Princeton-Bucharest Virtual Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy – Fall 2021

The Princeton-Bucharest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy was established almost two decades ago by Dana Jalobeanu, Vlad Alexandrescu and Daniel Garber. Since then, every summer until the summer of 2019, we have met in the mountains of Transylvania. Over the years, these seminars have gained a reputation both for academic rigor and cordiality. The seminar has gradually evolved into an institution. In recent years it was co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University and the Humanities Division of the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest (ICUB).

Because of the COVID pandemic, we had to cancel our plans for summer of 2020, and we started to meet online. Our programs have continued through the academic year and have attracted an interesting international audience interested in early modern philosophy and science.


Every Tuesday from 1 PM Princeton time (ET) / 8PM Bucharest time (UTC+2). Add us to your Google Calendar here.

Sep 14th: Anita van der Bos (University of Groningen) & Michael Jacovides (Purdue University): panel on John Locke

Sep 21st: Marina Banchetti (Florida Atlantic University), Michelle DiMeo (Othmer Library) & William Eaton (Georgia Southern University): panel on Robert Boyle

Sep 28th: Manuel Fasko (University of Basel), Lauren Slater (Birkbeck College), Peter West (Durham University), panel chair: Patrick Connolly (Lehigh University): Theories of Mental Representation in Early Modern Philosophy

Oct 5th: Clara Carus (Paderborn University), Anne-Lise Rey (Université Paris Nanterre) & Aaron Wells (Paderborn University): panel on Émilie du Châtelet

Oct 12th: Areins Pelayo (University of Illinois) & Kirsten Walsh (University of Exeter): panel on Isaac Newton

Oct 19th (now at regular time 1 PM ET): Charles Goldhaber (University of Pittsburgh), Manuel Vasquez Villavicencio (University of Toronto), Anik Waldow (University of Sydney) & Margaret Watkins (Seattle Pacific University): Skepticism and the Passions in Hume’s Philosophy

Oct 26th: Ovidiu Babeș (University of Bucharest) & Monica Solomon (Bilkent University): Early Modern Correspondence and Open-Ended Inquiries Therein

Nov 2nd (Daylight saving time ends in Europe): Luka Boršić (Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb) & Eva Del Soldato (University of Pennsylvania): panel on Plato’s reception & Patrizi

Nov 9th (Daylight saving time ends in US): Corinna Guerra (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Marie-Louise Leonard (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Pietro Daniel Omodeo (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) & Jonathan Regier (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice): Risk in Early Modern Philosophy and Science

Nov 16th: Olivia Branscum (Columbia University), Sofía Calvente (Universidad Nacional de La Plata) & Natalia Strok (Universidad de Buenos Aires): panel on Ralph Cudworth, Anne Conway and Catharine Trotter Cockburn

Nov 23rd: Roger Ariew (University of South Florida), Elodie Cassan (ENS Lyon), Sorana Corneanu (University of Bucharest), Rodolfo Garau (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice): Logic and Methodology in the Early Modern Period. A discussion on the occasion of the Perspectives on Science special issue (vol. 29:3; 2021)

Nov 30th: Ovidiu Achim (University of Bucharest), Vlad Alexandrescu (University of Bucharest) & Georgiana Hedesan (University of Oxford): Van Helmont and Cantemir’s Views on the Being of Time

Dec 7th: Vincenzo De Risi (CNRS & Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) & David Rabouin (CNRS): panel on 17th century mathematics

More details are available here.

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