Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

EMW Program 2011

New York City Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy

Friday, February 25, 2011

1:30 – 2:30 Opening Session

1:30 Opening Remarks: John Drummond, Fordham University

1:35  Christia Mercer, Columbia University: "Leibniz’s Activity"

2:30  Coffee Break

2:45 – 4:15 Kant and Mendelssohn – Chair: Michael Baur, Fordham University

2:45  Omri Boehm, Center for Advanced Study, LMU-Munich, The New School for Social Research: “The Principle of Sufficient Reason, the Ontological Argument and the Is/Ought Distinction”

3:30  Corey W. Dyck, University of Western Ontario: "Turning the Game against the Idealist: Mendelssohn's Refutation of Idealism and Kant's Replies”

4:15  Coffee Break

4:30 – 5:15  Descartes - Chair: John Davenport, Fordham University

4:30  Elliot S. Paul, (Barnard College, Columbia University); Bersoff Faculty Fellow, New York University: “Cartesian Intuition”

5:15  Reception

Saturday, February 26, 2011

9:00  Coffee and Bagels

9:30 – 11:00  Leibniz -  Chair: Justin Smith, Institute for Advanced Study

9:30  Raphaële Andrault, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne: “The mind-body problem and the role of the pain: a rereading of the spontaneity of the soul in Leibniz”

10:15  Lea F. Schweitz, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago: “Changelings, the Species Problem, and God: A Closer Look at the 'Human' in Leibniz’s New Essays on Human Understanding

11:00  Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45  Hume - Chair: TBA

11:15  Donald C. Ainslie, University of Toronto: "Hume's Phenomenology of Sensory Experience:  Three Puzzles"

12:00  Jonathan D. Cottrell, New York University: ‘Feigned Extension’ and ‘Fictitious Distance’: Reading Treatise 1.2.5 in light of Hobbes’s Concerning Body

12:45  Lunch

2:15 – 3:45  Locke and Newton – Chair: Desmond Hogan, Princeton University

2:15  Philippe Hamou, Université Charles de Gaulle; Lille III: “Locke’s magic lantern, Reflections on the   “train of ideas”, in An Essay concerning Human Understanding

3:00  Patrick J. Connolly, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill: “Newton and God’s Sensorium

3:45  Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:15  Plenary Session – Chair: Dominic Balestra, Fordham University

4:00  Daniel Garber, Princeton University: “Monads and Theology: Reading Leibniz”

5:15  Reception


Sunday, February 27, 2011

9:00 Coffee and Bagels

9:30 – 11:00  Hobbes and SpinozaChair: Alan Gabby, Barnard College and Columbia University

9:30  Sandra Field, Princeton University: “The emergence of Hobbes's political concept of potentia

10:15 Angelica Nuzzo, Graduate Center CUNY: “The Power of Substance: Potentia and Potestas in Spinoza”

11:00 Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45  Spinoza – Chair: Martin Lin
, Rutgers University
11:15  Yitzhak Melamed, John Hopkins University: “Spinoza on Eternity”

12:00  John Morrison, Barnard College, Columbia University: “Spinoza on the Attributes”

12:45  Lunch and Conclusion of the Conference


All sessions take place in the 12th floor lounge of the Lowenstein building at Lincoln Center Campus, Fordham University. The entrance is located at 60th street and 9th/Columbus Avenue. The workshop is open to anyone interested.

To pass security, mention the NYC Early Modern Workshop.Financial support for the workshop is provided by the Philosophy Department and the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University.

For any inquiries please contact Ohad Nachtomy

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