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Event Information:

  • Wed

    EHS Biennial Conference in Leuven

    KU Leuven

    The first EHS biennial conference will take place on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 September, at the Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven, Belgium.

    Tuesday September 20, 2016

    19.00 Informal dinner

    Wednesday September 21, 2016

    09.00-09.30 Welcome with coffee, tea, and pastries

    09.30-10.30 Patricia Springborg (HU Berlin/Bozen)
    ‘Hobbes on war and peace and the “Security Dilemma”’
    Comment: Asaf Sokolowski (independent researcher)

    10.45-11.45 Alissa MacMillan (Antwerp)
    ‘Why, whence, and what will it do to me? On science, religion, and human psychology in Hobbes’
    Comment: Elaine Stroud (U-Wisconsin)

    12.00-13.00 Luc Foisneau (EHESS, Paris)
    ‘Hobbes on majority rule’
    Comment: Gonzalo Bustamante Kuschel (Santiago, Chile)

    13.00-14.15 Lunch

    14.15-15.15 Robin Douglass (King’s College, London)
    ‘Hobbes on representation and sovereignty’
    Comment: A.P. Martinich (Texas)

    15.30-16.30 Keynote I
    Deborah Baumgold (Oregon)
    ‘Leviathan as Bricolage: Some Notable Developments in Parts I and
    II of Leviathan’

    16.45-17.30 EHS General Meeting

    19.00 Conference Dinner

    Thursday September 22, 2016

    09.30-10.30 Laurens van Apeldoorn (Leiden)
    ‘Hobbes on sovereignty and the state’
    Comment: Mauro Farnesi Camellone (Padova)

    10.45-11.45 Eva Odzuck (Erlangen)
    ‘Diverse audiences and communicative strategies in Hobbes’s political philosophy’
    Comment: Meghan Robison (Montclair State University)

    11.45-13.00 Lunch

    13.00-14.00 Peter Schröder (University College London)
    ‘Trust and fear in Hobbes and Locke’
    Comment: Max Jaede (St Andrews)

    14.10-15.10 Agostino Lupoli (Pavia)
    ‘Hobbes and Kant on Science and Politics’
    Comment: Johan Olsthoorn (KU Leuven)

    15.30-16.30 Keynote II
    S.A. Lloyd (University of Southern California)
    ‘To Leave All Men Inexcusable: Moral Duty and Moral Motivation in Hobbes’

    17.00 Drinks (optional)

    Attendance at the conference is free but registration is required. Please email Johan Olsthoorn ( to register or for any further information.

    The organisers are pleased to gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for making possible this event.