CfP: Oxford Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, March 14, 2017

Deadline: December 1, 2016


The educational reforms of the early modern period had a substantial impact on philosophy, not only through the ways in which future philosophers were educated — for instance, Descartes’s education in the new Jesuit paradigm — but also in informing philosophical discussion about learning and education, including about just in what learning consists, who is capable of learning, the best methods of learning, educational institutions, tools for both theoretical and moral education, and other topics. This seminar aims to encourage discussions around this largely unexplored central philosophical theme of the period.

Abstracts for papers should be concerned with topics that are connected with the philosophical reflection on the nature of education or the relationship between philosophy and education (both broadly construed) in the early modern period (roughly 1600-1800).

The organizers are particularly interested to receive papers that focus upon thinkers and works that are less commonly discussed. However, we hope that those whose work is concerned with more canonical figures or works should not feel deterred from submitting.

Please send an abstract of approx. 2 sides double-spaced for a reading/presentation time of approx. 40 mins. Please send submissions, which should include name and contact details on a cover sheet only, to:

Call for Papers: Dutch Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy IV

Keynote speakers
Prof Jeffrey McDonough (Harvard University)
Dr Emily Thomas (University of Groningen / Durham University)

Call for papers
Please send the abstract of your proposed lecture (on any topic relevant to early modern philosophy) to Dr Andrea Sangiacomo by October 15, 2016. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing and sent as a .docx file (please do not use pdf format). The author’s name and contact information (name, affiliation, email and professional status – doctoral student; postdoc; lecturer; etc.) should also be specified in your e-mail message.

The abstracts will be peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the outcome of the review by December 20. We will do our best to send the reviewers’ reports to all participants in order to provide useful feedback on the abstracts.

There are no registration fees. Attendance is free and all listeners are welcome. No financial help, however, can be provided to support travel expenses and accommodation.

Andrea Sangiacomo (

Further Info here