Mind in Nature


Over een maand, op 15-17 februari, wordt aan de Humboldt-Universität te Berlin de 2e Conferentie gehouden van de European Society for Early Modern Philosophie, onder de fraaie, haast Spinozistische titel: Mind in Nature

Zoals uit het programma blijkt, zal met name de filosofie van Spinoza van diverse kanten belicht worden. Uiteraard komen ook Descartes en Leibniz aan bod, maar toch vooral Spinoza.

Over de conferentie, het programma, de abstracts



When early modern thinkers began to challenge the metaphysical framework of Aristotelian hylomorphism and maintained that natural things are to be explained in purely mechanistic terms, the explanation of mind became problematic: How do mental activities (such as perception, imagination, memory, thinking etc.) relate to "natural processes"? Are they identical or radically different? In which categories are they to be described? And how can an explanation of mind be integrated into a universal account of nature? These problems are at the center of a great number of early modern debates in metaphysics, natural philosophy, epistemology and philosophy of mind. They gave rise to a number of theories, ranging from neo-Aristotelianism to various forms of dualism, monism and idealism.


At this 2nd Congress of the European Society for Early Modern Philosophy, scholars from all over Europe and the U.S. working in Early Modern Philosophy will discuss these problems in their historical context and relate them to contemporary philosophical debates.