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Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IX; Aberdeen, 24-25 May

Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IX


University of Aberdeen 24-25 May 2018

The Sir Duncan Rice Library, Seminar Room 224.

Key note speakers:

Felicity Green (University of Edinburgh)

Martin Lenz (University of Groningen)

 All are welcome to attend. Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory on our Eventbrite page:


Thursday 24 May

9.00-9.15 Coffee and Welcome

9.15-10.00 Brenda Basilico (University of Lille III), “Music, Mathematics, and Skepticism in Mersenne’s Writings”

10.00-10.45 Margaret Matthews (Emory University, Atlanta), “The Place of Skepticism in Montaigne’s Essays.” 

10.45-11.00 Break

11.00-12.00 Key Note SpeakerFelicity Green (University of Edinburgh), “Freedom and Responsibility in Locke’s Account of Belief.”

12.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.15 Raphael Krut-Landau (University of Pennsylvania), “From History to Anagogy: Scriptural Modes of Reading in Spinoza’s Ethics.”

14.15-15.00 Sanja Särman (Hong Kong University), “Don’t Know Yourself – Spinoza and Leibniz on the Advantages of Having an Infinitely Unfamiliar Mind.”

15.00-15.15 Break

15.15-16.00 James A. Harris (University of St Andrews), “Hume on political obligation: between Locke and Filmer.”

16.00-17.45 Jacob Hinze (University of St. Andrews), “Indeterminacies in Locke’s Concept of the State of Nature.” (SSEMP Essay Prize Winner, funded by the BSHP)

Friday 25 May

9.00-9.15 Coffee

9.15-10.00 David Bartha (Central European University), “Two Routes to Idealism: Collier and Berkeley.”

10.00-10.45 Umrao Sethi (Lehman College, CUNY), “Mind-Dependence in Berkeley and the Problem of Perception.”

10.45-11.00 Break

11.00-12.00 Key Note SpeakerMartin Lenz (University of Groningen), “What does it mean to share a view? Hume on the Transmission of Mental States. “

12.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.15 Dino Jakusic (University of Warwick), “Christian Wolff and the Invention of Ontology.”

14.15-15.00 Gaston Robert (King’s College London), “God, Aggregation, and the Collective Unity of All Substances: General Pre-Established Harmony Revisited.”

15.00-15.15 Break

15.15-16.00 Keith Green (East Tennessee State University), “Hatred, Moral Motivation, and ‘Normativity’ in Spinoza and Hume”

16.00-16.45 Gabriel Watts (Oriel College, Oxford), “The Curious Place of Curiosity in Hume’s Theory of the Passions.”

Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory. Please up on Eventbrite: Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IX:

 Contact: Mogens Lærke:

Organisation: Beth Lord (Aberdeen); Mogens Lærke (IHRIM, CNRS, ENS de Lyon)

Funding: Scottish Philosophical Association (SPA) / British Society for the History of Philosophy (BSHP) / University of Aberdeen / IHRIM (CNRS, UMR 5317), ENS de Lyon.

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Visiting scholars at Dundee (Alexander Galloway and Marcia Sa Cavalcante Schuback); 14 – 27 May

The Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy at the University of Dundee is pleased to announce a series of special events by visiting scholars Alexander Galloway and Marcia Sa Cavalcante Schuback, running from the 14th to the 27th of May 2018. These events are made possible by the support of the Scots Philosophical Association.
All events are free to attend.
Our first visiting fellow is Alexander R. Galloway, 14–19 May
First Masterclass: The Concept of the Digital
Monday 14 May4-6 pm, room 2S12, Dalhousie Building.
Second Masterclass: The Concept of the Analog
Tuesday 15 May, 4-6pm, room 2S12, Dalhousie Building.
Evening Lecture: How Did the Computer Learn to See?
Wednesday 16 May, 4-6 pm, Meeting Room, Dundee Contemporary Arts
Our second visiting fellow is Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback21-27 May
Three Masterclasses: Time in Exile – About the Struggle for Presence
First Masterclass: Monday 21 May4-6 pm, Room 2G13 Dalhousie Building
Second Masterclass: Tuesday 22 May4-6 pm, Room 2G13 Dalhousie Building
Third Masterclass: Wednesday 23 May4-6 pm, Room 2G13 Dalhousie Building
Evening Lecture: Thinking through Sketches
Thursday 24 May4-6pm, Meeting Room, Dundee Contemporary Arts
For further information, including abstracts and speaker biographies, see
Enquiries may be sent to Amélie Berger Soraruff: