Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop: Archived Events

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God and the Philosophers – Organized by Ann Blair and James Hankins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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