The Early Modern Philosophy Calendar
This website is maintained by Stephen H. Daniel
at Texas A&M University as a service to scholars working in the history of early modern philosophy.
It brings together information about calls for papers, event schedules, and contacts about presentations,
conferences, and seminars dealing with research in late 16th, 17th, and 18th century philosophy.
To have an event listed, send the appropriate information to Steve Daniel (email@example.com). Events posted on various mailing lists (e.g., philosop, philos, MWSeminar, 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
August 27-29, 2014
Colloquium: "Principles of Early Modern Thought"
University of Sydney
Darlington Centre H07, Boardroom
Wednesday, August 27
9:00-10:30 Peter Anstey (Sydney): "Principles: the Contours of a Concept"
11:00-12:30 James Franklin (New South Wales): "Early modern Mathematical Principles"
1:30-3:00 Joe Campbell (Sydney): "Principles and the Development of English Equity Law"
3:30-5:00 William R. Newman (Indiana): "Chymical Principles"
Thursday, August 28
9:00-10:30 Sophie Roux (ENS, Paris): "Principles in French Philosophy"
11:00-12:30 Kiyoshi Shimokawa (Gakushuin, Tokyo): "Principles of Natural Jurisprudence"
1:30-3:00 Alberto Vanzo (Warwick): "Principles in Italian Natural Philosophy"
3:30-5:00 Peter Anstey (Sydney): "Principles of Religion"
Friday, August 29
9:30-10:30 Michael LeBuffe (Otago): "The Principles of Spinoza's Philosophy"
11:00-12:30 Kirsten Walsh (Otago): "Principles in Newton's Natural Philosophy"
1:30-3:00 Daniel Garber (Princeton): "Principles in Leibniz's Philosophy"
Contacts: Peter Anstey and Stephen Gaukroger.
**See also (above) Daniel Garber presentation on the Scientific Revolution (Aug. 25) and Hobbes-Spinoza workshop (Aug. 26) at U. Sydney.**
September 5, 2014
Colloquium: Karen Detlefsen: "Émilie du Châtelet on Hypotheses & Speculative versus Experimental Philosophy"
University of Pennsylvania
402 Cohen Hall, 3:00-5:00
Contact: Karen Detlefsen.
September 5-6, 2014
Conference: "Dignity, Respect, and Esteem in 17th- and 18th-Century Moral Philosophy before Kant"
Université de Lausanne
Amphimax, salle 412
Friday, September 5
9:15-10:00 Simone Zurbuchen (Lausanne): Welcome and Introduction
10:00-11:15 Knud Haakonssen (Max-Weber-Koll Erfurt): "Samuel Pufendorf’s concept of personhood"
11:30-12:45 Michael J. Seidler (Western Kentucky): "Whose dignity, which esteem, what respect?"
14:15-15:00 Lisa Broussois (Lausanne): "Francis Hutcheson and the politics of moral sense"
15:00-16:15 James Moore (Concordia, Montreal): "The Pyrrhonian controversy and the passions in Crousaz, Hutcheson and Hume"
16:30-17:15 James A. Harris (St Andrews): "Hume on self-esteem and esteem of the rich and powerful"
Saturday, September 6
9:15-10:30 Jacqueline Taylor (U San Francisco): "Hume on love, esteem, respect and admiration"
10:30-11:30 Remy Debes (Memphis): "Passionate Persons: enlightened conceptions of human dignity before Kant"
10:30 Roundtable Discussion on methodologies (Christian Maurer, Fribourg)
Contact: Simone Zurbuchen.
September 6, 2014
Workshop on Spinoza and Relational Autonomy
University of Groningen
Faculty of Philosophy, Room Omega
Oude Boteringestraat 52
Groningen, The Netherlands
10.00-10:30 Keith Green (East Tennessee): “The Autonomy of Shattered Spirits”
10.30-11.00 Discussant: Aurelia Armstrong (Queensland, by Skype)Martin Lenz (RUG)
11.00-11.30 general discussion
11.45-12.15: Matt Kisner (South Carolina) “Spinoza’s Surprising Aristotelianism about Potentia”
12.15-12.45 Discussant: Andrea Sangiacomo (Groningen/Tilburg)
12.45-13.15 general discussion
15.00-15:30 Beth Lord (Aberdeen): “Spinoza’s ratios and relational autonomy”
15.30-16.00 Discussant: Ericka Tucker (Cal Poly Pomona, by Skype)
16.00-16.30 general discussion
16.30-17:00 General Discussion
Contact: Andrea Sangiacomo.
September 9-10, 2014
Collegio Ghislieri Graduate Conference in the History of Philosophy
Invited speakers: Maria Rosa Antognazza (King's College London) and Emilio Mazza (IULM Milano)
Presentations (in English, approximately 30 minutes) are invited on any topic and period in the history of philosophy. Speakers must be postgraduates (Master or Ph.D students), or have defended their doctoral dissertation not earlier than 2012. Accepted presentations will be arranged in themed panels. The submission deadline is June 28th. Successful applicants will be notified by July 19th 2014. Speakers will be offered free accommodation and meals in the college. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee funding for travel expenses.
Please send a cover letter (with author's name, institutional affiliation, contact information, paper title, and topic area) to Ghislieri Graduate Conference in .doc, .rtf or .pdf format. Also send the title and abstract of the paper (around 500 words) prepared for blind refereeing.
Contact: Graduate Conference Organizers.
September 12-13, 2014
Workshop on Henry More's Enchiridion Ethicum
Université de Fribourg
Miséricorde, Avenue de l'Europe 20
Room MIS04 4122 "Salle Jäggi"
The workshop aims at exploring More's rarely studied text by means of presentations and a roundtable discussion. Presentations will be in English and French. Contributors include:
• Sarah Hutton (Aberystwyth): “Self-determination and Henry More”
• Laurent Jaffro (Paris 1 Sorbonne-Panthéon): “Henry More on akrasia”
• David Leech (Bristol): “Henry More on atheism as culpable misgovernment of the mind”
• Christian Maurer (Fribourg): “What might the Scottish Presbyterian Visitation Commission in the 1690's have disliked about the Enchiridion Ethicum?”
• Alain Petit (U Blaise Pascal Clermont-Ferrand 2): “More et le sensus intimus ethicus”
• John Sellars (Birkbeck, U London): "“Henry More, reader of Marcus Aurelius”
• Tiziana Suarez-Nani (Fribourg): “Henry More et le Moyen Age: notes sur quelques échos de la culture médiévale dans la correspondance avec Descartes”
Contact: Christian Maurer.
September 12-13, 2014
Workshop: Women in the History of Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania
Cohen Hall 402
Friday, September 12
3:00-5:00 Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser): "Gabrielle Suchon's 'Neutralist': The Status of Women and the Invention of Autonomy"
Saturday, September 13
9:30-10:45 Marcy P. Lascano (Cal State Long Beach): "Monism and Individuation in Cavendish and Conway"
11:00-12:15 Daniel Fryer (U Penn): "Margaret Cavendish on Religious Toleration"
1:15-2:30 Carlos Santana (U Penn): "'Two opposite things placed near each other, are the better discerned': Philosophical readings of Cavendish's literary output"
2:45-4:00 Sandrine Berges (Bilkent): "Sophie de Grouchy on the cost of domination in the Letters on Sympathy and two anonymous articles in Le Républicain"
4:15-4:30 Helen Hattab (Houston): Update on Early Modern and Medieval Philosophy for Women Researchers project
4:30-5:30 Roundtable discussion on teaching women in the history of philosophy:
Karen Detlefsen (U Penn)
Nabeel Hamid (U Penn)
Julie Klein (Villanova)
Michaela Manson (Simon Fraser)
Contacts: Julie Klein and Karen Detlefsen.
September 15-16, 2014
Conference: "The Dutch Legacy: Radical Thinkers of the 17th Century and the Enlightenment"
While Spinoza’s impact on the early Enlightenment has always found due attention of historians of philosophy, several 17-century Dutch thinkers who were active before Spinoza’s Tractatus theologico-politicus was published have been largely neglected: in particular Spinoza’s teacher Franciscus van den Enden (Vrye Politijke Stellingen, 1665), Pieter de la Court (Consideratien van Staet, 1660; Politike discoursen, 1662), Lodewijk Meyer (Philosophia S. Scripturae Interpres, 1666); the anonymous De Jure Ecclesiasticorum, 1665, also probably by Meyer), and Adriaan Koerbagh (Een Bloemhof van allerley lieflijkheyd, 1668; Een Ligt schynende in duystere plaatsen, 1668). The conference will focus on their political philosophy as well as their philosophy of religion in order to assess their contributions to the development of radical movements (republicanism/anti-monarchism, critique of religion, atheism) in the Enlightenment.
Monday, September 15
10:00-10:30 Sonja Lavaert / Winfried Schröder: Introduction
10:00-11:15 Jonathan Israel (Princeton): "Van den Enden, Koerbagh, and the Dutch 'Spinozists': A Dutch or a European Network?"
11:15-12:00 Wiep van Bunge (Rotterdam): "17th-Century Radicalism in Its Dutch and European Context"
14:00-14:45 Roberto Bordoli (Urbino): "Religion and Power in the Holy Scripture: The Theological-Political Compound around Spinoza
14:45-15:30 Henri Krop (Rotterdam): "Humanist Philology as Weapon in Religion: Meyer's Philosophia S. Scripturae interpres"
16:00-16:45 Sabine Funke (Karlsruhe): "'Even gelijke vryheit': Franciscus van den Enden and the Founding of a Commonwealth"
16:45-17:30 Frank Mertens (Gent): "Franciscus van den Enden and Religion"
Tuesday, September 16
9:00-9:45 Stefano Visentin (Urbino): "Between Machiavelli and Hobbes: Passion, Reason and Politics in Pieter de la Court's Thought
9:45-10:30 Piet Steenbakkers (Utrecht): "De la Court on Religion
11:00-11:45 Michiel Wielema (Rotterdam): "Van Berkel, Adriaan Koerbagh and the Elusive Treatise of the Three Impostors"
11:45-12:30 Bart Leeuwenburgh (Rotterdam): "Dutch as a Weapon in Politics"
Contacts: Sonja Lavaert and Winfried Schröder.
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
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
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"
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'"
Contacts: Udo Thiel and Giuseppe Motta.
September 19-20, 2014
Early Modern Philosophy Conference in Honor of Daniel Garber
Friday, Sept. 19
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)
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
Moderator: Ed Curley (Michigan)
Presenters: Doug Jesseph (South Florida), Karolina Huebner (Toronto), Pierre-François Moreau (ENS Lyons), Michael Rosenthal (Washington), Martine Péchermann (CNRS France)
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
l'Université Lille 1
Dans la suite des travaux menés depuis 2010 au sein du séminaire de recherche sur Leibniz (Paris I-Lille I), nous organisons depuis l'année dernière une journée annuelle régulière autour des recherches récentes sur l'oeuvre de Leibniz. Michel Fichant nous fera le plaisir d'ouvrir la journée. Vous pouvez envoyer vos propositions à Paul Rateau et Anne-Lise Rey jusqu'au 1er juin 2014. Chaque exposé ne devra pas dépasser 40 minutes, 15 minutes étant réservées à la discussion.
Call for papers: following on the work carried out since 2010 within the research seminar on Leibniz (Paris I-Lille I), we are
organizing an annual Leibniz day to present and discuss recent research on his work. This meeting will be held alternately in
Lille and Paris I. Michel Fichant will be the keynote speaker for this second meeting. The deadline for submitting proposals is 1 June
2014. Please send them to Paul Rateau and
Anne-Lise Rey. Each presentation should last no more than 40 minutes with 15 minutes for the discussion.
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.
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
Thursday, September 25 (room tba)
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”
Contacts: Syliane Malinowski-Charles and Sébastien Charles.
September 26-27, 2014
Symposium: Hume and Hume's 18th-Century Critics
Central Michigan University
Park Library Auditorium
Mount Pleasant, MI
• Steve Darwall (Yale) and Kelley Schiffman (Yale): "Hume and the British Rationalists’ disagreement about obligation: What is really at issue?"; commentator: Robert Stecker (CMU)
• Luigi Turco (Bologna): "Hume and the Celebrated Benevolent Moralist"; commentator: John P. Wright (CMU)
• Peter Kail (Oxford): ""On Hume and Richard Price"; commentator: Aaron Griffith (CMU)
• Allison Kuklok (St. Michael's Coll, Vt.): "A Reply to Hume on Causal Power: What Locke Would Have Said"; commentator: Mark Shelton (CMU)
• Louis Loeb (Michigan): "How Hume's Anti-Cartesianism Leads Him to Make Concessions to Reid and Rationalism"; commentator: Gary Fuller (CMU)
• Jacqueline Taylor (U San Francisco): "Education and the Female Sex: Catharine Macaulay and David Hume"; commentator: JoEllen Delucia (CMU)
• M. A. Stewart (Edinburgh): "Hume and 18th-Century Critics of His Philosophy of Religion"; commentator: David Smith (CMU)
• Ryan Hanley (Marquette): "Smith's 'Natural Principles of Religion' vs. Hume's 'Natural History of Religion'"; commentator: J. B. Coleman (CMU)
• Manfred Kuehn (Boston U): "On Hume and His German Critics"
Contact: John Wright.
September 26-28, 2014
Midwest Early Modern Philosophy Conference
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Curtin Hall, Room 175, 3243 N. Downer Ave.
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
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Gunner Hindrichs (Basel)
October 2-3, 2014
Conference: “Secondary qualities: the transition from quality to quantity”
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”
Contact: Madalina Giurgea.
October 3-5, 2014
Conference: Kantian Freedom
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, British Columbia
Call for Abstracts on themes related to Kant's and Kantian conceptions of freedom. The aim of the conference is to bring together historical and contemporary approaches to Kant's theory of freedom. We encourage submissions, from both approaches, on any aspect of Kant's theory of freedom, including the metaphysics and epistemology of freedom and agency, the role of freedom in Kant's and Kantian ethical theory and moral psychology, the relation between the theoretical and practical roles and conceptions of freedom, and related topics. Confirmed participants include Kyla Ebels-Duggan (Northwestern), Patricia Kitcher (Columbia), Derk Pereboom (Cornell), and Eric Watkins (UC San Diego).
Abstracts (between 500 and 1000 words, prepared for blind review) must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The organizers of the conference intend to propose a volume of essays on the basis of the conference papers. Submission of an abstract constitutes permission to include the author's paper in the proposed volume unless otherwise indicated. The organizers especially encourage submissions from members of groups underrepresented in academic philosophy. Furthermore, two $500 travel stipends are available for graduate students accepted for inclusion in the conference.
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
Invited keynote speakers: Hannah Dawson (New College of the Humanities) & Lena Haldenius (Lund).
Call for papers: Submissions (in the form of either a 500-word abstract or a full paper prepared for blind review) can be on any theme in early modern political thought, but abstracts/papers on natural rights will be especially welcome. Send submissions to James Harris no later than 1 August 2014. Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit abstracts/papers. Two paper slots will be reserved for graduate students. The accommodation and subsistence of those two students will be covered, and a contribution will be made to their travel expenses.
Contact: James Harris.
October 11-12, 2014
Finnish-Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
University of Jyväskylä
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"
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)
October 17-19, 2014
Conference: Kant and His German Contemporaries
Western University (a.k.a.,University of Western 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”
Contact: Corey Dyck.
October 18, 2014
Hume Workshop: Hume and History
Oxford Brookes University
Keynote speaker: James Harris (St. Andrews): "The Vacant Post in the English Parnassus: Hume’s Intentions as a Historian"
Following from the success of the 2012 "Hume and the Virtues" and 2013 "Why Hume Matters," the annual Oxford Brookes Hume Workshop series continues this year with "Hume and History." Abstracts are invited on all aspects of Hume’s relation to the writing of history, and on the connections between his philosophical writings and his History of England. Various interpreters have seen the History as Hume moving away from philosophy--which, by his own assessment, was not as well received as he would have liked--in order to devote his time to achieving literary fame (his "Ruling Passion"). Recently, though, closer connections are drawn between his two careers, with the history illuminating his philosophical views on character, morality and religion, and providing a "just medium" through which to view human nature. The workshop will aim to explore such connections.
Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted to Dan O'Brien by August 15, 2014. Decisions will be made by August 22. Presentations along with discussion will be limited to one hour.
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.
Contact: Anne Margaret Baxley.
October 31-November 2 , 2014
Leibniz Society of North America Conference: "The Last Leibniz"
University of South Florida
Keynote speakers: Daniel Garber (Princeton) and Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory)
Papers on any aspect of Leibniz’s philosophy will be considered and should have a reading time of approximately 45 minutes. Abstracts of 800 words or fewer should be sent to email@example.com in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Submission deadline is August 1, 2014. All submissions should be prepared for blind review.
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
• 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)
Contact: Richard Glauser
November 18-20, 2014
Modern Philosophy Conference
Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello
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:
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)
Contact: Don Garrett.
November 28, 2014
Call for Commentators/Chairpersons: Workshop on "Kantian Insights into the Relation between Law and Ethical Commitments"
The question concerning the relation between law and ethical commitments has been a perennial topic for political and legal philosophy. Two dominant approaches in contemporary legal philosophy, the natural law approach and legal positivism, seem to be far from developing persuasive accounts of this relation. In line with this, our workshop will consider the prospects that Kantian legal philosophy provides for philosophically more convincing accounts, which will be able to guide our practices in the face of contemporary forms of tensions between legal and ethical commitments. Within this framework, we are going to search for answers to some of the following questions:
• Does law need a justification from moral standpoint of justice?
• Does law need an ethical justification?
• Is it really possible to distinguish moral standpoint of justice from ethical standpoints?
• What is the significance or importance of such a distinction?
• Can ethical conceptions of good life have a role to play in the justification of law?
• Is it permissible to incorporate ethical commitments to law?
9:30-10:45 Adrian Piper (Berlin): “Playing by the Rules III: Unequal and Conflicting Games”
11:00-12:15 Herlinde Pauer-Studer (Vienna): “Ethical Commitments under Distorted Legal Conditions”
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)
Each session will include a 30-min presentation, a 15-min comment, and a 30-min discussion.
Accommodation and workshop fee will be covered for commentators; workshop fee will be covered for chairpersons. Applications: please send an e-mail notifying the paper(s) you would like to comment on or chair no later than 31 August 2014.
Contact: Ruhi Demiray.
November 28-29, 2014
Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy
Center for Logic and History & Philosophy of Science
University of Bucharest
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Contact: Claudia Dumitru.
November 28-29, 2014
Conference: The Idea of Purposiveness in Kant and German Idealism
University of Leuven
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 5, 2014
Princeton Philosophy Department Colloquium
Speaker: Michael Della Rocca (Yale)
December 10-13, 2014
Conference: "Ideas and Enlightenment: The Long Eighteenth Century (Down Under)"
University of Sydney
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.
Contact: Amelia Dale.
December 27-30, 2014
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Marriott Philadelphia Downtown
1201 Market Street
Program submission deadline: February 17, 2014
• Dec. 28, International Berkeley Society Session, 11:15-1:15; Nancy Kendrick (Wheaton C., MA), chair
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)
• Descartes Society Session
Submit 300-word abstracts (prepared for blind review) for 20-minute talks/papers to Roger Florka no later than April 25. Decisions by mid-May.
January 9-10, 2015
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.
February 18-21, 2015
APA Central Division Meeting
Hilton St. Louis at The Ballpark
1 South Broadway
St. Louis, MO
Program submission deadline: June 1, 2014
February 23-24, 2015
Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy
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.
Contacts: Christoph Lüthy and Andrea Sangiacomo.
March 13-15, 2015
Conference: Common Sense and Enlightenment
Center of the Study of Scottish Philosophy
Princeton Theological Seminary
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.
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:
Contacts: Rienk Vermij and Hiro Hirai.
March 26-28, 2015
Panel: Pain and Philosophy in the Early Modern Period
Renaissance Society of America Conference
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.
April 1-5, 2015
APA Pacific Division Meeting
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
1601 Bayshore Drive
Program submission deadline: September 1, 2014
April 9-11, 2015
Conference: British Society for the History of Philosophy
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)
Contact: Cristina Chimisso.
April 10, 2015
Princeton Philosophy Department Colloquium
Speaker: Don Garrett (NYU)
April 24-25, 2015
Meeting: Eastern Study Group of the North American Kant Society
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
Confirmed speakers include:
• Andrew Brook (Carleton)
• Andrew Chignell (Cornell)
• Anil Gomes (Oxford)
• Béatrice Longuenesse (NYU)
• Derk Pereboom (Cornell)
• Clinton Tolley (UC San Diego)
Call for papers on the conference topics (listed above) from both historical and contemporary approaches. Submissions should be prepared for blind review. Please include identifying information in a separate document. Reading time for papers is approximately 45 minutes. Submissions exceeding 25 pages are discouraged. Submission deadline: January 15th, 2015. Notification of acceptance by late February. Accepted submissions will receive a $500 stipend. Submissions should be sent to Colin McLear.
Contact: Colin McLear.
May 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.
Contact: James A.T. Lancaster.
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
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 email@example.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.
Contacts: Lloyd Strickland, Erik Vynckier, and Julia Weckend.
July 20-22, 2015
Conference: Themes from Smith and Rousseau
University of Glasgow
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for questions regarding paper submissions.
Contact: Rico Vitz.
September 21-25, 2015
International Kant Society Congress: Nature and Freedom
University of Vienna
The 12th International Kant Congress in Vienna is dedicated to the antagonism of nature and freedom, which is as much an issue of great relevance in contemporary discussions as it was during the Enlightenment period. The question of to what extent human actions are guided by nature or free will seems even less clear in modern times than it was in the 18th century. Kant’s writings offer significant potential for contemporary interdisciplinary discussions, which connect philosophy with natural sciences, medicine, neurology and psychology, law and social sciences. While the Kant Congress 2015 will mainly focus on these issues, there will be also three key topics related to Vienna: Kant and the Vienna Circle, Kant and phenomenology and Kant and the poets. Furthermore, there will be various additional sections in order to account for the wide range of topics in Kant’s philosophy. The official languages of the congress are German, English and French. The schedule includes:
Monday, Sept. 21
10:00 Michael Wolff (Bielefeld): "Freiheit und Natur"
11:40 Michael Friedman (Stanford): "The Science of Nature and the Demands of Freedom: Denying Knowledge to Make Room for Belief"
Tuesday, Sept. 22
9:00 Steven Crowell (Rice): "Kant and the Phenomenology of Life"
10:20 Dominique Pradelle (Paris): "Husserls Kritik an Kants praktischer Philosophie"
12:00 Patricia Kitcher (Columbia): "Freedom in Thought and Action"
Wednesday, Sept. 23
9:00 Pauline Kleingeld (Groningen): "Freedom and the Formula of Universal Law"
10:20 Guido Almeida (Rio de Janeiro): "Kant’s Conception of Freedom"
12:00 Rudolf Langthaler (Vienna): "'...um zum Glauben Platz zu bekommen': Verschiedene Gestalten des kantischen 'Vernunftglaubens'"
Thursday, Sept. 24
9:00 Alexej Krouglov (Moscow): "Kants Lehre von Raum und Zeit und die Möglichkeit einer Freiheit in der russischen Poesie"
10:20 Frederic Beiser (Syracuse): "Kant and the Poets"
12:00 Hannah Ginsborg (UC Berkeley): "Kant's 'Young Poet' and the Normativity of Aesthetic Judgment"
Friday, Sept. 25
9:00 Massimo Ferrari (Turin): "Natur versus Freiheit: Zum Kant-Verständnis des Wiener Kreises"
10:20 Michela Massimi (Edinburgh): "Prescribing Laws to Nature"
12:00 Tobias Rosefeldt (Humboldt, Berlin): "Freedom and Transcendental Idealism"
• Kant's Precritical Philosophy
• Epistemology and Logics
• History of Science and Nature
• Ethics and Moral Philosophy
• Philosophy of Law and Justice
• Philosophy of Politics, History and Culture
• Anthropology and Psychology
• Religion and Theology
• Kant and the Precritical Rationalism and Empirism
• 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 September 15, 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.
Contacts: Violetta Waibel and Sophie Gerber.
January 6-9, 2016
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW
Program submission deadline: February 15, 2015
January 11-14, 2016
International Berkeley Conference
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
17 East Monroe Street
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
Program submission deadline: September 1, 2015
January 4-7, 2017
APA Eastern Division Meeting
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street
Program submission deadline: February 15, 2016