52nd International Congress, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-14, 2017

Medieval Philosophy I: Scholastic Metaphysics and Epistemology (Session Time: TBA)

Chair: Milo Crimi

  • Daniel Maslov, Lomonosov Moscow State University, “The Debates on the Primacy of the Principle of Non-Contradiction in the QuestionCommentaries
    on Aristotle’s Metaphysics, ca. 1273 – ca. 1330”
  • Zita Toth, Fordham University, “Pierre d’Ailly on Sine quibus non and Genuine Efficient Causes”
  • Lydia Deni Gamboa, U. Nacional Autónoma de México, “Adam of Wodeham on the Introspective Cognition of One’s Mental States”

Medieval Philosophy II: Medieval Ethics and Political Thought (Session Time: TBA)

Chair: Jason Aleksander

  • Josep Puig Montada, Universidad Complutense Madrid and Marquette University, “The Political Thought of Lisan al-Din Ibn al-Khatib”
  • Milo Crimi, University of California-Los Angeles, “The Problem of Self-Sacrifice in 13th-Century Philosophy”
  • Ryan Thornton, L’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, “Political Philosophy in the Scholastics: Peter of John Olivi and John Duns Scotus”


American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Pacific, Seattle, April 12-15, 2017

Medieval and Renaissance Approaches to Time (Session Time: TBA)

Chair: Eileen Sweeney (Boston College)

  • Ricardo Strobino (Tufts University), “Temporal Modalities in Avicenna’s Logic and Epistemology”
  • Sayeh Meisami (University of Dayton), “Naṣīr al-Dīn Ṭūsī on Time and Tempo

•    Sean Erwin (Barry University), “Polichronia and Transindividuality in Machiavelli and Lucretius”

Islamic Philosophy (Session Time: TBA)

Chair: Sayeh Meisami (University of Dayton)

  • Muhammad U. Faruque (University of California, Berkeley), “Beyond Essence-Existence Distinction: Mulla Sadra on the Problem of Natural Universals”
  • Mohammad Azadpur (San Francisco State University), “The Imam and the Perfect State: Peripatetic Ismailism in Nasirean Ethics”


The Renaissance Society of America, Annual Meeting, Chicago, March 30- April 1, 2017

Rethinking Machiavelli through his Philosophical Sources (Organizers: Sean David Erwin, Barry University; Donald F. Duclow, Gwynedd Mercy University) (Session Time: TBA)

Chair: Christopher Celenza, Johns Hopkins University

  • Sean David Erwin, Barry University, “Lucretius, and Latent Temporalities”
  • Jeremiah Hackett, University of South Carolina, “Before Machiavelli: The Education of the Prince in Roger Bacon’s Edition of Secretum secretorum”
  • Georgios Steiris, University of Athens, “George of Trebizond and Niccolò Machiavelli on the Spartan Constitution”

Roundtable: Contextualizing Machiavelli: Christopher Celenza’s Machiavelli – A Potrait (Organizer: Sean David Erwin, Barry University) (Session Time: TBA)

Chair: Andrea Aldo Robiglio, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Discussants: Christopher Celenza, Johns Hopkins University; Francesco Borghesi, University of Sidney; Sean David Erwin, Barry University; Timothy Kircher, Guilford College; Rocco Rubini, University of Chicago.

Pico della Mirandola Reconsidered (Organizers: Ovanes Akoypan, University of Warwick; Donald F.Duclow, Gwynedd Mercy University) (Session Time: TBA)

Chair: Brian P. Copenhaver, University of California, Los Angeles

Respondent: Thomas Leinkauf, Westfällsche Wilhelms-Universität Münster

  • Elliot M. Simon, University of Haifa, “Giovanni Pico’s 900 Theses: Syncretism and the Human Invention of Religion”
  • Ovanes Akoypan, University of Warwick, “Me quoque adolescentem olim fallebat”: Giovanni (Franceso?) versus Prisca theologia”

Roundtable: Pico and His Oration: Not on the Dignity of Man (Session Time: TBA)
Organizer: Ovanes Akoypan, University of Warwick)

Chair: Valery Rees, School of Economic Science, London

Discussants: Brian P. Copenhaver, University of California, Los Angeles; Denis J. J. Robichaud, University of Notre Dame; Thomas Leinkauf, Westfällsche Wilhelms-Universität Münster; Ovanes Akoypan, University of Warwick.


American Philosophical Association Central Division, Kansas City, March 1-4, 2017

Causation and Mental Content in Medieval Philosophy (Thursday Evening, 7:40-10:40)

Chair: Norman Whitman (University of Houston-Downtown)

  • Blake D. Dutton (Loyola University Chicago), “Sensation as a Problem for the Immateriality of the Soul: Augustine’s Attempt at Solution”
  • Susan Brower-Toland (Saint Louis University), “Causation and Mental Content: Against the Externalist Reading of Ockham
  • Eric W. Hagedorn (St. Norbert College), “Wodeham on God’s Unity, Singular Cognition, and the Essentiality of Origins”

Maimonides and Spinoza (Friday Evening, 7:00-10:00 pm)

Chair: Blake D. Dutton (Loyola University Chicago)

  • Norma Whitman (University of Houston-Downtown), “Maimonides’ Prophetic Truth or Spinoza’s Singular Knowledge”
  • Daniel Frank (Purdue University), “Dispassion, God, and Nature: Maimonides and Spinoza!”
  • Steven Nadler (University of Wisconsin), “The Intellectual Love of God: Maimonides and Spinoza”


APA Eastern Division, Baltimore, January 4-7, 2017

Topics on Islamic and Latin Medieval Philosophy

Chair: Jon McGinnis (University of Missouri, St. Louis)

  • Therese-Anne Druart (The Catholic University of America), “al-Farabi on Intersubjectivity in This Life and Thereafter”
  • Emann Allebban (McGill University), “Avicenna’s Theory of Causation”
  • Katja Krause (Max Planck Institute), “Transforming Aristotelian Philosophy: Alexander of Aphrosidias in Aquinas’ Early Anthropology and Eschatology”

* SMRP Founder’s Award recipient *

Concordia and Tolerance in Renaissance Thought

Chair: Bonnie Kent (University of California, Irvine)

  • Paul Richard Blum (Loyola University Maryland), “Religion as a Divisive and a Unifying Power: Nicholas of Cusa”
  • Jozef Matula (Palacký University Olomouc (Czechia), “The Limits of Tolerance in the Renaissance: Nicholas of Cusa and Erasmus of Rotterdam”