CFP: Halle seminar in early modern philosophy

We welcome abstracts for the Halle Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy / Hallenser Seminar zur Philosophie der Neuzeit, to be held from 3 to 5 November, 2016. The seminar aims at bringing together scholars working on topics in early modern philosophy, covering roughly the period from Bacon and Montaigne to Kant. There are no restrictions as to subject matters though we are particularly interested in papers on pre-Kantian philosophy.

Keynote speakers: Stefanie Buchenau (Paris) and Dana Jalobeanu (Bucharest).

Papers can be read in English or German and should be prepared for around 40 minutes reading time. Please send abstracts of around 500 words to Falk Wunderlich ( Deadline: 1 August 2016.

The seminar is organized by Katerina Mihaylova ( and Falk Wunderlich ( It is hosted and supported by Seminar für Philosophie, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, Immanuel-Kant-Forum, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für die Erforschung der europäischen Aufklärung (IZEA) and Landesforschungsschwerpunkt Aufklärung – Religion – Wissen (ARW). Please note that we are unable to provide funding for travels and accomodation. There will also be a conference fee of 30 €.

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  1. Hello, friends: The understanding of Spinoza in contemporary reading of philosophy provokes conversation as to the meaning of free will and to the relevance and current momentum of meaning. May I ask how others read Stephen Nadler’s synopsis of the philosopher’s description of the will in the sense of determination which I do not find coherent with understanding of the essential Spinoza, in the Ethics, teaching that overcoming the passions realizes the intellectual love of God. And that this, to greater and lesser extent by virtue and favor of the exemplary kind essential to the person, reveals the fabric of Nature as God. Would like to present Spinoza as the author of the science of psychology and of the homilist of the dawning secularism in history, the Enlightenment. Such conceptualization in writing of the subjective experience, further, connoted about empiricism its strengths and limitations that recall Locke and recognize Kant, being careful in framework toward form, that was free. Spinoza would have required this freedom and form in his discourse and conviction of the mind upon knowledge being eternal.

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