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Rediscovering the Philosophy of Ralph Cudworth

Monday June 3, 2024 - Tuesday June 4, 2024

Join us for two days of talks on the philosophy of Ralph Cudworth (1618-1688), an English philosopher and clergyman who defies classification within customary categories of the history of philosophy. Steeped in ancient philosophy, he kept abreast of contemporary philosophy and science, sharing the anti-scholastic agenda of thinkers like Bacon, Hobbes, and Descartes. Cudworth is usually regarded a Cambridge Platonist. His written output was substantial, but much of it remained unpublished, and his philosophical system is incomplete. Broadly, his philosophy combines Platonist ethics and metaphysics with an atomist natural philosophy.

This conference, organized by Marleen Rozemond (University of Toronto) & Matthew Leisinger (York University), will take place in person, but a livestream will also be made available on Zoom (link TK).

Have questions or need more information? Please contact Vincent Lee.


Monday, June 3, 2024

9:30–10:00  Arrival (Coffee and Refreshments)
Monday Morning 
10:00–11:30 Stewart Duncan (Buffalo), “Cudworth as a Critic of Spinoza”
11:30–11:45 Break
11:45–1:15 Samuel Kaldas (St. Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College), “Cudworth and the Cambridge Controversy on Predestination”
1:15–2:45 Lunch 
Monday Afternoon 
2:45–4:15 Fabrizio Baldassarri (Ca’ Foscari, Venice/Indiana), “Life as Vegetation; or Plant Life in Cudworth, Grew, and Locke”
4:15–4:30 Break
4:30–6:00 François Duchesneau (Montréal), “Cudworth’s ‘Plastic Nature’ as a Physiological Concept”
7:00– Conference Dinner

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

10:30–11:00  Arrival (Coffee and Refreshments)
Tuesday Morning 
11:00–12:30 Sarah Hutton (York), “‘The Very Constitution of the Leviathan’: Brute and Human in Cudworthian Psychology”
12:30–2:00 Lunch
Tuesday Afternoon
2:00–3:30 Vili Lähteenmäki (Oulu), “Cudworth on Knowing One’s Acts, Contents, and Capacities of Thinking”
3:30–3:45 Break 
3:45–5:15 Samuel Rickless (California, San Diego), “Cudworth and Locke on Freewill and Akrasia”
6:30– Conference Dinner 




Monday June 3, 2024
Tuesday June 4, 2024
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Marleen Rozemond


Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100 (Main Floor Lecture Hall)
170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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