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

October 6-11, 2015
Master-class on Isaac Newton’s Philosophical Projects
Institute for Research in the Humanities
University of Bucharest
Bucharest, Romania
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 8, 2015
SEMPY Lecture: Stephen Darwall (Yale): "Cudworth, Shaftesbury, and Leibniz"
Comments: Julia Borcherding (Yale) & Matthew Leisinger (Yale)
Yale University, LC 211
4:00-6:00 pm
New Haven, CT
Contact: Matthew Leisinger.

October 9-10, 2015
Workshop on Kant's Method in Philosophy and Its Reception
Goethe University
Campus Westend
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Friday, 9 October
    9.50-10.00  Gabriele Gava (Frankfurt): Greetings, General Introduction
    10.00-11.15  Alfredo Ferrarin (Pisa): "The Meaning of Reason in Kant and Hegel"
    11.45-13.00  Stefano Bacin (Milan): TBA
    15.00-16.15  Karin de Boer (Leuven): "Analogical Reasoning: Kant’s Method in the Critique of Pure Reason Revisited"
    16.45-18.00  Gabriele Gava (Frankfurt): "Peirce's Critique of Kant's Transcendental Method"
Saturday, 10 October
    10.00-11.15  John Callanan (London): "Kant on Philosophy and Common Cognition"
    11.45-13.00  Guido Kreis (Bonn): "The Idea of a Transcendental Method: Marburg Neo-Kantianism between Transcendental Philosophy and Descriptive Metaphysics"
    15.00-16.15  Thomas Höwing (Frankfurt): TBA
Contact: Gabriele Gava.

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 15, 2015
London Spinoza Circle: Beth Lord (Aberdeen): "The Free Man and the Free Market: Ethics and Economics in Ethics IV"
Paul Hirst Room, Politics Department, Birkbeck College, 10 Gower Street
4:00-6:00 pm
London, UK
Contact: Alex Douglas.

October 16-18, 2015
South Central Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Texas, Austin
Waggener Hall 316
Austin, TX
Friday, October 16
    1:00-2:15  Clare Moriarty (King's College London): "Berkeley's Analyst: Analysis, Ad Hominem, and Apology"
    2:15-3:30  Huaping Lu-Adler (Georgetown): "God, Purposive Fit, and the Authority of Logical Rules: Locke's Criticism of Syllogism Reconsidered"
    3:30-4:45  Alan Nelson (North Carolina, Chapel Hill): "Descartes's Anti-Mathematicism"
    5:00-6:15  George E. Smith (Tufts): "How Newton's Principia Changed Philosophy"
Saturday, October 17
    9:30-10:45  Samuel Murray (Notre Dame): "Causal Power and Perfection: Descartes' Second a posteriori Argument for God's Existence"
    10:45-12:00  Helen Hattab (Houston): "Formal Unity and the Status of Universals"
    1:30-2:45  Ryan Pollock (Dayton): "Human Sociability and the General Point of View in Hume"
    2:45-4:00  Miren Boehm (Wisconsin, Milwaukee): "Mind and Body: Moral Philosophy and Natural Philosophy in Hume's Treatise"
    4:30-5:45  Kate Abramson (Indiana): TBA
Sunday, October 18
    10:00-11:15  John Morrison (Barnard): "Spinoza on Mind, Body, and Numerical Identity"
    11:15-12:30  Joshua Wood (Smith): "Locke on the Ideas of Active Power and Beginning Motion"
    12:30-1:45  Martin Lin (Rutgers): "Spinoza on the Essence of the Mind"
Contact: Katherine Dunlop.

October 19, 2015
SEMPY Lecture: Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam): TBA
Comments: Daniel Moerner (Yale)
Yale University, LC 211
4:00-6:00 pm
New Haven, CT
Contact: Matthew Leisinger.

October 23-24, 2015
Workshop: "Emilie Du Châtelet: Laws of Nature/Laws of Morals"
University of Paderborn
Paderborn, Germany
Émilie Du Châtelet has emerged in the last few decades as a prominent figure of the European Enlightenment. Particularly recent publications such as Emilie du Châtelet between Leibniz and Newton (2011) revalued her contributions to the main Enlightenment debates on natural philosophy. Nevertheless, Du Châtelet research has not thus far fully exhausted her scientific output. Her achievements as moral and social philosopher as well as the systematic of her work as a whole still require thorough investigation. As a leading institution of the études émiliennes, the Teaching and Research Area “History of Women Philosophers and Scientists” at the Philosophy Department of the University of Paderborn (Germany) wishes to contribute to this amplification of Du Châtelet studies. This workshop brings together Du Châtelet scholars engaged in work beyond the established topics of Du Châtelet research. Speakers include:
    •  Andreas Blank (U Paderborn): "Metaphilosophy and the Principle of Contradiction: Leibniz, Wolff, Châtelet"
    •  Gábor Boros (Eötvös-Loránd-U, Budapest): "Leibniz’s Metaphysics of Habitudo in and around his 'Quid sit idea'"?     •  Luka Boršić/Ivana Skuhala Karasman (Inst Philos, Zagreb, Croatia): "Emilie Du Châtelet and Josip Ruder Bošković"
    •  Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn): "Laws of Nature/Laws of Morals"
    •  Dagmar Pichová (Masaryk U, Brno, Czech Rep): "Du Châtelet and Mairan: Arguments and Fallacies"
    •  Andrea Reichenberger (Ruhr U, Bochum, Germany): "About the Interplay between Regulative Principles and Working Hypotheses: A Comparison between Du Châtelet, Laplace and Somerville"
    •  Ana Rodrigues (Paderborn): "Du Châtelet’s and La Mettrie’s Debate on Determinism"
    •  Dieter Suisky (Humboldt U Berlin): "Emilie Du Châtelet’s claim for impartiality as a prerequisite for the reception of Leibniz and Newton"
To register, please send an e-mail to Maria Robaszkiewicz.
    •  The event will be followed by a Graduate Forum on "Women Philosophers in the History of Philosophy," October 25, 2015 at the University of Paderborn. For information on submitting papers for the forum, see the announcement below (Oct. 25).
Contact: Ruth Hagengruber.

October 23-24, 2015
Workshop on Teaching Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century: Image and Text
Princeton University
106 McCormick Hall
Princeton, NJ
Friday, October 23
    1:15-1:30  Welcome
    1:30-2:45  Ann Blair (Harvard): “Methods of Note-Taking in the Philosophy Classroom”
    2:45-4:00  Jacob Schmutz (Paris IV Sorbonne): “Printers vs. Notetakers: How Material Classroom Culture Shaped the French Philosophical Canon”
    4:30-5:45  Rebecca Wilkin (Pacific Lutheran): "Philosophy and the Public: Pedagogies of Print in Seventeenth-Century France"
    5:45-7:00  Roger Ariew (South Florida): “Le meilleur livre qui ait jamais été fait en cette matière: Eustachius a Sancto Paulo and the Teaching of Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century”
Saturday, October 24
    10:00-11:15  Martine Pécharman (CNRS, Paris): “Pierre Bayle as Teacher of Philosophy”
    11:15-12:30  Renée Raphael (UC Irvine): “Literary Technology and its Replication: Teaching the Air-Pump at the Collegio Romano in the Late 17th century”
    1:30-2:45  Sophie Roux (ÉNS Paris): “The Mathematical Theses Defended at the Collège de Clermont (1637-1673): How to Guard a Fortress in Times of War”
    2:45-4:00  Louise Rice (NYU): "Picturing Philosophy in Seventeenth-Century Rome"
    4:30-5:45  Raphaële Garrod (Cambridge): “Dichotomies, Diagrams, Emblems: The Visual Pedagogy of Philosophy at La Flèche in the 17th Century”
    5:45-7:00  Susanna Berger (Princeton): “Apin’s Cabinet of Printed Curiosities”
Contact: Susanna Berger.

October 23-24, 2015
Workshop on Kant on Knowledge and Cognition
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
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. Speakers include:
    •  Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge)
    •  Andrew Chignell (Cornell)
    •  Stefanie Grüne (Postdam)
    •  Dai Heide (Simon Fraser)
    •  Patrick Kain (Purdue)
    •  Samantha Matherne (UC Santa Cruz)
    •  Karl Schafer (Pittsburgh)
    •  Lisa Shabel (Ohio State)
    •  Daniel Warren (UC Berkeley)
    •  Eric Watkins (UC San Diego)
Contact: James Messina.

October 23-25, 2015
Leibniz Society of North America Conference
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
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
Evanston, IL
Saturday, October 24
    9:00-9:15  Welcome
    9:15-10:15  Naomi Fisher (Notre Dame): "Kant on Animals"
    10:15-11:15  Brian A. Chance (Oklahoma): "Pure Understanding, the Categories, and Kant's Critique of Wolff"
    11:30-12:30  Alexandra Newton (Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): "Kant on Human Pleasure and Displeasure"
    2:00-3:00  Jessica Tizzard (Chicago): "The Possibility of Kantian Frailty"
    3:00-4:00  Christina Drogalis (Santa Clara): "Kant and God's Grace: Are Transcendental Ideas Necessary for the Overcoming of Radical Evil?"
    4:30-6:00  Paul Guyer (Brown): "Enforcing the Law of Nature: The Background to Kant's Conception of the Relation Between Morality and Recht"
Sunday, October 25
    9:00-10:00  Taylor Rogers (Northwestern): "The Moral Order of Commitment"
    10:00-11:00  Laura Papish (George Washington): "Commitment, Knowledge, and Kantian Moral Development"
    11:15-12:15  Catherine M M Smith (Cornell): "Must Self-Conceit Be Self-Conceited? Making More of Kant´s Notion of Immorality"
    1:30-3:30  Panel on "Logic in Kant's Wake"
        Sandra Lapointe (McMaster): "Kant on Logic in Context"
        Clinton Tolley (UCSD): "Logic and Ontology in Kant and After"
        Lydia Patton (Virginia Tech): "The New Analytic and the Laws of Logic"
Contact: Corey Dyck and Rachel Zuckert.

October 25, 2015
Graduate Forum: Women Philosophers in the History of Philosophy
University of Paderborn
Paderborn, Germany
**This event follows a two-day international workshop on "Emilie du Châtelet: Laws of Nature/Laws of Morals" (23rd – 24th October 2015, University of Paderborn).**
Call for papers. Young scholars working on the history of women philosophers are invited to submit proposals for paper presentations of no more than 20 minutes followed by 20 minutes of general discussion. Proposal for papers should include the speaker’s name and institutional affiliation, title and an abstract (up to 300 words). The conference language is English. The submission deadline is August 31, 2015. Notification of paper acceptance will be given by September 7th 2015. The best paper by a graduate/post-graduate student will be awarded a prize of 150€. Please submit your abstract to: Ana Rodrigues.
Contact: Ruth Hagengruber.

October 28, 2015
SEMPY Lecture: Justin D'Ambrosio (Yale): TBA
Yale University, LC 211
4:00-6:00 pm
New Haven, CT
Contact: Matthew Leisinger.

November 5, 2015
London Spinoza Circle: Michael LeBuffe (Otago): "Idealist Readings of Spinoza"
Paul Hirst Room, Politics Department, Birkbeck College, 10 Gower Street
4:00-6:00 pm
London, UK
Contact: Alex Douglas.

November 6-7, 2015
Bucharest Colloquium in Early Modern Science
University of Bucharest
Institute for Research in the Humanities
Bucharest, Romania
Invited speakers: Daniel Garber (Princeton), Paul Lodge (Oxford), Arianna Borrelli (TU Berlin)
We invite papers by established and young scholars (including doctoral students) on any aspects of early modern philosophy/early modern science. Abstracts no longer than 500 words, to be sent to Doina-Cristina Rusu by September 10. Authors will be notified by September 15.
Contacts: Dana Jalobeanu and Doina-Cristina Rusu.

November 6-7, 2015
NYU Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy: God
Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South
New York University
New York, NY
Friday, November 8
    10:00-12:00  Steven Nadler (Wisconsin, Madison): "The Intellectual Love of God in Spinoza and Maimonides"; commentator Karolina Hübner (Toronto)
    2:00-4:00  Christia Mercer (Columbia): "A God In and For All Creatures: Anne Conway’s Radical Notion of Divinity"; commentator Jasper Reid (King’s College, London)
    4:30-6:30  Robert M. Adams (Rutgers): "Leibniz and Pantheism"; commentator Jeff McDonough (Harvard)
Saturday, November 9
    10:00-12:00  Jens Timmermann (St Andrews): "God, Motivation, and the Highest Good: Kant’s ‘Canon’"; commentator Ernesto Garcia (Massachusetts, Amherst)
    2:00-4:00  Cheryl Misak (Toronto): "James on Religious Experience"; commentator Alexander Klein (Cal State Long Beach)
    4:30-6:30  Mark Johnston (Princeton): "Why Did the One Not Remain Within Itself?"; 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
Turin, Italy
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):
    •  Eclecticism
    •  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 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.

November 19, 2015
London Spinoza Circle: Daniel Schneider (Cambridge): Spinoza: A Baconian in the TTP, but not in the Ethics?
Paul Hirst Room, Politics Department, Birkbeck College, 10 Gower Street
4:00-6:00 pm
London, UK
Contact: Alex Douglas.

November 20, 2015
SEMPY Lecture: Julie Walsh (Wellesley): TBA
Comments: Matthew Leisinger (Yale)
Yale University, LC 101
3:30-5:30 pm
New Haven, CT
Contact: Matthew Leisinger.

November 28, 2015
Workshop: Hume and the Social
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, UK
Invited speaker: Rico Vitz (Azusa): "Character, Culture, and the Limits of Humean Virtue"
Abstracts are invited on all aspects of Hume’s philosophy. The workshop will in particular aim to explore social epistemology, virtue theory and Hume’s approach to moral and political theory. Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted to Dan O'Brien by October 1st. Decisions will be made by October 8th. Presentations along with discussion will be limited to one hour.
Contact: Dan O'Brien.

December 16, 2015
Conference: Rethinking the Enlightenment
Deakin University, Burwood Campus
Melbourne, Australia
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
Washington, DC
Program submission deadline: February 15, 2015

January 11-14, 2016
International Berkeley Conference
Hebrew University
Jerusalem, Israel
    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
Bucharest, Romania
Invited speakers:
    •  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
Contacts: Fabrizio Baldassarri and Oana Matei.

January 28-29, 2016
Congress of Modern Philosophy: 300th Anniversary of Leibniz's Death
Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla
Puebla, Mexico
Invited speakers: Alejandro Herrera Ibáñez (UNAM), Juan A. Nicolás (Granada), Leonardo Ruiz Gómez (U Panamericana)
Abstracts of 300-500 words (in English or Spanish) should be on some aspect of modern philosophy, especially the philosophy of Leibniz. Submissions should be prepared for blind review by sending two files--(1) speaker's full name, university or institute affiliation, paper title, email and surface mail; (2) paper title, abstract, and paper references--to Roberto Casales-Garcia no later than October 20, 2015. Selections for the program will be announced on November 16, 2015. Paper presentations are limited to 20 minutes. Speakers must send the final versions of their papers for publication in a volume of conference proceedings no later than February 12, 2016. Final papers should:
    •  be 2000-5000 words (excluding footnotes and references)
    •  be in a .doc format unless specific symbols require use of pdf
    •  use the Chicago Manual of Style quotation form
    •  refer to primary sources according to the canonical version of every author
    •  include at the end a table of abbreviations
    •  include the paper title, author name, university or institute affiliation, email address, main text, references
Contact: Roberto Casales-Garcia.

February 27, 2016
Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA
    9:30-10:30  Andreea Mihali (Wilfrid Laurier): “Self-Creation in Descartes”
    10:40-11:55  Maria Rosa Antognazza (King’s College London): “Philosophy and Science in Leibniz”
    1:15-2:15  Chloe Armstrong (Lawrence): “Necessitarianism in Leibniz’s Theodicy
    2:25-3:25  Christopher Fruge (U Houston): “Shared Parts and Political Authority: Groups as Individuals in Spinoza”
    4:00-5:00  Ericka Tucker (Marquette): “Flourishing without the Good: Hobbes on Eudaimonism”
    5:10-6:10  Jason Fisette (Nevada, Reno): “Hume’s Analogy of True Judgments in Colors and Morals”
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 3-4, 2016
Workshop: "Before Montucla: Historiography of Science in the Early Modern Era"
Interdisciplinary Centre for Science and Technology Studies
Bergische Universität
Wuppertal, Germany
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
Princeton, NJ
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 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 14-15, 2016
Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Mansfield College, Oxford University
Oxford, UK
Invited Speakers: Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers) and Christia Mercer (Columbia)
Abstracts for papers on any topic in early modern philosophy (roughly, the period from 1600-1800) are welcomed. Please note: the organizers particularly welcome papers that are concerned with figures and/or topics that have not received perennial attention from historians of philosophy. Send an abstract of approx. 2 sides double-spaced for a reading/presentation time of approx. 40 mins. Submissions (including name and contact details on a cover sheet only) should be sent to Paul Lodge no later than 1 December.

March 18, 2016
Workshop: The Body in Spinoza's Philosophy
University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Institute of Philosophy, Room N
Leuven, Belgium
Invited speaker: Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen): "Spinoza's Account of Agreement in Nature: From Physics to Politics"
    According to one of his final letters to Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, Spinoza still had "not had the opportunity to arrange in due order anything" on the subject of physics by the time of his death in 1677. Although his physics is incomplete, the concept of the body as it appears in the so-called Physical Digression of Part 2 of the Ethics is one of Spinoza's most radical, but also one of his most underdeveloped, concepts. However, Spinoza uses the term 'body' to refer to a variety of types of individuals, but it is not clear that he always uses the term in entirely the same way throughout his oeuvre. In the Ethics, he mentions the so-called simplest bodies and composite bodies, and in his political writings he refers to 'the body of the state'. Additionally, the facies totius universi, which Spinoza mentions in a letter to Schuller, is often characterized as the infinitely expansive body of the universe. The aim of this workshop is to facilitate a dialogue between researchers working in different areas of Spinoza's philosophy by examining, comparing and assessing Spinoza's different accounts of the body in his metaphysical, physical, ethical and political writings. We welcome proposals that deal with the concept of body in Spinoza's philosophy in any respect. Topics may include:
    •  Influences on Spinoza's theory of body (from anatomy, physics, physiology, political theory, etc.)
    •  Spinoza's understanding of the relationship between physics, anatomy and/or physiology
    •  A comparison of Spinoza's various accounts of the body
    •  Spinoza's conception of the form of the body as a "union of bodies" or as a "proportion of motion and rest"
    •  The distinction between living and non-living things in Spinoza's philosophy
    •  Spinoza's theory of political bodies
    •  Spinoza's concept of the facies totius universi
    •  The role of the body in Spinoza's ethical philosophy
Please send a 300-word abstract in .doc or .docx format to by 30 November 2015. Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. The author's name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation should be included in the body of the e-mail. Presentations will be 25 minutes in length, and will be followed by 20 minutes of discussion. Submitters will be notified by 18 December 2015 of acceptance or rejection.
Contact: Sean Winkler.

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
Erasmus University
Rotterdam, Netherlands
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
London, UK
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.

April 29-May 1, 2016
Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop: "Lessons from, and for, Philosophy's History"
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
This workshop aims to bring together up to seven scholars whose papers-in-progress on Spinoza and/or Leibniz will be shared in advance among participants to stimulate productive discussion and feedback. This year, the workshop will feature three invited speakers: Michael Della Rocca (Yale), Emily Grosholz (Penn State), and Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers). We are seeking participants to present papers on the philosophy of either Spinoza or Leibniz (or both). Consult the workshop website for a description of this year's theme. If you are interested in participating as a presenter, please submit an abstract of 500-800 words, prepared for double-blind review, as MSWord attachments to Debra Nails by November 9, 2015. The author's name, paper title, affiliation, and contact information should be included in the body of the email. Accepted presenters will have their lodging paid for by Michigan State University. A contribution toward travel expenses may also be available to accepted presenters who do not have permanent academic affiliations.
Contact: John Grey.

May 5-6, 2016
Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of St. Andrews
St. Andrews, Scotland
Keynote speakers: Sylvana Tomaselli (Cambridge), Matthew Daniel Eddy (Durham)
The SSEMP IV is the seventh edition of a yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working in the field of early modern philosophy. The aim is to foster scholarly exchange among the different generations of academics in the UK and to strengthen international collaboration. We welcome abstracts on any topic in pre-Kantian early modern philosophy (broadly defined, ranging from late Renaissance philosophy to the Enlightenment.) We particularly encourage proposals that consider early modern philosophy in relation to other related disciplines, such as theology, politics, intellectual history and/or the history of science. Presentations should be in English and approximately 45 minutes in reading length. We make an effort to assure a reasonable gender balance.
    The SSEMP awards a Graduate Student Essay Prize which this year, as in previous years, is funded by the British Society for the History of Philosophy. The prize includes an invitation to present the essay at the SSEMP and a bursary of £200 towards travel and accommodation. The bursary cannot be used for any other purpose. Submissions to the essay competition should include: (1) name, affiliation, name and email of supervisor, and personal contact information; (2) the complete essay (max. 6000 words, including notes). Everything should be gathered in a single pdf or word file. Deadline for submissions is 15 January 2016. They should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke on Those who wish to submit a proposal both as a complete text for the essay competition and as a short abstract for the regular programme are free to do so.
    Abstracts for the regular programme (approx. 300 words, abstract and contact information in a single pdf or word file) should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke at Graduate students submitting to the regular program should include contact information for one referee (typically the supervisor.) The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2016. Due to very high numbers of submissions we can no longer undertake to respond individually to all of them. Applicants who have not been contacted by 15 February should consider their submission declined. Please note that the SSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation for speakers.
Contact: Mogens Laerke.

June 2-3, 2016
Leuven Kant Conference
University of Leuven
Huis Bethlehem, Schapenstraat 34
Leuven, Belgium
Invited speakers: Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge), Robert Louden (Southern Maine), and Eric Watkins (UC San Diego)
The Institute of Philosophy of the University of Leuven invites submissions for the fourth Leuven Kant Conference. Papers are welcome on any aspect of Kant’s philosophy. The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, young researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 25 minutes + 20 minutes for discussion. Abstracts (<500 words) should be sent prepared for blind review and sent as an MSWord attachment to no later than January 5, 2016. The author’s name, paper title, institutional position and affiliation, as well as contact information, should be included in the body of the e-mail.
Contact: Karin de Boer.

June 22-25, 2016
Congress: International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
HOPOS requests proposals for papers and for symposia to be presented at its next congress. Please upload a PDF of your paper or symposium proposal to the conference proposal website. Proposals for papers (prepared for anonymous review) should include a title and abstract (maximum 500 words). Proposals for symposia, consisting of three or four papers, should be prepared for anonymous review and include the symposium title, a symposium summary statement (maximum 500 words), titles and abstracts of the papers (maximum 500 words for each paper). "Website.
Contact for presentations on Kant and Before: Maarten van Dyck.

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.

November 30-December 2, 2016
Thomas More and Erasmus Conference
University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
In the year 1516, two crucial texts for the cultural history of the West saw the light: Thomas More’s Utopia and Desiderius Erasmus’s Novum Instrumentum. Both of these works dealt freely with authoritative sources of western civilization and opened new pathways of thought on the eve of invasive religious and political changes. Lectio (Leuven Centre for the Study of the Transmission of Texts and Ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) and the University of Leuven, in collaboration with its RefoRC-partners the Johannes a Lasco Library Emden and the Europäische Melanchthon Akademie Bretten as well as other partners, will mark the 500th birthday of both foundational texts by this conference. The university city of Leuven is a most appropriate place to have this conference organized, since it was intimately involved in the genesis and the history of both works.
    The conference will be devoted to studying not only the reception and influence of Utopia and the Novum Instrumentum in (early) modern times, but also their precursors in classical antiquity, the patristic period, and the middle ages. By bringing together international scholars working in philosophy, theology, intellectual history, art history, history of science and historical linguistics, the conference will thus lead to a better understanding of how More and Erasmus used their sources, and will address the more encompassing question of how these two authors, through their own ideas and their use of authoritative texts, have contributed to the rise of modern western thought.
    Papers may be given in English or French and the presentation should take 20 minutes. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 300 words (along with your name, academic affiliation and contact information) to by January 15, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be given by the end of March 2016.
Invited speakers are Gillian Clark (Bristol), Henk Jan De Jonge (Leiden), Günter Frank (Europäische Melanchthon Akad), Brad Gregory (Notre Dame) and Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, London).
Contact: Erik De Bom.

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