Philosophy of Mind in the 19th Century

Philosophy of Mind in the 19th Century

Meeting of the Canadian Philosophical Association

30 May 2016, 9:00-12:30

University of Calgary


The Symposium aims at documenting the fabulous richness that characterizes the study of mind over the period that extends from the publication of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (1781) to that of Husserl’s Ideas (1913). Contributions are highlights from the eponymous project* that has three main purposes: (1) to sketch a theoretical landscape that reflects the methodological and theoretical pluralism that is characteristic of this period; (2) to draw attention to the common historical origins of psychology and philosophy of mind including cognitive sciences as we know them today; (3) to do justice to the theories of lesser known figures or of philosophers whose contribution to the study of mind has otherwise been neglected.


Philosophy of Mind in the 19th Century: Methodological Considerations. Sandra Lapointe, McMaster University

Idealist perspectives on mental activity and content. Clinton Tolley, University of California, San Diego

Mach’s contributions to philosophy of mind. Erik Banks, Wright State University

Helmholtz on the Stability and Plasticity of Phenomenal ExperienceLydia Patton, Virginia Tech

Nietzsche on Consciousness. Mattia Ricardi, University of Porto

William James on Conceptions and Private LanguageHenry Jackman, York University


*Philosophy Of Mind In The Nineteenth Century, Sandra Lapointe (ed.) – Volume 5 in The History Of The Philosophy Of Mind series edited by Rebecca Copenhaver and Christopher Shields (Routledge, forthcoming)

Table of Content

00 Introduction by Sandra Lapointe, McMaster University

 01 Bernard Bolzano on Mind and Action by Sandra Lapointe, McMaster University

02 Idealist perspectives on mental activity and content by Clinton Tolley, University of California, San Diego

03 From metaphysics to psychophysics: Herbart and the sovereign realm of presentations by Wolfgang Huemer, University of Parma and Christoph Landerer, independent scholar

04 Hermann von Helmholtz’s Theories of Sound and Color by Lydia Patton, Virginia Tech

05 Mach’s Philosophy of Mind: Sensations and Neutral Monism by Eric Banks, Wright State University

06 Nietzsche’s philosophical psychology by Mattia Riccardi, University of Porto

07 Conceptual pessimism and James’s Philosophy of Mind by Henry Jackman, York University

08 Freud’s Neurology: Surpassing 19th Century Philosophy of Mind by Bettina Bergo, University of Montreal

09 Brentano’s Philosophy of Mind  by Robin Rollinger, Czech Academy of Science

10 Mind in Meinong  by Peter Simons, Trinity College, Dublin

11 Stumpf on Joint Presentation by Mark Textor, King’s College London

12 Christian von Ehrenfels on the Mind and its Metaphysics by Carlo Ierna, Utrecht University

13 Husserl: From Intentionality to Transcendental Phenomenology  by Paul Livingston, University of New Mexico

14 Natorp’s Philosophy of Mind by Alan Kim, Stony Brook University




Logic in Kant’s Wake – SCHEDULE

McMaster University, 6-9 May 2016 (UH 316)

Sponsored by

McMaster’s Bertrand Russell Research Centre (Faculty of Humanities), Michael Forster Humboldt Professorship (Bonn, Germany), The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

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6 May 7 May 8 May 9 May


Frederick Beiser, Syracuse

Cohen’s Logik der reinen Erkenntnis


Corey Dyck, Western

Logic and Psychology from Wolff to Kant


Consuelo Preti, The College of New Jersey

How Russell Could Have Thought Moore Was A Logician

10:30-10:45 Pause


Scott Edgar, St Mary’s

The origins of Hermann Cohen’s logic of pure knowledge

Clinton Tolley, UCSD

Hegel’s Conception of Thinking in his Logics


Nick Griffin, McMaster

Russell and Hilbert and Kant and Geometry


12:15-13:30 Catered Lunch (Wilson Library)


Gary Ostertag, CUNY

Bradley and Russell on Relations and Propositional Unity

Erich Reck , UC Riverside

The Logic in Dedekind’s Logicism


Lydia Patton, Virginia Tech

Laws of Thought and Laws of Logic: from Psychology to Mathematics after Kant

15:00-15:15 Student Session:

Laura Davis, Pittsburgh

Rethinking Logical Hylomorphism: Kant and the Subjective Formalists


Milan Soutor, Prague

Moore vs. Kant and Bradley: Are concepts acquired by operations of mind?


Joshua Eisenberg, Pittsburgh

Hertz’s Logically-Oriented Physics



Sandra Lapointe, McMaster

Methodological Pluralism and the History of Logic before and after Kant

Michael Forster, Bonn




Sean Morris, Metropolitan State University, Denver


By Skype


16:45-17:00 Pause
17:00-18:30 Graham Priest, CUNY

Kant’s Excessive Tenderness for Things in the

World, and Hegel’s Dialetheism

Nick Stang, Toronto

Der Gedanke in the Context of 19th Century Logic

Jeremy Heis,

UC Irvine

by Skype

JOB: Russell Visiting Professorship

The Department of Philosophy at McMaster University is currently advertising its 2016/17 Visiting Russell Professorship. 

The Visiting Professorships, one of which will be available each year, are intended for established scholars whose research would benefit by access to the Bertrand Russell Archives. It is an excellent opportunity for Russell scholars and historians of analytical philosophy to gain physical access to the formidable wealth of material curated at McMaster. Please consult the ad here:

Workshop: The Foundations of Methodology in the History of Philosophy

16 April 2016, Trius Winery at Hillebrand

(Call for Participants follows)

One of the biggest challenges for historians of philosophy, whether it be historians of e.g. analytic, German, modern, medieval or ancient philosophy is to make clear the various ways in which historical work can be relevant to contemporary discussion. Few philosophical resources exist that deal with questions concerning approaches and methods, and divergences across the various subfields of interest are often quite remarkable. This is to say nothing of the gap that seems to exist between historians of philosophy and historians and philosophers of science.  

The purpose of the workshop is to come to a better understanding of our own assumptions as historians and consider whether distinct approaches and methods can come to inform each other in a way that could contribute to unifying the field – and whether this is desirable in the first place. It will gather historians and philosophers of science, historians of ancient, medieval and modern philosophy as well as historians of analytical philosophy.

The workshop will revolve around current work-in-progress by eminent historian of medieval philosophy Claude Panaccio (UQAM). The morning session will be devoted to a lecture by Panaccio, followed by an open discussion. The afternoon session will consist of a round table. A number of “ theses” taken from Panaccio’s manuscript will be examined and discussed by a panel of historians with different backgrounds and interest. They include :

  • ·      Corey Dyck, Western
  • ·      Jacquline Feke, Waterloo
  • ·      David Hunter, Ryerson
  • ·      Peter King, Toronto
  • ·      Henrik Lagerlund, Western
  • ·      Sandra Lapointe, McMaster
  • ·      Christian Leduc, Montreal
  • ·      Martin Pickave, Toronto

The round table will be followed by a general discussion. Invited discussants include: Doreen Fraser (Waterloo), Mark Johnstone (McMaster), Jenny Pelletier (Leuven), Marleen Rozemond (Toronto), Anthony Skelton (Western), Nick Stang (Toronto),  John Thorp (Western).

Excerpts from Panaccio’s new manuscript, Narratives and Reconstructions. The Foundations of Methodology in the History of Philosophy, will be made available in advance to all participants. 

Call for Participants

Registration is now open for other participants, but places are limited. If you would like to attend, please send us by email a short rationale, including a description of current academic interest as well as a brief statement explaining why the workshop is relevant to your current research. The subject line of the email should be :Method in History Workshop and it should be sent to Chandra Kavanagh at:

Deadline: 26 February 2016.

The workshop will take place at Trius Winery at Hillbrand (, one of the finest wineries of the Niagara Region. The registration fee is 230$ and includes a 4 course lunch, wine tasting and a 6 course dinner, as well as refreshments throughout the day.

If you have any questions, please contact Chandra Kavanagh:



10:00-10:30 Welcome, coffee and tea, morning snacks.

10:30-12:30 Lecture by Claude Panaccio: The Foundations of Methodology in the History of Philosophy

12:30-14:00 Lunch

4 course business lunch, set menu

 14:00-17:00 Round Table.

Discussants: Corey Dyck (Western) Jacquline Feke (Waterloo), David Hunter (Ryerson), Peter King (Toronto) Henrik Lagerlund (Western), Sandra Lapointe (McMaster), Christian Leduc (Montreal), Martin Pickave (Toronto).

 17:00-19:00 Reception/Visit

Indulge in a trio of Trius’s favourite gourmet snacks with their perfect complementary wines—including their famous sparkler, Trius Brut Rosé. After we reveal a little of the mystery behind pairing food and wine, we’ll teach you your very own magic trick: how to sabre a bottle of sparking wine!

19:00 Dinner (Five course tasting menu, coffee and tea)

The Chef will create one soup course, one starter course, fish course, main course, Cheese course or dessert course


Sponsored by:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


McMaster University’s Philosophy Department

Bertrand Russell Research Centre

University of Toronto’s Philosophy Department


Logic in Kant’s Wake 2016 – Call for Participation

“Logic in Kant’s Wake” is the name given to a series of workshops that have been held over the course of the last year. More information is available here. The general motivation for the project is to better understand the development of logic in the 19th century and, in particular, to make sense of an idea that seems to have been formidably widespread at the time, namely, that Kant had a tremendous influence on the discipline. This surprising observation raises a number of questions, for instance: What did logicians understood ‘logic’ to mean before and after Kant? What were Kant’s views on logic and how did they inform the views of his successors? What characterizes the Idealists’ reception of Kant’s ideas on logic? How does logic develop in other post-Kantian contexts, e.g. in Fries’ and Herbart’s theories, and later in those of Trendelenburg, Lotze and the algebraists in Britain? Where does the groundbreaking work of Bolzano, Frege and Russell fit within the broader (German-speaking, British) contexts? What of the relation between logic and psychology before the well-known anti-psychologistic criticisms of the end of the 19th century?

From 6-9 May 2016, McMaster’s Philosophy Department will be hosting the final instalment of the workshop. The event is sponsored by McMaster’s Humanities Faculty and Bertrand Russell Research Centre (Faculty of Humanities), Michael Forster Humboldt Professorship (Bonn, Germany) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Workshop Participants:

  • Frederick Beiser, Syracuse
  • Corey Dyck, Western
  • Scott Edgar, Saint Mary’s
  • Michael Forster, Bonn
  • Jeremy Heis, UC Irvine
  • Sandra Lapointe, McMaster
  • Sean Morris, Metropolitant State University Denver
  • Gary Ostertag, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Lydia Patton, Virginia Tech
  • Consuelo Preti, The College of New Jersey
  • Graham Priest, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Erich Reck, UC Riverside
  • Brigitte Sassen, McMaster
  • Nick Stang, Toronto
  • Clinton Tolley, UC San Diego

Call For Participants

The workshop is open to anyone who is interested to attend. The workshop should be a place where participants can test ideas and benefit from discussion toward the final draft of their paper.

There are not many spots available, but we warmly welcome participation from experts whose work might help throw lights on aspects of the development of logic in the 19th century – alternative conceptions of its scope, method and place within philosophy – that have been neglected. If you are interested in participating, please send a short message indicating your interest :

Society for Exact Philosophy – Registration Open


The 43rd annual meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy will be held at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON), 22-24 May 2015.

Keynote Speakers

  • Kathrin Koslicki (Alberta)
  • Diana Raffman (Toronto)
  • Gillian Russell (Washington U)

Conference organizers:

  • Sandra Lapointe (McMaster)
  • David DeVidi (Waterloo).

For a full list of speakers, see the conference website.

Online registration for this year’s meeting and banquet is now open.

Registration DEADLINE: May 19th.

To register, get more information or see a roster of talks, proceed now to the conference website

See you in Hamilton!

Periodisation and Relevance in the History of Analytical Philosophy

The next workshop to be held at McMaster on 16 April will feature the following presentations:

Gilbert Ryle’s Fregean Inheritance

Michael Kremer, University of Chicago


Crossing the Fregean Divide? Metaphilosophy and Purpose in the History of Analytic Philosophy

Aaron Preston, Valparaiso University


When and Why Did People Begin Calling Themselves ‘Analytic Philosophers’?

Greg Frost-Arnold, Hobart and William Smith


Periodization, Relevance and the Traditionalist Approach in the History of Analytical Philosophy

Sandra Lapointe, McMaster University




Logic in Kant’s Wake. Second Workshop

The second instalment of the workshop will be held at McGill University, Montreal, 18-19 March 2015, Thomson House, Room 403


Sandra Lapointe, McMaster University

Lydia Patton, Virginia Tech

Nicholas F. Stang, University of Toronto

Clinton Tolley, University of California, San Diego


Workshop: Innovations in the History of Analytical Philosophy

McMaster University, 9-11 January 2015

In the last twenty years the history of analytical philosophy has entered a new and exciting phase of development. One strand of these new approaches is a broad engagement with a wider range of figures, topics and disciplines outside of philosophy as it was traditionally conceived. Analytic philosophy began in the ground-breaking work of thinkers who questioned the nature of philosophy itself, and one of the tasks of the history of analytical philosophy is to acquaint philosophers with this revolutionary past. This will not only allow a deeper understanding of how current problems arose, but also create the potential to change what we value for the future of analytic philosophy. The conference aims at presenting some of the most innovative work being done in this field by some of its most prominent junior scholars. The papers presented at the event are projected to appear in Innovations in the History of Analytical Philosophy (Palgrave).

Invited speakers include:

  •  Andy Arana (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • Catarina Duthil Novaes and Leon Geerdink (Groningen)
  • Greg Frost-Arnold (Hobart and William Smith)
  • Daniel Harris (Hunter College)
  • Jeremy Heis (University of California, Irvine)
  • Colin Johnston (Stirling)
  • Alexander Klein (California State University, Long Beach)
  • Uriah Kriegel (CNRS-Paris)
  • Kris McDaniel (Syracuse)
  • Lydia Patton (Virginia Tech)
  • Marcus Rossberg (UConn)
  • Audrey Yap (Victoria)