April 2016: The Foundations of Methodology in the History of Philosophy

Workshop, 16 April 2016, Trius Winery at Hillebrand (www.triuswines.com)

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 “ heses” 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
  • ·      Jacqueline 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: chandrakavanagh@gmail.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: chandrakavanagh@gmail.com



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