Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy






27 February 2016

University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA




Featuring Invited Speaker:

Maria Rosa Antognazza

King’s College London

Paper Title:

“Philosophy and Science in Leibniz”




We are pleased to announce that the ninth annual meeting of the Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will be held 27 February 2016 at the University of California, Riverside in Riverside, 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.



Seminar Flyer pdf version


Program pdf version / Paper Abstracts pdf version


Saturday 27 February 2016


Seminar events on Saturday will be held in the

Center for Ideas and Society.

The Center is in 114 College Building South, which is

located near Lot 3 (in F8 of the UCR campus map).



Continental Breakfast



“Self-Creation in Descartes”

Andreea Mihali, Wilfrid Laurier University



“Philosophy and Science in Leibniz”

Maria Rosa Antognazza, King’s College London




(Free for all registered participants)



Necessitarianism in Leibniz’s Theodicy

Chloe Armstrong, Lawrence University



“Shared Parts and Political Authority:

Groups as Individuals in Spinoza”

Christopher Fruge, University of Houston


3:30- 4pm

Coffee Break



“Flourishing without the Good: Hobbes on Eudaimonism

Ericka Tucker, Marquette University



Hume’s Analogy of True Judgments in Colors and Morals

Jason Fisette, University of Nevada - Reno



Conference Dinner (Location TBA)



Friday Talk

In conjunction with the Seminar, Don Rutherford (UC, San Diego) will be presenting a colloquium talk to the UC, Riverside Department of Philosophy on the afternoon of Friday 26 February 2016. The talk is entitled “Wisdom for Moderns” and will take place from 3 to 5pm in Room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (located in D6 of the UCR campus map). This event is free and open to the public, and all those traveling to Riverside for the Seminar are welcome to attend.




Due to generous funding from the UC, Riverside Department of Philosophy, those selected for the program will be granted two nights of paid accommodation at the Mission Inn, located in downtown Riverside.  Attendees not on the program can secure the UCR Friends and Family rate of $157.16/night at the Mission Inn, subject to room availability.  Those interested in booking a room at that rate should contact Adam Harmer ( no later than 10 January 2016.  Additional lodging options in Riverside, CA can be found here.




The Seminar is free and open to the public, though registration is required.  Those planning to attend the Seminar should contact Adam Harmer ( no later than Friday 12 February 2016.  Please indicate which days you plan to attend.



Parking on the UCR Campus

Complimentary parking will be available at the Parking Kiosk on West Campus Drive (at the corner of University Avenue). At the kiosk, please request parking for the “Early Modern Philosophy Conference” to receive a permit.  There will be signs directing guests to the kiosk and event location.




The closest airport to the UC-Riverside is LA/Ontario (ONT), which is roughly 20 miles from campus and roughly 30 minutes from the Mission Inn.  Participants flying into ONT can make arrangements through SuperShuttle for ground transportation from the airport to Riverside.


Driving directions to UC-Riverside, as well as maps of the campus, can be found here.



Contact Information

If you have any questions about the 2016 meeting of the Southwest Seminar, feel free to contact either Mary Domski ( or Adam Harmer (