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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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)
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August 4, 2015
Lecture: Samuel Fleischacker (Illinois, Chicago): "Empathy and Perspective: A Smithian Conception of Humanity"
University of Melbourne
Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Theatre A
Parkville, VIC, Australia
Contact: Ruth Boeker.
August 11, 2015
Lecture: Gerhard Wiesenfeldt (Melbourne): "Contesting Academic Freedom: Descartes, Spinoza, and the Limits of Toleration"
University of Melbourne, Parkville
Elisabeth Murdoch Building, Theatre A
Parkville, VIC, Australia
Contact: Brenda Jackson.
September 2-5, 2015
Conference: "Passions and the Origin of Moral Institutions and Civil Society: British Debate from Thomas Hobbes to Adam Smith"
Faculty of Humanities, Lecture theatre 1034
Charles University Campus Jinonice
Prague, Czech Republic
17:00–17:15 The idea of conference and welcomes
17:15–9:00 James Harris (St Andrews): TBA
9:00-10:20 Dirk Brantl (Graz): "Hobbes on Passions, virtues, and political education"
10:40-11:20 Reading Hobbes (textual evidence)
11:40–12:10 Aleš Novák (Charles U): "The 'Will to Power' and Fear as Two Origins of Anthropological Determination and Political Ordering in Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan"
12:10-12:40 Milan Hanyš (Charles U) on Hobbes
14:00-15:20 Mikko Tolonen (Helsinki): TBA [on Mandeville]
15:40-16:20 Reading Mandeville
16:20-16:50 Tomáš Kunca (Charles U) on Mandeville
16:50-17:30 Miroslav Vacura (PUE) on Mandeville
9:00-10:20 James Harris (St Andrews): TBA [on Hume]
10:40-11:20 Tomáš Kunca (Charles U) [on Hume]
11:20-12:00 Zuzana Parusniková (CAS) on Hume
12:00-12:40 Stanislav Synek (Charles U) on Hume
14:00-15:20 Dennis Rasmussen (Tufts): "Adam Smith on What Is Wrong with Economic Inequality"
15:40-16:40 Tomáš Sedlacek (Charles U): "Adam Smith and the History of Invisible Hand of Market"
19:00-22:10 Mozart: Don Giovanni (Estates Theatre Prague)
10:00–12:30 Edited volume agenda (authors meet authors and publisher meets authors)
15:00–18:00 Tour guided by a member of the Dept. of History (Charles U)
Contact: Tomáš Kunca.
September 3-6, 2015
UK Kant Society and North American Kant Society Joint Conference: Kant on Religion and Politics
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: Ruhi Demiray or Alberto Vanzo.
September 16, 2015
Workshop: Eighteenth-century natural philosophy and physics
Free University of Brussels
D Building Room 3.04, Pleinlaan 2
10.00-10.35 Iulia Mihai (Ghent): "D’Alembert and Euler on the Wave Equation"
10.35-11.10 Jip van Besouw (Vrije U Brussel): "’s Gravesande on scientific methodology: Calvinist-Leibnizian Metaphysics in Defence of Newtonian Physics?"
11.30-12.05 Marco Storni (ENS): "Maupertuis’ Argument for Newtonianism: Between Logic and Rhetoric"
12.05-12.40 Yannick Van den Abbeel (Vrije U Brussel): "Maupertuis and The Principle of Least Action"
14.00-14.45 Anne-Lise Rey (Lille I): "La démonstration a posteriori du principe de conservation des forces vives par W. J. ’s Gravesande: Une conversion à la métaphysique leibnizienne des corps?"
14.45-15.30 Steffen Ducheyne (Vrije U Brussel): "Peter van Musschenbroek’s ‘Newtonianism’ Reconsidered"
16.00-16.45 Marij van Strien (Max Planck Inst): "The Law of Continuity, Determinateness, and the Mathematizability of Nature: Boscovich and his Contemporaries"
Attendance is free, but registration is required.
Contact: Steffen Ducheyne
September 21-25, 2015
International Kant Society Congress: Nature and Freedom
University of Vienna
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
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): "'...um 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 24, 2015
Seminar: Peter Anstey (Sydney): "Locke on Non-Propositional Knowledge"
University of Melbourne
G16 (Jim Potter Room), Old Physics Building
Contact: Andrew Inkpin.
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
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 email@example.com 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 6-11, 2015
Master-class on Isaac Newton’s Philosophical Projects
Institute for Research in the Humanities
University of Bucharest
Invited speakers: Rob Illiffe (Sussex), Niccolo Guicciardini (Bergamo), Andrew Janiak (Duke)
The purpose of this master-class is to discuss and to set in context some of Newton’s philosophical, scientific and theological projects. It aims to address a number of well-known (and difficult) questions in a new context, by setting them comparatively against the natural philosophical and theological background of early modern thought. By bringing together a group of experts on various aspects of Newton’s thought with experts on Descartes, Bacon and Leibniz, the master-class facilitates interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives. The activities of the master-class will consist of lectures, reading groups and seminars, as well as more informal activities (tutorials, and discussions). The master-class will be set within the interdisciplinary environment of the Institute of Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest. It aims to bring together 15 students (post-docs and graduate students) coming from different fields and willing to spend 5 days working together within the premises of the Institute, and under the supervision of leading experts.
To apply for the master-class, send a CV and a letter of intention to Dana Jalobeanu by
August 15, 2015. The final list of participants will be announced on the website of the institute by August 30, 2015. If you want to present a short paper in the master-class, please send an extended abstract (no longer than 800 words).
Contact: Dana Jalobeanu.
October 12-14, 2015
Modern Philosophy Conference
Universidad Panamericana (México, DF)
México City, México
Invited speakers: Alejandro G. Vigo (Navarra), Ramón Rodríguez (Complutense), Eduardo Molina (Alberto Hurtado), Luis Placencia (U Chile).
Abstracts (written in Spanish or English) in any area of the History of Modern Philosophy should be about 1500 words (excluding references), prepared for blind refereeing, and sent to Vincente de Haro Romo no later than August 10 (notification of acceptance by August 25). In case of acceptance, a full paper (due September 25) should be submitted for commentary at the conference. Abstracts should include a cover letter with the author's name, title of paper, institutional affiliation, contact information (email, phone number, mailing address), and the topic area(s) of the paper (e.g. metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, etc.). Abstracts should contain the title, a list of references at the end, and be free of identifying information.
Para participar, se requiere enviar un resumen (escrito en español o inglés) de unas 1.500 palabras aproximadamente (excluidas las referencias), el cual puede versar sobre cualquier área de la Historia de la Filosofía Moderna, y debe estar escrito para ser sometido a arbitraje ciego. En caso de aceptación, deberá entregarse más tarde un ensayo completo, con el fin de que sea comentado en las Jornadas. La entrega del ensayo deberá hacerse a más tardar el 25 de septiembre de 2015. Plazo para Entrega de Resúmenes: 10 de Agosto de 2015 (Se notificará de los resultados el 25 agosto 2015). Instrucciones para Entrega de Resúmenes: (1) un documento que contenga el nombre del autor, título del resumen, institución a la que pertenece el autor, información de contacto (email, número telefónico, dirección postal), y el o las áreas del tema tratado (p. ej. metafísica, epistemología, ética, etc.); y (2) el resumen mismo, incluyendo el título y una lista bibliográfica al final, libre de toda información que pueda identificar al autor. Contact: Vincente de Haro Romo.
October 16-17, 2015
South Central Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Texas, Austin
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 23-24, 2015
Workshop on Kant on Knowledge and Cognition
University of Wisconsin
This workshop will explore Kant’s views on cognition and related concepts. It is no secret that at the heart of Kant’s Critical philosophy is a sophisticated account of the nature, conditions, and limits of cognition (Erkenntnis), one of Kant’s most oft-used terms. But Kant’s epistemology, as developed in the three Critiques and other works, contains substantially more than an account of human cognition in general. For one thing, Kant is also interested in the nature, conditions, and limits of related but importantly distinct epistemic states, such as knowledge (Wissen) and belief (Glaube). For another thing, Kant is sensitive to the diversity of types of human cognition, providing detailed accounts of a number of specific sub-types: e.g. empirical, aesthetic, teleological, practical, mathematical, philosophical, and scientific, to name a few. This workshop will bring together renowned Kant scholars currently working on Kant’s general account of cognition and its limits; his views on the relationship between cognition and other epistemic states like knowledge and belief; and his detailed accounts of the various sub-types of cognition.
Confirmed speakers: Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge), Andrew Chignell (Cornell), Stefanie Grüne (Postdam), Dai Heide (Simon Fraser), Samantha Matherne (UC Santa Cruz), Karl Schafer (Pittsburgh), Lisa Shabel (Ohio State), Eric Watkins (UC San Diego), Daniel Warren (UC Berkeley), Marcus Willaschek (Goethe U Frankfurt am Main)
Contact: James Messina.
October 23-25, 2015
Leibniz Society of North America Conference
Ohio State University
Friday, Oct. 23
2.00–3.30 John Whipple (Illinois, Chicago): "Leibniz on Fundamental Ontology: Conciliatory or Exoteric?"; commentator Brandon C. Look (Kentucky)
4.00–5.30 Martha Bolton (Rutgers): "Leibniz on Primary Force, the ‘Law of the Series’ and the Transtemporal Identity of a Substance"; commentator Stephen Puryear (North Carolina State)
6.00–7.00 Reception in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Leibniz Review and of Glenn Hartz’s editorship; comments Mark Kulstad (Rice)
Saturday, Oct. 24
9.30–11.00 Elizabeth A. Robinson (Nazareth C.) and John Grey (Michigan State): "Tracing Reason’s Arc:? The Principle of Sufficient Reason from Leibniz to Kant"; commentator Anja Jauernig (NYU)
11.15–12.45 Sebastian Bender (Rice): "Localizing Violations of the Principle of Sufficient Reason—Leibniz on the Modal Status of the PSR"; commentator Sam Newlands (Notre Dame)
2.00–3.30 Thomas Feeney (U St. Thomas): "Leibniz, Acosmism, and Incompossibility"; commentator Donald Rutherford (UC San Diego)
4.00–5.30 Sukjae Lee (Seoul National): "Leibniz on Formal Causation"; commentator Tad M. Schmaltz (Michigan)
5.30–6.30 Business meeting
Sunday, Oct. 25
9.30–11.00 Kristen Irwin (Loyola Chicago): "Must Religious Toleration Require Indifference or Universalism? Leibniz on the Grounds for Religious Toleration"; commentator Juan Garcia (Ohio State)
11.15–12.45 Adam Harmer (UC Riverside): "Leibniz Against the World Soul: Three Versions"; commentator Jeffrey K. McDonough (Harvard)
Contact: Julia Jorati.
October 24-25, 2015
Midwestern Study Group of the North American Kant Society
Northwestern University (host: Rachel Zuckert)
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.
November 12-13, 2015
Graduate Conference in the History of Philosophy: "Histories of Failed Synthesis"
University of Turin
Central to the conference is the question of ‘synthesis’, by which we mean here the attempt to compose into unity the multiplicity and variety of the real—be such unification a perceptive, intellectual, a priori, a posteriori, ontological or epistemological one. From a philosophical point of view, any synthesis implies two moments, the effort to disregard divergent elements and the necessity to encompass them. This dichotomy may reflect the irreducibility of the simple to the complex: thus syntheses often fail.
The purpose of the conference is twofold: to consider how philosophy has engaged this question throughout its history; and to shed light on the unresolved tensions that failed syntheses have left extant. Topics of interest might include (but certainly are not limited to):
• Synthesis as opposed/preferred to analysis
• Synthesis as Aufhebung
• Synthesis in philosophical theories of perception
• Integration: emancipation in the history of political theories
• Synthesis in epistemology
• Synthesis in the mystical tradition
The conference will provide a dialogue between different perspectives, promoting an interaction between scholars and graduate students both in the history of philosophy and of its particular disciplines, and in phenomenology, theoretic philosophy and epistemology. Each session will be opened by a keynote speaker, respectively Justin E.H. Smith (Paris Diderot) and Nicolas De Warren (Leuven). Graduate students' presentations shall last 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Lectures and papers will be delivered in English. There will be no registration fees for paper presentations. The organizers plans to cover travel and accommodation costs for between six and eight selected graduate students.
Submission procedures and deadlines: graduate students should send a 500-words abstract, prepared for blind review, as an rtf, doc, docx, odt or pdf attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. When submitting, please include the following information in the body of the email: author's name, presentation title, abstract, university affiliation. Deadline for submission is June 30th, 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be sent on July 30th, 2015. The conference program will be announced by September 30th, 2015. The best papers will be published in a monographic issue of a specialized journal.
Contact: Lucia Randone and Claudia Matteini.
December 16, 2015
Conference: Rethinking the Enlightenment
Deakin University, Burwood Campus
Invited speakers: Genevieve Lloyd (New South Wales), Dennis Rasmussen (Tufts), Karen Green (Melbourne), and Peter Anstey (Sydney).
Older and recent work in the history of 18th century ideas calls into question popular images of the enlightenment as a single movement of thinkers characterised by a naïve, utopian rationalism closed to otherness or difference, and the affective, playful and poetic dimensions of thought, sociability and experience in ways that would lead, in time, to the horrifying European catastrophes of the world wars and total states. Works such as those by our keynotes Rasmussen and Lloyd, but differently the influential work of Jonathan Israel (to evoke only a few), have instead explored the different strands of enlightenment thought, and the importance of deistic, empiricist, sceptical, literary, and moral-sentimental (as well as rationalist and materialist) strands of the French and British enlightenments. In thinkers like Voltaire, the first conceptions of religious toleration were developed, while in thinkers like Diderot, important criticisms of Western colonialism emerged; with figures like Wollstonecraft (also Condorcet and Bentham), we see the first advocates of women’s rights, and Jonathan Israel in particular has traced the emergence of competing, contested conceptions of democracy in the 17th and 18th centuries. The continuing rise of what sociologist Robert Antonio has called ‘reactionary tribalisms’ predicated on openly anti-enlightenment visions, and differently the political and philosophical questions raised by the crises of Greece and the Eurozone make scholarly and wider reassessments of the European enlightenment in all of its complexity, promises and limits a newly contemporary task.
We invite papers on ‘Rethinking the Enlightenment’ on or around the following (or related) themes from graduate students, early career and more established researchers:
• Conceptions of democracy in the 18th century
• Conceptions of religious toleration in the 18th century
• Deism and/or biblical criticism in the enlightenment
• The role of scepticism and empiricism in shaping enlightenment thought
• 18th century conceptions of the role of science in society
• Enlightenment sinophilia and images of the non-European ‘other’
• Criticisms of colonialism in Jeremy Bentham, Condorcet, Diderot, Herder, Kant, Adam Smith, and Raynal et al
• The role of literary forms (e.g., satires, contes, letters, dramas) in enlightenment thought, and enlightenment politics
• Conceptions of the public sphere emerging in the enlightenment
• Conceptions of polity, democracy and law in the lumières and Scottish authors
• Conceptions of the intellectual and/or ‘philosophe’ in the 18th century
• The history or histories of images of the enlightenment, from the 18th century to today
• The effects of subsequent historical events (eg the great war) on images of the enlightenment
Expressions of interest, and abstracts of not more than 300 words, should be sent to Matthew Sharpe and/or Geoff Boucher by August 31, 2015. Papers will be in 30 minute sessions, so should be between 2000 and 4000 words (max).
Contact: Matthew Sharpe.
January 6-9, 2016
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW
Program submission deadline: February 15, 2015
Melissa Frankel (Carlton): "Descartes and Berkeley on Sensory Perception"; commentator Genevieve Migely (Cornell C Iowa)
Nathan Sheff (Connecticut): "Berkeley's Dilemma for Temporal Absolutists"; commentator Eric Schliesser (Ghent)
January 11-14, 2016
International Berkeley Conference
Bertil Belfrage (Lund): "George Berkeley's New Philosophy (after 1721)"
Artem Besedin (Moscow State): "Scholastic and Cartesian Models of Intuition in Berkeley's Philosophy"
Richard Brook (Bloomsburg): "Berkeley's De Motu"
Matteo Bonifacio (Turin): "George Berkeley and the Way of Ideas"
Meir Buzaglo (Hebrew U Jerusalem): "An Idealistic View on 'Disappearing' "
Georges Dicker (SUNY Brockport): "Berkeley's Critique of Locke's Theory of Perception"
Keota Fields (Massachusetts, Dartmouth): "Berkeley on Skepticism and Empirical Psychology"
Adam Grzeliński (Nicolaus Copernicus): "Siris and Berkeley's Late Social Philosophy"
Marc Hight (Hampden-Sydney: "Berkeley's Strange Semi-Occasionalist Mystery"
Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton C MA): "Berkeley and Locke on Passive Obedience and the Social Contract"
A. David Kline (North Florida): "Berkeley, Empirical Equivalence and Anti-Realism"
Tali Leven (Open U Israel): "Ghost of Departed Quantity"
Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): "Berkeley's Conception of Substance"
Luc Peterschmitt (Lille): "How did Berkeley Read Newton?"
Marc Pickering (Lynn U): "The Ideas in God's Mind"
Timothy Quandt (Sacramento City C): "Berkeley's Vulgar Defense of Defect and Suffering"
Michael Roubach (Hebrew U Jerusalem): "Berkeley and Husserl's Notion of Abstraction"
Ofra Shefi (Hebrew U Jerusalem): "A Question of Reason: On Berkeley's Attitude to Teleology"
Mark Steiner (Hebrew U Jerusalem): "Borrowings from Berkeley in Hume's Treatise of Human Nature"
Piotr Szałek (Catholic U, Lublin, Poland): "Berkeley's Non-cognitivism"
Bartosz Żukowski (Lodz): "Berkeley and Collier: A Case of Fortunate Coincidence"
Marta Szymańska-Lewoszewska (Nicolaus Copernicus): "Unity, Diversity and Order: On Natural Religion in Berkeley's Works from 1730s to 1750s"
Contacts: Meir Buzaglo or Bertil Belfrage.
January 21-22, 2016, 2016
Workshop: "Manipulating Flora: Gardens as Laboratories in the Renaissance and Early Modern Europe"
University of Bucharest
Institute for Research in the Humanities
• Antonio Clericuzio (Roma Tre)
• Florike Egmond (Leiden)
• Alette Fleischer (Amsterdam)
• Hiro Hirai (Radboud U Nijmegen)
• Cesare Pastorino (TU Berlin)
• Doina-Cristina Rusu (Bucharest)
Although plants are pivotal in the understanding of nature because of their position between inert matter and living bodies, botany played a minor role during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It was often subsidiary to medicine (generally used for therapeutics) or immersed in the demanding labour of natural collecting. Yet botanical practice developed alongside the rise of early modern philosophy and science, as a subject of lively debates and controversies, collections and dissemination, alchemical investigations, experimental collaborations, and philosophical revolutions. Particularly, experiments with plants were significant in seventeenth century Europe, since they concerned the manipulation of various processes such as generation, vegetation, and growth, all of which reshaped the Aristotelian approach into a new systematization of nature. These practices involved a wide range of men and women-- botanists, alchemists, physicians, natural philosophers, and natural magicians--whose work aimed at serving various purposes. Botany therefore developed as a central subject for disseminating knowledge and collecting information regarding the natural world, manipulating hidden qualities, providing remedies for diseases, and completing the mechanization of natural philosophy.
Botany plays an overlooked role in shaping early modernity. Because philosophers, scholars, experimenters, physicians and botanists moved between public horti botanici and (secret or) private gardens, this workshop seeks original contributions exploring the connection between experiments with plants and the emergence of modern science and philosophy. Our focus will be on the influences of experimentation with plants in natural philosophy, but also in the development of particular sciences. Wide-ranging contributions discussing the art(s) of experimentation with plants, or exploring the collaborative dimension of the processes of botanical (and physiological) knowledge are welcome, as long as they help to reveal the significant status of manipulating nature through botanical studies.
Researchers from various areas are invited to submit proposals by the 15th of October including the author's name, affiliation, a short CV, and contact information (email address), the paper title (15-word maximum), an abstract (250-word maximum), and a short bibliography (up to 5 works). Submit proposals to email@example.com.
Contacts: Fabrizio Baldassarri and Oana Matei.
February 27, 2016
Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of California, Riverside
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
17 East Monroe Street
Program submission deadline: June 1, 2015
Abstracts (500-750 words) prepared for blind-review should be sent as a doc/docx/pdf/rtf attachment by September 15 to Ericka Tucker.
In the email (subject heading: NASS Central 2016), include contact information and paper title.
March 3-4, 2016
Workshop: "Before Montucla: Historiography of Science in the Early Modern Era"
Interdisciplinary Centre for Science and Technology Studies
Many new topics, approaches and research agendas have recently emerged in the historiography of science. The field has extricated itself from descriptive positivism and celebratory Whiggism and has begun to take account of the various contexts of historical writings, creatively combining methods of the humanities and the social sciences with knowledge of the sciences. Historiography of science, however, still lacks evaluation and interpretation of its own history. In other words, the history of historiography of science has not been written yet. General overviews of the origins of history of science as a discipline usually go back to the end of the 19th century, but historiography of science is much older. Some scholars say that it began in classical antiquity, among pupils of Aristotle. Other authors argue that the discipline originated in the efforts of early modern scientists to convey legitimacy and nobility to their field. Still others argue that historiography of science arose in the Enlightenment in close relation to the study of the history of the human spirit. Every attempt to seriously study the history of the historiography of science must therefore start with finding out when the historiography of science emerged as a discipline with its own themes, specific methods, and supporting institutions. We assume that the historiography of science originated in the early modern period because "science" in the modern meaning of the word emerged at that time, and in order to be recognized as a producer of knowledge worth of knowing, it had to offer its impressive pedigree. Still, there are a lot of questions concerning the origins, aims, functions and methods used in the first outlines of the history of science.
The current workshop wants to address these gaps in our knowledge. We welcome all contributions that relate to the history of historiography of science especially in the period from the Renaissance to the beginning of the 19th century. We want to examine how the perception of the history of science was influenced by philosophical assumptions, mainly by the philosophy of history: for example, did scientists and historians view the history of science as a linear accumulation of knowledge or as a cyclical process in which periods of blossom and barbarism alternated? We are interested in how the themes of contemporary general historiography, including chronology or biblical history, affected the outlines of the history of science. Did scientists and historians synchronize the history of science with the political and socio-economic events (as in Marxist historiography)? What factors were recognized as decisive in the development of science? Further, we are interested in the role of mythological and religious strategies in promoting particular points of view on the history of science. We are interested in nationalist, racist and religious prejudices that influenced different forms of interpretation of the history of science. We welcome papers that relate to the iconography of the historiography of science and various ways of graphical representations of and in the history of science. The literary strategies of early historians of science are an interesting problem as well. We want to discuss key concepts of the historical forms of the historiography of science: the changing ideas of scientific progress, of history, of science; emancipation from prejudices, tradition, cumulativism, etc. We are also interested in what scientists and historians expected of their historical overviews of the development of science, that is: what were the functions of the historiography of science? What kind of transformations can be seen, especially in the period from the 16th to the early 19th century? Who were the supposed (and real) addressees of such historical accounts. What was the public for which the outlines of the history of science had been prepared? And what effect and impact was expected?
The workshop's ambit invites interdisciplinary collaboration. Proposals for papers from all who can contribute to the topic are therefore welcome. Special consideration will be given to proposals from young scholars. The language of the workshop will be English. Submissions must include a title, an abstract (1-2 pages) of a 20 minute presentation, and a short CV (maximum one page). Submissions should be sent to Volker Remmert no later than July 18, 2015. Contributors' overnight accommodation costs will be covered. Because funds are limited, please let us know well in advance if you will need support to cover travelling expenses.
Contacts: Volker Remmert or Daniel Špelda.
March 11-13, 2016
Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy Conference: "Scottish Philosophy before the Enlightenment"
Princeton Theological Seminary
Opening plenary: Marilyn McCord Adams (Rutgers): "Reflecting on Duns Scotus"
The period of the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century is undoubtedly the jewel in Scottish philosophy’s crown. All the leading figures of this period, however, were educated in universities with a long history in which philosophy played a significant part and were all well versed in the history of philosophy. Moreover, research has shown increasingly that Scottish Enlightenment philosophy had deep intellectual roots in the centuries that preceded it. This conference aims both to build on and to encourage recent developments that aim to explore the content and significance of Scottish philosophy before the Enlightenment. Proposals are invited for:
• Papers that explore both prominent figures and philosophical themes that shaped Scottish intellectual debate before the Enlightenment
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30th 2015. Author identification should appear in the accompanying email only. Two ‘George Elder Davie’ awards are available for graduate student presenters. These are limited to Masters and PhD students and cover the cost of lodging and meals during the conference, with up to $500 towards travel. They are allocated by competition on the basis of paper proposals, and students should indicate their interest in being considered in the accompanying email.
March 21-23, 2016
Conference: Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, Religion and Science
University of Groningen
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, 9712 GK
Groningen, The Netherlands
During the early modern period (c. 1600-1800) women were involved in many debates that tangled together metaphysics, religion and science. The women included figures such as Margaret Cavendish, Emilie Du Châtelet, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, and Damaris Cudworth Masham. The debates surrounded issues such as atomism, determinism, motion, mind-body causation, mechanism, space, and natural laws. The conference program will consist of invited speakers and speakers drawn from an open call for papers. Invited speakers include:
• Sarah Hutton (Aberystwyth)
• Jacqueline Broad (Monash)
• Susan James (Birkbeck)
• Andrew Janiak (Duke)
• Karen Detlefsen (Pennsylvania)
• David Cunning (Iowa)
• Deborah Boyle (Charleston)
• Tom Stoneham (York)
• Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn)
• Mirjam de Baar (Groningen)
Call for Papers: Submissions are invited from any discipline, and from researchers of all levels (including PhD students). Submissions are welcome on any aspect of the conference theme. To submit for the conference, please email an abstract (maximum 800 words) to the conference organiser, Emily Thomas. The abstract should be anonymised for blind review, and the email should contain the author’s details (name, affiliation, contact details). The deadline for abstract submission is 20th October 2015.
Immediately after this conference, the annual Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will take place at Erasmus University Rotterdam, on 24-25 March. There are regular direct trains between Groningen and Rotterdam, so it would be easy to attend both conferences.
Contact: Emily Thomas.
March 24-25, 2016
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Keynote speakers: Andrew Janiak (Duke) and Carla Rita Palmerino (Radboud)
This Seminar aims to bring together advanced students and scholars working on early modern philosophy (broadly conceived, ranging from the later scholastics to Kant). The language of presentation and discussion is English. Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture (on any topic relevant to early modern philosophy) to Andrea Sangiacomo by December 1. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a .docx file (please don’t use pdf format). The author’s name and contact information (name, affiliation, email and professional status – doctoral student; postdoc; lecturer; etc.) should also be specified in your e-mail message. The abstracts will be peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the outcome of the review by January 30.
The Dutch Seminar will take place immediately after the conference on Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, Religion and Science organized by Emily Thomas at the University of Groningen. For those who are interested in contributing to both events, please note that direct trains between Rotterdam and Groningen take two and a half hours' travel.
Website. You might also join the Seminar Facebook group.
Contacts: Han van Ruler and Andrea Sangiacomo.
March 30-April 3, 2016
APA Pacific Division Meeting
The Westin St. Francis
335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA
Program submission deadline: September 1, 2015.
April 14-16, 2016
Conference: Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy
European Society for Early Modern Philosophy and the British Society for the History of Philosophy
Birkbeck College London and Kings College London
During the early modern period, upheavals in science, theology and politics prompted philosophers to grapple with two highly-charged questions. What are the limits of life? What are the possibilities of life? Pursuing the first, they probed the relation between life and death. What is it to be a living thing? What distinguishes life from death? In what sense, if any, do living things survive death? Exploring the second question, they turned their attention to the character of a truly human life. What is it for human beings (or particular kinds of human beings) to live well? What role does philosophy play in this process? Is living well an individual project, a political one, or both? Each of these themes has recently attracted renewed interest among historians of early modern philosophy, and the conference aims to explore them as broadly as possible. The program will be composed of invited speakers and speakers drawn from an open call for papers. Invited speakers include:
• Michael Moriarty (Cambridge)
• Ursula Renz (Alpen-Adria-U Klagenfurt, Austria)
• Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser)
• Mariafranca Spallanzani (Bologna)
• Charles Wolfe (Gent)
Submissions are invited from researchers of all levels, including Ph.D. students, and on any aspect of the conference theme. To submit, please email an abstract (maximum 800 words and anonymised for blind review) to Susan James no later than 20 October 2015. The heading of the email should be ‘ESEMP/BSHP abstract’ and the email should contain the author’s details (name, position, affiliation, contact details). Scholars who plan to attend the conference should register with Susan James by 7 March 2016 to give us an accurate idea of numbers. Further details about registration and funding will be posted in October.
Contact: Susan James.
July 18-23, 2016
International Leibniz Congress
G. W. Leibniz University
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
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
The theme of the meeting is: Kant on Violence, Revolution, and Progress: Historical, Political, and Metaphysical Themes. “Revolution” and “progress” are interpreted broadly, in order to include not only their historical or political meaning, but also Kant’s “Copernican Revolution” in metaphysics, science, aesthetics, religion, etc. The Multilateral Colloquium is an annual conference involving approximately forty participants from Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Germany. This is the first time the meeting will be hosted in a North American country, and in particular the first time it will be hosted in the USA. We welcome this development as part of the North American Kant Society’s efforts to build stronger relations with other Kant societies and scholars around the world. Participants from other countries may choose to present their work in their native language, provided an English version is available and circulated in advance. Each participating country will determine its own selection process.
Instructions for US Participants: We welcome contributions from any aspect of Kantian scholarship, including discussions of Kant’s immediate predecessors and successors. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2016. Notices of acceptance will be issued by April 15th. Please send all papers electronically to Robert Louden. Submissions should be prepared for blind review and be limited to 4000 words, including footnotes and references (longer submissions will not be considered). Please prepare your file in PDF format, include an abstract of a maximum of 250 words, and a word count at the end of the paper. Contact information should be sent in a separate Word file. When pertinent, please indicate whether you are a graduate student in the body of the text. The best graduate student paper will receive a $200 stipend from NAKS. Women, minorities, and graduate students are encouraged to submit their work. Presentations cannot exceed 30-35 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of discussion. We encourage authors not to read their texts. All accepted papers will be avaliable in the members only section of the NAKS website, and participants in the conference are expected to read them in advance. Papers already presented at other NAKS study groups or meetings may not be submitted. Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing.
Contacts: Robert Louden and Terry Godlove.
November 30-December 2, 2016
Thomas More and Erasmus Conference
University of Leuven
In the year 1516, two crucial texts for the cultural history of the West saw the light: Thomas More’s Utopia and Desiderius Erasmus’s Novum Instrumentum. Both of these works dealt freely with authoritative sources of western civilization and opened new pathways of thought on the eve of invasive religious and political changes. Lectio (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) and the University of Leuven, in collaboration with its RefoRC-partners the Johannes a Lasco Library Emden and the Europäische Melanchthon Akademie Bretten as well as other partners, will mark the 500th birthday of both foundational texts by this conference. The university city of Leuven is a most appropriate place to have this conference organized, since it was intimately involved in the genesis and the history of both works.
The conference will be devoted to studying not only the reception and influence of Utopia and the Novum Instrumentum in (early) modern times, but also their precursors in classical antiquity, the patristic period, and the middle ages. By bringing together international scholars working in philosophy, theology, intellectual history, art history, history of science and historical linguistics, the conference will thus lead to a better understanding of how More and Erasmus used their sources, and will address the more encompassing question of how these two authors, through their own ideas and their use of authoritative texts, have contributed to the rise of modern western thought.
Papers may be given in English or French and the presentation should take 20 minutes. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words (along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information) to email@example.com by January 15, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be given by the end of March 2016.
Invited speakers are Gillian Clark (Bristol), Henk Jan De Jonge (Leiden), Günter Frank (Europäische Melanchthon Akad), Brad Gregory (Notre Dame) and Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, London).
Contact: Erik De Bom.
January 4-7, 2017
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street
Program submission deadline: February 15, 2016