Harvard History of Philosophy Workshop

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About the Harvard History of Philosophy Workshops

Harvard History of Philosophy Workshops will be meeting intermittently during the course of the academic year to discuss work in progress by distinguished scholars working on the history of philosophy. Those interested in attending meetings are encouraged to contact Jeff McDonough (jkmcdon at fas dot harvard dot edu), Alison Simmons (asimmons dot fas dot harvard dot edu) or Rusty Jones (rjones@fas.harvard.edu). We are grateful to the committee for the Provostial Fund in the Arts and Humanities for its continued support of the workshop.
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Lanier Anderson
"Nietschean Autonomy and the Meaning of the 'Sovereign Individual'"
Stanford University
Monday, October 17, 2016
4:00 - 5:30

Dan Kaufman
"'Prince of the Nullibists'? Descartes, Henry More, and the Location of the Mind"
University of Colorado
Friday, November 11, 2016
4:00 - 5:30

Émilie Du Châtelet: 310th Anniversary - Co-sponsored by the Boston Colloquium for Philosophy of Science

Friday & Saturday, November 18-19, 2016

Friday 4:00pm. BU Theater Lab, Rm. 104, College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Ave.

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.

Saturday 10:00am-1pm The Terrace Lounge, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave.

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

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

"Du Chatelet and the Fight Over Metaphysics," Ruth Hagengruber, Philosophy, Paderborn University, Germany

Saturday 2:30-5:30pm

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

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

"Beyond the Newtonians: Du Chatelet's Quest in her Institutions de Physique," Katherine Brading, History & Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame

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Past Talks


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

Friday, April 8, 2016

9:00 - 12:15

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

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

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

12:30 lunch at CES


Steven Nadler
"Malebranche's Miracles"
UW Madison

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

Jeff McDonough
"Spinoza on Personal Immortality"
Harvard University


Jon McGinnis
"Mind the Gap: Avicenna’s New Argument against Actually Infinite Space and Its Reception"
University Missouri – St. Louis
Saturday, October 4, 2014
9:30 – 10:45

Kara Richardson
"Avicenna on Determinism and Human Freedom"
Syracuse University
Saturday, October 4, 2014
11:00 – 12:15

Emma Gannage
"Revisiting al-Kindi's Sources"
Georgetown University
Saturday, October 4, 2014
1:45 – 3:00

Riccardo Strobino
"Necessity in Avicenna's theory of science"
Ruhr-Universität Bochum/University of Cambridge
Saturday, October 4, 2014
3:15 – 4:30

Victor Caston
"Aristotle on Illusions, Hallucinations, and Dreams"
University of Michigan
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Emerson Hall 310

Christiana Olfert
"Aristotle, Action, and Fitting Oneself to the World"
Saturday, November 23, 2013
10:45 – 12:15
Emerson Hall 310

Paul Guyer
"Mendelssohn, Kant and the Postulate of Immortality"
Brown University
Saturday, December 7
9:00 – 10:30

Marius Stan
"Unity for Kant's Natural Philosophy"
Boston College
Saturday, December 7
10:45 – 12:15

Dominik Perler
"How can we control our emotions? Two medieval perspectives"
HU Berlin/Princeton Global Scholar
Saturday, February 8
9:00 – 10:30

Sarah Byer
"Victorinus and Augustine in the Commentary Tradition on Aristotle: Substance, Existence, and Actuality"
Boston College
Saturday, February 8
10:45 – 12:15

Ken Winkler
"Causal Realism and Hume's Revisions of the Enquiry"
Yale University
Saturday, March 8th
9:00 – 10:30

Elizabeth Radcliffe
"Alcali and Acid, Oil and Vinegar: Hume on Contrary Passions" 
The College of William and Mary
Saturday, March 8th
10:45 – 12:15


Ollie Koistinen
"From Descartes's True and Immutable Natures to Kant's Transcendental Deduction"
University of Turku
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
4:00 - 6:00

Becko Copenhaver
"Reidian Moral Perception"
Lewis and Clarke College
Saturday, February 23, 2013
12:30 - 1:45

Yumiko Inukai
"Hume's Tensions in Fictions"
UMass Boston
Saturday, February 23, 2013
2:00 - 3:15

James Harris
"Late Hume: Between Authority and Liberty"
St. Andrews
Saturday, February 23, 2013
3:30 - 4:45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rae Langton
"Humility and Contingency: Lessons from Kant's 1755 Nova Dilucidatio"
March 4, 2011
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Justin Broackes
"Locke on Substance"
Brown University
November 5, 2010

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

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

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

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

Don Garrett
"Representation and Misrepresentation in Spinoza's Philosophy of Mind"
March 26, 2010
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Alison Simmons
"Cartesian Consciousness Reconsidered"
Harvard University
November 21, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daniel Garber
"Enchanting the World: Leibniz on Body, Substance and Monad"
Princeton University
February 22, 2008
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Donald Baxter
"Hume, Distinctions of Reason, and Differential Resemblance"
University of Connecticut
October, 26, 2007

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

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