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    contact: Clinton Tolley (ctolley [at] ucsd.edu)

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** as of January 2018 the current HOPR website can be found at pli.ucsd.edu/hopr **


The History of Philosophy Roundtable [HOPR] meets regularly during the academic year to discuss work in progress by graduate students and faculty on topics in the history of philosophy.  Most of the papers are by UCSD department members, but we also welcome occasional visitors.  If you are in the area or will be visiting San Diego and would like to participate, please contact Clinton Tolley (ctolley [at] ucsd.edu). 

All meetings are held in the Philosophy Department library, HSS 8025.  Papers to be discussed are circulated electronically approximately one week before the scheduled meeting. 

To receive announcements about the HOPR schedule and receive
the HOPR papers electronically, you may subscribe to the HOPR email list (HOPR-L) by sending an email to ctolley [at] ucsd.edu. 


2017-2018 Schedule

Fall 2017
Oct 6
Joe Stratmann (UCSD)
'Kant's Mathematical Antinomies and the Problem of Circular Conditioning'
Oct 20
Brian Tracz (UCSD)
'Kant on Images'
Oct 27
Blythe Greene (UCSD)
'Negation, Contradiction, and Kind-Crossing in Posterior Analytics 1.11'
Nov 3
Michael LeBuffe (Otago)
'Ideas in Spinoza's Metaphysics'
Nov 17
Hynek Bartos (Prague)
'Aristotle Reads Hippocrates'
Dec 1
Lisa Shabel
Winter 2018

Spring 2018


Schedule of previous years


Fall 2016
Sept 30 Richard Bett (Johns Hopkins)     Do the ancients see value in humanity?
Oct 7     Andrew Wong (UCSD)     on the methodology of Pyrrhonian skepticism
Oct 21     Tim Jankowiak (Towson)     Kant on the law of continuity
Nov 4     JP Messina (UCSD)     Markets and Motives: On Motivational "Crowding Out" in Kant and Smith
Dec 2     Phil Horky (Durham)     Category theory in the early Academy

Winter 2017
Feb 3     Blythe Greene (UCSD)     on time in the Timaeus
Feb 10     Robert Gooding-Williams (Columbia)     on the history of black nationalism
Feb 24     Matt Brown (UT Dallas)     on Dewey's philosophy of logic and science
Mar 6     Nick Stang (Toronto)     on Kant's schematism

Spring  2017
Apr 3     Clinton Tolley UCSD)     on Edith Stein and the experience of intersubjectivity
Apr 7     Anthony Bruno (Toronto)     on Fichte's 'genetic' deduction of the categories
Apr 28     Peter Myrdal (Turku)     on Leibniz on substance and force
May 19     Deborah Brown (Queensland)     on Descartes and substantial union
June 2     Brian Tracz (UCSD)     on modern German philosophy of perception  


Fall 2015
Oct 2     Ben Sheredos (UCSD)     Brentano's Act Psychology was not Aristotelian (or, wasn't empirical)
Oct 16     Peter Yong (UCSD)     on Hegel and perception
Oct 30     Eric Watkins (UCSD)     Kant on real grounds and conditions
Nov 6     Samuel Murray (Notre Dame)     on Aquinas and certa malitia
Nov 13     Dorothea Frede (Hamburg)     on Aristotle and reasonable emotions
Dec 4     David Forman (UNLV)     on Leibniz, progress, and eternal recurrence

Winter 2016
Jan 8     Sebastian Bender (Rice)     on Leibniz and the principle of sufficient reason
Feb 12     Rafeeq Hasan (Amherst)     on freedom and poverty in the Kantian state
Feb 19     Don Rutherford (UCSD)     On the wisdom of the moderns
Feb 26     Jim Kreines (Claremont McKenna)     Against the 'new' Kant

Spring  2016
Apr 1     Michael White (Arizona State)     on ancient philosophy
Apr 5     Lucy Allais (UCSD/Wits)    on Kant and racism
Apr 8     Ana Laura Edelhoff (Humboldt/Berlin)     on Aristotle's categories
Apr 22     Joseph Stratmann (UCSD)     on Kant and the transcendental ideal
June 10     Daniel Sutherland (Illinois-Chicago)     on Kant's applied mathematics 


Fall 2014
Oct 24     David Brink (UCSD)     Completeness and Realism about Eudaimonia: Lessons from the Big Rock Candy Mountains
Nov 14     Erik Olson (UCSD)     on Spinoza on modality
Nov 21     Marcy Lascano (Cal State Long Beach)     on Margaret Cavendish's metaphysics
Dec 12     Peter Yong (UCSD)     on Hegel

Winter 2015
Feb 13     Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame)     On Kant's 'tragic problem'
Feb 20     Peter Yong (UCSD)     on modern European philosophy
Feb 27     Stephen Zylstra (Toronto)     On Spinoza on Necessity, Perfection, and Divine Immutability
Mar 13     Derk Pereboom (Cornell)     On transcendental arguments in Kant (and after)

Spring 2015
Mar 30 [Monday!]     Jennifer Uleman (SUNY Purchase)     "How would you regard a friend?" On Suicide, Friendship, and Self-Regard in Kant
Apr 10     Marleen Rozemond (Toronto)     Conceptions of Substance in Descartes and Leibniz’s Rejection of Materialism
Apr 24     Lucy Allais (UCSD)     Transcendental Idealism in the Transcendental Aesthetic
May 15     Michael Oberst (Berlin)     Kant, Causal Skepticism, and the Refutation of Idealism
May 22     Paula Gottlieb (Wisconsin)     Aristotle, the Principle of Non-Contradiction, and Posterior Analytics A 11


Fall 2013
Oct 11     Karolina Huebner (Toronto)     on Spinoza, the affects, and identity
Oct 18     Pierre Destrée (Louvain)     on poetics and politics in Aristotle's /Poetics/
Oct 25     Eric Watkins (UCSD)     on Kant and the unconditioned
Nov 8     Kristen Inglis (Pittsburgh)     on Aristotle and rational desire
Nov 22     Dan Schwartz (UCSD)     on utopia and progress in Bacon's /The New Atlantis/
Dec 6     Kristen Irwin (Biola)     on Locke, Bayle, and religious (in)tolerance

Winter 2014
Feb 7     Monte Johnson (UCSD)     "Aristotle's Architectonic Sciences"
Feb 21     Clinton Tolley (UCSD)     "Intuition, Perception, and Experience in Kant"
Feb 28     Daniel Guevara (UC Santa Cruz)     "Kant's conception of philosophy"
Mar 7    Eric Watkins (UCSD) and Marcus Willaschek (Frankfurt)     "Kant's Account of Cognition"

Spring 2014
Apr 11     Gila Sher (UCSD)     on Kant and truth
May 12    Peter Anstey (Sydney)     on early modern philosophy
May 16     Tyke Nunez (Pittsburgh)     on Kant and apperception
May 23    Jozef Mueller (UC Riverside)     on Aristotle, agency, and responsiblity
May 30     Florian Marwede (Frankfurt)     on Kant, happiness, and the highest good
June 6     Zed Adams (New School)     on history of philosophy of color


FALL 2012
Oct 5     Peter Yong (UCSD)     on Hegel and phenomenal givenness
Oct 19     Peter Thielke (Pomona)     "Intelligible possession and things in themselves"
Nov 9     Terry Irwin (Oxford)     on Aristotelian ethics

Jan 18     Daniel Schwartz (UCSD)     on Bacon's natural histories
Feb 1     Clinton Tolley (UCSD)     on Kant's use of 'Erkenntnis' in its historical context
Mar 1     Alex Klein (Cal State Long Beach)     on William James and the relation between psychology, science, and religious belief
Mar 8     Daniel Althof (UCSD/Jena)     on Hegel's account of the Notion
Mar 15   Sam Rickless (UCSD)    on Berkeley's argument for God's existence in the Principles

Apr 5     Kyle Sereda (UCSD)     "Leibniz on the ontology of numbers"
Weds Apr 17, 11-12:30     Carl Posy (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)     "Systematicity and Semantics: Kant on the unity of the proposition"
  [joint meeting with the Southern California working group in History and Philosophy of Logic and Math (HPLM)]
Apr 19     Peter Yong (UCSD)     on Hegel and 'sense-certainty'
May 3     Nate Rockwood (UCSD)     on Locke on scientific knowledge
May 17     Ben Sheredos (UCSD)     "Mental acts in Brentano and Husserl: from act-psychology to phenomenology"
May 24     Don Rutherford (UCSD)     "Perfectionism in Spinoza and Nietzsche"


FALL 2011
Sept 30     Sam Rickless (UCSD)     Locke on identity
Oct 7    Tim Jankowiak (UCSD)     Relational and non-relational intentionality in intentionalist interpretations of Kant
Oct 14     Daniel Schwartz (UCSD)    Baconian natural history and scientific progress
Oct 28     Peter Yong (UCSD)     on Hegel
Nov 5      Malebranche Day    with Tom Lennon, Sean Greenberg, Patricia Easton, Julie Walsh and Don Rutherford
Nov 18     Eric Schliesser (Ghent)     The Newtonians against Spinoza on motion
Dec 2     Richard Kraut (Northwestern)     Aristotle on friendship

Feb 3     Martin Lin (Rutgers)     on the modal status of absolute space and time in Leibniz
Feb 17     Hemmo Laiho (Turku, Finland/UCLA)     on Kant and perceptual particulars
Feb 24     Henry Mendell (CSU-LA)     on Aristotle's definitions of the soul
Mar 2     Marcus Willaschek (Frankfurt)    on Kant and the highest good
Mar 10     Bonnie Kent (UC Irvine)     on Aristotle and Aquinas and virtue

Apr 13     Don Rutherford (UCSD)     on Leibniz and the ideality of space
Apr 27     Nate Rockwood (UCSD)     on Locke
May 11     Samantha Matherne (UC Riverside)     on Kant and aesthetic ideas
May 18     Michael Hardimon (UCSD)     on Heidegger
May 25     Julie Walsh (UCSD/Quebec-Montreal)     on Locke


FALL 2010
Oct 1   James Messina (UCSD), on Kant and the ground of the unity of space
Oct 15 Lewis Powell (USC), on Hume's maxim of conceivability and his treatment of modality
Oct 29 Nate Rockwood (UCSD), on Hume's account of identity
Nov 12 Daniel Schwartz (UCSD),
on Bacon's account of sense-perception
Nov 19 Henry Allison (UC Davis), on the formulations of the Categorical Imperative in Kant's /Groundwork/

WINTER 2011 
Feb 4 Clinton Tolley (UCSD), on Kant's doctrine of concepts
Feb 11 Monte Johnson (UCSD), on Democritus, on what's up to us
Feb 25 Sean Greenberg (UC Irvine), on Malebranche, consent, and human freedom

SPRING 2011   
Apr 8 Julie Walsh (UCSD/Western Ontario), on Molyneux's problem and Locke's view of freedom
Apr 12 Ina Goy (Tuebingen), on Kant, biology, and the argument from design
May 6 Tim Jankowiak (UCSD), on Kant on empirical intuitions
May 13 Don Rutherford (UCSD), on Leibniz on the ideality of space
May 27 Peter Yong (UCSD), on Kant's analysis of the ontological argument


FALL 2009
Oct 2   James Messina (UCSD), "Kant's hidden ontology of space"
Oct 16 Michael Friedman (Stanford), "Kant on geometry and spatial intuition"
Nov 6 Daniel Schwartz (UCSD), "Baconian Foundationalism and the Problem of Certainty"
Nov 13 Marcy Lascano (CSU Long Beach), "Kant on Leibnizian Emanation, Creation, and God's Freedom"
Nov 20 Timothy Rosenkoetter (Johns Hopkins), "Groundwork III: A Space for Kantian Non-Cognitivism?"

WINTER 2010   
Jan 15 Jeremy Heis (UC Irvine), "Ernst Cassirer's Neo-Kantian philosophy of geometry"
Jan 29 Eric Watkins and Kimberly Brewer (UCSD), "A Difficulty Still Awaits: Kant, Spinoza, and the Threat of Theological Determinism"
Feb 5 Monte Johnson (UCSD), "A syllogistic, mathematical, and mechanistic model of Aristotelian explanation and answer to Socratesʼ criticism of natural science in Platoʼs Phaedo"   
Mar 5 Matthew Shockey (Indiana, South Bend), "Heidegger's anxiety and Descartes' uncertainty"

SPRING 2010   
Apr 9 Don Rutherford (UCSD), "Hobbes on Virtue and the Laws of Nature"
Apr 23 Tim Jankowiak (UCSD), "Kant on Sensation and the Matter of Appearances"   
May 14 Sam Rickless (UCSD),  on 17th century accounts of qualities   
June 4 Clinton Tolley (UCSD), "Kant's Transcendental Logic as a General Logic"


Lara Ostaric (St. Michael's), on aesthetic judgment in German Idealism
Peter Myrdal (Uppsala/UCLA), on Leibniz on happiness
Daniel Schwartz, "Leaping to Conclusions Inductively: The Case of Francis Bacon"
Tim Jankowiak, on Kant, sensation, reality, and phenomenalism
Nate Rockwood, on Locke and personal identity
Josef Cressotti (UC Riverside), on Kant, pleasure, and judgments of taste

Karolina Huebner (Chicago/UCSD), on Spinoza and the reality of finite things
Clinton Tolley,  on Kant, logic, and truth
Aaron Garrett (Boston Univ), on Bishop Butler and 'bullshit'
Erin Frykholm,  on Hume on character

FALL 2008
Sam Rickless,  "Berkeley on the perception of physical objects    
Kristen Irwin, "The Autonomy of Reason: Bayle's Skeptico-Rationalist Conception of Reason"
Matt Brown, "Evidence in John Dewey's Theory of Inquiry"


Daniel Schwartz, "On Communicating to Cavemen: Plato and the Problems of Didactic Persuasion"
Tim Jankowiak, "The Subjects of Singular Judgments in Kant's Logic and Theory of Experience"
Karolina Huebner (Chicago), "Spinoza, Hobbes, and rhetoric"
Elliot Paul (Yale), "Cartesian notions of certainty and doubt"
Don Rutherford, "The History of Philosophy as Philosophy"

Matt Brown, "John Dewey's theory of inquiry"
Helmut Heit (Hannover), "Truth and Effect: Background, Content and Current Topicality  of Nietzsche's Philosophy of Science"
Rolf-Peter Horstmann (Humboldt/Berkeley), "The Unity of Reason and the Diversity of Life: The Idea of a System in Kant and in Nineteenth Century Philosophy"
Juhana Lemetti (Helsinki), "Late Hobbes and maker's knowledge"

FALL 2007
James Messina, "Spatial Relations, Different Places, and the Possibility of Coordination: The First Metaphysical Exposition Revisited"
Erin Frykholm, "Feeling and Sentiment in Hume's Moral Theory"
Clinton Tolley, "Logical Forms as Objects of Intuition in Husserl's Sixth Logische Untersuchung"
David Owen (Arizona), "Belief, Causal Reasoning, and the Passions"
Kristen Irwin, "Corrosive Reason and Epistemic Immunity: Pierre Bayle on Reason and the Mysteries"


James Messina, "Unity Amidst Diversity: The Place of Space in Kant's Account of Self-Awareness and Objective Experience"
Susan Castro (UCLA), "Kant's Aristotelian Path from Experience to Moral Metaphysics in the First Critique and the Groundwork"
Tim Jankowiak, "Berkeley's 'Master Argument': Its Shape and Where It Doesn't Fail"
Dan Garber (Princeton), "Activity and Causality"
Wayne Martin (Essex), "Hegel's Failed Confessional Enterprise"


Doug Hutchinson (Toronto) and Monte Johnson, "Reconstructing Aristotle's Lost Protrepticus"
Lisa Shapiro (SFU), "Rethinking Descartes's Institution of Nature: The Passions of the Soul and Body-Mind Causation"
Mary Domski (New Mexico), "Naturalism, Nominalism, and the Mathematical Treatment of Nature: Reconsidering Locke's Relationship to Newton"
David Brink, "Mill's Ambivalence about Duty"

FALL 2006
Matt Kisner (South Carolina), "Virtuous Passions: Spinoza on the Power of Passivity"
Henry Allison (UC Davis), "Hume's Philosophical Insouciance: A Reading of Treatise 1.4.7"
James Messina, "Catching Kant's 'I': Knowing Oneself as an Object in the First Critique"
Monte Johnson, "Aristotle on the Value of the Sciences"
Eric Watkins, "Kant on the Hiddenness of God"


Susan Castro (UCLA), "The Transcendental Analytic of Groundwork II"
Wayne Martin (Essex), "Conscience and Consciousness: Rousseau's Critique of the Stoic Theory of Oikeosis"
Stefano Di Bella (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), "Subjects, Things and Properties: On Leibniz's Ontological Approach"
Matt Brown, "To See Like a Child: John Dewey, the Tao, and Nonconceptual Experience"
Holly Andersen (Pittsburgh) and Rick Grush, "The History of the Specious Present Doctrine: From Reid to Hodgson and 'E.R. Clay'"
R. Lanier Anderson (Stanford), "Is Modus Ponens Analytic sensu Kant?"

Helmut Heit (Hanover/UCSD) , "Origins of Scientific Thought in Ancient Ionia?"
John Whipple (UC Irvine), "Hobbes on Miracles in Leviathan"
Dale Dorsey, "Humean Constructivism and the Relativity Problem(s)"
Adam Streed, "Mill's Radical Feminism"
Babette Babich (Fordham), "The Genealogy of Morals and Right Reading: On the Nietzschean Aphorism and the Art of the Polemic"

FALL 2005
Don Rutherford, "Nietzsche's Philosophy of Experience"
Jens Timmermann (St Andrews), "Acting from Duty"
Michael Tiboris, "Stoic Children: The Moral Psychology of the Cradle"
James Messina, "Making Raum for Nonconceptual Content: The Place of Intuitions in Kant's Epistemology"


Eric Watkins, "Kant on Transcendental Laws"
Kristen Irwin, "Bayle seulement philosophe?  Challenging Gianluca Mori's Reading of Bayle"
Holly Andersen (Pittsburgh, HPS) and Rick Grush, "History of the 'Specious Present' I: From Reid to Hodgson and Clay"
Don Rutherford, "Leibniz as Idealist"

Eric Watkins, "Making Sense of Mutual Interaction: Simultaneity and the Equality of Action and Reaction"
Kory Schaff, "Hegel's Solution to Poverty?"
Charlie Kurth, "Dissolving Wilson's Puzzle About Spinoza's Theory of Falsity"
Matt Brown, "A Deweyan Inquiry into Rorty's Attack on Inquiry into Inquiry"
Robert Merrihew Adams (Oxford), "The Priority of the Perfect in the Philosophical Theology of the Continental Rationalists"
Susan Castro (UCLA), "The Method of Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: Groundwork I"

FALL 2004
Rick Grush, "Berkeley and the Spatiality of Vision"
Sam Rickless, "Is Locke's Theory of Knowledge Inconsistent?"
Luke Robinson, "Ross, Conflicts of Obligation, and the Concept of a Prima Facie Obligation"
Lex Newman (Utah), "Descartes on the Will"
Ryan Hickerson, "Where Do (Kantian) Concepts Come From?"
Michael Gill (Arizona), "Rationalism, Sentimentalism, and Ralph Cudworth"


Joseph Schear (Chicago), "Heidegger on Ontological Difference"
Kory Schaff, "Perpetual Peace or Endless Politics?  Kant, Hegel, and the Politics of Globalization"
Eric Watkins, "On the Necessity and Nature of Simples: Leibniz, Wolff, Baumgarten, and the Early Kant"
Melissa Johnson, "Is Kant's General Logic Extensional or Intensional?"
Greg Shirley, "Heidegger and the Old and New Logic"

Matthew Kisner, "Descartes's Psychologism"
Matt Egan, "The Issue of Unity in Hegel's Critique of Kant's Theoretical Philosophy"
Carl Sachs, "Is Truth a Useful Fiction? Nietzsche Between Idealism and Empiricism"
Wayne Martin, "Fichte's Transcendental Phenomenology of Agency"

FALL 2003
Kristen Irwin, "Heidegger's Transcendental Phenomenology"
Kory Schaff, "Hegel on Work, Freedom, and Community"
Ryan Hickerson, "What Was Brentano's Problem?"
John Vella, "Euripides and the Limits of Reason"
Falk Wunderlich (Berlin), "Kant's Theory of Consciousness in Context"


Matthew Kisner, "Descartes' Psychologism"
P.D. Magnus, "Reid's Dilemma and the Uses of Pragmatism"
Don Rutherford, "Hobbes's New Science of Ethics"
Ryan Hickerson, "Logical Normativity and Husserlian Fulfillment"

Karl Ameriks (Notre Dame), Discussion of Kant and the Fate of Autonomy
Don Rutherford, "A Leibnizian Theory of Spontaneity"
Kristen Irwin, "'True' Kantian Pluralism"
Wayne Martin, "An Exercise in Kantian Logic"
Andrew Youpa (UC Irvine), "Spinoza's Ethical Objectivism"

FALL 2002
Rick Grush, "What Berkeley Should Have Said"
Matthew Kisner, "Skepticism and Idealism in the Early Descartes"
Wayne Martin, "The Judgment Stroke and the Truth-Predicate: Frege and the Phenomenology of Judgment"
Eric Watkins, "Kant's Model of Causality"


Matthew Kisner,"Lions, Polecats and Foxes: Would Hobbesian Subjects Agree to Covenant?"
Ryan Hickerson,"Phenomenology without Phenomena: The Riddle of Intentional Objects in Husserl's Logical Investigations"
Carl Sachs, "Subspecie Spinozae: The Spinoza-Nietzsche Connection"
Kory Schaff,"Socializing the Mind? McDowell's Hegelianism Revisited"
P. D. Magnus, "Underdetermination and Aspirations of Certainty"


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