McMaster will be celebrating the acquisition of the Bertrand Russell Archive in 2018 and, as part of the celebrations, the Philosophy Department will be hosting the combined meetings of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy (www.sshap.org) and the Bertrand Russell Society (http://bertrandrussell.org/). Mark your calendars for the second half of June! More information to come soon.
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 Experience. Lydia Patton, Virginia Tech
Nietzsche on Consciousness. Mattia Ricardi, University of Porto
William James on Conceptions and Private Language. Henry 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
McMaster University, 6-9 May 2016 (UH 316)
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
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
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
|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
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:
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: email@example.com
Deadline: 26 February 2016.
The workshop will take place at Trius Winery at Hillbrand (www.triuswines.com), 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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).
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
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” 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.
- 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 :
CALL FOR REGISTRATION
The 43rd annual meeting of the Society for Exact Philosophy will be held at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON), 22-24 May 2015.
- Kathrin Koslicki (Alberta)
- Diana Raffman (Toronto)
- Gillian Russell (Washington U)
- 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!
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
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