Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop

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The Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop brings together scholars working on the history of philosophy across all historical periods and traditions. We meet intermittently during the course of the academic year to discuss work in progress. All are welcome to attend.

If you have questions about the workshop or if you are interested in subscribing to the workshop listserve please contact Jeff McDonough. We are grateful to the Harvard Department of Philosophy and to the committee for the Provostial Funds in the Arts and Humanities at Harvard University for their financial support.

A list of archived workshop events is available here

Past Events

2020 Mar 25

CANCELLED: Robert Pasnau (Colorado/IEA Paris) Choosing Between Faith and Heresy, Co-sponsored with the Harvard Standing Committee on Medieval Studies

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Robbins Library, Second Floor Emerson Hall
Medieval authors commonly distinguish between two evidential situations: cases where the facts are so evident that we cannot help but assent, and cases where the evidence is not so strong, on either side, as to make belief compulsory. In these latter, non-evident cases, it is often said that we are free to choose whether or not to assent. Although most later medieval authors embraced this sort of “doxastic voluntarism” in one or another form, they were aware of its problematic nature, and developed the theory in a wide range of different ways. The project of this paper is to... Read more about CANCELLED: Robert Pasnau (Colorado/IEA Paris) Choosing Between Faith and Heresy, Co-sponsored with the Harvard Standing Committee on Medieval Studies
2020 Feb 22

Workshop on the Philosophy of Émilie du Châtelet

8:30am to 5:00pm

Location: 

Robbins Library, Second Floor Emerson Hall

9:30 – 10:00: Coffee and Welcome

10:00 – 11:15: Ruth Hagengruber (Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists, Paderborn, Germany), "Emilie Du Châtelet between Leibniz and Kant: Eberhard’s reference to Du Châtelet and the Transcendental Turn," comments by Katherine Brading (Duke).

11:30 – 12:45: Clara Carus (Harvard), "The underlying principles of Du Châtelet's Institutions de Physique - bridging Empiricism and Rationalism," comments by Andrew Janiak (Duke).

12:45 – 1:45: Catered lunch in the...

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