ESEMP conference 2019: Lively discussions on Libertas philosophandi and election of the board

The ESEMP is very grateful to Mariafranca Spallanzani (Bologna) and her team for setting up a wonderful and inspiring conference in Bologna (9-11 September 2019) on a highly topical subject: Freedom of Expression, Conscience and Thought. The excellent program, lively discussions and, not at least, the beautiful Italian environment, will always be remembered.

The ESEMP is also pleased to announce the election of the members of the board: Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (Copenhagen) will serve as president; Mariafranca Spallanzani while stepping down as president will continue as vice president; Martine Pécharman (Paris), Charles Wolfe (Ghent) and Gábor Boros (Budapest) will continue as vice-presidents; and Hubertus Busche (Hagen) will continue as treasurer. The board also welcomes the new members Ursula Renz (Klagenfurt) and Martin Lenz (Groningen). And, finally, we would like to thank Susan James (London) and Maria Rosa Antognazza (London), who are leaving the board, for their commitment and service.

Meeting of the ESEMP board after the last conference in Bologna. From left to right: Martine Pécharman (VP), Charles T. Wolfe (VP), Sue James (VP and Past President), Hubertus Busche (Treasurer), Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (new President), Maria Rosa Antognazza (VP), Mariafranca Spallanzani (Past President), Diego Donna (Auditor).

Greetings from Mariafranca Spallanzani: “With this photo of the ESEMP 2016-2019 staff (alas, there is no Gabor Boros!) shot in the splendid Sala Rossa of the Centro Internazionale di Studi Umanistici  “Umberto Eco” during the International ESEMP Conference Libertas Philosophandi (University of Bologna, 9-11 September 2019), I thank all the participants and friends who, with their presence and generous collaboration, have contributed into making those three days an opportunity for new knowledge and exciting discussions, but also warm friendship.”

Fifth Conference of the European Society for Early Modern Philosophy

LIBERTAS PHILOSOPHANDI
Freedom of Expression, Conscience and Thought in Modern Philosophy

Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna
Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione

9th – 11th September 2019

What does Libertas philosophandi mean for us today?
Libertas philosophandi is at the center of the 17th-and 18th-century European debate on the status and role of both science and philosophy, with respect to theology, in the modern era. From Spinoza to Bayle, from Locke to Voltaire, from Wolff to Kant, Libertas philosophandi became one of the central issues in philosophy to be put in act and defended. Therefore, it assumed a paradigmatic value in various fields of inquiry, from scientific culture to social history, from utopian political movements to religious reforms, from the birth of public opinion to the defense of human rights.

The fifth ESEMP conference, LIBERTAS PHILOSOPHANDI. Freedom of Expression, Conscience and Thought in Modern Philosophy, to be held in the Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies of the University of Bologna from 9th to 11th September 2019, will address some facets of this conceptual prism and its metamorphosis, from three perspectives: Thought and Expression, Gender and Identity, Theology and Science. Through an investigation of these conceptual pairs and the tensions that animate them, this conference aims to explore the different meanings of Libertas philosophandi in the rise of modern European culture, as well as its value for our present.

Programme:

I filosofi e la questione del soggetto nell’età moderna

22-23 novembre 2017
Michel Malherbe (Université de Nantes)
Hume et l’identité personelle
ore 15.00-17.00 sala Mondolfo
Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione
Università di Bologna
via Zamboni, 38 – Bologna

29 novembre 2017
Giambattista Gori (Università Statale di Milano)
Limite e valore di una conoscenza imperfetta.
ore 15.00-17.00 sala Mondolfo
Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione
Università di Bologna
via Zamboni, 38 – Bologna

 

JOHN COTTINGHAM: “WHY THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY MATTERS”

British Society for the History of Philosophy Annual Lecture 2017:

JOHN COTTINGHAM: “WHY THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY MATTERS”

Location: Nash Lecture Theatre, King’s College London
Date: Friday 3 November 2017, 6.30pm
Directions: Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), Second Floor, King’s Building, Strand (Main Campus), London WC2R 2LS.

From 2017, the BSHP will now be hosting an annual lecture series. The inaugural lecture of the series will be held by John Cottingham, Visiting Professor in the Philosophy Department of King’s College London. Professor Cottingham is the author of many books on the history of philosophy and on Descartes in particular, including Cartesian Reflections (Oxford University Press, 2008), Western Philosophy (Blackwell, 2007), Philosophy and the good life: reason and the passions in Greek, Cartesian and psychoanalytic ethics (Cambridge University Press, 1998), Descartes’s Philosophy of Mind (Orion, 1997), The Rationalists (Oxford University Press, 1988), and Descartes (Blackwell, 1986). He is also co-editor and translator of the three-volume Cambridge edition of The Philosophical Writings of Descartes.

All are very welcome. NB: Attendance is free, but registration is necessary. To be on the attendees list, please send an email with your full name to: secretary@bshp.org.uk

The British Society for the History of Philosophy (BSHP), launched in 1984, is a registered charity, which exists to promote and foster all aspects of the study and teaching of the history of philosophy. It publishes the British Journal for the History of Philosophy, currently based at King’s College London.

Teoria e critica dei sistemi nel Settecento

International Conference Bologna
September from 13 to 15, 2017

As part of the Herméneutique des Lumières research project (FNS/Sinergia), the Lire les Lumières research group at the Department of Philosophy and Communication (University of Bologna), coordinated by Prof. Mariafranca Spallanzani, organizes the International Conference “Teoria e critica dei sistemi nel Settecento” with the patronage of ESEMP and Alliance Française (Bologna).

Conference program

Manifesto del CongressoOrganizers:
Martin Rueff, Université de Genève (CH)
E-mail: martin.rueff@unige.ch
Mariafranca Spallanzani, Università dei Bologne (I) E-mail: mariafranca.spallanzani@unibo.it

Contacts:
Diego Donna:  diego.donna2@unibo.it
Piero Schiavo: piero.schiavo2@unibo.it

International Workshop: Women and Early Modern Philosophy & Science

MAY 11-12, 2017

Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
via Galileo Ferraris 116 – Vercelli (Italy)

International workshop organized by Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
(Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli) in cooperation with the Center for
the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists HWPS (Paderborn University)

Contact: gregorio.baldin@gmail.com

Program:

Ermeneutica dell’Illuminismo. Hans Blumenberg e la costituzione della razionalità moderna

International Conference
Bologna –  May from 17 to 19, 2017

As part of the Herméneutique des Lumières research project (FNS/Sinergia), the Lire les Lumières research group at the Department of Philosophy and Communication (University of Bologna), coordinated by Prof. Mariafranca Spallanzani, organizes the International Conference “Ermeneutica dell’Illuminismo. Hans Blumenberg e la costituzione della razionalità moderna” with the patronage of ESEMP and Alliance Française (Bologna).

Program:

Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici
University of Bologna

Organizers:
Martin Rueff, Université de Genève (CH)
E-mail: martin.rueff@unige.ch
Mariafranca Spallanzani, Università dei Bologne (I)
E-mail: mariafranca.spallanzani@unibo.it

Contacts:
Diego Donna:  diego.donna2@unibo.it
Piero Schiavo: piero.schiavo2@unibo.it

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

Life and Death in Early Modern Philosophy

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

Birkbeck_Life_and_DeathLife and Death in Early Modern Philosophy
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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