Early Moderns on the Power of Philosophy Workshop - Call for Papers

14-15 October 2022

School of Philosophy

University College Dublin

Keynote Speaker: Professor Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco)

 

Theme

 

The power of philosophy was a common topic in the early modern period. Early modern philosophers had descriptive and normative views on the formation of representations like beliefs and affective states like passions, as well as the causation of actions, in response to philosophical argumentation and reflection. This workshop aims to bring together scholars who work on topics and figures in early modern philosophy concerned with the effects of philosophy. It aims to encourage the application of interpretative work on early modern thinkers–including neglected philosophers of the era–to the efficacy of philosophical argumentation and reflection in effecting change in those who engage in it. It also aims to encourage the application of contemporary work in philosophy, cognitive science, and psychology to the views of early modern philosophers in this domain.

 

Call for Papers

 

We invite submissions of abstracts on any topic related to the theme of the workshop. We particularly welcome contributions on figures whose contributions have not received perennial attention, as well as contributions that deploy innovative techniques or perspectives. Possible topics include early modern philosophers’ views on the following:

  • The effects of philosophy on the passions or emotions
  • The effects of philosophy on beliefs or knowledge
  • The relationships between philosophy and mental faculties
  • The interactions between our conceptions of ourselves and our philosophical views
  • The agency and liberty that we have with respect to the formation of emotions, passions, beliefs, and knowledge
  • The normative dimensions of the use of philosophy to change someone’s mind, including in education
  • The role of philosophical argumentation in religious faith formation or retention
  • The use of philosophy for political or social purposes

Please submit abstracts of no more than 750 words in PDF format, prepared for blind review, by 30 April 2022.

We aim to communicate results no later than 31 May 2022.

Papers should be about 40-45 minutes reading time. We aim to find commentators for all seven (7) accepted papers, as well as that of the keynote, and authors are asked to submit full versions of their papers no later than 31 August 2022.

We plan to have the conference in person at UCD’s Belfield campus in Dublin, Ireland.

We will seek to cover expenses for childcare, if speakers or commentators request it.

In order to foster interaction and future collaboration we intend to offer two travel fellowships of €100 each to graduate students and/or junior scholars who have limited access to travel funding.

Submission website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=emppw22

Organizers: Graham Clay, Ruth Boeker

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Irish Research Council, UCD, the British Society for
the History of Philosophy, the Mind Association, and the UCD School of Philosophy.