King’s College London History of Philosophy Seminar

This term we are launching the King’s History of Philosophy Seminar, which will meet regularly through the academic year at King’s College London.

The Seminar aims to promote discussion of methods and approaches to the History of Philosophy as well as of thinkers and topics within the tradition.

Meetings take place on Fridays. All welcome.

Seminar Programme:

February 19th, 2016, 11am-1pm:
Prof. Sarah Hutton (University of York)
Author of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2015)
Small Committee Room, King’s College London

March 18th, 2016, 3-5pm:
Dr James Harris (University of St Andrews)
Author of Hume: An Intellectual Biography (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and editor of Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, Vol. I: Morals, Politics, Art, Religion (Oxford University Press, 2015)
Room 508, Department of Philosophy, King’s College London

May 27th, 2016, 11am-1pm:
Dr Christopher Brooke (University of Cambridge)
Author of Philosophic Pride: Stoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau (Princeton University Press, 2012)
Small Committee Room, King’s College London

via Early Modern Philosophy Resources


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)

CfA: Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (St. Andrews)

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

CFP: “Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy Conference”

CFP: “Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy Conference” of the European Society for Early Modern Philosophy (ESEMP) and the British Society for the History of Philosophy. When: 14-16th April, 2016.

Where: Birkbeck College London and Kings College London.

Key note speakers Charles T. Wolfe Lisa Shapiro amongst others.

Call for Papers: Submissions are invited from researchers of all levels, including Ph.D. students, and on any aspect of the conference theme. To submit, please email an abstract – maximum 800 words and anonymised for blind review – to Susan James ( The heading of the email should be ‘ESEMP/BSHP abstract’ and the email should contain the author’s details (name, position, affiliation, contact details). The deadline for abstract submission is 20th October 2015.

Via Early Modern Philosophy Resources.

CFA: Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy III

Where: Eramus University Rotterdam

Deadline: 1 December 2015

When: 24-25 March 2016


Further Info:

Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture (on any topic relevant to early modern philosophy) to Dr. Andrea Sangiacomo ( by December 1. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a .docx file (please don’t use pdf format). The author’s name and contact information (name, affiliation, email and professional status – doctoral student; postdoc; lecturer; etc.) should also be specified in your e-mail message.

The abstracts will be peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the outcome of the review by January 30. We will do our best to send the reviewers’ reports to all participants in order to provide useful feedback on the abstracts.

There are no registration fees. Attendance is free and all listeners are welcome. No financial help, however, can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.

CFA: Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

Where: University of California at Riverside (UCR), Riverside-CA, USA

Deadline: 30 July 2015

When: 27 February 2016


Further Info:

Papers on any subject in early modern (pre-Kantian) philosophy are welcome for presentation.  Reading times should not exceed 40 minutes.

Abstracts of no more than 750 words should be sent to Mary Domski by Thursday 30 July 2015.  Abstracts should be prepared for blind review and sent in either .doc or .rtf format.  If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your abstract within a week, please resubmit or contact the organizers.  The program for the Southwest Seminar will be announced by early October 2015.