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

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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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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.  Continue reading

CFP: “Ars Effectiva et Methodus: The Body in Early Modern Science and Thought” (Germany, 30 June – 1 July 2014)

Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, 30 June – 1 July 2014. Organised by Karin Friedrich (Aberdeen) with the support of the Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, the Aberdeen Humanities Fund/Hunter Caldwell Awards and the Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Aberdeen (Scotland). Continue reading

CFA: Locke Workshop (New York City, March 17-18, 2014)

Lehman College, CUNY
Bronx, NY
Keynote speaker: Kenneth Winkler (Yale)
Send abstracts (of no more than 500 words) for papers on any topic in John Locke’s philosophy to Jessica Gordon-Roth no later than October 1. Program announcement: November 15, 2013.
Contacts: Jessica Gordon-Roth and Benjamin Hill.

CFP: Conference on Berkeley and the Three Dialogues (Dublin, 4-6 April 2014)

The Department of Philosophy, in collaboration with the College’s Research
Institute for the Humanities, the Long Room Hub, and with the assistance and
support of the International Berkeley Society is pleased to announce a
Conference on Berkeley and the Three Dialogues, to be held in the Long Room
Hub from Friday evening to Sunday evening, April, 4th-6th 2014. Continue reading

CFP : Berkeley Society Session at Eastern APA Baltimore (USA, 27-30 december 2013)

The International Berkeley Society invites submissions of abstracts for presentations at the IBS session at the Eastern Division meeting of the APA in Baltimore Dec. 27-30. The IBS is especially interested in 30-35 minute presentations that juxtapose Berkeley’s doctrines with those of his contemporaries. Please send abstracts (no more than 600 words) to Stephen Daniel no later than June 10. Priority will be given to speakers who have not made previous presentations at IBS-sponsored APA sessions.

CFP : Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy I (University of Groningen, NL, 29-30 January 2014)

We are pleased to announce the first meeting of the Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy. It aims at bringing together advanced students and scholars working on Early Modern Philosophy (broadly conceived, ranging from the later scholastics to Kant). Following similar models of workshops, we hope to stimulate further exchange and collaboration on various topics in the field.

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Call for Papers and Sessions for the 60th Annual Rennaissance Society of America Meeting (New York, 27–29 March 2014)

The Program Committee welcomes submissions for individual papers or panels on any aspect of Renaissance studies, or the era ca. 1300–1700. Members are invited to post calls for papers on our website to aid in the organization of sessions (see below).

The deadline for all submissions is Tuesday, 11 June 2013.

To submit proposals, use this link :


International Conference “The Radical Enlightenment: The Big Picture and its Details” (16-17 May 2013, Brussels)

The international conference ‘The Radical Enlightenment: The Big Picture and its Details’ seeks to bring together state-of-the-art research on the so-called ‘Radical Enlightenment’, which refers to a distinct yet multi-faceted line of thought within the Enlightenment movement that puts great emphasis on – inter alia – political reform and activism, personal freedom, social equality, and critique of religion. Continue reading