Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy

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Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy
Conference of the European Society for Early Modern Philosophy and the British Society for the History of Philosophy

When: Thursday 14th April to Saturday 16th April, 2016.

Where: Birkbeck College London and Kings College London

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During the early modern period, upheavals in science, theology and politics prompted philosophers to grapple with two highly-charged questions. What are the limits of life? What are the possibilities of life? Pursuing the first, they probed the relation between life and death. What is it to be a living thing? What distinguishes life from death? In what sense, if any, do living things survive death? Exploring the second question, they turned their attention to the character of a truly human life. What is it for human beings (or particular kinds of human beings) to live well? What role does philosophy play in this process? Is living well an individual project, a political one, or both?

Each of these themes has recently attracted renewed interest among historians of early modern philosophy, and the conference aims to explore them as broadly as possible. The program will be comprised of invited speakers and speakers drawn from an open call for papers. Please see below for details

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Martine Pecharman, CNRS, Paris, France
Michael Moriarty, University of Cambridge, UK
Ursula Renz, Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, Austria
Lisa Shapiro, Simon Fraser University, Canada.
Mariafranca Spallanzani, University of Bologna, Italy
Charles Wolfe, University of Gent, Belgium
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Fictions, Counterfactuals, and Possible Worlds in Early Modern Philosophy

Oltenia Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy

IVth Edition

Fictions, Counterfactuals, and Possible Worlds in Early Modern Philosophy

2016, 22 April

 

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We will try to look at the fictions, possible worlds and counterfactuals as how are used in a number of different contexts, including the fictional ‘worlds’ of authors of fiction in the narrow sense, and to show the importance of these elaborations for Early Modern Philosophers.

 

The languages: English, French

Keynote speaker: Justin Smith (Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7)

Deadline for title, abstract and CV: March 20, 2016

Deadline for sending the full paper (in order to be published): September 20, 2016

The hotel and lunch (and at least a part of the transportation) will be supported by us.

 

Web pages: http://www.adriannita.ro/index.php/ro/blog/217-oltenia-colloquium-in-early-modern-philosophy-2016

Contact: Adrian Nita (adriannita2010@yahoo.com)

 

 

 

Manipulating Flora: Gardens as Laboratories in the Renaissance and Early Modern Europe

Dates: January 21-22, 2016
Location: the Institute for Research in the Humanities(1 Dimitrie Brandza St., RO-060102, Bucharest, Romania)

Invited speakers: Prof. Antonio Clericuzio (Univerista’ Roma Tre), dr. Florike Egmond (Leiden University), dr. Alette Fleischer (Amsterdam University), dr. Hiro Hirai (Radboud University Nijmegen), dr. Cesare Pastorino (Technische Universitaet Berlin), dr. Doina-Cristina Rusu (University of Bucharest)

Organizers: Fabrizio Baldassarri, Dana Jalobeanu, Oana Matei

Website: http://manipulatingflora.wordpress.com

How to apply: submit proposals by the 15th of October, including the author’s name, affiliation, a short CV, and contact information (the email address), the paper title (15-word maximum), an abstract (250-word maximum), and a short bibliography (up to 5 works) to manipulatingflora@gmail.com

300 Years of Leibniz’s Monadology (Edinburgh, 12-13 May 2014)

Leibniz’s enigmatic Monadology, written in 1714, is rightfully recognised as one of the most important and interesting texts in the history of philosophy. It is Leibniz’s most succinct and systematic outline of his metaphysics of monads and it includes highly influential discussions pertaining to mereology, modality, theology, and the philosophy of mind. This conference will be dedicated to celebrating the 300-year anniversary of this crucial work by exploring its legacy and reception through an examination of several philosophers who have attempted to develop his system. Lire la suite

CFP: Brussels Seminar in Modern Philosophy (Brussels, 7 may 2014)

The first meeting of the Brussels Seminar in Modern Philosophy will be held Wednesday 7 May 2014 at the Université libre de Bruxelles. The seminar aims at fostering interaction among junior and established scholars working in the history of modern philosophy (roughly from late scholasticism up to Kant). The languages of the seminar are English and French.  Lire la suite