Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy V

May 14, 2014 - May 15, 2014
University of Aberdeen

The Sir Duncan Rice Library
University of Aberdeen
United Kingdom

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Keynote speakers:

Susan James
Birkbeck College, University of London
John Sellars
Birkbeck College, University of London

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University of Aberdeen, Scotland
14-15 May 2014
Sir Duncan Rice Library, Meeting Room 1 (room 706)

Key Note Speakers:
Susan James (Birkbeck/ Princeton)
John Sellars (Birkbeck/Oxford)

NB: REGISTRATION is free, but obligatory. In order to gain access to the
library, attendees must figure on the attendance list.


Wednesday, 14 May
9.15-9.30 Coffee and Welcome

Session I
Chair: Mogens Lærke (University of Aberdeen / CNRS, UMR 5037, ENS-Lyon)
9.30-10.15 Olivia Bailey (Harvard University), Empathy, Care, and
Understanding in Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments
10.15-11.00 Thomas D. Micklich and Roman Alexander Barton (Humboldt
Universitty, Berlin), Transformations of Sympathy: Shaftesbury and Adam
Smith between Ancients and Moderns

11.00-11.15 Break

Session II SSEMP Essay Prize winner (sponsored by he BSHP)
Chair: Pauline Phemister (University of Edinburgh)
11.15-12.15 J. D. Taylor (University of Roehampton), Collective Bodies,
Collective Minds: Reason, Security and Power in Spinoza’s Tractatus

12.15-14.00 Lunch Break

Key Note
Chair: TBA
14.00-15.00 Susan James (Birkbeck College/Princeton University), Spinoza on
Political and Individual Freedom
15.00-15.30 Break

Session III
Chair: TBA
15.30-16.15 Arnaud Milanese (ENS-Lyon), Bacon’s Uses of the History of
16.15-17.00 Rodolfo Garau (University of Torino / Max Planck institute for
the History of Science, Berlin), The Sources and Strategies of Hobbes’s
Mechanical Doctrine of Self-Preservation

Thursday, 15 May
9.15-9.30 Coffee

Session IV
Chair: Oberto Marrama (University of Aberdeen)
9.30-10.15 Noa Naaman-Zauderer (Tel Aviv University), Self-Experience and
the Imago Dei in Descartes and Spinoza
10.15-11.00 Gregor Kroupa (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), Truth
Through Fiction: History Written by Philosophers

11.00-11.15 Break

Session V
Chair: Peter Zoltan Hartl (University of Aberdeen)
11.15-12.00 Donald Ainslie (University of Toronto), Hume’s Essential

12.00-14.00 Lunch Break

Key Note
Chair: Christian Maurer (University of Fribourg)
14.00-15.00 John Sellars (Birkbeck and Oxford), Shaftesbury, Stoicism, and
Philosophy as a Way of Life

15.00-15.30 Break

Session VI
Chair: Christopher Thomas (University of Aberdeen)
15.30-16.15 Nausicaa Elena Milani (University of Parma, Italy),
Cartesianism and Anticartesianism in the Régis-Huet Debate
16.15-17.00 Balint Kekedi (University of Aberdeen), The Role of Animal
Passions in the Cognitive Economy of Humans and Higher Animals in Descartes

The event is sponsored by:
The Scots Philosophical Association
The School of Divinity, History and Philosophy (University of Aberdeen)
British Society for the History of Philosophy
ANR Anthopos (ENS-Lyon)
Brill Academic Publishers

Beth Lord (University of Aberdeen)
Mogens Lærke (University of Aberdeen / CNRS, UMR 5037, ENS-Lyon)
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