Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VI

Thursday 7 to Friday 8 May 2015

The Senate Room, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews


Key Note Speakers:

Thomas Ahnert (University of Edinburgh)

Moira Gatens (University of Sydney)


Conference website:



Thursday 7 May

9.30-9.45 Welcome and Coffee.

Session I:

9.45-10.30 Ruairidh J. Brown (St. Andrews), “The Peace of Prudence: The Concept of Authenticity in the Thought of Adam Smith”

10.30-11.15 Heikki Haara (Helsinki), “Pufendorf on the Desire for Esteem and Sociability”

11.15-11.30 Break

Key Note

11.30-12.30 Thomas Ahnert (University of Edinburgh), “Habits of

Virtue: ‘Moral Culture’ and Religion in Enlightenment Scotland”

12.30-14.30 Lunch

Session II: Locke

14.30-15.15 Alzbeta Hajkova (Leuven), “The Foundations of Equality in Locke”

15.15-16.30 Alan Nelson (UNC-Chapel Hill), “Locke on Inner Sense and Ideas of Reflection”

16.30-17.00 Break

Special Session: SSEMP Essay Prize winner

17.00-17.45 Stephen Howard (Kingston University), “Why did Leibniz Fail to Complete his Dynamics?”


Friday 8 May

9.30-9.45 Coffee

Session III: Hume

9.45-10.30 Jason Fisette (New School), “Hume on the Stoic Rational Passions and ‘Original Existences’”

10.30-11.15 Thomas Pye (Cambridge), “David Hume and the Paradox of English Liberty”

11.15-11.30 Break

Key Note

11.30-12.30 Moira Gatens (University of Sydney), “Spinoza and the Art of Fiction”

12.30-14.30 Lunch

Session IV: Descartes and Spinoza

14.30-15.15 Sarah Patterson (Birkbeck), “Descartes’s Appeal to Devine Veracity”

15.15-16.30 Hannah Laurens (Oxford), “Reconsidering Spinoza’s Rationalism: Overcoming the Passions through Scientia Intuitiva”

16.30-17.00 Break

Session V: Natural Philosophy

17.00-17.45 Han Thomas Adriaenssen and Sander de Boer (Groningen), “Aristotelian Responses to Mechanization. Kenelm Digby and John Sergeant on Natural Philosophy and Metaphysics”



Dr. James Harris (University of St Andrews) Dr. Mogens Lærke (CNRS, UMR 5037, ENS-Lyon) (For contacts see conference website)


The event is sponsored by:

Scots Philosophical Association

Institute of Intellectual History, University of St Andrews Department of Philosophy, University of St Andrews Brill Academic Publishers British Society for the History of Philosophy (BSHP) ANR Anthropos, ENS de Lyon


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