Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy VI (SSEMP VI)

Venue: The Senate Room, 66 South Street, St Andrews KY16 9JU


Keynote Speakers:
Thomas Ahnert (University of Edinburgh)
Moira Gatens (University of Sydney)

Dr. James Harris (University of St Andrews)
Dr. Mogens Lærke (CNRS, UMR 5037, ENS-Lyon)

The event is sponsored by:
Scots Philosophical Association
Institute of Intellectual History, University of St Andrews
Department of Philosophy, University of St Andrews
Brill Academic Publishers
British Society for the History of Philosophy (BSHP)
ANR Anthropos, ENS de Lyon


Thursday 7 May

9.30-9.45 Welcome and Coffee.

Session I:
9.45-10.30 Ruairidh J. Brown (St. Andrews), “The Peace of Prudence: The Concept of Authenticity in the Thought of Adam Smith”
10.30-11.15 Heikki Haara (Helsinki), “Pufendorf on the Desire for Esteem and Sociability”

11.15-11.30 Break

Key Note
11.30-12.30 Thomas Ahnert (University of Edinburgh), “Habits of Virtue: ‘Moral Culture’ and Religion in Enlightenment Scotland”

12.30-14.30 Lunch

Session II: Locke
14.30-15.15 Alzbeta Hajkova (Leuven), “The Foundations of Equality in Locke”
15.15-16.00 Alan Nelson (UNC-Chapel Hill), “Locke on Inner Sense and Ideas of Reflection”

16.00-16.30 Break

Special Session: SSEMP Essay Prize winner
16.30-17.15 Stephen Howard (Kingston University), “Why did Leibniz Fail to Complete his Dynamics?”

Friday 8 May

9.30-9.45 Coffee

Session III: Hume
9.45-10.30 Jason Fisette (New School), “Hume on the Stoic Rational Passions and ‘Original Existences’”
10.30-11.15 Thomas Pye (Cambridge), “David Hume and the Paradox of English Liberty”

11.15-11.30 Break

Key Note
11.30-12.30 Moira Gatens (University of Sydney), “Spinoza and the Art of Fiction”

12.30-14.30 Lunch

Session IV: Descartes and Spinoza
14.30-15.15 Sarah Patterson (Birkbeck), “Descartes’s Appeal to Devine Veracity”
15.15-16.00 Hannah Laurens (Oxford), “Reconsidering Spinoza’s Rationalism: Overcoming the Passions through Scientia Intuitiva”

16.00-16.30 Break

Session V: Natural Philosophy
16.30-17.15 Han Thomas Adriaenssen and Sander de Boer (Groningen), “Aristotelian Responses to Mechanization. Kenelm Digby and John Sergeant on Natural Philosophy and Metaphysics”

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