CfP: History of Economics Society, June 17-20, Duke University

Call for Papers: 2016 HES Conference, June 17–20, Duke University

The Annual History of Economics Society Conference for 2016 will be held at Duke University (Durham, NC) from June 17 to June 20. Papers dealing with any aspect of the history of economic thought are welcome, including work related to any period or any school of economic thought. Also welcome are papers that situate economics in wider intellectual and cultural contexts or relate it to other disciplines, and work related to the history of closely cognate disciplines.

Although we welcome proposals for individual papers, proposals for complete sessions are especially encouraged. Questions about proposals should be directed to the conference organizer, Mauro Boianovsky.

To propose a paper or a session: Click here to propose a paper, a session or roundtable, or to submit an abstract for a paper that is part of a proposed session. You will be taken to a form designed and hosted by Conference Services at Duke University. If you propose a session, you will be asked to submit an abstract only for the session itself and to list the members of the session. Once you have submitted an abstract for a session, please then ask each member of the session to submit an abstract of his or her paper and to indicate (1) that it is part of a session and (2) the name of the session. The deadline for submitting paper or session proposals is March 1, 2016. [Note: If you receive the error message “This page cannot be displayed,” you must update or change the browser you are currently using. Due to security reasons, out-of-date browsers will not be able to communicate with our registration software.]

Young Scholars: 

The HES provides special support for up to ten Warren J. and Sylvia J. Samuels Young Scholars to present papers at the conference, in the form of free registration, banquet and reception tickets, and a year’s membership in the society. Five of the Young Scholars awardees will also receive a grant of $500 to cover travel and accommodation costs. If you wish to have your paper considered for the Young Scholars program, please provide details of the date of your last degree (or your current graduate student status) when submitting your paper proposal and indicate that you wish to be considered for the Samuels Young Scholars program. A Young Scholar must currently be a PhD candidate, or have been awarded a PhD in the two years preceding the conference. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2016.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference. For more information on the conference, including transportation, accommodations, plenary speakers, registration and the Economists’ Papers Project, please visit the conference website.


Seminar Series: Religion and Human Nature in the European Enlightenment

Where: King’s College London (Strand Campus)

All seminars commence at 17:15 and are on the Strand Campus of KCL. The seminars will be followed by a drinks reception and dinner – everyone is welcome to attend. For further information, please email the seminar organisers: Robin Mills and Robin Douglass.


  • Monday 18th January, Barbara Taylor (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘Enlightenment and Solitude’, K.3.11
  • Monday 1st February, Annelien de Dijn (Amsterdam), ‘The Complacent Enlightenment: Religion and Politics in Montesquieu’s Spirit of the Laws’, K3.11
  • Monday 15th February, Thomas Ahnert (Edinburgh), ‘Religion and Human Nature in Scottish Enlightenment Debates’, Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29)
  • Monday 29th February, Silvia Sebastiani (EHESS, Paris), ‘Challenging the boundaries: Monboddo’s “History of the Species Man”’, Council Room (K2.29)
  • Monday 14th March, John Robertson (Cambridge), ‘Sociability in sacred history 1650-1800’, Council Room, (K2.29)
  • Monday 21st March, James Harris (St Andrews), ‘Hume and Jacobitism’, K3.11


CfA: 9th Nordic Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy

When: May 26-27, 2016
Where: University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland

Call for Abstracts
We invite you to submit an abstract for the 9th Nordic Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy. Abstracts on any topic in early modern philosophy (roughly from Descartes to Kant) of no more than 400 words may be submitted as a PDF or Word document to Jan Forsman by February 28, 2016. Please include your name, affiliation, and contact information in the body of the e-mail. Notification of decisions is expected by the end of March. In particular, we encourage submissions by young scholars from the Nordic countries. Maximum duration of the presentation is 30 min. There are about 12 slots available. Information on accommodation in Tampere can be requested from the organizers. Unfortunately we cannot cover travel or accommodation costs.
Contacts: Jani Hakkarainen.

Early Modern Schedule – 2016 APA Eastern Division Meeting

Check the Early Modern schedule during the 120th APA Eastern Division Meeting. Credits to the Early Modern Philosophy Calendar. You can also visit the event website
Wednesday, January 6
12:30-2:30 Kant, Consent, and the Politics of Food
Chair: Steven Starke (South Florida)
Yi Deng (North Georgia College): “Kant’s Publicity Principle As Dynamic Consent”
Commentators: Kate Padgett Walsh (Iowa State), Jeff Sebo (U North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
3:00-6:00 Thomas Hobbes and Science
Chair: Shane D. Courtland (Minnesota, Duluth)
Marcus P. Adams (U Albany–SUNY): “Hobbes on the Laws of Nature”
Meghan Robison (New School for Social Research): “Hobbes and the New Science”
Emilio Sergio (U Calabria): “A Struggling Decade (1655–1665): Hobbes and the New Language of Physics”
José Médina (ENS Lyon): “How to Give Sense to Hobbes’s Claim that ‘Civil Philosophy is Demonstrable”
6:30-9:30 Women Do History of Philosophy: Recent Scholarship
Chair: Nancy Bauer (Tufts)
Elizabeth Robinson (Nazareth College)
Lorraine Besser (Middlebury College)
Julie Walsh (Wellesley College)
Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College)
Thursday, January 7
9:00-12:00 International Berkeley Society: Berkeley and Descartes, Sensation and Time
Chair: Stephen H. Daniel (Texas A&M)
Speaker: Melissa Frankel (Carlton): “Descartes and Berkeley on Sensory Perception”
Commentator: Genevieve Migely (Cornell College, Iowa)
Speaker: Nathan Sheff (Connecticut): “Berkeley’s Dilemma for Temporal Absolutists”
Commentator: Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam)
2:00-5:00 Women Figures in Early Modern Political Philosophy
Chair: Louise Daoust (Pennsylvania)
Speaker: Alice Sowaal (San Francisco State)
Speaker: Natalie Nenadic (Kentucky)
Commentator: Julie Klein (Villanova)
2:00-5:00 German Philosophy
Chair: Rachel Falkenstern (Temple)
4:00-5:00 Chris Jones (American U Beirut): “Kant’s Criticism of Leibniz on the Two Sources of Knowledge”
Commentator: Timothy Jankowiak (Towson State)
5:15-7:15 Leibniz Society of North America
Chair: Ursula Goldenbaum (Emory)
Speaker: Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard): “Leibniz on Infinite Analysis: Provable, Decidable, Contingent”
Commentator: Thomas Feeney (U St Thomas)
5:15-7:15 Society for the History of Political Philosophy: Kant to Nietzsche
Chair: Jason Tipton (St John’s College)
Speaker: Aaron Halper (Catholic U America): “Kant on Art and Vanity”
7:30-10:30 International Hobbes Association
Chair: Rosamond Rhodes (Icahn Sch Medicine Mount Sinai)
Speaker: Michael Byron (Kent State): “Submissions and Subjection in Leviathan”
Speaker: Eleanor Curran (Kent): “Reclaiming the Rights of the Hobbesian Subject”
Speaker: Luciano Venezia (Nat U Quilmes): “Hobbes on Legal Authority and Political Obligation”
7:30-10:30 North American Kant Society: Kant on the Crooked Wood of Humanity
Chair: Pablo Muchnik (Emerson College)
Speaker: Laura Papish (George Washington): “Kant on Self-Deception, Rationalization, and the Hell of Self-Cognition”
Speaker: James DiCenso (Toronto): “The Crooked Wood of Humanity and Kant’s Ideal Ethical Community”
Speaker: Howard Williams (Aberystwyth): “Kant’s Unsociable-Sociability in Hegel and Marx”
Friday, January 8
9:00-11:00 Hume
Chair: Kristen Primus (Georgetown)
Speaker: Brandon Boesch (South Carolina): “The Common Cause Account of the Intentionality of Hume’s Indirect Passions”
Commentator: Katie Paxman (Brigham Young)
Speaker: Ryan Pollock (Pennsylvania State): “Reforming Immediate Agreeability: Hume’s Portrait of Military Heroism”
Commentator: Richard Dees (Rochester)
9:00-11:00 Kant’s Formulation of the Universal Law
Chair: Jennifer Uleman (SUNY Purchase)
Speaker: Pauline Kleingeld (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Commentators: Robert Louden (Southern Maine), Julian Wuerth (Vanderbilt)
11:15-1:15 Hume Society: Hume’s Conception of Space in Historical Context
Chair: Jason Fisette (Nevada, Reno)
Speaker: Alan Nelson (North Carolina, Chapel Hill): “A Feature of Hume’s Theory of Ideas”
Speaker: Graciela de Pierris (Stanford): “Hume and Kant on Space and Infinite Divisibility”
1:30-4:30 Kant’s Logic and Aesthetics
Chair: Curtis Sommerlatte (Indiana)
Speaker: Huaping Lu-Adler (Georgetown): “From Self-Cognition to Self-Legislation: Kant on the Relation between Human Understanding and Logic”
Commentator: Daniel Addison (Hunter College)
Speaker: Tung-Ying Wu (Missouri): “Anomalous Refutation of Idealism”
Commentator: Georges Dicker (Brockport–SUNY)
Speaker: Matthew Coate (Stony Brook): “On Ugliness, or the Radical Lack of Purpose; A Kantian Account of Negative Aesthetic Judgment”
Commentator: Thomas Teufel (Baruch College/Graduate Center–CUNY)
1:30-4:30 Author Meets Critics: Michael Gill, Humean Moral Pluralism
Chair: Lisa Levers (Auburn)
Critics: Don Garrett (NYU), Kate Abramson (Indiana), Rachel Cohon (Albany, SUNY)
Author: Michael Gill (Arizona)
7:00-10:00 International Hobbes Association: The Mortality of Hobbesian Civil Society
Chair: Jan Narveson (Waterloo, Canada)
Speaker: Eric Ritter (Vanderbilt): “The State of Nature and Civil Society”
Speaker: Elizabeth Lanphier (Vanderbilt): “The Body and Health in Leviathan: A Rhetorical Metaphor and a Logical Liability”
7:00-10:00 North American Kant Society: New Perspectives on Kant’s Psychology
Chair: Laura Papish (George Washington)
Speaker: Corey Dyck (Western Ontario): “Rational and Empirical Psychology in Kant’s Silent Decade”
Commentator: Patricia Kitcher (Columbia)
Speaker: Patrick Frierson (Whitman College): “Kantian Feeling: Empirical Psychology, Transcendental Critique, and Phenomenology”
Commentator: Jeanine Grenberg (St Olaf College)
7:00-10:00 Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
Chair: Bonnie Kent (U California, Irvine)
Speaker: Helen Hattab (U Houston): “Formal Unity in Early Modern Aristotelianism”
7:00-10:00 American Association for the Philosophic Study of Society: Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue
Chair: Jennifer Bake (College of Charleston)
Speaker: Chris Surprenant (New Orleans): “Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue”
Commentators: Larry Krasnoff (Charleston), Charles Johnson (Molinari Institute), Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam)
Saturday, January 9
9:00-11:00 Kant’s Political Philosophy
Chair: Sidney Axinn (South Florida)
Speaker: Nicolas Frank (Virginia): “‘Provisional’ Right or No Right at All?”
Commentator: Mark Pickering (Lynn)
Speaker: Suzanne Love (Pittsburgh): “Communal Ownership and Kant’s Theory of Right”
Commentator: Vasile Munteanu (Southern Nevada)
9:00-11:00 Society for Modern Philosophy: Teaching Modern Philosophy
Chair: Lewis Powell (Buffalo, SUNY)
Speakers: Eugene Marshall (Florida International), Kirsten Walsh (Inst Research Humanities, Bucharest)
11:15-1:15 Kantian Perspectives of Ethics
Chair: Alan H. Goldman (Independent Scholar)
Speaker: Grant Rozeboom (Stanford)
Commentators: Norma Arpaly (Brown), Serene Khader (CUNY–Brooklyn College)
1:30-4:30 The Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish
Chair: Hilary Kornblith (Massachusetts, Amherst)
Speakers: Karen Detlefsen (Pennsylvania), Eileen O’Neill (Massachusetts, Amherst), David Cunning (Iowa)