Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IX

Key note speakers :
MARTIN LENZ (Groningen) ; FELICITY GREEN (Edinburgh)

The SSEMP IX is the 9th edition of a yearly event that brings together established scholars, young researchers and advanced graduate students working in the field of Early Modern Philosophy. The aim is to foster scholarly exchange among the different generations of academics in the UK and to strengthen international collaboration. We welcome abstracts on any topic in pre-Kantian early modern philosophy (broadly defined, ranging from late Renaissance philosophy to the Enlightenment.) We particularly encourage proposals that consider early modern philosophy in relation to other related disciplines, such as theology, intellectual history and/or the history of science. Presentations should be in English and approximately 30-35 minutes in reading length. We make an effort to assure a reasonable gender balance.

Abstracts for the regular program (approx. 300 words, abstract and contact information in a single pdf or word file) should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke. Graduate students submitting to the regular program should include contact information for one referee (typically the supervisor.) Deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2018. Due to very high numbers of submissions we can no longer undertake to respond individually to all of them. Applicants who have not been contacted within one month by 15 February should consider their submission declined.

The SSEMP awards a Graduate Student Essay Prize which this year, like in previous years, is funded by the British Society for the History of Philosophy. The prize includes an invitation to present the essay at the SSEMP and a bursary of £200 towards travel and accommodation. The bursary cannot be used for any other purpose. Submissions to the essay competition should include : (1) Name, affiliation, name and email of supervisor, and personal contact information ; (2) the complete essay (max. 6000 words, including notes). Everything should be gathered in a single pdf or word file. Deadline for submissions is 15 January 2018. They should be sent by email to Mogens Lærke. Those who wish to submit a proposal both as a complete text for the essay competition and as a short abstract for the regular program are free to do so.

Please note that the SSEMP cannot provide funding for travel or accommodation for speakers. For further information about the SSEMP, see

Key note speakers :
Felicity Green (University of Edinburgh)
Martin Lenz (University of Groningen)

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

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


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 Speaker : Felicity 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 SSEMP Essay Prize Winner : Jacob Hinze (University of St. Andrews), “Indeterminacies in Locke’s Concept of the State of Nature.”

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 Speaker : Martin 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.”

Contact :
Mogens Lærke

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


Informations pratiques

Deadline for submissions is 15 January 2018

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