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Event Information:

  • Mon

    Second EHS Biennial Conference

    University of Amsterdam

    Provisional programme:

    Monday 14th May, 2018

    09:30-10:00 Welcome and registration, with coffee and pastries
    10:00-10:15 Opening talk by the organisers

    Session 1:
    10:15-11:15 Deborah Baumgold & Ryan Harding (Oregon) – ‘Deconstructing On the Citizen
    11:25-12:25 Kinch Hoekstra & Nicholas Gooding (UC Berkeley) – ‘Hobbes and Aristotle on the natural principle of politics'
    12:25-13:45 Lunch, served in the Main Library

    Session 2:
    13:45-14:45 Susanne Sreedhar (Boston University) – ‘The right of nature and the right to all things’
    14:55-15:55 Michael LeBuffe (Otago) – ‘Motivation and the good’

    Session 3:
    16:15-17:15 Laurens van Apeldoorn (Leiden) – ‘Rex est Populus’: the sovereign and the state’
    17:15-17:45 General meeting of the European Hobbes Society (optional)
    19:00 Conference dinner, venue TBA
    Tuesday 15th May

    Session 4:
    10:00-11:00 Michael J. Green (Pomona) – ‘Personation, authorization, and group agency in On the Citizen
    11:10-12:10 A.P. Martinich (Texas) – ‘Sovereign-making and biblical covenants’
    12:10-13:30 Lunch, served in the Main Library

    Session 5:
    13:30-14:30 Alison McQueen (Stanford) – ‘Hobbes’s scriptural arguments in On the Citizen
    14:40-15:40 Thomas Holden (USCB) – ‘Religious passions’

    Session 6:
    16:00-17:00 Johann P. Sommerville (Wisconsin-Madison) – ‘On the Citizen’s views on religion and church-state relations in historical context’
    19:00 Informal dinner, venue TBA

    Wednesday 16th May

    Session 7:
    9:30-10:30 Rosemarie Wagner (UC Berkeley) – ‘Legal obligation and punishment in On the Citizen
    10:40-11:40 Ioannis Evrigenis (Tufts) – ‘The political economy of On the Citizen
    11:50-12:50 S.A. Lloyd (USC) – ‘Sociability and motivation in On the Citizen
    13:00 Concluding lunch at Cafe De Jaren

    The conference is generously supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Amsterdam Centre for Political Thought (ACPT), the Challenges to Democratic Representation Research Group at the University of Amsterdam, and King's College London.

    For further information or queries please contact the conference convenors:

    Johan Olsthoorn (Amsterdam/Leuven):

    Eva Odzuck (Erlangen-Nürnberg):

    Robin Douglass (King’s College London)