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Early Moderns on the Power of Philosophy Workshop - Program

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.

 

Program

Friday, 14 October 2022

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

“Right Reason and the Power of Platonism in 17th Century Women Philosophers”
Speaker:                  Elisabeth Thorsson (Durham University)
Commentator:       Francesco Quatrini (University College Dublin)

Coffee, Tea, and Snack Break

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

“Knowledge for the Sake of Power: Anti-System in Bacon’s Philosophy”
Speaker:                  Robert Miner (Baylor University)
Commentator:       Adi Efal-Lautenschlaeger (Tel Aviv University)

Lunch Break (provided for all speakers and commentators)

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

“A Puzzle for Macaulay on Moral Improvement and the Philosophical Education of Women”
Speaker:                  Jill Hernandez (Texas Tech University)
Commentator:       Ruth Boeker (University College Dublin)

Coffee, Tea, and Snack Break

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

“The Role of Philosophy in Hume’s Critiques of British Imperial Politics”
Speaker:                  Elena Zeng (King’s College, Cambridge)
Commentator:       Margaret Watkins (Seattle Pacific University)

7PM

Conference Dinner (provided for all speakers and commentators)

Saturday, 15 October 2022

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

“Hume’s Skeptical Philosophy and the Management of Pride”
Speaker:                  Charles Goldhaber (Haverford College)
Commentator:       Taro Okamura (University of Tokyo)

Coffee, Tea, and Snack Break

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

“Why Do Skeptics Philosophize? The Case of Pierre Bayle”
Speaker:                  Michael Hickson (Trent University)
Commentator:       Katherine Dunlop (University of Texas, Austin)

Lunch Break (provided for all speakers and commentators)

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

“Spinoza and the Problem of Imperfect Rationality”
Speaker:                  Jacob Zellmer (University of California, San Diego / Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Commentator:       Erin Islo (Princeton University)

Coffee, Tea, and Snack Break

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

“TBA”
Keynote:                 Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco)
Commentator:      Graham Clay (University College Dublin)

7PM

Informal Drinks/Dinner

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.