CFA: Agency in Early Modern Philosophy Workshop

Agency in Early Modern Philosophy Workshop

27–28 September 2018

UCD School of Philosophy

University College Dublin

Keynote Speaker: Jacqueline Broad (Monash)


This workshop aims to bring together scholars who work on agency in early modern philosophy from a variety of different perspectives, including but not restricted to moral, social, political, cultural, metaphysical and phenomenological approaches to agency. It aims to to rethink existing narratives about agency and early modern philosophy and to rediscover the works of relatively widely neglected philosophers, and women philosophers in particular.

We invite submissions of abstracts on any topic related to the theme of the workshop. We particularly welcome contributions on figures whose contributions to debates about agency have not received perennial attention and contributions that approach the debates from innovative questions. Possible topics include the following:

  • Agency and liberty
  • Agency and human nature
  • Agency and education
  • Agency and class, race, and gender
  • Agency and slavery
  • Agency and society
  • Agency and the role of passions and reason in social interaction
  • Character and character development
  • Self-constitution, personhood, and personality
  • The metaphysics and phenomenology of active powers and agency

Please submit abstracts of no more than 750 words in PDF format, prepared for blind review, by 31 May 2018.

Submission website

We aim to communicate results no later than 15 July 2018.

Papers should be about 40-45 minutes reading time. We aim to find commentators for all accepted papers and authors are asked to submit full versions of their papers no later than 15 August 2018.

We can offer two stipends (of approximately € 100 each) for PhD students and/or early career scholars (up to five years after the completion of PhD) who do not have access to travel funding via their home institution. If you would like to be considered for the stipends, please send a copy of your CV to ruth.boeker [at] with the subject line “Stipends for Agency in EMP Workshop.”

We will assist with expenses for childcare in Dublin for speakers and commentators travelling with children.

Following the workshop participants are invited to join us for a historical sightseeing tour in Dublin on Saturday 29 September 2018.

Contact: Ruth Boeker,

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