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Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley

Friday, 5 April – Saturday, 6 April 2019

Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley

A conference organised by the Department of Philosophy in association with Making Ireland Research Theme. This conference is sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy, the Together With Mind Association and the Trinity College Dublin Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Events Fund.

George Berkeley’s Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710) and Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713) are standard texts in the philosophy curricula of most European and American universities. No other Irish philosopher, and no other work of Berkeley’s, has achieved this ‘canonical’ status. However, there was a vibrant philosophical scene in Ireland in Berkeley’s lifetime, to which Berkeley was far from the only contributor. Studying this broader Irish philosophical discussion will improve our understanding of Berkeley and also of early modern philosophy more generally.

The Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley conference will include general exploration of the intellectual culture of early modern Ireland as well as examination of specific thinkers with significant connections to Ireland active during Berkeley’s lifetime (1685–1753), including Robert Boyle (1627–1691); Edward Synge (1659–1741); John Toland (1670–1722); Peter Browne (d. 1735); Henry Maul (1676-1758); Mary Barber (c. 1685-1755); Francis Hutcheson (1694–1746); Constantia Grierson (1704-1732); Laetitia Pilkington (c. 1709-1750); and John Austin (1717-1784).

Papers presented at the conference will be published as part of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements series, Cambridge University Press.

More information here.
Friday 5 April

9:00-9:10 Welcome

9:10-10:00  What the Dublin Women of the ‘Triumfeminate’ did with John Locke
Christine Gerrard, Professor of English Literature and Tutorial Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, UK
10:10-11:00  From Hypatia to Serena: John Toland's Women
Ian Leask, Lecturer in Philosophy, Dublin City University, Ireland

11:11-30   Coffee/Tea

11:30-12:20  Berkeley and Previous Bishops of Cloyne on Education as Means of Conversion
Marta Szymańska-Lewoszewska, independent scholar, Poland

12:20-13:20 Lunch

13:30-14:30 BOOK EXHIBITION - Henry Jones Room, Old Library
A selection of relevant works from TCD’s Early Printed Books collection will be on display.

15:00-15:50  Berkeley’s Main Criticism of Shaftesbury and Hutcheson
Samuel Rickless, Professor of Philosophy, University of California San Diego, USA

15:50-16:10 Coffee/Tea

16:10-17:00 Francis Hutcheson on Liberty and Self-Mastery
Ruth Boeker, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin, Ireland
17:10-18:00 'Plainly of Considerable Moment in Human Society': Francis Hutcheson and Eighteenth-   Century Philosophies of Laughter
Kate Davison, Lecturer in Long Eighteenth-Century History, University of Sheffield, UK

18:30-20:30 Trinity City Hotel (light refreshments provided)
Registration required - email
Saturday 6 April

9:00-9:50 Peter Browne on the Metaphysics of Knowledge
Kenneth Pearce, Ussher Assistant Professor in Berkeley Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

10:00-10:50 John Austin SJ (1717-84), the First Irish Catholic Cartesian?
Jacob Schmutz, Maître de Conferénces en Philosophie, Université Paris-Sorbonne, France

10:50-11:30 Coffee/Tea
11:30-12:20 The Irish Context of Berkeley’s ‘Resemblance Thesis’
Manuel Fasko, Doktorand in Geschichte der Philosophie, Universität Zürich, Switzerland
Peter West, Phd Candidate and Adjunct Lecturer in Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

12:20-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:20 Poverty and Prosperity: The Irish School of Political Economics
Marc Hight, Elliot Professor of Philosophy, Hampden-Sydney College, USA

15:20-16:00 Coffee/Tea16:00-16:50
The Wilson-Garber Debate on Berkeley on Corpuscles Reconsidered in Light of Toland and Clarke on the Role of God’s Order in Science
Eric Schliesser, Professor of Political Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

17:00-17:50 Boyle’s Powers
Lisa Downing, Professor of Philosophy, The Ohio State University, USA

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Making Ireland
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Classes, Conferences, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: TBC

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