"A philosophical system cannot be studied adequately apart from the intellectual context in which it is situated. Philosophers do not usually utter propositions in a vacuum, but accept, modify or reject doctrines whose meaning and significance are given in a particular culture." - Roger Ariew
Our group meets weekly to facilitate learning in early modern philosophy. Members have specialization in Galileo, Descartes, Pascal, Hobbes, Spinoza, and Leibniz, among others.
We sponsor seminars in early modern philosophy regularly and encourage students to apply to our program either at the undergraduate or the graduate level (whether in our MA or PhD programs). Our program is particularly strong in early modern philosophy. Roger Ariew specializes in a number of modern philosophers, especially Descartes, Galileo, Leibniz, Pascal, and Spinoza. Douglas Jesseph specializes in Hobbes, Leibniz, and the history of early modern mathematics. Colin Heydt concentrates in the history of early modern ethics. Benjamin Goldberg specializes in Harvey and the History and Philosophy of Medicine. The interests of our early modern graduate students range broadly: Aaron Spink specializes in Descartes; Joe Anderson on Leibniz; Daniel Collette on Pascal; Lucio Mare on Leibniz; Alex Shillito on Descartes and Pascal; and Will Underkuffler on Hume.
Leibniz Society of North America 2014
Contacts: Joseph Anderson and Aaron Spink.