History of Knowledge Lecture, postponed until Spring 2022

Please note that this event has been postponed.

On Friday, 25 JuneThe Philosophical Café invites you to join us in the discussion ‘What is History of Knowledge?’ with Sven Dupré (Utrecht), at 6pm BST (UK), 7pm CET (Central Europe), 8pm EET (Eastern Europe), 1pm Eastern (US), 10am Pacific (US)

Sven will be discussing the framework of the History of Knowledge as well as the Journal of the History of Knowledge, where he is editor. The discussion will be hosted by Jo Hedesan and Dana Jalobeanu.

The event will take place via Zoom and will also be streamed live on YouTube at https://youtu.be/AEiev0JObrQ. A trailer will be available on our YouTube channel in the upcoming days, at https://www.youtube.com/c/Cafeneauafilosofica (to receive notifications from YouTube please subscribe to the channel).   

If you want to join us via Zoom, please write for a link at cafeneauafilosofica@gmail.com.

For those of you who participated in our previous meetings, please note that it is the same link as before. If you plan to attend, please try to arrive 15-20 minutes before the meeting starts.

The Philosophical Café (Cafeneaua filosofica) is a weekly online discussion taking place on Zoom and YouTube. It is a component of the Philosophy after Dark framework, which is an invitation to dialogue, and an attempt to go beyond the format of traditional academic events, in search of new ways to bring philosophy to the general public. Join us in the debate!

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CFP: Coerced Labour in the Early Modern World (1500-1800): Definitions, Justifications and Resistances

Coerced Labour in the Early Modern World (1500-1800): Definitions, Justifications and Resistances

6 – 8 September 2021, online

The International Society for Intellectual History is pleased to announce our 2021 conference: Coerced Labour in the Early Modern World (1500-1800), which will take place online from 6 – 8 September 2021.

From the ancient world to the present day, different practices of coerced labor have constituted an intrinsic feature of human societies. According to the latest figures, up to 40 million people worldwide currently live under a regime of imposed work. It is therefore for good reason that the issue has continued to occupy a central place in public debates aimed at reshaping the current market dynamics. Various forms of modern slavery, forced labor and human trafficking appear to be a structural part of the neoliberalist model, and have been dramatically reinforced by the interconnected, consecutive global economic crises of the last decades. Mass migrations to supply cheap manpower often expose individuals to conditions of reduced social and civil rights, which are compounded by cultural differences and the scarce implementation of the rule of law. More recently, the Covid-19 pandemic likewise engendered a feverish rhetoric of productivity, underpinned by nationalist justifications of the curtailing of individual rights in the name of financial stability and the common good.

While systems of exploitation have been the constant object of scholarship in several historical disciplines, their multifaceted conceptual patterns often remain undefined, and demand further academic attention at this historical juncture. The renewed importance of forced labor in contemporary discussions belies a limited understanding of the roots of its many historical manifestations. The present conference therefore aims to explore how different modes of compelled labor were expressed, advocated or opposed across the early modern period in their historical, cultural and social contexts. We wish to keep a wide theoretical framework, in order to promote a general reflection involving as many fields of intellectual history as possible. We accordingly welcome the reconstruction of philosophical arguments in different contexts (including national, comparative, imperial, colonial and global histories), revolving around one or more typologies of unfree labor (including domestic serfdom, corvée labor, indentured servitude and chattel slavery) and involving all forms of discourses and traditions of thought (including political, legal, religious and economic).

Abstracts due 30 June 2021.

For the full CFP, please see the conference webpage.

Conference Committee: Giovanni Lista, Shiru Lim, and Elias Buchetmann.

For more details, see the conference webpage.

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CFP: New ISIH Seminar Series, Women in Intellectual History

The International Society for Intellectual History is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for our new seminar series, Women in Intellectual History, which will take place Autumn/Winter 2021.

Women thinkers and their writings are still underrepresented in the discipline of intellectual history. Despite decades-long efforts at canon-busting, research agendas and teaching curricula alike attest that much work remains to be done to counteract the bias of gendered historiographies. As a prominent meeting place for practitioners of the discipline in all stages of their careers and from various parts of the world, ISIH provides an ideal forum for the discussion of recent work in this crucial area of research.

Through a series of online meetings in autumn and winter 2021, featuring selected presentations and commentary followed by discussion, early career researchers active in the field of women’s intellectual history will be able to connect with each other and with senior scholars with matching expertise. Submissions from a broad range of specialisations—including the history of social, political, legal and economic thought, literary history, the history of philosophy, and the history of science—and across historical periods and geographical boundaries are encouraged.

If you are an early career researcher and would like to participate in this seminar by giving a paper, please send an abstract (max. 300 words) and a short bio to elias.buchetmann@eui.eu by 23 June 2021.

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Bayle Lecture at Princeton

Dmitri Levitin, Why did Pierre Bayle believe in Virtuous Atheists? A Critique of Pure Reason “avant la lettre”

Wednesday, 12 May at 12:00pm EST

Pierre Bayle’s claims about the possibility of a society of virtuous atheists are one of the most famous ideas produced in Europe in the decades around 1700. More generally, Bayle’s intentions have been the subject of profound historiographical debate, even generating the idea of an insoluble ‘Bayle Enigma’. This talk will give a completely new account of Bayle’s thought, based on a reading and contextualisation of everything he ever wrote.

Dmitri Levitin is a Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He works on the history of knowledge between 1500 and 1850. In 2016, he was awarded inaugural Leszek Kołakowski Prize in intellectual history. His next book, The Kingdom of Darkness: Bayle, Newton, and the Emancipation of the European Mind from Philosophy will be published by Cambridge University Press later this year.

The talk will be chaired by Rhodri Lewis, Department of English.

For further information, and to register for the Zoom link, click here.

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Winner Announcement for the British Journal for the History of Philosophy Awards Best Article Prize

The British Journal for the History of Philosophy has awarded the 2020 Rogers Prize—its annual prize for the best article it publishes—to Khaled El-Rouayheb (Harvard) for his paper ‘The liar paradox in fifteenth-century Shiraz: the exchange between Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Dashtakī and Jalāl al-Dīn al-Dawānī’ (volume 28, issue 2).

This Prize, awarded for the first time in 2012, was established in honour of Prof. John Rogers, the Founding Editor of the journal. It is worth £1000, and will be announced in the next issue of the journal.

The runner-up for the prize is Ursula Renz (Graz) for her paper ‘Cassirer’s enlightenment: on philosophy and the ‘Denkform’ of reason’ (volume 28, issue 3).

Congratulations to them both!

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Update on the 2021 ISIH Conference

The 2021 ISIH conference, planned to take place in September in Venice at Ca’Foscari University, has unfortunately been postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. We plan to hold an online AGM for members of the ISIH later this year, as well as several online events. Details will be released soon.

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CfP: Liberalism and/or socialism: tensions, exchanges and convergences from the 19th century to today

Conference Dates: 21-22 October 2021

Submissions Due: 10 May 2021

This conference aims to re-evaluate the relationship between two major ideologies – liberalism and socialism – which seem to be contested nowadays, exploring the forms they have taken and tracing their development from their rise in the 19th century onwards.

Socialism seeing itself as a critique of economic liberalism, the two systems of thought emerged partially in opposition to each other. The extension of the State was sometimes cited as a means of emancipation of an oppressed class and sometimes as a means of subjugation of individuals. Antisocialist rhetoric was a platform for important figures of economic liberalism. Conversely, left-wing theoreticians and activists found in the critique of capitalism common ground uniting various, potentially conflicting, currents like syndicalists, social democrats, co-operators and Marxists. The main focus of study will be the way socialism and liberalism use each other to define themselves as ideologies. To what extent do they draw their identity from their adversaries’ representation and critique of them? How does the polarisation of debates serve political mobilisation and activism?

Papers may discuss, but are not limited to:

– Transfers of concepts and the blurring of systems: new liberalism, liberal socialism, libertarian socialism and market socialism in theory and practice

– Interpretations and reappropriations of liberal thinkers by socialists, of socialist thinkers by liberals

– Philosophies of history common to the two ideologies

– Socialism and liberalism faced with questions of identity and the influence of communitarians

– Liberal and socialist roots of working-class and radical movements: cooperatism, chartism, syndicalism, etc.

– Questioning of the socialist-liberal divide by conservative, anarchist, populist trends

– Theoretical and practical overlapping between socialism and liberalism in times of crisis (environmental, health, economic, political…)

Please send proposals (300 words maximum) and a short biography to liberalism.socialism.conference@gmail.com and stephane.guy@univ-lorraine.fr by 10 May 2021. You will be notified by 30th May if your paper has been accepted.

For further information please click here.

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Early Modern Antitrinitarianism and Italian Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The theme of the workshop is the influence of Italian culture on the Antitrinitarian movements that spread through Europe in a more or less clandestine fashion during the early modern period. One of the objectives is to go back to the period preceding the activity of the Sozzini and of Servet: we will consider the influences of various trends in the Italian thought of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries that made a crucial contribution to shaping the ideas of the Antitrinitarians about Biblical exegesis, spirituality, baptism and the Trinity. We will also discuss the mutual exchanges between different groups, in touch with one another despite the ongoing persecutions by both Catholics and Protestants, in the later phases of the early modern period.

To register please send an e-mail to info-event(at)dhi-roma(dot)it.

The deadline for registration is 7 May 2021.

Programme for Monday, 10 May 2021

13:15–13:30 Martin Baumeister, welcome

Chair: Riccarda Suitner (GIS Rome)

13:30–14:15 Emese Balint (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign): Influences, Networks and Circulation of the Radical Protestants in East Central Europe

14:15–15:00 Anne Overell (Durham University): Italian Nicodemites amidst Radical and Antitrinitarian Reformers

15:00–15:30 Coffee Break

15:30–16:15 Sven Grosse (Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule Basel): Melanchthon – Servet. Surveying a controversy

16:15–17:00 Stefano Brogi (Università degli Studi di Siena): Arminiani e sociniani tra Grozio e Le Clerc

Discussants: Giorgio Caravale (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Riccarda Suitner (GIS Rome), Pasquale Terracciano (Firenze, Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento)

17:00 – 18:00 Coffee Break

18:00 Ann Thomson (European University Institute): Antitrinitarianism in the 18th century

Discussant: Girolamo Imbruglia (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, Napoli)

For further information, click here.

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2020 Charles Schmitt Prize Winner

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Charles Schmitt Prize for 2020 is Barret Reiter of the University of Cambridge, who submitted a piece on ‘William Perkins, the Imagination in Calvinist Theology and “Inner Iconoclasm” After Yates’.

The runner-up this year is Niall Dilucia of the University of Cambridge for his essay on ‘Robert Desgabets’ Eucharistic Thought and the Limits of Cartesianism’.

The prize is awarded on an annual basis in honour of the contribution of Charles B. Schmitt (1933-1986) to intellectual history. The recipient receives £250, plus £50 worth of Routledge books, and a year’s free membership of the ISIH with a subscription to the Society’s quarterly journal Intellectual History Review.

For more info, please see the Charles Schmitt Prize. Submissions for the 2021 Charles Schmitt Prize will open later this year.

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Event: The Futures of Intellectual History, 20 April 2021

To celebrate the launch of the Oxford Centre for Intellectual History, there will be an online event designed to begin an ongoing inter-disciplinary conversation about ‘The Futures of Intellectual History’. The event is open to all.

The event takes off from short blogs posted on the Centre’s website: https://intellectualhistory.web.ox.ac.uk/

It will take place on Zoom, on Tuesday 20 April, 14.00-17.30 (GMT). To attend, please register here.

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