Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop: Archived Events

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Delphine Antoine-Mahut (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon): "Descartes in the Pantheon. New materials on Claude Clerselier's Editorial Work" Friday April 25, 2019

Paul Lodge (Oxford): "Leibniz on Vital Principles and Plastic Natures," Monday March 25, 2019

Melissa Merritt (University of New South Wales) "Kant and Psychological Monism"Monday February 25, 2019

Khaled El-Rouayheb (Harvard): "The Liar Paradox in 15th Century Shiraz: The Exchange between Sadr al-Din Al-Dashtaki and Jalal al-Din al-Dawani,” Friday February 15, 2019

Kathryn Tabb (Columbia) "Locke on Complex Ideas and the Ethics of Belief," Friday February 8, 2019



Workshop: International Workshop on Early Modern Philosophy, Day 2, Sunday September 30, 2018:

Doug Blue (Harvard): “Instrumentalism about infinite number in Leibniz.” Comments by Abram Kaplan (Harvard Society of Fellows)


Robert Mason (Toronto): "Leibniz's Infinite Analysis Account of Contingency." Comments by Jeff McDonough (Harvard)


Dominic Dimech (Sydney): "Hume's Relative Ideas." Comments by Doina Rusu (Groningen)


Elena Gordon (Sydney): “Hume on the capabilities of children and the emergence of fictions.” Comments by Donald Ainslie (Toronto)


Workshop: International Workshop on Early Modern Philosophy, Day 1, Saturday September 29, 2018:

Sabine van Enckevort (Groningen): “Real and Apparent Things: Peter Auriol's Alignment of the Object of Illusions and Veridical Perception.” Comments by Anik Waldo (Sydney)


Ariane Schneck (HU Berlin): "Descartes on Freedom and the Ability to Do Otherwise." Comments by Martin Lenz (Groningen)


Robbie Matyasi (Toronto): “Revisiting Spinoza’s essentialism.” Comments by Sebastian Bender (HU Berlin)

Christian Henkel (Groningen): “Contextualising Cordemoy's Occasionalism: A Project of Deconstruction and Reconstruction.” Comments by Marleen Rozemond (Toronto)

Mariska Leunissen (UNC) "Conviction, (Alternative) Facts, and Fake News in Aristotle's Natural Science", Friday September 7, 2018

Lucia Oliveri (Münster/Rutgers) The Logic of the Imagination: A Useful Fiction, Friday February 16, 2018



Samuel Levey (Dartmouth College) “Disagreement about Substance and Unity in the Lebiniz-Arnauld Correspondence,” Friday December 1, 2017

Therese Cory (University of Notre Dame) “Assimilation and Aboutness: Crossing the Mind-World Gap (or not) with Aquinas’s Intelligible Species,” Friday October 27, 2017

Christof Rapp (Munich) Aristotle & Aristotelian Naturalism,” Friday October 16, 2017

Julia Borcherding (Yale/NYU) “Moral Knowledge in Leibniz’s New Essays,” Friday September 29, 2017

Andrea Sangiacomo (University of Groningen) “Teleology and Mechanism in the 17th Century,” Friday September 11, 2017

Jens Timmerman (University of St. Andrews) "Autonomy, Progress and Virtue: Why Kant Has Nothing to Fear from the Overdemandingness Objection,” Friday August 25, 2017

Piotr Szalek (Catholic University of Lublin) "Early Modern Origins of Pragmatism,” Friday May 19, 2017

Ohad Nachtomy (Bar-Ilan University) "On Living Mirrors and Mites: Leibniz’s Encounter with Pascal on Infinity and Living Things circa 1696", Friday May 12, 2017



Workshop: Émilie Du Châtelet – 310th Anniversary, Co-sponsored with the Boston Colloquium for Philosophy of Science, Friday and Saturday, November 18-19, 2016:

Free Staged Reading of Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson Directed by Judy Braha (CFA School of Theater), with a Panel Discussion and Talk Back to follow.

Judith Zinsser (Miami University, Ohio) "The Evolution of Emilie Du Chatelet's Ways of Thinking: From the "Metaphysique d'Amour" to a "Metaphysique du Tout"

George Smith (Tufts University) "How Much Did She See? Du Chatelet's Commentary on Newton's Principia,"

Ruth Hagengruber (Paderborn University) "Du Chatelet and the Fight Over Metaphysics,"

Marius Stan (Boston College) "Substance and Body in Du Chatelet's Institutions de Physique,"

Andrew Janiak (Duke University) "Emilie Du Chatelet & the Scope of Physics in the Early Eighteenth Century,"

Katherine Brading, (University of Notre Dame) "Beyond the Newtonians: Du Chatelet's Quest in her Institutions de Physique"


Lanier Anderson (Stanford University) “Nietschean Autonomy and the Meaning of Sovereign Individual’,” October 17, 2016


Workshop: God and the Philosophers, co-sponsored with Ann Blair and James Hankins, Harvard History Department, April 8, 2016:

Craig Martin (Oakland University) “Averroes, Averroism, and the New Sciences”

Debora Shuger (UCLA) "Place and Presence: the metaphysics of the Eucharist on the threshold of modernity"

Daniel Garber (Princeton University) "Spinoza: God of the Philosophers and God of the Bible"

Steven Nadler (UW Madison) "Malebranche's Miracles"

Lisa Downing(Ohio State University) "Locke on the Possibility of Thinking Matter and the Impossibility of a Material God"

Jeff McDonough (Harvard University) "Spinoza on Personal Immortality" Harvard University



Jon McGinnis (University Missouri – St. Louis) "Mind the Gap: Avicenna’s New Argument against Actually Infinite Space and Its Reception"
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Kara Richardson (Syracuse University) "Avicenna on Determinism and Human Freedom"
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Emma Gannage (Georgetown University) "Revisiting al-Kindi's Sources"
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Riccardo Strobino (Ruhr-Universität Bochum/University of Cambridge) "Necessity in Avicenna's theory of science" Saturday, October 4, 2014

Paul Guyer (Brown University) "Mendelssohn, Kant and the Postulate of Immortality" Saturday, December 7, 2014

Marius Stan (Boston College) "Unity for Kant's Natural Philosophy" Saturday, December 7, 2014

Dominik Perler (HU Berlin/Princeton Global Scholar) "How can we control our emotions? Two medieval perspectives" Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sarah Byer (Boston College) "Victorinus and Augustine in the Commentary Tradition on Aristotle: Substance, Existence, and Actuality" Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ken Winkler (Yale University) "Causal Realism and Hume's Revisions of the Enquiry"
Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Elizabeth Radcliffe (The College of William and Mary) "Alcali and Acid, Oil and Vinegar: Hume on Contrary Passions" Saturday, March 8th, 2014




Victor Caston (University of Michigan) "Aristotle on Illusions, Hallucinations, and Dreams"
Saturday, November 23, 2013

Christiana Olfert (Tufts) "Aristotle, Action, and Fitting Oneself to the World" Saturday, November 23, 2013

Ollie Koistinen (University of Turku) "From Descartes's True and Immutable Natures to Kant's Transcendental Deduction"
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Becko Copenhaver (Lewis and Clarke College) "Reidian Moral Perception"
Saturday, February 23, 2013

Yumiko Inukai (UMass Boston) "Hume's Tensions in Fictions"
Saturday, February 23, 2013

James Harris (St. Andrews) "Late Hume: Between Authority and Liberty"
Saturday, February 23, 2013



David Charles (Oxford University) "Aristotle on Taste"
Saturday, November 3. 2012

Casey Perin (UC Irvine) “Knowledge, Stability and Virtue in the Meno”
Saturday, April 14, 2012

Brandon Look (University of Kentucky) "Understanding the Amphiboly:  Kant’s Critique of Leibniz”
Saturday, April 14, 2012

Jean-Luc Solère (Boston College) "Bayle and the Thinking Cadavers"
Friday, March 23, 2012

Anja Jauernig (University of Pittsburgh) "Kant’s Realism and Fictionalism about Things in Themselves"
Friday, February 24, 2012



Yitzak Melamed (Johns Hopkins) "Spinoza's Deification of Existence"
Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ursula Renz (Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt) "Finite subjects in the Ethics:  Spinoza’s conception of the human mind and its consequences for his rationalism"
Friday, September 23, 2011

Mary Louise Gill (Brown University) "The Limits of Perception: Another look at Theaetetus 184-186.”
Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sean Greenberg (UC Irvine) "Occasionalism and Human Freedom in Malebranche: 'Things that Undermine Each Other?'"
April 9, 2011

Donald Ainslie (University of Toronto) "Hume's Philosophical Reflections on Sensory Beliefs"
March 25, 2011

Rae Langton (MIT) "Humility and Contingency: Lessons from Kant's 1755 Nova Dilucidatio"
March 4, 2011



Justin Broackes (Brown University) "Locke on Substance"
November 5, 2010

Tad Schmaltz (Duke University) "Descartes's Critique of Scholastic Teleology"
October 2, 2010

Sukjae Lee (Ohio State) "Leibnizian Appetition"
April 20, 2010

Marleen Rozemond (University of Toronto) "Mills Can't Think: Leibniz's Approach to the Mind-Body Problem "
April 16, 2010

Andrew Janiak (Duke University) "Substance and Action in Descartes and Newton"
April 9, 2010

Don Garrett (NYU) "Representation and Misrepresentation in Spinoza's Philosophy of Mind"
March 26, 2010



Alison Simmons (Harvard University) "Cartesian Consciousness Reconsidered"
November 21, 2009

Alan Nelson (UNC) "Innateness and the Intentionality of Sensation"
October 31, 2009

Catherine Wilson (CUNY) "Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity"
May 1, 2009

Gary Hatfield (University of Pennsylvania) "Descartes' Rehabilitation of the Senses"
April 3, 2009

Michael Della Rocca (Yale University) "Violations of the Principle of Sufficient Reason in Leibniz and Spinoza"
March 13, 2009

Margaret Atherton (UW Milwaukee) "Berkeley and Locke on Real Knowledge"
February 7, 2009



Des Hogan (Princeton University) "Noumenal Affection"
December 12, 2008

Martin Lin (Rutgers University) "Leibniz on the Modal Status of Absolute Space and Time "
November 21, 2008

Paul Hoffman (UC Riverside) "Reasons, Causes and Inclinations"
July 3, 2008

Martha Bolton (Rutgers University) "Leibniz and Substantial Unity"
April 18, 2008

Daniel Garber (Princeton University) "Enchanting the World: Leibniz on Body, Substance and Monad"
February 22, 2008



Donald Baxter (University of Connecticut) "Hume, Distinctions of Reason, and Differential Resemblance"
October, 26, 2007

Donald Rutherford (UC San Diego) "Leibniz on Infinitesimals and the Reality of Force"
October 12, 2007

Donald Rutherford (UC San Diego) "Leibniz on Possible Worlds and Compossibility"
October 11, 2007