NYU History of Modern Philosophy Conference on God Nov 6-7

NYU History of Modern Philosophy Conference on God Nov 6-7

Conference Announcement: The Twelfth Annual NYU Conference on Issues in the History of Modern Philosophy, ‘God’, November 6–7, 2015

The New York University Department of Philosophy will host the twelfth in its series of conferences on issues in the history of modern philosophy on November 6 and 7, 2015. Each conference in the series examines the development of a central philosophical problem from early modern philosophy to the present, exploring the evolution of formulations of the problem and of approaches to resolving it. By examining the work of philosophers of the past both in historical context and in relation to contemporary philosophical thinking, the conferences allow philosophy’s past and present to illuminate one another. Our topic this year is ‘God’.

The conference will be held at the Kimmel Center, New York University, 60 Washington Sq. South, New York City, NY 10010, Room 914. Attendance of the conference is free of charge, but we ask that all participants register for the conference by November 3 through the conference website at http://philosophy.as.nyu.edu/object/philo.newsevents.modernconference2015.html[philosophy.as.nyu.edu]

If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of the conference organizers, Don Garrett, Anja Jauernig, Béatrice Longuenesse, and John Richardson.

Conference Program

Friday, November 6


Speaker: Steven Nadler (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “The Intellectual Love of God in Spinoza and Maimonides”

Commentator: Karolina Hübner (University of Toronto)



Speaker: Christia Mercer (Columbia University), “A God In and For All Creatures: Anne Conway’s Radical Notion of Divinity”

Commentator: Jasper Reid (King’s College, London)



Speaker: Robert M. Adams (Rutgers University), “Leibniz and Pantheism”

Commentator: Jeff McDonough (Harvard University)


Saturday, November 7


Speaker: Jens Timmermann (University of St. Andrews), “God, Motivation, and the Highest Good: Kant’s ‘Canon’”

Commentator:  Anne Margaret Baxley (Washington University)



Speaker: Cheryl Misak (University of Toronto), “James on Religious Experience”

Commentator: Alexander Klein (California State University, Long Beach)


Contemporary Philosophy in Historical Context

Speaker: Mark Johnston (Princeton University), “Why Did the One Not Remain Within Itself”

Commentator: Meghan Sullivan (University of Notre Dame)