The Young Leibniz and his Philosophy (1646-76)

A conference celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Leibniz' birth. The conference was funded by the British Academy, the British Society for the History of Philosophy, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst and the Mind Association.

About this Conference

Location: Maryland College, Woburn, Bedfordshire

Date: 18 - 20 October 1996

Organizer: Prof. Stuart Brown (The Open University)

Conference Proceedings

Participants Included:

  • Maria Rosa Antognazza (Aberdeen): Johann Heinrich Bisterfield: An Important Source for Leibniz's Concept of Harmony
  • Philip Beeley (Technische Universität, Berlin)
  • Christia Mercer (Columbia University, New York)
  • R. C. Sleigh, Jr. (University of Massachussetts at Amherst)

Session I

  • Andreas Blank (University of Pittsburgh): John Wilkins' Essay towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language and the Development of Leibniz's Theory of Metaphysical Concepts_
  • Jaap Maat (University of Amsterdam): Leibniz and the English language planners
  • Chair: Mark Kulstad (Rice University, Houston, President of the American Leibniz Society)

Session II

  • Catherine Wilson (University of British Columbia): Two Opponents of Epicurean Atomism: Leibniz and Cavendish
  • Chair: Norma B. Goethe (University of Cordoba)

Session III

  • George MacDonald Ross (University of Leeds): Leibniz's Debt to Hobbes
  • Patrick Riley (Harvard University): Leibniz and Thomas Burnett
  • Chair: John Rogers (University of Keele)

Session IV

  • Philip Beeley (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster):"Un des mes amis". On Leibniz's Relation to the English Mathematician and Theologian John Wallis
  • Stuart Brown (Open University): Leibniz and Robert Boyle: Two Views of Faith and Reason
  • Chair: Maria Rosa Antognazza (King's College, London)

Session V

  • Alexandra Lewendoski (Technische Universität, Berlin): Leibniz in Shaftesbury's Thoughts
  • Sean Greenberg (Johns Hopkins University): Freedom as a Fairy Tale: Leibniz, King, and the Project of the Theodicy

Session VI

  • Martha Bolton (Rutgers University): Nouveaux Essais: A Conversation between Locke and Leibniz
  • Nicholas Jolley (University of California, Irvine): Leibniz, Locke and the Epistemology of Toleration
  • Chair: Candice Shelby (University of Colorado at Denver)

Session VII

  • Pauline Phemister (University of Liverpool): The Principle of Uniformity in Leibniz's Correspondence with Damaris Masham
  • Marc Bobro (University of Southern Maine): Was I always a Person? Leibniz and Conway on the Origin and Identity of the Rational Soul

Session VIII

  • Tsuyoshi Matsuda (University of Kobe): Leibniz's "Realism" in Contrast to Berkeley's Principles
  • Stephen Daniel (Texas A & M University): Leibniz, the Toland-Berkeley Critique of Abstraction, and Ramism
  • Chair: Stuart Brown (Open University)

Session IX

  • Gregory Brown (University of Houston): Is the logic in London different from the logic in Hanover? Some methodological issues in Leibniz's dispute with the Newtonians over the cause of gravity.
  • William Starr (Marquette University): Leibniz and Hume

Session X

  • George MacDonald Ross: Teaching Leibniz

Session XI

  • Evelyn Vargas (Universidad Nacional de La Plata): Synechism and Monadology: Charles Sanders Peirce's Reading of Leibniz
  • Alberto Guillermo Ranea (Universidad Torcuato di Tella): Herbert Wildon Carr and the Fortunes of Leibnizian Monads
  • Chair: Andreas Blank (University of Pittsburgh)

Session XII

  • Ohad Nachtomy (Bar-Ilan University): Leibniz, Russell and Wittgenstein on Possible and Impossible Notions
  • Norma B. Goethe (University of Cordoba): How Bertrand Russell made Leibniz into a "fellow spirit"