Events in the The History of Philosophy Program

Masterclass

with Professor Eckart Förster (Johns Hopkins/HU-Berlin) and Dr Dalia Nassar (Sydney)

The University of Sydney, June 9-11, 2015
Theme: Kant’s Philosophy of Nature

Emanuel Kant

The Masterclass is organized for a small group of advanced graduate students working on dissertations in German idealism, with special emphasis on the philosophy of nature.

In remarks in the Encyclopedia Hegel credits Kant’s “construction” of matter and his notion of “inner purposiveness” with revitalizing the idea of a Naturphilosophie. “With this concept of inner purposiveness,” Hegel writes, “Kant has resuscitated the idea in general and especially the idea of life” (#55A). In turn, Kant’s “construction” of matter in the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science has the “merit of having made a beginning toward a concept of matter and of having revived with this attempt the concept of a Naturphilosophie” (#262A).

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Research Training Opportunity

Human Nature and the Construction of the State - Hobbes and Spinoza

The History of Philosophy Programme will welcome Beth Lord from the University of Aberdeen as its next visitor in August 2014. She will teach the postgraduate seminar “Spinoza and contemporary continental political philosophy”. This course puts into practice a new research-focused teaching format: students have the opportunity to closely engage with the research of international experts who present their work at a one-day workshop at Sydney University. The course will prepare them for this event and also give them the chance to write and present comments in relation to our speakers' papers. The seminar will be taught as a compact seminar in 5 x 3 h sessions in the week from 18 to 22 of August; the workshop will be on 26th of August.

Workshop
Human Nature and the Construction of the State - Hobbes and Spinoza
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26th August, 9 am – 5 pm, Muniment Room, Main Quad, University of Sydney
Organiser: Anik Waldow

Speakers:
Daniel Garber (Princeton)
Moira Gatens (Sydney)
Beth Lord (Aberdeen)
Michael LeBuffe (Otago)
Duncan Ivison (Sydney)

This event has been made possible with the support of the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science and the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry of the University of Sydney.

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Daniel Garber (Princeton) in Sydney

The Sydney Ideas Series will feature one of the world's leading experts in early modern philosophy. His talk will examine "Why the Scientific revolution wasn't a Scientific revolution".

  • When: 25th August, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
    Where: t.b.a.
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  • Contact:
    Sydney Ideas
    E | sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
    T | 9351 2943
    More info | Sydney Ideas website

This event has been made possible with the support of the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science.


Principles in Early Modern Thought Colloquium

27th August, 2014 to 29th August, 2014

Principles in Early Modern Thought Colloquium

This colloquium forms part of Professor Peter Anstey’s ARC Future Fellowship project on ‘The nature and status of principles in early modern philosophy’. It is sponsored by the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science.


SHAPE Seminiar series

Fridays 10:30-12:00
Researchers and postgraduates in the history of philosophy regularly present their work in the SHAPE (philosophy of value, broadly conceived, on a topic social, historical, aesthetic, political or environmental) seminar series.
If you want to present a paper, please contact David Macarthur,


CONFERENCES

2014

Nature, Culture and Mind in German Romanticism and Idealism

12-14 March 2014
Co-hosted by the University of Sydney and UNSW-Australia, sponsored by the Sydney Intellectual History Network. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Manfred Frank,
  • Richard Eldridge,
  • Kate Rigby,
  • Paul Redding,
  • Stephen Gaukroger,
  • Simon Lumsden,
  • Melissa Merrit,
  • Anik Waldow,
  • Heikki Ikäheimo and
  • Dalia Nassar.

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The Question of the Image

23-24 July 2014
SCA (University of Sydney) and UWA. Conference organiser: David Macarthur.

Principles in Early Modern Thought

27-29 August 2014
An international colloquium on the nature and status of early modern principles sponsored by USyd and organized by Peter Anstey. Speakers include: Michael LeBuffe (Otago); Ian Maclean (Oxford); William R. Newman (Indiana); Sophie Roux (ENS, Paris); Kiyoshi Shimokawa (Gakushuin, Tokoyo); Alberto Vanzo (Warwick).

Plato's Poetics

21-27 Sept 2014
A conference jointly organised by Rick Benitez and Keping Wang, hosted in Beijing. Invited speakers include: Rick Benitez (USYD), Angus Bowie (Oxford), Zhongmei Chen (BYU), Catherine Collobert (Ottowa), Stephen Halliwell (St. Andrews),Marguerite Johnson (Newcastle), Kathryn Morgan (UCLA), Penelope Murray (em. Warwick), Gerard Naddaf (York), Tom Robinson (Toronto), Samuel Scolnicov (Jerusalem), Keping Wang (Beijing)


2015

Conference of the International Society for Intellectual History, organiser: Stephen Gaukroger


2016

Annual Conference of the International Hume Society, organizer Anik Waldow, Eric Schliesser (Ghent), Michael Gill (Arizona), keynote speakers: Alison Gopnik (Berkeley), Shaun Nichols (Arizona), Christine Swanton (Auckland), Stephen Buckle (ACU)


Workshops

  • 4 April 2014
    Early Modern Persons and Consciousness. organisers Anik Waldow and Vili Lähteenmäki; speakers include: Stephen Gaukroger, Peter Anstey, David Macarthur.
  • Workshop
    Human Nature and the Construction of the State: Hobbes and Spinoza

26th August, 9 am- 5 pm, Muniment Room, Main Quad, University of Sydney
Organiser: Anik Waldow


Speakers:
Daniel Garber (Princeton)
Moira Gatens (Sydney)
Beth Lord (Aberdeen)
Michael LeBuffe (Otago)
Duncan Ivison (Sydney)

This event has been made possible with the support of the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science and the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry of the University of Sydney.

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READING GROUPS

2014
  • Summer
    “Plato’s Myths”, convener Rick Benitez, Tuesdays 10-1 Quadrangle N496
    2014

Visitors in 2014

  • Katherine Dunlop (University of Texas)
  • Richard Eldridge (Swarthmore College)
  • Yahei Kanayama (University of Nagoya, Japan)
  • Vili Leahteenmaeki (University of Helsinki)