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CfA: UPenn virtual seminar in early modern philosophy

*Call for Abstracts*

In an effort to encourage philosophical engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic, we invite submissions from graduate students for University of Pennsylvania’s virtual seminar in Early Modern Philosophy. The seminar will be conducted in English, and we encourage papers on any topic in 17th- and 18th-century European philosophy. The seminar will take place synchronously in Eastern Daylight Time.

Abstracts should be between 500-750 words. Please submit your abstract in .pdf format, prepared for anonymous review, to In the body of the email, please include your name, university affiliation, paper title, and the time zone you anticipate being in during August 2020. Papers should be suitable for a 25-minute presentation (between 3,000-3,500 words) and 20-minute Q&A. Our aim is to have comments presented following each presentation. So, we ask that if your abstract is accepted, the paper should be completed three weeks before the seminar so we can send it to the assigned commentator.


*Submission Deadline: May 22, 2020*

Decision Deadline: May 30, 2020

Paper Completion Deadline: July 15, 2020 Comment Completion Deadline: July 29, 2020 *Date of Seminar: August 5-6, 2020*


Keynote Speakers:

Omri Boehm (New School)

Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins)



John Roman (University of Pennsylvania)

Tyler Re (University of Pennsylvania)

Zachary Agoff (University of Pennsylvania) Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania)