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Vanderbilt Modern Philosophy

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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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2813189148963473

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

Seminar Series 2020-21

All events will take place at 1 pm CST, and last about 90 minutes.
Please email emanuele.costa@vanderbilt.edu to join the mailing list. 

Upcoming Events

May 5th – Paul Richard Blum "Speculation in Nicholas of Cusa and Giordano Bruno: From Natural Theology to Methodic Pantheism"  June 2nd – Kimyoung Kim “Spinoza’s Ethics: Three Kinds of Knowledge as Three Kinds of Individuation”  July 7th – Jacinto Páez Bonifaci “The Depths of Experience: on the Neo-Kantian Interpretation of the Critical Method”  August 4th – Dwight K. Lewis, Jr. “Skeptical about Difference: an Exploration into Inclusive Modern Philosophy”

April 7th: Pietro Ingallina (University of Catania)
“Sympathy for the Devil: An Unexplored Machiavellian Source in Spinoza’s Korte Verhandeling”
April 21st: Karen Ng (Vanderbilt University)
BOOK SESSION - “Hegel's Concept of Life: Self-Consciousness, Freedom, Logic”
Commentary: Kelly M. Swope (Vanderbilt University) and Jason Yonover (Johns Hopkins University) 

Summer 2021 Seminar Series:

May 5th: Paul Richard Blum
"Speculation in Nicholas of Cusa and Giordano Bruno: From Natural Theology to Methodic Pantheism" 
June 2nd: Kimyoung Kim
“Spinoza’s Ethics: Three Kinds of Knowledge as Three Kinds of Individuation”
July 7th: Jacinto Páez Bonifaci
“The Depths of Experience: on the Neo-Kantian Interpretation of the Critical Method”
August 4th: Dwight K. Lewis, Jr.
“Skeptical about Difference: an Exploration into Inclusive Modern Philosophy”

Past Events

Re-watch the video recordings of past seminars on the Vanderbilt Philosophy Department's YouTube page!

March 24th: Stefano Palagiano (University of Urbino)
“Medical perspectives in Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum”
March 3rd: Fatema Amijee (University of British Columbia)
"The Disharmony of Leibniz and Du Châtelet”
February 24th: Jonathan Head (Keele University)
“Anne Conway: Monist or Trialist?”
February 10th: Richard Eldridge (Swarthmore College)
“Kant’s Philosophical Anthropology”
January 27th: Enrico Galvagni (University of St. Andrews)
“The School of Pain: Sophie de Grouchy on Positive Suffering”
January 13th: Eliza Starbuck Little (University of Chicago)
“Hegel and Schelling on Intuition”
December 9th: Susan James (Birkbeck College)
"Spinoza on Animal Species".