Regular Events

 

Basic Latin Reading Group

 

Intermediate Latin Reading Group

 

Logic Reading Group

 

French Reading Group

 

Special Events

 

Week 1

 

Monday, July 6

Andrew Arlig—The Divisibility of the Soul

Anita Sherman—Nominalism and Skepticism (1)

          Hans Blumenberg, The Legitimact of the Modern Age (MIT Press, 1983). 150-4.

          Brad S. Gregory, The Unintended Reformation (Harvard UP, 2013). 36-43.

          Heiko A. Oberman, "Some Notes on the Theology of Nominalism: With Attention to Its Relation to the Renaissance," The Harvard Theological Review 53, 1 (1960): 47-76.

 

Tuesday, July 7

Keota Fields—A Brief History of Misrepresentation

Anita Sherman—Nominalism and Skepticism (2)

          Julia Annas and Jonathan Barnes, The Modes of Skepticism: Ancient Texts and Modern Interpretations (Cambridge UP, 1985). 66-7, 78-81, 99-101, 151-3.

 

Wednesday, July 8

David Sanson—Heterogeneous Simples and Potential Parts

Matthew Homan—The Ontological Status of Mathematical Entities (1)

  • Readings

          Rivka Feldhay, Section 1 of "The Use and Abuse of Mathematical Entities: Galileo and the Jesuits Revisited," in P. Nachamer (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Galileo (Cambridge UP, 1998). 80-100.

          Paolo, Mancosu, "Aristotelian Logic and Euclidean Mathematics: 17th Century Developments of the Quaestio de Certitudine Mathematicarum," Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 23, 2 (1992): 241-65. 

Tyler Huismann—Mereology and Persistence in Some of the Nominalists (1)

  • Readings

          John Buridan, Questions on Aristotle's Physics, I. q.9

          John Buridan, Questions on Aristotle's Physics, I. q.10

 

Thursday, July 9

Julia Jorati—Leibniz's Departure from Thomism: Substantial Forms and Teleology

John Morrison—Spinoza on Mind, Body, and Numerical Identity

 

Friday, July 10

Christopher Martin—Spinoza's Platonic Deity

Matthew Homan—The Ontological Status of Mathematical Entities (2)

  • Readings

          Rivka Feldhay, Section 1 of "The Use and Abuse of Mathematical Entities: Galileo and the Jesuits Revisited," in P. Nachamer (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Galileo (Cambridge UP, 1998). 80-100.

          Paolo, Mancosu, "Aristotelian Logic and Euclidean Mathematics: 17th Century Developments of the Quaestio de Certitudine Mathematicarum," Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science 23, 2 (1992): 241-65. 

Tyler Huismann—Mereology and Persistence in Some of the Nominalists (2)

  • Readings

          Nicole Oresme, Questions on Aristotle's On Generation and Corruption, I. qq.9-10, q.13

 

Week 2

 

Monday, July 13

Brian Embry—Francisco Peinado on Truthmakers for Negative Truths

Julia Jorati—Moral Necessity

  • Handouts

          Leibniz on Moral Necessity

          Various Authors on Moral Necessity    

  • Readings 

          Michael J. Murray, "Pre-Leibinizian Moral Necessity," The Leibniz Review 14 (2004): 1-28. 

Philip Choi—John Buridan on Evidentia and Skepticism

          John Buridan, Questions on the Metaphysics II, q.1; Summulae de Dialectica 8.4, tr. G. Klima

          Karger, Elizabeth, "A Buridanian Response to 14th Century Skeptical Argument..." in H. Lagerlund (ed.), Rethinking the History of Skepticism: The Missing Medieval Background (Brill, 2010). 215-32.

          Dominik Perler, "Scepticism and Metaphysics," in J. Marenbon (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy (Oxford UP, 2012). 547-65.

          Jack Zupko, "Buridan and Skepticism," Journal of the History of Philosophy 31, 2 (1993): 191-221.

 

Tuesday, July 14

Alison Peterman—Spinoza: Attribute-Neutrality and Levels of Explanation

Keota Fields—Berkeley on Substantial Forms

Philip Choi—John of Mirecourt on Evidentia and Skepticism

  • Readings

          John of Mirecourt, Sentences Book I, q.6: "Can any truth be evidently cognized by a created nature?" tr. L. Newton 

          Frederick Copleston, "The Ockhamist Movement: John of Mirecourt and Nicholas of Autrecourt," in his A History of Philosophy, Vol. 3 (Doubleday, 1963). 122-52.

          Roy Van Neste, "Natural Certitude and Truth" in his The Epistemology of John of Mirecourt in Relation to 14th Century Thought (Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin, 1972). 142-64. 

 

Wednesday, July 15

Sydney Penner—Suarez and Malebranche on Necessary Causes

Christopher Martin—Latent Platonism in Descartes and Spinoza (1)

Brian Embry—Moral Possibility in Descartes and the Scholastics

 

Thursday, July 16

Matthew Homan—Figures vs. Numbers in Spinoza

Christopher Shields—The End and Beginning of an End: Suarez on Final Causation

 

Friday, July 17

Kristin Primus—Ratio in Spinoza

 

Week 3

 

Monday, July 20

Anita Sherman—The Skeptical Imagination of Margaret Cavendish

Christopher Martin—Latent Platonism in Descartes and Spinoza (2)

Kristen Irwin—Montaigne's Apology for Raymond Sebond (1)

  • Readings

          Montaigne, Apology for Raymond Sebond (ed. Edwin Curley)

          Outline of the Apology by Edwin Curley

 

Tuesday, July 21

Marcy Lascano—Anne Conway on Liberty

Andrew Arlig—Anne Conway's Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophers 

          Anne Conway, The Principles of the Most Ancient and Modern Philosophers, Chs. 6, 8.

Jeremy Hyman—The Skeptical Arguments of the First Meditation

 

Wednesday, July 22

Lewis Powell—Reid vs. Hume on the Objects of Belief

Edwin Curley—Spinoza's Political Treatise

  • Reading

          Edwin Curley, "Editorial Preface of Spinoza's Political Treatise" 

Kristen Irwin—Montaigne's Apology for Raymond Sebond (2)

  • Readings

          Montaigne, Apology for Raymond Sebond (ed. Edwin Curley)

          Outline of the Apology by Edwin Curley

Anat Schechtman—Spinoza vs. Descartes on Substance, Dependence and Causation

 

Thursday, July 23

Huaping Lu-Adler—Kant on Pre-Established Harmony and the Possibility of Experience

Edwin Curley—Spinoza's Contribution to Biblical Scholarship

  • Reading 

          Edwin Curley, "Spinoza's Contribution to Biblical Scholarship"

Christina Van Dyke—Love and Loss in Medeival Christian Mysticism (1200-1400)

 

Friday, July 24

Kristen Irwin—Bayle on Religious Toleration: Whence and Why?

 

Week 4

 

Monday, July 27

David Marshall Miller—Galileo, Empiricism, and the Moon

Sydney Penner—Final Causation

          John Carriero, "Spinoza on Final Causality," Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy 2 (2005): 105-47.

          Paul Hoffman, "Does Efficient Causation Presuppose Final Causation? Aquinas vs. Early Modern Mechanism" in S. Newlands and L. Jorgensen (eds.), Metaphysics and the Good: Themes from the Philosophy of Robert Adams (Oxford UP, 2009). 295-312. 

Marcy Lascano—Emilie Du Chatelet's Discourse on Happiness (1)

 

Tuesday, July 28

Jeremy Hyman—Discovering Bodies: Descartes's Proof for the Existence of Material Things

Marcy Lascano—Emilie Du Chatelet's Discourse on Happiness (2)

Jeremy Hyman—The Metaphysics of Descartes: Substances, Modes, and Causes

 

Wednesday, July 29

Elliot Paul—Clarity First

Colin Chamberlain—Sensing the Cartesian Self

David Sanson—The Liar Paradox in the Arabic Tradition

          Ahmed Alwishah and David Sanson, "The Early Arabic Liar: The Liar Paradox in the Islamic World from the Mid-Ninth to the Mid-Thirteenth Centuries CE," Vivarium 47 (2009): 97-127.

          A Chart on Arabic Logicians in Khaled el-Rouayheb, Relational Syllogisms and the History of Arabic Logic. 260.

 

Thursday, July 30

Colin Chamberlain—Our Protean Cartesian Selves

Joseph Stenberg—Aquinas on the Relationship between Vision and Delight in Perfect Happiness

 

Friday, July 31

Anat Schechtman—Three Infinities in Early Modern Philosophy