Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy






18 February 2017

University of Nevada, Reno



Featuring Invited Speaker:

Jacqueline Taylor

University of San Francisco

Paper Title:

“Soldier, Sailor: The Significance of Character

Types in Early Modern Texts”




We are pleased to announce that the tenth annual meeting of the Southwest Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy will be held 18 February 2017 at the University of Nevada, Reno in Reno, Nevada.  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 18 February 2017


The room location of Seminar events will be

announced by early February 2017.



Continental Breakfast



“Discrimination and the body politic in Spinoza’s philosophy”

Francesca di Poppa, Texas Tech



“Soldier, Sailor: The Significance of Character Types in Early Modern Texts”

Jacqueline Taylor, University of San Francisco



Lunch Break



“Leibniz’s Moral Problem of Free Will”

Samuel Murray, University of Notre Dame



The metaphysics of Emilie du Châtelet’s Institutions de physique

Marius Stan, Boston College


3:30- 4pm

Coffee Break



“Berkeley’s Modal Epistemology”

Thomas Holden, UC – Santa Barbara



John Gay and the Birth of Utilitarianism

Getty Lustila, Boston University



Conference Dinner (Location TBA)




Friday Talk

In conjunction with the Seminar, Helen Hattab (University of Houston) will be presenting a colloquium talk to the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Philosophy from 4pm to 6pm on Friday 17 February.  The talk is entitled “Origins of the Modern Concept of a Law of Nature.” This event is free and open to the public, and all those traveling to Reno for the Seminar are welcome to attend.  The location of the talk will be announced by early February 2017.




Speakers selected for the Seminar program will be responsible for covering the costs associated with their travel and lodging.  Affordable lodging options near the UN-Reno campus include the Whitney Peak, the Silver Legacy, and Circus Circus.




The closest airport to UN-Reno is the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO), which is roughly 5 miles from campus. Information about getting from the airport to locations around Reno using public transportation, shuttles, or taxis can be found on the RNO web site.


Driving directions to UN-Reno can be found here, and maps of the campus can be found here.




Registration is not required but is highly encouraged.  Those planning to attend the Seminar should contact Jason Fisette ( no later than Friday 27 January 2017.  Please indicate which days you plan to attend.



Contact Information

If you have any questions about the 2017 meeting of the Southwest Seminar, feel free to contact either Mary Domski ( or Jason Fisette (