Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy






16 – 17 February 2013

Cal Poly Pomona

Pomona, CA




Featuring Invited Speaker:

Thomas M. Lennon

University of Western Ontario





The seventh annual meeting of the Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will be held 16 – 17 February 2013 at Cal Poly Pomona in Pomona, CA.  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).




Program pdf version / Paper Abstracts pdf version


Saturday 16 February



Continental Breakfast



“Pure Love: The Impossible Supposition?”

Thomas M. Lennon, University of Western Ontario



“Descartes on the Moral Guidance of the Passions”

Matt Kisner, University of South Carolina






“The Susceptibility of Intuitive Knowledge to Akrasia in

Spinoza’s Ethical Thought”

Sanem Soyarslan, Boston University



“The Subsuming Consciousness: A Model for Reconciling

Personal Identity in Locke and Hume”

Louis Gularte, Northern Illinois University



Coffee Break



Converting Demea: Demea’s Role in Hume’s

Dialogues concerning Natural Religion

Tim Black and Robert Gressis, Cal State - Northridge



Conference Dinner (Location TBA)


Sunday 17 February



Continental Breakfast



“Leibniz on Infinite Numbers, Infinite Wholes, and Corporeal Substances”

Adam Harmer, University of Toronto



“Rationalism and the Foundational Role of Empirical Knowledge

within Wolff’s German Metaphysics”

Veronica Muriel, University of Pennsylvania



Registration is not required but is highly encouraged.  Those planning to attend the Seminar should contact Kristen Irwin ( no later than 1 February 2013.  Please indicate which days you plan to be in attendance.




Participants flying into Southern California for the Seminar can easily access the Cal Poly campus from Ontario Airport (ONT).  More details can be found here.


Participants driving to Cal Poly can find useful information here.  Parking is free for conference participants and attendees in the lot adjacent to Collins College.  No permit is needed.




Information about lodging options for Seminar participants will be available soon.



Contact Information

If you have any questions about the Seminar, feel free to contact the general organizer, Mary Domski (, or one of the local organizers, Ericka Tucker ( and Kristen Irwin (