Third Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy – Natural Right and Natural Emotions

October 8, 2018 - October 9, 2018
Institute of Philosophy, Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest

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Third Budapest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy – Natural Right and Natural Emotions

8–9 October 2018

Eötvös Loránd University Budapest,

Faculty of Humanities

1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/a first floor

Room: “Dékáni kistanácsterem”

Monday, 8 October

9:30-10:00 Welcome

10:00-11:00 Keynote speaker:

Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann (Freie-Universität Berlin): Is there any Space for Emotions within Natural Law? 

11:00-11:20 Coffee break

11:20-12:40 Panel 1

11:20-12:00 Szilárd Tattay (Pázmány Péter Catholic University): Francisco Suárez and Modern Rationalist Natural Law Theories

12:00-12:40 Stefan Leicht (University of Tübingen): Hugo Grotius on natural right and religious emotions

12:40-14:00 Lunch break

14:00-16:00 Panel 2

14:00-14:40 Heikki Haara (University of Helsinki): Pufendorf on the Natural Inclination to Self-Preservation and the Natural Right of Self-Preservation

14:40-15:20 Ádám Smrcz (Eötvös Loránd University/Hungarian Academy of Sciences): How Philosophy (Re)embraced Laughter in Early Modernity

15:20-16:00 József Simon (University of Szeged): Shame, Common Wealth and Religion in Miklós Bethlen’s (1642-1714) Thought

17:00 Optional guided tour on the Jewish and Muslim inhabitants of Buda castle in the early modern period

20:00 Conference dinner (Építész Pince Étterem, 1088 Budapest, Ötpacsirta utca 2.)

Tueasday, 9 October

10:00-11:20 Panel 3

10:00-10:40 Gábor Boros (Eötvös Loránd University): Natural Right and wordly emotions of love: Descartes, Moliere, Spinoza

10:40-11:20 Mariangela Priarolo (University of “Ca’ Foscari”-Venice): Love and Order. Malebranche and the Feeling of Natural Law

11:20-11:40 Coffee break

11:40-12:40 Keynote speaker:

Paolo Santangelo (University of “Sapienza”-Roma): Natural right and Love-emotions in Early Modern China

12:40 Closing words

Optional programs:

18:00 Presentation of W. Schmitt-Biggemann’s book Gott, versuchsweise (mostly in German)

Venue: Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church (1088 Budapest, Reviczky u. 4.)

20:00 concert: Lukács Miklós (cimbalom) trio: “Cimbiosis”

Venue: Budapest Music Center (1098 Budapest, Mátyás u. 8.)

Registration for the conference is free and most welcome. The optional guided tour costs 20€/person and registration by 1 October is mandatory. Inquiries should be sent to Olivér István Tóth (

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