Having rejected the Aristotelian metaphysical framework, early modern philosophers were confronted with the challenge of providing a new unified picture of the world and our place in it. This workshop will concentrate on how authors such as Descartes, Mersenne, Leibniz, and Locke worked toward meeting this challenge by grappling with the following questions: What is a substance? What is the nature of the mind? How do we have knowledge of both ourselves and things outside us? How can we explain aesthetic experiences, like that of listening to music?

Participants: Helen Hattab (University of Houston), Vili Lähteenmäki (Jyväskylä University), Alison Laywine (McGill University, Montreal), Philippe Hamou (Université Paris Ouest), Jennifer Marušić (Brandeis University, Boston), Christian Barth (HU Berlin), Sebastian Bender (HU Berlin). Organization: Dominik Perler (HU Berlin) & Sebastian Bender (HU Berlin)