Summer Schools

Research School in the Historiography of Philosophy (Lyon)


École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, 7-9 June 2016


Keynote speakers:

Gregorio Piaia (University of Padua)

Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins University)

Pierre-François Moreau (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon)


Call for applications: Partial funding (10 bursaries) available for both French and non-French graduate students, postdocs or young academics who wish to take part in the school and contribute to the discussions.

This research school is dedicated to the study of the relations between the history, methods and practices in the historiography of philosophy. The aim is to submit the historiography of philosophy itself to historical study by asking how the reading of past philosophical texts has been adapted to the institutional and intellectual context of historiography of philosophy itself. Throughout the three days it lasts, the school will thus follow a double itinerary: on the one hand, we put into perspective the evolution of the historiography of philosophy from the early the seventeenth century onward; on the other hand, we focus on the ways in which, historically, different methodological orientations have concretely shaped the interpretation of philosophical texts. At the same time, we will question the ways in which the historiography of philosophy can be, and has been, put into dialogue with other disciplines, in particular sociology and the history and philosophy of science.

Each morning session will include two “lessons” each focusing on a major orientation or figure in the historiography of philosophy. The afternoon will be dedicated to one-hour “workshops,” which are discussions moderated by specialists about key texts. Each day will end with a plenary conference presented by a major figure in the field.

The school grants up to 10 bursaries to finance the participation of graduate students, post-doctoral students or young researchers. The recipients will not be asked to present a paper but are expected to participate actively in the discussions. Bursaries will cover accommodation on site (up to 4 nights) and part of the meals. Travel expenses are not covered.

Graduate students, post-docs and young researchers from all countries are invited to apply. It should however be noted all lessons and discussions will be in French (with the exception of one conference in English). For non-French applicants, proficiency in French is thus indispensable.

Those who wish to apply should send a letter of motivation of two pages maximum (word or pdf), explaining how participation the research school can contribute to their current research, to Mogens Lærke ( or Raphaële Andrault ( Please include all contact information in the letter and entitle your email HISTOPHIL. The deadline for submissions is 10 March 2016.

The Research School is organized by the Institut d’histoire des representations et des idées dans les modernités (IHRIM, UMR 5317) in collaboration with the LabEx COMOD (University of Lyon) and the Doctoral School of the University of Lyon (ED 487)

Organizing committee:

Raphaële Andrault (CNRS, UMR 5317, ENS de Lyon) Mogens Lærke (CNRS, UMR 5317, ENS de Lyon) Pierre-François Moreau (ENS de Lyon).

Summer Institute on Spinoza and German Idealism

Department of Philosophy and Centre for Jewish Studies
University of Toronto, May 16-20, 2016

Eckart Förster (Johns Hopkins University)
Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins University)

Nick Stang (University of Toronto)
G. Anthony Bruno (University of Toronto Scarborough)

Call for applications:

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the deep influence of Spinoza on German philosophy. From controversies over freedom and determinism in the time of Christian Wolff, through the Pantheismusstreit and the threat of nihilism in the time of Kant, to the reappraisal of Spinoza’s monism by the post-Kantian idealists, Spinoza and Spinozism—sometimes an enemy, sometimes a guiding light—have been intimately connected to major currents in modern German thought.

The Department of Philosophy and the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto are pleased to host a one-week intensive summer institute that will take place May 16-20, 2016 and whose theme will be Spinoza and German Idealism. Our keynote presenters will be Eckart Förster (Johns Hopkins University) and Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins University). To foster an interdisciplinary atmosphere, we invite applications from PhD students in philosophy, German studies, religion, history, and Judaic studies.

The format of the institute will be a series of seminar-style discussions of primary texts, led by our keynote speakers. Readings will be distributed by PDF in advance of the meeting in Toronto.

Topics to be studied may include:

– Spinoza, Jacobi, and the Pantheismusstreit
– Kant’s Critique of Spinoza
– Spinoza, Biblical Faith, and the ‘Religion of Reason’
– Maimon and the Rise of Spinozism in German Idealism
– Spinoza and Mendelssohn’s Morgenstunden
– Spinozistic Monism and Hegel’s Logic
– Spinoza’s Amor Dei Intellectualis and Intellectual Intuition
– The Jewish and Lutheran Background to German Reception of Spinoza
– The Influence Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise on 19th C. German Philosophy of Right

PhD students writing their dissertations on these or related topics are encouraged to apply by sending: (1) a 1-page (double-spaced) letter of interest explaining their research and how it fits with the theme of the institute, (2) a CV and (3) a sample of academic writing (no longer than 15 pages). Applications should be emailed to by 28 February 2016; decisions will be returned by 15 March 2016. Some funding for travel and accommodation may be available for accepted participants.