NYC Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy: Expanding the Canon

May 17, 2022 - May 19, 2022

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University of Western Ontario
University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Fordham University
Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Fordham University

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NYC Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy:
Expanding the Canon

May 17-19, 2022

Fordham University

All sessions will take place on-line. Listed times correspond to New York local time (EDT).

May 17th

Chair: Don Garrett (NYU)

10:00-11:00  Daniel Garber (Princeton University) – Tales of the Not-So Mighty Dead: Descartes and the Case for Reading Outside the Canon

11:00-12:00 Jonathan Head (Keele University) – Conway’s World Soul and Monism

Chair: Jessica Gordon-Roth (University of Minnesota)

1:00-2:00 Olivia Branscum (Columbia University) – Against the “Empty Fiction” of Senseless Matter: Some Systematic and Historical Implications of Anne Conway’s Panpsychism

2:00-3:00 Julia Jorati (UMass Amherst) – Early Modern Theories of Racism

May 18th

Chair: Allison Aitken (Columbia)

10:00-11:00 Guenter Zoeller (LMU Munich) – How (Not) to Write the First Polylogic Epistolary Novel: Philosophy and Fiction in Montesquieu’s Persian Letters

11:00-12:00 Manuel Fasko (Universitaet Basel) – ‘The complicate being self’: Mary Shepherd and the Difference between Self and Mind

Chair: Dwight Lewis (University of Minnesota)

1:00-2:00  Alex Barrientos (University of Utah) – Mary Shepherd’s Defense of Miracles against Hume

2:00-3:00 Justin Smith (Paris Diderot) – Must a Philosopher Have Existed in Order to Be Canonical? The Case of Zera Yacub

May 19th

Chair: Nabeel Hamid (Concordia)

10:00-11:00 Fabrizio Baldassari (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and Indiana University-Bloomington) – An Overlooked Section of Early Modern Philosophy: The Philosophy of Plants and the Roots of Life

11:00-12:00 Iziah Topete (Penn State) – Amo on Freedom and Impediment

Chair: Courtney Fugate (American University of Beirut)

1:00-2:00 Pierpaolo Betti (KU Leuven) – Baumgarten on the Impenetrability of Monads

2:00-3:00 Corey Dyck (Western University) – Amalia Holst and the Education of the Human Race

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May 16, 2022, 9:00am EST

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