Thursday, 3 January 2013

Stoicism and Early Modern Philosophy Research Seminar

Welcome to the website for the Birkbeck / King's College London "Stoicism and Early Modern Philosophy" Research Seminar, organized by Alexander Douglas, Susan James, Minna Koivuniemi, and John Sellars. In Spring 2013 we shall run a research seminar / reading group on Mondays 2.00-4.00 at King's College London (Philosophy Building, Room 508). Texts will be circulated in advance. Each week the text will be introduced briefly, followed by discussion. All welcome. Further info and updates will be posted here in due course. 
 
Schedule

14 Jan - Lipsius I: On Fate (introduced by JS). Reading: De Constantia 1.17-20.
21 Jan - Lipsius II: On Misfortune (introduced by JS). Reading: De Constantia 2.6-17.
28 Jan - Montaigne (introduced by AD). Reading: Essais 1.14 & 3.10.
4 Feb - Bacon: On the Nature of the Good and the Culture of the Mind (introduced by James Lancaster). Reading: The Advancement of Learning, OFB IV, pp. 135-56.
11 Feb - Descartes I (introduced by MK). Reading: Descartes-Elisabeth Correspondence (D-E: 8 July 1644, D-E 18 May 1645, E-D 24 May 1645, D-E May or June 1645, E-D 22 June 1645, D-E June 1645, D-E 21 July 1645, D-E 4 Aug 1645, E-D 16 Aug 1645, D-E 18 Aug 1645, E-D Aug 1645, D-E 1 Sep 1645, E-D 13 Sep 1645, D-E 15 Sep 1645,E-D 30 Sep 1645, D-E 6 Oct 1645, E-D 28 Oct 1645, D-E 3 Nov 1645, E-D 30 Nov 1645, D-E Jan 1646, E-D 25 April 1646, D-E May 1646 A, D-E May 1646 B, D-E Nov 1646, E-D 29 Nov 1646, D-E Dec 1646, E-D 5 Dec 1647, D-E 31 Jan 1648, D-E 22 Feb 1649); Descartes-Queen Christina Correspondence (20 Nov 1647; D-Chanut 20 Nov 1647; D-Chanut 31 March 1649); cf. CSM III, p. 237 ff.
Reading Week
25 Feb - Descartes II: Generosite (introduced by SJ). Reading: Discourse on Method, Parts 1-3; Passions of the Soul, Part 3.
4 Mar - Spinoza I: Determinism (introduced by AD). Reading: Ethics I Appendix; II P49 (with Corollary and Scholium);
 Principles of Cartesian Philosophy Appendix: I, ch. 3; II, chs 8-9. 
11 Mar - Spinoza II: Passions (introduced by MK). Reading: Short Treatise II chs 1-7; Ethics III P1-P31; IV P1-P17. 
18 Mar - Cudworth: Fate and Free Will (introduced by JS). Reading: A Treatise of Freewill esp. chs 1-3, 9-10, 14, 18.
25 Mar - Shaftesbury: Living According to Nature (introduced by JS). Reading Ask√™mata ‘The End’ & ‘Good & Ill’ (Std Edn, pp. 126-39).