Leibniz and the English-Speaking World

British Society for the History of Philosophy in association with the G.W. Leibniz Gesellschaft of Hanover and the Leibniz Society of North America

University of Liverpool

3-6 September 2003

Funded by the British Academy, the British Society for the History of Philosophy,

the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst and the Mind Association

The aim of the conference was to investigate the links, in the form of contemporary contacts, correspondence and reception, between the German thinker and philosophers, theologians, mathematicians, scientists, politicians and linguists in England, Ireland, Scotland, as well as his influence upon some later philosophers in the English-speaking world.


Dr. Pauline Phemister, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Liverpool, 7 Abercromby Square, Liverpool, L69 3BX (pjp@liverpool.ac.uk)

Professor Stuart Brown, Dept. of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA (s.c.brown@open.ac.uk)

Speakers and papers:

ANTOGNAZZA, Maria Rosa (King's College London, England): 'Leibniz and the Hartlib Circle'

ATTFIELD, Robin (University of Cardiff, Wales): 'Leibniz, the Cause of Gravity and Physical Theology'

BEELEY, Philip (University of Münster, Germany): '"Un des mes amis …": Leibniz and his Relation to the English Mathematician and Theologian John Wallis (1616-1703)'

BLANK, Andreas (University of Pittsburgh, USA): 'John Wilkins' Essay towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language and the Development of Leibniz's Theory of Metaphysical Concepts'

BOBRO, Marc (University of Southern Maine, USA): 'Was I always a Person? Leibniz and Conway on the Origin of the Rational Soul?'

BOLTON, Martha (Rutgers University, USA): 'Nouveaux Essais: A Conversation between Locke and Leibniz?'

BREDEN, Thorsten (Free University of Berlin, Germany): 'The Reception of Leibniz in Bertrand Russell'

BROWN, Gregory (University of Houston, USA): '"Is the logic in London different from the logic in Hanover?" Some methodological issues in Leibniz's debate with the Newtonians'

BROWN, Stuart (Open University, England): 'Leibniz, Robert Boyle and Natural Religion'

DANIEL, Steve (Texas A&M University, USA): 'Leibniz, the Toland-Berkeley Critique of Abstraction, and Ramism'

GREENBERG, Sean (Johns Hopkins University, USA): 'A Fairy Tale of Freedom: Leibniz, King and the Project of the Theodicy'

HUTTON, Sarah (University of Middlesex, England): 'Leibniz and the Cambridge Platonists'

JOLLEY, Nicholas (University of California, Irvine, USA): 'Leibniz, Locke and the Epistemology of Toleration'

LEWENDOSKI, Alexandra (Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany): 'Leibniz in Shaftesbury's Thoughts'

LORENZ, Stephan (Leibniz-Forschungsstelle, Münster, Germany): 'Leibniz, White and Digby'

LODGE, Paul (Tulane University, New Orleans, USA): 'Instinct and Innate Knowledge: the Foundations of Moral Epistemology in the New Essays'

LOOK, Brandon (University of Kentucky, USA): 'Things without the Mind, Thoughts within the Monad: Leibniz, Strawson, Evans and the Role of Objectivity'

MATSUDA, Tsuyoshi (University of Kobe, Japan): 'Leibniz's "Realism" in Contrast to Berkeley's Principles'

NACHTOMY, Ohad (Tel Aviv University, Israel): 'Leibniz and Russell: The Number of all Numbers and the Set of All Sets'

PHEMISTER, Pauline (University of Liverpool, England): 'Leibniz's Pre-established Harmony in the light of Anne Conway's metaphysics'

RILEY, Patrick (Harvard University, USA): 'Leibniz and Thomas Burnett'

RANEA, Alberto Guillermo (Universidad Torcuato de Tella, Argentina): 'Herbert Wildon Carr and the Fortunes of Leibnizian Monads'

ROSS, George MacDonald (University of Leeds, England): 'Leibniz's Debt to Hobbes'

STARR, William (Marquette University, USA): 'Leibniz and Hume'

STILL, Hans G. (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany): 'Aspects of Leibniz in the philosophy of Nicholas Rescher'

VARGAS, Evelyn (University of La Plata, Argentina): 'Syndechism and Monadology: Charles Saunders Peirce's Reading of Leibniz'

WILSON, Catherine (University of British Columbia, Canada): 'Leibniz and Masham'