Fall 2022

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November 1 [Daylight Saving Time ends in Europe] – “Leibniz on Quantity, Magnitudes and Numbers” with Filippo Costantini (University Ca’ Foscari of Venice/McMaster University) and Jeffrey Elawani (McMaster University/Université de Paris)

November 8 [Daylight Saving Time ends in US]:  “The Emergence of Idealism” with Dávid Bartha  (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) and Hanoch Ben-Yami (Central European University)

November 15: “Some Aspects of Spinoza’s Legacy” with Richard J Elliott (Birkbeck College, University of London), Steph Marston (Birkbeck College, University of London), Dan Taylor (Open University, UK), Marie Wuth (University of Aberdeen)

November 22 – “Navigating between Bacon and Descartes: Henry Power’s Experimental philosophy” with Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest), Oana Matei (Vasile Goldis Western University of Arad) and Christoffer Basse Eriksen (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

November 29 – “Divine Attributes and Infinite Substance in Descartes’ Metaphysics” with Andrea Christofidou (University of Oxford) and David Cunning (University of Iowa)

December 6 – “Hryhorii Skovoroda: The Variety of Knowledge and the Unity of Wisdom” with Maria Grazia Bartolini (University of Milan), Erica Camisa Morale (USC), Victor Chernyshov (Yuri Kondratyuk Poltava Polytechnic) and Natalia Pylypiuk (University of Alberta)

December 13 –  “Leibniz’s philosophical theology” with Paul Lodge (University of Oxford), Henry Straughan (Yale University ) and Asne Grogaard (University of Oxford)



June 9: Katherine Brading (Duke University) and Marius Stan (Boston College): “How Physics Flew the Philosophers’ Nest”

June 16: Justin E.H. Smith (Paris VII): “Leibniz, Thomasius, and Capitein on Freedom and Slavery”

June 23: Carla Rita Palmerino (Radboud University Nijmegen): “On the Heuristic and Polemical Function of Early Modern Thought Experiments”

June 30th: Ori Belkind (Tel Aviv University), Elodie Cassan (ENS Lyon), Dan Garber (Princeton University) and Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest): How to Read Bacon’s Novum Organum Book II (panel)

July 7: Barnaby Hutchins (Ghent University): “Metaphysical gap-patching: Descartes on why there is no mind–body problem” & Ohad Nachtomy (Bar-Ilan University) and Oberto Marrama (Bar-Ilan University): “Spinoza On The Capacities of the Body and the Wonders of the Mind” (panel Mind and Body in Descartes and Spinoza)

July 14: Gideon Manning (Claremont Graduate University & Cedars-Sinai Medical Center): “False Images Do Not Lie: Anatomy, Mechanism, and Teleology in Descartes’s Physiology”

July 21: Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge): “Connectedness and Disconnectedness in the History of Philosophy: Or, how we’ve pulled Isaac Newton apart and whether we should put him back together again…”

July 28: Jonathan Regier (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice): “The Philosophy of Threat: Girolamo Cardano and the Roman Inquisition” & David McOmish (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice): “A Venetian network and the reform of education in early modern Edinburgh: The Case of Patrick Sands and his Paduan Circle” (panel Italian Affairs)

FALL 2020

September 8: Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins University): “Spinoza on causa sui

September 15: Charles T. Wolfe (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice): “Problems in the History of Materialism” and Omar Del Nonno (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice): “Spinoza’s Account of Imagination and the Baconian Legacy” (panel Problems in the History of Materialism)

September 22: Enrico Pasini (University of Turin/ILIESI): “Philosophical Poetry in the Early Modern Period”

September 29: Panel on Early Modern Wonder. Panel chair: Alex Douglas (University of St. Andrews). Panel papers: Daniel Samuel (Warburg Institute): “Before Wonder: Pre-Cartesian Taxonomies of the Passions.” Lauren Slater (Birkbeck College): “Descartes on Wonder’s Stupor.” Gabriella Wyer (Birkbeck College): “Malebranche on the Uses and Abuses of Wonder.” Steph Marston (Birkbeck College): “Wonder as an Epistemic Hinge in Spinoza.” Richard Elliott (Birkbeck College): “How Wonder Relates to Heidegger’s Critique of Cartesian Philosophy”

October 6: Raz Chen Morris (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): “From Renaissance Shadows to Baroque Refractions” & Mattia Mantovani (KU Leuven): “The Institution of Nature. Descartes on Human Perception” (panel Optics and Perception in Kepler and Descartes)

October 13: Richard Arthur (McMaster University): “Form, Force and Motion in Leibniz’s Physics”, Dan Garber (Princeton University): “Is Leibniz’s Physics Consistent with his Monadology?”, Christian Henkel (University of Groningen): “Reconciling Physics and Metaphysics in Leibniz’ Philosophy”, Anne-Lise Rey (Université Paris Nanterre): “Dynamics, Action, and Monads in Leibniz’s Physics” (panel Leibniz: Metaphysical Physics or Physical Metaphysics?)

October 20: Christoph Lüthy (Radboud University, Nijmegen): “How Lucian’s ‘True Story’ Became True in the Seventeenth Century. And False.”

October 27: Salvatore Carannante (University of Pisa): “‘On the divine law’. Facets of law in Spinoza’s TTP IV”, Claudia Dumitru (Princeton University): “Equality and Private Judgment in Hobbes’s State of Nature” & Dan Garber (Princeton University): “Human Nature and Civil Society: Hobbes vs. Spinoza” (panel Reason, Passions and Law in Hobbes and Spinoza)

November 3: Igor Agostini (University of Salento): “Sense and Imagination in Meditation II” & Hanoch Ben-Yami (Central European University): “Language, Sign and Representation in Descartes” (panel Descartes: Language, Sense and Imagination)

November 10: Graham Clay (University of Notre-Dame): “Hume Should Deny the Law of Excluded Middle” & Michael Jacovides (Purdue University): ‘The Anti-Catholic Background to Hume’s Essay on Miracles” (panel David Hume: Miracles and Logic)

November 17: Filip Buyse (University of Oxford): “Spinoza and Johannes Müller: How the Dutch Philosopher Inspired the German Father of Contemporary Physiology” & Benjamin Goldberg (University of South Florida): “Notions of Experience in Early Modern Anatomy and Pharmacy”

November 24: Jonathan Head (Keele University), Jasper Reid (King’s College London) & Natalia Strok (University of Buenos Aires): round table on Conway

December 1: Alexandru Liciu (University of Bucharest), Hanna Szabelska (Jagiellonian University), Doina-Cristina Rusu (University of Groningen): joint session on experiments of light

December 8: Ryan Darr (Princeton University) & Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest: joint session on friendship and the divine in Seneca and Shaftesbury


Feb 2nd: Delphine Antoine-Mahut (IHRIM, ENS de Lyon), Leo Catana (Copenhagen), Mogens Lærke (CNRS, Maison Française d’Oxford): Studies in the History of the History of Philosophy. A discussion on occasion of the BJHP special issue Historiographies of Philosophy 1800-1950 (vol. 28:3, 2020).

Feb 9th: Alessandro Becchi (Independent scholar, Florence), Osvaldo Ottaviani (University of Milan): Leibniz on Corporeal Substance and Organism: Between A Priori Reasoning and Empirical Evidence

Feb 16th: Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania), Daria Drozdova (HSE University, Moscow), Chike Jeffers (Dalhousie University), Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University): Exclusion and Inclusion in the History of Philosophy

Feb 23rd: Paul Richard Blum (Loyola University Maryland), Elisabeth Blum (Palacký University Olomouc), Tomáš Nejeschleba (Palacký University Olomouc), Martin Žemla (Charles University, Prague): Panpsychism in the Renaissance

March 2nd: Laura Kotevska (University of Sydney) and Raffi Krut-Landau (University of Pennsylvania): Parallel Influences: Ancient Greek Geometry in the Port-Royal Logic and Spinoza’s Ethics

March 9th: Julie Walsh (Wellesley College) and Eric Stencil (Utah Valley University): “‘Say not that you are a light unto yourself’: Seventeenth Century Conceptions of Humility in Epistemology and Politics

March 16th: Anna Corrias (University of Toronto), Matthew Leisinger (York University), Marleen Rozemond (University of Toronto): panel on Ralph Cudworth

March 23rd: Mihnea Dobre (University of Bucharest), Andreas Hüttemann (Köln University), Nicholas Westberg (Boston College): panel on Descartes and Cartesianism

March 30th: Luis Ramos-Alarcón (UACM), Jack Stetter (Loyola University New Orleans), Jacob Zellmer (University of California, San Diego): panel on Spinoza

April 6th: Stephanie Koerner (Liverpool University), Susanna Cecilia Berger (USC), Glenn W. Most (University of Chicago), Edward Wouk (University of Manchester):  Picturing Wonder – Rendering the Counter-Intuitive Visible in Early Modern Philosophy

April 13th: Jonathan Egid (King’s College London), Dwight Lewis (University of Central Florida: panel on Anton Wilhelm Amo and Zera Yacob

April 20th: Sorana Corneanu (University of Bucharest), Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest), Paul Lodge (University of Oxford): Hadot, Spiritual Exercises, and Philosophy as a Way of Life

April 27th: J. Brian Pitts (University of Cambridge) & Andrew Chignell (Princeton University): Leibniz on Laws and Spiritual Causation

May 4th: Oana Matei (Vasile Goldis Western University of Arad) and Fabrizio Baldassarri (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice): Plants in Early Modern Natural Philosophy: Mechanico/Chymical Investigations

FALL 2021

Sep 14th: Anita van der Bos (University of Groningen) & Michael Jacovides (Purdue University): panel on John Locke

Sep 21st: Marina Banchetti (Florida Atlantic University), Michelle DiMeo (Othmer Library) & William Eaton (Georgia Southern University): panel on Robert Boyle

Sep 28th: Manuel Fasko (University of Basel), Lauren Slater (Birkbeck College), Peter West (Durham University), panel chair: Patrick Connolly (Lehigh University): Theories of Mental Representation in Early Modern Philosophy

Oct 5th: Clara Carus (Paderborn University), Anne-Lise Rey (Université Paris Nanterre) & Aaron Wells (Paderborn University): panel on Émilie du Châtelet

Oct 12th: Areins Pelayo (University of Illinois) & Kirsten Walsh (University of Exeter): panel on Isaac Newton

Oct 19th (now at regular time 1 PM ET): Charles Goldhaber (University of Pittsburgh), Manuel Vasquez Villavicencio (University of Toronto), Anik Waldow (University of Sydney) & Margaret Watkins (Seattle Pacific University): Skepticism and the Passions in Hume’s Philosophy

Oct 26th: Ovidiu Babeș (University of Bucharest) & Monica Solomon (Bilkent University): Early Modern Correspondence and Open-Ended Inquiries Therein

Nov 2nd (Daylight saving time ends in Europe): Luka Boršić (Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb) & Eva Del Soldato (University of Pennsylvania): panel on Plato’s reception & Patrizi

Nov 9th (Daylight saving time ends in US): Corinna Guerra (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Marie-Louise Leonard (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Pietro Daniel Omodeo (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) & Jonathan Regier (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice): Risk in Early Modern Philosophy and Science

Nov 16th: Olivia Branscum (Columbia University), Sofía Calvente (Universidad Nacional de La Plata) & Natalia Strok (Universidad de Buenos Aires): panel on Ralph Cudworth, Anne Conway and Catharine Trotter Cockburn

Nov 23rd: Roger Ariew (University of South Florida), Elodie Cassan (ENS Lyon), Sorana Corneanu (University of Bucharest), Rodolfo Garau (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice): Logic and Methodology in the Early Modern Period. A discussion on the occasion of the Perspectives on Science special issue (vol. 29:3; 2021)

Nov 30th: Ovidiu Achim (University of Bucharest), Vlad Alexandrescu (University of Bucharest) & Georgiana Hedesan (University of Oxford): Van Helmont and Cantemir’s Views on the Being of Time

Dec 7th: Vincenzo De Risi (CNRS & Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) & David Rabouin (CNRS): panel on 17th century mathematics


Feb 22nd: Panel “Thomas Hobbes on Demonic Possession and Passions of War” with Ismael del Olmo (Universidad de Buenos Aires) and Jerónimo Rilla (Universidad de Buenos Aires/CONICET).

March 1st: Panel “Geometry in the 18th Century: Philosophical Arguments and Epistemological Assumptions” with Jens Lemanski, Andrea Reichenberger, and Theodor Berwe (FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany)

March 8th – (starting at 12 PM ET): Panel on John Donne with Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck College), Nigel Smith (Princeton University) and Richard Strier (University of Chicago)

March 15th (Daylight Saving Time starts in the US) – Panel on Leibniz and Newton on Space: Andrew Janiak (Duke University) and Vincenzo De Risi (CNRS & Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)

March 22nd – CANCELED Panel “Leibniz on Quantity, Measure and Force” with Filippo Costantini (University Ca’ Foscari of Venice/McMaster University) and Jeffrey Elawani (McMaster University/Université de Paris)

SPECIAL SESSION March 26th 11 AM – 2 PM ET – Panel “Philosophy as Descartes Found It” with Brian Copenhaver (UCLA), Calvin Normore (UCLA), and Dan Garber (Princeton)

March 29th (Daylight Saving Time starts in Europe) – Panel “Hume’s Theory of the Self as it relates to the Passions” with Lorraine Besser (Middlebury College) and Avital Hazony (University of Arizona)

April 5th – Panel on The Cambridge History of Philosophy of the Scientific Revolution (CUP, 2022) with editors David Marshall Miller (Auburn University) and Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest)

April 12th – Panel “English, French, and German Origins in Aesthetics” with Alexandra Bacalu (University of Bucharest), Michael Deckard (Lenoir-Rhyne University), and Alessandro Nannini (University of Bucharest)

April 19th – Panel “Pre-Established Harmonies in Leibniz” with Ohad Nachtomy (Technion, Israel Institute of Technology), Reed Winegar (Fordham University), Noam Hoffer (Bar-Ilan University), and Uri Eran (Technion, Israel Institute of Technology)

April 26th – Panel on Spinoza’s condemnation with Jonathan Israel (Princeton Institute for Advanced Study), Yitzhak Melamed (Johns Hopkins University), Steve Nadler (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Ronit Palache (University of Amsterdam), Piet Steenbakkers (Utrecht University)

May 3rd – Panel “Pierre-Sylvain Régis: At the Edge of Cartesianism” with Antonella Del Prete (Università della Tuscia), Tad Schmaltz (University of Michigan), Aaron Spink (Dartmouth College)

May 10th – Panel “On Trading Zones between Scholars and Craftsmen: Artisanal Practices and Mathematics in the Early Modern Period” with Angela Axworthy (Gerda Henkel Stiftung & MPIWG), Michael Friedman (Tel Aviv University), and Thomas Morel (Bergische Universität Wuppertal)

May 17th – Panel on Spinoza’s Compendium of Hebrew Grammar with Ioana Bujor (University of Bucharest), Massimo Gargiulo (Pontifical Gregorian University), Zeev Harvey (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Pina Totaro (ILIESI)

May 24th – Panel “Some Relations of the Mind in Malebranche” with Julie Walsh (Wellesley College), Eli Benjamin Israel (Temple University) and Hans Shenk (Temple University)

May 31st – Panel on Amo with Bill Eaton (Georgia Southern University), Dwight Lewis (University of Central Florida) and Justin Williams (Georgia Southern University)