Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy V

Call for Papers

Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy V (#DSEMP) Utrecht University (NL)

30-31 May 2018


The Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy brings together advanced students and established scholars to discuss the latest work in early modern philosophy, broadly conceived. Built on the success of the previous

2014–2017 editions, which gathered philosophers from all over the world, the Seminar offers workshop-style collaborations to stimulate scholarly exchange. The language of presentation and discussion is English.


*Keynote speakers*

Professor Christia Mercer (Columbia University)
Professor Karin de Boer (KU Leuven)

*Call for papers*

We welcome abstracts for talks on any topic related to early modern philosophy, broadly understood (roughly the period 1500–1800 CE). We are especially interested in presentations that discuss philosophical issues or works that have received less sustained scholarly attention, including, but not limited to: non canonical authors and traditions, anonymous texts, methodological reflections on doing Early Modern philosophy.

Please submit abstracts (400 words max.) suitable for anonymous review in PDF to our EasyChair page: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dsemp18

Deadline: 15 January 2018

Decisions will follow by early March. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed. We will send reviewers’ reports with useful feedback on abstracts to all who wish to receive this.

Attendance is free and all are welcome, especially students. No financial assistance can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.

Contact Chris Meyns (c.meyns@uu.nl / @chrismeyns) with any questions.

*Co-organizers: *

Andrea Sangiacamo (University of Groningen)
Chris Meyns (Utrecht University)

*The Dutch Seminar is an activity of:*

Department of Philosophy, Utrecht University Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, Utrecht University Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought (www.rug.nl/gcmemt), Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen OZSW Study Group in Early Modern Philosophy


CFA: Philosophy of Mind in Early Modern Philosophy

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Philosophy of Mind in Early Modern Philosophy Conference

April 28 – 29, 2018

Hosted by Princeton University

Submission Deadline: Feb 1st, 2018


We invite graduate students to submit abstracts on any topic at the intersection of early modern philosophy (from Descartes to Hume) and philosophy of mind. Topics include, but are not limited to, the nature of ideas, the development of psychology as a discipline, the faculties, perception, animal cognition, the mind-body problem, personal identity, judgment, the passions, representation, and consciousness. Confirmed invited speakers include Don Garrett (NYU), Gary Hatfield (UPenn), Julia Jorati (OSU), John Morrison (Columbia), Amy Schmitter (Alberta), Galen Strawson (UT Austin), and Shelley Weinberg (Illinois). For more details, please visit the conference’s website: pmemp.net.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. They should be prepared for blind review and sent as a PDF file to pmemphilosophy@gmail.com. In a separate PDF attachment, please include your name, academic affiliation, email address, and paper title.

We encourage applications from individuals from historically under-represented groups.

Any questions can be directed to Claudia Dumitru, at cdumitru@princeton.edu, Alejandro Naranjo Sandoval, at ans@princeton.edu, or Domenica Romagni, at domenica@princeton.edu.

Notification of Acceptance by March 1st, 2018

Pantheism and Panentheism workshop

Pantheism and Panentheism Workshop

 Tuesday 28 November, 12.30-5.10pm.

 University of Birmingham, Learning Centre room LG 14. It’s building R28 on the map at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

 Philevents page: https://philevents.org/event/show/35762

 Workshop description

 The Royal Institute of Philosophy Birmingham Branch, and John Templeton Foundation-funded Pantheism and Panentheism Project<https://sites.google.com/site/pantheismandpanentheismproject/> at the University of Birmingham will host an informal workshop on pantheism and panentheism.

Pantheism is the view that God is identical with the universe. Panentheism is the view that the universe is part of God. These views are radically different from traditional theism, which says that God is an all-powerful, all-loving creator that is ontologically distinct from the universe. Pantheism and panentheism have a long history since ancient Greece and many prominent philosophers, theologians and scientists—such as Nicholas of Cusa, Baruch Spinoza, John Locke, T. H. Green, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking—have defended or expressed sympathy with them. Yet, there has been very little discussion of these views in philosophy and theology as they have focused nearly exclusively on traditional theism.

 The aim of this workshop is to create opportunities for philosophers to present their latest work on pantheism and panentheism to students and the general public.

 The timetable for the workshop is:

 — 12.30 – 1.50: Yujin Nagasawa (University of Birmingham), “Pantheism, Panpsychism, and Cosmopsychism”

— 1.50 – 2.00: Break

–2.00 – 3.20: Sam Lebens (University of Haifa), “God and His Imaginary Friends: Acosmism, Pantheism and Priority Monism”

— 3.20 – 3.50: Refreshments

— 3.50 – 5.10: Mikael Stenmark (University of Uppsala), “Panentheism and Its Rivals”

 This event is free and open to all.

 Registration is not required, but please let the organisers know if you’re planning to attend, just so that we have an idea of what numbers to expect.


 If you have any questions about the workshop, please feel welcome to contact the organisers:

 — Yujin Nagasawa: Y.Nagasawa@bham.ac.uk<mailto:Y.Nagasawa@bham.ac.uk>

— Nick Jones: n.k.jones@bham.ac.uk<mailto:n.k.jones@bham.ac.uk>



London Spinoza Circle

At the next meeting of the London Spinoza Circle we are very pleased to have Dr Andrea Sangiacomo (University of Groningen) who will speak on Spinoza’s account of common notions and the origin of rational ideas.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 30th November, 3pm-5pm in the Paul Hirst Room, Department of Politics, Birkbeck College, at 10 Gower Street London WC1E 6HJ,


An everlasting controversy in Spinoza scholarship concerns the origin of rational ideas. Two parties have been opposing each other. According to the empiricist approach, ideas of reason somehow derive from imagination, while innatism holds that they are built upon innate ideas. In this paper, I propose a revised version of the empiricist approach that is capable of fully accounting for Spinoza’s position.I argue that reason and imagination express different ways in which the body interacts with external causes. Imaginative ideas are the mental counterpart of interactions based on some form of disagreement in nature between the human body and external causes, while rational ideas based on common notions are the mental expression of agreement in nature between the human body and external cases. This reading of common notions as an expression of some degree of “agreement in nature” (natura convenire) among things leads to appreciate of the often neglected difference between universal and proper common notions, which in turns enables Spinoza to account for different degrees of generality that rational ideas can have.

All are welcome and no registration is required.


Please put these dates of future meetings in your diary.

January 25th, 2018 – Christopher Thomas (University of Aberdeen)

February 15th, 2018 – Prof Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins University)

March 1st, 2018 – Dr Daniel Whistler (Royal Holloway)

March 22nd, 2018 – Dr Alexander Douglas (St Andrews University)

Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IX

24-25 May 2018

University of Aberdeen


Key note speakers:

Martin Lenz (Groningen)

Felicity Green (Edinburgh)


The SSEMP IX is the 9th 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 January 2018. They should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke on mogenslaerke@hotmail.com. 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 mogenslaerke@hotmail.com. Graduate students submitting to the regular program should include contact information for one referee (typically the supervisor.)

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2018. 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 February should consider their submission declined.

Please note that the SSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation for speakers. For further information about the SSEMP, see https://ssemp.wordpress.com/


Dr. Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen)
Dr. Mogens Lærke (CNRS, IHRIM, ENS de Lyon)

Spinoza at Paris 8

Spinoza à Paris 8

Seminars take place from 6pm to 8pm at the Université Paris 8 Vincennes Saint-Denis (metro line 13) in room J004. Entry is open to all, feel free to share the program widely:

Thurs. 9 Nov. 2017: Vittorio MORFINO, “Des temps différents ne sont pas simultanés, mais successifs: Spinoza entre Jacobi et Herder”

Thurs. 7 Dec. 2017: Lorenzo VINCIGUERRA, “Les corps glorieux: Penser les arts avec Spinoza”

Thurs. 8 Feb. 2018: Martin LIN, “What are modes for Spinoza?”

Thurs. 29 March 2018: Steven NADLER, “Spinoza et Menasseh ben Israel : des faits et des fictions”

Thurs. 12 April 2018: Daniel GARBER, “Y a-t-il une théorie de la conscience chez Spinoza?”

Thurs. 17 May 2018: Yves CITTON, “Spinoza écologiste?”

Thurs. 14 June 2018: Toni NEGRI, “Quelques réflexions sur la peur chez Spinoza”


For more information about Spinoza à Paris 8, as well as conference videos from previous years, please see our website at: www.spinozaparis8.com/

London Spinoza Circle 2017-18

In 2017/18 the *London Spinoza Circle* will continue to meet on Thursday afternoons, *3pm-5pm*, on the dates listed below.

We are pleased to confirm the venue for these meetings, and the titles of talks during the autumn term.

Seminars will take place in the *Paul Hirst Room, Department of Politics, Birkbeck, at 10 Gower Street*.

All are welcome; for enquiries please contact Clare Carlisle ( clare.carlisle@kcl.ac.uk), or email John Heyderman (jheyderman@gmail.com) to ask to be added to the London Spinoza Circle mailing list.


Seminars during the coming year will be as follows:

*October 12th, 2017 – Steph Marston (University of London)* *”Tumult, indignation… Trump? Spinoza on rebels and reason”*

*November 30th, 2017 – Dr Andrea Sangiacomo (University of Groningen)* *”Spinoza on Reason, Passions and the Supreme Good”*

*January 25th, 2018 – Christopher Thomas (University of Aberdeen)*

*February 15th, 2018 – Prof. Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins University)*

*March 1st, 2018 – Dr Daniel Whistler (Royal Holloway)*

*March 22nd, 2018 – Dr Alexander Douglas (St Andrews University)*

Further information will be posted at http://londonspinozacircle.wordpress.com