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Agency in Early Modern Philosophy Workshop

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Agency in Early Modern Philosophy Workshop

Organized by UCD School of Philosophy, University College Dublin


Thursday, 27 September 2018

Venue: National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square East, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2

9:15–9:30 Welcome

9:30–11:00 Julie Walsh (Wellesley College), “Gabrielle Suchon, Freedom, and the Neutral Life”

Commentator: Katherine O’Donnell (University College Dublin)

11:00–11:15 Tea & Coffee Break

11:15–12:45 Nicholas Vallone (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Cartesian Agency: Persons, Volitions, and Actions in Descartes' Philosophy”

Commentator: Vili Lähteenmäki (University of Helsinki)

12:45–2:30 Lunch Break

2:30–4:00 Stefan Storrie (Independent Scholar), “On the reasons for Locke’s second edition change of mind about human action and freedom”

Commentator: Daniel Carey (NUI Galway)

4:00–4:15 Tea & Coffee Break

4:15–5:45 Keynote talk: Jacqueline Broad (Monash University), “Selfhood and Self-government in Women’s Devotional Writings of the Early Modern Period”

Commentator: Ruth Boeker (University College Dublin)

7:00 Workshop Dinner for Speakers and Commentators

Friday, 28 September 2018

Venue: School of Philosophy, D522 Agnes Cuming Seminar Room, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4

9:30–11:00 Daniel Schneider (University of Haifa), “Spinoza, Borges and Frankfurt cases: A Necessitarian theory of Agency”

Commentator: Jack Stetter (University Paris 8)

11:00–11:15 Tea & Coffee Break

11:15–12:45 Jonathan Head (Keele University), “Anne Conway and Henry More on Divine and Human Freedom”

Commentator: Alissa MacMillan (University of Antwerp)

12:45–2:15 Lunch Break

2:15–3:45 Matthew Leisinger (University of Cambridge), “The Role of Desire in Cudworth’s Account of Human Agency”

Commentator: Raffaella Santi (University of Urbino Carlo Bo)

3:45–4:00 Tea & Coffee Break

4:00–5:30 Patricia Sheridan (University of Guelph), “Agency, Virtue, and Fitness in the Moral Philosophies of Damaris Masham and Catharine Trotter Cockburn”

Commentator: Kenneth Pearce (Trinity College Dublin)

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the British Society for the History of Philosophy, the Mind Association, UCD Seed Funding, and the UCD School of Philosophy.

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