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 (sdaniel@tamu.edu). Events posted on various mailing lists (e.g., philosop, philos, MWSeminar, Montreal EM Roundtable) are incorporated into this page. If no deadline is listed for calls for papers, that means either that the deadline has passed or presentations were by invitation only.

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


September 16-17, 2014
Philadelphia Early Modern Philosophy Group: "Physics and Metaphysics in Seventeenth Century Philosophy"
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 p.m. (Cohen 402)
    Raphaële Andrault (CNRS, ENS-Lyon): “Metaphysical dualism and the problem of pain”
    Anne-Lise Rey (Lille III): “Hypotheses in Du Châtelet’s Institutions de Physique
Wednesday, September 17, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.(Henry Charles Lea Rare Book Room, Van Pelt Library)
    Workshop: Essences in Spinoza and Leibniz + Rare Book/MS Display
      Mogens Laerke (CNRS), Julie Klein (Villanova), Colin Chamberlain (Temple)
Contact: Julie Klein.


September 17, 2014
Workshop on the History and Philosophy of Physics
University of Ghent
KANTL, Koningstraat 18
Ghent, Belgium
    10:00-11:15  Katherine Brading (Notre Dame): "Continuity, intelligibility and free will in Mme Du Châtelet's Foundations of Physics"
Website.
Contact: Charles Wolfe.


September 18, 2014
Seminar Presentation: Ruth Boeker (Melbourne): "Accountability and Personal Identity: Locke's Reponse to the Problems of His Predecessors"
University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus
Old Physics G16 (Jim Potter Room), 4:15-6:15
Melbourne, Australia
Website.
Contact: Andrew Inkpin.


September 19-20, 2014
Conference: Kant's Theory of the Unity of Consciousness: The "Deduction of the Categories" and the "Paralogisms of Pure Reason"
Meerscheinschlössl, Mozartgasse 3
Graz, Austria
Freitag, 19.09
    09:00-09:20  Udo Thiel und Giuseppe Motta (both Graz): Begrüßung und Eröffnung
    09:20-10:10  Dietmar Heidemann (Luxemburg): "Einheit des Bewusstseins und Identität der Person"
    10:10-11:00  Corey Dyck (Western Ontario): "Kant's Principles of Apperception"
    11:30-12:20  Falk Wunderlich (Mainz): "Kant on Consciousness of Objects and Consciousness of the Self"
    12:20-13:10  Thomas Sturm (Barcelona): "Das Selbstbewusstsein aus der Perspektive der Kantischen Anthropologie"
    14:10-15:00  Henny Blomme (Bruxelles): "'Das Wesen, welches in uns denkt und vermeint, sich selbst zu erkennen': Einheit und Zwiespalt des Selbstbewusstseins bei Kant"
    15:00-15:50  Stefano Bacin (Milano): "'Das bloße Selbstbewußtsein [...] ohne Stoff [...] macht einen wunderlichen eindruck auf den Leser': Kant über die Existenzweisen des Ichs"
    16:20-17:10  Claudio La Rocca (Genova): [Titel noch nicht vorhanden]
    17:10-18:00  Bernd Dörflinger (Trier): "Kants Idee eines intuitiven Verstandes im Kontext seiner Theorie der Organismen"
Samstag, 20.09
    09:00-09:50  Rudolf Mösenbacher (Graz): "Die objektive Einheit der Vorstellungen (§ 19) und die ursprüngliche Einheit des Bewusstseins"
    09:50-10:40  Giuseppe Motta (Graz): "Die notwendiege Einheit der Apperzeption: Über die modale Prägung der Deduktion der Kategorien"
    11:10-12:00  Dennis Schulting (München): "Representation, Consciousness, Object: Reinhold as Reader of the Transcendental Deduction"
    12:00-12:50  Thomas Höwing (Frankfurt A. M.): "Mendelsohn und Kant über die Unsterblichkeit der Seele"
    13:50-14:40  Toni Kannisto (Oslo): "Why There Can Be No Future Achilles: The Inherent Flaw in the Paralogistic Inferences"
    14:40-15:30  Camilla Serck-Hanssen (Oslo): "Fighting Achilles: Why the Unity of Apperception Does Not Imply Simplicity"
    16:00-16:50  Violetta Waibel (Wien): "Das reine Selbst, die Kausalität des Begriffs und die Zeit"
    16:50-17:40  Heiner F. Klemme (Mainz): "Kant oder Fichte? Der Begriff des Selbstbewusstseins in der zweiten Auflage der Kritik der reinen Vernunft
    18:10-19:00  Udo Thiel (Graz): "Die Einheit des Bewusstseins und 'die Gefahr des Materialismus'"
Website.
Contacts: Udo Thiel and Giuseppe Motta.


September 19-20, 2014
Early Modern Philosophy Conference in Honor of Daniel Garber
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
Friday, Sept. 19, Hobart Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture Bldg.
    10:00-12:30: Descartes and the Cartesians
        Moderator: Jean-Robert Armogathe (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes-Sorbonne, Paris)
        Presenters: Delphine Antoine-Mahut (ENS Lyons), Dennis Des Chene (Washington U St Louis), Denis Kambouchner (Paris 1-Panthéon/Sorbonne), Giulia Belgioiso (Salento), Stephen Menn (Humboldt Berlin)
    2:30-5:00: Leibniz
        Moderator: Bob Sleigh (Massachusetts, Amherst)
        Presenters: Brandon Look (Kentucky), Paul Lodge (Oxford), Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory), Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins), Mogens Laerke (CNRS France, ENS Lyon)
Saturday, Sept. 20
    9:30-12:30: Spinoza and Hobbes, Lewis Library, Room 120
        Moderator: Ed Curley (Michigan)
        Presenters: Doug Jesseph (South Florida), Karolina Huebner (Toronto), Pierre-François Moreau (ENS Lyons), Michael Rosenthal (Washington), Martine Péchermann (CNRS France)
    2:30-5:00: Historiography/Methodology
        Moderator: Roger Ariew (South Florida)
        Presenters: Eric Schliesser (Ghent), Alan Gabbey (Barnard/Columbia), Gideon Manning (Cal Tech), Vincent Carraud (Paris IV-Sorbonne), Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest)
Organizers: Steven Nadler, Don Rutherford, Tad Schmaltz, Christia Mercer, Roger Ariew, Des Hogan
Contact: Steven Nadler.


September 24, 2014
Leibniz Day
l'Université Lille 1
Lille, France
EVENT CANCELLED.
Contact: Anne-Lise Rey.


September 25, 2014
Conference: "The Bible or Experience: Two Sources of Natural Knowledge in Early Modern Europe"
University of West Bohemia
Pilsen, Czech Republic
The conference for PhD students and young researchers is aimed at interrelationships of science, philosophy and religion in the Early Modern Age. It concentrates above all on convergences and divergences between religious and philosophical/scientific interpretation of nature in the 16th and 17th century. Yet in the 16th century there was a widespread belief that the Bible and natural philosophy are in concord. During the 17th century this strong belief was gradually losing its strength. The conference wants to express causes of not only refusal of the Bible as an epistemological authority in interpreting nature, but also efforts to preserve the authority of Bible (“mosaic physics” etc.). Papers should be thematically focused on the biblical hermeneutics in relation to investigation of nature; the theological conditions of natural philosophy; the religious consequences of the development of scientific knowledge; conflicts between religious and philosophical reflection of nature; efforts to harmonize or separate natural philosophy and religion; the problem of Adam’s knowledge etc. Papers focused on interpretation, criticism and support of contemporary interpretative strategies of the relation between the Bible and Nature in the Early Modern Age (for example, the hypotheses of Peter Harrison) are welcome. Proposals for 20-minute presentations (in English, using the registration form) should be submitted to the organising committee no later than August 20.
Website.
Contacts: Petra Klímová and Petr Pavlas


September 25-27, 2014
Séminaire québécois en philosophie moderne/Québec Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Trois-Rivières, Québec
Thursday, September 25 (room tba)
    2:00-2:30  Welcome
    2:30-3:30  Monte Cook (Oklahoma): “Cartesianism and Body-Body Occasionalism”
    3:30-4:30  Plinio Junqueira Smith (U Fed São Paulo): “Ego sum, ego existo: un pléonasme?”
    5:00-6:30  Emanuela Scribano (U Ca' Foscari Venezia): “Connaissance et causalité à l’âge moderne”
Friday, September 26 (room tba)
    9:30-10:30  Daniel Collette (South Florida): “Descartes’s horror vaccui: Rohault on the void and Pascal’s Cartesian Critique”
    10:45-11:45  Lorenzo Vinciguerra (U Picardie Jules Vernes): “Spinoza et l’ontologie de la relation”
    1:30-2:30  Benoît Côté (Sherbrooke): “Pourquoi m’efforcer, si mon sort est déterminé? La nécessité comme motivation à l’agir vertueux chez Joseph Priestley”
    2:30-3:30  Daniel Dumouchel (Montréal): ”Peut-on philosopher pour soi-même? À propos des Rêveries du promeneur solitaire”
    4:00-5:30  Thomas M. Lennon (Western Ontario): “Will and Freedom: The Theology of Descartes’s View”
Saturday, September 27 (room tba)
    9:30-10:30  Francesco G. Sacco (Calabria): “Empricism vs Experimental Philosophy: Hooke and Locke on Experience and Matter”
    10:30-11:30  Hugh Hunter (Algonquin C Ottawa): ”George Berkeley’s Proof for the Existence of God”
Website.
Contacts: Syliane Malinowski-Charles and Sébastien Charles.


September 26, 2014
Lille-Ghent Workshop on "Scientific Proof: Between Argumentation and Image"
Maison Européenne des Sciences de l'Homme et de la Société
2, rue des Canonniers, salle 1
Lille, France
    10h00-10h30  Accueil
    10h30-11h15  Isabelle Pantin (ENS Paris): "Les Theoricae novae planetarum et l'évolution de leurs schémas: enjeu et signification d'un progrès vers l'exactitude"
    11h15-12h00  Discussion
    14h00-14h45  Guy Claessens (Leuwen): "Imagining Thought: Neoplatonic Mathematics in the Early Modern Period"
    14h45-15h30  Discussion
    15h30-16h45  Annemieke Verboon (Centre A. Koyré): "Le cerveau, l'intellect et l'âme: les représentations épistémiques du XVe siècle"
    16h15-17h00  Discussion
Contacts: Maarten van Dyck and Anne-Lise Rey.


September 26-27, 2014
Symposium: Hume and His 18th-Century Critics
Central Michigan University
Park Library Auditorium
Mount Pleasant, MI
Friday, September 26
    9:00-10:30  Stephen Darwall (Yale) and Kelley Schiffman (Yale): "Hume and the British Rationalists’ disagreement about obligation: What is really at issue?"; commentator: Robert Stecker (CMU)
    11:00-12:30  Luigi Turco (Bologna): "Hume and the Celebrated and Benevolent Moralist"; commentator: James Moore (Concordia U)
    1:30-3:00  Peter Kail (Oxford): "Price and Hume"; commentator: Mark Shelton (CMU)
    3:30-5:00  Allison Kuklok (St. Michael's Coll, Vt.): "A Reply to Hume on Causal Power: What Locke Would Have Said"; commentator: John P. Wright (CMU)
Saturday, September 27
    9:00-10:30  Louis Loeb (Michigan): "How Hume's Anti-Cartesianism Leads Him to Make Concessions to Reid and Rationalism"; commentator: Gary Fuller (CMU)
    11:00-12:30  Jacqueline Taylor (U San Francisco): "Education and the Female Sex: Catharine Macaulay and David Hume"; commentator: JoEllen Delucia (CMU)
    1:30-3:00  M. A. Stewart (Edinburgh): "Hume and 18th-Century Critics of His Philosophy of Religion"; commentator: David Smith (CMU)
    3:30-5:00  Ryan Hanley (Marquette): "Smith's 'Natural Principles of Religion' vs. Hume's 'Natural History of Religion'"; commentator: Brian Coleman (CMU)
Website.
Contact: John Wright.


September 26-28, 2014
Midwest Early Modern Philosophy Conference
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Curtin Hall, Room 175, 3243 N. Downer Ave.
Milwaukee, WI
Friday, September 26
    3:30-5:30  Edwin McCann (Southern California): "Amphibolizing Leibniz: Kant’s Critical Discussion of Leibniz’s Unifying account of Unity"
Saturday, September 27
    9:00-10:00  Lewis Powell (SUNY Buffalo): "Reid vs. Hume on Predication and Belief"
    10:10-11:10  Timothy Yenter (Mississippi): "Hume’s Criteria for Successful Demonstrations"
    11:20-12:20  Antonia LoLordo (Virginia): "Jonathan Edwards’ Argument for Immaterialism"
    1:30-2:45  Martha Bolton (Rutgers): "Descartes on Extended Substances, Bodies and Motion"
    2:55-3:55  Melissa Frankel (Carleton): "Berkeley on Our Knowledge of External Objects"
    4:15-5:15  Geoffrey Gorham (Macalaster) & Edward Slowik (Winona St): "Locke on Space and Time: Combining Empiricism and Absolutism"
    5:20-6:20  Julia Jorati (Ohio St): "Leibnizian Contingency and the Precipice of Spinozism"
Sunday, September 28
    9:00-10:00  Justin Steinberg (Brooklyn C, CUNY): "Desire and Affect in Spinoza’s Account of Motivation"
    10:10-11:10  Raffaella De Rosa (Rutgers-Newark): "Descartes’ Arguments for the Innateness of Sensations"
    11:20-12:20  Scott Ragland & Everett Fulmer (Saint Louis U): "There is no Circle in the Fourth Meditation"
Contact: Miren Boehm.


September 30, 2014
U Penn Colloquium
University of Pennsylvania
Max Cade Center
Time: 5:15-7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Gunner Hindrichs (Basel): "Sensus Communis and Critical Thinking"
Philadelphia, PA
Website.


October 2-3, 2014
Conference: “Secondary qualities: the transition from quality to quantity”
Ghent University
Ghent, Belgium
Thursday, Oct. 2
    9:00-10:15  Martin Lenz (Groningen): “The Teleological Role of Secondary Quantities”
    10:30-11:30  Magali Roques (Québec, Montréal): “Quantification and Measurement of Qualities at the Beginning of the 14th Century. The Case of William of Ockham”
    11:45-12:45  Albrecht Heeffer (Ghent): “The Earliest Quantifications of the Secondary Qualities, Heat and Cold”
    14:45-15:45  Christoph Durt (Heidelberg): “The Early Modern Concept of Secondary Qualities as a Result of the Mathematization of Nature”
    16:00-17:00  Madalina Giurgea (Ghent): “Quantifying Sound in Early Modern Period”
Friday, Oct. 3
    9:00-10:15  Lisa Downing (Ohio State): “Qualities, Powers, and Bare Powers in Locke”
    10:30-11:30  Mattia Mantovani (Humboldt) “Primary and Secondary Ideas: Descartes' Phenomenological Argument for the Distinction between Two Classes of Qualities of a Material Body”
    11:45-12:45  Boris Damarest (Ghent) “Photometric or Psychometric? Kant’s Anticipations of Sense-Perception and the Primary-Secondary Distinction”
    14:45-15:45  Silvia Parigi (Cassino) “General Laws and Customs of Nature: Berkeley and Boyle on Primary and Secondary Qualities”
    16:00-17:00  Ori Belkind (Tel Aviv) “Boyle’s Mechanistic Program, the Distinction between Primary and Secondary Qualities, and Texture”
Website.
Contact: Madalina Giurgea.


October 2-4, 2014
Conference: Kantian Freedom
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, British Columbia
Thursday, October 2 (SFU Harbour Centre, Rm. 1425)
    4:00-5:20  Karl Schafer (Pittsburgh): “Practical Cognition and Knowledge of Things in Themselves”
Friday, October 3 (except where noted, sessions in SFU Harbour Centre, Rm. 2270)
    9:00-10:20 (Concurrent session Rm 1500)  Kelin Emmett (Toronto): “A Kantian Conception of Kantian Freedom”
    9:00-10:20 (Concurrent session)  Aaron Wells (Notre Dame): “Kant on Concurrence, Transcendental Freedom and Explanation”
    10:30-11:50 (Concurrent session Rm 1500)  Ariel Zylberman (McGill): “Bread as Freedom: Kant on the State’s Duties to the Poor”
    10:30-11:50 (Concurrent session)  Huaping Lu-Adler (Georgetown): “Kant on Our Freedom in Relation to Logical Laws”
    1:10-2:30  Kyla Ebels-Duggan (Northwestern): “Bad Debt: The Kantian Inheritance of Humean Desire”
    2:40-4:00  Nicholas Stang (Toronto): “Kant, Freedom and the Intuitive Intellect”
    4:10-5:30  Patricia Kitcher (Columbia): “Kant’s Practical Proof of the Fact of Freedom”
Saturday, October 4 (SFU Harbour Centre, Rm. 2270)
    9:00-10:20  Colin McLear (Nebraska): “Priority Monism, Intuition and Freedom”
    10:30-11:50  Ralf Bader (Oxford): “Incorporation at the Crossroads”
    1:10-2:30   Benjamin Vilhauer (City College NY): “Kantian Ethics and the Mere Possibility of Transcendental Freedom”
    2:40-4:00  Eric Watkins (UC San Diego): “Kant on Cognition of Freedom”
    4:10-5:30  Derk Pereboom (Cornell): TBA
    Abstracts (between 500 and 1000 words, prepared for blind review) must be emailed to kantianfreedom@gmail.com no later than June 30, 2014. The body of the email should include the author's name and paper title. All authors will be notified of a decision no later than August 1, 2014.
    
Website.
Contacts: Evan Tiffany and Dai Heide.


October 10-11, 2014
North Sea Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: Political Thought in the Early Modern Period
University of St Andrews
St Andrews, Scotland
Friday, October 10
    10.00-11.30  Hannah Dawson (New College Humanities): "Locke on Natural Law"
    11.30-12.30  Adamas Fiucci (Chieti): "The Importance of Natural Law in Montaigne's Political Thought"
    1.30-2.30  Johan Olsthoorn (London Sch Economics): "Rights, Justice and Injury in Grotius and Hobbes"
    2.30-3.30  Veronika Szanto (Eotvos Lorand U Budapest): "Vitalism and Political Radicalism in 17th-Century England"
    4.00-5.00  Steph Marston (Birkbeck C London): "Spinoza as a Debunker of Natural Rights Theories"
Saturday, October 11
    10.00-11.00  Alfonso Vergaray (California U Pennsylvania): "Normative Uncertainty in Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus"
    11.30-12.30  Martin Otero-Knott (Cambridge): "Cocceji and the Critique of Sociality"
    1.30-2.30  Annelien De Dijn (Amsterdam): "Rousseau and Republicanism"
    2.30-3.30  Jan Kvetina (Charles U Prague): "Rousseau and Poland"
    4.00-5.30  Lena Haldenius (Lund): "Wollstonecraft and Feminist Republicanism"
Website.
Contact: James Harris.


October 11-12, 2014
Finnish-Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Jyväskylä
Historica 320
Jyväskylä, Finland
Saturday, October 11
    9.10-9.15  Vili Lähteenmäki (Jyväskylä): Opening Remarks
    9.15-10.30  Alison Simmons (Harvard): "Mind-Body Union: Descartes and the Limits of Metaphysics"
    9.15-10.30  Han Thomas Adriaenssen and Sander de Boer (Groningen): "Disentangling the Blackloists: Sir Kenelm Digby and John Sergeant on Common Notions, Metaphysics, and the Soul"
    9.15-10.30  Jennifer Marušic (Brandeis/HU Berlin): "Locke’s Simple Account of Sensitive Knowledge"
    9.15-10.30  Jessica Gordon-Roth (CUNY): "Catharine Trotter Cockburn’s Defense of Locke"
    9.15-10.30  Aino Lahdenranta (Jyväskylä): "Francis Hutcheson on Selfish and Benevolent Desires"
Sunday, October 12
    9.30-10.30  Daniel Schneider (Ghent): "Spinoza’s Epistemic Methodism"
    10.45-11.45  Oliver Istvan Toth (Central European): "Spinoza’s Theory of Consciousness – an Epistemic Interpretation"
    11.45-12.45  Adam Harmer (UC Riverside): "Leibniz and Descartes on Plurality and the Independence of Substances"
    14.00-15.00  Sarah Tropper (King’s C London): "Corporeal Substances in a World of Monads: To which Conception of Substantiality is Leibniz Committed?"
    15.00-16.00  Peter Myrdal (Turku/Uppsala): "Leibniz on Perception as Activity"
    16.15-17.15  Sebastian Bender (HU Berlin): "Localizing Violations of the Principle of Sufficient Reason in Leibniz"
Website.
Contact: Vili Lähteenmäki.


October 17, 2014
U Penn Colloquium
University of Pennsylvania
402 Cohen Hall
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Speaker: Karl Schafer (Pittsburgh)
Philadelphia, PA


October 17-19, 2014
Conference: Kant and His German Contemporaries
Western University (a.k.a.,University of Western Ontario)
London, Ontario
Friday, Oct. 17, Stevenson Hall 1140
    9:00-9:15  Opening Remarks
    9:15-10:15  Stefano Bacin (Pisa): “Ethics and Human Nature: Kant’s and Feder’s Competing Moral Philosophies”
    10:15-11:15  Michael Walschots (Western): “Early Objections to Kant’s Moral Philosophy: The Reviews of Herman Andreas Pistorius”
    11:30-12:30  Heiner F. Klemme (Halle): “Kant and Garve: Between Metaphysics and Popular Philosophy”
    2:00-3:00  Brandon Look (Kentucky): “Maimon and Kant on the Nature of the Mind”
    3:30-5:00  Paul Guyer (Brown): “Kant, Mendelssohn, and the Refutation of Idealism”
Saturday, Oct. 18, Stevenson Hall 3101
    9:15-10:15  Thomas Sturm (Barcelona): “Kant and Lambert on Truth (and Realism)”
    10:15-11:15  Eric Watkins (UC San Diego): “Lambert and Kant on Erkenntnis and Wissenschaft
    11:30-12:30  Huaping Lu-Adler (Georgetown): “Kant and Euler on the Relation between Logic and Mathematics”
    2:00-3:00  Des Hogan (Princeton): “Crusius, Kant, and the Reducibility of the Mental Powers”
    3:00-4:00  Angela Breitenbach (Cambridge): “Aesthetics and Cognition from Baumgarten and Meier to Kant”
    4:15-5:15  Jennifer Mensch (PSU/Waterloo): “Between Blumenbach and Wolff: Kant’s Two Views on Epigenesis”
    9:15-10:15  Anja Jauernig (Pittsburgh): “Kant’s Evolving Views on the Structure of Matter (and Space)”
    10:15-11:15  Brian Chance (Oklahoma): “Wolffian logic and the structure of the Critique
    11:30-12:30  Corey W. Dyck (Western): “Knowledge and Belief in G.F. Meier and Kant”
    2:00-3:00  Falk Wunderlich (Mainz): “Kant and Platner on Anthropology”
    3:00-4:00  Udo Thiel (Graz): “Kant and Tetens on the Unity of the Self”
Website.
Contact: Corey Dyck.


October 18, 2014
Hume Workshop: Hume and History
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, UK
    10.30-11.00  Welcome
    11.00-12.00  Krista Rodkey (Indiana): "Origin, Artifice, and the Historical Imagination: Hume’s Naturalistic Account of Justice"
    12.00-1.00  Sam Kukathas (Oxford): "Magistrates have an Immediate Interest in the Execution of Justice"
    2.00-3.00  Peter Hartl (Aberdeen): "Testimony, Induction and Hume’s Science of Human Nature"
    3.00-4.00   Jia Wei (Cambridge): "Maritime Trade as the Pivot of Foreign Policy in Hume’s Stuart History"
    4.45-6.00  James Harris (St Andrews): "The Vacant Post in the English Parnassus: Hume’s Intentions as a Historian"
Contact: Dan O'Brien.


October 24, 2014
Sue Weinberg Lecture Series
City University of New York Graduate Center
Time and Place: TBA
Speaker: Christia Mercer (Columbia): "Feeling Our Way to Truth: Women, Reason, and the Real Story About Early Modern Rationalism"
    Commentator: Jessica Gordon-Roth (CUNY-Lehman)
New York, NY


October 25-26, 2014
Midwest Study Group of the North American Kant Society
Washington University, St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
Invited speaker: Andrews Reath (UC Riverside)
Submissions should be prepared for blind review. Please send contact information in a separate document, indicating whether you are a graduate student. The selection committee welcomes contributions on all topics of Kantian scholarship (both contemporary and historically oriented), including discussions of Kant’s immediate predecessors and successors. Reading time is limited to 30 minutes and submissions should not exceed 25 pages. Graduate student submissions are encouraged. The best graduate student paper will receive a $200 stipend and be eligible for the Markus Herz Prize awarded by NAKS. Papers already presented at other NAKS study groups or meetings are not eligible for submission. Presenters must be members of NAKS in good standing. Selected papers are eligible to be considered for inclusion in the book series Rethinking Kant, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishers. Papers selected for presentation may be posted in the “members only” section of the NAKS website and circulated in advance among participants. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2014. Notification of acceptance is August 15, 2014. Papers should be submitted to Anne Margaret Baxley.
Website.
Contact: Anne Margaret Baxley.


October 29, 2014
Sarton Centre for History of Science Colloquium
University of Ghent
Faculty Library Meeting Room, Rozier 44
Ghent, Belgium
    2:00-4:00  Daniel Schneider (Ghent): "The Clear and Distinct and the Forceful and Vivid: Making Some Sense of the Once Standard Rationalist-Empiricist Divide"
Website.
Contact: Charles Wolfe.


October 31-November 2 , 2014
Leibniz Society of North America Conference: "The Last Leibniz"
University of South Florida
C. W. Young Hall 206
Tampa, FL
Friday, October 31
    1:00-1:30  Welcome
    1:30-2:30  Lucio Mare (South Florida): “Astounding Things which have not come into the Mind of any Scholastic: The Individual in Leibniz’s Late Philosophy (1686-1714)”
    2:30-3:30  Kenneth Pearce (Valparaiso): “Leibniz and the Veridicality of Body Perceptions”
    3:45-4:45  Wilson Underkuffler (South Florida): “Locating the Soul: Origins of the Leibnizian Doctrine of Monads”
    5:00-6:00  Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory): “Leibniz and Jacob Herman”
Saturday, November 1
    9:30-10:30  Jacob Archambault (Fordham/St. Andrews): “Leibnizian Intelligibility”
    10:30-11:30  Lucian Petrescu (Brussels): “Leibniz's Aristotelian Temptation”
    11:30-12:30  LSNA Business Meeting
    2:00-3:00  Christopher Noble (Villanova): “Eminent Mechanism in Leibniz”
    3:00-4:00  Tzuchien Tho (Berlin): “Leibniz’s Dynamics and his ‘Last’ Doctrine of Spatial Reality”
    4:15-5:15  Daniel Garber (Princeton): “‘As Time Goes By’: Space, Time, and the Labyrinth of the Composition of the Continuum”
Sunday, November 2
    9:15-10:15  Lloyd Strickland (Manchester): “Leibniz and the Harmony between Nature and Grace”
    10:15-11:15  Joseph Anderson (South Florida): “Beyond the Reach of Grace: A Puzzle about Divine Help, the Completeness of Complete Concepts, and the Spontaneity of Substances”
    11:30-12:30  Christopher Bobier (UC, Irvine): “Original Sin and the Justice of God in Leibniz's Theodicy”
Keynote speakers: Daniel Garber (Princeton) and Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory)
Website.
Contacts: Daniel Collette or Aaron Spink.


November 7-8, 2014
Conference: Locke's Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Mind
University of Neuchâtel
Institute of Philosophy, FLSH - R.E.48
Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Speakers:
    •  Peter Anstey (Sydney)
    •  Margaret Atherton (Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
    •  Hannah Dawson (New College Humanities, London)
    •  Richard Glauser (Neuchâtel)
    •  Laurent Jaffro (Paris-I Sorbonne)
    •  Vili Lähteenmäki (Jyväskylä)
    •  Martin Lenz (Groningen)
    •  Jennifer Marusic (Brandeis)
    •  John Milton (King's College, London)
    •  M. A. Stewart (Lancaster)
    •  Udo Thiel (Graz)
Website
Contact: Richard Glauser


November 12, 2014
Sarton Centre for History of Science Colloquium
University of Ghent
Faculty Library Meeting Room, Rozier 44
Ghent, Belgium
    2:00-4:00  Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen): "Spinoza on teleology: from ontology to moral philosophy"
Website.
Contact: Charles Wolfe.


November 18-20, 2014
Modern Philosophy Conference
Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello
Santiago, Chile
Invited speakers: Rainer Enskat (Halle-Wittenberg) and Graciela De Pierris (Stanford).
Call for Abstracts on any area of the History of Modern Philosophy. Abstracts (written in Spanish or English and prepared for blind refereeing) should be of about 1,500 words (excluding references). A cover letter should contain the author's name, institutional affiliation, contact information (email, phone number, mailing address), title of paper, and topic area(s) (e.g. metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, etc.). The abstract itself, containing the title and a list of references at the end, free of identifying information, should be sent to Luis Placencia no later than July 30, 2014. Notification of acceptance will be no later than Aug. 30. In case of acceptance, a full paper should later be submitted for commentary at the Conference. Paper submissions are due on October 15, 2014.
Contact: Luis Placencia.

Tenemos el agrado de invitarle a participar en las Jornadas de Filosofía Moderna, que serán realizadas los días 18, 19 y 20 de Noviembre de 2014 por la Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello (Santiago, Chile). 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 15 de Octubre de 2014. Plazo para Entrega de Resúmenes: 30 de Julio de 2014 (Se notificará de los resultados el 30 de Agosto de 2014). Instrucciones para Entrega de Resúmenes:
    •  I. Un documento que contenga la siguiente información: nombre del autor, institución a la que pertenece el autor, información de contacto (email, número telefónico, dirección postal), título del resumen, el o las áreas del tema tratado (p. ej. metafísica, epistemología, ética, etc.); y II. El resumen mismo, incluyendo el título y una lista bibliográfica al final, libre de toda información que pueda identificar al autor. Todas las preguntas relativas a las Jornadas, y los resúmenes deben dirigirse a:
Luis Placencia.


November 21-22, 2014
NYU Conference on Issues in Modern Philosophy: "Animals"
New York University
Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Room 914
New York, NY
    •  Jessica Gelber (Syracuse): Aristotle; commentator: Mariska Leunissen (North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
    •  Deborah Brown (Queensland): Descartes; commentator: Dennis Des Chene (Washington U)
    •  Aaron Garrett (Boston U): Hume; commentator: Alan Nelson (North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
    •  Sandra Shapshay (Indiana U): Schopenhauer; commentator: Julian Young (Wake Forest)
    •  Philip Kitcher (Columbia): Darwin; commentator: Colin Allen (Indiana)
    •  Peter Godfrey-Smith (CUNY Grad Center): Contemporary Philosophy; commentator: Kristin Andrews (York)
Website.
Contact: Don Garrett.


November 26, 2014
Colloquium in Research Methods in the History and Philosophy of Science
University of Ghent
Faculty Library Meeting Room, Rozier 44
Ghent, Belgium
    2:00-4:00  Tamas Demeter (Budapest): "The Flight from Mathematics in the Human Sciences: The Case of 18th-Century Scotland"
Website.
Contact: Charles Wolfe.


November 28-29, 2014
Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy
Center for Logic and History & Philosophy of Science
University of Bucharest
Bucharest, Romania
Invited speakers: John Henry (Edinburgh), Arianna Borrelli (Tech U Berlin)
We cordially invite graduate students to submit abstracts on any topic related to early modern philosophy at bucharest.graduate.conference@gmail.com by August 20, 2014. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and should be prepared for blind review. Papers will be given 40 minutes (30 minutes talk, 10 minutes open discussion). The Program Committee will notify authors of its decision by September 10. Conference fee: € 40.
Website.
Contact: Claudia Dumitru.


November 28-29, 2014
Conference: The Idea of Purposiveness in Kant and German Idealism
University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
Invited speakers: Stefan Bird-Pollan (Kentucky), James Kreines (Claremont McKenna Coll), Gertrudis Van de Vijver (Ghent), Lea Ypi (London School Economics)
Whereas Descartes, Spinoza and their followers discarded the Aristotelian idea of purposiveness, Kant realized that a purely mechanistic account of the world failed to satisfy the demands of pure reason. Reintroducing the idea of purposiveness in modern philosophy, he again granted thought the capacity to conceive of a manifold as an organized whole, albeit not without qualifying the idea of purposiveness as merely subjective. Kant’s various discussions of purposiveness in the Critique of Judgment and other texts have been the subject of much debate. However, much less attention has been paid to the impact of the idea of purposiveness on the development of German Idealism. In this regard, three elements of Kant’s thought seem to be particularly relevant. First, the idea of purposiveness allowed Kant, in the Critique of Judgment, to conceive of the various parts of his critical philosophy as a unity. Second, this idea can be said to inform his conception of moral self-determination in the Critique of Practical Reason. Third, the idea of purposiveness seems to underlie the account of the human faculties in the Critique of Pure Reason as well as Kant’s conception of a system of pure reason in this work. There is no doubt that Fichte, Schelling and Hegel developed their philosophical systems by drawing on one or more of these elements. It is less clear, however, how exactly they appropriated and modified Kant’s views. Addressing Kant’s critical philosophy as a whole rather than the third Critique alone, the conference aims to investigate Kant’s multi-faceted conception of purposiveness and, on that basis, trace its further development and transformation in German Idealism.
    The conference aims at stimulating fruitful exchanges between established scholars, young researchers, and PhD students. Presentation time will be 30 minutes + 15 minutes for discussion. Abstracts (about 500 words) should be sent in MSWord as attachment to purposiveness2014@kuleuven.be. Submission deadline: August 28, 2014. Abstracts should be prepared for double-blind review by removing any identification details. Name, paper title, institutional position, affiliation and email address should be included in the body of the email. Notification of acceptance by September 10, 2014. Please note that the organizers will not be able to provide funding for travel or accommodation.
Contact: Karin de Boer.


November 28-30, 2014
Kant Festival
Keele University
Claus Moser Research Centre
Keele, UK
Friday, November 28
    9:30-10:45  Adrian Piper (Berlin): “Playing by the Rules III: Unequal and Conflicting Games”
    11:00-12:15  Dieter Schönecker (Siegen): “Kant on the difference between duties of right and duties of virtue in the introduction to the Tugendlehre
    13:30-14:45  Sari Kisilevsky: “Legal Rules and Legal Personality: Kant and the Notion of Legal Subjects”
    15:00-16:15  Thomas Mertens (Radboud): “On the unity of Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals”
    16:30-17:45  Sorin Baiasu (Vienna/Keele): “Kant on Law’s Complex Dependence on Ethics”
    17:45-18:00  Closing Comments: Sorin Baiasu (Vienna/Keele)& Ruhi Demiray (Keele/Kocaeli)
    20:00  Howard Williams (Aberystwyth): TBA Saturday, November 29
Themes from the Work of Howard Williams. Speakers:
    •  Susan Shell (Boston College): "Kant on Citizenship, Society and Redistributive Justice"
    •  Katrin Flikschuh (LSE): TBA
    •  Sarah Holtman (Minnesota): "Idealization, Civic Respect and Kantian Citizenship"
    •  Luigi Caranti (Catania): "Kantian Peace and Liberal Peace"
    •  Howard Williams (Aberystwyth): "Kant's Political Philosophy: A Reply to My Interpreters"
Sunday, November 30
Official Launch of the Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Centre for Kantian Studies. Speakers:
    •  Leslie Stevenson (St Andrews): "Kant's Sensational Philosophy"
    •  Giuseppina D’Oro (Keele): "Defending Distinctions"
    •  Jens Timmermann (St Andrews): "The Demands of Kant's Ethics"
    •  Anil Gomes (Oxford): "Naïve Realism in Kantian Phrase"
    •  James Tartaglia (Keele): "Rorty's Ambivalent Relationship with Kant"
    •  Edward Kanterian (Kent), Sorin Baiasu (Keele/Vienna), and Adrian Moore (Oxford): Discussion of the Kant chapter from A. W. Moore's Evolution of Modern Metaphysics
Accommodation and conference fee will be covered for commentators; conference fee will be covered for chairpersons. Please send an e-mail to the contacts below listing the paper(s) you would like to comment on or chair.
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Contacts: Sorin Baiasu and Ruhi Demiray.


December 2-3, 2014
Conference: Sade Today
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Invited speakers: William Edmiston (South Carolina), Rico Sneller (Leiden), Éric Marty (Paris VII), Judith Veega (Groningen)
200 years ago-–on December 2, 1814–-the libertine novelist Marquis de Sade died in an asylum. During that era in history, many ideas on sexuality have been formulated that still influence modern society: the gender dichotomy, sexuality as a natural and private issue, infantine innocence, explicit sexual imagery being taboo, the nuclear family as cornerstone of society, etc. Sade transgressed these beliefs in his work, and opposed such ideas that have become ingrained in Western societies. He made sexuality explicit in his work, put sodomy above coital sex, plural loves above monogamy, incest above marriage and family, spoiling sperm above sparing it, gender diversity above binary discipline, and instead of opposing reason to emotion, he gave them equal value. However, up until now, little attention has been paid to the relation between Sade’s transgressive ideas and contemporary views of sexuality that got their shape during the Enlightenment. A thorough investigation of this relation and of the actuality of Sade’s work is the general aim of this conference.
    Researchers from various areas (sociology, philosophy, critical studies, political and historical sciences, etc.) are invited to submit abstracts (300 words) for presentations of 30 minutes to Gert Hekma and Lode Lauwaert. Submission deadline: October 1, 2014.
Contact: Lode Lauwaert.


December 3, 2014
Colloquium in Research Methods in the History and Philosophy of Science
University of Ghent
Faculty Library Meeting Room, Rozier 44
Ghent, Belgium
    2:00-4:00  Anik Waldow (Sydney): "How To Study the Human Being? Kant on Natural History and Anthropology"
Website.
Contact: Charles Wolfe.


December 5, 2014
Princeton Philosophy Department Colloquium
Speaker: Michael Della Rocca (Yale)
Time: 4:00-6:00
Princeton, NJ
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December 10, 2014
Colloquium in Research Methods in the History and Philosophy of Science
University of Ghent
Faculty Library Meeting Room, Rozier 44
Ghent, Belgium
    2:00-4:00  Alison Peterman (Rochester): "Spinoza on the Common Notions"
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Contact: Charles Wolfe.


December 10-13, 2014
Conference: "Ideas and Enlightenment: The Long Eighteenth Century (Down Under)"
University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia
The Sydney Intellectual History Network and ‘Putting Periodisation to Use’ Research Group at the University of Sydney invite you to the Fifteenth David Nichol Smith Seminar (DNS). Inaugurated and supported by the National Library of Australia, the DNS conference is the leading forum for eighteenth-century studies in Australasia. It brings together scholars from across the region and internationally who work on the long eighteenth century (1688-1815) in a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art and architectural history, philosophy, the history of science, musicology, anthropology, archaeology and studies of material culture. Keynote speakers include: John Dixon Hunt (Pennsylvania), Sophia Rosenfeld (Virginia), Michael McKeon (Rutgers), and Erika Naginski (Harvard).
    We welcome proposals for papers or panels on the following topics, although please note that the conference organisers are open to proposals for subjects that fall outside of these broad themes:
    •  Making Ideas Visible
    •  Biography and the History of Individual Life
    •  Economic Ideas in Social and Political Contexts
    •  Global Sensibilities
    •  National Identity and Cosmopolitanism
    •  Antiquaries and Alternative Versions of the Classical Tradition
    •  Periodisation and the question of Period Styles
    •  ‘Enlightenment’ and the Pacific
    •  Spectacle, Sociability and Pleasure
    •  Genres of Enlightenment
    •  Science, Technology and Medicine
    •  Borders and Empire
    •  Historiography of the Enlightenment
    •  Post-Enlightenment trajectories in literature and art
We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers. Proposals consist of a 250-word abstract and 2-page cv, sent as a pdf attachment to the Organizing Committee no later than 15 June 2014.
Website.
Contact: Amelia Dale.


December 27-30, 2014
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, December 28
    9:00-11:00  International Berkeley Society (chair: Nancy Kendrick, Wheaton C, MA)
        Stephen H. Daniel (Texas A&M): "Berkeley and Descartes on How Perception Is Active"; commentator Tom Lennon (Western Ontario)
        Geoffrey Gorham (Macalester C.): "Locke and Berkeley on Time and Succession"; commentator Martha Bolton (Rutgers)
    11:15-1:15  Leibniz Society of North America (chair: Martha Brandt Bolton, Rutgers)
        Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard): "Optimality and the Legacy of Leibniz's Physics"; commentator: Edward Glowienka (Carroll C)
    2:00-5:00  Symposium: The Reception of Descartes's Philosophy (chair: Kristin Primus, NYU)
        Thomas Lennon (Western Ontario)
        Lawrence Nolan (Cal State, Long Beach)
        Tad Schmaltz (Michigan)
    2:00-5:00  International Hobbes Association I(chair: Michael P. Krom, Saint Vincent C)
        Emre Keskin (William Paterson): "Hobbes's Optics"
        Steve Viner (Middlebury C): "'Obligation' in Leviathan: Can Sovereigns Be Fooles?"
        Joseph Anderson (South Florida): "Liberty, Definitions, and Piety: Leibniz's Critique of Hobbes on Necessity"
        Shane D. Courtland (Minnesota, Duluth): "Hobbesian Absolutism, Thinly Interpreted, Fits the U.S."
        Carlo Burelli (U Studi Milano): "Subjectivity Is Objective: Thomas Hobbes on Normative Truth"
        Justin R. Hawkins (Yale Div): "The Theology of Calvin and Hobbes: A Theological Critique of A. P. Martinich's The Two Gods of Leviathan"
    5:15-7:15  Hume Society (chair: Lewis Powell, SUNY Buffalo)
      Topic: Hume on Religion
        Deborah Boyle (C of Charleston): "Hume on Natural Beliefs and Belief in God"
        Emily Kelahan (Illinois Wesleyan): "The Design Argument in Hume's Natural History of Religion"
    5:15-7:15  Descartes Society I
      Topic: Cartesianism and 17th-Century Women Philosophers
        Alice Sowaal (San Francisco St): "Descartes and Astell on Generosity"
        Christia Mercer (Columbia): "Conway and Cartesianism"
          Commentator: Karen Detlefsen (Penn)
    7:30-10:30  North American Kant Society (chair: Pablo Muchnik, Emerson C)
      Topic: Jennifer Mensch's Kant's Organicism: Epigeneis and the Development of Critical Philosophy
        Guenter Zoeller (Munich): "Metaphor or Method? Jennifer Mensch's Organic Kant Interpretation"
        John Zammito (Rice): "Bringing Biology Back In"
        Jennifer Mensch (Waterloo): "Genealogy and Critique in Kant's Organic History of Reason"
    7:30-10:30  Society for the History of Political Philosophy (chair: Patrick Goodin, Howard U)
        9:05-9:45  Andrew Romiti (Catholic U): "Jacob Klein on the Cartesian Revolution"
        9:50-10:30  Paul Wilford (Freie U Berlin): "Autonomy as the Telos of Kant's Rational Religion"
Monday, December 29
    9:00-11:00  Symposium: Spinoza (chair: Julie Klein, Villanova)
        John Grey (Boston U): "Necessitarianism and Divine Self-Causation in Spinoza"
          Commentator: Alison Peterman (Rochester)
    1:30-4:30  Spinoza (chair: Jason Aleksander, Saint Xavier)
        Michael Della Rocca (Yale)
        John Carriero (UCLA)
          Commentator: Eugene Marshall (Florida International)
    1:30-4:30  History of Ethics (chair: Michael Byron, Kent State)
        Ryan Pollock (Penn State: "The Generosity and Capacity of Our Nature: Hume's Reply to Hutcheson in the Treatise"; commentator: Stephanie Semler (Northern Virginia Comm C)
        Victor Saenz (Rice): "Prudence and Morality in Cicero's De Officiis III.21"; commentator: Michael Wiitala (North Carolina)
        Torsten Menge (Georgetown): "Hobbes and the Fiction of Sovereign Power"; commentator: Emily Crookston (Coastal Carolina
    1:30-4:30  Walter de Gruyter Stiftung Kant Lecture (chair: Eric Watkins, UC San Diego)
        Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame): "How 'Autonomous' Is the Formula of Autonomy Itself?"
    1:30-4:30  North American Kant Society (chair: Lara Ostaric, Temple)
      Topic: Kant on Education
        Chris Surprenant (New Orleans): "Kant's Moral Education and the Cultivation of Virtue"
        Alix Cohen (Edinburgh): "The Role of Feelings in Moral Education"
        Robert Louden (Southern Maine): "'Total Transformation': Educational Reform in Basedow and Kant"
    7:00-10:00  Descartes Society II (chair: Julie Klein, Villanova)
        Alan Nelson (North Carolina, Chapel Hill) & Kurt Smith (Bloomsburg U PA): "Synthesizing Descartes on Analysis"; commentator: Roger Florka (Ursinus C)
        Andrew Platt (Stony Brook): "Defending a 'Compatibilist' Reading of Descartes on the Will"; commentator: Colin Chamberlain (Temple)
    7:00-10:00  International Hobbes Association II (chair: Aloysius Martinich, Texas-Austin)
        Stephen Bero (Southern California): "Against the Universality of Hobbes's Laws of Nature"
        Michael Byron (Kent State): "Submission and Subjection in Leviathan"
        Kody W. Cooper (Princeton): "The Essence of Leviathan: The Person of the Commonwealth and the Common Good"
        Luciano Venezia (U Nac Quilmes): "What Difference Does the Sovereign Make?"
        Signy Gutnick Allen (Queen Mary, U London): "'Author of His Own Punishment': The Hobbesian Citizenship of Punished Individuals"
        Jauffrey Berthier (Bordeaux Montaigne): "Hobbes and Penal Governance: Punishment as Civil and Political Hostility"
Tuesday, December 30
    11:15-1:15  Kant (chair: Georges Dicker, SUNY Brockport)
        Michael Bennett McNulty (UC Irvine): "Chemistry in Kant's Opus postumum"; commentator: Katherine Dunlop (Texas, Austin)
        Justin Shaddock (Williams C): "Kant's Neglected Alternative and the Unavoidable Need for the Transcendental Deduction"; commentator: Krasimira Filcheva (North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
    1:30-4:30  Substantial Unity: Conway, Locke, and Leibniz (chair: Edwin McCann, Southern California)
        Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers)
        Matthew Priselac (Oklahoma)
        Christia Mercer (Columbia)
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January 7, 2015
Colloquium in Research Methods in the History and Philosophy of Science
University of Ghent
Faculty Library Meeting Room, Rozier 44
Ghent, Belgium
    2:15-4:00  Marlise Rijks (Ghent): "Crocodiles, Herbs, and Shells: Apothecaries and the Trade in Collectables in Seventeenth-Century Antwerp"
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Contact: Charles Wolfe.


January 9-10, 2015
Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
The workshop aims to bring together up to eight authors whose papers-in-progress will be shared in advance among participants to stimulate productive discussion and feedback. Abstracts of no more than 1,000 words, prepared for double-blind review, should be sent as MSWord attachments to Debra Nails by July 7, 2014. The author’s name, paper title, affiliation, and contact information should be included in the body of the email. Notification of acceptance by July 28, 2014. Participants should submit complete drafts for distribution by December 29, 2014. One night of lodging and all meals during the workshop will be provided.
Contact: John Grey.


January 21, 2015
Colloquium in Research Methods in the History and Philosophy of Science
University of Ghent
Faculty Library Meeting Room, Rozier 44
Ghent, Belgium
    2:00-4:00  Paola Rumore (Turin): "From theology to philosophy: the immortality of the soul in early German enlightenment"
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Contact: Charles Wolfe.


February 18, 2015
Colloquium in Research Methods in the History and Philosophy of Science
University of Ghent
Faculty Library Meeting Room, Rozier 44
Ghent, Belgium
    2:00-4:00  Justin Smith (Paris VII): "Kant and Mill on the 'Logic' of Racial Divisions"
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Contact: Charles Wolfe.


February 18-21, 2015
APA Central Division Meeting
Hilton St. Louis at The Ballpark
1 South Broadway
St. Louis, MO
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Program submission deadline: June 1, 2014


February 23-24, 2015
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
Radboud University
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Invited speakers: Pauline Phemister (Edinburgh) and Wiep van Bunge (Erasmus, Rotterdam)
This Seminar aims to bring together advanced students and scholars working on early modern philosophy (broadly conceived, ranging from the later scholastics to Kant). Like kindred workshops, the intention is to stimulate scholarly exchange and collaboration in this area. Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture (on any topic relevant to early modern philosophy) to Andrea Sangiacomo by November 1. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a .docx file. 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. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the review’s outcome by December 30. We will do our best to send the reviewers report to all participants in order to provide in any case a hopefully useful feedback on their abstract. The language of presentations and discussions is English. There are no fees for registration. Attendance is free and all listeners welcome. However, no financial help can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.
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Contacts: Christoph Lüthy and Andrea Sangiacomo.


February 25, 2015
Colloquium in Research Methods in the History and Philosophy of Science
University of Ghent
Faculty Library Meeting Room, Rozier 44
Ghent, Belgium
    2:15-4:00  Olivier Surel (Paris X): "Immanent Critique in Spinoza's Theory of Affects"
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Contact: Charles Wolfe.


March 7-8, 2015
New York City Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy
Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus
60th St. and Columbus Ave.
New York, NY
Invited speakers: Alan Gabbey (Columbia/Barnard), Jonathan Israel (Inst Advanced Study), Béatrice Longunesse (NYU)
The aim of this workshop is to foster exchange and collaboration among scholars, students, and anyone with an interest in Early Modern Philosophy. We welcome presentations of current research on any topic in early modern philosophy (roughly covering the period 1600-1800). Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words prepared for blind review to nycearlymodern@gmail.com no later than November 30th, 2014.
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Contacts: Ohad Nachtomy and Reed Winegar.


March 13-15, 2015
Conference: Common Sense and Enlightenment
Center of the Study of Scottish Philosophy
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, NJ
A long term project of the CSSP comes to fruition in 2015 when the first two volumes of a multi-authored History of Scottish Philosophy will be published by Oxford University Press. Scottish Philosophy in the 18th Century, Volume One, edited by James Harris (St Andrews) and Aaron Garrett (Boston U) covers Scottish Enlightenment writers and topics in morality, politics, aesthetics and religion. Scottish Philosophy in the 19th and 20th centuries, edited by Gordon Graham, engages with the post-Enlightenment debates between once famous, but now much less well known, Scottish philosophers (e.g., Thomas Brown, William Hamilton, J F Ferrier, Alexander Bain, John Macmurray), with chapters on more wide ranging topics such as the Scottish reception of Kant and Hegel, the rise of Idealism, and the influence of Scottish philosophy abroad.
    The CSSP Spring Conference 2015 will celebrate the appearance of these two volumes. Plenary sessions will take the form of “Author meets Critics”, and two panels are planned. Paper proposals for concurrent sessions are welcome. They may be on any topic falling within the general conference theme of "Common Sense and Enlightenment." Papers on Scottish philosophy in the 19th and 20th centuries are especially welcome. Abstracts of not more than 500 words should be sent to CSSP by November 1, 2014. Those making submissions will be notified by early December 2015.
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March 19-20, 2015
Conference: The Marginalization of Astrology
University of Utrecht
Utrecht, The Netherlands
The Descartes Centrum for history of science of the University of Utrecht, in collaboaration with the department of philosophy of the Radboud University at Nijmegen, will host an international conference on the problem of the marginalization of astrology in the early modern period.
    Astrology has been a well-established and respected part of scholarship for centuries, practiced in many cultural and geographical settings. However, in the modern world, astrology, though still very much present, has lost its scientific status and is relegated to the fringes of serious learning. In the history of the sciences, this must be regarded as a momentous shift. The definite step in the “marginalization” of astrology appears to have been taken in the seventeenth century and should therefore be regarded as an important element (rather than as a consequence) of the so-called Scientific Revolution.
    The reasons for this development are far from clear. Actually, even the development itself (when, where and by whom did astrology become disavowed) has so far been only poorly documented. The conference therefore aims at bringing together specialists from various fields to throw light on this intruiging question. It is the aim of the conference to study the subject from various different angles:

People who are interested to give a paper at this conference are invited to send a title and abstract (300 words maximum) by September 30 to the organizers listed below as contacts.
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Contacts: Rienk Vermij and Hiro Hirai.


March 26-28, 2015
Panel: Pain and Philosophy in the Early Modern Period
Renaissance Society of America Conference
Humboldt University
Berlin, Germany
A panel sponsored by Epistémè (Research Group on Early Modern England, Paris) during the RSA 2015 conference. The aim of this panel is to explore the links between physical pain and philosophical theories in the early modern period. Two main issues will be addressed in this session:
    •  the medical and philosophical theories that were elaborated to account for physical pain at the time: what could be the cause of physical pain and how could it be explained physiologically? Was there a clear distinction between physical pain and emotional suffering? Was pain gendered? We will also focus on the value of pain: was it always seen as negative or could it also be good?
    •  the value of suffering might also lead us to wonder about the role of pain in the elaboration of one’s philosophical thought: to what extent could the personal experience of pain have an influence on the subjects an author chose to deal with or on their philosophical thought? Although it might be explicitly stated in philosophical works, the influence of pain on the philosophy of an author is more often found in correspondences and diaries. Intense or chronic physical pain could give an author a particular perception of life and things, or it could lead to the adoption or elaboration of a philosophy that gave hope and made pain more bearable.
Send proposals (150-word abstract and a title) as well as a one-page CV and a list of keywords to Sandrine Parageau and Yan Brailowsky by June 8, 2014.
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March 27, 2015
Colloque: Conceptions et usages de l'attention au XVIIe siècle
University of Liège
Place du XX août
Liège, Belgium
Les départements de philosophie de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) et de l’Université de Liège (ULg) organisent conjointement un colloque intitulé "Conceptions et usages de l’attention au xviie siècle" qui se déroulera le 27 mars 2015 à l’Université de Liège. Cet appel à contributions est destiné à compléter le programme de la journée (1 ou 2 communications seront retenues) qui fera ensuite l’objet d’une publication en langue française. Les propositions de communication ne devront pas dépasser 500 mots et devront être adressées sous la forme d’un fichier pdf anonyme, au plus tard le 1er décembre 2014 à Olivier Dubouclez et Arnauld Pelletier. Elles feront l’objet d’une évaluation à l’aveugle. Une réponse sera donnée avant le 15 janvier 2015. Il est à noter qu’aucune aide financière ne pourra être apportée par l’organisation du colloque pour les frais de voyage et d’hôtel des participants.
Invited speaker: Vili Lähteenmäki (Jyväskylä).
    Présentation: Le concept d’attention a fait l’objet de nombreux travaux ces dernières années dans le champ de la philosophie médiévale et renaissante qui ont permis de montrer comment ce thème, traditionnellement référé à Augustin et à l’augustinisme, nourrissait des théories de la perception et de la connaissance en rupture avec le paradigme aristotélicien. L’objet de notre colloque n’est pas seulement d’étudier les héritages et les prolongements de ce mouvement augustinien, mais de comprendre plus généralement comment les penseurs du XVIIe siècle (Descartes, Spinoza, Malebranche, Leibniz mais aussi Hobbes et la philosophe anglaise) ont eux même usé de l’attention et, le cas échéant, théorisé sa nature et sa fonction dans le cadre des conceptions nouvelles de la science et de la subjectivité. Si l’attention est un concept central pour penser le sujet, c’est précisément parce qu’elle se situe à l’articulation de ce qui, dans le rapport de l’homme au monde, relève de la passivité du sentir (ou plus généralement de la réception d’un donné) et de l’activité d’un choix, sélectif ou abstrayant, analytique ou synthétique.
    La situation cartésienne du concept d’attention, à cet égard, est particulièrement frappante: constamment mobilisé des Règles pour la direction de l’esprit jusqu’aux Principes de la philosophie, avant de devenir un véritable impératif de la raison théorique chez les cartésiens ("L’attention est la seule chose que je vous demande," dit Théodore à Ariste dans les Entretiens sur la métaphysique), il n’est jamais pris pour thème explicite par Descartes lui-même. Décisif dans la conduite même des opérations intellectuelles (ainsi dans la méditation métaphysique), l’attention est pourtant reléguée à l’arrière-plan de la doctrine au profit des concepts d’évidence, d’intuition, de clarté ou de distinction. Cette situation mériterait à elle seule qu’on en identifie les raisons (pourquoi l’appel à l’attention est-il constant et dans le même temps refoulé? Qu’est-ce qui légitime et rend nécessaire cet appel? Dans quelles circonstances l’attention se constitue-t-elle en objet pour le philosophe?), et surtout pousse à s’interroger sur la "préconception" de l’attention qui en gouverne les usages, sur les sous-entendus et les référents qui la soutiennent (en particulier du côté de l’optique et des sciences de la nature). Car c’est bien le statut épistémologique du concept d’attention qui fait problème: l’attention fait-elle partie des structures mêmes de la connaissance ou est-elle un élément distinct de ces structures, intéressant plutôt les modalités de leur mise en œuvre, c’est-à-dire du savoir en tant qu’il est un acte?
    Ce problème est d’autant plus crucial que deux visions sensiblement différentes du savoir s’articulent à l’Âge classique autour du paradigme de l’attention: l’une qui le fait dépendre de la présence à soi de l’esprit, conscient des opérations qu’il exécute et volontaire dans ce qu’il entreprend, et l’autre qui au contraire vise à le dispenser de cet effort pour que la connaissance se réduise à l’enchaînement le plus simple et le plus aisé dont le calcul algébrique constitue le meilleur exemple (puisque l’attention s’y trouve soulagée par l’écriture et la brièveté des signes). Dès lors apparaît une ambiguïté dans le traitement que le XVIIe siècle a réservé à l’attention, permettant peut-être de dépasser l’opposition trop tranchée entre "intuitionnisme" et "formalisme" pour prendre acte de la présence chez les philosophes d’une attitude ambivalente par rapport aux usages d’une attention qu’il s’agit tantôt d’amplifier, tantôt de réduire (mais alors doit-on la tenir pour une réalité quantifiable?), tantôt de valoriser comme une activité positive de l’esprit, tantôt de dénoncer comme une manifestation de notre finitude contribuant à rendre incertain et contingent l’accès au savoir.
    Il conviendra pour traiter de ces problèmes d’embrasser dans toute son ampleur le langage de l’attention, de l’attentio, de la diligentia et de l’animadversio, mais aussi du lexique négatif de la distraction, de la négligence ou de l’oubli, tel qu’il s’étend aussi à l’Âge classique dans les domaines de la morale et de la théologie.
Contact: Olivier Dubouclez.


April 1-5, 2015
APA Pacific Division Meeting
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
1601 Bayshore Drive
Vancouver, BC
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Society for Modern Philosophy session: "Reconsidering the Modern Canon"
    Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University)
    Justin E.H. Smith (Paris Diderot VII)


April 9-11, 2015
Conference: British Society for the History of Philosophy
York, UK
Call for Papers: the British Society for the History of Philosophy invites scholars to submit symposium and individual paper proposals for its 2015 conference. Symposia and individual papers are invited on any topic and any period of the history of philosophy. Keynote speakers include Gail Fine (Cornell and Oxford), Michael Forster (Chicago/Bonn), and Susan James (Birkbeck, London).
    Proposal submission deadline is 1 June 2014, with a decision by 31 July 2014. Proposals for either symposia (3-4 thematically related presentations) or individual presentations (approximately 25-30 minutes) are welcome. Symposium submissions are especially encouraged. Submissions should be sent as an email attachment (in Word) to Arts-BSHP2015@open.ac.uk. Proposals for symposia should include:
    •  title of symposium
    •  symposium summary statement (maximum 500 words)
    •  titles and abstracts of papers (maximum 500 words for each paper)
    •  address of each participant, including e-mail, phone, and institution
    •  name and email of symposium organizer, who will serve as contact person
Proposals for papers should include:
    •  name and address and email of the participant
    •  title and abstract of the paper (maximum 500 words)
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Contact: Cristina Chimisso.


April 10, 2015
Princeton Philosophy Department Colloquium
Speaker: Don Garrett (NYU)
Time: 4:00-6:00
Princeton, NJ
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April 22, 2015
Colloquium in Research Methods in the History and Philosophy of Science
University of Ghent
Faculty Library Meeting Room, Rozier 44
Ghent, Belgium
    2:15-4:00  Delphine Bellis (Nijmegen/MPIWG): "Gassendi's probabilism and Academic skepticism from day to day"
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Contact: Charles Wolfe.


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


May 1-2, 2015
John Locke Workshop
University of Western Ontario
Rotman Institute of Philosophy
London, Ontario
Invited speaker: Peter Anstey (Sydney): "Locke on Measurement"
The aim of this workshop is to foster interactions among Locke scholars, encourage the development and creation of new scholarship, and further the pursuit of new ideas regarding Locke's philosophy, its context, and its continuing significance. Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 750 words by Nov. 1, 2014 to johnlockesociety@uwo.ca. Final papers should be no longer than 5000 words. The full program will be made available by Dec. 15, 2014. Further information regarding the workshop, accommodation options, and other practical matters will be available at that time. Submissions on any topic of Locke's philosophy will be considered, but we would especially welcome submissions regarding Locke's natural philosophy and/or philosophy of science, broadly construed.
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Contacts: Benjamin Hill and Jessica Gordon-Roth.


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


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


May 27-29, 2015
Conference: "Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World:
Victoria College, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON, Canada
Invited speakers: Anthony Grafton (Princeton), Peter Dear (Cornell)
Paper, panel, and round-table proposals are invited for Scientiae 2015: the fourth annual international conference on the emergent knowledge practices of the early-modern period (1450-1750). The major premise of this conference is that knowledge during the period of the Scientific Revolution was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of practices and objects which had yet to be separated into their modern “scientific” hierarchies. Our approach, therefore, needs to be equally wide-ranging, involving Biblical exegesis, art theory, logic, and literary humanism; as well as natural philosophy, alchemy, occult practices, and trade knowledge. Attention is also given to mapping intellectual geographies through the tools of the digital humanities. Always, our focus must be on the subject-matter at hand, rather than on the disciplinary performances by which we access it. Although centred around the emergence of modern natural science, Scientiae is intended for scholars working in any area of early-modern intellectual culture.
    Topics may include, but are not limited to:
    •  intellectual geography: networks, intellectual history, and the digital humanities
    •  theological and religious origins and implications of the new sciences
    •  law, learned practices, and the sciences
    •  antiquarianism and the emergence of modern science
    •  the impact of images on the formation of early modern knowledge
    •  genealogies of “reason”, “utility”, and “knowledge”
    •  Humanism and the Scientific Revolution
    •  Paracelsianism, Neoplatonism, and alchemy more generally
    •  interactions between the new sciences, magic and demonology
    •  the history of health and medicine
    •  morality and the character of the natural world
    •  early modern conceptions of, and practices surrounding, intellectual property
    •  poetry, literature, and the natural sciences
    •  the development of novel approaches to cosmology and anthropology
    •  natural history, botany, and art
    •  music: between mathematics, religion, and medicine
    •  global history and nature in the early modern period
    •  information technology, media, and the study of early modernity
    Abstracts for individual papers of 20 minutes should be between 250 and 350 words in length. For panel sessions of 1 hour and 30 minutes, a list of speakers and chair (with affiliations), a 500-word panel abstract, and individual abstracts from each speaker are required. Newly at Scientiae 2015, we also invite proposals for a limited number of topic-based roundtable sessions. These should feature brief presentations from two or three knowledgeable speakers on a defined but broad issue in early-modern intellectual history, with the intention of opening up multilateral discussion from the floor—the main business of the session.
    All submissions should be made using the online form. The submission deadline is 17 November 2014.
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Contact: James A.T. Lancaster.


May 28-29, 2015
Conference: Religion and Morality: Hume and His Context
University of Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium
Invited speakers: Michael B. Gill (Arizona), Gordon Graham (Princeton Theo Sem), Thomas Holden (UC Santa Barbara), Jennifer Marusic (Brandeis/Humboldt)
Call for Papers: we welcome papers dealing with the topic of the conference, Religion and Morality: Hume and his Context. The conference seeks to offer the opportunity to discuss Hume’s understanding of morality and of religion, as well as their relation. We also welcome papers discussing the relation between Hume and his predecessors or contemporaries on issues pertaining to morality and religion. The central focus of the conference will be Hume’s practical critique of religion (i.e. his scattered but recurrent remarks on the detrimental influence of religion on moral character and agency) together with his understanding of religion as a natural phenomenon that may play an important role in fostering human virtues. How does Hume’s moral critique of religion square with his observations that morality and religion are closely interwoven? Hume seems to be convinced that the masses will never be able to live without some form of religion. How does this fit with his defense of a secularized ethics? We also seek to address the views of Hume’s contemporaries that directly challenge or enforce Hume’s understanding of morality and religion. Other possible topics include the context in which Hume develops his account; contemporary accounts that are related to Hume on morality, religion, and, for instance, cognitive science or experimental psychology; the naturalness of religion and its impact on the moral or political life; and true religion and passions in Hume. We also welcome papers dealing with question such as: why and how is Hume’s morality secular? Does Hume’s account of the virtues and vices undermine or discredit religious morality or the teaching of Christianity? Is the autonomy thesis (morality autonomous from religion) in conflict with theism and with religion?
    Abstracts of a maximum of 500 words should be sent no later than January 8, 2015 to Esther Kroeker.


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


June 22-23, 2015
Conference: Religious Toleration in the Age of Enlightenment (1650-1800): Historical Perspectives on Current Debates
Institute for Culture and Society, Religion & Civil Society Project
Universidad de Navarra
Pamplona, Spain
Enlightenment is not something of the past; many of the prominent ideas that shape current Western culture were generated in the context of the Enlightenment. Moreover, the history of the Enlightenment is being continuously rewritten and constantly employed in contemporary political, intellectual and religious debates. In particular, the relationship between religious toleration and Enlightenment has been the subject of numerous historical accounts that carry a great deal of weight in contemporary discussion. Some portray the Enlightenment as a celebration of the vast diversity of religious beliefs and practices in the world; others, as the discovery of a universal reason that tends to dissolve into uniformity the old religious divisions. There are also those who insist that the rise of toleration was not a matter of philosophical ideas but rather of political and social developments of a more practical nature. Discrepancies are even stronger with respect to the role of religious belief. For some, it was the decline of religious belief that gave birth to the modern idea of tolerance. For others, on the contrary, many of the Enlightenment ideas on toleration have clear religious origins.
    For most scholars, toleration prior to the Enlightenment was no more than a practical measure taken by governments that could not enforce religious conformity. They argue that it was only during the Enlightenment that this limited view of toleration was transformed into freedom of religion understood as an inalienable human right. There are, however, several scholars who insist on the importance of ideas of religious freedom prior to the Enlightenment or consider that, far from being a right of individuals protected by the state, the religious tolerance advocated by Enlightenment thinkers was, in fact, a tool for the state to limit the freedom of churches.
    The Religion and Civil Society Project at the Institute for Culture and Society is organizing this international conference to engage this discussion along two main lines. The first is to trace the many legacies of the Enlightenment present in the prevailing discourses on religion and freedom. The second is to reconsider the existing narratives about the place of the Enlightenment in the history of toleration. This approach aims to examine more critically the underlying presuppositions in recent debates about religious freedom and will contribute to a more rigorous and honest dialogue on this vital subject.
    All scholars in fields related to these topics are cordially invited to participate in our conference. The Organizing Committee is happy to receive proposals from those interested in giving a lecture of 45 minutes, followed by approximately 30 minutes for Q & A. Lecture proposals of no more than one page in length should be submitted, along with a short CV, to Juan Pablo Dominguez by February 15, 2015. A selection of proposals will be made and the authors will be notified by the end of February.
Contacts: Rafael García Pérez and Juan Pablo Dominguez.


July 1-3, 2015
Conference on Leibniz: Scientist and Philosopher
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus
Lampeter, Wales, UK
Invited speakers: Maria Rosa Antognazza (Kings C London) and Michael Kempe (Leibniz Research Centre Hanover)
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) was one of the intellectual giants that helped shape the birth of the modern period. His influence across many branches of learning is inestimable: amongst other things, in mathematics he co-discovered the calculus and created the binary system; in the sciences he constructed a sophisticated dynamics, produced new theories about the natures of space and time, and made important observations about the age and structure of the Earth; and in philosophy he devised the system of pre-established harmony, developed the notion of possible worlds, and instigated the project of theodicy.
    This conference aims to celebrate Leibniz's work by exploring the depth of his philosophical vision in conjunction with his engagement with the sciences of his time. The organizers invite papers that offer new insights into Leibniz's metaphysics and epistemology, and those which explore the nexus between his metaphysics and physics, between his logic and his contributions in other fields such as mathematics, engineering and the nascent life- and earth-sciences. Contributions will be sought under four broad themes, namely:
    •  Metaphysics and epistemology
    •  Mathematics and dynamics
    •  Life sciences and earth sciences
    •  Ethics and theology
Abstracts for papers falling under any of the above themes, broadly construed, are welcomed. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length (those that exceed the word limit will not be considered) and prepared for blind review. Please include your name, affiliation and contact details in the body of your email. Abstracts in Microsoft Word or PDF format should be submitted to submissions@leibniz-translations.com by midnight on 28 November 2014. Decisions on submissions will be relayed no later than 21 December 2014. Papers selected for presentation at the conference should be of a length suitable for delivery in 30 minutes, i.e. 3500 - 4000 words (max.). All conference papers will be made available online to delegates prior to the start of the conference; to facilitate this, the deadline for the submission of papers is 31 May 2015.
    Following the conference, the organizers aim to compile and publish a peer-reviewed volume, Leibniz - Scientist, Leibniz - Philosopher, consisting of selected conference papers. When submitting an abstract, please indicate in your email whether you would like your paper considered for publication as part of this volume.
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Contacts: Lloyd Strickland, Erik Vynckier, and Julia Weckend.


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


July 20-24, 2015
International Hume Society Conference
Stockholm University
Stockholm, Sweden
We invite papers in all areas of Hume studies but especially welcome submissions related to the conference themes: Hume's Life and Biography, Hume's Fictions and Fictionalism, and Character and Self in Hume's Moral Philosophy. Papers should be no more than thirty minutes reading length (4000 words) and should be submitted with an Abstract (200 words). All self-references should be deleted for anonymous review. Papers and abstracts must be submitted in English. Papers should not have been published by the date of the conference. Authors may submit their papers to the Hume Society Conference Manager website as either MS Word documents or in rich text format (RTF). Hume Society Young Scholar Awards are given to qualifying graduate students whose papers are accepted through the anonymous review process. Deadline for Submissions: November 1, 2014. Please email web@humesociety.org for questions regarding paper submissions.
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Contact: Rico Vitz.


September 21-25, 2015
International Kant Society Congress: Nature and Freedom
University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria
The 12th International Kant Congress in Vienna is dedicated to the antagonism of nature and freedom, which is as much an issue of great relevance in contemporary discussions as it was during the Enlightenment period. The question of to what extent human actions are guided by nature or free will seems even less clear in modern times than it was in the 18th century. Kant’s writings offer significant potential for contemporary interdisciplinary discussions, which connect philosophy with natural sciences, medicine, neurology and psychology, law and social sciences. While the Kant Congress 2015 will mainly focus on these issues, there will be also three key topics related to Vienna: Kant and the Vienna Circle, Kant and phenomenology and Kant and the poets. Furthermore, there will be various additional sections in order to account for the wide range of topics in Kant’s philosophy. The official languages of the congress are German, English and French. The schedule includes:
Monday, Sept. 21
    9:00  Opening
    10:00  Michael Wolff (Bielefeld): "Freiheit und Natur"
    11:40  Michael Friedman (Stanford): "The Science of Nature and the Demands of Freedom: Denying Knowledge to Make Room for Belief"
Tuesday, Sept. 22
    9:00  Steven Crowell (Rice): "Kant and the Phenomenology of Life"
    10:20  Dominique Pradelle (Paris): "Husserls Kritik an Kants praktischer Philosophie"
    12:00  Patricia Kitcher (Columbia): "Freedom in Thought and Action"
Wednesday, Sept. 23
    9:00  Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen): "Freedom and the Formula of Universal Law"
    10:20  Guido Almeida (Rio de Janeiro): "Kant’s Conception of Freedom"
    12:00  Rudolf Langthaler (Vienna): "'...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"
Sections:
    •  Kant's Precritical Philosophy
    •  Metaphysics
    •  Epistemology and Logics
    •  History of Science and Nature
    •  Teleology
    •  Ethics and Moral Philosophy
    •  Philosophy of Law and Justice
    •  Philosophy of Politics, History and Culture
    •  Anthropology and Psychology
    •  Religion and Theology
    •  Aesthetics
    •  Kant and the Precritical Rationalism and Empiricism
    •  Kant and his Poets
    •  Kant and German Idealism
    •  Kant and the Vienna Circle
    •  Kant and Phenomenology
    •  Kant and Neo-Kantianism
    •  Kant and Eastern Europe
    •  Kant and the Traditional Asian Philosophy
    •  Kant in Schools
    •  Kant in the Present Time
To submit a paper, go to the conference website for submissions. Deadline for submissions is October 20, 2014. Please submit a full paper, consisting of max. 8 pages (= 20.000 characters, spaces included) as well as an abstract consisting of ½ page (= 1.000 characters, spaces included) and identify the section your paper refers to clearly. Presentations should not exceed 25 minutes. Papers must be suitable for anonymous review. Please refrain from making references to your own work or anything obvious that could reveal your identity. Authors will be notified of the review outcome not later than March 1, 2015. Participation in the congress is also possible without a paper.
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Contacts: Violetta Waibel and Sophie Gerber.


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


January 11-14, 2016
International Berkeley Conference
Hebrew University
Jerusalem, Israel
George Berkeley (1685-1753) contributed to a wide range of academic disciplines; from philosophy and metaphysics to mathematics and empirical psychology; from theology to political economy and monetary policy. We are now inviting distinguished scholars to give a diversified account of Berkeley's works with respect to his broad range of interest. Anyone interested in participating in the conference should send an abstract before 28 February 2015 to either:
Meir Buzgalo or Bertil Belfrage.


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


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


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