Apr 11 2012


Oltenia Colloquium in Early Modern Philosophy

15 - 16 May 2013


The theme of the Colloquium: ,,Between Continuity and Transformation: Leibniz on Substance and Substantial Forms”.


Through this Colloquium, we wish to explore the theory of substance and substantial forms, especially in connection with the moment 1678-1679. We want to see, both from an historical and systematical point of view, the continuity and the transformation of the young Leibniz’s ideas (1666-1679) to the mature Leibniz (1680-1695). We expect the papers to cover topics such as: the influences from other theories of substance (Aristotelian, Scolastics, Cartesian, Mechanist etc.); the most important steps of the elaboration of the theory of substance; the way how survived some elements until the works from the middle years, especially until the monadological view; the solution of the composition problem; the relationship between soul and body; the created substance and its role; the theological consequences of the composition problem; the view on the corporeal substance, and the relationship with the body and the organism; the nature of the body; the substance as subject and the way in which the early theory of substance influenced the mature theory of complete notion; the way in which the theory of substance influenced Leibniz’s logical and mathematical research etc.


The place of the Colloquium: New Europe College Bucharest.


Confirmed speakers: Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Michel Fichant (Universite Paris-Sorbonne), Roger Ariew (University of South Florida, Tampa, USA), Enrico Pasini (Universita di Torino, Italy), Andreas Blank (University Paderborn, Germany), Pauline Phemister (University of Edinburgh, UK), Adrian Nita (University of Craiova, Romania), Stefano Di Bella (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy), Richard Arthur (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada), Anne-Lise Rey (Universite Lille 1, France), Maria Rosa Antognazza (King's College London, UK), Markku Roinila (University of Helsinki).


The papers can be in English or French.


See the programme, accommodation, place of the colloquium, lunch and dinner, Bucharest map


Contact: Adrian Nita ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )





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