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CFA: Pacific Northwest/Western Canada SEMP


Pacific Northwest/Western Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

Meeting at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

March 2-4, 2018

The meeting of the Pacific Northwest/Western Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will be held at the University of Washington over the weekend of 2-4 of March, 2018.  Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University) will be the keynote speaker.

As with other Seminars in Early Modern Philosophy, papers on any subject in early modern philosophy (roughly, the period from Montaigne to Kant) are welcome. We particularly encourage papers which suggest new or less frequently discussed topics, themes, and critical approaches to the history of modern philosophy, discuss and familiarize the group with new texts, or deploy an interdisciplinary approach. We welcome submissions from advanced graduate students.  Submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed anonymously by a group of faculty from universities throughout the region. Reading time of papers should be approximately 45 minutes.

Submissions: Please send an abstract of no more than 600 words by November 20, 2017. Abstracts should not contain identifying information, which should appear on a separate cover page. We prefer that abstracts be sent electronically by attachment in PDF format to: Michael Rosenthal (rosentha@uw.edu).

Attendance is free and all are welcome.  Please note that no financial assistance can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.

Details on the program and accommodations will be available in early January.  You can find a copy of this call for abstracts on this webpage, which will also link you to further program information when it becomes available:




CFP: 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) and Chris Meyns (Utrecht University)

*The Dutch Seminar is an activity of:*

Department of Philosophy, Utrecht University (https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/department-of-philosophy-and-religious-studies)

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

Meeting Spinoza seminar

Seminar: ‘Meeting Spinoza: Books, Letters, Networks, Personal Encounters’

October 5-6, 2017

Fundatie van de Vrijvrouwe van Renswoude
Agnietenstraat 5, Utrecht, The Netherlands


Keynote speakers:

Raphaële Andrault (CNRS, IHRIM, ENS-Lyon)
Mogens Laerke (CNRS, IHRIM, ENS-Lyon)
Steven Nadler (Wisconsin-Madison)
Antonella Del Prete (Tuscia University)


Attendance is free, but due to the limited seating capacity please register by email (meetingspinoza@gmail.com) on or before October 1.


Albert Gootjes
Piet Steenbakkers
Jeroen van de Ven



Thursday, October 5

9:30-10:00      Registration and coffee

10:00-11:30    Session 1: Stoic Books and Letters

  • Adam Smrcz (Eotvos Lorand University Budapest / Hungarian Academy of Sciences Budapest) and Oliver Istvan Toth (Eotvos Lorand University Budapest / Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt): ‘The Missing Books from Spinoza’s Library: The Case of Justus Lipsius, Spinoza, and Stoicism’
  • Christopher Quintana (Villanova): ‘Spinoza’s Stoic Letters’

11:30-11:45    Coffee break

11:45-12:45    Keynote 1

  • Steven Nadler (University of Wisconsin-Madison): “Spinoza and Menasseh ben Israel: Facts and Fictions”

12:45-14:15    Lunch

14:15-15:45    Session 2: The Amsterdam and Leiden Networks

  • Russ Leo (Princeton University): ‘Baruch Spinoza, Lodewijk Meyer, Nil Volentibus Arduum, and the Philosophy of Neoclassicism’
  • Eric Jorink (Huygens ING / Leiden University): ‘Spinoza, Steno, and Swammerdam and the Leiden Medical Faculty’

15:45-16:00    Tea break

16:00-17:30    Session 3: Concerned Calvinists

  • Esther Shallan (Oxford Brookes University): ‘Ill-argued, Ill-met: Spinoza’s Correspondence and Encounter with Willem van Blijenbergh’
  • Matthias Mangold (ETF Leuven): ‘Salomon van Til (1643-1713) and the Reception of Spinoza among Late Seventeenth-Century Dutch Aristocrats’

19:00-21:00    Conference dinner

Friday, October 6

9:00-9:15        Coffee

9:15-10:45      Session 5: Meeting the Natural Philosophers

  • Chris Meyns (Utrecht University): ‘Spinoza’s Circle of Optics’
  • Daniel Schneider (University of Haifa): ‘A Meeting Once Removed: Boyle and Spinoza, the Worm and Blood’

10:45-11:00    Coffee break

11:00-12:00    Keynote 2:

  • Antonella Del Prete (Tuscia University): ‘Cartesian Fluctuations: Van Velthuysen and Spinoza’

12:00-13:30    Lunch break

13:30-15:00    Session 4: Friends or Foes?

  • Edwin Curley (University of Michigan): ‘Overcoming Enmity: Spinoza’s Correspondence with Van Velthuysen (Ep. 42, 43, and 69)’
  • Maxime Rovere (Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro): ‘Resisting Spinoza: Bouwmeester, Van den Enden, and Kerckrinck’s Objections to Spinoza’s Intellectualism’

15:00-15:15    Tea break

15:15-16:00    Session 6: Scholastic Encounters

  • Stephen Zylstra (University of Toronto): ‘Spinoza on Emanation and Immanent Causation: Assessing the Influence of Scholasticism’

16:00-17:00    Keynote 3:

  • Raphaële Andrault (CNRS, IHRIM, ENS-Lyon) and Mogens Laerke (CNRS, IHRIM, ENS-Lyon): ‘The Paris Constellations, 1665-1679: Experimentalism and Epistemology’


Pantheism and Panentheism workshop

Pantheism and Panentheism Workshop

Tuesday 28 November, 12.30-5.10pm,  University of Birmingham. The exact room is currently tbc.

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

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>



CFP: Spinoza on Virtue and Vice

The North American Spinoza Society is sponsoring a session at the 2018 Central meeting of the American Philosophical Association on the topic “Spinoza on Virtue and Vice.” Papers on any aspect of Spinoza’s views on virtues and (or) vices are welcome. The 2018 Central APA meeting will be held in Chicago from February 21 to February 24.

For consideration to participate, please submit an abstract. An abstract should be prepared for blind review and no more than 750 words. Include contact information and the title of the paper in the email with the abstract attached as a word, pdf, or rtf document. With the subject heading NASS Central 2018, please send submissions to: *adyoupa@gmail.com <adyoupa@gmail.com>*.

Deadline for submission: *September 1, 2017*.


Spinoza’s Artes Conference

Registration is free but essential



An International One Day Conference that will explore the influence of Spinoza on literature, music, poetry, and theatre along with the role that these arts play in the art of living well.


Friday August 11, 2017, 9 am – 5 pm

CCANESA Boardroom, Madsen Building F09

Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney



9:00am Welcome

9:10-10:10am Jonathan Israel (IAS, Princeton): The theatre and the Cercle Spinoziste: the significance of the society ‘Nil volentibus arduum’ for Spinoza and the Arts

10:10-11:10am  Anthony Uhlmann (Western Sydney University): Percy Shelley, Queen Mab, Spinoza

11:10-11:30am Morning Tea

11:30am-12:30pm Susan James (Birkbeck, University of London): On Self Transformation: Ovid’s Warning to Spinoza

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-2:30pm Marie Thompson (University of Lincoln): Power over/Power to: Spinoza, musical politics and contestations of social space

2:30-3:30pm Moira Gatens (The University of Sydney): Mary Shelley, Spinoza, and the Exemplar

3:30-4:00pm Afternoon Tea

4:00-5:00pm Panel discussion






Only those who have registered will be admitted.

To register please go to: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/philosophy/research/conferences.shtml

This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Grant [DP 170102206]


Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy


First Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy – Personal identity, self-interpretation

26–27 October, 2017

Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, Hungary


Keynote Speaker:  Udo THIEL (Karl-Franzens-Universität, Graz)


We are pleased to announce the second meeting of the Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy which is intended as the second edition of a yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working on the field of early modern philosophy (ca. from 1600 to 1781). The aim is to foster collaboration among researchers working in different traditions and institutional contexts. We welcome abstracts for papers on any topic relevant to personal identity and self-interpretation, broadly conceived, in early modern philosophy. Proposals are particularly welcome that draw on resources from multiple different traditions (e.g. French, German, Italian and Anglo-Saxon).

Presentations should be in English and aim at approximately 40 minutes. Please send an abstract of maximum 400 words, prepared for blind review. The body of the email should include the author’s details (name, position, affiliation, contact details, title of the abstract). The deadline for abstract submissions is 1 August 2017. Applicants will receive a response regarding their submission by 1 September 2017.

There are no fees for registration. Attendance is free and most welcome. However, no financial support can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.

Submissions and inquiries should be sent to Olivér István Tóth (bsemp2017@gmail.com)


Spinoza Colloquium Leipzig

Spinoza Colloquium Leipzig, Friday, August 11th, 2017, 11 am to 8 pm

Whoever happens to be in the area: At Leipzig University there will be a sixth session of the Spinoza Colloquium. This activity is a cooperative project between the political science department at Leipzig and the philosophy department at Halle-Wittenberg (and with support from the German Spinoza Society).

This event will again take place at the Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum (GWZ), Beethovenstraße 15, 04107 Leipzig, room 4.1.16.

There will be four talks (three in German and one in English):

Dr. Timon Boehm (Zürich):„Ethik als Ausdruck von Metaphysik. Eine Explikation anhand der Problemkreise Autonomie und Normativität”

Dr. Beate Ulrike La Sala (Berlin): „Imaginationstheoreme in der arabischen Philosophie und in Spinozas Ansatz“

Dr. Johannes-Georg Schülein (Bochum): „Metaphysik und Staat bei Schelling und Spinoza“

Prof. Filippo Del Lucchese (London): „Normativity and Teleology in Spinoza“


For more info go to: http://www.sozphil.uni-leipzig.de/cm/powi/martin-saar/

Contact: Martin Saar martin.saar@uni-leipzig.de


Spinoza’s Artes Conference


An International One Day Conference

Spinoza has long exerted a profound influence on the arts. Goethe, the Shelleys, and George Eliot acknowledged the inspirational force of Spinoza’s philosophy. On the other hand, philosophers have all but dismissed Spinoza’s views on art. Why does Spinoza fascinate artists at the same time as his view of art is neglected by philosophy? This Conference will explore the influence of Spinoza on literature, music, poetry, and theatre along with the role these arts play in the art of living well.


Friday August 11, 2017

9 am – 5 pm

CCANESA Boardroom, Madsen Building F09

Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Sydney NSW Australia



*   AMY CIMINI University of California, San Diego

*   MOIRA GATENS University of Sydney

*   JONATHAN ISRAEL Princeton University

*   SUSAN JAMES Birkbeck College London

*   ANTHONY UHLMANN Western Sydney University


Enquiries: inja.stracenski@sydney.edu.au


Registration: This conference is free but registration is essential. Only those who have registered will be admitted.

To register please go to: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/philosophy/research/conferences.shtml

This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Grant [DP 170102206] <http://mailman.anu.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/aphil-l>

Spinoza and Contemprorary Political Philosophy

June  20th 2017

Thessaloniki Concert Hall
M2 Building Maurice Saltiel Hall

Simultaneous translation will be provided

School of Political Sciences, AUTH

Baruch Spinoza is acknowledged to be a key figure in the development of modern philosophy and political reflection. Yet, to limit ourselves to a narrow historical evaluation of his contribution would amount to missing out on a major source of insight for rethinking today’s moral and political issues. While some recent established scholars of Spinoza have utilized his methods and ideas to illuminate contemporary problems, this discussion deserves both greater attention and continued development.

To this end, our symposium, which marks the retirement of Professor Gerasimos Vokos, will facilitate this dialogue in order to promote a reflexive reappraisal of Spinoza’s ideas and of their relevance for contemporary moral and political inquiry. Moreover, it aims to re-examine the role of philosophy and the humanities in the (occidental as well as global) university today as well as to discuss the past, the present and the future of critical thought and education in crisis-ridden Greece.


9.30-10.00 Symposium Opening: Chairs: Professor Yannis Stavrakakis (AUTH) & Dr Aris Stylianou (AUTH)

10.00-11.00  Professor Etienne Balibar (Paris X), Spinoza, Marx, Freud, theoriciens du transindividuel
Discussant: Dr Michalis Bartsidis (Hellenic Open University)

11.00-12.00  Professor Pierre Francois Moreau (ENS de Lyon), Spinoza et la Gréce
Discussant: Dr Yannis Prelorentzos (University of Ioannina)

14.30-15.30  Professor Kiarina Kordela (Macalester College), Spinozas Biopower
Discussant: Dr Spyros Tegos (University of Crete)

15.30-16.30 Professor Gerasimos Vokos (AUTH), Spinoza à l’université grecque
Discussant: Dr Spyros Moschonas (University of Athens)

17.00-18.30 Closing Round Table: Political philosophy today

Source: Spinoza and Contemprorary Political Philosophy