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Activity, Spontaneity, and Agency in Later Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

Activity, Spontaneity, and Agency in Later Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy
170 St. George Street, JHB Room 100
Time: Jun 9th, 11:00 am End: Jun 10th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Humanities, History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), 2000-
Conference

Activity, Spontaneity, and Agency in Later Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy

An International Conference

University of Toronto, June 9-10, 2016

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium, Plate XLVIII, 1705.

Thursday, June 9

11:00-12:30
Gabriele Galluzzo (University of Exeter): “Is Existence an Activity? Considerations on Thomism and Constituent Ontology”
Comments: Stephan Schmid (Universität Hamburg)
Chair: Donald Ainslie (University of Toronto)

2:00-3:30
Gloria Frost (University of St Thomas, St Paul): “Efficient Causation as a Single Event: Aquinas’s defense of ‘Action-Passion’ Identity and Auriol’s Critique”
Comments: Han Thomas Adriaenssen (Rijskuniversiteit Groningen)
Chair: Marleen Rozemond (University of Toronto)

4:00-5:30
Thomas Pink (King’s College, London) “Normativity and Power in Suárez”
Comments: Jean Pascal Anfray (École Normale Supérieure, Paris)
Chair: Richard Arthur (McMaster University)

Friday, June 10

9:30-11:00
Deborah Brown (University of Queensland): “Agency, Motion and Self-Motion in Descartes and Hobbes”.
Comments: Martin Lenz (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Chair: Nick Stang (University of Toronto)

11:30-1:00
Lisa Downing (The Ohio State University): “Berkeley and Cartesian Occasionalism”
Comments: Andrea Sangiacomo (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)
Chair: Karolina Hübner (University of Toronto)

2:30-4:00
Ohad Nachtomy (Bar-Ilan University): “Agency and Life: How does Activity Figure in Leibniz’s View of Living Beings”
Comments: Christian Barth (Humboldt Universität, Berlin)
Chair: Laurens van Apeldoorn (Universiteit Leiden)

4:30-6:00
Julia Jorati (The Ohio State University): “How to be More Spontaneous: Leibniz on the Best Type of Agency”
Comments: Jeff McDonough (Harvard University)
Chair: Benjamin Hill (Western University)

For the conference papers go here (password protected).

Location: Room 100 of the Jackman Humanities Building (170 St. George Street).
The conference is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy (FAS); the Department of Philosophy, UTM; the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy; the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology; and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Organizers: Marleen Rozemond, Martin Pickavé

This conference will be followed by the Berlin-Groningen-Toronto Colloquium in Late Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy.


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