The Princeton-Bucharest Virtual Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy: program for Spring 2021

The Princeton-Bucharest Virtual Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy is very pleased to announce its program for Spring 2021.

Seminars are generally on Tuesday, 1PM Princeton time and 8PM Bucharest time, and last two hours. (The exception is on March 2.) The Zoom link is the same one used for the series in Fall 2020. If you need the Zoom link, please write us at:

Abstracts will be available on our website in the week before each program.







Feb 2nd: Delphine Antoine-Mahut (IHRIM, ENS de Lyon), Leo Catana (Copenhagen), Mogens Lærke (CNRS, Maison Française d’Oxford): Studies in the History of the History of Philosophy. A discussion on occasion of the BJHP special issue Historiographies of Philosophy 1800-1950 (vol. 28:3, 2020).

Feb 9th: Alessandro Becchi (University of Florence), Osvaldo Ottaviani (University of Milan): Leibniz on Corporeal Substance and Organism: Between A Priori Reasoning and Empirical Evidence

Feb 16th: Karen Detlefsen (University of Pennsylvania), Daria Drozdova (HSE University, Moscow), Chike Jeffers (Dalhousie University), Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University): Exclusion and Inclusion in the History of Philosophy

Feb 23rd: Paul Richard Blum (Loyola University Maryland), Elisabeth Blum (Palacký University Olomouc), Tomáš Nejeschleba (Palacký University Olomouc), Martin Žemla (Charles University, Prague): Panpsychism in the Renaissance

March 2nd: Laura Kotevska (University of Sydney) and Raffi Krut-Landau (University of Pennsylvania): Parallel Influences: Ancient Greek Geometry in the Port-Royal Logic and Spinoza’s Ethics [This seminar is 1:30 Princeton time, 8:30 Bucharest time]

March 9th: Julie Walsh (Wellesley College) and Eric Stencil (Utah Valley University): “‘Say not that you are a light unto yourself’: Seventeenth Century Conceptions of Humility in Epistemology and Politics

March 16th: Anna Corrias (University of Toronto), Matthew Leisinger (York University), Marleen Rozemond (University of Toronto): panel on Ralph Cudworth

March 23rd: Mihnea Dobre (University of Bucharest), Andreas Hüttemann (Köln University), Nicholas Westberg (Boston College): panel on Descartes and Cartesianism

March 30th: Luis Ramos-Alarcón (UACM), Jack Stetter (Loyola University New Orleans), Jacob Zellmer (University of California, San Diego): panel on Spinoza

April 6th: Stephanie Koerner (Liverpool University), Susanna Cecilia Berger (USC), Glenn W. Most (University of Chicago), Edward Wouk (University of Manchester):  Picturing Wonder – Rendering the Counter-Intuitive Visible in Early Modern Philosophy

April 13th: Jonathan Egid (King’s College London), Dwight Lewis (University of Central Florida: panel on Anton Wilhelm Amo and Zera Yacob

April 20th: Sorana Corneanu (University of Bucharest), Dana Jalobeanu (University of Bucharest), Paul Lodge (University of Oxford): Hadot, Spiritual Exercises, and Philosophy as a Way of Life

April 27th: J. Brian Pitts (University of Cambridge) & Andrew Chignell (Princeton University): panel on Leibniz

May 4th: Oana Matei (Vasile Goldis Western University of Arad) and Fabrizio Baldassarri (University of Bucharest): Plants in Early Modern Natural Philosophy: Mechanico/Chymical Investigations

4-th Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy

gradconfafisThe Center for the Logic, History and Philosophy of Science is organizing its fourth graduate conference for advanced master and PhD students working on early modern philosophy and on the history and philosophy of science. The event will be held on May 10-11, 2013  at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Bucharest (Splaiul Independenţei, 204).

Invited speakers:

  • Richard Serjeantson (Trinity College, Cambridge),
  • Peter Anstey (University of Sydney)
  • Vlad Alexandrescu (University of Bucharest)


  • Daniel Collette (University of South Florida)
  • Claudia Dumitru (University of Bucharest)
  • Matthew Keeler (Texas Tech University)
  • Lucio Mare (University of South Florida)
  • Bennett McNulty (University of California, Irvine)
  • Michael Misiewicz (King’s College London)
  • Ville Paukkonen (University of Helsinki)
  • Dan Savinescu (Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj)
  • Daniel Schwartz (University of California San Diego)
  • Monica Solomon (University of Notre-Dame)
  • Aaron Spink (University of South Florida)
  • Sarah Tropper (King’s College London)
  • Dragoş Vădana (New Europe College)
  • Julia Weckend (University of Reading)

 Program Committee: Mihnea Dobre, Dana Jalobeanu, Sorin Costreie, Sorana Corneanu

 Organizing Committee: Dana Jalobeanu, Claudia Dumitru, Mihnea Dobre.


Friday, May 10

9.00-9.30: Opening address, coffee

9.30-10.30: Richard Serjeantson: ‘Francis Bacon and the “Interpretation of Nature” in the Late Renaissance’

10.30-10.50: Coffee Break

10.50-11.30: Daniel Schwartz (University of California San Diego): Crucial Instances and Bacon’s Quest for Certainty

11.30-12.10: Claudia Dumitru (University of Bucharest): Crucial Experiments and Demonstrative Induction in Newton’s New Theory about Light and Colors

12.10-13.20: Lunch

13.20-14.00: Monica Solomon (University of Notre-Dame): Newton’s Mathematical Time Remains Hidden in Plain Sight

14.00 – 14.40: Lucio Mare (University of South Florida): Leibniz’ Soul Pointilism: from the Resurrection of Body to the Indestructibility of Bugs

14.40-15.00: Coffee Break

15.00-15.40: Sarah Tropper (King’s College, London): What ‘Matter’ Might Have Been for the Young (and Older) Leibniz

15.40-16.20: Julia Weckend (University of Reading): Leibniz on Ordinary Objects

16.20-16.40: Coffee Break

16:40-17.20: Ville Paukkonen (University of Helsinki): Berkeley’s Notion of Notion

17:20-17:30: Coffee Break

17:30-18:30: Vlad Alexandrescu: Some Remarks of an Intellectual Historian Facing a Herculean Task: Translating Anew Descartes’ Correspondence.

Saturday, May 11

9.30-10.30: Peter Anstey: The Problem of Necessity in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy

10.30-10.50: Coffee Break

10.50-11.30: Mike Misiewicz (King’s College, London): “The ‘geology’ of the Short Treatise: Tracing the evolution of Spinoza’s conception of the mind-body relationship”

11.30-12.10: Daniel Collette (University of South Florida): Pascal, Spinoza, and Defining “Cartesianism”

12.10-13.20: Lunch

13.20-14.00: Aaron Spink (University of South Florida): Descartes and the Eternal Truths

14.00 – 14.40: Max Gavrilciuc (University of Bucharest): The Angelic Mind in Descartes’ Replies to Burman and Henry More

14.40-15.00: Coffee Break

15.00-15.40: Dragos Vadana (New Europe College): The Innate Idea of God and the Limits of Natural Theology: Descartes and Voetius

15.40-16.20: Dan Savinescu (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj): Plurality of Worlds and Philosophy of Language in the Writings of John Wilkins

16.20-16.40: Coffee Break

16:40-17:20: Matthew Keeler (Texas Tech University): Reid and the Representational Theory of Mind

17.20-18.00: Bennett McNulty (University of California, Irvine): Rehabilitating the Regulative Use of Reason. Kant on Empirical and Chemical Laws

Call For Papers: The 3rd Edition of Bucharest Graduate Conference in Early Modern Philosophy

The Center for the Logic, History and Philosophy of Science organizes its
third postgraduate conference for advanced master and PhD students working
on early modern philosophy and on the history and philosophy of science. The
event will be held on March 22-23, 2012 at the University of Bucharest,

Invited speakers:
Prof. Daniel Garber (University of Princeton)
Prof. Christoph Lüthy (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Dr. Mihnea Dobre (University of Bucharest)

We cordially invite graduate students to forward abstracts on any topic
related to early modern philosophy by February 5th, 2012. Abstracts should
not exceed 800 words and should be prepared for blind review. Participating
papers will be given 40 minutes (30 minutes talk, 10 minutes open
discussion). The Program Committee will notify authors of its decision by
February 13th.
Please send abstracts by email to: