Hybrid Workshop Program and Registration: Early Moderns on the Power of Philosophy 14-15 October

Early Moderns on the Power of Philosophy Workshop

14-15 October 2022

School of Philosophy

University College Dublin

Dublin, Ireland

This is a hybrid event. Registration is free, but required for in person or online participation. Please register here:

Programme (all times are Irish/UK summer time; UTC+1):

Friday, 14 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)

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)

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)

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)

Saturday, 15 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)

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)

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)

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

“Hume and the Power of Convention”

Keynote: Jacqueline Taylor (University of San Francisco)

Commentator: Graham Clay (University College Dublin)

Workshop website.

Organizers: Graham Clay, Ruth Boeker.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the British Society for the History of Philosophy, the Irish Research Council, the Mind Association, and University College Dublin. 

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