SEMPY promotes the study and discussion of the works of European philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Relevant works include, but are not limited to, those of Descartes, Malebranche, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Reid and Kant. Papers are made available for participants to read beforehand whenever possible; our sessions usually begin with a brief summary of the author’s work followed by open discussion.

All are welcome!

*Note: linked papers require Yale network access or a valid Yale account.

2015-2016 Schedule

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4:00-6:00 pm
WHC B-03
Stephen Darwall (Yale)
"Cudworth, Shaftesbury, and Leibniz"
Comments: Julia Borcherding (Yale) and Matthew Leisinger (Yale)
4:00-6:00 pm
LC 105
Eric Schliesser (Amsterdam/Ghent)
"The Astounding Afterlife of Cicero's Posidonian Argument: How Modern Science was Thought to Presuppose God"
Comments: Daniel Moerner (Yale)
4:00-6:00 pm
LC 317
Justin D'Ambrosio (Yale)
"Compossibility, Relations, and Truth"
3:30-5:30 pm
LC 209
Julie Walsh (Wellesley)
"Malebranche and the Tension Between Virtue and Goodwill"
Comments: Matthew Leisinger (Yale)
1:30-3:30 pm
Zachary Gartenberg (Yale)
"Spinozistic Expression"
4:30-6:30 pm
LC 209
Carl Posy (Hebrew University)

Of Griffins and Horses:  Mathematics and Metaphysics in Kant’s Critical Turn”

1:30-3:30 pm
220 York Street, Room 100
Owen Pikkert (Toronto/Yale)
"Explaining Leibniz's Principle of Sufficient Reason"
1:00-3:00 pm
212 York Street, Room 004A
Sarah Hutton (York)
"Goodness in Anne Conway's Metaphysics"
1:30-3:30 pm
220 York Street, Room 100
Alison McIntyre (Wellesley)

Contrary to Hutcheson - Not Contrary to Reason: Francis Hutcheson as one of Hume’s Opponents at Treatise”