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Colloquium: Principles in Early Modern Thought

University of Sydney

27–29 August 2014



Engraved word map by Leonhard Euler

  • Professor Peter Anstey (Sydney), ‘Principles: the Contours of a Concept’ & ‘Principles of Religion’
  • Mr Joe Campbell QC (Sydney), ‘Principles & the Development of English Equity Law’
  • Professor James Franklin (UNSW), ‘Early modern Mathematical Principles’
  • Professor Daniel Garber (Princeton), ‘Principles in Leibniz’s Philosophy’
  • Professor Michael LeBuffe (Otago), ‘Principles of Spinoza’s Philosophy’
  • Professor William R. Newman (Indiana), ‘Chymical Principles’
  • Professor Sophie Roux (ENS, Paris), ‘Principles in French Philosophy’
  • Professor Kiyoshi Shimokawa (Gakushuin, Tokyo), ‘A Conflict of Principles: Hume versus Modern Natural Lawyers’
  • Dr Alberto Vanzo (Warwick), ‘Principles in Italian Natural Philosophy’
  • Ms Kirsten Walsh (Otago and Calgary), ‘Principles in Newton’s Natural Philosophy’


Colloquium Sponsors:

This colloquium forms part of Professor Peter Anstey’s ARC Future Fellowship project on ‘The nature and status of principles in early modern philosophy’. It is sponsored by the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science.


Colloquium Organisers:

  • Professor Peter Anstey
  • Professor Stephen Gaukroger


Places are limited.

Click here to register


Program (Download PDF of the program here):

Wednesday 27 August:

9.00           Peter Anstey, ‘Principles: the Contours of a Concept’

10.30         Coffee Break

11.00         James Franklin, ‘Early modern Mathematical Principles’

12.30         Lunch

1.30           Joe Campbell, ‘Principles & the Development of English Equity Law’

3.00           Break

3.30           William Newman, ‘Chymical Principles’

5.00           End of Day


Thursday 28 August:

9.00           Sophie Roux, ‘Principles in French Philosophy’

10.30         Coffee Break

11.00         Kiyoshi Shimokawa, ‘Principles of Natural Jurisprudence’

12.30         Lunch

1.30           Alberto Vanzo, ‘Principles in Italian Natural Philosophy’

3.00           Break

3.30           Peter Anstey, ‘Principles of Religion’

5.00           End of Day


Friday 29 August:

9.00           Michael LeBuffe, ‘Principles of Spinoza’s Philosophy’

10.30         Coffee Break

11.00         Kirsten Walsh, ‘Principles in Newton’s Natural Philosophy’

12.30         Lunch

1.30           Daniel Garber, ‘Principles in Leibniz’s Philosophy’

3.00           Conclusion

7.00           Colloquium Dinner


Location:   Darlington Centre H07, Boardroom

Contact:    Prof Peter Anstey

Phone:       61 2 9351 2477


Register: Here

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