Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy V (#DSEMP18)

The Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy brings together advanced students and established scholars to discuss the latest work in early modern philosophy, broadly conceived. Built on the success of the previous 2014–2017 editions, which gathered philosophers from all over the world, our 2018 Seminar offers workshop-style collaborations to stimulate scholarly exchange. The language of presentation and discussion will be English.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dutch-seminar-for-early-modern-philosophy-v-dsemp18-tickets-44126847589

Keynote speakers

Professor Christia Mercer (Columbia University)
Professor Karin de Boer (KU Leuven)


Wednesday 30 May 2018

8:30 am    Arrival

9:00 am    **Keynote address** Karin de Boer (KU Leuven): Kant’s Inquiries into a New Touchstone for Metaphysical Truth

10:30 am    Coffee

10:45 am    Hadley Marie Cooney (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Cavendish and Descartes on Animal Consciousness

11:30 am    Botond Csuka (Eötvös Loránd University): “Gentle” and “Gross” Exercises: Aesthetic Experience and Well-Being in Addison’s Essays

12:15 pm    Alan Nelson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): Locke on Ideas of Reflection, Inner Sense, and the Historical Plain Method

1:00 pm    Lunch (own arrangements)

2:15 pm    Anna Markwart (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń): Sophie de Grouchy and Adam Smith: Education for Sympathy

3:00 pm    Stephen Evensen (Biola University): Reading Kant Through Grotius: Is the Categorical Imperative Substantive or Procedural?

3:45 pm    Stephen Howard (KU Leuven): Physical and Psychological Forces in Wolff, Baumgarten, and Kant

4:30 pm    Tea

4:45 pm    Nathan Porter (University of Utah): Spinoza’s Theodicy (via Skype)

5:15 pm    Nastassja Pugliese (University of São Paulo): Substance and Individuation in Anne Conway as a Critique to Spinoza

6:00 pm    Adam Harmer (University of California, Riverside): Anthony Collins on Texture and Structural Emergence

Thursday 31 May 2018

8:30 am    Doors open

9:00 am    Iulia Mihai (Ghent University): Du Châtelet on the Principle of Continuity, Change and Process

9:45 am    Scott Harkema (Ohio State University): On the Role of Illusion in Du Chatelet’s Theory of Happiness

10:30 am    Coffee

10:45 am    Boris Demarest (University of Amsterdam): Soul as Nature: the Naturalist Animism of Van Helmont and Stahl

11:30 am    **Keynote address**  Christia Mercer (Columbia University): Descartes’ Demons and Debts, or Why We Should Work on Women in the History of Philosophy

1:00 pm    End

Attendance is free and all are welcome, especially students.


  • History of Philosophy Group, Utrecht University
  • Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities
  • Groningen Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Thought, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen
  • Study Group in Early Modern Philosophy, OZSW