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Vanderbilt Modern Philosophy


The VAMP (Vanderbilt Modern Philosophy) Group is an association, organized by faculty at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) with the purpose of discussing figures in Modern Philosophy, ranging from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century, including Early Modern authors, Kant, Hegel, and figures in Romanticism and Idealism. 

The spirit behind the VAMP initiative is to break down walls between neighboring disciplines and foster a sense of communication, cross-contamination, and mutual inspiration. In this sense, events organized by the VAMP group will include participants from several US and worldwide institutions, bridging the divide between Analytic and Continental History of Philosophy.

For the academic year 2020-2021, we are proud to present the VAMP seminar series, which will feature an ensemble of diverse speakers ranging from faculty to graduate students, from post-docs to aficionados. 

In the future, we hope to also organize different kinds of events, including reading groups and more informal conversations.

Please join us on our Facebook group to keep track of all of our activities:

Organizing committee: Idit Dobbs-Weinstein, Karen Ng, Emanuele Costa.

Seminar Series 2020-21

VAMP James Lecture Poster

Inaugural Lecture

Wednesday, December 9th at 1pm CST: Susan James (Birkbeck College), "Spinoza on Animal Species"

Susan James is a Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. 
She has recently been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy, in recognition of her work in Early Modern Philosophy and Political Philosophy. 
Prof. James will deliver the inaugural lecture of the VAMP - Vanderbilt Modern Philosophy group, discussing Spinoza's theory of animal species. 
She will argue that, according to Spinoza, species are not primarily distinguished by their bodily characteristics but by their capacity to respond to one another’s affects, concluding that the members of a species are united by their social relationships into a single kind. 


The VAMP group invites prospective participants to send an anonymized abstract of about 300 words in Word or PDF format on any topic in modern philosophy to <> no later than the 15th of December. Please, indicate your name, university affiliation, and the title of your paper in the body of your email message. Completed papers should aim at a reading time of 45 minutes or less. Click here to view the full Call for Abstracts.