Early Modern Interest Group

Meeting time: Friday afternoons (about every other week—see calendar below), 1:30–3:00 p.m. 
Meeting place: online via Zoom

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-Roth.

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-Roth so an invitation can be extended.

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Spring 2021

Please join our mailing list for the zoom invitation or email mcps@umn.edu

This semester EMIG will be reading Francis Mercury van Helmont’s Sketch of Christian Kabbalism. The University Libraries has online access to this book and a pdf version is available for download. A pdf of the text is also available for purchase. 

January 29: Francis Mercury van Helmont’s Sketch of Christian Kabbalism. Introduction, pp. 1–25 (pdf)

February 12: Francis Mercury van Helmont’s Sketch of Christian Kabbalism. Preliminaries, Chapters I–II, pp. 26–38

February 26: Francis Mercury van Helmont’s Sketch of Christian Kabbalism. Chapter III, pp. 39–77

March 12: Francis Mercury van Helmont’s Sketch of Christian Kabbalism. Chapters IV–VI, pp. 77–90

March 26: Francis Mercury van Helmont’s Sketch of Christian Kabbalism. Chapter VII, pp. 91–133

April 23: Francis Mercury van Helmont’s Sketch of Christian Kabbalism. Chapters VIII–XII, pp. 133–162

 

Fall 2020

This semester EMIG will continue reading The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes Edited and Translated by Lisa Shapiro. 2007. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 9780226204420

September 11: Carol Pal's, “Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia: An Ephemeral Academy at The Hague in the 1630s” in The Republic of Women (2012) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) and 
The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes Edited and Translated by Lisa Shapiro. 2007. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Notes on the Text and Translation p. 58-60 and p. 61-85.

September 25: The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes Edited and Translated by Lisa Shapiro. 2007. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 85-109.

October 9: Meeting canceled.

November 6: The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes Edited and Translated by Lisa Shapiro. 2007. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 109-134.

November 20: The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes Edited and Translated by Lisa Shapiro. 2007. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 134-158.

November 27: No meeting - Thanksgiving

December 11: The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes Edited and Translated by Lisa Shapiro. 2007. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 158-182.

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