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Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (YUSEMP) (UPDATED)

Friday May 3, 2024 - Saturday May 4, 2024

Join us for a two-day gathering, the inaugural meeting of the York University Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy (YUSEMP). The seminar—organized by York University’s Matthew Leisinger, Zeyad El Nabolsy, and Ian MacLean-Evans—aims to be a small, informal venue for scholars of early modern philosophy at various career stages to share and discuss their work. Featured keynote speakers are Marleen Rozemond (Toronto) and Patricia Sheridan (Guelph).

Please direct any questions or concerns to Matthew Leisinger.


Friday, May 3, 2024

9:30–10:00 Arrival
10:00–11:15 Raffaella De Rosa (Rutgers University–Newark), “The Self-Luminousness of Consciousness: Locke’s Awareness Principle as a Defense of an Empiricist Account of the Origin of Ideas”
11:15–11:30 Break
11:30–12:45 Jacob Sheehan (Yale), “Descartes’s Disjunctivism about Truth”
12:45–2:00 Lunch
2:00–3:15 Mina Rhee (San Francisco State University), “The Premises for Mary Shepherd’s Causal Maxim”
3:15–3:30 Break
3:30–4:45 Keynote: Marleen Rozemond (University of Toronto), “Cudworth against Materialism”
7:00– Conference dinner

Saturday, May 4, 2024


9:30–10:00 Arrival
10:00–11:15 Ruth Boeker (University College Dublin), “Catharine Trotter Cockburn on Self-Interest, Self-Love, and Benevolence”
11:15–11:30 Break
11:30–12:45 Keynote: Patricia Sheridan (Guelph), “Damaris Masham on Education, Virtue, and Social Good”




Friday May 3, 2024
Saturday May 4, 2024
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