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.

2016-2017 Schedule

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4:00-6:00 pm
LC 209
Peter Myrdal (Turku)
"The Reality of Motion and The Nature of Force"
4:00-6:00 pm
LC 209
Lilli Alanen (Uppsala)

“Descartes and Spinoza on the Love of God and the Highest Good”

4:00-6:00 pm
LC 203
Anat Schechtman (Wisconsin/Harvard)
“Three Infinities in Early Modern Philosophy”
4:00-6:00 pm
LC 105
Ramona Winter (Yale/Berlin)
“Solving Hume's Puzzle of the Human Subject”
4:30-6:30 pm
LC 210
Julia Borcherding (Yale)

“ ‘Every feeling is the perception of a truth’: Moral Knowledge in Leibniz’s New Essays”

5:00-7:00 pm
LC 203
Dan Kaufman (University of Colorado, Boulder)

“Prince of the Nullibists”