Modern Influence in Contemporary Philosophy: Present Problems in a Past Light
Auditorum A, West Hall
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The Modern period in philosophy (Descartes to Kant) is often characterized as a radical break from the past: as a revolution in mathematics and the empirical sciences, in metaphysics and epistemology, as having firmly separated mind from matter, and as a period in cautious confrontation with a firmly entrenched theological order. It is also characterized as having introduced the most radical reconstructions of the grounds of morality, human rights, and political institutions. It is thus a period in which many contemporary concerns had already been vigorously theorized: the notion of substance, of modality, the nature of the mental and the physical, free will, space and time, ethical naturalism vs non-naturalism, moral psychology, the limits of language, and the concept of autonomy in moral and political philosophy. Since we maintain, however, that the present cannot radically break from its past, it appears to us high time to reassess the influence of the Modern period upon the present, and to speculate on whether any of its historical gems indicate a fruitful direction for the future. We have invited philosophers of international stature to present papers investigating the relationship between Modern and Contemporary philosophical figures and topics.
Jeff Edwards - Stony Brook University
Keota Fields - University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Thomas Holden - University of California, Santa Barbara
Daniel Selcer - Duquesne University
Daniel W. Smith - Purdue University
Lucas Thorpe - Boğaziçi University
Kenneth R. Westphal - University of East Anglia/Universität Bielefeld
Thursday May 16 Auditorium A, West Hall
Thomas Holden 1.00 – 2.30pm 'Hobbes on the Function of Evaluative Speech'
Keota Fields 3.00 – 4.30pm ‘Berkeley’s Externalism: How Meaning, Normativity, and Anti-Reductionism Shape Idealism and Immaterialism’
Keynote: Galen Strawson 5.00 – 6.30pm ‘Locke on Personal Identity’
Friday May 17 Auditorium A, West Hall
Lucas Thorpe 10.30 - 12.00pm Title to be announced
Jeff Edwards 12.00 - 1.30pm ‘Squire Allworthy’s Inclinations and Acting from Duty: The Problem of Moral Worth in Kant’s Criticism of Sentimentalist Ethics’
Kenneth Westphal 3.30 - 5.00pm ‘Autonomy, Freedom and Embodiment: Hegel’s Critique of Contemporary Biologism’
Saturday May 18 Auditorium A, West Hall
Daniel Selcer 10.30 - 12.00pm ‘The Ontology of the Multitude in Hobbes and Spinoza’
Daniel W. Smith 12.30 - 2.00pm ‘What Does It Mean to Be Leibnizian Today?’
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