Second Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

23 – 24 February 2015

Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)

Department of Philosophy (Faculty PTR)

Erasmus Building, Erasmusplein 1, 15th floor, room 15.39/41, 6500 HT Nijmegen

We are pleased to announce the second Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, co-organized by the Department of History of Philosophy at the University of Groningen, the Center for the History of Philosophy and Science at Radboud University Nijmegen and the OZSW Study Group in Early Modern Philosophy.

This Seminar aims to bring together advanced students and scholars working in the domain of Early Modern Philosophy – broadly conceived as ranging from the later scholastics to Kant. The intention of this workshop is to stimulate exchange and collaboration.

Attendance is free and all participants are welcome. However, for logistical reasons, registration is strongly encouraged (to register, please send an email to


Keynote Speakers

Pauline Phemister (University of Edinburgh)

Wiep van Bunge (Erasmus University Rotterdam)


Contact Christoph Lüthy ( and Andrea Sangiacomo (


Further information



 Day 1: Monday, 23 February 2015

9.00   Andreea Mihali (Wilfrid Laurier University): Self-creation in Descartes

10.00          Alexandra Chadwick (Queen Mary): Hobbes’s Reorganisation of ‘Man’s Natural Faculties’

11.15          Francesca Di Poppa (Texas Tech): Diagnosing Superstition in Spinoza

12.15          Ruth Boeker (The University of Melbourne): Locke and Hume on Personal Identity: Moral and Religious Differences

15.00          Oana Matei (Timişoara): Technological Foundations for Ameliorating Nature: The Case of Gabriel Plattes

16.00          Lucia Oliveri (Münster): Leibniz and The Wild Boar

17.15          Yaron Wolf (Oxford): Divine Expectations: Berkeley’s ‘Optical Proof’ and the Contents of Sense Perception

18.15          Keynote Lecture: Pauline Phemister (Edinburgh): Why It Matters What We Think: Leibniz on Harmony


Second Day: Tuesday, 24 February 2015

9.00            Anna Ortín (Edinburgh): Hume, the Problem of Content, and the Idea of the Identical Self

10.00          Lisa Ievers (Auburn): Loose Fictions and Serious Convictions: Exposing the “Madness” in Hume’s Treatise

11.15          Dan O’Brien (Oxford Brookes): Hume on Education

12.15          Keynote Lecture: Wiep van Bunge (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Bayle’s Scepticism Revisited

13.30: End of the Seminar

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