CFP: Alexander Baumgarten's Metaphysics: Sources, Interpretation and Influence

Submission deadline: Tuesday, October 1 2013

Conference date(s):
Thursday, March 27 2014 - Saturday, March 29 2014

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La Salle University
Philadelphia, United States

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Three-hundred years after the birth of Alexander Baumgarten, La Salle University is hosting a conference devoted to his influential Metaphysica. In addition to being the scientific foundation for all of Baumgarten’s other writings, the Metaphysica is arguably the single most important textbook on the topic published in the German tradition prior to Immanuel Kant. It provides by far the richest, clearest, most concise and most systematic presentation of a complete metaphysical system of the kind envisioned by Leibniz and Wolff. It went through seven Latin and two German editions over a span of twenty-seven years during which it provided the model of philosophical instruction for thinkers such as Mendelssohn, Abbt, Kant, Herder, Eberhard and Maimon. In particular, it formed the basis of Kant’s lectures on metaphysics, anthropology and religion over four decades. Now, for the first time, it is available to scholars in both German (holzboog-frommann, 2011) and English (Bloomsbury, 2013). 

We invite abstracts of 500-600 words for papers focusing on the Metaphysica. Possible topics include: its sources in such philosophers as Leibniz and Wolff; comparisons with other early modern philosophers such as Descartes or Spinoza; interpretations of the work’s central ideas; its relation to Baumgarten's aesthetics or moral philosophy; its relation to later thinkers such as Mendelssohn, Kant, Herder, or Maimon.

The best graduate student submission will receive a $200 travel stipend, courtesy of the North American Kant Society. Please send abstracts prepared for blind review to baumgartenatlasalle@gmail.com by 1 August, 2013 for full consideration. All papers will be considered for inclusion in an edited volume now in preparation.

Organization and selection committee: Courtney D. Fugate (AUB), John Hymers (La Salle University) and Chris Johns (AUB).

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