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Berkeley On Infinite Divisibility, David Mwakima Jun 2020

Berkeley On Infinite Divisibility, David Mwakima

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

Berkeley, arguing against Barrow, claims that the infinite divisibility of finite lines is neither an axiom nor a theorem in Euclid The Thirteen Books of The Elements. Instead, he suggests that it is rooted in ancient prejudice. In this paper, I attempt to substantiate Berkeley’s claims by looking carefully at the history and practice of ancient geometry as a first step towards understanding Berkeley’s mathematical atomism.


Berkeley On Perceptual Discrimination Of Physical Objects, Keota Fields Jun 2020

Berkeley On Perceptual Discrimination Of Physical Objects, Keota Fields

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

No abstract provided.


Browne’S Critique Of Religious Propositions In Berkeley: A Reply To Pearce, Benjamin Formanek Jun 2020

Browne’S Critique Of Religious Propositions In Berkeley: A Reply To Pearce, Benjamin Formanek

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

No abstract provided.


Informal Discussion, Todd Derose Jun 2020

Informal Discussion, Todd Derose

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

No abstract provided.


Does Berkeley Anthropomorphize God, Kenneth Pearce Jun 2020

Does Berkeley Anthropomorphize God, Kenneth Pearce

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

Berkeley occasionally says that we use analogy in thinking and speaking of God (Alc, §4.21). However, the scholarly consensus is that Berkeley rejects the traditional doctrine of divine analogy and holds instead that words like ‘wise’ apply to God in precisely the same way as they apply to Socrates. The difference is only a matter of degree (Daniel 2011; Curtin 2014; Pearce 2018; Fasko 2018). Univocal theories of the divine attributes have historically been charged with anthropomorphism—that is, with imagining God to be too similar to human beings (see Maimonides, Guide, ch. 1.1). Can Berkeley fairly be ...


Day 3 Schedule, Benjamin Hill Jun 2020

Day 3 Schedule, Benjamin Hill

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

No abstract provided.


Thomas Reid And The Priority Thesis: A Defence Against Turri, Benjamin Formanek, Lewis Powell Jun 2020

Thomas Reid And The Priority Thesis: A Defence Against Turri, Benjamin Formanek, Lewis Powell

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

No abstract provided.


What Makes Hume An External World Skeptic?, Graham Clay, David Landy, Nathan Rockwood Jun 2020

What Makes Hume An External World Skeptic?, Graham Clay, David Landy, Nathan Rockwood

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

What would it take for Hume to be an external world skeptic? Is Hume's position on knowledge sufficient to force him to deny that we can acquire knowledge of (non-logical) propositions about the external world? After all, Hume is extremely restrictive about what can be known because he requires knowledge to be immune to error. In this paper, I will argue that if Hume were a skeptic, then he must also deny a particular kind of view about what is immediately present to the mind. I will argue that direct realisms—views that maintain that mind-independent (i.e. ontologically ...


Informal Discussion, Benjamin Hill Jun 2020

Informal Discussion, Benjamin Hill

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

“What skills and capacities do you think the next generation of early modern scholars most need to advance the field?


Berkeley’S A Priori Argument For God’S Existence, Daniel H. Stephen, Alberto Luis Lopez Jun 2020

Berkeley’S A Priori Argument For God’S Existence, Daniel H. Stephen, Alberto Luis Lopez

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

Berkeley’s appeal to a posteriori arguments for God’s existence supports belief only in a God who is finite. But by appealing to an a priori argument for God’s existence, Berkeley emphasizes God’s infinity. In this latter argument, God is not the efficient cause of particular finite things in the world, for such an explanation does not provide a justification or rationale for why the totality of finite things would exist in the first place. Instead, God is understood as the creator of the total unity of all there is, the whole of creation. In this a ...


Informal Discussion, Benjamin Hill Jun 2020

Informal Discussion, Benjamin Hill

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

If an idealist can easily live within her idealism, if idealism really is the philosophy of common sense (as Berkeley claimed), why are introductory and general ed students so resistant to adopt it?


New Paper, Hasse Hämäläinen, Alin Varciu Jun 2020

New Paper, Hasse Hämäläinen, Alin Varciu

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

Among the readers of Swedenborg, the Swedish thinker’s ‘theory of correspondences’ is often interpreted as treating empirical realities as only imperfect manifestations of spiritual realities (e.g. Lamm 1915, Benz 1948, Beiser 2002). This interpretation that ascribes (Platonic) idealism to Swedenborg was originally proposed by Kant in the Dreams of a Spirit-Seer (1766). Although Kant criticizes Swedenborg’s theory, he considers it no inferior to the theories of Leibniz and Wolf, which can entice a reader of Swedenborg to take Kant’s interpretation at face value: even if Kant did not agree with Swedenborg, at least he took him ...


Cavendish And Berkeley On Inconceivability And Impossibility, Peter West, Colin Chamberlain Jun 2020

Cavendish And Berkeley On Inconceivability And Impossibility, Peter West, Colin Chamberlain

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

In this paper, I compare Margaret Cavendish’s argument for the view that colours of objects are inseparable from their ‘physical’ qualities (such as size and shape) with George Berkeley’s argument for the view that secondary qualities of objects (such as colours, tastes, and sounds) are inseparable from their primary qualities (such as size and shape). By reconstructing their respective arguments, I show that both thinkers rely on the ‘inconceivability principle’: the claim that inconceivability entails impossibility. That is, both premise their arguments on the claim that it is impossible to conceive of an object that has size and ...


Day 2 Schedule, Benjamin Hill Jun 2020

Day 2 Schedule, Benjamin Hill

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

No abstract provided.


The Middle Standpoint In Spinoza’S Ethics, Raphael Krut-Landau, Kristin Primus Jun 2020

The Middle Standpoint In Spinoza’S Ethics, Raphael Krut-Landau, Kristin Primus

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

No abstract provided.


Spinoza’S Formal Essence, Christopher Martin Jun 2020

Spinoza’S Formal Essence, Christopher Martin

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

Spinoza stipulates in E2def2, his definition of the essence of a thing, that the essence of each particular can neither exist nor, even, be conceived, except alongside its particular. Yet a mere eight propositions later states that God maintains an idea of the essence of nonactual particulars “in the same way as the formal essences of the singular things are contained in God’s attributes” (E2p8). While there are known interpretive controversies with each of these claims, I argue that according to E2def2, essences of particulars can only be and can only be conceived alongside the actual existence of their ...


Informal Discussion, Benjamin Hill Jun 2020

Informal Discussion, Benjamin Hill

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

“Do your students struggle with Spinoza’s geometric exposition, and if so, how do you get them past it?”


Malebranche’S Alleged Idealism, Fabio Malfara, Dylan Flint Jun 2020

Malebranche’S Alleged Idealism, Fabio Malfara, Dylan Flint

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

Over the span of eleven years (1683-1694), Nicolas Malebranche and Antoine Arnauld, two prominent sympathizers of the Cartesian tradition, engaged in a rigorous debate. In his initial set of criticisms, Arnauld objects that a natural consequence of Malebranche’s theory of ideas is idealism.1 This charge of idealism has puzzled scholars: why did Arnauld believe this? Han Adriaenssen2 has convincingly argued that Arnauld’s charge of idealism is founded on the representationality of Malebranchean ideas. According to Arnauld, ideas represent for Malebranche in much the same way that portraits do—by inciting a perceiver to form a conception of ...


Informal Discussion, Benjamin Hill Jun 2020

Informal Discussion, Benjamin Hill

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

“Why is it important that philosophers study the history of philosophy and why should we continue to teach it? Alt formulation: Why should programs continue to have history of philosophy courses as degree requirements?”


Descartes And The Monstrous Thesis, Evan Thomas, Zachary Agoff Jun 2020

Descartes And The Monstrous Thesis, Evan Thomas, Zachary Agoff

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

No abstract provided.


The Ontological Status Of Cartesian Possibilia, Daniel Stermer, Marc Bobro, Liz Goodnick Jun 2020

The Ontological Status Of Cartesian Possibilia, Daniel Stermer, Marc Bobro, Liz Goodnick

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

In this paper I present a novel view of the ontological status of possible objects for Descartes. Specifically, I claim that possible objects just are innate ideas considered objectively. In the act of creation, God creates possibilities—in all its richness—in the form of innate ideas. Thus, in acts of thinking, one may clearly and distinctly perceive, via one’s innate ideas, that such and such is possible. To argue this, I first analyze and critique two competing views—one from Calvin Normore who claims that innate ideas represent an independent realm of possibilia, and another from David Cunning ...


Day 1 Schedule, Benjamin Hill Jun 2020

Day 1 Schedule, Benjamin Hill

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

No abstract provided.


Welcome And Introductory Remarks, Benjamin Hill Jun 2020

Welcome And Introductory Remarks, Benjamin Hill

Western E-Vent in Early Modern Philosophy

No abstract provided.


The Worst Thing Since Sliced Bread: The Chorleywood Bread Process, Jeremy Cherfas May 2020

The Worst Thing Since Sliced Bread: The Chorleywood Bread Process, Jeremy Cherfas

Dublin Gastronomy Symposium

In the 1950s, Britain’s local bakers were under siege. Large, highly automated bread factories could supply bread at a lower price, finding a ready market in the growing supermarket presence on the high street. The small bakers turned to the British Baking Industries Research Association (BBIRA), based in Chorleywood, outside London. After very few years of research, the bread scientists unveiled a method that took less time and was able to use lower-protein home-grown wheat: the Chorleywood Bread Process. If the high street bakers thought they were saved, they were sorely mistaken. The big industrial bakers adopted the same ...


‘No One Wishes To Say That You Are To Live On Preserved Meats’: Canning And Disruptive Narratives In Nineteenth-Century Food Writing, Lindsay Middleton May 2020

‘No One Wishes To Say That You Are To Live On Preserved Meats’: Canning And Disruptive Narratives In Nineteenth-Century Food Writing, Lindsay Middleton

Dublin Gastronomy Symposium

No abstract provided.


"Manly’ Plates: Generation Z And The Rhetoric Of Vegan Men, Erin Trauth May 2020

"Manly’ Plates: Generation Z And The Rhetoric Of Vegan Men, Erin Trauth

Dublin Gastronomy Symposium

No abstract provided.


‘‘Please Can We Talk About Politics Or Something Controversial, Instead Of My Stomach?’: A Communication Study Of Food Discourse And Identity Construction., Rhonda J. Stewart May 2020

‘‘Please Can We Talk About Politics Or Something Controversial, Instead Of My Stomach?’: A Communication Study Of Food Discourse And Identity Construction., Rhonda J. Stewart

Dublin Gastronomy Symposium

The study of food, an integral component of culture, provides insights into our beliefs, customs, and daily life. When our lives revolve around the importance of food, how do we make sense of an interruption in that system? People with food allergies discover ways to make sense of their food allergies and learn how to communicate their stigmatized allergies to others. The reactions of non-allergic people to those with dietary restrictions have implications for allergy sufferers as well. Interviews revealed the taint perceived by food allergy sufferers and the sensemaking process they implemented to confront the taint through three distinct ...


How Indian Vegetarianism Disrupted The Way The World Eats, Coleen Taylor Sen May 2020

How Indian Vegetarianism Disrupted The Way The World Eats, Coleen Taylor Sen

Dublin Gastronomy Symposium

No abstract provided.


Festive Gastronomy Against Rural Disruption: Food Festivals As A Gastronomic Strategy Against Social-Cultural Marginalization In Northern Italy, Michele F. Fontefrancesco May 2020

Festive Gastronomy Against Rural Disruption: Food Festivals As A Gastronomic Strategy Against Social-Cultural Marginalization In Northern Italy, Michele F. Fontefrancesco

Dublin Gastronomy Symposium

No abstract provided.


Flooded Out, Baked Out, Bugged Out: Disruption In America’S Agricultural Heartland., Bruce Kraig May 2020

Flooded Out, Baked Out, Bugged Out: Disruption In America’S Agricultural Heartland., Bruce Kraig

Dublin Gastronomy Symposium

No abstract provided.