The Roles of Fiction in Early Modern Philosophy

An interdisciplinary conference at the University of Washington, Seattle

About the conference

Dates: April 17-18, 2015

Location: UW Simpson Center for the Humanities, located on the 2nd floor of the Communications Building (CMU).

Chiara Bottici (New School, Philosophy)
Rüdiger Campe (Yale, German)
Moira Gatens (Sydney, Philosophy)
Willi Goetschel (Toronto, German)
Victoria Kahn (Berkeley, English)
Colin Marshall (UW, Philosophy)
Samantha Matherne (UCSC, Philosophy)
Michael Rosenthal (UW, Philosophy)
Amy Schmitter (Alberta, Philosophy)
Leroy Searle (UW, English and Comp Lit)
Lisa Shapiro (Simon Faser, Philosophy)
Ellwood Wiggins (UW, Germanics)

Participant biographies and abstracts for their talks can be found below.

Abstracts, conference papers, and participant biographies available below.

Papers will be uploaded here when available. Papers are password-protected (contact Colin Marshall for the password).

Schedule subject to revision.

Friday, April 17

I. Fiction, the Body and Early Modern Political Philosophy
10:00 - 11:30am, CMU 202
Speaker: Chiari Bottici
Speaker: Amy Schmitter
Commentator: Cass Weller

KeynoteThe Fable Continued: The Palace of the Many Worlds in Leibniz's Theodicy
1:30 - 3:00pm, CMU 120
Speaker: Rüdiger Campe

II. Genre and Poetic Construction
3:30 - 5:00pm, CMU 202
Speaker: Lisa Shapiro
Speaker: Leroy Searle
Commentators: Melanie Tate & Timothy Brown

Saturday, April 18

III. Literary vs. Ontological Definitions of Fiction
10:00 - 11:30am, CMU 202
Speaker: Victoria Kahn

Speaker: Michael Rosenthal
Commentator: Richard Block

IV. Kant on the Beginning and End of Fiction
1:00pm - 2:30pm CMU 202
Speaker: Samantha Matherne
Speaker: Colin Marshall
Commentator: Marshall Brown

V. The Fiction of Philosophy
3:00 - 4:30pm, CMU 202
Speaker: Willi Goetschel
Speaker: Ellwood Wiggins
Commentator: Jane Brown

Keynote: Imagination, Error and Veracity: From the Thinking Stone to the Philosophical Novel
5:00-6:30pm, CMU 120
Speaker: Moira Gatens

Resources for Participants

Recommended Coffee near UW
List of on-campus cafes, some serving Starbucks

Recommended Restaurants in Seattle's U-District
Thai Tom (Thai)
Agua Verde (Mexican)
Than Brothers (Vietnamese)
Chaco Canyon (Vegetarian)
Molly's (Cafe, Vegetarian-Friendly)
Portage Bay Cafe (Cafe, w/ all-day breakfast)

Things to see and do in Seattle
Enjoy over-priced food at the Space Needle