Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy






22 February 2014

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM




Featuring Invited Speaker:

Margaret Atherton

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee





We are pleased to announce that the eighth annual meeting of the Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will be held 22 February 2014 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.



Program pdf version / Paper Abstracts pdf version


Saturday 22 February


Unless otherwise noted, all Seminar events will take place in

Santa Ana A & B of the UNM Student Union Building

(building #60 (M-16) on the UNM campus map).



Continental Breakfast



“Why to Get Rid of the Small Flitting Images:

Descartes’s Optics and Some Medieval Theories of Vision”

Zita Toth, Fordham University



“Berkeley and Skepticism”

Margaret Atherton, University Wisconsin - Milwaukee






“Descartes’s Extemporaneous Ethics in the Discourse on Method

Daniel Collette, University of South Florida



“Master in my own Domain: Leibniz on Voluntary Agency”

Julia Jorati, The Ohio State University


3:30- 4pm

Coffee Break



“Hedonism and Natural Law in Locke’s Moral Philosophy”

Elliot Rossiter, University of Western Ontario



Catharine Trotter Cockburn’s Moral Sense Theory

and the Internalist Tradition

Patricia Sheridan, University of Guelph



Conference Dinner (Location TBA)


Friday Talk

In conjunction with the Seminar, Robert Pasnau (UC, Boulder) will be presenting a colloquium talk to the UNM Philosophy Department at 3:30pm on Friday 21 February 2014. The title of his talk is “Ideas as Objects of Perception: Where Did That Mistake Come From?” This event is free and open to the public, and all those traveling to Albuquerque for the Seminar are welcome to attend.  The talk will take place in Mitchell Hall 102.  (Mitchell Hall is building #23 (K-15) on the UNM campus map.)




Registration is not required but is highly encouraged.  Those planning to attend the Seminar should contact Ericka Tucker ( no later than 1 February 2014.  Please indicate which days you plan to attend.




Participants flying into Albuquerque for the Seminar can easily access the downtown area and the UNM campus from the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ).  A taxi ride from the airport to the downtown area is roughly $20.  You can also use the #50 bus to get from the airport to either downtown or the UNM campus.  The #50 bus runs every half hour on weekdays, and the fare is $1 each way. 


Maps of Albuquerque can be found here.  (The UNM campus is located in the Midtown/University map.)  A detailed map of the UNM campus can be found here.


For those staying in the downtown area, the easiest way to reach the UNM campus is to use the Rapid Ride bus service.  Go to the Alvarado Transportation Center (ATC, located at the corner of 1st and Central Avenue), and take either the east-bound #766 (Red Line) or the east-bound #777 (Green Line).  You will get off at the second stop, which is at the corner of Central Avenue and Cornell Avenue (near “M” on the bottom of the campus map provided above).  Rapid Ride busses depart from the ATC every 10 minutes or so, and the fare is $1 each way. 




We have secured a special group rate of $89/night (+ tax) for a single or double room at the Doubletree in downtown Albuquerque.  To place reservations, participants should call the hotel directly (505 247 3344) and ask for the Southwest Seminar rate.  A credit card will be needed to secure a room for the Seminar weekend.  Please note that reservations must be made before 21 January 2014.  After that date, the Doubletree will not honor the group rate.




This year’s Seminar has been made possible through generous funding from the Paul F. Schmidt Fund in Philosophy and the UNM Department of Philosophy.



Contact Information

If you have any questions about the 2014 meeting of the Southwest Seminar, feel free to contact either Mary Domski ( or Ericka Tucker (