Pacific Northwest/Western Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy, March 2-4, 2018

March 2 – 4, 2018
University of Washington, Seattle


Program of Events

Friday, March 2

Location:  Savery Hall, Room 260

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Keynote:  Lisa Shapiro (Simon Fraser University) “Becoming a Thinking Thing”

Saturday, March 3

Location:  Simpson Center for the Humanities, Communications Building, Room 202

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Coffee and Donuts 
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Uygar Abaci (Penn State) “Divine Cognition and Kant's Amodalism regarding Things in Themselves”
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Danielle Brown (Alberta) “Moral Defect and Aesthetic Deformity: Moralism in Hume’s Standard of Taste”
12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.   Lunch 
2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  Hadley Cooney (Wisconsin) “Spinoza on the Morality of Deception”
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.  Coffee Break 
4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.  Marie Jayasekera (UC-Irvine) “Astell on Custom and Liberty”

Conference Dinner:  TBA  (All are invited.  You must pay for your own food and drinks.  Please let the organizer, Michael Rosenthal know as soon as possible if you intend to join the party.) 

Sunday, March 4

Location:  Simpson Center for the Humanities, Communications Building, Room 202

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Elliot Rossiter (Douglas) “Locke and the Virtue of Industry”
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Eric Stencil (Utah Valley) “Arnauld’s God Reconsidered”
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Aaron Wells (Notre Dame) “Emilie du Châtelet on Physical Explanation and the Principle of Sufficient Reason”


We have arranged lodging for the conference at a hotel very near the Seattle campus of the University of Washington.  Ten rooms have been reserved for the nights of Thursday, March 1 through Monday, March 5 at the Watertown Hotel, (4242 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105).  Reservations can be made online or through their reservations department at 1-866-866-7977 or via email at Use booking code: PHILOSOPHY.

The room block will be released on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, so please make your reservations well before then!

The hotel is within easy walking distance (10 minutes or less) of the campus as well as to stores and restaurants in the U-District. It is an easy trip (by car or bus) downtown and to other tourist sites in Seattle.

Transportation from Airport

The nearest airport is Sea-Tac International, about 18 miles south of the University. Transportation to the University District is provided by several shuttle companies at the airport. Rental cars are also available. You can also now take the Link light rail from the airport to the station (near the football stadium) at the University of Washington.  You can walk (15 minutes), call a taxi, or take a bus from there to the Watertown Hotel.


If you have any questions about the practical arrangements of the conference, please contact: Michael Rosenthal, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington, phone: (206) 685-2655 or e-mail: