CfP: Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy – 6th Edition

Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy – 6th Edition

31 March – 1st of April 2017

Keynote Speakers:
Sarah Hutton (University of York)
Dmitri Levitin (University of Oxford)
Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge)
Tinca Prunea Bretonnet (IRH-ICUB)

Venue: IRH-ICUB & Faculty of Philosophy
The sixth edition of the Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy will take place at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, in 31 March and the 1st of April 2017. This edition is organized by the IRH-ICUB and the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest. Advanced MA and PhD student working in the field of Early Modern Philosophy are encouraged to participate.

We invite graduate students to submit abstracts on any topic related to Early Modern Philosophy to by January 10. The proposals should not exceed 500 words and should be prepared for blind review. Each presentation will be given 40 mins. The organizing committee will notify authors of its decision by January 20. Participation fee: 30 euro (to cover for the coffee breaks and lunches).


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.

CfP: Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VIII (SSEMP VIII)

10-11 April 2017
Edinburgh University

Key note speakers:
Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen)
Peter Millican (Oxford University)

The SSEMP VIII is the eight 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, intellectual history and/or the history of science. Presentations should be in English and approximately 30-35 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, like 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 December 2016. They should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke on Those who wish to submit a proposal both as a complete text for the essay competition and as a short abstract for the regular program are free to do so.

Abstracts for the regular program (approx. 300 words, abstract and contact information in a single pdf or word file) should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke on Graduate students submitting to the regular program should include contact information for one referee (typically the supervisor.)

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 December 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 within one month by 15 January should consider their submission declined.

Please note that the SSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation for speakers.

Prof. Pauline Phemister (Edinburgh University)
Prof. Mogens Lærke (CNRS, IHRIM, ENS de Lyon)

CfP: Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, March 14, 2017

Deadline: December 1, 2016


The educational reforms of the early modern period had a substantial impact on philosophy, not only through the ways in which future philosophers were educated — for instance, Descartes’s education in the new Jesuit paradigm — but also in informing philosophical discussion about learning and education, including about just in what learning consists, who is capable of learning, the best methods of learning, educational institutions, tools for both theoretical and moral education, and other topics. This seminar aims to encourage discussions around this largely unexplored central philosophical theme of the period.

Abstracts for papers should be concerned with topics that are connected with the philosophical reflection on the nature of education or the relationship between philosophy and education (both broadly construed) in the early modern period (roughly 1600-1800).

The organizers are particularly interested to receive papers that focus upon thinkers and works that are less commonly discussed. However, we hope that those whose work is concerned with more canonical figures or works should not feel deterred from submitting.

Please send an abstract of approx. 2 sides double-spaced for a reading/presentation time of approx. 40 mins. Please send submissions, which should include name and contact details on a cover sheet only, to:

Call for Papers: Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IV

Keynote speakers
Prof Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard University)
Dr Emily Thomas (University of Groningen / Durham University)

Call for papers
Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture (on any topic relevant to early modern philosophy) to Dr Andrea Sangiacomo by October 15, 2016. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a .docx file (please do not 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 December 20. 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.

Andrea Sangiacomo (

Further Info here

Call for Papers: Diametros – Enlightenment and Secularism

Call for Papers:

The Polish online journal Diametros invites submissions for a special issue on “Enlightenment and Secularism”.

Deadline: 1st February 2017.

Further info:

*Diametros – An Online Journal of Philosophy* invites contributions to a
special issue dedicated to the topic *‘Enlightenment and Secularism’*.
Authors are encouraged to address the question to what extent the
Enlightenment critiques and new conceptions of religion, the role of
religion in individuals’ moral lives and in the development of communities,
as well as its relations to the state and presence in the public sphere,
have shaped the modern secular age. Does secularism, understood both as a
political regime and as a cultural tendency in contemporary societies,
originate in the (predominantly) European Age of Reason, or in other
intellectual traditions and historical developments of Europe, or can its
roots be (also) traced back to non-European cultures? What are the ways of
protecting values like the freedom of conscience, on the one hand, and the
freedom of speech, on the other, in contemporary secular regimes (*e.g.*
the Lockean *vs*. the accommodationist approach)? Do they have a potential
to avert or to fuel worldwide conflicts motivated by religious creeds and
commitments? Articles related to these and similar topics should be
submitted through the online platform of the journal *no later than by the
1st of February 2017*. All papers will receive a double-blind peer review.

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