Fictions, Counterfactuals, and Possible Worlds in Early Modern Philosophy

Oltenia Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy

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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:

Contact: Adrian Nita (




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


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

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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ESEMP 2013: Conference Program / Registration

The 3rd International Conference of the European Society for Early Modern Philosophy, Debates, Polemics and Controversies in Early Modern Philosophy, will take place from January 30th to February 1st, 2013, at the Université de Grenoble, France.

The Conference was announced here. There was a Call for papers. You may now find the Program and abstracts here. A beautiful poster is to be downloaded here.

Should you want to come, we recommend a quite early registration. The Registration Forms are here, in English, German, or French.

We look forwards to seeing you in Grenoble!


ESEMP Conference 2013: Selected Papers

It’s been quite a long time since the last update.

Following the call for papers, the Scientific Committee had to choose 10 papers among 66 inspiring proposals. Each anonymous proposal was thoroughly reviewed and a little voting system was set up among the members of the Scientific Committee. Even though the votes were tight, the following decision was finally made.
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Allocation doctorale

Une allocation doctorale est proposée par l’ED 487 (Lyon III, ENS de Lyon, Grenoble II). La thèse financée devra relever du thème général « Enjeux intellectuels et sociaux d’une controverse en histoire des sciences et/ou en histoire de la philosophie (fin XVIe siècle – début XVIIIe siècle) ». Tous les détails sont dans ce fichier. Pour plus de renseignements, il est possible de contacter

Colloque More-Descartes, Clermont-Ferrand, 14-15 octobre 2011


Vendredi, 14 octobre 2011
14h00 J.-P. Anfray (ENS Ulm), Etendue de substance et étendue de puissance dans la correspondance Descartes-More.
15h00 A. Gabbey (Barnard College, Columbia University), Styles in Contrast: translating the More-Descartes correspondence into English.
16h00 G. Giglioni (Warburg Institute, University of London), Experimental Knowledge of Incorporeal Substances: Henry More on Metaphysics.
16h30 M. Pécharman (CNRS-MFO), Deus nullibi otiosus. Dieu et la causalité naturelle selon More.
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