Early Modern Interest Group

Meeting time: Friday afternoons (about every other week—see calendar below), 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Meeting place: Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science library, 737 Heller Hall.

The early modern interest group (EMIG) reads and discusses primary and secondary literature focused on natural philosophy from the early modern period, especially in the work of key philosophers such as Descartes, Leibniz, and Kant. Our basis for selecting readings is to study works that are routinely ignored in the philosophy curriculum. Natural philosophical discoveries and debates are often pertinent to understanding why these philosophers adopted particular positions or rejected others, and our goal is to become familiar with a wide range of these neglected works. For more information, please contact Jessica Gordon-RothBennett McNulty or Victor Boantza.

Our meetings are informal, and some participants need to arrive late or leave early because of scheduling conflicts. All faculty and graduate students from the University of Minnesota and area colleges and universities are welcome to attend whenever they would like (without invitation), and without giving advanced notice. Undergraduates can be included by invitation. If you know of an undergraduate who is well suited and possibly interested, please contact Jessica Gordon-RothBennett McNulty or Victor Boantza so an invitation can be extended.

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Fall 2019

EMIG will be reading George Berkeley's Alciphron, or the Minute Philosopher  this semester. An electronic version of the 1901 Oxford edition of Berkeley’s collected works can be found here, and a pdf of the Alciphron is available here (password protected).

September 6: Editor’s preface and Berkeley’s brief “Advertisement to his Reader.” pp. 1-30.

September 27: 1st and 2nd Dialogues pp. 31-119, or 88 pp.

October 4:

October 25:

November 8:

November 22:

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