Schlagwort-Archive: Workshop

Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop: Lessons from, and for Philosophy’s History

The aims and purpose of the history of philosophy have recently been the subject of an important debate in the Journal of the History of Philosophy, centered on the interpretation of Spinoza. One of the issues arising from this discussion is the question of how our understanding of philosophy’s history ought to be related to contemporary philosophical debates. This workshop is an effort to promote further discussion of this methodological issue, as well as to promote research that unifies inquiry into philosophy with inquiry into its history. With this goal in mind, the 2016 Spinoza-Leibniz Workshop at Michigan State University will feature papers that illuminate the significance of Spinoza and/or Leibniz for contemporary philosophy, or vice versa. What lessons can we learn from the works of historical authors, like Spinoza and Leibniz, which could be applied to philosophical debates unfolding today? And conversely, what lessons from contemporary philosophy could help us to better understand — or more carefully criticize — the thought of these historical figures?

  • Michael Della Rocca (Yale): TBA
  • Martha Brandt Bolton (Rutgers): TBA
  • Emily Grosholz (Penn State): TBA
  • Galen Barry (Old Dominion) & James Darcy (Virginia): „Hyperintensionality: A Spinoza Case Study“
  • Sebastian Bender (Rice): „Leibniz’s Rationalist Account of Persistence“
  • Kyle Driggers (UNC Chapel Hill): „The Status of Spinoza’s Ineffable Attributes“
  • Christopher Frugé (Houston): „Shared Parts and Political Authority: Groups as Individuals in Spinoza“
  • Austen Haynes (Boston U): „Locke and Leibniz on Species Classification“
  • Julia Jorati (Ohio State): „Leibnizian Bondage and Contemporary Philosophy of Action“
  • Justin Steinberg (CUNY Brooklyn): „Spinoza and the Politics of Hope and Fear“

Bioinspiration – Ideen aus der Natur

Was können wir von der Natur lernen, um relevante Probleme der Gegenwart zu lösen? Welche Strategien haben biologische Systeme entwickelt, um Energie zu gewinnen, Wasser zu reinigen, Gebäude zu bauen oder Temperaturen zu regulieren? Wie passen sich Organismen an, welche Strategien haben sie entwickelt, um auf Veränderungen zu reagieren? Was können wir von den Dinosauriern lernen in Zeiten ökologischer Herausforderungen? In einem facettenreichen Workshop erfahren Sie Neues über intelligente Strategien aus der Natur und lernen, wie Bioinspiration und ihre Methodik kreative Lösungen und innovative, elegante Ideen ermöglicht.

Kursleitung: Arndt Pechstein & Prateep Beed (Biomimicry Germany), Susanne Grube & Mathias Zilch (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin)

Kosten: 15,00 € / erm. 12,00 €

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Leibnizʼs Political Thought and His Political Activities

International Conference on July 22/23, 2015 in Hanover

Leibniz Universität, Königsworther Platz 1, Raum 1501-142, 30167 Hannover


Programme (PDF)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

09h00 Opening (Prof. Dr. Wenchao Li)

Address of the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities of the Leibniz University
(Prof. Dr. theol. Dr. phil. habil. Harry Noormann)

09h30 First session: Discussion of the editorsʼ conception of the companion

Introductory remarks on

(1) the relationship of the politician to the philosopher, scientist, scholar, mathematician, jurist (Hartmut Rudolph)

(2) Leibniz’s political biography (Jaime de Salas)

(3) universal jurisprudence as a basis and frame of politics (Luca Basso)


11h00 Coffee break

11h30 Second session: The basic elements of Leibniz’s political thought and of his activities

(1) Natural Law and Justice as the metaphysical and ethical foundation of politics governed by the primacy of common good, both as a universal principle as well as a prinicipal of political decision-making (Introductory remarks: Matthias Armgardt)


(2) La place d’autrui (Introductory remarks: Luca Basso)


13h00 Lunch

15h00 (3) Reasoning and calculus as the instruments of political decision-making (Introductory remarks: Jaime de Salas)


(4) The link of politics to metaphysics from both the point of view of theology and of the general understanding of man (Introductory remarks: Jaime de Salas)


(5) Leibniz’s personal involvement in a vision that had as its objective the development of humankind (Introductory remarks: Hartmut Rudolph)

17h00 Coffee break

17h30 to 19h00
Third session:
First experiences of realizing the conception in specific fields

We don’t expect papers from each, but there will be time for everybody who wishes to expose his current research on Leibniz’s political thought and activities.

Reports planned up to now by:

Kristian Hungar, Daniel Cook, Gábor Gángó, Brigitte Saouma, Daniel Hohrath, Hartmut Rudolph


Thursday, July 23, 2015

09h00 Third session (continuation)

10h30 Coffee break

11h00 Fourth session: The List of contents: Discussion, critics, amendments, supplements

Short introductory remarks by the editors

12h30 Lunch

14h00 Fifth session: What should a Companion provide?

Short introductory remarks by the editors

Discussion and proposals

15h30 Coffee and departure