Charles B. Schmitt Prize 2017

As the result of generous donations from an anonymous donor and our publisher (Routledge), the International Society for Intellectual History is offering, on an annual basis, a prize to honour the contribution of Charles B. Schmitt (1933-1986) to intellectual history.

The prize is £250, plus £50 worth of Routledge books, and a year’s free membership of the ISIH with a subscription to the Society’s quarterly journal Intellectual History Review. The paper awarded the prize will also be published in the Intellectual History Review.

Submissions will be accepted in any area of intellectual history, broadly construed, 1500 to the present, including the historiography of intellectual history. Because it is a condition of the award that the paper awarded the prize will be published by IHR, submissions should not have been accepted for publication elsewhere, or exceed 9,000 words (including footnotes). Eligibility is restricted to doctoral students and those who have been awarded their PhD within two years of the closing date for the prize.

The paper should be forwarded as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word format to and to The e-mail itself should state that the paper is being entered for the prize, and should confirm eligibility at the time of submission, as well as availability of the paper for publication.

The closing date for the prize is 31 December 2016, and an announcement of the award will be made by the 1 March 2017.


CfP: Enlightenment and Freedom of Speech, Kraków, May 20-22, 2017


International Colloquium at Institute of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, 20-22.5.2017

Keynote speakers:
Prof. Ian Carter (University of Pavia)
Prof. Ulrich Lehner (Marquette University)

We would like to remind you of the call for abstracts for our forthcoming colloquium, dedicated to studying the idea that we should have a freedom to voice and otherwise express our thoughts, its origins, problems, critiques and justifications, from the angle of the history of philosophy, history of ideas, and contemporary political philosophy. The abstracts should be of maximum 500 words and relate to any of the following, or connected topics:

  • The concept of and arguments for (and against) the freedom of speech formulated by the early modern and Enlightenment thinkers, and their philosophical origins (re-discovery of the Stoics and Epicureans, Reformation, Cartesianism, Spinozism etc.) and historical context (e.g. religious persecutions, censorship and the adoption of constitutions in the USA, Poland and France). The distinction, and congruence, between freedom of speech and ‘freedom of the pen’.
  • The relationship of freedom of speech and secular state. In particular: is freedom of speech even compatible with secularism? Could unregulated freedom of speech hinder the realisation of the secular state by allowing people to express opinions that are based on their ‘particular’ religious world-views instead of purely ‘universal’ rationality? What are the justifications for this Enlightenment distinction?
  • The above questions are related to the question about the limits for the freedom of speech. Is the state ever entitled to limit people’s freedom to express ideas, for example, in order to prevent the manipulation of people’s opinions and emotions, or so-called hate-speech? If so, what are the minimum universal (or perhaps context-specific) rational standards that we can demand from public expression?

    If you are interested in presenting at the colloquium, we encourage you to submit your abstract (preferably in .doc, .docx or .pdf format), with a short note including information about your contact details and academic affiliation, by 31st January 2017, to one of the organisers:
    Dr. Anna Tomaszewska (
    Dr. Hasse Hämäläinen (

    The submitted abstracts will undergo a peer review and applicants will be informed whether their abstract has been accepted a month after the submission deadline. Each invited participant will have 30 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion.

    If you would like to participate in the colloquium without presenting a paper, please send your expression of interest by 1st March 2017.

CfA: Science in the Scottish Enlightenment, March 10-12, 2017, Princeton University

The philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment was marked by a distinctive ambition – to extend the observational methods of science to study of the human as well as the physical world. The pursuit of this ambition led to many innovative studies of mind and metaphysics, as well as morality, aesthetics and politics. It also led to an investigation of the methods themselves, and the conception of ‘science’ that underlay them. This conference aims to explore many of these important topics, both philosophically and historically. Submissions are invited on any aspect of this general theme. Abstracts of 300-500 words should be sent as email attachments to by Nov 1st, 2016, with author details in the accompanying email only. Decisions will be advised by early December. Registration will open in January 2017.

This conference is associated with research for the Scottish Philosphy in the 18th century Volume 2edited by James Harris (St Andrews University) and Aaron Garret (Boston University). This volume is part of the 5-volume, multi-authored History of Scottish Philosophy (General editor Gordon Graham) published by Oxford University Press. The first two volumes were published to coincide with the CSSP spring conference 2015, a volume devoted to Scottish philosophy in the 17th century is due to be published in 2017, and a fifth volume on Scottish philosophy in the Renaissance is currently under discussion. Further information on the series can be found here.

David Hume in Gronigen

On Wednesday December 7, 2016 the Faculty of Philosophy in Groningen, the Netherlands, will host a one-day workshop on David Hume, especially on A Treatise of Human Nature 1.4.1.
Among the speakers are: David Owen, Don Garrett, and Kevin Meeker. See the programme below.
Attendance is free, but registration is required. This can be done by sending an email to:

Place:University of Groningen, Faculty of Philosophy (room Alpha)
Oude Boteringestraat 52
Groningen, the Netherlands

9:10 – 9:15     Welcome
9:15 – 10:45    David Owen (University of Arizona)
10:45 – 11:00   Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30   Kevin Meeker (University of South Alabama)
12:30 – 13:30   Lunch
13:30 – 15:00   Jeanne Peijnenburg (University of Groningen)
15:00 – 15:15   Tea break
15:15 – 16:45   Don Garrett (New York University)