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Conference: “Varieties of Early Modern Materialism” (Mainz, June 19th-21st 2014)

We are pleased to announce the Conference “Varieties of Early Modern Materialism”, that will take place on June 19-21, 2014 at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Senatssaal, 7th floor, Becherweg 21, Mainz).

The program of the Conference will be the following:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

13:30-14:00 Welcome

I. The roots of the debate in seventeenth-century philosophy

14:00-15:00 Patricia Springborg (Bolzano): Hobbes and Materialism
15:00-16:00 Ann Thomson (Florence/Paris): Epicureans and Mortalists in Late Seventeenth-Century England
16:30-17:30 Joshua Wood (Amherst College): Locke on Activity in Matter
17:30-18:30 Stewart Duncan (Florida): Margaret Cavendish, Materialism and the Soul

Friday, June 20, 2014

II. At the turn of the century

9:30-10:30 Winfried Schröder (Marburg): Materialistic Alternatives to the Theistic Doctrine of Creation in the 17th and 18th Centuries
10:30-11:30 Paola Rumore (Turin): Mechanicism and Materialism in Early Modern German Philosophy
12:00-13:00 Corey W. Dyck (Western Ontario): The Threat of Materialism in Early German Philosophy

III. Mid-eighteenth and later eighteenth century developments

14:00-15:00 Sophie Audidière (Dijon): Criticism of Metaphysics and Consitution of the Subject: Materialist Effects in the Philosophy of Helvétius and d’Holbach
15:00-16:00 Charles T. Wolfe (Ghent): Body, Soul and Brain in Diderot’s Materialism
16:30-17:30 Timo Kaitaro (Helsinki): Eighteenth-century French Materialism Clockwise and Anticlockwise
17:30-18:30 Catherine Wilson (York): Buffon On Nature; Materialism without Metaphysics and its Influence on Hume

Saturday, June 21, 2014

09:30-10:30 Udo Thiel (Graz): Materialism and Subjectivity in Eigtheenth Century Philosophy
10:30-11:30 Falk Wunderlich (Mainz): From August Wilhelm Hupel to Karl von Knoblauch. German Materialism in the 1770s and 1780s
12:00-13:00 Eric Watkins (San Diego): Kant on Materialism

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Further information can be found at the following link.

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