CFP: Early Modern Women on Metaphysics, Religion and Science Conference 21-23 March 2016, University of Groningen

This looks like a fantastic conference:

During the early modern period (c. 1600-1800) women were involved in many debates that tangled together metaphysics, religion and science. The women included figures such as Margaret Cavendish, Emilie Du Châtelet, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, and Damaris Cudworth Masham. The debates surrounded issues such as atomism, determinism, motion, mind-body causation, mechanism, space, and natural laws.

The conference will be held on 21-23 March 2016, at University of Groningen. The program will be comprised of invited speakers and speakers drawn from an open call for papers.

Invited Speakers

Sarah Hutton (Aberystwyth, UK)

Jacqueline Broad (Monash, Australia)

Susan James (Birkbeck, UK)

Andrew Janiak (Duke, USA)

Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

David Cunning (University of Iowa, USA)

Deborah Boyle (College of Charleston, USA)

Tom Stoneham (York, UK)

Call for Papers

Submissions are invited from any discipline, and from researchers of all levels (including PhD students). Submissions are welcome on any aspect of the conference theme.

To submit for the conference, please email an abstract – maximum 800 words – to the conference organiser, Emily Thomas []. The abstract should be anonymised for blind review, and the email should contain the author’s details (name, position, affiliation, contact details). The deadline for abstract submission is 20th October 2015.

For further details – including suggested topics – please see the conference webpage:


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Teaching Conway, Masham, Cavendish and Chatelet.

Andrew Janiak at Duke University is leading a team of eight faculty, students and staff in developing a web site on the works of early modern women philosophers. The website will include unpublished texts, translations of texts that have never been translated into English, and other materials such as sample syllabi from any philosophy courses that discuss these philosophers.

The web site, which will go live in the spring, will initially centre on four philosophers — Anne Conway, Damaris Cudworth Masham, Margaret Cavendish and Emilie du Chatelet. Andrew Janiak is therefore looking for a selection of syllabi (in PDF, HTML, or another format) that showcase how these figures have already been integrated into philosophy courses at various levels.

If you have such a syllabus and would like to help, please send it by email to

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The History of Philosophy as a giant poster, but without women (again).

Here, and discussed at Daily Nous.

The consensus in the comments seems to be that although the poster is beautiful – which it is – it would be good to include at least some women.

I would suggest that a poster with a lot of women would be even nicer, and here’s one good place to find them.

The poster’s creator cites two sources: The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Stanford Encyclopedia. It’s not clear to me that either of these are doing the best possible job in documenting the existence of women in the history of philosophy.

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Women in the History of Philosophy Workshop

Next week in Philadelphia. For more details see here.


Women in the History of Philosophy

A Workshop presented by the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University in the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium’s conference series

Friday, 12 September, 2014

3:00-5:00: KEYNOTE, in conjunction with Penn Philosophy Colloquium Series

Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University)

Gabrielle Suchon’s ‘Neutralist’:
The Status of Women and the Invention of Autonomy

Saturday, 13 September, 2014

9:30-10:45: Marcy P. Lascano (California State University Long Beach)

Monism and Individuation in Cavendish and Conway

11-12:15: Daniel Fryer (University of Pennsylvania)

Margaret Cavendish on Religious Toleration

12:15-1:15: LUNCH

1:15-2:30: Carlos Santana (University of Pennsylvania)

‘Two opposite things placed near each other, are the better discerned’: Philosophical readings of Cavendish’s literary output

2:45-4:00: Sandrine Berges (Bilkent University)

Sophie de Grouchy on the cost of domination in the Letters on Sympathy and two anonymous articles in Le Républicain.

4:15-4:30: Helen Hattab (University of Houston)

Update on Early Modern and Medieval Philosophy for Women Researchers project

4:30-5:30: Roundtable discussion on teaching women in the history of philosophy

Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania)
Nabeel Hamid (University of Pennsylvania)
Julie Klein (Villanova University)
Michaela Manson (Simon Fraser University) 

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Emilie Du Châtelet in Ghent

Workshop on history and philosophy of physics

17 September 2014

Location: KANTL, koningstraat 18, Gent


10:00-11:15 Katherine Brading (University of Notre Dame): “Continuity, intelligibility and free will in Mme Du Châtelet’s Foundations of Physics”

11:30-12:45 Marij van Strien (Universiteit Gent): “Continuity in nature and in mathematics: Boltzmann and Poincaré”

14:15-15:30 Thomas Ryckman (Stanford University): “‘Determinism and Indeterminism in Modern Physics’: a retrospective look”

15:45-17:00 Andreas Hüttemann (Universität zu Köln): “Reduction and reductive explanation”

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Eric Schliesser on Margaret Fuller

A few days ago I received a message from Eric Schliesser asking me which women philosophers I would teach with Emerson and Thoreau. I had no idea. Fortunately someone else knew and the very next day, Eric posted this discussion of transcendentalist philosopher Margaret Fuller.

This link (from Eric’s post) has some useful material on Fuller. I look forward to finding out more about her.



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Women on Liberty 1600-1800

Earlier this month, the Monash Prato center hosted an invited symposium on women’s writings on liberty between 1600 and 1800.

The organizers, Jacqueline Broad (Monash, Australia) and Karen Detlefsen (Penn, US) are hoping to put together an edited volume in the near future. This will be an exciting new publication for the Recovery Project, and, as noted by Sarah Hutton in her abstract (below), new, insofar as the individual women philosophers featured are connected together around a theme: liberty.

Here are the abstracts .

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