All Souls College Seminar in Early Modern Intellectual History

Conveners: Dmitri Levitin and Noel Malcolm

As always, this year’s iteration of the Seminar in Early Modern Intellectual History will consist of papers on a wide range of subjects: philosophy, science, scholarship, religion, politics, and the social setting of early modern intellectual life.

Due to the continued difficulties posed by the pandemic, at least one session will have to be held via Zoom. The rest are currently planned to be held in person, in the Hovenden Room, at All Souls College. Access is via the entrance to the College on the High Street – please ask at the porter’s lodge for further directions, or consult the information here. Any changes to the programme will be posted on the Events page of the Oxford Centre for Intellectual History.

All sessions will be held on Wednesdays, 5–7pm UK time. As the first session will be on Zoom, we ask that you register here by 12pm on the day before if you would like to attend. A link will then be sent out before the session. From then on, the email list will be used to provide any changes to the programme. You can unsubscribe at any time.

The programme is below:

19 January

CHRISTOPH LÜTHY (Radboud University),

‘Where is the Mechanic? Agency in the Age of the Mechanical Philosophy’.

26 January

SIMON MILLS (University of Newcastle),

‘Jean Gagnier: An Eighteenth-Century Oxford Arabist and “Enlightened” Views of Islam’

2 February


‘Reason, Reading and Religion: Lord Robartes and the Restoration Church’

9 February

DENI KASA (Oxford),

‘Why Milton Rejected the Trinity: Education and Community in Paradise Lost’

16 February

INGRID DE SMET (University of Warwick),

‘The Seal of Secrecy, the Seal of Confession: A Renaissance Problem?’

23 February

DÁNIEL MARGÓCSY (University of Cambridge),

‘Worms: the
Nature of Ships and the Nature of Humans in Early Modernity’

2 March

LODI NAUTA (University of Groningen),

‘Boyle and Locke on Natural Kinds’

9 March CLAIRE CRIGNON (Université Paris-Sorbonne),

‘What is at Stake in a Natural History of the Air? Ways of Knowing and Ways of Believing’

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