"
    14:50-15:40  Christoffer Basse Eriksen (Aarhus): "Is the Body Just a Machine? Minute Matter and Living Beings in the Natural Philosophy of René Descartes"
    16:10-17:10  Delphine Bellis (Nimègue) : Matière, activité et inertie chez Gassendi"
    17:10-18:00  Patricia Palermini (Liège): "Forme et vie chez Spinoza: une réinterprétation du conatus"
Contact: Arnauld Pelletier.

May 5-6, 2015
Conference: Spinoza and Proportion
University of Aberdeen
New King's Building
Aberdeen, Scotland
Tuesday, 5 May (room NK3; final paper in Skype facility)
    9:30  Welcome and introduction
    9:35-10:45  Simon Duffy (Yale-NUS C., Singapore): "Proportion as a barometer of the affective life in Spinoza"
    10:45-11:55  Valtteri Viljanen (Turku): "Spinoza's ontology geometrically illustrated: a reading of Ethics 2P8S"
    1:00-2:10  Anthony Uhlmann (Western Sydney): "'The eyes of the mind': ratio and art in Spinoza and Swift"
    2:10-3:20  Timothy Yenter (Mississippi): "Harmony in Spinoza and his critics"
    3:40-4:50  Beth Lord (Aberdeen): "Spinoza's ratios and relational autonomy"
    5:00-6:10  Heidi Ravven (Hamilton C.): "Ratio and activity: Spinoza's biologizing of the mind in an Aristotelian key" (by Skype)
Wednesday, 6 May (first paper in Skype facility; all others in NK3)
    9:30-10:40  Mike LeBuffe (Otago): "The place of body in Spinoza's metaphysics" (by Skype)
    10:50-12:00  Helene Frichot (Royal Inst. Tech. Stockholm): "Slownesses and Speeds, Latitudes and Longitudes: In the Vicinity of Beatitude"
    1:00-2:10  Gokhan Kodalak (Cornell): "Spinoza, affective architecture, and proportionate power"
    2:10-3:20  Peg Rawes (Bartlett UCL): "Dissimiliarity: Spinoza's geometric ratios and housing crises"
    3:40-5:00  Stefan White (Manchester Met U): "The greater part: how intuition makes a better world"
All are welcome to attend. There is no charge. Please register in advance.
Contact: Beth Lord.

May 7-8, 2015
Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of St Andrews
St Andrews, Scotland
Thursday, May 7
    9.45-10.30  Ruairidh J. Brown (St. Andrews): “The Peace of Prudence: The Concept of Authenticity in the Thought of Adam Smith”
    10.30-11.15  Heikki Haara (Helsinki): “Pufendorf on the Desire for Esteem and Sociability”
    11.30-12.30  Thomas Ahnert (Edinburgh): “Habits of Virtue: ‘Moral Culture’ and Religion in Enlightenment Scotland”
    14.30-15.15  Alzbeta Hajkova (Leuven): “The Foundations of Equality in Locke”
    15.15-16.30  Alan Nelson (North Carolina, Chapel Hill): “Locke on Inner Sense and Ideas of Reflection”
    17.00-17.45  Stephen Howard (Kingston U): “Why did Leibniz Fail to Complete His Dynamics?”
Friday, May 8
    9.45-10.30  Jason Fisette (New School): “Hume on the Stoic Rational Passions and ‘Original Existences’”
    10.30-11.15  Thomas Pye (Cambridge): “David Hume and the Paradox of English Liberty”
    11.30-12.30  Moira Gatens (Sydney): “Spinoza and the Art of Fiction”
    14.30-15.15  Sarah Patterson (Birkbeck): “Descartes’s Appeal to Devine Veracity”
    15.15-16.30  Hannah Laurens (Oxford): “Reconsidering Spinoza’s Rationalism: Overcoming the Passions through Scientia Intuitiva
    17.00-17.45  Han Thomas Adriaenssen and Sander de Boer (both, Groningen): “Aristotelian Responses to Mechanization. Kenelm Digby and John Sergeant on Natural Philosophy and Metaphysics”
Contacts: James Harris and Mogens Laerke.

May 8, 2015
Book-in-Progress Workshop: Emily Thomas (Groningen) on "Absolute Time and Early Modern British Metaphysics"
University of Sheffield
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences, Conference Room
Sheffield, UK
    11.30–1.00  "Introducing the book: themes, structure, and a brief history of time"; commentator: Robin Le Poidevin (Leeds)
    2.00–3.30  "A new reading of Isaac Barrow on time"; commentator: Tom Stoneham (York)
    4.00–5.30  "Anne Conway on time and ontology"; commentator: Jeremy Dunham (Sheffield)
Contact: Jessica Leech.

May 8, 2015
Spinoza Symposium
University College Cork
O’Rahilly Building, CACCSSS Seminar Room
Cork, Ireland
    10:30–12:30: Susan James (Birkbeck): TBA
        Respondents: Amos Edelheit (Maynooth), Ian Leask (Dublin City U)
    2:30–4:30: Andrew Youpa (Southern Illinois, Carbondale): "Spinoza's Ethical Objectivism"
        Respondents: Alissa Macmillan (IAS Toulouse), Jason Dockstader (Cork)
Contact: Bartholomew Begley.

May 11, 2015
Lecture: Andrew Youpa (Southern Illinois): "Spinoza and Moral Anti-Realism"
Mater Dei Institute, Dublin City University
Time: 2 p.m.
Dublin, Ireland
Contact: Ian Leask.

May 15-16, 2015
History of Philosophy Society Conference: Methodology of/in the History of Philosophy
De Paul University
Richardson Library, Room 400
2350 N. Kenmore Avenue
Chicago, IL
Friday, May 15
    3:15-4:15  Brady Bowman (Penn State): "The Methodological Underpinnings of the Geometrical Order: Self-Reflexivity, Performativity, and the Self-Consciousness of Rational Insights in Spinoza's Ethics"
Saturday, May 16
    10:15-11:15  John Whipple (Illinois, Chicago): "Leibniz and the Art of Exoteric Writing"
    11:30-12:30  Miren Boehm (Wisconsin, Milwaukee): "Body and Mind: Natural Philosophy and Moral Philosophy in Hume's Treatise"
    2:00-3:00  J. Colin McQuillan (St. Mary's U): "Reading and Misreading Kant's Dreams of a Spirit Seer: A Case Study in the Historiography of Philosophy"
    4:30-6:00  Christia Mercer (Columbia): "Feeling the Way to Truth: Women, Reason, and the Development of Early Modern Philosophy"
Contact: Richard Lee.

May 18-22, 2015
Masterclass: Space, Time, and Motion in the Early Modern Period
University of Bucharest
Institute for Research in the Humanities
Bucharest, Romania
Invited speakers: Edward Slowik (Winona State) and Tzuchien Tho (Bucharest)
This masterclass aims at exploring early modern discussions about the concepts of space, time, and motion from Descartes to Kant. Readings include:
    •  Descartes, Principles of Philosophy, Part II
    •  Leibniz, Animadversiones ad Cartesii principia philosophiæ §35-64
    •  Huygens, De Motu Corporum ex percussione
    •  Leibniz, Specimen Dynamicum (Pars I)
    •  Newton, De gravitatione (excerpts), the scholium on space and time from the Principia (1st ed), and the general scholium from the Principia (2nd ed); Newton, Philosophical Writings (Janiak, ed.), pp. 15-35, 64-70, 86-93
    •  Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence
The masterclass will combine lectures with reading groups and panel discussions, offering an intensive and motivating research environment for all the participants. The masterclass is addressed to graduate students and post-doc researchers willing to spend a week in Bucharest at the The Institute for Research in the Humanities of the University of Bucharest (IRH-UB), working on an intensive time schedule of daily morning meetings between 18 and 25 May. Deadline for registration: 1 May 2015. Those who are willing to participate are invited to send a letter of intention and a short CV (max. 2 pages).
Contact: Mihnea Dobre.

May 21, 2015
Séminaire Spinoza à Paris 8
Université Paris 8 (Vincennes Saint-Denis)
Métro Ligne 13, station ‘Saint-Denis Université’
Bâtiment C, salle C005
Saint-Denis, France
Time: 18h à 20H
Intervenant: Warren Montag: "Mente, quae imperium in Corpus habet: la notion de commander au corps dans Éthique III, Prop. 2, sc."
Contact: Jack Stetter.

May 22-23, 2015
Oltenia Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy: Leibniz's Metaphysics of Life
University of Craiova
Craiova, Romania
The adoption of substantial forms in 1678-1679 represents a very important moment in the metaphysical thinking of Leibniz. This moment is in a deep connection with his adoption of monads (beginning with 1695) and organism (after 1704). This colloquium will focus on the following topics:
    •  the philosophy of life
    •  monad and organism
    •  substantial form, corporeal substance, monad
    •  unitas, veritas, monas, vivum
Invited speaker: François Duchesneau (Montreal). Confirmed speakers: Andreas Blank (Paderborn), Alexandra Lewendoski (Tech U Berlin), Ionut Raduica (Craiova), Adrian Nita (Craiova)
Conference languages: English, French.
Deadline for title, abstract and CV: March 31, 2015
Deadline for sending the full paper: July 1, 2015
Contact: Adrian Nita.

May 22-24, 2015
Conference: Séminaire Descartes et Centre d’Études Cartésiennes
Atelier franco(euro)-américain d’histoire de la philosophie moderne
Times and speakers: TBA
Contact: Denis Kambouchner.

May 26-27, 2015
Workshop: “Natural History, Mathematics, and Metaphysics in the Seventeenth Century”
University of Bucharest
Institute for Research in the Humanities
Dimitrie Brandza 1
Bucharest, Romania
Invited speakers:
    •  Peter Anstey (Sydney): "Locke and Leibniz on cohesion"
    •  Iordan Avramov (ICUB, Bucharest): "The early Royal Society of London and their 'Inquiries for Natural History'"
    •  Sorin Costreie (Bucharest): "Leibniz on void and matter"
    •  Mădălina Giurgea (Ghent): "Mersenne on the production of sound"
    •  Tinca Prunea (New Europe Coll, Bucharest): "The necessary alliance of metaphysics and mathematics: Kant and Maupertuis on natural philosophy"
    •  Ed Slowik (Winona State): "Situating Kant’s Pre-Critical Monadology: From Leibnizian Ubeity and Geometric Holism to the Subjectivist Turn"
    •  Tzuchien Tho (ICUB, Bucharest): "Symmetry, Invariance and Force in Leibniz's Dynamics"
Contact: Mihnea Dobre.

May 26-27, 2015
Conference: Tracing the Path of Tolerance: History and Critique of a Political Concept from the Early Modern Period to the Contemporary Debate
Padua, Italy
During the history of political thought the concept of tolerance represented not merely an abstract idea, but rather a concrete political public space that rendered possible the recognition of those civil and political rights which contributed to the development of democratic societies. The concept has undergone radical changes during the centuries: from constituting a claim in favour of religious freedom within reformed communities in early modern Europe, to a representation of an institutional principle deemed to regulate social life. A concept largely accepted but, at the same time, often criticised being considered a surreptitious instrument of hegemonic political power.
    After 250 years from the entry Tolérance in Diderot’s and d’Alembert’s Encyclopédie and 50 years after the publication of Marcuse’s famous essay "Repressive Tolerance," wherein the limits of a passive tolerance were forcefully denounced, this conference aims at highlighting the different meanings the concept acquired in different contexts and different times. In particular, the analysis of the concept will be conducted from an interdisciplinary perspective that will merge philosophy, history of political and legal thought, history of literature and political science, by tracing the history of this idea and practice from the early modern period up to the modern debate, focusing on questions such as pluralism and multiculturalism.
    Within this framework, papers analysing the evolution of the idea of tolerance from an historical or more theoretical perspective, as well as papers focusing on the importance of the concept in current political debates will be welcomed. Some suggested themes are here indicated in order to provide examples of the topics which will be likely to be treated during the conference:
    •  The evolution of the concept of tolerance: a path through the centuries. The concept of tolerance has been characterized, from the Early Modern period, by a semantic mobility which cannot let us to bestow on this idea a neutral and stable meaning, due to the fact that its sense changes depending on the historical and geographical context wherein it is defined and used. Consequently, we invite studies that tackle the conception, the development, the crystallization of the idea of tolerance along the modernity, giving reason of the cultural itinerary of the concept and pointing out continuities and discontinuities between different texts and periods. Analyses on single authors or volumes dealing with the history of the modern idea of this notion, such as Spinoza, Locke, Voltaire, Mill, Marcuse are also encouraged. Contributions on specific juridical, literary or theological works which concern the matter of tolerance are also welcomed.
    •  Does the concept of tolerance constitute a positive value? The abovementioned essay by Marcuse brought into question the effectiveness of the concept of tolerance in the contemporary politics, laying the groundwork for a general afterthought on the usefulness of the politics of tolerance as it was conceived by the capitalistic liberal democracies of the Western society. Fifty years later its first publication, Marcuse’s pamphlet still forces us to meditate on the system of values of the contemporary societies and on the problematic nature of the concept of tolerance. Therefore we invite proposals on the twentieth-century critical attitudes towards this concept, particularly from a philosophical, political, literary, legal and theological point of view, looking not only at Marcuse’s essay, but also, for example, at the works of Lani Guinier (The Tyranny of the Majority, 1994), or Slavoj Zizek (Ein Plädoyer für die Intoleranz, 1998).
    •  Tolerance and democracy: theory and practices of political policies. In the globalized postmodern world the production of encounters and clashes between dissimilar cultures, ways of life and systems of values drastically increased in number. Quite often in the past decades these cultural exchanges originated conflicts, sometimes particularly ferocious, due to the hostility towards alternative ways of living and thinking – culturally, religiously, economically or politically speaking. Part of the recent political theory had also reintroduced the importance of a strategy of tolerance, depicted as one of the most efficient solution in order to reconcile thorny intercultural conflicts. The problem strictly concerns also Western democracies, which have to face similar clashes within their internal process of multicultural integration. Consequently, reflections on what tolerance can do (or either what it can’t do) in settle these controversies in contemporary politics are strongly encouraged.
Invited speakers:
    •  José Luis Villacañas Berlanga (Madrid)
    •  Nonna Mayer (CNRS)
    •  Maria Laura Lanzillo (Bologna)
    •  Fabrizio Lomonaco (Napoli “Federico II”)
    •  Annalisa Oboe (Padova)
    The official languages of the conference are English, Italian, Spanish and French. The deadline for submission of proposals is March 1, 2015. Applications should be submitted electronically, with an abstract of the proposal (300 words) and CV as an attached document, to Each presentation should last approximately 15 minutes. The fee for participating authors is 50 €, and includes the conference materials, social dinner and the coffee break. Travel and accommodation costs will be at the participants’ expense. The most significant papers, selected by the scientific board, will be published in a proceedings volume.

May 27, 2015
Colloquium in Research Methods in the History and Philosophy of Science
University of Ghent
Faculty Library Meeting Room, Rozier 44
Ghent, Belgium
    2:15-4:00  Alexander Douglas (Kings College London): "Affects in Spinoza"
Contact: Charles Wolfe.

May 27-29, 2015
Conference: "Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World"
Victoria College, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON, Canada
Preliminary Program.
Contact: James A.T. Lancaster.

May 28-29, 2015
Leuven Kant Conference
University of Leuven
Institute of Philosophy, Kardinaal Mercierplein 2
Leuven, Belgium
Thursday, May 28
    9:30-9:40  Karin de Boer (KU Leuven): Welcome [Kardinaal Mercierzaal]
    9:40-11:10  James DiCenso (Toronto): "The Moral Law as Vocation"; respondent Dennis Vanden Auweele (KU Leuven) [Kardinaal Mercierzaal]
    11:30-12:15  Malte Bischof (St. Andrews): "Kant's Objection to the PII in the 'Nova Dilucidatio'" [Room S]
    11:30-12:15  Martin Sticker (St. Andrews): "Kant's Criticism of Common Rational Moral Cognition" [Room N]
    12:15-13:00  Osvaldo Ottiavani (Pisa): "A 'Platonic Concept of the World': Kant's Different Views on Leibniz's Monadology" [Room S]
    12:15-13:00  Itay Snir (Tel Aviv): "The Politics of Kantian Common Sense" [Room N]
    14:00-14:45  Courtney Fugate (Beirut): "Kant's Criticisms of Traditional Metaphysics" [Room S]
    14:00-14:45  Luke Davies (Oxford): "Kant's Argument for the Formula of Humanity and the Dualism of Practical Reason" [Room N]
    14:45-15:30  Karin de Boer (KU Leuven): "Kant's Response to Hume's Critique of Pure Reason" [Room S]
    14:45-15:30  Kate Moran (Brandeis/Friedrich Schiller, Jena): "Kant on the Duty of Interpersonal Independence" [Room N]
    15:30-16:15  Maria Hotes (Ludwig Maximilians, München): "Kant's Speculative Metaphysics of Nature in the Fortschritte" [Room S]
    15:30-16:15  Carl Hildebrand (Oxford): "Situationism and Kantian Moral Character" [Room N]
    16:45-17:30  Reed Winegar (Fordham): "God’s Mind in the Third Critique" [Room S]
    16:45-17:30  Marília Espírito-Santo (Sao Paolo): "Reconsidering the Unity of Reason: Autonomy of the Will and Spontaneity of Judgment" [Room N]
    17:30-19:00  Melissa Zinkin (Binghamton, SUNY): "System and Depth in Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment"; respondent Simon Truwant (KU Leuven) [Kardinaal Mercierzaal]
Friday, May 29
    10:00-10:45  Henny Blomme (Paris Sorbonne): "Does Kant's Critique of Pure Reason Contain Transcendental Argu­ments?" [Room S]
    10:00-10:45  Lu Chao (KU Leuven): "Self-incurred Frailty and Impurity: Kant's Account of the Propensity to Evil" [Room N]
    10:45-11:30  Marialena Karampatsou (Humboldt, Berlin): "Kant and the Affecting Object: Is there a Promising Candidate beyond Appearances and Things in Themselves?" [Room S]
    10:45-11:30  Christina Drogalis (Santa Clara): "The Argument from Radical Evil: Kant’s Second Argument for the God Postulate and Its Compatibility with Non-Belief" [Room N]
    12:00-12:45  Curtis Sommerlatte (Indiana): "Kant’s Denial that Animals Have Consciousness" [Room S]
    12:00-12:45  Ryan Scheerlinck (Ludwig Maximilians, München): "Towards a Genealogy of Religion: On the Intention of Kant’s Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason" [Room N]
    14:00-14:45  Dirk Setton (Frankfurt): "Spontaneous Receptivity: The Role of Imagination in Kant’s Theory of Experience" [Room S]
    14:00-14:45  Christopher Meckstroth (Cambridge): "Kant’s Critique of Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights" [Room N]
    14:45-15:30  Cody Staton (KU Leuven): "Kant and the Putative Synthesis of the Understanding" [Room S]
    14:45-15:30  Jeremy Hovda (KU Leuven): "Can Philosophy have its Chiliasm? Human Bildung inside and outside Kant's Cosmopolitan Condition" [Room N]
    16:00-17:30  Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen): "Volitional Self-Contradiction and Kant’s Formula of Universal Law"; respondent Kate Moran (Brandeis/Friedrich Schiller, Jena) [Kardinaal Mercierzaal]
Contact: Karin de Boer.

May 28-29, 2015
Conference: Religion and Morality: Hume and His Context
University of Antwerp
Hof van Liere
Prinsstraat, 13
Antwerp, Belgium
Invited speakers: Michael B. Gill (Arizona), Gordon Graham (Princeton Theo Sem), James Harris (St Andrews), Thomas Holden (UC Santa Barbara), Jennifer Marusic (Brandeis/Humboldt)
    Abstracts of a maximum of 500 words should be sent no later than January 8, 2015 to Esther Kroeker.
Contact: Esther Kroeker.

June 3-4, 2015
Nordic Early Modern Philosophy Workshop
Södertörn University
Stockholm, Sweden
Wednesday, June 3, House Primus PA239
    9.45-10.15  Welcome
    10.15-11.15  Andrea Strazzoni (Erasmus U Rotterdam): “Cartesian foundationalism and the birth of philosophy of science”
    11.15-12.15  Henning Strandin (Stockholm): “How compatible are the scientific methods of Bacon and Descartes?”
    13.30-14.30  Jan Forsman (Tampere): “Cartesian epoché: Descartes’s suspension of judgement and the wax in the Meditations
    14.30-15.30  Lisa Downing (Ohio State): “Are body and extension the same thing? Locke vs. Descartes (vs. More)”
    16.00-17.00  Jonna Bornemark (Södertörn): “Giordano Bruno and the pedants”
    17.00-18.00  Helen Hattab (U Houston): “Aristotelianism and atomism combined: Gorlaeus on knowledge of universals”
Thursday, June 4, House Moas båge, Room MA 456
    9.00-10.00  Aino Lahdenranta (Jyväskylä): “Adam Smith´s account of passions and propriety judgments”
    10.30-11.30  Ericka Tucker (Marquette): “Absolute Democracy: Spinoza’s Mature Theory of Democratic Power”
    11.30-12.30  Oliver Istvan Toth (Eötvös Lorand U Budapest): “Spinoza´s theory of consciousness: an epistemic interpretation”
        (Move to Room PA239 in House Primus)
    13.45-14.45  Ilmari Juhiainen: “Christian Wolff on the meaning of actuality”
    14.45-15.45  Stefan Storrie (Trinity C Dublin): “On the Scope of Berkeley´s idealism”
    16.00-17.00  Sven-Olof Wallenstein (Södertörn): ”Diderot, Kant and the Idea of Critical Judgment”
Contacts: Robert Callergård and Charlotta Weigelt.

June 4, 2015
Doctoral Workshop with Udo Thiel: Identity and Individuation in Early Modern Philosophy
Philosophisches Seminar Universität Zürich, Zürichbergstrasse 43, Room ZUP U-8
Zürich, Switzerland
Keynote Speaker: Udo Thiel (Graz)
Scholastic authors in general sought to account for the metaphysics of identity by appealing to the Aristotelian framework of matter and form. However, starting in the seventeenth century, this framework came to be looked upon with growing suspicion, and new accounts of identity were called for. Among early modern thinkers, questions about identity thus often lay at the very heart of some of their most innovative and intriguing proposals. Moreover, these questions interrelate in various ways with other central topics of early modern metaphysics, such as the natures of thinking and material substances. This workshop will provide doctoral students working on early modern philosophy with the opportunity to present their work on identity and/or individuation and discuss it with Udo Thiel, one of the most renowned experts in the field. Any discussion of at least one of the following questions will be welcome: How did a given early modern author conceive of the identity of material things? How did a given early modern author conceive of the identity of immaterial things or persons? What role did the concept of identity play for a given early modern author's more general metaphysical or epistemological commitments?
    Submission details: PhD candidates may submit abstracts of no more than 350 words (PDFs only) to
David Wörner. The final material should be suitable for a 20-30 minute presentation followed by a discussion of 30-40 minutes. Submissions should be prepared for blind review with a cover page stating the author's name and institutional affiliation, the paper title, and the authors contact information, including email address, phone number, and mailing address. Deadline for submissions: 15th April 2015. Registration: Attendance is free, but registration is necessary. Please send an e-mail to David Wörner (stating your full name, your academic title and your institutional affiliation). Please also state whether you wish to attend the dinner after the workshop. A few travel bursaries for Swiss graduate students are available. If you wish to be considered please submit a travel budget in addition to your abstract.
Contact: David Wörner.

June 9-11, 2015
Masterclass on Kant's Philosophy of Nature
University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia
Directed by Eckart Förster (Johns Hopkins/HU-Berlin) and Dalia Nassar (Sydney), this masterclass is organized for a small group of advanced graduate students working on dissertations in German idealism, with special emphasis on the philosophy of nature. The masterclass will be devoted to an intensive discussion of key themes in, and student presentations, the second part of the Critique of Judgment as well as Chapter 2 of the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science (“The Metaphysical Foundations of Dynamics”). Participants will be expected to have read the Kant texts before the masterclass.
    Background: In remarks in the Encyclopedia Hegel credits Kant’s “construction” of matter and his notion of “inner purposiveness” with revitalizing the idea of a Naturphilosophie. “With this concept of inner purposiveness,” Hegel writes, “Kant has resuscitated the idea in general and especially the idea of life” (#55A). In turn, Kant’s “construction” of matter in the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science has the “merit of having made a beginning toward a concept of matter and of having revived with this attempt the concept of a Naturphilosophie” (#262A). The masterclass will take Hegel’s remarks as its starting point and motto, and pose the following questions:
    •  In what sense were Kant’s dynamic account of matter and notion of inner purposiveness essential for the development of a philosophy of nature?
    •  How did Kant “construct” matter and on what ground did he develop a notion of inner purposiveness?
    •  What did Kant mean by inner purposiveness, and what is its relation to a possible/impossible “construction” of a living body?     •  Did his results in fact furnish the seeds of a philosophy of nature, or did they, rather, offer conflicting and ultimately untenable accounts of the natural world?
To apply for the masterclass, please send a short CV and a brief statement of interest (max. 500 words) before 15 February 2015 to Dalia Nassar. Places are limited. Notification by 15 March 2015.
The masterclass will be followed by a conference on the Philosophy of Nature in the Era of German Idealism (June 15-17, 2015). Eckart Förster will be a keynote speaker.
Contact: Dalia Nassar.

June 15-17, 2015
Conference: Philosophy of Nature in the Era of German Idealism
University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia
Information forthcoming.
Contact: Dalia Nassar.

June 17, 2015
Colloquium in Research Methods in the History and Philosophy of Science
University of Ghent
Faculty Library Meeting Room, Rozier 44
Ghent, Belgium
    2:15-4:00  Rina Knoeff (Groningen): "Jerome Gaub (1705-1780), the Management of the Soul and Dutch Eighteenth-Century Culture"
Contact: Charles Wolfe.

June 22-23, 2015
Conference: Religious Toleration in the Age of Enlightenment (1650-1800): Historical Perspectives on Current Debates
Institute for Culture and Society, Religion & Civil Society Project
Universidad de Navarra
Pamplona, Spain
Monday, June 22
    9.15-9.30  Introduction by Rafael García Pérez and Juan Pablo Domínguez     9.30-10.30  David Harris Sacks (Reed): "Erasmianism, Religious Peace and the Practices of Discovery in Early Modern Europe"
    10.30-11.30  María José Villaverde (U Complutense de Madrid): "The Long way to Toleration: Emeric Crucé"
    12.00-13.00  Andrew Murphy (Rutgers): "From Practice to Theory to Practice: William Penn from Prison to the Founding of Pennsylvania"
    15.30-16.30  Juan Pablo Domínguez (Yale): "A State within the State: the Inquisition in Enlightenment Thought"
    16.30-17.30  Marta García Alonso (UNED): "Pierre Bayle: Sovereignty and Toleration"
    18.00-19.00  Manfred Svensson (U de los Andes): "John Owen and John Locke on Toleration and Doctrinal Minimalism"
Tuesday, June 23
    9.30-10.30  Fabrizio Lomonaco (U Studi di Napoli "Federico II"): "Jean Barbeyrac translator of Grotius and Noodt"
    10.30-11.30  Diego Lucci(American U Bulgaria): "Deism, Freethinking and Toleration in Enlightenment England”
    12.00-13.00  Benjamin Kaplan (U C London): "Religious Violence in the Age of Enlightenment"
    15.30-16.30  Péter Balázs (Szeged): "The (Difficult) Formation of the Tolerant Mind"
    16.30-17.30  Lionel Laborie (Goldsmiths, U London): "The Dark Side of the Enlightenment"
    18.00-19.00  John Marshall (Johns Hopkins): TBA
    19.00  Rafael García Pérez (Navarra): Conclusions
Contacts: Rafael García Pérez and Juan Pablo Dominguez.

June 24, 2015
Workshop: Aristotle and Early Modern Philosophy
University of Groningen
Faculty of Philosophy, Room Alpha
Oude Boteringestraat 52
Groningen, The Netherlands
    11.00-12:30:  Frans de Haas (Leiden): “Aristotle's psychology and the role of Alexander of Aphrodisias in its reception in Late Antiquity”
    14.00-15:30:  Helen Hattab (Houston): “Aristotelianism and Atomism Combined: Gorlaeus on Knowledge of Universals”
    15.40-17:10:  Marco Sgarbi (Venice): “Aristotelian Mechanics and the Scientific Revolution”
    17.20-18:50:  Martin Lenz (Groningen): "What lurks beneath words? Some Aristotelian heritage in early modern linguistic theory"
    18:50  Conclusions
Contacts: Laurens van Apeldoorn, Andrea Sangiacomo.

June 25, 2015
Séminaire Spinoza à Paris 8
Université Paris 8 (Vincennes Saint-Denis)
Métro Ligne 13, station ‘Saint-Denis Université’
Bâtiment C, salle C005
Saint-Denis, France
Time: 18h à 20H
Intervenant: Blandine Kriegel: "Spinoza, l’autre voie de la modernité"
Contact: Jack Stetter.

July 3-5, 2015
Conference on Leibniz: Scientist and Philosopher
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus
Lampeter, Wales, UK
Friday, July 3
    14.00-14.15  Welcome
    14.15-15.15  Michael Kempe (Hanover & Göttingen): TBA
    15.30-16.00  Christopher Noble (Villanova): "The soul as spiritual automaton: Leibniz's natural philosophy and the construction of concepts"
    16.00-16.30  Tzuchien Tho (Berlin): "Physical causality in the monadic world"
    16.30-17.00  Stefano di Bella (Milan): "Conceptual analysis and ontology in the De Volder correspondence
    17.00-17.30  Panel Discussion
Saturday, July 4
    9.00-10.00  Eberhard Knobloch (Tech U Berlin): TBA
    10.00-10.30  Elina & Alexander Shukhman (Orenburg): "Leibniz's achievements in binary fractions in the context of the history of mathematics"
    10.30-11.00  Miguel Palomo (Seville): "Galileo's Discorsi and Leibniz's foundation of the calculus"
    11.15-11.45  Alessandro Becchi (Pisa): "Between learned science and practical knowledge: Leibniz, Leeuwenhoek and the school for microscopists"
    11.45-12.15  Richard T. W. Arthur (McMaster): "Leibniz, organic matter and astrobiology"
    12.15-13.00  Panel Discussion
    14.00-14.30  Lucia Oliveri (Münster): "On the epistemological status of thought experiments in Leibniz's metaphysics: conceivability, possibility and compossibility"
    14.30-15.00  Martha Bolton (Rutgers): "Leibniz on knowledge of general contingent truths"
    15.30-16.00  Chris Meyns (Toronto): "Leibniz and the ethics of probability"
    16.00-16.30  Dale Jacquette (Bern): "Leibniz's empirical, not empiricist methodology"
    16.30-17.00  Panel Discussion
Sunday, July 5
    9.00-9.30  Jill Hernandez (U Texas San Antonio): "Can Leibniz's theodicy account for atrocious harms?"
    9.30-10.00  Paul Lodge (Oxford): "Leibniz's esoteric promise of universal salvation"
    10.30-11.00  Samuel Murray (Saint Louis U): "Leibnizian deliberation: sufficient inclination and indifference"
    11.00-11.30  Agustín Echavarría (Navarra): "Leibniz on efficacious and sufficient Grace"
    11.30-12.00  Panel Discussion
    12.00-13.00  Maria Rosa Antognazza (Kings C London)
Contacts: Lloyd Strickland, Erik Vynckier, and Julia Weckend.

July 7-10, 2015
Graduate Student/Post-Doc Summer Workshop on Spinoza and Spinozisms
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands
This summer workshop is intended for graduate students (Master's and PhD) and post-docs, whose research is significantly connected to Spinoza’s thought. During morning sessions, established scholars in several different areas of Spinoza studies will offer seminars on some of the frontier research topics in the field. Afternoon sessions will consist of discussions of selected papers presented by students. The overall aim of this summer school is to foster interactions and discussions among researchers at different stages of their career, and spark new suggestions for the ongoing debates on Spinoza’s philosophy. The deadline for submitting 1000-word abstracts of student presentations is April 20, 2015. The deadline for housing is May 1, 2015. The final deadline for registration is June 1, 2015.
Tuesday, July 7, morning seminars
    •  Ursula Renz (Klagenfurt): Spinoza's Epistemology
    •  Matthew Kisner (South Carolina): Spinoza's Ethical Theory
    •  Syliane Malinowski-Charles (Québec, Trois-Rivières): Spinoza's Theory of Affects
Wednesday, July 8, morning seminars
    •  Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen): Spinoza and Aristotole on Teleology and Virtue
    •  Lodi Nauta (Groningen): Spinoza and Hobbes on Biblical Criticism
Thursday, July 9, morning seminars
    •  Henri Krop (Erasmus Rotterdam): Spinoza's circle: the case of Abraham Johannes Cuffeler
    •  Han van Ruler (Erasmus Rotterdam): Was Spinoza a Leiden student?
Thursday afternoon: trip to Rijnsburg (Spinoza house museum)
Friday, July 10, morning seminars
    •  Piet Steenbakkers (Utrecht): The new critical edition of Spinoza's Ethics
    •  Martin Lenz (Groningen): Spinoza and intersubjectivity
    •  Keith Green (East Tennessee): Spinoza and relational autonomy
The Spinoza-Gesellschaft provides up to four scholarships of 300€ each for its members who participate in the workshop. A reduced registration fee (50€) is available to members of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW).
Contact: Andrea Sangiacomo.

July 8-11, 2015
Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Dalhousie University
6135 University Ave.
Halifax, NS
Like similar seminars in other parts of the world, the Atlantic Canada Seminar is an informal group, formed to foster interaction among scholars of seventeenth and eighteenth century philosophy. Papers on any subject in early modern philosophy (roughly, the period from Montaigne up to Kant) are welcome. Reading times are approximately 50 minutes with 30 minutes for discussion. There are no concurrent sessions. A few speakers are invited, though most will be vetted through a selection process that includes external refereeing. Reports will usually be available to authors. We make space for some graduate students. (If you are a graduate student, please indicate.) Non-presenters are also welcome to attend and will be included in all our activities and listed on the program. We sometimes have chairs for our sessions; if you are interested in chairing in lieu of presenting, please let us know. No funding is provided (this also applies to invited speakers) but inexpensive accommodations in university residence housing is available, in addition to a variety of hotel accommodation in the vicinity of the conference. Halifax is a beautiful port city, and early July is temperate with generally fair weather. The deadline for submitting abstracts (of approximately 750 words) is 1 March 2015. We will try to have the program available by May 1 2015.
Contact: Tom Vinci.

July 12-17, 2015
Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: Intellectual Interactions in the 17th Century
Bran, Romania
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 “Philosophical Conversations: Intellectual Interactions in the 17th Century,” 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 250 EUR for faculty and 150 EUR for students (covering accommodation with breakfast). There will be a certain number of scholarships for participants; please indicate on your application if you would like to be considered. We invite applications for contributions (from researchers) and for attendance (from students). Researchers are strongly encouraged to contribute papers, though not required. While the morning sessions will focus on the announced theme of the workshop, contributed papers may be about any subject in early-modern philosophy and/or science. If you want to contribute a paper, please send a CV and a one-page abstract, and if you want to attend, a CV and a letter of intent by May 2th to Vlad Alexandrescu and Dana Jalobeanu.
Contacts: Vlad Alexandrescu and Dana Jalobeanu.

July 16-17, 2015
Workshop: Hume and Naturalism
Grey College, Durham University
Durham, UK
Invited contributors: Lorenzo Greco (Oxford), Peter Kail (Oxford), Jacqueline Taylor (U San Francisco), Saul Traiger (Occidental C)
    Hume's work has been regarded by many as a strong influence on the formation of philosophical naturalism, and it is clear that naturalism informs Hume's work on epistemology, philosophy of mind and ethics, amongst other topics. More generally some influential interpretations regard Hume's naturalism as helping to lay the foundations for a 'disenchanted' conception of the world. However, recent work on the character of philosophical naturalism, for example work seeking to present and defend non-reductive, less scientistic forms of naturalism, suggest different ways to interpret Hume's work. There may be reasons to maintain that Hume's naturalism represents the kind of view opposed by these alternative forms. But, arguably, there are a number of ways that our understanding of Hume can be enhanced by adopting different conceptions of what naturalism amounts to. This workshop aims to identify and explore the range of interpretive possibilities in this context.
    Suggested topics to be addressed include (but are not limited to):
    •  What is relation between Hume's naturalism and 'scientism'?
    •  What is the relation between naturalism and Hume's "science of human nature"?
    •  What is the relation between naturalism and the 'New Hume' debate?
    •  What is the relation between Hume's naturalism and moral psychology?
    •  What is the character of Hume's ethical naturalism?
    •  What does Hume's naturalism contribute to our understanding of virtue and justice?
    •  What is the relation between Hume's naturalism and his epistemology?
    •  What is the relation between Hume's naturalism and social epistemology?
    •  What is the relation between Hume's naturalism and philosophy of religion?
    •  What is the most compelling account of 'natural beliefs'?
    •  Are there significant differences between the naturalistic elements in the Treatise and how naturalism informs Hume's other writings?
Abstracts (500 words max, prepared for blind review) for papers to present at the workshop should be sent to Benedict Smith no later than 20 April 2015. Please include, in a separate document, details of the Author's name, paper title and affiliation. To register for the workshop, please email Dr. Smith by 18 June 2015.
Contact: Benedict Smith.

July 20-22, 2015
Conference: Themes from Smith and Rousseau
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland
The conference aims to explore the ideas and shared concerns of Adam Smith and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Proposals for papers are invited on any aspect of Smith, Rousseau, or their shared intellectual interests including (but not limited to) pitié, sympathy, commerce, freedom, nature and science. Given the aim of the conference the organisers are particularly keen to invite papers that deal with both Smith and Rousseau.
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) and Adam Smith (1723-1776) are two of the foremost thinkers of the European Enlightenment, thinkers who made seminal contributions to moral and political philosophy and who shaped some of the key concepts of modern political economy. Both Rousseau and Smith were the product of a shared Calvinist culture of existing intellectual connections between Geneva and Scotland. Though we have no solid evidence that they met in person, we do know that they shared many friends and interlocutors (particularly David Hume who was Smith's closest intellectual associate and who arranged for Rousseau's stay in England in 1766).
    The intellectual influence of Rousseau on Smith has become a matter of increasing scholarly interest. Smith's first published work was a letter to the Edinburgh Review (1756) where he discusses contemporary philosophy, the Encyclopédie and Rousseau's Discours sur l'origine et les fondemens de l'inégalité parmi les hommes (1755). The discussion comes at a key point in Smith's intellectual development as he was engaged in writing the Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) which emerged to great acclaim and established his international reputation. Moreover Rousseau's essay deals with themes, perhaps most particularly self interest, freedom and the division of labour in a commercial society, that would come to dominate Smith's second great work An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). Smith also discusses Rousseau in some of his less well known writings such as the Considerations Concerning the First Formation of Languages (1761) and the essay On the Imitative Arts (1795). Part of what makes the intellectual connection between Rousseau and Smith so interesting is that both Smith and Rousseau were polymaths and Smith seems to both absorb some elements of Rousseau's views while simultaneously reacting against others. This complex blend of influence and reaction renders Smith and Rousseau a subject ripe for further exploration.
    More recently scholars have begun to explore the influence of Rousseau on Smith's thought. Ryan Hanley, Dennis C. Rasmussen and Charles Griswold have all produced recent work on the connection between Smith and Rousseau. The aim of this joint meeting of the International Adam Smith Society and the Rousseau Association is to foster further work on the intellectual connections between these two great thinkers. By bringing together members of both societies we hope to promote the discussion of this fascinating intellectual relationship in a workshop setting. Further details can be found on the websites of the two societies.
    Please submit a title and abstract to Craig Smith, University of Glasgow, no later than 1 January 2015.

July 20-24, 2015
International Hume Society Conference
Stockholm University
Stockholm, Sweden
Monday, July 20
    13:30-15:00  James Harris (St Andrews): "Hume's Life and Biography"
    15:05-16:20  Parallel Session I
    16:40-17:55  Parallel Session II
Tuesday, July 21
    9:00-10:30  Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann (Uppsala): TBA
    10:50-12:05  Parallel Session III
    13:30-14:45  Parallel Session IV
    14:50-16:05  Parallel Session V
    16:25-17:40  Parallel Session VI
Wednesday, July 22
    9:00-11:30  Book Panel: Hume and Mandeville: Anatomists of Civil Society by Mikko Tolonen (Helsinki)
        Critics: Aaron Garrett (Boston U), Lena Halldenius (Lund), and David Raynor (Ottawa)
    12:30  Excursion from Stadshuskajen to Drottningholm Palace
Thursday, July 23
    9:00-10:15  Parallel Session VII
    10:50-12:05  Parallel Session VIII
    13:30-14:45  Parallel Session IX
    14:50-16:05  Parallel Session X
    16:25-18:25  Theme Panel
Friday, July 24
    9:00-10:15  Parallel Session XI
    10:35-12:05  Michael Gill (Arizona): TBA
    13:30-15:30  Theme Panel
    15:45-17:00  Business Meeting
Contact: Rico Vitz.

September 3-6, 2015
UK Kant Society and North American Kant Society Joint Conference: Kant on Religion and Politics
Keele University
Keele, UK
Invited speakers: Otfried Höffe (Tübingen), Christopher Insole (Durham), Allen Wood (Stanford), Cécile Laborde (UCL), Pablo Muchnik (Emerson), Dieter Schönecker (Siegen), Kenneth Westphal (Bogaziçi), Lea Ypi (LSE)
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 submission of abstracts dealing specifically with the theme of the conference. If you are interested in giving a presentation, please email two files no later than May 15 to Ruhi Demiray: one including your name and affiliation, and a second one with an abstract of 800-1200 words excluding any self-identifying information. Accepted papers will be announced no later than June 1.
Contacts: Sorin Baiasu, Ruhi Demiray or Alberto Vanzo.

September 21-25, 2015
International Kant Society Congress: Nature and Freedom
University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria
The 12th International Kant Congress in Vienna is dedicated to the antagonism of nature and freedom, which is as much an issue of great relevance in contemporary discussions as it was during the Enlightenment period. The question of to what extent human actions are guided by nature or free will seems even less clear in modern times than it was in the 18th century. Kant’s writings offer significant potential for contemporary interdisciplinary discussions, which connect philosophy with natural sciences, medicine, neurology and psychology, law and social sciences. While the Kant Congress 2015 will mainly focus on these issues, there will be also three key topics related to Vienna: Kant and the Vienna Circle, Kant and phenomenology and Kant and the poets. Furthermore, there will be various additional sections in order to account for the wide range of topics in Kant’s philosophy. The official languages of the congress are German, English and French. The schedule includes:
Monday, Sept. 21
    9:00  Opening
    10:00  Michael Wolff (Bielefeld): "Freiheit und Natur"
    11:40  Michael Friedman (Stanford): "The Science of Nature and the Demands of Freedom: Denying Knowledge to Make Room for Belief"
Tuesday, Sept. 22
    9:00  Steven Crowell (Rice): "Kant and the Phenomenology of Life"
    10:20  Dominique Pradelle (Paris): "Husserls Kritik an Kants praktischer Philosophie"
    12:00  Patricia Kitcher (Columbia): "Freedom in Thought and Action"
Wednesday, Sept. 23
    9:00  Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen): "Freedom and the Formula of Universal Law"
    10:20  Guido Almeida (Rio de Janeiro): "Kant’s Conception of Freedom"
    12:00  Rudolf Langthaler (Vienna): "' zum Glauben Platz zu bekommen': Verschiedene Gestalten des kantischen 'Vernunftglaubens'"
Thursday, Sept. 24
    9:00  Alexej Krouglov (Moscow): "Kants Lehre von Raum und Zeit und die Möglichkeit einer Freiheit in der russischen Poesie"
    10:20  Frederic Beiser (Syracuse): "Kant and the Poets"
    12:00  Hannah Ginsborg (UC Berkeley): "Kant's 'Young Poet' and the Normativity of Aesthetic Judgment"
Friday, Sept. 25
    9:00  Massimo Ferrari (Turin): "Natur versus Freiheit: Zum Kant-Verständnis des Wiener Kreises"
    10:20  Michela Massimi (Edinburgh): "Prescribing Laws to Nature"
    12:00  Tobias Rosefeldt (Humboldt, Berlin): "Freedom and Transcendental Idealism"
Contacts: Violetta Waibel and Sophie Gerber.

September 25, 2015
Colloquium: Jesuit Cognitive Psychology in Early Modern Scholastic Philosophy
Faculty of Theology, University of South Bohemia, Knežská 8
Classroom no. 3 (Ground Floor)
České Budějovice, Czech Republic
    9.00–10.00  Mário Santiago de Carvalho (Coimbra): "Beyond Psychology: The Philosophical Horizon of the Coimbra Commentary on Aristotle’s 'De Anima' (1598)"
    10.20–11.20  Leen Spruit  (Sapienza U Rome/Ctr Hist Phil & Sci, Radboud): "The Separate Soul in Early Modern Jesuit Psychology"
    11.40–12.40  Bernd Roling  (Freie U Berlin): "Immaterielles Fleisch: Francisco Suarez, Adam Tanner und Rodrigo Arriaga und die Debatte um den Glorienleib in der jesuitischen Erkenntnistheorie"
    14.30–15.30  Daniel Heider  (South Bohemia/Inst Phil, Czech Acad Sci): "Francisco Toleto, the Conimbricenses and Francisco Suárez on the Activity and Passivity in the Cognition of External Senses"
    15.50–16.50  Paul Richard Blum (Loyola, Maryland): "Psychology and Culture of the Intellect: Ignatius of Loyola and Antonio Possevino"
    17.10–18.10  Ulrich G. Leinsle (Regensburg): "Entitates habituales, species or intellectio? Ontological Commitments in Early Jesuit Cognitive Psychology"
Contact: Daniel Herder.

October 2-4, 2015
Finnish-Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Central European University
Budapest, Hungary
In a joint effort by philosophers in Finland and Hungary, the Seminar was founded to promote international cooperation among scholars of seventeenth and eighteenth century philosophy. We invite prospective participants to send an abstract of about 500 words on any topic in early modern philosophy to by 15 June 2015. Completed papers should aim at a reading time of 40 minutes or less. Please note that FHSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation.
Contact: Mike Griffin.

October 16-17, 2015
South Central Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Texas, Austin
Austin, TX
Confirmed speakers: Kate Abramson (Indiana), Helen Hattab (U Houston), George E. Smith (Tufts)
Call for abstracts. Like similar seminars, the South Central Seminar is an informal group designed to foster interaction among scholars working on topics in the history of early modern (pre-Kantian) philosophy. Abstracts of 500 words or less on any topic in early modern philosophy before Kant should be prepared for blind review and submitted to Katherine Dunlop no later than March 15, 2015. Authors will be notified of our decisions by May 31.
Contact: Katherine Dunlop.

October 23-25, 2015
Leibniz Society of North America Conference
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
CFP: 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 1,000 words or less and should be submitted, prepared for blind review, to in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. The deadline for the receipt of submissions is February 15th, 2015. Authors will be notified by April 1st, 2015 of the program committee’s decision.
Contact: Julia Jorati.

October 24-25, 2015
Midwestern Study Group of the North American Kant Society
Northwestern University (host: Rachel Zuckert)
Evanston, IL
Keynote: Paul Guyer (Brown). Submissions for the program should be prepared for blind review. Please send contact information in a separate file. The selection committee welcomes contributions on all topics of Kantian scholarship (contemporary or historically oriented), including discussions of Kant’s immediate predecessors and successors. Reading time is limited to approximately 30 minutes and submissions should not exceed 20 pages. Graduate student submissions are encouraged. The best graduate student paper will receive a stipend and be eligible for the Markus Herz Prize. Papers already read at other NAKS study groups or meetings may not be submitted. Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing. The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2015. Please submit all materials electronically to Corey W. Dyck, program committee chair for MSG NAKS.
Contact: Corey Dyck.

November 6-7, 2015
NYU Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy: God
Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South
New York University
New York, NY
    •  Steven Nadler (Wisconsin, Madison): "Spinoza"; commentator Korolina Hübner (Toronto)
    •  Christia Mercer (Columbia): "Anne Conway"; commentator Jasper Reid (King’s College, London)
    •  Robert M. Adams (Rutgers): "Leibniz"; commentator Jeff McDonough (Harvard)
    •  Jens Timmermann (St Andrews): "Kant"; commentator Anne Margaret Baxley (Washington U, St. Louis)
    •  Cheryl Misak (Toronto): "William James"; commentator Alexander Klein (Cal State Long Beach)
    •  Mark Johnston (Princeton): "Contemporary Philosophy in Historical Context"; commentator Meghan Sullivan (Notre Dame)
Contact: Don Garrett.

January 6-9, 2016
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC
Program submission deadline: February 15, 2015

January 11-14, 2016
International Berkeley Conference
Hebrew University
Jerusalem, Israel
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 give a diversified account of Berkeley's works with respect to his broad range of interest. Anyone interested in participating in the conference should send an abstract before 28 February 2015 to either:
Meir Buzgalo or Bertil Belfrage.

February 27, 2016
Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA
Invited Speaker: Maria Rosa Antognazza (King’s College London)
Following the model of similar seminars around the U.S. and Canada, the Southwest Seminar was formed to foster interaction among scholars who work on various topics in the history of early modern philosophy. Papers on any subject in early modern (pre-Kantian) philosophy are welcome. Reading times should not exceed 40 minutes. Abstracts of no more than 750 words should be emailed to Mary Domski by Thursday 30 July 2015. Abstracts should be prepared for blind review and sent in either .doc or .rtf format. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your abstract within a week, please resubmit or contact Mary at the address below. The program for the Southwest Seminar will be announced by early October 2015.
****In conjunction with the Seminar, Don Rutherford (UC, San Diego) will be presenting a colloquium talk to the UC, Riverside Department of Philosophy on the afternoon of Friday 26 February 2015. This event is free and open to the public, and all those traveling to Riverside for the Seminar are welcome to attend.****
Contact: Mary Domski.

March 2-5, 2016
APA Central Division Meeting
Palmer House
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL
Program submission deadline: June 1, 2015

March 11-13, 2016
Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy Conference: "Scottish Philosophy before the Enlightenment"
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, NJ
Opening plenary: Marilyn McCord Adams 'Reflecting on Duns Scotus' The period of the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century is undoubtedly the jewel in Scottish philosophy’s crown. All the leading figures of this period, however, were educated in universities with a long history in which philosophy played a significant part and were all well versed in the history of philosophy. Moreover, research has shown increasingly that Scottish Enlightenment philosophy had deep intellectual roots in the centuries that preceded it. This conference aims both to build on and to encourage recent developments that aim to explore the content and significance of Scottish philosophy before the Enlightenment. Proposals are invited for:
    •  Papers that explore both prominent figures and philosophical themes that shaped Scottish intellectual debate before the Enlightenment
    •  Papers that explore philosophical sources and themes from earlier centuries in the Scottish philosophers of the 18th and 19th centuries
Abstracts of not more than 500 words should be sent as email attachments to by November 30th 2015. Author identification should appear in the accompanying email only.

March 21-23, 2016
Conference: Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, Religion and Science
University of Groningen
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, 9712 GK
Groningen, The Netherlands
During the early modern period (c. 1600-1800) women were involved in many debates that tangled together metaphysics, religion and science. The women included figures such as Margaret Cavendish, Emilie Du Châtelet, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, and Damaris Cudworth Masham. The debates surrounded issues such as atomism, determinism, motion, mind-body causation, mechanism, space, and natural laws. The conference program will consist of invited speakers and speakers drawn from an open call for papers. Invited speakers include:
    •  Sarah Hutton (Aberystwyth)
    •  Jacqueline Broad (Monash)
    •  Susan James (Birkbeck)
    •  Andrew Janiak (Duke)
    •  Karen Detlefsen (Pennsylvania)
    •  David Cunning (Iowa)
    •  Deborah Boyle (Charleston)
    •  Tom Stoneham (York)
    •  Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn)
    •  Mirjam de Baar (Groningen)
Call for Papers: Submissions are invited from any discipline, and from researchers of all levels (including PhD students). Submissions are welcome on any aspect of the conference theme. To submit for the conference, please email an abstract (maximum 800 words) to the conference organiser, Emily Thomas. The abstract should be anonymised for blind review, and the email should contain the author’s details (name, affiliation, contact details). The deadline for abstract submission is 20th October 2015.
Contact: Emily Thomas.

March 30-April 3, 2016
APA Pacific Division Meeting
The Westin St. Francis
335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA
Program submission deadline: September 1, 2015.

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

July 19-23, 2016
Hume Society Conference
Sydney, Australia
Call for Papers: 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). Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2015.

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

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