Scottish Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy XI

At the Institut Français Ecosse, West Parliament Square, Edinburgh



Thursday 7 May

9.00-9.15. Welcome

9.15-10.00 Jen NGUYEN (Harvard University), “Locating Leibniz’s Monads”

10.00-10.45 Sorana CORNEANU (University of Bucharest), “Acts of the Imagination: Gassendi, the Scholastics and the Scots”

10.45-11.00 Break

11.00-12.00 Key Note Speaker: Alix COHEN (University of Edinburgh), “What's Common in Common Sense? Kant vs. Empiricism”

12.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.15 Anat SCHECHTMAN (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Locke on the Principles Governing Quantity”

14.15-15.00 Ryan Patrick HANLEY (Boston College), “French Mysticism and the Scottish Enlightenment: Pure Love, Sympathy, and the Scots Quietists”

15.00-15.30 Break

15.30-16.15 Andrea RAY (University of Chicago / Birkbeck College), “Spinoza’s Concept of Reason and the Mos Geometricus”

16.15-17.00 SSEMP Essay Prize Winner: Evan THOMAS (Ohio State University), “Descartes, and His Critics, on the Passionate Animal”


Friday 8 May

9.00-9.15 Welcome

9.15-10.00 Catherine DROMELET (University of Rome 3/Hungarian Academy of the Sciences), “Setting the Agenda for the Second Enquiry: Hume on the Epistemic and Moral Authority of Religion”

10.00-10.45 Dario GALVAO (University of Paris I – Pantheon-Sorbonne / University of Sao Paulo), “Human Reason and Animal Intelligence in Hume, Buffon and Condillac”

10.45-11.00 Break

11.00-12.00 Key Note Speaker: Philippe HAMOU (University of Paris X – Nanterre), “The World Without Us. Annihilation, Thought Experiments and Early Modern Realism.”

12.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.15 Rudmer BIJLSMA (Leiden University), “Of Savages and Stoics: Converging Moral and Political Ideals in the Conjectural Histories of Rousseau and Ferguson”

14.15-15.00 Francesco QUATRINI (Queen’s University Belfast), “Seventeenth-Century Arguments for Freedom of Religion: Spinoza, Locke, and the Polish Brethren”

15.00-15.30 Break

15.30-16.15 Julia WILAM (King’s College London), “Movements of Grace, Hardness of Heart, External Circumstances: Knowledge in the Pensées”

16.15-17.00 Allison KUKLOK (St. Michael’s College), “Making Lockean Species: A Realist Account”



Jonathan COTTRELL (University of Edinburgh)

Mogens LÆRKE (CNRS-Maison Française d’Oxford)



Institut Français Ecosse

University of Edinburgh

Scottish Philosophical Association

British Society for the History of Philosophy

Maison Française d’Oxford


7 and 8 May


Institut Français d'Ecosse

West Parliament Square

(+44) (0)131 285 6030