Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy

27- 28 February 2010
University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

Featuring Invited Speaker:
Steven Nadler
University of Wisconsin, Madison

We are pleased to announce that the fifth annual meeting of the Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will be held 27 - 28 February 2010 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Following the model of similar seminars around the U.S. and Canada, the Southwest Seminar was formed to foster interaction among scholars who work on various topics in the history of early modern philosophy (a period ranging, roughly, from Montaigne to Kant).



Paper Abstracts (pdf)


Printable Program (pdf)


Travel and Lodging


Contact Information



We are pleased to announce the program for the fifth annual meeting of the Southwest Seminar.


Saturday 27 February











“The Distinction between Reason and Intuitive Knowledge

in Spinoza’s Ethics

Sanem Soyarslan, Duke University






“Spinoza, Maimonides, and Prophesy”

Steven Nadler, University of Wisconsin, Madison











“The Modernity of Descartes’s Moral Theory”

Joel Schickel, University of Dayton






“The Metaphysical Fact of Consciousness in Locke’s Theory

of Personal Identity”

Shelley Weinberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign











“Psychologism, Sensibilism, and Kant’s Debt to Hume”

Brian Chance, University of Oklahoma






Conference Dinner at The Standard Diner

Address:320 Central Ave NE; Phone: 505-243-1440

Please RSVP to Mary Domski ( by 1 February if you wish to attend.


Sunday 28 February











“‘Where men judge of things by their natural, unprejudiced reason’: Hume and His Contemporaries on the Virtues”

Colin Heydt, University of South Florida






“Good Sense, Art, and Morality in Hume’s “Of the

Standard of Taste””

Reed Winegar, University of Pennsylvania



Unless otherwise noted, all Seminar events will take place

in the Philosophy Department library or lounge, both of which

are located on the fifth floor of the Humanities Building

(H4 [building #81] on the UNM campus map).

There is no registration fee for the Southwest Seminar, though we do ask that those who plan on attending to please contact the local organizer, Mary Domski (, no later than 1 February.  Please indicate which days you plan to be in attendance.  If you are interested in attending the conference dinner, we suggest contacting Mary by mid-January, since space at this event will be limited.  TRAVEL AND LODGING INFORMATION 



Those participants flying to Albuquerque will be arriving at the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ).  A taxi ride from the airport to the downtown area is roughly $18.  There is also a bus (#50) that has service to downtown Albuquerque every half hour Monday through Friday from 7am-8pm.  The bus fare is $1 each way.


You can access a map of ABQ here.



Seminar participants coming from out of town are highly encouraged to stay at the Andaluz Hotel, a newly renovated hotel in the heart of downtown Albuquerque.  The hotel is a short bus ride to the UNM campus, and participants will be able to secure a room for the special Seminar rate of $100/night.  To place a reservation at the Andaluz, call 877-987-9090 before 31 January 2010 and ask for the Southwest Seminar rate.  The special rate is valid for the nights of Friday 26 February and Saturday 27 February.  If you would like to extend your stay in ABQ, a limited number of rooms are also available at the Seminar rate for the nights of Thursday 25 February and Sunday 28 February. CONTACT INFORMATION
If you have any questions about the 2010 meeting of the Southwest Seminar, feel free to contact Mary Domski ( or Donald Rutherford (