The Second Finnish-Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

The Second Finnish-Hungarian Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

11th–12th October 2014

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Saturday 11th October, Historica 320

9.10  Vili Lähteenmäki (Jyväskylä): Opening Words

9.15  Alison Simmons (Harvard): Mind-Body Union: Descartes and the Limits of Metaphysics

10.30  Coffee break

10.45  Michael Griffin (CEU): Descartes and Modal Creationism (TBD)

11.45  Olivier Dubouclez (Liège/Paris IV-Sorbonne): On the Importance of Being (More) Attentive. Another Look at Descartes’ Practice of Meditation

12.45  Lunch

14.00  Han Thomas Adriaenssen and Sander de Boer (Groningen): Disentangling the Blackloists: Sir Kenelm Digby and John Sergeant on Common Notions, Metaphysics, and the Soul

15.00  Jennifer Marušic (Brandeis/HU Berlin): Locke’s Simple Account of Sensitive Knowledge

16.00  Coffee break

16.15  Jessica Gordon-Roth (CUNY): Catharine Trotter Cockburn’s Defense of Locke

17.15  Aino Lahdenranta (Jyväskylä): Francis Hutcheson on Selfish and Benevolent Desires



Sunday 12th October, Historica 320

9.30  Daniel Schneider (Ghent): Spinoza’s Epistemic Methodism

10.30  Coffee break

10.45  Oliver Istvan Toth (CEU): Spinoza’s Theory of Consciousness – an Epistemic Interpretation

11.45  Adam Harmer (UC Riverside): Leibniz and Descartes on Plurality and the Independence of Substances

12.45  Lunch

14.00  Sarah Tropper (King’s College London): Corporeal Substances in a World of Monads. To which Conception of Substantiality is Leibniz Committed?

15.00  Peter Myrdal (Turku/Uppsala): Leibniz on Perception as Activity

16.00  Coffee break

16.15  Sebastian Bender (HU Berlin): Localizing Violations of the Principle of Sufficient Reason in Leibniz

Contact: vili.lahteenmaki at